Propellerhead updates Rack Extension plug-in platform

Propellerhead Rack Extension

Propellerhead has announced further development to its Rack Extension plug-in platform, introducing SDK 2.2 for software developers.

This updated development kit offers 2D GUI support and other improvements. Now, developers can create modern, streamlined Rack Extension designs and simplify the user experience for Reason customers.

The Rack Extension SDK has evolved significantly since its first release, and now offers many new features, including:

  • Customizable displays with freeform drawing
  • 2D GUI support for easier workflow
  • Vector operations (SSE)
  • Extended library of GUI elements
  • Improved development, testing and debugging tools
  • Faster and more flexible 3D GUI design tools

“Since we first launched the Rack Extension platform in 2012, we have listened to feedback from customers and developers, and continue making enhancements to the platform,” remarked Mats Karlöf, Product Marketing Manager. “The new SDK will make it even easier for developers to create GUI designs and expand the ways that customers engage with Rack Extensions.”

Using a comprehensive development kit provided by Propellerhead Software, third party developers can create instrument and effect units to be used inside of Reason. Designed for both C++ engineers and sample based instrument designers, the updated SDK 2.2 and recently released Instrument Development Toolkit (IDT) have all the tools necessary to develop stunning instruments and effects and bring them to market with minimum effort. Rack Extension SDK 2.2 includes a programming interface to create custom interactive displays.

Propellerhead’s Rack Extension platform now has over 800 companies developing and over 300 instrument and effects devices available via Propellerhead’s online store. Rack Extensions blend seamlessly in the Reason rack offering great sound, smooth workflow, rock-solid stability, intuitive routing, automation, deep-editing and flexibility Reason users expect.

The Rack Extension SDK 2.2 beta is available today. Developers can sign-up at Propellerhead’s website.

More information: Propellerhead Software / Rack Extension

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