In other news, yesterday (April 1st) saw the launch of a new Rack Extension for Reason that I co-developed with PEFF and Bitplant. It is a Cassette Recorder Audio Processor Rack Extension (CRAPRE for short) and it makes such dirty noises you will need protective gloves to handle it.
A lot of people thought it was an April Fools joke and that it was not for real, but it is, which in itself is an even better joke I guess. It is only available for sale during April after which it will be removed from the Propellerhead Shop (again for real!). Don’t miss out on it!
PEFF has released Directre, an audio routing utility designed to work as a hub for a live performance using Propellerhead Reason.
Directre Audio Router is a utility device with synchronized audio switching capabilities designed to be a control center for real-time performance applications.
Directre’s audio switching synchronizes to the tempo of a song. With a press of a button, a channel switch is cued to open or close at the beginning of a measure, beat, or 1/8th note.
DIRECTRE can function as either a 1×8 splitter device or as an 8×1 summing bus. In addition to the quantized switch capabilities, the switch can be adjusted to fade in and fade out with a touch of a button.
Eight Channel Summing.
Eight Channel Audio Split/Distribution.
Level Controls with +6dB gain.
Synchronized Audio Muting on Bar, Beat, or 1/8th Note.
Selectable Crossfade Times
Adjustable Fade Time from 0ms to 6 seconds.
Switch CV Outputs that also synchronize to tempo.
MIDI Playability from a Keyboard or Control Surface.
Control Voltage Source that Syncs to Tempo.
Localization support for English, French, German, and Japanese.
Directre is available for the introductory price of $15 USD / 12 EUR for the first 1000 licensees or until May 1st, 2013 (regular $29 USD / 25 EUR).
Peff has released Monologue Refill, a free monophonic analogue synthesizer library for the Reason 4.0 NN-XT sampler.
The sets include the standard sawtooth, square, triangle waves. Also included are a fixed rate pulse width modulation set, and hard sync sawtooth set. Other sources include, detuned pulses, frequency modulated oscillators, tuned oscillator layers, white noise, and sine wave samples from a self-oscillating resonant filter.
Each category of oscillator waveform is multisampled and looped (some more carefully than others). The NN-XT patches are expanded in dozens of combinator patches (Record and/or Reason 4.0 only) which cover classic bass tones, mono leads, sound effects, arpeggiated and sequenced patches, and a set of analog drum sounds. Also, a pseudo voice set was created using a hard sync sawtooth modulating the filter frequency. This was particularly challenging as each sample zone required careful tweaking.
Monologue Refill is available as a free download (Record & Reason 4.0 required to fully use all combinator patches).