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Propellerhead releases Instrument Development Toolkit for Rack Extensions

Rack Extension

Propellerhead has announced the release of the Instrument Development Toolkit (IDT) for Rack Extensions, making it easy for sample library producers and instrument designers to build and sell Rack Extensions for the award-winning Reason platform.

The new toolkit enables developers to create stunning instruments and bring them to market with minimum effort and maximum support.

“We created the Propellerhead Rack Extension plug-in platform to enable developers to go from initial idea to completed selling product faster and easier,” stated Mats Karlöf, Manager Third Party Developer Relations. “Now, with the Instrument Development Toolkit, it’s easy to build powerful Rack Extension instruments for Reason, even without prior coding experience. The recently released A-List series and Jiggery Pokery instruments demonstrate that developers can easily create Rack Extensions that sound incredible and work flawlessly within Reason.”

Since its release in 2012, Propellerhead’s Rack Extension (RE) platform has emerged as a powerful audio plug-in format, with over 800 active developers and nearly 250 instruments and effects now available via the Propellerhead online store. Rack Extensions integrate seamlessly into the Reason rack, combining excellent sound, smooth workflows, and rock-solid stability with the intuitive routing, automation, deep editing, and flexibility that Reason users expect. Propellerhead’s online store manages all trials, sales, distribution, updates and license management of all RE’s, serving as a single point of contact for every Reason user.

The new Instrument Development Toolkit makes it possible for developers to easily build professional sample-based instruments without writing C++ code. Current Kontakt and NN-XT instrument designers can import their libraries into IDT, greatly accelerating the process of developing instruments. IDT’s vast built-in effect library, full-featured sampler engine, flexibility and powerful scripting language facilitate the creation of one-of-a-kind instruments.

The Instrument Development Toolkit is now available for download and immediate development.

More information: Propellerhead / Rack Extension Developer

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Propellerhead releases A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords

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Propellerhead has announced the release of Electric Guitarist Power Chords, a new A-List series Rack Extension instrument that gives musicians a fast, easy way to create inspiring electric guitar tracks.

A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords

Available immediately, A-List Electric Guitarist allows musicians to quickly and easily create powerful, dynamic power chord tracks right within Reason. By combining a top-notch instrument and world-class player all in the same rack device, A-List Electric Guitarist provides a virtually endless variation of power chord styles that can be played, combined, and tweaked in real time to create unique, realistic, and inspiring performances.

“Whether you’re creating pop, rock, punk or other styles of music, A-List Electric Guitarist helps you quickly and easily create great-sounding power chord tracks and explore new musical directions,” stated Timothy Self, Propellerhead VP of Product Marketing. “With A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords, you don’t need to be a virtuoso to get amazing results; one finger is all your need.”

Propellerhead launched the A-List series in May 2014 with the introduction of A-List Acoustic Guitarist, which has since emerged as one of the most popular Rack Extension instruments in the Propellerhead store. The release of A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords expands the line further, with more great-sounding A-List instruments to come.

A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords puts the sound and ability of a world-class studio guitarist right in the Reason rack. Single MIDI notes trigger power chord progressions, additional notes add alternate voicings and patterns. With complete control and flexibility to adjust key, tempo, style, feel and phrasing at the touch of a button, musicians can quickly create the perfect performance for their song—or spend time experimenting with variations. A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords also offers five amp models and a great-sounding effects selection for a huge variation of sounds.

Since its release in 2012, Propellerhead’s Rack Extension platform has emerged as a powerful audio plug-in format, with over 600 active developers and more than 200 instruments and effects now available via the Propellerhead online store. Rack Extensions integrate seamlessly into the Reason rack, combining excellent sound, smooth workflows and rock-solid stability with the intuitive routing, automation, deep editing and flexibility that Reason users expect.

A-List Electric Guitarist Power Chords is available for $99 USD / 79 EUR.

More information: Propellerhead / Electric Guitarist Power Chords

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Propellerhead unveils Reason 8

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Propellerhead has introduced Reason 8, a major new version of its award-winning Reason music production platform.

Propellerhead Reason 8

Reason 8 builds on the legendary music production software by introducing a completely redesigned user interface and streamlined workflow that makes it easy to create amazing music, faster than ever.

“Around the world, musicians and producers use Reason because it’s the most fun and inspiring music creation platform available,” said Leo Nathorst-Böös, Propellerhead Product Marketing Manager. “For Reason 8, we’ve taken everything people love about Reason and introduced a streamlined new user interface that makes it easier for new users to get started, and more fun for seasoned users to work faster.”

Reason 8 introduces a redesigned user interface with a whole new look and even smoother creative flow, while the new browser and search window provides immediate drag-and-drop access to inspiring samples, loops, and patches. Expanding on Reason’s included collection of instruments and effects are the new amps from Softube, bringing a variety of first-class guitar and bass tones to the rack. Countless workflow improvements make for a more streamlined music creation experience, allowing musicians and producers to move quickly from initial idea to a completed song. And with an ever-expanding selection of Rack Extension plug-ins available in the Propellerhead shop, Reason 8 provides everything users will ever need to make music.

Reason 8 will be available for purchase on September 30th, 2014 at the following suggested retail pricing:

  • Reason 8: 405 EUR/$449 USD.
  • Reason Essentials 8: 120 EUR/$129 USD.
  • Reason 8 Upgrade (from any previous version): 129 EUR/$129 USD.

Propellerhead is also offering a grace period for customers who purchased Reason 7 on or after July 1st, 2014. Purchasing and registering a qualifying product today makes users eligible for a free upgrade to Reason 8 when it becomes available.

More information: Propellerhead Software / Reason 8

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Propellerhead releases free Take recorder app for iOS

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Propellerhead Take

Propellerhead Software has released Take, a free creative vocal recorder app for iOS.

Take Creative Vocal Recorder is your instantly available vocal recorder that helps you capture your lyric or song ideas before they are gone. With state-of-the-art recording and audio processing, your recordings will sound amazing too!

Take has three separate tracks for recording your own audio, so you can create overdubs or harmonies. Or even record your guitar! Take also comes with a bunch of factory made backing track Beats to help you get inspired – or simply to help you keep the tempo.

Tune your recording to perfection with mixing and effects. When you are happy with the results, share your music with your friends online!

Take features

  • One-Tap Recording — With a single tap you’ll be recording, beatboxing, overdubbing and creating song ideas to share with your friends or the world.
  • Loops & Rhythms — Kick-start your creativity—and stay in the groove—with built-in clicks, loops and beats.
  • Three Parts Per Song — Add new parts, double them up and create harmonies. Take gives you three tracks per song to sketch out your ideas.
  • Makes you sound great — Take’s processing and effects will make your iPhone’s built-in mic shine. Surprise yourself with how good you sound.
  • Share with Your Friends — Instantly share your song ideas with friends via Facebook, Twitter and email.

Take for iOS is a free download from the iTunes App Store.

More information: Propellerhead / Take

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Musicians Institute partners with Propellerhead

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Musicians Institute, the College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, CA, has partnered with renowned software company Propellerhead to feature the Reason digital audio workstation (DAW) as a major part of MI’s curriculum beginning in Fall 2014.

Reason-focused courses at Musicians Institute
MI’s new Reason-focused courses will be required for all students in Performance Programs for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard Technology and Vocals.

As part of the school’s blended learning initiative, which pairs classroom instruction with digital delivery of multimedia content, MI will install Reason in a variety of computer lab workstations across campus. Students will also have access to special discounts that allow them to purchase Reason for their own personal use. The partnership will ensure that MI has continual access to the latest Reason upgrades, and will enable Propellerhead to incorporate feedback on how their software is used by MI faculty and students.

“In today’s music industry, musicians are expected to be proficient in both the recording and performance fields,” said Donny Gruendler, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Musicians Institute. “MI is dedicated to providing our students with the tools they need to stay on the cutting edge of contemporary music, and Reason is the perfect program to do just that. We’re excited to partner with Propellerhead, a company that shares our mission to provide an innovative and well-rounded music education.”

Reason at Musicians Institute

“Musicians around the world choose Reason software because it offers a powerful tool set, inspiring workflow, and endless creative possibilities,” said Gerry Bassermann, Director of North American Sales at Propellerhead. “We’re thrilled to partner with Musicians Institute to make Reason a key part of their academic curriculum. We look forward to sharing in the development of the next generation of music artists.”

Reason audio production software offers guitarists, bassists, drummers and other musicians all the tools and instruments they need to turn ideas into music. With an intuitive visual workflow that accelerates the creative process, Reason makes it easy to record and mix great-sounding tracks. An expandable rack of instruments, samplers, drum machines, effects modules, and guitar processors provides an endless array of inspiring sounds. The Propellerhead Rack Extension audio plug-in platform enables musicians to expand their workflow even further with additional instruments and effects that integrate seamlessly into the Reason rack.

More information: Musicians Institute

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Propellerhead Rack Extension plug-in platform continues rapid growth

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Rack Extension

Propellerhead has announced that the Rack Extension plug-in platform is continuing to rapidly expand, with over 230 Rack Extensions now available for Reason 7.1.

The online Rack Extension store now includes a broad selection of virtual instruments, effects, and audio utilities that blend seamlessly in the Reason rack, offering musicians great sound, smooth workflow, and rock-solid stability.

Additionally, to help customers and developers understand what is involved in creating Rack Extensions, Propellerhead has released an interview with Rob Papen, the acclaimed software designer behind the some of the highest-selling Rack Extension instruments.

“Thanks to participation from the industry’s leading software developers, and an overwhelmingly positive response from Reason customers, the Rack Extension platform is expanding faster than we ever anticipated,” stated Timothy Self, Propellerhead VP of Product Marketing. “By offering developers a turnkey solution for building, marketing, and selling Rack Extensions, we’re helping them to reach the vast Reason user community—while simultaneously giving Reason customers access to more inspiring instruments and effects so they can take their music even further.”

Rob Papen
Musician, sound designer and software developer Rob Papen.

Veteran software designer Rob Papen was one of the first developers to embrace the Rack Extension platform, and his products like Predator-RE, SubBoomBass-RE and others rank among the best-selling and highest-rated in the Propellerhead online store. “The Rack Extension platform significantly expands our potential customer base,” said Papen. “The Propellerhead user community is very large and it’s exciting to make Rob Papen soft synths and effects available right inside the Reason rack.

“Developing Rack Extensions saves us lots of time since Propellerhead handles the marketing support, sales, and distribution. Since the Rack Extensions we create work across Mac and PC, we just have to create one version of the software and Propellerhead makes it available on both operating systems. We don’t have to worry about incompatibilities and differences between hosts. Plus, the Rack Extensions we create are forward-compatible with future versions of Reason, which lowers the burden on our development team.”

Rob Papen plans on continuing to develop innovative sonic tools for the Rack Extension platform. “The new Rack Extension platform offers Reason users a huge advantage,” he concluded. “The consistent workflow, seamless operation, and legendary ease of use open up a whole new world of possibilities. Everything fits together, making the rack more than the sum of its parts. I’m intrigued by the challenge of creating something new especially for Reason—something that will grow in Reason in its own way.”

Read the full interview with Rob Papen at the Propellerhead Blog.

More information: Propellerhead Software

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ModeAudio releases Drum Collider for Kong

ModeAudio has launched Drum Collider, a collection of presets for the Kong virtual drum instrument in Propellerhead’s Reason.

ModeAudio Drum Collider Kong Presets

Shaking, shuddering and crumbling from the bass, our studio has been marked by the unmistakable sound of Drum Collider! This pack contains 10 full-fat drum kit presets for Reason’s masterful Kong drum machine. Using a mix of Kong’s built-in drum synth modules and 12 bespoke drum hits, we bring you a wide range of kits packed with some classic sounds and some more exotic, rare-groove audio.

Arranged for maximum playability across Kong’s 16 drum pads, we have thumping kicks, tuned 808 basses, dirty snares and some crafty tuned percussion galore here. This release is perfect for everything from dark, dusty and sparse downtempo to broken beats and trap. We’ve also included 40 MIDI loops, complete with variation rhythms and fills so that you can tweak the patterns to fit with your vision.

Drum Collider features

  • Refill (.rfl) containing 10 drum kit presets for Kong (160 drum patches total).
  • 40 MIDI loops including variations and fills.
  • 12 bespoke drum hits (.aiff).

The ReFill is available for purchase for £12 GBP.

More information: ModeAudio / Drum Collider

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