Front and back panels of the Faturator Rack Extansion for Reason.
“What Faturator brings to the table is a really fast way of tuning the character of a sound, bringing out more crisp and clarity, focusing on a specific tone or, for that matter, just totally destroying it with distortion”, says Anders Stenberg, CTO. “Considering the positive response we have gotten about the VST/AU versions of Faturator it was really a no-brainer to make it available as a Rack Extension as well”
Faturator is a saturation/distortion unit, providing effects ranging from subtle warm saturation to harsh digital fuzz. On top of this, included coloring and stereo widening allows for changing the character of the sound in a quick and easy way. Contrary to many distortion effects, Faturator will preserve the dynamics of your sound and apply its effects on it regardless of input gain.
Like all kiloHearts’ products, focus lies on ease of use while providing powerful functionality at a low price point. Faturator’s simple user interface puts all controls at the fingertips of the user, making it easy to quickly find the sound you want. “A lot of plugins these days try to compete with feature lists, often forgetting that they’re part of a creative process”, says Per Svanberg, developer and co-founder. “We want to isolate the most important parts, and make them as quickly and easily accessible as possible.”
Faturator RE is available to purchase at the Propellerhead Shop, priced at 15 EUR / $19 USD.
Reason 7 brings a slew of enhancements to help you create more and better music—and have even more fun doing it.
With over 90 third party Rack Extensions expanding Reason’s rack of instruments and effects already available, Propellerhead has focused its attention on new creative and inspirational improvements for the mixer, the rack and the sequencer.
With Reason 7, users can integrate all their instruments into Reason with MIDI out, automatic audio slicing and audio quantize, and even convert their recordings into REX loops for further creative possibilities in the rack. For mixing, Propellerhead is introducing a spectrum analyzer with visual EQ controls; group and parallel mix channels; and many workflow improvements to help users sound better, easier. To inspire, Reason 7 makes it easier to import audio from users’ music libraries and the web with support for mp3, aac, wma and more. The enhanced Factory Sound Bank comes fully loaded with tons of new loops and drum kits, while the new Audiomatic Retro Transformer effect unit adds a futuristic-vintage sound to any tracks, never more than a mouse-click away.
Reason users are invited to sign up for the limited public beta testing at the Propellerhead web site.
Reason 7 and Reason Essentials 2 begin limited public beta testing today and will be available for purchase worldwide in Q2 of 2013 at the following suggested retail pricing:
Reason Essentials 2 upgrade from previous versions FREE.
Balance (includes upgrade to Reason 7 for owners of previous versions of Reason) EUR €429 / USD $449.
Propellerhead is also offering a grace period for purchasers of current versions of Reason, Reason Essentials and the Balance audio interface. Purchasing and registering a qualifying product today makes users eligible for a free upgrade to Reason 7.
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).
Red Rock Sound has released two new Rack Extensions for Propellerhead Reason.
The RE 60 is a real time spectrum analyser modeled after Klark Teknik’s DN60, originally developed in 1980.
The RE 60 is modeled after the classic DN60 spectrum analyzer.
The Red Rock Sound RE60 real time 1/3 octave Spectrum Analyser combines ease of use, accuracy and versatility in one economical, reliable unit.
The Measure is a sophisticated metering and measurement tool that allows you to visually analyze your audio signal in several useful ways.
When folded, Measure shows the key indicators on the front panel.
Too loud mixes often sound squashed, and in long mixing sessions your ears often get used to the squashed sound so you´re losing objectivity. The Measure will show you Peak and RMS values of your mixes, phase correlation between Left and Right and the number of Overs. When working with a stereo signal, choose Sum/Diff mode to make sure there is no energy drop in the sum which could be caused by phasing problems and that the difference (diff) is not too low compared to the sum.
Both Rack Extensions are available at the Propellerhead Shop, priced at 29 EUR for RE 60 and 12 EUR for Measure.
Selig Audio has released The Curve, a compressor Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason.
The Curve utilizes a unique approach to dynamics control by applying upwards compression across a user specified range of the dynamic spectrum. This allows you to target your compression to a specific part of the dynamic spectrum, while leaving all others untouched.
While The Curve excels at leveling even the most dynamic vocal tracks, it can also be useful on any instrument to increase perceived loudness without raising the peak level. as it can both add and subtract RMS level while not affecting peak level. In short, The Curve can help you get more professional results on all your projects with less setup and less tweaking.
The Curve is available to purchase for the introductory price of $55 USD until March 15th, 2013 (regular $69 USD).