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.
Kazrog has announced a public beta of its PluginUpdate software solution for keeping plugins up-to-date.
Finally, in 2013, PluginUpdate resolves these problems, by providing an easy-to-use, cross platform app for keeping plugins up to date.
With the launch of the PluginUpdate Store later this year, PluginUpdate will offer an incredibly simple one-stop plugin shopping experience, with single-sign-on, software based integrated license and update management.
The beta is currently available for Mac. A Windows version should follow shortly.
AudioRealism has announced it is seeking beta testers for the 64-bit versions of its synthesizer plug-ins for Windows and Mac.
We are about to start beta testing the 64-bit versions of all plug-ins.
The current formats we want to test are:
Mac OS X 64-bit: VST and AU, versions 10.6-10.8
Windows VST: Vista, 7 and 8 64-bit
The new 64-bit versions are intended to install alongside the old 32-bit ones so ideally installing a beta version will not break your current projects. As usual we do not recommend using beta versions if you are right in the middle of a production, unexpected things can break.
The TDR Feedback Compressor II is a radical revamp of its critically acclaimed predecessor. The processor elegantly combines the self-adjusting properties of feed-back compression with an advanced, yet musically intuitive control scheme.
Tokyo Dawn Labs TDR Feedback Compressor II.
TDR Feedback Compressor II features
Beautiful “Feed-Back Compression” sound and behavior.
64bit floating point precision for all relevant calculations.
Multi-rate processing structure for highest accuracy.
Delta oversampled signal path (bit transparent without processing).
Three side-chain filter slopes: 3dB/Oct, 6dB/Oct and 12dB/Oct.
Independent release controls for peak and RMS compression.
Crest Factor control.
Advanced stereo linking options.
Delta preview mode. Allows to preview the difference between compressed and original signal.
Latency compensated parallel bypass (i.e. processing not interrupted).
Processing quality switch: “Precise” and “Eco”.
The plug-in is available to download for Windows (VST).
u-he has announced new public betas for all its instrument and effect plugins.
While doing some serious geekery like e.g. setting up automatic build servers for both Mac and Win, we’ve also managed to tackle VST3 support. We’ve finally got VST2 64-bit going on Mac, we’ve listened to requests for oscillator reset in Diva, we’ve added a few missing pitchbend selectors… and so much more. In short, all plug-ins are now up-to-date, inherting all the good stuff that came with the latest Diva version etc.. Not forgetting Podolski, which we saved from plug-o-blivion!
On top of all that we have new installers that should eliminate most of the common issues we’ve seen since Windows 7 and Mountain Lion. Finally, we added a little unintrusive (!) nagscreen to our commercial plug-ins that not only makes registration easier, but also tells the user whether a plug-in is in demo mode.
We’re confident that these versions will be good for a final release in January, when we’re also going to prepare for some more new developments in 2013. We specifically hope to have good tidings for our ProTools users. We couldn’t get AAX running in 2012, but we’ll be tackling it again next year!
Preliminary changes in u-he plugins
[All] VST2 64-bit for MacOS X!
[All] VST3 support on MacOS X and Windows!
[All] Improved installers on Win and Mac.
[All] Loading of converted vst2 presets in .vstpreset format.
[All] Added Revision numbers for simple version control (e.g. for support).
[All] Horizontally scrolling preset selector added to all plugins with multi-column view.
[Diva] Osc reset! Check Trimmers page for knobs to set the start phase of the oscs. (Trimmers page will be redesigned before final release)
[Diva] Drift goes up to 200 now.
[ACE] Multicore support!
[ACE] Standby buttons for FX section. Enables preset switching with FX turned off.
[Filterscape] Added PitchBend Down control.
[ZebraCM] Added Pitchbend ranges.
[All] Crashes on preset change via drop down menu, fixed.
[All] No u-he folder in Library/ApplicationSupport or Library/Audio/Presets did crash, fixed.
[All] Hanging notes and missing notes, no more! Hopefully… :-)
[All] VST2 presets didn’t load correctly in preset browser, fixed.
[All] Retriggering of voices was changed to the worse. This affected certain legato and arp situations. Fixed.
[All] Using a Wacom tablet gave problems with random erroneously right clicks, fixed.
[All] Reaper adds a buffer when playing a loop using a u-he synth. Workaround: A text file renamed to default.h2p put into the preset folder with !BLOCK_LATENCY_OFF=YES in it cures that problem.
[All] U-he AU Parameters weren’t updated in Maschine on preset changes, fixed.
[All] MidiLearn: Unlearning created an entry in the midiassign.txt, fixed.
[All] AU, wrong formatting of text and other problems in the preset save dialog, fixed.
[All] VST, GUI size was wrong under certain circumstances, fixed.
[All] Portamento now takes stack-voice Detuning into account to calculate the pitch start position.
[All] Glide not working properly for stacked voices, fixed.
[All] Cocoa Namespace Collisions. It wasn’t possible to mix AU and VST versions of one plugin in one project. Not all GUIs were shown. Fixed.
[All] “Voice” modulator is now called “Stack Index”.
[Diva] Noise was too low when in Acc modes higher than draft and TuneMod was on, fixed.
[Diva] Some faders were slighty misplaced on the GUI, fixed.
[Diva] Switching Diva Offline Acc while in Realtime does not click anymore.
[Diva] The Damp parameter in Diva’s Plates doesn’t turn the reverb off anymore when turned to max.
[Zebra] “set current to default” didn’t work on the upper page selectors, fixed.
[ACE] MIDI Program Changes “incomplete”. Sometimes only a part of the preset was changes using a midi program change. Fixed.
[ACE] Browser bug: Couldn’t select the lowest patch if the horizontal slider was hidden. Fixed.
[Uhbik] Low level output was cut off at a to high level. Fixed.
[Uhbik] some Uhbiks did denormals since the 1.2 update. Sending audio, waiting a minute with no input and the CPU meter went up. Fixed.
[Filterscape] Sometimes it wasn’t possible to choose Arp as Voice Mode. Fixed.
and much, much more
The public betas are available to download at the u-he forum.