Synthesizers, samplers, drum machine, ReCycle-based loop player, mixer, effects,
pattern sequencer and more. As many of each as your computer can handle. Reason
is an infinitely expandable music workstation on a CD-ROM, complete with its own
realtime sequencer. Reason is easily one of the most sought-after and used
desktop musical environments available today.
Reason not only supports
all the major audio card standards, has an advanced MIDI implementation and
syncs beautifully to external devices; it also integrates with other software
applications in ways that will make life a whole lot easier for all you computer
musicians out there.
What's New in Reason 3.0?
It's not an effect unit. It's not a synth. It sure
isn't a sampler. It's... all of it. And more. The all new Combinator is a
sophisticated device that allows you to build elaborate chains of Reason units -
instruments, effects, pattern sequencers, you name it - and save as Combi
The MClass Mastering Suite
Want big, tight, loud sounding tracks?
Need extra stereo width, increased clarity, punchier bass? Say hello to MClass,
the new mastering suite in Reason 3.0. MClass brings you four separate pro level
mastering units designed to add power, presence and an overall professional feel
to your Reason mixes.
For those of you with a more hands-on approach to making
music, the revolutionary Remote technology in Reason 3.0 will be a welcome new
feature. True hardware integration!
With the Reason 3.0 browser, the task of finding and
loading sounds and patches becomes just as smooth and intuitive as the process
of making good music in Reason.
Reason's sound palette is getting bigger, better,
wider and wilder. The new sound bank in Reason 3.0 adds huge quantities of
instruments, sounds and patches to Reason's already massive library. Focusing on
carefully sampled musical instruments and useful Combinator setups rather than
loops and beats, the new soundbank takes a more playable, more
Line Mixer 6:2
Line Mixer 6:2 is a simple but effective 6-channel
stereo line mixer. Built primarily for use in the Combinator, the Line Mixer 6:2
handles basic mixing and panning of Combi devices, but can of course be inserted
anywhere in Reason: use it for submixing large drum kits, or to add extra mixer
channels when Reason's main mixer is starting to fill up. Each of the six
channels feature level and pan controls, mute and solo buttons plus an AUX send
level control. Need more sends? Extra channels? Just create another Line
Additional New Reason 3.0 Features:
- Record automation on multiple tracks.
- Copy automation between lanes and tracks in the sequencer.
- New and improved Mute and Solo features in sequencer.
- Faster loading of samples. Sample playing devices now load five times
- Improved sample playback timing and quality.
List of Other Reason Devices:
NN-XT Advanced Sampler - When Reason 2.0 arrived, it had a new sampler
screwed into the rack. This is a highly advanced sampler with an impressive list
of features and functions squeezed into it. Where the NN-19 is a "fast-track"
sampler, this machine is for more demanding sampling tasks. The NN-XT is
bursting with detailed programming options, but comes with an intuitive user
interface, making it the perfect tool for both sound design and life-like
instrument emulation. Just load up one of the included orchestral library
patches, and you'll know what we're talking about.
Malstrsm Graintable Synth - The Malstrsm Graintable synthesizer
features all imaginable filtering and modulation options, and a couple of
unimaginable ones too; Try some real-time waveform stretching, some spectral
modulation, or some awesome wavetable sweeping.
Subtractor Polyphonic Synth - The Subtractor has lots of knobs,
buttons and sliders. Each of them are fully automated and any filter sweep or
knob twisting will be recorded in the Reason sequencer just like you can record
mixes in ReBirth. Unlike the ReBirth sequencer, you can edit every controller
movement after you are done recording to get that final touch.
Redrum Drum Machine - Redrum is a drum machine with a built in pattern
sequencer. It has ten channels that plays samples loaded by the user or sounds
from a preset drum kit. In addition to the pattern sequencer, Redrum can also be
played from Reason's main sequencer or via MIDI. By combining the pattern
sequencer and the main sequencer you can easily create fills and variations to
the patterns without having to create new patterns for every variation.
Dr. Rex Loop Player - Dr.Rex can play REX and .rcy files created with
ReCycle. When you open a new ReCycled loop in Dr.Rex you can load up the
corresponding MIDI data in a special REX editor in the sequencer where you can
move the slices around to create the beats you want. This way you can take a
drum loop and rearrange it any way you want.
NN-19 Digital Sampler - Since the first digital samplers started to
appear during the early 80's, samplers have evolved from primarily being used to
reproduce existing instruments to becoming instruments in their own rights. In
fact, the sampler has been one of the main influences on modern music during the
90's and producers have used them for such diverse tasks as spinning in vocals,
create drum grooves, play music loops, emulate acoustic instruments, create
unique sounds, remix and... Well the list goes on and on.
Matrix Analog Pattern Sequencer - If you are into 70's style modular
synths or if you simply like to play around with a analog style sequencer that
can control virtually anything in the rack, take a close look at the Matrix. The
Matrix is an analog style sequencer with a maximum of 32 steps per pattern and
is really the part of Reason to use for ReBirth style sequences. Just like
ReDrum, Matrix has 32 patterns and each can be freely sized regardless of what
time signature has been chosen in the sequencer.
The Rack - The rack is the framework in which you create the studio
setup you choose to work with, creating your tracks. The rack has four main
parts: The MIDI in device, the Audio out device, the Sequencer and of course,
the rack space where you put your gear.
Spider Audio & Spider CV Mergers & Splitters - If you ever
feel the need to merge or split some Audio or CV signals, these two eight-legged
utilities are perfect for the job.
RV7000 Advanced Reverb - The RV7000 is advanced and flexible without
ever getting too complicated, and lets you dial in your desired reverb sound in
seconds, and saving it as your own preset. The future of reverberation, only for
BV512 Digital Vocoder - Besides being a 4 to 512-band vocoder capable
of modulating sound in both old-school analog style and digital FFT fashion,
this unit also doubles as a fully automated equalizer with a twist. The BV-512
can be used for everything from classic robot vocals to weird harmonic
Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit - Built for breakage and designed to
destroy, Scream 4 turns distortion into an artform. Imagine having all your
favourite distortion pedals and overdrive boxes transformed into one shiny,
rackmounted Reason device.
UN-16 Unison - Unison is exactly what the name suggests; a software
reincarnation of that mysterious "Unison" button on those early eighties synths.
Transformed into a Reason rack unit. UN-16 Unison fattens up incoming sound by
emulating the effect of 4, 8 or 16 detuned versions of the incoming sound
playing the same note. In ultra-stereo. The result is rich and wide and slightly
similar to a chorus effect, only much fancier.
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