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*IMPORTANT NOTE: Propellerhead is graciously allowing anyone who registered any Reason 7 software on July 1, 2014 or later to qualify for a free upgrade to Reason 8 once released on September 30th 2014. A customer only needs to register their Reason 7 software and Propellerhead will contact them when Reason 8 download is available.
Propellerhead Software has at last released Reason 7. The latest incarnation of one of the world’s favorite music software packages brings a wide variety of enhancements to help you create more and better music.
Reason – the legendary music production software studio. From start to finish, its ever-expandable, freely routable rack of instruments, effects and sounds has everything you need to write, record, remix and produce great-sounding tracks.
Build your songs in Reason’s sequencer with the included synths, samplers, loop players and drum machines. Add guitar, vocals, MIDI synths, or record your entire band. Finish your tracks in the built-in million-dollar mixing console.
With an inspiring sound bank and intuitive flow, Reason catalyzes your creative process. Easy to get started with and as deep as you want it to be, Reason is the software that keeps you focused on what matters most—your music.
Reason is an integrated software music recording and production studio with audio recording, million-dollar mixing, and a massive collection of instruments, sounds and effects included for writing, recording, remixing and producing great-sounding tracks.
At the heart of Reason is a virtual rack that builds itself as you create your song. Create instruments and effects and route them any way you want. Add, delete, replace and tweak. Your rack is what you want it to be. Need more gear? No problem. Choose a synth, a drum machine, a loop player or any device from the Create menu and it will instantly appear in your rack, logically patched into the signal chain. And because Reason is designed to go easy on your computer, you can keep adding to your song until you're more than happy.
A single keystroke will turn Reason's rack around, and you'll find yourself in patch cord heaven. All audio connections are made automatically. When a new device is created it's automatically patched in for you. If you ever want to go deep, repatch by dragging the patch cord plug to the desired connector—or open up and tweak one of the included presets.
All the sliders, knobs, buttons and functions are right in front of you, ready to be tweaked, turned and twisted in absolute real-time. And everything—filter adjustments, pitch bending, gain riding or panning—can be recorded and automated in the Reason sequencer.
Integrate your hardware MIDI gear with Reason's rack thanks to the new External Instrument device. Control your external synths and beat machines from Reason's sequencer, or sync your outboard sequencer with MIDI clock.
When you're looking for even more creative options, Rack Extensions come to the rescue. Expand your virtual rack with new, inspiring instruments and effects created by Propellerhead and other developers—from modern effects to vintage instruments. Rack Extensions are full Reason rack citizens, giving you the same fully integrated experience as when using any of the included synths, effects and utilities.
Below the rack you'll find the powerful sequencer. Keeping with Reason’s famous ease of use, it still comes with all the editing features you need. Capture MIDI performances and automation, record and overdub audio, or draw in your notes with the mouse. Any mistakes can easily be corrected, adjusted or quickly spliced together from multiple takes. If your playing is too tight—use Reason's ReGroove Mixer to add more human feel. Always in sync with your flow, forever adapting to you and your working methods, Reason's sequencer simply gets you there faster.
With the renowned time stretch, you can record first and pick your tempo later. And thanks to audio transpose you can even record first and change the key later. Change the tempo of your song on the fly, and the audio follows right along, in real time. Non-destructively change the pitch, correct the timing of your audio recording, or use the automatic audio-slicing to turn your performance into something completely new. Resample your audio recording as REX files and continue working with your sounds and loops in the Reason rack.
When finalizing your song, Reason's mixer gives your tracks that big studio sound right out of your computer. The Mixer is faithfully modeled after the famous SSL® 9000k* analog mixing desk, with flexible routing, full dynamics, EQ, advanced effects handling, full automation, groups and parallel channels, and its famous master-bus compression. The spectrum analyzer window with visual EQ control—new in version 7 of Reason—makes it easy to fine-tune the sound of your tracks from anywhere in the program.
Finding that right sound is an important part of the musical process. With gigabytes of synths, samples, drum kits, loops and effects, Reason's built-in sound bank is packed with everything you'll need from the start. Want more? Expand your palette with a world of ReFill libraries—sound libraries custom-made for Reason.
Reason makes collaboration easy. Your song files are self-contained, keeping all audio recordings and sounds in a single file for easy sharing with your friends. If you need to move your music to a different program, Reason lets you quickly bounce all your channels to individual audio files with a couple clicks.
Reason’s legendary flow lets you stay focused on the music and explore your options as you go along. With a completely integrated environment like Reason, you will face fewer dialog boxes, more inspiration and more music.
Order today and enjoy solid enhancements to an already highly evolved software suite.
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Comments about Propellerhead Reason 7:
This was my very first music software (besides stuff like Audacity). I was- at the time, 16, and my Digital Music teacher's first assignment was to make a song. So of course, I choose to make samples of dubstep and progressive house (which he said was fine) and he let me borrow his Mac with Reason 7 on it.
At first it was very difficult for me, I had never used anything like it before and didn't know what anything of everything meant haha. But after about 10 minutes I became almost unnaturally familiar with it.
I got the best grade in my class, and he asked me permission to use some of my samples! He says it's natural talent (can't disagree wit that ;D )
So now, I practically have my own recording studio and have Reason 7, MPK49 midi keyboard, a mic and a bunch of instruments along with a Focusrite audio interface.
I'm very thankful that my music teacher had me learn on a semi-advanced professional software like Reason 7 instead of something like Fruity Loops, because it made me learn faster and gain more knowledge and made me realize I have a true knack for producing.
If you're on the fence about this, or even on the fence of taking a music class or learning music theory than go ahead and do it. You'll be thankful you did in the long run.
Comments about Propellerhead Reason 7:
I first started messing around with different DAWs in 8th grade, about 7 or so years ago. My first experience was with Cakewalk Kinetic. Kinetic was good for being such a low budget program but I needed more. I then bought FL Studio. After six months of use I still hadn't felt that my production was improving. I felt that FL Studio was not easy to use for someone who wasn't a trained professional. I then got Reason 4. I was instantly impressed by its easy to use interface. The sequencer, mixer, and devices were easy to locate from the first time I used the program. The first song I made on Reason far surpassed anything I was able to create on FL Studio. Not to say FL Studio is a bad program because it isn't. I know of many talented producers who swear by FL Studio and consistently make quality music. Reason is just an easier program to jump into and start making music with an entry level of knowledge. Back then, Reason was still a limited program in the sense that Recording audio was out of the question when I got it back in 2008. I could care less about its inability to use vsts because I feel that with all the refills available you can find anything you need. Furthermore, I have developed a liking to Sonar X2 for production with vsts. I purchased Reason 7 about four months because of the ability to record audio and I am thoroughly impressed. I am now producing music more consistenly and professionally than ever before. My current setup is: HP Pavilion Slimline, M-Audio Axiom 49, M-Audio FireWire Solo, and a list of microphones, headphones, instruments, etc. This setup is all that I need to make any idea come to life in a quick and sophisticated manner. I now feel like a professional and create at a professional level. It will take time to become an intermediate at this program but I can assure you it will be a fun and fulfilling process. Bottom Line: If you want to improve your sound, get Reason 7.