Propellerhead Announces Reason 6 – Here’s What’s New!

Remember when Propellerhead Record was introduced? A lot of people said that what they really wanted was a version of Reason that could record…..

It looks like the developers have been listening, because they’ve just announced Propellerhead Reason 6 – and it’s exactly what many were asking for. Reason 6 adds all the features from Record.

Here’s what they have to say about Reason 6:

Version 6 adds audio recording and editing into Reason, along with Propellerhead’s acclaimed mixing console with masterfully modeled EQ and dynamics on every channel, multiple parallel racks, all the effects you know and love plus new ones to fall in love with, and much more of what you’ve always wanted in Reason.

Propellerhead says Reason 6 will be available Sept 30th. But you don’t have to wait until then to find out what is new – we’ve got the details below.

Check out the info and then let us know what you think about Propellerhead Reason 6!

Mix in studio grade quality

Mix in studio-grade quality – The mixing desk adds a big studio signal chain to all your sound sources. Every audio and instruments track has its own channel strip with built-in EQ, dynamics and advanced routing. A “radio ready” master bus compressor is also available.


Pulveriser – Pulveriser brings together crunchy compression, dirty distortion, a multimode filter and flexible modulation in a single sound-crunching effect that you can use to crush, mangle, and destroy your sounds, apply careful parallel compression to bring out the details of a sample or recording or use the envelope follower when recording live instruments for responsive, expressive filter effects.

Propellerhead Reason 6 The Echo

The Echo – The Echo is an advanced stereo echo bringing together the brilliance of modern delays with the organic sounds of analog circuitry and old-school tape machines. The Echo is equal parts pristine stereo delay, sound sculpturing toolbox, and playable performance effect.

Propellerhead Reason 6 Alligator

Alligator Triple Filtered Gate – Alligator is a three channel pattern-based gate effect that is designed to turn bland pads into rhythmic textures, radically twist your loops, and ‘tweak boring beats into blockrocking breaks’. With its three parallel filters, distortion, phaser and delay, Alligator can add rhythm and accents to a flat synth sound, change the feel of a percussion loop, or be a powerful remixing tool. Add it as an insert effect on a single track to change the rhythmic feel of the sound or apply it to the whole mix for a breakdown section to completely reshape your song.


Neptune Pitch Correction – New in the Reason rack is the Neptune pitch correction and voice synth device. Neptune offers standard pitch correction effects – or you can play new harmonies on your MIDI keyboard for instant backing vocals.

Propellerhead Reason 6 recording

Audio Recording
– Audio recording has been one of the top feature requests for Reason.

Now you can capture your ideas with a minimum of mouse clicks and menu actions – directly in Reason. Version 6 introduces unlimited hard disk tracks and rock solid audio recording in Reason.

The large Recording Meter overlay lets you tune your guitar and set the levels from across the room.

In addition, Reason 6 adds non-destructive time stretch, so you can actually record first and pick your tempo later. And with audio transpose, you can even record first and change the key later. Change the tempo of your song, and the audio follows right along. Non-destructively change the pitch with a mouse click.

Propellerhead Reason 6 comp editor

Reason 6 also features an easy-to-use comp editor.

Building the ultimate vocal track is as simple as selecting the parts that work and muting the ones that don’t. Exit the comp editor and listen to the results; a perfect take containing only the good parts.

Line 6 guitar and bass amps

Line 6 guitar and bass amps – another interesting addition is virtual guitar and bass PODs from amp and cab simulation experts Line 6.

Other features:

  • Expert exporting – Want to move your song over to your DAW? In one single click, Reason will export your separate mixer channels as individual audio stems, with or without effects. Need just the effects? No problem.
  • More sounds – The included Factory Sound Bank has been expanded with thousands of new patches and loops for Reason’s instruments, and hundreds of patches for the new Pulveriser, The Echo and Alligator effects.
  • Workflow enhancements & technology advancements
  • 64-bit support
  • Better ReWire handling through individual outs on every channel
  • Reason’s new self-contained song file format
See the Propellerhead site for the latest information on Reason 6.

66 thoughts on “Propellerhead Announces Reason 6 – Here’s What’s New!

  1. Cubase 5 got cracked though, that's why I was skeptical about how secure the dongle really is. Looks like Cubase 6 is holding up for now.

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  2. Hmm…they finally came to their senses on Record. There was NO WAY it could survive in the marketplace as a standalone purchase because, being locked out to plugins, you pretty much NEEDED Reason to be able to really do anything with it.

    Record was simply TOO limited to appeal to a large enough group of people! I predicted this would eventually happen to Record. I mean, you can go to Best Buy and get a $60.00 Magix program that can record audio AND accept plugins! Why would ANYONE pay $250.00 for a program that can ONLY record audio? There's freeware that can do that!… $250.00 for an extremely limited product? If you were new to music production, and had NO OTHER software, would you go for Propellerheads Record?

    I sold ALL of my Propellerhead stuff just a month before this news came out and I'm glad I did! I liked the sound and I liked playing around in Props stuff but…it was just TOO frustrating to use when doing meaningful work. ReWire is the most cursed, unstable, fiddly, step intensive, annoyance of a protocol I've ever used! It NEEDS to go away! I have at least one production where some of the sounds in Reason were the best for that track. It sounded great. I just hated having to open up two projects, doing so in a certain order, shutting my host down in a certain way blah, blah, blah….

    So, I sold ALL of my props stuff and bought some dedicated plugins to replace the Reason sounds I lost. So…much easier to work with!…They come up, in the right place when I launch ONE project. So…much better for my creative work flow!

    At least they've finally added audio to a MUSIC MAKING program at VERSION 6, in 2011? Bravo! Perhaps they'll add plugin support by version 10 and finally give us a well rounded, user friendly, fully actualized DAW?

    If Propellerhead wanted to increase sales, they should do this. Sell two versions of Reason. One that includes all the Record stuff. The other version of Reason should be sold as a plugin itself! Many of us ONLY use Reason as a sound module. How great would it be to be able to launch Reason AS A PLUGIN in your DAW and use its sounds they way you would any other vst workstation?

    But…the idiosyncratic nature of this company make its decisions so odd, I wont hold my breath for something so commonsensical coming to be any time soon. Until Propellerheads stops acting like they're from another planet, I won't even consider any of their stuff again. Unique is one thing, downright annoying weirdness is another.

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  3. ok… I used : abelton, cubase with a load full of vst plugins, tried logic, and i am using reason since version 2. All the points in this forum talking against reason are personal view and i accept them. Or at least i can realte to them a little bit. But u should think of one thing: the more you use , the more you rock the hell out of this software. If you are used t.o vst’s, use it, but every plug in that i used can be redone in reason with minimal effort. You just have to know how. Reason is a powerful compangnion when it comes to produce music. The biggest mistake PH made was to release reason 5 /record instead of skipping this product and go direct to version 6….
    Check out the list of producers that use reason for there songs: a lot of number one hits were produced with reason. The product counts not the software that built it! Ok… I would not master my songs only in record or reason, but to produce good music (in every style and genre) its top of the tops in the big pool full of music software.

    Don’t underestimate reason…. It does things that logic or cubase has never heard of!


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  4. Reason 6 being basically Reason+Record means it will get cracked, dongle or not. It is a major Reason release (unlike Record) and I just can’t see the hacker’s community not taking on the challenge.

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  5. Cmon, MIDI OUT!!!!! I have about 2 dozen vintage synths that I sequence with SONAR 8.5 only because Record/Reason won’t send MIDI out!?!?!?? The virtual synths are nice, but are not exactly perfect. Besides, there is no Propellerhead synth that is dedicated to FM synthesis like my 1987 Yamaha DX7II, or my 1986, Korg DS-8. What about the Oberheim OB8 or OBXa? Please propellerhead, allow us the option of sequencing our “real world” synths with the awesome “virtual synths” you have created! For now, I have to rewire Reason through SONAR which works, but really taxes the computer.

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  6. You mean to tell me they still don’t have vst support? I’m a reason user I thought for sure that this version would have it. I mean you can do everything in reason but having certain plug-ins would help the work flow. What is there problem?

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  7. If some of you would like to learn more about how to use Reason, check out our online courses at – they cover everything from beginners to advanced users and up to Reason 6. You can study in your own time, from wherever you are. Enjoy!

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  8. Until Reason supports MIDI OUT, I will stay off the boat. Judging by the current rate of new-feature-implementation, this will probably happen in Reason 10+, unless PH get their heads out of their arses and endorse the fact that not everyone can afford having a dedicated DAW for outboard MIDI sequencing. It is my impression that Reason was always meant to be a stand alone music production environment, and it’s getting there. But now that you can record audio, why hold out on such a basic, important feature like MIDI Out? Lots of people have hardware they want to use in their music as well.

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