Propellerhead Software has released Reason 6, a major update to the popular music app; Reason Essentials, an entry-level version; and Balance with Reason Essentials, an audio interface for Mac and Windows integrated with Reason Essentials software.
Now that it’s out though, we’d like to know what you think of it. Let us know in the comments!
Details and pricing below.
Here are the details on each:
Combining all the features from Record, Reason version 6 adds audio recording and editing, along with Propellerhead’s mixing console with modeled EQ and dynamics on every channel, multiple parallel racks, Line 6 amp models, new effect devices, time/tempo stretch plus additional features.
New creative effects designed for using directly with instruments or inserting into tracks include:
- Pulveriser, sound crushing effect with crunchy compression, dirty distortion and flexible modulation;
- The Echo, advanced stereo echo with modern delay and analog tape echo emulation; and
- Alligator, a three band pattern gate for complex rhythmic texturing.
Interface enhancements, high definition audio transpose and true 64-bit compatibility highlight other new feature improvements.
Distilled from the core of Reason, Reason Essentials contains a selection of instruments and effects in a virtual rack that builds itself, or can be customized—drum machine, loop player, sampler, synths, reverb, delay, distortion, mastering effects and more.
For guitar players, the built-in virtual guitar and bass POD from Line 6 bring a wide range of top quality guitar amps, cabinets and effects.
Balance with Reason Essentials
Balance, a two-in by two-out audio interface for Mac and Windows, is designed for the single person operated home/project studio.
Fully USB 2 powered with separate volume controls for monitors and headphones, it contains 8 input connections to keep all instruments, mics and devices connected and ready to record with the press of a button—without software pop-ups or control panels.
Owners of Reason or Record who purchase Balance will automatically receive the Reason 6 upgrade as a download for free.
- Reason 6 – EUR €405 / USD $449
- Reason Essentials – EUR €279 / USD $299
- Balance with Reason Essentials – EUR €499 / USD $499
(Includes a free upgrade to Reason 6 for any registered Record or Reason owner)
- Reason 6 Upgrade EUR €149 / USD $169
(from any Reason version, Reason Essentials and Balance)
- Reason 6 Upgrade from Record-Reason Duo before October 31, 2011 – Pay What You Want starting at €1.00 / $1.00. After October 31, 2011 (worldwide) – EUR €149 / USD $169