At Musikmesse 2012, Propellerhead introduced Rack Extensions: a new technology that opens up the Reason rack to third-party developers, letting them create instruments and effects for Reason.
Through this new technology, which is built into the next version of Reason and Reason Essentials, you’ll be able to expand your rack of Reason devices.
Rack Extensions As A New Format
Available to third parties as a software development toolkit, the Rack Extension technology is not just another plug-in format.
Rack Extensions are full Reason rack citizens, giving users the same experience with third party extensions as with any other Reason device. This includes the ability to load them in Reason’s Combinator, route audio and CV cables on the back, automation of all parameters, copy/paste devices and signal chains, and experimentation with the safety of unlimited undo.
“With Rack Extensions we rocket it into another dimension,” says Ernst Nathorst-Böös, Propellerhead CEO, “by inviting a world of creative and talented developers to bring their designs to the Reason rack. Rack Extensions have everything you love about Reason, from the cables on the back and integrated patch browser to its world-renowned stability and ease of use”.
Propellerhead Rack Extension Store
Propellerhead also announced the Rack Extension Store, an online store where Rack Extensions from all developers can be purchased and downloaded directly into the Reason rack, as many times as needed.
All Rack Extensions are Mac and Windows compatible, and can be tried with users’ own song files in Reason before purchase.
Third Party Rack Extensions
Here’s an example of a third party rack extension, Bitspeek, already under development:
The video captures a quick demo of Bitspeek running as a Rack Extension inside Propellerhead Software Reason. This is an early version of the extension, so some features are missing or are incomplete (like the backplate).
Pricing And Availability
The Rack Extension technology will be introduced in version 6.5 of Reason and version 1.5 of Reason Essentials, to be released in Q2, 2012.
The upgrades will be available for free download for all owners of Reason 6 and Reason Essentials. Users of previous versions of Reason can upgrade to Reason 6 today and download the upgrade for free once it becomes available.