Propellerhead today released Reason 7.1 and Reason Essentials 2.1 – an update that adds workflow improvements, support for an updated Rack Extension standard and a free modulation Rack Extension, Synchronous.
Here’s what’s new in Propellerhead Reason 7.1 and Reason Essentials 2.1:
- Reason 7.1 and Reason Essentials 2.1 comes with the new Rack Extension SDK 2 installed. The new SDK allows for a new generation of Rack Extensions with vastly improved display capabilities. With the new SDK, Propellerhead is making it easier for content developers to create Rack Extension instruments.
- Workflow improvements:
- Hold shift when reordering devices in a signal chain to automatically re-route
- Better indications on audio clips to show if the clip has comp edits or slices
- Slices in self-contained REX files can now be used as samples
- Spectrum EQ button on Master Section device
- Various improvements and bug fixes:
- Reason can now import 32-bit float WAV files
- CodeMeter version 5 included
- Improved synchronization with Cubase in Rewire mode
Propellerhead also introduced Synchronous – a Rack Extension for Reason they describe as ‘a modulation powerhouse’:
Animate your pad, wobble your bass or glitch up your samples. Draw complex modulation waveforms with Synchronous’ drawing tools. Assign the waveforms to the built in effect units and enjoy an energy boost to your sound.
Use Synchronous to quickly call up straightforward effects such as tremolo or ducking, or use it to build complex modulation chains with several parallel modulation curves.
Here’s the official intro to Synchronous:
Developers can get more info on Rack Extension SDK 2 at the Propellerhead Developer Site.
See the Propellerhead site for full details.