Propellerhead Reason 7.1 Brings Workflow Improvements, Rack Extensions v2 & A Free Modulation RE

reason7.1-badge-127Propellerhead 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: Continue reading

Propellerhead Video Challenge: Create a Song From Scratch

propellerhead-record-softwarePropellerhead Software is holding a contest: they are asking songwriters to submit a video tutorial (via YouTube), no more than 5 minutes in length, showing how you create a song from scratch.

The winner’s video gets featured on the Propellerhead site. Deadline is March 25, 2014.

Rules and more information are at this link.

Mercury 4 Voice Polyphonic Arpeggiator Rack Extension

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Quadelectra has introduced Mercury – a true 4 voice polyphonic arpeggiator for the Reason Rack.

Mercury can be used either in your songs, or for live performances where you want a fast and elegant way to play chord sequences and progressions.

Here’s a preview of Mercury in action: Continue reading

Snakebite Hybrid Digital Analog Synthesizer Rack Extension

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DLD Technology has introduced Snakebite – a hybrid digital analog synthesizer Rack Extension.

According to the developer, Snakebite is designed to make sounds that aren’t possible using traditional virtual analog (VA) synth designs.

Here’s an audio demo of Snakebite: Continue reading

AudioRealism Intros ReDominator Polyphonic Synth Rack Extension, Inspired By Roland Alpha Juno

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AudioRealism has released ReDominator, a polyphonic synthesizer Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason.

ReDominator is an emulation of the classic Alpha Juno 1/2 (JU-1/2), a polyphonic DCO (digitally controlled oscillator) based synth from 1986. The JU-1/2 became popular in the early 90′s techno and rave scene particularly by the classic Hoover sound. But beyond those niche sounds there lays a versatile synthesizer that does bass, pads, leads, organs and a lot of other sounds waiting to be discovered.

Here’s a demo featuring ReDominator’s version of the classic Hoover sound: Continue reading

Noxious Additive Wave Synthesizer Updated

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Zvork has released a new version of Noxious Additive Wave Synthesizer for the Propellerhead Software Rack Extension platform.

Description:

Noxious is a polyphonic additive synthesizer. Additive synthesis consists of adding tens, hundreds or thousands of individual sinusoidal oscillators to create complex waveforms or sounds. In theory, additive synthesis is able to recreate any sound imaginable but is usually a challenge to manipulate.

Noxious takes an intermediate route to additive synthesis by offering a limited mean of manipulating these sinusoidal oscillators, called partials, through ‘modifiers’ and classical filters.

Noxious version 1.5 adds a number of new functionalities and patches as well as introduces some major performance enhancements, including: Continue reading

Propellerhead Releases Parsec ‘Spectral’ Synthesizer

Propellerhead today announced its new Parsec spectral synth, calling it “the futuristic sound of additive synthesis for the Reason rack.”

Propellerhead describes its Parsec user interface and synthesis engine as having been designed to suit both the novice and the “PhD of sound synthesis” alike.

Parsec has two sound engines, and each generator boasts up to 512 oscillators, or partials, per voice. The generators produce their sound according to any of 12 built-in algorithms. Each sound engine also has two modifiers, each of which can be set to any of 22 algorithms.

In addition, Parsec has three envelopes, one of which can be set to loop mode. It’s got a comprehensive modulation bus for connecting modulation sources and targets. Parsec allows the user to employ up to 1024 oscillators in their sounds, and do all manner of additive synthesis, “without killing your computer.” Continue reading

Propellerhead Figure Update Adds Sharing Features

propellerhead-figurePropellerhead has released an update to Figure for iOS, adding sharing features and more.

Here’s what’s new in Figure 1.5

  • Share songs with your friends via email
  • Send songs to other apps with file capabilities
  • Backup and restore your songs in iTunes File Sharing
  • Figure has a new song file format. Your old songs will be converted the first time you run it.

Propellerhead doesn’t provide any details on which apps Figure can share files with – so let us know your experience with this!

Figure is $.99 in the App Store.