Reason 12 Now In High Resolution

Reason Studios today announced that Reason 12 – the latest version of their flagship DAW and virtual studio – is starting to roll out to Reason+ subscribers.

Here’s what they have to say about the update:

“Reason is now presented in beautiful high resolution. In practice, this means that Reason will look good on any screen and resolution, no matter how large.

There’s more to it than that though. We’ve rebuilt how Reason handles graphics from the ground up to utilize your graphics card. This allows us to do even more interesting, interactive, and great-looking things in the future. But right now, for you, the Reason user, it means that both our own devices and third party Rack Extensions will look drop dead gorgeous. In fact, every single device is available right now. Many other UI elements are of course hi-res too, and we’ll keep updating anything that isn’t as we go along.

While Reason will adapt to your screen and OS resolution, we recognize that everyone has their own personal preferences. For example, I tend to have a very high OS scaling so macOS is quite tiny, but when working in Reason I want to be up close and personal. Even more so when using the Rack in Ableton Live. To accommodate that, there’s now a global Application Zoom setting in the Options menu in standalone and the top bar of Reason Rack Plugin. That way you can easily get Reason to sit just right in your setup.

To not interrupt your music making, we’re scaling the graphics to your setting in the background and once they’re ready we switch them in. Kind of like how the time stretch preview works in the sequencer! So if a device doesn’t look spectacular right away, don’t worry, and once they’re scaled to a certain size you don’t have to scale them again.

That’s not all though, we’ve also improved search in Reason’s Browser. Gone are the days of typing your search term, hitting enter, and then sighing as Reason crawls through your massive folder of samples, patches and ReFills. We now build a search index from all your locations (you know, the things you keep in your Browser sidebar) and immediately show search results as you type. The results are categorized by type and you can easily switch to searching All Locations at once. No need to worry about where a specific patch is located, searching All Locations will find it. Much like high resolution, this is also a great foundation for us to keep improving Reason’s Browser and make it easier to find what you need—or just go exploring.”

The company is releasing its planned updates for Reason 12 incrementally. Reason+ subscribers will get access to improvements and new features as soon as they are available, Reason 12 perpetual licenses and upgrades will be available for purchase on September 1st 2021.

Planned changes in Reason 12 include:

  • Making Reason high resolution. With version 12, you can zoom Reason to fit your set-up, and all 3rd party Rack Extensions will be ready for hi-res on day one.
  • A new sampler.
  • The Combinator in Reason 12 is overhauled to be fully customizable, more powerful, and easier than ever to work with.
  • Reason 12 also features an improved Reason browser. Search is now faster and your search results are categorized to easily find what you want.


9 thoughts on “Reason 12 Now In High Resolution

  1. Reason 12 update in increments. Really cool stuff comes at the end of the cycle but they seem really excited about High Resolution Reason. Look at the multiple paragraphs.

  2. This why I finally upgraded from Reason 4 to Reason 11/12 Suite. I have to wait a few more months to get the full 12 upgrade, but am already enjoying using the Rack in Live.

  3. man they should have done this 10 years ago, back when HD monitors and retina displays became commonplace

    its just so insanely late

  4. Only 9 years after the debut of the “Retina” MacBook Pro – well done, (former Propellerheads, now) Reason Studios!

    I wonder who has to wait longer for upgrades – Reason or Live users? ;-p

  5. Get Reason+ for 3 months for $3 – enter ‘333’ as coupon code…should tied you over and let you try all of the current (and the 2 new devices when pushed out) before the official R12 launch in September.

  6. I’m gonna actually upgrade from 2.5 when it’s available. I’ve been bitching about the resolution for well over a decade.

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