Stockholm, Sweden (June 22, 2007)–Propellerhead Software has started beta testing for Reason 4, a major update that includes the new soft synth, Thor, the new ReGroove mixer, the RPG-8 arpeggiator, and a newly rebuilt sequencer.
Reason 4 includes many other workflow enhancements that give musicians the control and power to make great sounding music faster and easier than ever.
Thor, a Polysonic Synthesizer, offers a veritable “museum” of synthesis techniques. With six open “slots,” Thor brings together six different oscillators with four different filter types plus wave shaping, enveloping and effects. Thor facilitates a plethora of modulation routings enabling users to exchange audio and control signals just like original analog synths. The result is a full-sounding software instrument that is light on CPU usage.
The ReGroove Mixer brings traditional groove and swing quantization from sequencers into the more flexible, usable paradigm of a mixing console. Using the ReGroove Mixer, users can apply in real-time varying amounts of swing, shuffle and grooves to tracks. This approach gives users 32 “groove channels” that can be assigned to sequencer tracks and lanes, providing individual settings for groove strength, timing shift, velocity, duration and other parameters nondestructively. According to Propellerhead, users will create tighter sounding tracks with more human feel and even attain better mixes using ReGroove. Users can create their own groove templates. In addition, Reason 4 will ship with a large selection and variety of grooves–from grooves extracted from live recordings to grooves taken from vinyl funk gems of the 70s.
Also in version 4, Reason’s sequencer has been completely redesigned and rebuilt into a more intuitive and powerful tool, giving users more control than ever while still maintaining Reason’s simple streamlined workflow. Users can quickly make global edits using “clips,” assign notes and controller events to different “lanes,” manage multiple takes, and edit events numerically–to name a few of the hundreds of enhancements. Controller data now uses vector automaton for smoother transitions. Users can manage tempo and time signature changes through a transport track, a floating tools window lets users access devices, editing commands and groove controls without having to invoke menu commands or dialog boxes.
The RPG-8 monophonic arpeggiator device provides a wide away of controls for arpeggiation. According to Propellerhead, this is very easy to use, yet deceptively powerful: “the RPG-8 provides endless creative possibilities for each of Reason’s sound sources.”
The new Reason features a number of other improvements and enhancements. Reason 4 is now fully localized into English, French, German and Japanese, including all menus, interface items, help files and documentation. The included Factory Sound Bank has grown with a number of additions, as well as a large set of signature Thor patches from well-known artists and sound designers. The Combinator and NN-XT devices have seen improvements and new features that are especially useful for sound designers and live musicians.
“This is clearly the biggest update to Reason ever. For users, this will be as inspiring as using Reason for the first time,” said Ernst Nathorst-Böös, CEO and founder of Propellerhead Software. “We can’t wait to hear the music our users will make with the new version.”
Pricing on Reason version 4 will remain the same: MSRP $499.
Upgrades from any prior registered version of Reason is $129. All users purchasing Reason after June 1, 2007 will be entitled to a free upgrade with proper invoice/receipt documentation. This will be handled by local distributors once Reason 4 is released.
Targeted for Autumn 2007, the official release date for Reason 4 has not yet been set; it will be determined based on testing results and manufacturing timeframes.
As available, all pricing and release information will be updated on the Propellerhead website.
For more information go to www.propellerheads.se/reason.