$449 (Record & Reason Duo bundle); $349 (Reason); $299 (Record); $169 (Record for Reason owners side-grade, includes Reason 5 upgrade); $129 (Reason 5 upgrade from any version); free download (Record 1.5 upgrade from any version)
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Propellerhead Software has released the biggest overhaul to its Record/Reason application family to date. These upgrades to Reason 5 and Record 1.5 introduce new instruments, effects, sequencing, sounds, patches and more for composing, beatmaking, loop-mangling, vocal treatment, songwriting, remixing and music production.
The new Kong Drum Designer and Dr. Octo Rex loop player extend Reason’s instrument arsenal to help musicians get “phenomenal-sounding rhythms, drums tracks and beats.” Reason 5 and Record 1.5 add a whole new take on sequencing: Blocks — build songs parts like patterns and string them together for arranging with the ability to freely go back and forth between pattern and linear modes. Neptune, a pitch correction tool and voice synthesizer, turns less-than-perfect performances into great ones in no time. Simply play new harmonies on a MIDI keyboard for instant backing vocals. Live sampling into all sample-capable devices means any musician can use samples in a new and playful manner. The Expanded Factory Sound Bank, doubling in size, plus added signature sound designers’ patches, inspire new arrangements and compositions. Multi-core optimization, an onscreen keyboard and tempo scaling of clips top the list of additional improvements.
Anyone who purchased a qualifying Reason product after May 24, 2010 can receive the upgrade for free.