Propellerheads Reason 6, Reason Essentials & Balance

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Propellerhead Software has released for sale Reason 6 -- "a major update," offers the company -- along with Reason Essentials, the successor to Record, and Balance with Reason Essentials, an audio interface for Mac and Windows integrated with Reason Essentials software.

Reason version 6 adds audio recording and editing, along with Propellerhead's mixing console with modeled EQ and dynamics on every channel, multiple parallel racks, Line 6 amp models, new effect devices, seamless time/tempo stretch, plus additional features. New creative effects designed for using directly with instruments or inserting into tracks include Pulveriser -- a "sound crushing effect with crunchy compression, dirty distortion and flexible modulation," explains Propellerheads -- The Echo -- an "advanced stereo echo with modern delay and analog tape echo emulation" -- and Alligator, a three band pattern gate. Other updates include interface enhancements, high definition audio transpose and 64-bit compatibility.

Balance, a two-in by two-out audio interface for Mac and Windows, is designed for the single person operated home/project studio. USB 2 powered with separate volume controls for monitors and headphones, it provides eight inputs. Owners of Reason or Record who purchase Balance will automatically receive the Reason 6 upgrade as a download for free.

Prices: $449 (Reason 6), $299 (Reason Essentials), $499 (Balance with Reason Essentials), and $169 (Reason 6 Upgrade from any version)

Contact: Propellerheads | propellerheads.se