Stockholm, Sweden (October 3, 2011)—Propellerhead Software has released Reason 6, a major update to its music software; Reason Essentials, the successor to Record; and Balance with Reason Essentials, an audio interface for Mac and Windows integrated with Reason Essentials software.
Combining all the features from Record, 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, 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;” The Echo, a stereo echo with delay and analog tape echo emulation; and Alligator, a 3-band pattern gate for rhythmic texturing. Interface enhancements, high-definition audio transpose and 64-bit compatibility highlight other new feature improvements.
Reason Essentials reportedly aims to provide the feel of a recording studio with the simplicity of a tape deck. Distilled from the core of Reason, Reason Essentials contains a selection of instruments and effects in a virtual rack that builds itself, or can be customized—drum machine, loop player, sampler, synths, reverb, delay, distortion, mastering effects and more. For guitar players, the built-in virtual guitar and bass POD from Line 6 bring a range of guitar amps, cabinets and effects.
Balance, a 2-in by 2-out audio interface for Mac and Windows, is designed for the single-person-operated home/project studio. Fully USB 2-powered with separate volume controls for monitors and headphones, it contains eight input connections to keep all instruments, mics and devices connected and ready to record with the press of a button, without software pop-ups or control panels. Owners of Reason or Record who purchase Balance will automatically receive the Reason 6 upgrade as a download for free.