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Propellerhead Software Balance and Reason Essentials 1.5 - Digital Audio Interface and Software Bundle

B&H # PRSWBIRE1.5 Mfr # 99-101-0028
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Product Highlights
  • 2 Input/2 Output USB 2.0 Interface
  • 2 Microphone Preamps
  • Low-Latency Design
  • 24-Bit/96kHz
  • USB Class Compliant and Bus Powered
  • Unlimited Audio and Instrument Tracks
  • Virtual Instruments, Samplers, Effects
  • 1GB Factory Sound Bank
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

Balance and Reason Essentials 1.5 from Propellerhead Software is a bundle that includes a two input/two output USB 2.0 audio interface, along with music software designed for use with Balance, or as a standalone recording tool, or as a rack of instruments and effects for use with all ReWire compatible DAWs. Balance will also work with any Mac OS X or Windows recording software.

On the rear of the interface are eight input connectors including two microphone preamps with phantom power, two high impedance guitar and bass inputs with pads, four line inputs and a side-mounted headphone output. Dedicated switches on the top panel select what input is active. Also provided are notched input level controls, along with headphone and main out level knobs.

Reason Essentials 1.5 is a "lite" version of Reason, the highly popular audio production package that is a favorite amongst electronic music creators. Despite that designation, it still provides all the essential recording, editing, effects, instruments, and mixing tools for audio creation, with room to grow and expand.

The software comes with a selection of Reason's instruments and effects in a virtual rack, a streamlined version of its modeled mixer, and all the recording and sequencing tools needed. For guitar players, the built-in virtual guitar and bass PODs from Line 6 deliver a wide range of modeled guitar amplifiers, cabinets, and effects.


  • Two input, two output USB 2.0 audio interface
  • Two microphone preamps with individually switchable phantom power
  • 24-bit/ 96 kHz digital converters
  • Low-latency design
  • Clip Safe monitors a session and automatically heals any clipped recordings (requires Reason Essentials or Reason 6 or later)
  • Works with any audio software
  • Mac OS class compliant (no driver on Mac OS), ASIO drivers for Windows available from the download page
  • Direct monitoring (for stand-alone or DAW use)
  • Hardware input source selection
  • Input level control
  • Separate output and headphone level control
  • Output muting
  • USB bus powered
  • Built-in Propellerhead Ignition Key

Reason Essentials

  • Recording music is all about seizing the moment - capturing a perfect performance or even nailing an idea before it gets away - and in that context Reason Essentials is always ready
  • A fast and flexible sequencer helps arrange tracks in a smooth and effortless way
  • Immediate and intuitive, the sequencer provides control over arrangements by providing the ability to move and edit parts at will
  • Modeled mixing console provides flexible routing, built-in two-band EQ on every channel, advanced effects handling, full automation, and a master bus compressor
  • Subtractor Synthesizer
  • ID-8 Songwriter's Toolbox
  • NN-XT Advanced Sampler
  • Live Sampling Editor
Drums and Loops
  • Redrum Drum Computer
  • Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player
Device Control
  • Spider Mergers/Splitters
  • Matrix Pattern Sequencer
  • Combinator
  • MClass Mastering Suite
  • Master Bus Compressor
  • RV7000 Advanced Reverb
  • Scream 4 Distortion
  • Line 6 Guitar/Bass Amps
  • CF-101 Chorus/Flanger
  • DDL-1 Digital Delay
  • Gain
  • 2-band EQ
  • 4 Effects Sends
  • Insert Effects
  • Master Compressor
  • ReGroove Mixer
  • Unlimited Audio Tracks
  • Unlimited Instrument Tracks
  • 1GB Factory Sound Bank
  • Rack Extensions Supported
  • ReFills Mostly Supported
  • ReWire Supported
Type USB 2.0
Converter 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1 to 96kHz
Channels 2 x Input, 2 x Output
Inputs 2 x XLR Microphone
4 x 1/4" TRS Line
2 x 1/4" TS Instrument
Input Impedance Microphone: 2.2kΩ
Line: 20kΩ
Instrument: 1MΩ no pad, 100kΩ, -9 dB pad on
Gain Range 40 dB
Full Scale Input Level @ Maximum Gain
Microphone: -38 dBu
Line: -29 dBu
Instrument: -38 dBu, no pad
Maximum Input Level Microphone: +2.5 dBu
Line: +11 dBu
Instrument: +11 dBu @ minimum gain, pad on
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS
1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone
Output Impedance 100Ω unbalanced, 200Ω balanced
Maximum Output Level Line: +15.5 dBu
Headphone: +9.6 dBu
Frequency Response Inputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB @ 48 kHz sample rate
Outputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-0.5 dB @ 48 kHz sample rate
THD + N Microphone: 0.005% @ -4 dBFS, 1 kHz
Line Input: 0.006% @ -4 dBFS, 1 kHz
Instrument: 0.02% @ -4 dBFS, 1 kHz
Line Output: 0.006% @ -4 dBFS, 1 kHz
Headphone: 0.005% @ -4 dBFS, 1 kHz
Noise Microphone EIN: <-121 dBu (A-weighted) @ maximum gain
Signal to Noise Ratio Inputs: -99 dB (A-weighted) no clip safe, -102 dB (A-weighted) with clip safe
Line Output: -104 dB (A-weighted)
Headphone: -103 dB (A-weighted)
Power Requirements USB bus
System Requirements Same as software
Dimensions (WxDxH) 5.1 x 7.6 x 2.8" (130 x 192 x 70 mm)
Weight 1.3 lb (569 g)
System Requirement Mac
Intel Mac (multiple cores highly recommended)
OS X 10.5.8 or later
2 GB RAM (more highly recommended)
3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB of scratch disk space)
Core Audio compliant audio interface or built-in audio hardware
DVD drive
MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
Internet connection for registration
Available USB

Intel Pentium 4/AMD Opteron or better (multiple cores highly recommended)
Windows XP SP3, Vista or Windows 7 (Vista or Windows 7 required for 64-bit operation)
2 GB RAM (more highly recommended)
3 GB free hard disk space
Windows compatible audio card, preferably with an ASIO driver
1024 x 768 monitor resolution or larger DVD drive
MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
Internet connection for registration
Available USB port
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