Propellerhead Software Reason 6.5 - Music Production Software

Propellerhead Software Reason 6.5 - Music Production Software

Propellerhead Software Reason 6.5 - Music Production Software

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Propellerhead Software Reason 6.5 - Music Production Software

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Product Highlights

  • Virtual Instruments Studio Rack
  • Record with Unlimited Audio Tracks
  • Arranging, Mixing, Mastering
  • Sampling
  • Effects
  • Rack Extensions
  • MIDI Controller Integration
  • Standalone or ReWire
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
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  • 1Description

Reason software was originally a set of virtual instruments with a built-in sequencer for quickly creating electronic type compositions. With the release of Reason 6.5 from Propeller Head, the software has taken on a maturity that includes audio recording. Users can record to an unlimited number of audio tracks, and record ready channels can be created in an instant. A comp editor assists in building the perfect track simply by selecting the parts that work and muting the ones that don't. Non-destructive time stretching allows for recording first and picking a tempo later, while non-destructive pitch change is done with a mouse click.

A fast and flexible sequencer comes with vector and tempo automation, count-in, multiple lane tracks and Blocks mode. The floating window provides fast access to those detailed editing functions used all the time; quantize, transpose, note velocity, note length and legato. When creating songs, many musicians tend to think of music in terms of intro, verse, chorus, breakdown, buildup, etc. With Blocks mode, the sequencer does too, allowing the sequencing of songs using a more pattern-based approach, with the segments of the song laid out in an arrangement as individual building blocks.

The ReGroove Mixer is a real-time, non-destructive groove management device that can lock all the tracks together into one unified feel, or different settings can be applied to up to thirty-two musical elements in a song. Rack Extensions open up the Reason rack to third party developers. While not a new plug-in format, they function in a similar manner in that they "plug-in" to the rack, but retain the same hierarchy as any other Reason component. Load them into Combinators, route cables on the back, automate all parameters, and experiment with the safety of undo.

Reason includes a huge sound bank of instruments, synthesizer patches, loops, and effects - over 4,000 instrument patches, 1,000 plus mixing/mastering effects, and nearly 3,000 loops. Many of the patches have been created by well know producers.


  • Analog type polyphonic synthesizer based on subtractive synthesis, the method used in classic, analog synthesizers
  • Two oscillators produce basic waveforms like square, sawtooth, triangle and sine, plus an additional waveform based on samples
  • Dual filters, three envelope generators and two LFOs
  • Phase offset modulation
  • Transform the tonal characteristics of the piano with a single knob

  • Creates sounds using Graintable technology, which combines the best parts of granular and wavetable synthesis for results that are exciting, controllable and texturally varied
  • Full filtering and modulation options
  • Includes real-time waveform stretching, spectral modulation, and wavetable sweeping
  • Shift function uses resampling to manipulate each grain in order to shift the formant of the Graintable through the harmonic spectra without altering the pitch
  • Audio inputs allow for filtering other Reason devices

Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
  • Features six different oscillator types and four unique filters
  • Six open filter and oscillator slots allow for loading up three different synthesizer filters and three separate oscillators simultaneously
  • Analog style step sequencer that can also be used as a modulation tool, trigger phrases from specific keys, create arpeggios, and generate percussion lines

ID8 Instrument Device
  • Wide palette of sounds for building a steady foundation for tracks, including pianos, drums, bass, strings, and more
  • Contains thirty-six presets divided into nine categories, with four sounds in each category
  • ID8 device is used by default when loading a Standard MIDI File into the Reason sequencer serving as a starting point to be able to play back the imported file

Neptune Pitch/ Voice Synth
  • Advanced pitch adjuster, audio transposer and voice synth
  • Fine tune the pitch of an audio track
  • Change the key of a song that's already been recorded
  • Play a MIDI keyboard and Neptune will create new harmonies from vocal tracks in real-time, or use it without the original voice to completely change the melody of the song

  • Flexible software sampler for demanding sampling tasks
  • Alternate sample playback, auto-pitch detection, zones with individual parameters and more
  • Filters, envelopes and tempo syncable LFOs
  • Layers and velocity crossfades
  • Automatic pitch detection
  • Alternating zones
  • Load third-party sampler patches
  • CV and Gate inputs and outputs
  • Sixteen audio output channels

  • Bare bones approach to sample handling, perfect for anyone looking for a sampler that can treat samples with a lot of modulation and automation
  • Filter section, LFO, and envelopes
  • Load a single WAV/AIFF sample or load a sampler patch
  • Loading a single file (mono or stereo) will transpose the audio across the keyboard by speeding up or slowing down playback
  • Create multi-sample patches for realistic playback
  • Modulation inputs include oscillator, filter, filter resonance, level or modulation wheel
  • Modulation out can be sent by the filter envelope or LFO, and gate inputs are available for the amp or filter envelope
Drums and Loops

Korg Drum Designer
  • Analog synthesis, physical modeling, sampling, REX loops, support sound generators, effects, flexible routing, multiple hit types, and more
  • Sixteen pads and sixteen drums
  • Nine drum modules
  • Two support generators and nine effects
  • Program automation and create alternating groups

  • Drum machine in the Reason rack
  • Ten channels that can play one AIFF or WAV sample each
  • Drum kits can be saved as Redrum patches
  • Built-in pattern sequencer
  • Can also be played from Reason's main sequencer or via MIDI
  • Each channel has two effect sends that are routed to the drum computer's two effect send outputs
  • Gate out and in that can trigger other devices with Redrum, or to trigger Redrum sounds from other units
  • Pitch control voltage input for each channel

Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player
  • Loads eight REX loops and lets you switch between them on the fly, making arranging a breeze
  • Player can retrigger loops on the beat, on the bar, or on the 16th note, or program the loops manually
  • Each of the eight loops has an expanded set of per-slice settings
  • Set pan, pitch, filter frequency and level, reverse slices, use multiple outputs, create alternating groups of slices, and more
Device Control

Spider Audio and Spider CV
  • Spider Audio merges or splits audio bringing a hardware studio's patching capabilities into the software realm
  • Merge multiple audio signals and process them with the same insert effect, or split an instrument's output into four and send them to four different effect processors
  • Spider CV splits or merges CV and gate signals
  • Split the CV signals from the Matrix Pattern Sequencer to trigger several synthesizers with the same pattern, or merge the outputs of several LFOs to create very complex modulation patterns

  • Analog style sequencer with a maximum of thirty-two steps per pattern
  • Each pattern can be freely sized regardless of what time signature has been chosen in the sequencer
  • Resolution selector allows playback of the pattern in a range between 1/2 notes to 1/128th notes
  • Patterns can also be moved up or down a semi tone or one step left or right
  • Alter Pattern option
  • Ties and Randomize functions
  • Connecting CV and gate outputs from Matrix to a receiving device activates and controls the pitch of each note
  • Create complex LFOs for control of reverb decay, oscillator modulation, panning etc. or n use it for rhythmic synthesizer control

RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator
  • Wide range of on-panel controls and mode selectors
  • Pattern section for muting selected notes in an arpeggio
  • Large display showing values and positions
  • Single Note Repeat function engages the arpeggiator only when two or more simultaneous notes are held down
  • Manual mode will arpeggiate notes strictly in the order they were input, for real-time arpeggio control

  • Tool for combining and controlling devices or building unique instruments
  • Allows for building elaborate chains of Reason units - instruments, effects, pattern sequencers, etc., and saving them as Combi patches
  • When a Combi patch is opened, all units in the setup are instantly loaded, complete with sounds, settings and routings, making it performance friendly and perfect for both stage and studio use
  • Houses an unlimited number of Reason devices
  • Programmer window makes it easy to build thick, layered sounds using any number of synthesizers and samplers, or create keyboard splits for mapping out different instruments across a MIDI keyboard
  • Alternate between instruments using velocity splits
Dynamics and EQ

MClass Mastering Suite
  • Four separate mastering units designed to add power and presence to Reason mixes
  • MClass Equalizer is a 4-band mastering EQ with low and high shelving bands, two peak filters, and a low cut switch
  • MClass Stereo Imager splits the incoming audio into low and high frequency bands, each independently adjustable
  • MClass Compressor is a single-band compressor and features a sidechain input for advanced compression functions such as ducking or de-essing, a soft-knee mode for smooth, musical compression, and CV out for dynamically controlling other Reason devices
  • MClass Maximizer maximizes the volume of Reason tracks, without crushing them or introducing other unwanted artifacts
  • Limiter section with switchable look-ahead, for distortion free brickwall limiting, and a Soft Clip section for rounding out harsh transients

Pulveriser Demolition
  • Combines crunchy compression, distortion, a multi-mode filter and flexible modulation into a single effect
  • Apply parallel compression to bring out the details of a sample or recording
  • Use the envelope follower when recording live instruments for responsive, expressive filter effects

BV512 Digital Vocoder
  • 4 to 512-band vocoder capable of modulating sound in both old-school analog style and digital FFT fashion
  • Combine any two sound sources like vocoding a percussion track with the bass line or the string pad with the rhythm guitar
  • Fully automatable including band-level settings
  • Record front panel actions, or use the pen tool to draw in layers upon layers of wild frequency changes
  • Equalizer mode turns the BV-512 into a 4 to 512 band stereo equalizer

The Mixer
  • Modeled after the SSL 9000k
  • SSL master bus compressor
  • Eight auxiliary sends
  • In pre-fader mode, use Aux sends to create custom headphone feeds for vocalists or recording ensembles
  • Master bus accepts insert effects

Alligator Triple Filtered Gate
  • Three channel pattern-based gate effect
  • Three parallel filters, distortion, phasers and delays
  • Each channel has a separate gate controlled by the sixty-four included patterns, triggered from the sequencer, the Matrix and RPG-8 Arpeggiator devices, or via a MIDI keyboard
  • Each channel s through either a high-, band-, or a low-pass filter
  • Pan and volume controls

The Echo
  • Stereo echo combining modern delays with the organic sounds of analog circuitry and old-school tape machines
  • Settings for delay time, tempo sync, stereo width, and pitch
  • Ping-Pong bounces the delayed signal from left to right
  • Offset provides a wide stereo spread
  • Keep Pitch keeps the delay feedback in tune when modulating the delay time for bouncing ball effects
  • Feedback controls
  • Color section provides limiting, overdrive, distortion, or tube distortion for the repeats
  • Band-pass filter cuts frequencies from the repeats and boost them when the resonance is turned up
  • Modulation section features parameters for modulating the pitch and stereo image of the echoes
  • Breakout jacks allow for inserting any number of other effect units into the feedback loop

RV7000 Reverb
  • Stereo reverb
  • Nine reverb algorithms, with seven individual parameters each - Small Space, Room, Hall, Arena, Plate, Spring, Echo, Multitap and Reverse, each with up to seven individual parameters
  • Three separate sections - Reverb, EQ, and Gate

Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit
  • Ten different "audio damage" methods or distortion types - Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, Tube, Tape, Feedback, Modulate, Warp, Digital and Scream
  • Cut section is a +/-18 dB EQ
  • Body Section is a type of speaker simulator with five basic Body types to choose from, and separate controls for Body Resonance and Body Scale

Line 6 Guitar and Bass POD
  • Separate virtual guitar and bass POD units developed by Line 6
  • Feature accurate simulations of five vintage amplifier and cabinet models
  • Sounds from any Line 6 USB hardware device can be accessed within Reason
  • In the Box
    Propellerhead Software Reason 6.5 - Music Production Software
  • Installation DVD
  • Reason License
  • Ignition Key
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    System Requirements 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 scratch disk space)
    Monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution or larger
    CoreAudio compliant audio interface or built-in audio hardware
    MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
    Internet connection for registration
    Free USB port for Ignition Key

    Intel Pentium IV / AMD Opteron or better (multiple cores highly recommended)
    2 GB RAM (more highly recommended)
    Windows XP SP3, Vista or Windows 7 (Vista or Windows 7 required for 64-bit operation)
    3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
    Monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution or larger
    16-bit Windows compatible audio card, preferably with an ASIO driver
    MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
    Internet connection for registration
    Free USB port for Ignition Key
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.8 x 5.9 x 2.6"

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