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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
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
USB bus powered
Built-in Propellerhead Ignition Key
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
ID-8 Songwriter's Toolbox
NN-XT Advanced Sampler
Live Sampling Editor
Drums and Loops
Redrum Drum Computer
Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player
Matrix Pattern Sequencer
MClass Mastering Suite
Master Bus Compressor
RV7000 Advanced Reverb
Scream 4 Distortion
Line 6 Guitar/Bass Amps
DDL-1 Digital Delay
4 Effects Sends
Unlimited Audio Tracks
Unlimited Instrument Tracks
1GB Factory Sound Bank
Rack Extensions Supported
ReFills Mostly Supported
In the Box
Propellerhead Software Balance and Reason Essentials 1.5 - Digital Audio Interface and Software Bundle
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
PC 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