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27 , 2000
Propellerhead Readies Reason
studio rack includes samplers, analog synths, mixers, step time drum machines,
effects and a real-time multitrack sequencer
Software says it's gearing up for the first shipments of its Reason, a
music system for Macintosh. Reason looks like a classic studio rack, packed
with samplers, analog synths, mixers, step time drum machines, effects
and a real-time multitrack sequencer. All of Reasonęs 16 devices have
the look and feel of actual hardware, and users can access as many devices
as the CPU will allow.
hooks up to a MIDI keyboard, giving the user MIDI control of all devices,
knobs, faders and parameters.
- NN19: A sampler
able to play standard WAV and AIFF audio samples. It includes five filter
options (notch, highpass, bandpass, lowpass 12db, lowpass 24db) and
resonance, two envelops, one LFO and portamento. NN19 comes with 294
sampler patches standard, including Grand Piano, Rhodes, Guitars, Strings,
Bass, Choir, Woodwinds and Synth samples.
- SubTractor: Polyphonic
two-oscillator synth with 32 waveforms, noise generator, FM, ring &
phase modulation, three envelope generators, two LFOs, portamento, five
filter options (notch, highpass, bandpass, lowpass 12db, lowpass 24db)
and an additional second lowpass filter with resonance. More than 400
patches are included standard.
- ReDrum: A 10-channel
drum machine that plays WAV or AIFF audio files. Each channel has control
over pan, level, velocity, length and pitch, plus two effect sends.
The programming interface has 32 patterns, three dynamic levels, flams
and shuffle mode. Programmed patterns can be dumped to the Reason sequencer
for further manipulation. A choice of 60 drum kits is included.
- Dr Rex: Rex files
automatically match the tempo of the sequencer. Users can choose from
the 300 drum loops and 100 music loops included as part of Reason's
sound library. The triggering of each audio slice can be dumped to a
MIDI track. It also features pitch, pan, level and decay parameters
for each individual slice, plus five filter options (notch, highpass,
bandpass, lowpass 12db, lowpass 24db) and resonance, two envelops and
- Mixer: The Reason
mixer features 14 stereo channels each with four aux sends, two-band
EQ, panning, mute, solo and volume control. More channels can be added
by adding another mixer to the rack.
- REV-7: Digital
reverb with 10 preset algorithms.
- DDL: Digital delay
line with settings by note value or milliseconds.
- D-11: Foldback
- ECF-42: Envelope
controlled filter, a choice of Bandpass, Lowpass 12db, Lowpass 24db
filter with resonance and ADSR.
- CF-101: Chorus/flanger
- PH-90: Phaser.
- Comp-01: Auto Makeup
- PEQ-2: Two band
parametric EQ with curve display Matrix Sequencer, analog and monophonic.
A total of 32 patterns per song can be programmed complete with ties,
CV and velocity curves. Users can also use the Matrix to generate complex
LFO curves to control parameters such as filter, FM, panning, volume,
etc. in other devices. Matrix patterns can finally be dumped to the
sequencer for further manipulation.
- ReBirth Input Machine:
An interface allowing users of ReBirth to connect to any device within
- Reason Sequencer:
The sequencer offers the fundamentals of MIDI sequencing, including
arrangement view, key-, velocity, rex-, drum-, controller and automation
says it expects to start shipping Reason this week and is now accepting
orders. Reason requires a Power Macintosh with 604 or better running at
166 MHz or faster, 64 MB of RAM, CD- ROM drive, Mac OS 8.6 or later, a
MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard and OMS 2.x or later (included). A
demo version of Reason is available. The full version costs $399. (A Windows
version is also available.) For more information, visit http://www.propellerheads.se.
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