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Propellerhead Intros Reason 2.5

New version adds sound processing tools and signal path routing utilities By Dave Nagel
Propellerhead Software has announced an update to Reason, a software suite for emulating audio hardware such as synths, samplers, drum machines and mixing equipment. Version 2.5 adds four new sound processing tools and two new utilities for signal path routing. It's being shown off this week at the Musikmesse Festival in Frankfurt and is expected to ship in the second quarter.

Reason is a software-only suite designed to look like a classic studio rack, packed with samplers, analog synths, mixers, step time drum machines, effects and a real-time multitrack sequencer. New modules in version 2.5 will include:

  • The RV7000, a stereo reverb effect module that includes nine algorithms: Small Space, Room, Hall, Arena, Plate, Spring, Echo, Multitap and Reverse, with up to seven individual parameters each;
  • The BV512 Digital Vocoder, a four- to 512-band vocoder and automated graphic equalizer;
  • Scream 4 Sound, a distortion unit with 10 different damage types, including Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, Tube, Tape, Feedback, Modulate, Warp, Digital and Scream, along with a +/- 18 dB three-band equalizer and body section;
  • UN-16 Unison, a half-rack unit for emulating the "Unison" button from '80s synths, similar to a chorus effect;
  • Spider Audio, a utility that merges and splits audio;
  • Spider CV, similar to Spider Audio, except that splitting and merging is performed on CV and gate signals.

Reason 2.5 will be available in the second quarter as a free update for users of Reason 2.0. The current version support Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. Propellerhead has not yet indicated platform support for version 2.5. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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