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Propellerhead Releases Reason 2.5

New version adds sound processing tools and signal path routing utilities By Dave Nagel
Propellerhead Software has released an update to Reason, a software suite for emulating audio hardware such as synths, samplers, drum machines and mixing equipment. Version 2.5, which Propellerhead has dubbed "the x-tra FX update," adds four new sound processing tools and two new utilities for signal path routing. It's available now as a free download for current users on Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows.

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 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 is available as a free update for users of Reason 2.0 for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. The full version runs $399, while updates from Reason 1.0 sell for $89. 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, Mac OS, 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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