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ReWire2 to Be Included Free in Pro Tools by Year's End

Part of new strategic relationship between Propellerhead Software and Digidesign By DMN Staff Writer
Propellerhead Software and Digidesign have announced a strategic relationship that will include the development of ReWire2 as a free component of the entire Pro Tools product line for inclusion by late 2003.

ReWire is a cross-application technology designed to be the software equivalent of a multi-channel cable between two audio applications. It integrates MIDI, audio and transport control in one invisible application. The ReWire2 technology automatically connects two compatible applications, such as Reason and Pro Tools. When a connection is established, all Reason sampler, synth, drum machine and Dr Rex outputs are connected automatically to the Pro Tools audio environment. The mixer facilities and effects in Pro Tools can then be applied to those outputs or they can be recorded onto hard disk tracks. ReWire is also a virtual bi-directional MIDI cable that seamlessly links devices in Reason to Pro Tools. Recording and playback is as integrated as any plug-in architecture, by selecting a Rewire 2 device such as a Reason synth from an output list.

"Digidesign is excited to work with Propellerheads to deliver close integration between Pro Tools and ReWire [which brings us integration with the Propellerheads flagship application Reason]. Our customers have given us a tremendous amount of feedback that suggests that this feature set will be widely used and enjoyed by our growing population of creative, music and MIDI-oriented users," says Dave Lebolt, General Manager of Digidesign.

Synchronization between the devices is also handled by ReWire. Once the applications have detected each other (which happens automatically) they are in complete sample-accurate sync. There are no settings to make and no parameters to worry about. ReWire 2 can handle practically any sample rate, while floating-point math provides high bit resolution.

Propellerheads' Reason emulates a rack of electronic synthesizers, samplers, drum machines and recording equipment on both the Mac and PC platforms. Reason has been awarded Editor's Choice Awards from media such as Electronic Musician, Mac World, Remix, Computer Music and and has won the TEC award.

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