Reason 3’s Combinator, Explained on O’Reilly; More Reason Resources

Jim Aikin, synth madman, sound guru, and my book’s tech editor (meaning he’s the only one keeping me accurate and sane), takes the Combinator under the microscope in a tutorial for O’Reilly. If you thought the Combinator was just a way of combining modules into combis (single instrumental patches), you’re missing a lot — this beast is an incredibly powerful all-around routing and performance tool. Interestingly, Jim spends most of the article focusing on routing modulation into the Combinator from its modules, which just goes to show just how deep this rabbit hole is — even that’s just the beginning. …

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Reason 3.03: Better Performance, More Hardware Support

Reason 3.03 is a maintenance update to Propellerhead Reason, but there’s reason (excuse the pun) to pay attention: Better performance: One of the things we like about Reason is that its code is rock-solid. Reason 3 added various performance enhancements; 3.03 adds more. TranzPort and Ozonic Support; SDK for Remote: Reason 3 has the kind of hardware support we all dream of: plug in your hardware, and you’ve got instant control over what’s on-screen, without lots of fiddly configuration. Unfortunately, hardware support in 3.0 was limited. Now the TranzPort wireless DAW control and M-Audio’s Ozonic are supported, and the release …

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Reason 3 Reviewed

With Live 5 on its way, it’s a good time to consider Reason, which many people like to pair with Ableton’s host for additional instruments. Macworld has a review I wrote of Reason 3 available online in its entirety. The initial release date for the new Reason caused quite a stir here on CDM — Reason haters and aficionados alike had plenty to say about this program. Of course, the hardest part about evaluating Reason is figuring out what it is, exactly. Is it a bundle of soft synths? Well, no, that does no justice whatsoever to some slick effects …

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Reason Release Date Today

Reason 3.0 is released today, and the hype at Propellerhead is turned up so loud you can't hear anyth– what? What did you say? You're not excited by a mastering suite? Why is it this program still can't record audio? What? Sorry, I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE BLASTING ROCK POWER THAT IS THE FLASH TRAILER FOR REASON 3.0 ON THEIR WEBSITE! YEAH! Boom! Boom! Boom! IT'S MARCH 10, BABY!!!!! Okay, sorry, got lost in the Flash promotional energy. Here's what's actually new: Combinator for creating complex, layered Reason patches and routing Zero-configuration MIDI configuration with Remote MClass mastering suite …

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NAMM Picks: Project 5 V2.0 (Windows)

Project 5 hasn't always gotten the credit it deserves as a pattern-based synth workstation, despite some celebrity endorsements from Grammy nominees Joey P. and Rambro Ramsey to South Park's D.A. Young. Version 2.0 could change all that, with an interface overhaul and lots of new features, including: Streamlined user interface: Some were confused by version 1.0's integrated features; the redesign makes things cleaner and easier to understand. High performance engine: Geared for "live performance" (making this one of the programs not called Ableton that is) Multitrack audio: I'm still waiting for clubs to install surround. Any takers? No? Multipad pattern …

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[Updated] Bargain-Basement Reason

Many are disappointed by the announcement of Reason 3.0; it's an evolutionary release that still lacks key features like audio recording in an otherwise fantastic program. But on the upside, Propellerhead is pricing Reason and upgrade low enough that it's a great time to pick up the program or upgrade. According to Propellerhead's 3.0 FAQ, Reason 2.5's price has been reduced by the upgrade price difference — making it US$129 / EUR 99 cheaper. Not excited by what's new in 3.0? Pick up 2.5 at a lower price and pocket the difference. Further evidence of the value of this app …

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Reason 3 Announced: Full Details

Enough of the speculation: Propellerhead today has formally announced Reason 3 and posted full details. Here's what's new, boiled down: Combinator will let you build combination patches of multiple Reason instruments, as I and others had predicted. MClass mastering suite includes EQ, stereo imaging, compressor, and maximizer.  'Performance' features: better control surface support including motorized faders, new browser, new soundbank with Combinator patches and "more sampled instruments" instead of just loops.  6:2 Line Mixer / submixer. Improved automation Improved sample quality, dramatically shorter load times

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Reason 3 Beta; First Device Revealed

Propellerhead is now soliciting beta testers for version 3.0 of its wildly popular synth workstation software Reason. As reported on Music Thing, Propellerhead has been titillating its Reason users by leaving tiny fragmented images of a new module in the upcoming version, which forum members bravely sorted out and reconstructed into the 'Combinator' Device. Bizarre publicity stunt, but there you have it. (Now, if you read every 10th letter of the 2nd news story . . .) So what the heck is this Combinator which the image claims "will change Reason forever"? It seems to be a device that answers …

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FL Studio 5 Arrives (Win)

Integrated synthesis and sequencing software FL Studio 5 has received a major new upgrade. Unlike most competitive products, FL Studio has lifetime free upgrades, so this is free for existing users. Lots of new features, many of which are related to time stretching and beat slicing (for some, this could even make FL Studio competitive with programs like Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason): "Elastique" time-stretching and pitch-shifting in audio tracks and tempo-synced stretch previews Improved Fruity Slicer, with stretching and REX loops support Tempo tapping Basic loop recording Tempo Detector tool aligns project tempos to songs The upgrade also features …

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