Todd Rundgren, Reason User

Key to Rundgren’s recording process is Propellerhead Reason. He has utilized the software for eight years now, and with its expanded recording capabilities, he’s been able to do away with Pro Tools. “When I first started with it, it had no recording capabilities,” he explains. “It was just all virtual synthesizers. Now that I can record with it, I can do everything on my laptop with Reason and all of the various plugins and rack extensions that are available in it.”

Will listen to this during the weekend, I reckon.

Reason 101’s Reason 6.5 Update Writeup

Good overview on the news from Propellerhead software this week.

It looks like my wish for Reason instruments to be independent plugins to use in other DAW software will never come true. I love Reason’s sounds, but don’t like the sequencer much—with the exception of Blocks, those are pretty cool and what I wish Logic Pro’s folders were like.

Reason 6 – Pay What You Want

If you’re a Reason/Record Duo user you can name your own upgrade price for Reason 6.

On September 30th a Reason 6, Reason Essentials and Propellerhead Balance are released. Owners of both Reason and Record will be invited to name their price for the Reason 6 upgrade.

The Pay What You Want offer is valid from the release September 30th, 2011, until October 31st, 2011.

Owners of both Reason & Record are eligible for this offer. If you own Record Reason Duo, or Record for Reason Owners, you qualify for this promotion. Name your price. Just one of the new effects in Reason 6 would cost an arm and a leg as a standalone plug. But if you’re a student with limited funds, we understand.

I just bought the Record package in February, so…maybe $19, $29?

Record Is Dead—Reason 6 is coming

The first time I started Propellerhead’s Record, after getting over the basic learning curve, I remember thinking “why would anyone ever go back to using Reason?”

Propellerheads must have thought the same thing, because Reason 6, coming in September, is basically Record. It’s all been consolidated and they’re adding some new effects.

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music has more details.

Propellerhead and their focus on workflow

Say you want a piano sound. In a typical system, what is the first decision you need to make? It is “What plug-in?” That’s not right. You wanted a piano sound. I didn’t say if it was going to be a synthesized piano, a sample piano, electric piano – you want to mess around and see what works on your track.

Ernst Nathorst-Boos of Propellerhead Software in issue #77 of TapeOp

Propellerhead is unveiling a new feature in Reason 5 and Record 1.5 each day this week.

After trying Record 1.0 I felt it wasn’t for me. I admire the simplicity Propellerhead appears to take in their development, although I don’t always agree with how it’s implemented. However, I can always seem to start ideas faster in Reason than I can in Logic Pro.

I think that’s because of the above, how Propellerhead presents the sound to you before the instrument. Start doing that in Logic and you’re asked to pick one of their instruments or from your AU library. You could go through Logic’s channel strips which have tons of insert effects by default. It’s a good way to make your Macbook fans kick in.

Or think about how the very first window you’re presented with when starting a new track in Logic is the “Save Project” dialog box. It’s playing it safe, but how are you even supposed to know what kind of project this is yet? I can’t think of any other software that does that. Textedit gives you a blank window. Reason – it gives you the blank canvas to start working on.

Actually, Coda asks you to define your projects, but if you’re making an entire website you usually have a pretty good idea of what you’re after. You probably have some sketches on your desk. You don’t really open a window and write HTML thinking that maybe if you see the right arrangement of markup you may be onto something cool.

Propellerhead seems to make software for composers looking for sparks. Apple, at least with Logic, seems to make software for mixing engineers with clients ready to go. That’s not me. I’m just some dude with a spare room, a computer, and a MIDI keyboard.

Things like that make me think of making the leap to Record sometimes. I may dislike some of the ideas (the rack, ReFills) but I think at the core we’re very similar.

It costs $150 for Reason users to get a Record license. I think that’s how much I’d pay for AU/VST versions of Reason’s synths and effects. I like Reason’s synths more than Logic’s and would love to have direct access to them in Logic rather than through ReWire.

But I think the Props have made it pretty clear they’re not interested in doing that. I could almost see them making Reason 5 the last version of Reason they ever make and trying to migrate people over to Record with Reason instruments and effects.

Marco on Overdoing the Interface Metaphor

It’s important to find the balance between real-world reproduction and usability progress. Physical objects often do things in certain ways for good reasons, and we should try to preserve them. But much of the time, they’re done in those ways because of physical, technical, economic, or practical limitations that don’t need to apply anymore.



DreamOn Pro – A Reason-influenced Shmapple Product

If you’re a fan of the Schmapple Store then you want to check out their new software synth: DreamOn Pro.

Dreamon Pro

Kill hours and hours of your free time believing that a single piece of good-looking software is your key to stardom. Then, after months of fiddling, end up with a track that sounds exactly like it was stolen wholesale from someone way more talented than you. But from three years ago.

I really wish there were a Excellantaliser plugin – but unfortunately it looks like DreamOn Pro uses Rewire.