There once was a DAW program called Record, and then there wasn’t. In its place rose Reason 6, with all of Record’s features (audio tracks, a new Main Mixer, and Line 6 Guitar and Bass amps) but without its marketing cloud of confusion. Or, so it would seem, I’m not really sure since I’m not privy to such top secret information. But, as an end user, the sudden drop of Record like it was a scalding hot potato and the Release of Reason 6, with a name your own price upgrade path, made me feel awfully uncomfortable about what might be going on inside Propellerhead. Fortunately, the heads at Propellerhead appear to have a plan, a path back from the precipice that was Record.
With the release of Reason 6.5 (due sometime in the second quarter of this year) featuring a newly unveiled third party effect development system called Rack Extensions, and a spanking new iOS App called Figure, I’m excited to report that Propellerhead is definitely back in action and firing on all cylinders. I think that Rack Extensions is a brilliant move both from a business and creative standpoint, and the complaint that Reason doesn’t support third party plug-ins will be a thing of the past. Plus, Figure looks like an absolute blast and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
While I’m talking about Reason, I should mention that we’ve been having a ball with Reason 6 in my Producing Music With Reason course at Berkleemusic. The projects students have been cooking up with all its new features and the audio tracks are amazing. It’s really exciting to be hearing students put all these creative tools in Reason 6 to good use. I can’t wait to hear what our community does with Rack Extensions in the next version of Reason. But now, enough of me talking, check out this video detailing the new music-making wonder tools from Propellerhead.