Propellerhead Software has announced that Reason 4 is
now available to the public. The new version boasts Thor, a highly
sophisticated, superior sounding synthesizer, the ReGroove mixer, a new
way to adjust the rhythmic feel of tracks, RPG-8, a versatile
arpeggiator, a completely rebuilt sequencer coupled with many other
workflow enhancements that give musicians the control and power to make
great sounding music faster and easier than ever.
The Thor Polysonic Synthesizer, takes sound creation to a
new level delivering a veritable “museum” of synthesis techniques
wrapped into one instrument. With six open “slots,” Thor brings
together six different oscillators with four different filter modules
plus wave shaping, enveloping and effects. Thor offers a plethora of
modulation routings that enable users to exchange audio and control
signals just like original analog synths. The result is a fantastic,
full-sounding instrument that is extremely light on CPU usage.
The ReGroove Mixer takes traditional groove and swing
quantization from sequencers to a more flexible, user-friendly paradigm
of a mixing console. Using the ReGroove Mixer, users can apply in
real-time varying amounts of swing, shuffle and groove to tracks. This
revolutionary hands-on approach gives users 32 “groove channels” that
can be assigned to sequencer lanes, providing individual settings for
groove strength, timing shift, velocity, duration and other parameters
nondestructively. Users can create their own templates. In addition,
Reason ships with a large selection and variety of grooves—extracted
from live recordings, famous beat boxes and even vinyl funk gems of the
Reason’s sequencer has been completely redesigned and rebuilt
into a more intuitive and powerful tool, giving users unprecedented
control while maintaining Reason’s simple streamlined workflow. Users
can quickly make global edits using “clips,” assign notes and
controller events to different “lanes,” manage multiple takes, and edit
events numerically—to name but a few of the hundreds of enhancements.
Controller data now uses vector automaton for the smoothest of
transitions. Users can manage tempo and time signature changes through
a transport track.
The RPG-8 monophonic arpeggiator device provides a wide away
of controls for arpeggiation. Very easy to use, yet deceptively
powerful, the RPG-8 provides endless creative possibilities for each of
Reason’s sound sources. Reason version 4 is priced at MSRP is EUR €449
/ US$499. Upgrades from any prior registered version of Reason are MSRP
EUR €99 / US$129. All users who purchased Reason after June 1, 2007 are
entitled to a free upgrade with proper invoice/receipt documentation.