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Postby DIONYSOS » Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:29 pm

[align=justify]The fourth installment of the powerful audio production software just got its official release today. Here is what http://www.propellerheads.se/ has to say!




Your Reason rack just got bigger. All new Reason version 4 comes equipped with a brand new sequencer, a revolutionary groove tool, a stunning arpeggiator and a synth to end all synths. Welcome to Reason version 4 - the bigger rack.



Thor Polysonic synthesizer

A multi-synthesis synthesizer with six oscillator types, four different filters, a step sequencer and a modulation matrix. Fully routable. Fully automatable. Fully everything. Four different filter types. Six forms of synthesis. Godlike modulation capabilities. Thunderous sound. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the Thor Polysonic synthesizer.

Thor sounds like no synthesizer you've ever heard before - and every single one of them. Where other synths use one specific form of synthesis and one single filter, the Thor polysonic synthesizer features six different oscillator types and four unique filters. What does this give you? Simply the most powerful synth ever created; an unstoppable monster of a sound generator that utilises synthesizer technology from the last 40 years.

Six open filter and oscillator slots let you load up three different synth filters and three separate oscillators simultaneously, allowing you to dial in synth sounds that are completely...new. An all-powerful modulation matrix gives you complete control over your signal flow, letting you modulate anything within Thor with anything within Thor. Sound deep enough for you? It gets deeper.

At the bottom of this synth sits an analog style step sequencer with more than one twist. Being every bit as modular as the rest of Thor's components, this step sequencer does more than just play melodies - use it as a modulation tool, trigger phrases from specific keys, create intense arpeggios, generate piercing percussion lines. With its unique selection of oscillator types and synth filters, the Thor polysonic synthesizer is a veritable synth museum. But believe it, there's nothing dusty about this instrument; Thor may have one foot in history, but its sound is pure future.

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RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator

A monophonic arpeggiator with multiple play modes, an insert function and a pattern section. And then some. Turn boring chords into fluttering melody lines with the RPG-8, Reason's new tool for creative arpeggiation.

Reason 4 ships with RPG-8, a brand new unit dedicated to the art of arpeggiation. Some arpeggiators are quite content with simply transforming chords into wandering rhythmic melody lines. The RPG-8 monophonic arpeggiator is not. With a wide range of on-panel controls and mode selectors, a pattern section for muting selected notes in an arpeggio and a large display showing values and positions, this device gives you full creative control over your arpeggios.

Although very hands-on and user friendly, the RPG-8 boasts some very advanced features under the surface. Features that will change how you play Reason's instruments. The 'Single Note Repeat' function engages the arpeggiator only when two or more simultaneous notes are held down - letting you add sudden bursts of arpeggio to your melody lines. The 'Manual' mode will arpeggiate notes strictly in the order they were input, for realtime arpeggio control. The RPG-8 monophonic arpeggiator is a creative workhorse that can - and should - be used with all of Reason's sound sources; try arpeggiating your breakbeats, your orchestra samples, or your ReCycled vocals. Only in Reason 4.

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ReGroove Mixer

A realtime, 32-channel timing and groove handling mixer. Applies non-destructive, freely editable grooves to Reason's sequencer tracks. It's all about timing for Reason's new groove management console. Meet ReGroove mixer, the unquantizer.

Want your music to sound less rigid, less programmed? Need your drums to move and groove as if played live by actual musicians? If you want your tracks to flow with that loose, yet tight feel, a regular shuffle control just doesn't cut it. That's why we created the ReGroove mixer, Reason's own realtime groove management device.

The ReGroove mixer in Reason 4 gives you more than just a set of sequencer swing parameters - this is a unique device dedicated to one thing: the groove.

The ReGroove Mixer applies its timing magic non-destructively and in realtime, giving you freedom to adjust its settings - and fine-tune your groove - as your music is playing.

You can lock all your tracks together into one unified feel. Or you can apply different settings to up to 32 musical elements in your song, for ultimate control. Each of the groove channels feature controls for groove amount, slide and shuffle plus more detailed settings. The Reason soundbank comes with a great selection of groove patches, many of them created from analyzed recordings of real musicians as well as classic groovy tracks.

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Reason sequencer

Reason's new revamped sequencer now features multiple track lanes, vector automation, dedicated device tracks, clips, count-in and more. A lot more. The Reason sequencer has matured. Fully grown and fully featured, Reason's music production environment now comes with vector and tempo automation, count-in, multiple lane tracks.

With a whole new look, a ton of fresh features and a completely new way of handling sequencer data, the Reason sequencer has matured. Dedicated to turning your ideas into great music, the new sequencer is swifter, stronger and more intuitive than ever. The key word here is workflow. A sequencer device or instrument now gets its own dedicated track, with separate lanes for note, performance and automation data, opting for a better overview and less clutter. All sequencer data - notes, automation, the works - is now housed in clips - musical building blocks that can be opened, sliced or moved. When a clip is moved to a new location, all its internal data follows right along with it, always ending up exactly where you intended it to. For safe, speedy sequencing.

The new features and functions added to the Reason version 4 sequencer all strive toward making your Reason experience smoother and snappier. Like the new Tool window, an ever present floating window that provides lightning fast access to those detailed editing functions you use all the time; quantize, transpose, note velocity, note length and legato. Always in sync with your flow, forever adapting to you and your working methods, Reason's new sequencer simply gets you there faster.

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Tool Window

One new feature that will quickly ease its way into your workflow is the new Tools Window. This is a floating window containing all your most frequently used tools. Using the Tools window, you can create new devices by choosing from a device palette, fine tune your sequencer data from the Tools pane, or set groove parameters using the groove pane.

The device palette (pictured below) lets you drag-and-drop instruments and effects directly to the rack and place them just where you want them.

The Tools pane contains all of Reason's sequencer editing tools, allowing for quick access to everything from quantization to vector automation cleanup and legato adjustments.

When you hit a channel's Edit button in the ReGroove mixer, the selected groove's parameters show up here for instant editing. Here is also where you can save your own groove files.

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Factory Sound Bank

Reason wouldn't be Reason without its huge Factory Sound Bank. The Sound Bank holds patches for all devices in Reason to help you get going instantly. These are the additions in version 4:

- Thor patches
- More Combinator patches, including arpeggio-driven patches using the RPG-8 arpeggiator.
- Groove files for ReGroove
- New ReDrum drum patches
- Song starters


Signature patches

Having the best sounding synth on earth is a lot more fun if you have a set of great patches to play with. We invited some of the world's leading synthesists and sound developers to add their own Thor patches to the Reason Sound Bank. They are:

- Daniel Wang
- Morgan Geist
- Pascal Gabriel
- Plaid
- Richard Barbieri
- Richard Devine
- Sonic Boom
- Tipper
- Two Lone Swordsmen
- Gordon Reid
- Vengeance


Combinator & NN-XT updates

The Combinator and NN-XT devices have both had minor revisions to make programming patches easier and more powerful. If you are not into making your own sounds, these changes may not mean much to you. If you do like to create your own Combinator setups or NN-XT patches, then you will like this.

The NN-XT has been given new features to edit multiple samples simultaneously, to chromatically auto-map samples and a new Group Mono function to let samples play polyphonically, but still be silenced by other samples in the same sample group.

The Combinator now has a transpose function that transposes notes sent to a device. Very handy to create splits. Other additions include performance data filters to stop certain types of data from being sent to a device, more flexible choice of Sources in the programmer and a function to automate the receive notes option, making it possible to switch between instruments in a Combinator patch.





More information, a free demo, and finding out how to obtain Reason 4 are all available on the official website referenced above.[/align]





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Postby Icepick » Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:34 pm

all reason app are stunning the refills and soundbanks are amazing...a 3-4 gb application... new features seem great...


are you getting into production DIO ?
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Postby 3aly » Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:08 am

now don't forget to not use the presets it comes with ;)
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Postby Icepick » Thu Sep 27, 2007 4:55 pm

^who are you talking to ?:P


Presets suck!!!! tweaking in a certain synth to get the exact sound you want is the fun part!
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Postby Proof » Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:37 pm

"now don't forget to not use the presets it comes with"

English 101.

Nevertheless ... Thor looks quite interesting. So does the new sequencer.

Speaking of production "OS"'s .... i want to get my hands on an Energy XT2 :O !!
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- Rodrigo Mateo - Carbon Monoxide (Praveen Achary Remix) [Baires Records]
- Alter Breed - Blue White (Praveen Achary Remix) [Spherax Recordings]
- Praveen Achary - Butterflies [Mirabilis Recordings]
- Praveen Achary - Pull My Legato [MakTub Music]
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Postby DIONYSOS » Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:55 pm

Icepick wrote:are you getting into production DIO ?

I'm getting some hands-on training (particularly on Reason) by the top pair of local talents with what very little free time I have on my hands due to my MBA. Besides, I am quite knowledgeable in music theory given my background's rich musical heritage, and I happen to play the keyboard, let alone that I've been obsessively listening to Trance for the past decade or so, so I just need to learn how to apply all that. Anyway, you'll be hearing something from us three soon enough... ;)

This is why I can't wait to get my hands on Reason 4. Reason 3 was love at first sight for me when I first began learning it, as opposed to other production softwares that I didn't feel comfortable with. I love the whole "hardware" feel to it, and although (just as 3aly and Proof mentioned) the presets are unreliable, there is virtually unlimited room to tweak any sound on there in order to reach the sound you desire. The main criticism against Reason is its lack of VST support, but given my personal circumstances this is actually an advantage: I barely have any free time on my hands for production, so something "limited" would be more convenient for me to master rather than something with, say, VST support, where there's always something new to learn. Besides, I can always move on to something else if my time frees up later on, that's if I find a better alternative to Reason. But for now, my avatar has the final word. :mrgreen:
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Postby Proof » Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:54 pm

^ Do you have a midi keyboard controller?

Get one ... M-Audio ftw!
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- Alter Breed - Blue White (Praveen Achary Remix) [Spherax Recordings]
- Praveen Achary - Butterflies [Mirabilis Recordings]
- Praveen Achary - Pull My Legato [MakTub Music]
- Praveen Achary - Crossover (Incl remixes by Fiord, Manuel Sofia (MOS) & Tanseer) [MakTub Music]
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Postby DIONYSOS » Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:52 pm

^We're working with the M-Audio Oxygen 2 V8 right now and I love it. I went to order it from the states but it turns out it's out of stock, I might go for a Novation one instead, any input on that?
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Postby Raneem » Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:06 am

^ jiba..3a rkekiba
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Postby Genesis » Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:43 pm

Here's the topic where I discover my mental disadvantage........
If your trance was a pretty blonde ballerina; then what I listen to is a peed-off bulky bouncer pounding the living shit out of your ballerina.
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Postby Proof » Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:10 pm

Im assuming the Oxygen V8 is the 2-octave one right? Stick with it ... try finding it somewhere else. If anything, i could try getting one for you. My bud's a dealer in M-audio equipment, and I'm coming down this winter.
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- Rodrigo Mateo - Carbon Monoxide (Praveen Achary Remix) [Baires Records]
- Alter Breed - Blue White (Praveen Achary Remix) [Spherax Recordings]
- Praveen Achary - Butterflies [Mirabilis Recordings]
- Praveen Achary - Pull My Legato [MakTub Music]
- Praveen Achary - Crossover (Incl remixes by Fiord, Manuel Sofia (MOS) & Tanseer) [MakTub Music]
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Postby Gladius » Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:10 am

Thx for the topic DIO, i was waiting for some1 to post a new topic abt reason 4...im rly looking forward to putting my hands on it espacially that it deffers from all other versions( newer sequencer,a regroove mixer,the thor synth, the rpg-8 arpeggiator and other better applications..) but i have a question..is Reason 4 on mac OS the same as the one on Windows in terms of quality !?
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Postby DIONYSOS » Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:17 am

^^Yeah that's the one Proofy, I need a compact controller due to the lack of space around my station. I found a kickass deal for the Novation Remote LE (25 keys) in Canada so my brother might get it for me, but I'll keep your offer in mind in case anything happens, thanks!

^I don't see why it should differ from one OS to another...
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Postby c-rouge » Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:53 pm

Cant wait to get it! Looks enough complicated and professional !!!! Once I get it and get used to it, I think I will really forget about the rest of all other softwares. It still lacks the VST options but I guess Reason alone is powerful enough to cover any genre you want, any sound u want to create. magiccccc :D
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Postby Raneem » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:46 pm

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