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October 20, 2010

Reason 5 and Record 1.5 for guitar players

Reason 5 and Record 1.5 are now here, and I have tested it for a while. This is Propellerhead's biggest upgrade ever, and it brings a multitude of new instruments and effects, improved sequencing and more.

So what is Reason? Reason is a music software program developed by Propellerhead Software from Sweden. I am a bit proud of this, since I am Swedish myself! It is a powerful tool which emulates a rack of hardware synthesizers, samplers, signal processors, sequencers, drum machines and mixers. These can all be freely interconnected in an many different ways. You can use Reason as a complete virtual music studio, but you can also use it as a collection of virtual instruments.

And what is Record? Record is software for recording songs and ideas easily. It was created with musicians in mind. With Record, there are few steps between idea and your actual recording. You focus on creating music and worry less about menus. Simply plug in, breathe out and you're ready to go!

Reason

Version 5 adds plenty of powerful new features and instruments: the mighty Kong Drum Designer, the versatile Dr. Octo Rex loop player, a live sampling input, a pattern-based sequencing mode, and more.

New features in Reason 5

Record

Record gives you unlimited audio tracks, as well as world-class effects and mixing gear. The intuitive, straightforward interface makes it easy and effective to get tracks down. Record was designed for musicians, which is what I love about this program. It doesn't stand in the way of creativity.

Here comes the cool part! Line 6 integration!

This is what I love the most! Record already has virtual POD and Bass POD units from Line 6. This means you always have bass and guitar amps available for every single track! All these great Line 6 counds are there anytime, so you are never short of interesting tones and timbres. Tthe Line 6 amps are "insert effects", which means they don't affect the original instrument signal. If you decide you want a different cabinet and amp on a track, you can just change to some other amp/cab combination in the interface and boom - you have a new sound - even after laying down your track! This is completely awesome and has changed how I approach recording.

ID-8

Record also comes with multi-instrument tool called ID-8, a songwriter's toolbox. This tool comes with many great sounds, including pianos, drums, bass, strings. This is of course nothing but great to have handy, as you are building your tracks.

Most of the Line 6 hardware units can be used with Record. More specifically, I believe these are the ones that you can use - POD Studio, GuitarPort XT, TonePort, POD XT, POD X3, and iLok,

Reason and Record together

So why use both programs? Well, keep in mind that Record is your tool for recording tracks, and Reason is your tool for creating creative sounds. However, these two tools can be tightly integrated. For example, you can record a guitar track, and then send it through the Reason's synthesizers to create some incredible sounds.

Reason also has the wicked Kong Drum Designer, which you will definitely want. The Dr. OctoRex loop player is definitely major fun!

Videos To Show You How This Works

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By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on October 20, 2010

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