Propellerhead Reason 10
Two synths, three ROMplers, loops aplenty and a creative modulation device
Earlier this year, the unthinkable happened: Propellerhead Software finally added VST plugin support to Reason, their iconic all-in-one software studio. Version 9.5’s bombshell inclusion blew the doors off this once insular DAW, at last allowing producers to use any VST instruments or effects in their Reason projects. So how will Propellerhead top this for v10? The answer may surprise you…
Unexpectedly, yet more instruments and effects Devices are the big selling point of Reason 10. That’s the last thing we expected after VST support, but we’ll assume that the Props know what they’re doing here – and the new Devices do look rather tasty.
First, Europa is a wavetable synth “for huge, epic sounds”, claimed to pump out everything “from big stacks of buzzing sawtooths to shimmering, glitched-up sonic explorations.” The waveform can be modulated; you can apply advanced spectral filtering and harmonics processing; and even draw your own waveforms. Tech talk aside, Propellerhead say the best thing about Europa is actually its ease of use.
The second synth is Grain, a granular instrument. Load it with a sample as grainfodder, then manipulate it with a choice of playback algorithms, flexible modulation, routing and effects.
Three new sampled instruments are included, with content by Soundiron. Klang brings tuned percussion (glockenspiel, music box, wineglasses, etc); Pangea is all about world instruments, be they “plucked, pumped, blown or strummed”; and Humana contains choirs and solo vocal patches.
Loop Supply and Drum Supply are a pair of multigigabyte loop and drum
New instruments galore for Reason – but can they compete with your VST folder? Find out soon in our review