Pro­peller­head Rea­son 10

Two synths, three ROM­plers, loops aplenty and a cre­ative mod­u­la­tion de­vice

Computer Music - - News - col­lec­tions, com­pat­i­ble with Kong and Dr Octo Rex. Fi­nally, the ex­ist­ing Rad­i­cal Piano sam­pled piano in­stru­ment and Syn­chronous mod­u­la­tion ef­fect/ se­quencer are in­cluded in Rea­son 10 for no ex­tra charge. Rea­son 10 is out now, priced €405, or €129 to upgr

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

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