Rea­son 10

Fresh from its VST-tot­ing up­date, the original vir­tual stu­dio is re­turn­ing with a load of new in­stru­ments

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Hav­ing added VST plugin sup­port by way of Rea­son 9.5 ear­lier this year, Pro­peller­head Soft­ware are back to fo­cus­ing on first-party con­tent with the an­nounce­ment of Rea­son 10. This comes with two brand new synths, three sam­pled in­stru­ments, and a cou­ple of de­vices that were pre­vi­ously only avail­able as paid-for Rack Ex­ten­sions.

Con­sid­er­ing Pro­peller­head’s track record with synths, we’ve got high hopes for the new ones. To things kick off, there’s the Europa ‘shapeshift­ing syn­the­sizer’, a dy­nam­i­cally-gen­er­ated wavetable in­stru­ment that en­ables a wide range of mod­u­la­tion to be ap­plied to the wave­form. This deep but sup­pos­edly ac­ces­si­ble synth also of­fers spec­tral fil­ter­ing, har­monic pro­cess­ing and the op­tion to draw your own wave­forms. Rea­son users will hope that this could be Pro­peller­head’s an­swer to wavetable su­per-synths past and present (by which we mean Mas­sive and Serum).

The Grain ‘sam­ple ma­nip­u­la­tor’, mean­while, uses gran­u­lar syn­the­sis. Drop a sam­ple into it and you can start work­ing with its mul­ti­ple al­go­rithms, mod­u­la­tion fea­tures, rout­ing op­tions and ef­fects.

Away from the two new synths, there are three sam­pled in­stru­ment col­lec­tions that have been pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sound­iron: Klang Tuned Per­cus­sion fea­tures ten melodic per­cus­sion in­stru­ments; Pangea World In­stru­ments con­tains 11, er… world in­stru­ments; and the Hu­mana Vo­cal Ensem­ble is full of choirs and solo vo­cals.

Also join­ing the Rea­son 10 fold are Rad­i­cal Pi­ano and Syn­chro­nous Ef­fect Mo­du­la­tor, which ar­rive from the Rack Ex­ten­sion store to form part of the stan­dard rack. The for­mer is a “flex­i­ble and bend­able” pi­ano in­stru­ment, while the lat­ter en­ables you to cre­ate quick sidechain ef­fects or draw your own LFO curves to con­trol fil­ter, de­lay, re­verb, dis­tor­tion and level.

There’s also more than 3GB of new sam­ple con­tent via two new Re­Fills. A hefty up­date in terms of noise­mak­ers, then – and plenty to check out in our up­com­ing re­view. Rea­son 10 will be hit­ting the vir­tual shelves on October 25, 405 Eu­ros as new or 129 Eu­ros as an up­grade from any pre­vi­ous ver­sion.

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