February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: Propellerhead Software
Propellerhead Software showcased version 3.0 of Reason at
the show. After witnessing the market share Ableton gained by focusing on live performance, the new version takes Reason out of the
studio and onto the stage. Reason 3 comes packed with unique features that will make it a strong alternative to the hardware workstation
synthesizer, whether for composing, producing or live playing.
Screenshot of the new Reason Combinator
One of the sexy new features in Reason 3 is a module dubbed, The Combinator, which allows users to
build elaborate chains of Reason devices-instruments, effects, etc. and then save it as a "Combi Patch." With it's ability to load-up
complex instruments routed through effect units and dynamic processors in one go, the Combinator is an amazing new way to mangle sounds
for use in compositions or as a sound design tool.
Screenshot of the new MClass Mastering Suite in Reason 3.0
The other big feature is the MClass Mastering Suite which consists of a four
band parametric/shelving EQ, a stereo imaging processor, a solid sounding compressor and a Maximizer with look ahead Limiter.
Also included is a six channel line mixer built for use with The Combinator to handle basic mixing and panning of the individual devices, but
can be inserted anywhere in Reason's signal chain. An expanded Soundbank in version 3 with increased focus on providing a wide palette of
multi sampled instruments and wicked sounding Combi patches. We also liked the new,
faster and more efficient Reason Browser.
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