Propellerhead Reason 4 Premium Edition pairs the award-winning Reason 4 music production software together with the 4 Hypersampled ReFills: Reason Drum Kits 2, Reason Pianos, Abbey Road Keyboards, and... Read More
Propellerhead Reason 4 Premium Edition pairs the award-winning Reason 4 music production software together with the 4 Hypersampled ReFills: Reason Drum Kits 2, Reason Pianos, Abbey Road Keyboards, and Reason Electric Bass sound libraries.
Stronger, swifter, and smoother to work with, Reason 4 music production software will alter the way you create your music. It comes in the familiar shape of a classic studio rack packed with all the gear you could possibly need: samplers, analog synths, graintable synth vocoder, mixer, step-time drum machine, arpeggiator, compressors, EQ, and effects. A real-time multitrack sequencer provides full control over every detail letting you create and edit your music quickly and intuitively. Reason 4.0 also has a massive sound bank full of sounds, loops, and patches for all possible styles of music. The devices and features added to Reason 4 software will not only inspire you to produce great tracks, but they will also provide you with new ways of doing so.
Dedicated to turning your ideas into great music, Reason 4's sequencer is faster, more powerful, and more intuitive than ever before. It has a whole new look, tons of fresh features, and a completely new way of handling sequencer data. The key word here is workflow. A sequencer device or instrument now gets its own dedicated track with separate lanes. This provides better note performance and automation data opting for a better overview and less clutter. All sequencer data, including notes, automation, the works, are now housed in clips”musical building blocks that can be opened, sliced, or moved. When a clip is moved to a new location, all its internal data follows right along with it so it ends up exactly where you intended for safe speedy sequencing. The Tool window is an ever-present floating window that provides lightning-fast access to those detailed editing functions you use all the time”quantize, transpose, note velocity, note length, and legato.
Reason 4 ships with RPG-8, a unit dedicated to the art of arpeggiation. Some arpeggiators are quite content with simply transforming chords into wandering, rhythmic melody lines. The RPG-8 monophonic arpeggiator isn't. With a range of on-panel controls and mode selectors, a pattern section for muting selected notes in an arpeggio, and a large display showing values and positions, this device gives you full creative control over your arpeggios.
Although very hands-on and user friendly, the RPG-8 boasts some very advanced features under the surface that will change how you play Reason's instruments. The Single Note Repeat function engages the arpeggiator only when two or more simultaneous notes are held down to let you add sudden bursts of arpeggio to your melody lines. The Manual mode will arpeggiate notes strictly in the order they were input for realtime arpeggio control. Try arpeggiating your breakbeats orchestra samples or ReCycled vocals for more dramatic flair.
If you want your tracks to flow with a less rigid, less programmed feel, a regular shuffle control just doesn't cut it. The ReGroove mixer, Reason 4's realtime groove management device, gives you more than just a set of sequencer swing parameters. You can apply its timing magic nondestructively, giving you freedom to adjust its settings and fine-tune your groove as your music is playing.
Lock all your tracks together into one unified feel or apply different settings to up to 32 musical elements in your song for ultimate control. Each of the groove channels features controls for groove amount slide and shuffle, plus more detailed settings. The Reason 4 sound bank comes with a great selection of groove patches, many of them created from analyzed recordings of real musicians, as well as classic groovy tracks.
Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
Thor has the amazing ability to sound like every synthesizer imaginable, and like none you've ever heard before too. Where other synths use one specific form of synthesis and one single filter, the Thor polysonic synthesizer features 6 different oscillator types and four unique filters. This gives you an unstoppable monster of a sound generator that utilizes synthesizer technology from the last 40 years.
Six open filter and oscillator slots let you load up three different synth filters and three separate oscillators simultaneously. This allows you to dial in synth sounds that are completely original. An all-powerful modulation matrix gives you complete control over your signal flow, letting you modulate anything within Thor with anything within Thor.
At the bottom of this synth sits an analog-style step sequencer with more than one twist. Being every bit as modular as the rest of Thor's components, this step sequencer does more than just play melodies. It can be used as a modulation tool to trigger phrases from specific keys, create intense arpeggios, and generate piercing percussion lines. With its unique selection of oscillator types and synth filters, the Thor polysonic synthesizer is a veritable synth museum. It may have one foot in history, but its sound is pure future.
When you install Reason 4, you can now choose between four different language versions: English, French, German, or Japanese. The entire application, from installer to menus and help files, will speak the chosen language.
Factory Sound Bank
Reason 4 wouldn't be a true Reason product without its huge Factory Sound Bank. The Sound Bank holds patches for all devices in Reason to help you get going instantly, including Thor patches; more Combinator patches, including arpeggio-driven patches using the RPG-8 arpeggiator; groove files for ReGroove; new ReDrum drum patches; and song starters.
Having a great sounding synth is a lot more fun if you have a set of great patches to play with. Propellerhead invited some of the world's leading synthesists and sound developers to add their own Thor patches to the Reason Sound Bank including Daniel Wang, Morgan Geist, Pascal Gabriel, Plaid, Richard Barbieri, Richard Devine, Sonic Boom Tipper, Two Lone Swordsmen, Gordon Reid, and Vengeance.
The new Tools Window is a floating window containing all your most frequently used tools. With it, you can create new devices by choosing from a device palette, fine-tune your sequencer data from the Tools pane, or set groove parameters using the groove pane. The device palette lets you drag-and-drop instruments and effects directly to the rack, placing them just where you want them. The Tools pane contains all of Reason's sequencer editing tools allowing for quick access to everything from quantization, to vector automation cleanup and legato adjustments. When you hit a channel's Edit button in the ReGroove mixer, the selected groove's parameters show up here for instant editing. It's also where you can save your own groove files.
Combinator and NN-XT updates
If you're into making your own sounds, the Combinator and NN-XT devices have both had minor revisions to make programming patches easier and more powerful.
The Combinator now has a function that transposes notes sent to a device which is very handy to create splits. Other additions include performance data filters to stop certain types of data from being sent to a device, more flexible choice of sources in the programmer, and a function to automate the receive notes option which makes it possible to switch between instruments in a Combinator patch.
The NN-XT has been given features to edit multiple samples simultaneously to chromatically auto-map samples, and a Group Mono function to let samples play polyphonically but still be silenced by other samples in the same sample group.
Reason Drum Kits 2
Reason Drum Kits is a live drum recording session in a ReFill. It captures every aspect of the included kits: the drums themselves, the room surrounding them, the drummer, and the unique sound of the mics and outboard used in the recording”essentially the works.
Reason Drum Kits features a large amount of unique kits for Reason's Combinator device styled for vintage soul, indie-type pop, and hard rock, as well as an insane amount of inspirational MIDI files effect patches and style templates.
Reason Pianos packages three impressive sounding, highly realistic pianos for Reason's Combinator. The Pianos were recorded from multiple angles using 6 sets of microphones. Why? The expert engineers behind this collection knew there's no single way to record a piano, so why not give the instrument different flavors.
The Reason Pianos ReFill does not seek to deliver a set of clinically perfect, scientifically reproduced concert pianos in a box. These are pianos you can use. Pianos to play. Pianos that simply sound good”without filling up your hard drive or chewing up all of your RAM. These hypersampled pianos are sophisticated and highly responsive instruments”play them softly or put some weight into it, and you'll feel it.
Abbey Road Keyboards
Recorded on location using Abbey Road's recording rooms and vintage equipment, this ReFill gives you access to 7 time-honored Abbey Road instruments”these are the keyboards heard on all the infamous Abbey Road recordings.
Reason made a point of recording these keyboards in a way that will make them sound just as good in your Reason system as they do in real life. Using original vintage microphones preamps and outboard gear from Studio Two”combined with the expertise provided by the Abbey Road engineers ”they captured these instruments the way they were recorded back in the day. The result is Abbey Road”its instruments, its technology, its acoustics”all in one box.
Reason Electric Bass
The Reason Electric Bass ReFill puts 8 fully playable electric bass guitars into your Reason rack. Featuring selectable basses and bass rigs, this ReFill lets you add dynamic, natural-sounding basslines to your productions.
Based on note-for-note Hypersampling, these basses come complete with bends, glissandos, and fret noises, making them very responsive and alive. With a vast selection of instrument mic and amplifier combinations to choose from, you can rest assured that the bass sound you are looking for can be found here.
What is Hypersampling?
Where other sample libraries leave you with a fixed sound that may or may not suit your project, Propellerhead's exclusive Hypersampling technology does just the opposite: the instruments were recorded using multiple microphones so the mixing and shaping of your sound is up to you. A large selection of Combinator presets ranging from basic microphone setups to wide multi-mic patches gives you absolute sonic control.
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I must say Reason 4 is definitely a huge part of my setup. From the different sound modules to the user friendly GUI. Setting it up was very easy and I was ready to play in no time. The add Refills really enhance your sound quality (Electric Bass) sounds outstanding. Takes my production to the level I need to go and beyond.
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