Music software developer
used this week’s Musikmesse Festival in Frankfurt, Germany to showcase the newest version of Reason, its “virtual studio rack” software for the Mac OS and Windows. Reason 2.5 is in development and is expected to ship later in the second quarter of 2003.
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Designed for professional musicians, DJs and audio engineers, Reason provides a completely self-contained synthesizer studio system on your computer. The software includes an analog type sequencer, sampler, drum machine, Graintable synthesizer, loop player, analog-style polyphonic synthesizer and more. All of them are provided in a rack-style interface that gives you real-time access to dials, knobs buttons and a variety of other settings.
Version 2.5 adds four new sound processing tools and two new utilities for signal path routing. They are: RV7000 Advanced Reverb, a professional stereo reverb unit; BV512 Digital Vocoder, a 4 to 512-band vocoder with the power to equalize; Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit, an advanced distortion device; UN-16 Unison, a classic effect designed to fatten and widen any sound; Spider Audio Merger & Splitter, a utility for audio signal path scientists; and Spider CV Merger & Splitter, a signal path routing utility for CV and Gate experimentalists.
Reason 2.5 will be a free update for users of Reason 2.0. Final pricing for new users hasn’t been announced, but the current version costs US$399. Reason 2.5 will be compatible with Mac OS X (10.1 or later) and Mac OS 9.x.