Propellerhead Record: A Few of My Favorite Things, and Beyond

By Line6Piper

Line6Piper (aka Matt Piper) takes you through his favorite aspects of Propellerhead Record. You’re in good hands – Matt is the in-house Propellerhead Product Specialist at Line 6, and the author of the acclaimed instructional guide, Reason 4 Ignite.

1. I love how easy it is

First thing in the morning with the first cup of coffee, or any time of the night, Propellerhead Record feels like fun, not work. It never boggles my mind, and it never gets in my way. There’s nothing intimidating or daunting about it that will trigger my procrastination routines.

2. I love the mixer

My two favorite things about the mixer: The EQ section, and the Master Bus Compressor. The EQ sounds great. I appreciate that I do not have to decide which EQ plug-in to use, or find where the window for that plug-in is hiding. Especially if you have worked with hardware mixers, there is something quite pleasurable about the mixer in Record. I very quickly got a feel for which (virtual) knob to reach for when I need to dial in a sound, and now it is second nature to me. And the Master Bus Compressor On/Off button is as close to a “Hit” button as I’ve ever found in software. It really sounds good.

3. I enjoy the truly seamless integration

Record and Reason® integrate seamlessly. I launch Record, and all my Reason devices are inside. I can route my guitar signal through the filters in the Reason synthesizers for unique and creative sounds. I can use the Reason vocoder, my guitar, and a mic to make a killer talk-box effect. Pretty much any combination or connection I can think of, I can do easily with this software.

4. The Line 6 guitar tones

The built-in Line 6 POD® and Bass POD® both really sound good, with minimal or no tweaking required. One of the best guitarists I know heard a recording I’d made recently with my guitar plugged directly into my USB audio interface, using Record’s built-in Line 6 POD. He said it was an awesome tone and that he could hear the mic and the tube amp. He was really surprised to find out I had used neither! (I had also used a bit of the room reverb and plate reverb built into Record.)

In the coming weeks, I look forward to posting some how-to’s and tips and tricks about Propellerhead Record and Reason. In the mean time, I’d enjoy hearing about your experiences using Record and Reason, if you feel like leaving a comment.

One more thing-- Here’s a video I’ve just made that I hope will give you a better idea of what Record is all about: