Record for Reason Owners
by Matt Piper
As a Reason user since version 2.5, and a Record user since version 1 was in beta, I am super excited about Reason 5 and Record 1.5.
The following video shows several of the new features in Reason 5 and Record 1.5, and demonstrates to Reason users how much Record can enhance the experience of creating music. And Record is so easy for existing Reason owners to get their hands on. If you are planning to upgrade to Reason 5, you should know that for only slightly more than the cost of a regular Reason 5 upgrade, look for the box that says: "Record for Reason Owners." It gives you your Reason 5 upgrade, plus it gives you Record 1.5.
Speaking to those Reason users out there who haven't tried Record yet: I can tell you that having used Record for the past year, I could never go back to not using it. Being able to record my audio tracks in the same comfortable environment that I learned in Reason, the seamless integration with Reason (all my Reason instruments are there too), and Record's mixer are all features that I just can't do without. Mixing on the emulated SSL console quickly became a joy that I am now quite attached to. Collaborating is made so easy by the Bounce Mixer Channels feature, which allows me to simultaneously bounce all my mixer channels into separate WAV or AIFF files in a couple of clicks. And now that Propellerhead has added the Neptune Pitch Adjuster and Voice Synth, Record is an even more powerful program that allows me to work with vocals in a way I could not before.
Of course, there is quite a bit of buzz about the two new devices in Reason 5: The Kong Drum Designer, and Dr. Octo Rex, and with good reason! Live sampling is another big new feature in Reason 5. Also, users of both Reason and Record will find the new Blocks feature to be extremely useful. By the way, I finally bought a 16-pad controller, since Kong made me unable to resist such a purchase – and I'm glad I did! Kong + 16-pad controller = hours and hours of beat making. (Remember to eat, hydrate, and bathe as needed.)
This software has me fired up about making music, and looking forward to hearing what comes out!