Reason 3.0 is released today, and the hype at Propellerhead
is turned up so loud you can't hear anyth– what? What did you say?
You're not excited by a mastering suite? Why is it this program still
can't record audio? What? Sorry, I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE BLASTING
ROCK POWER THAT IS THE FLASH TRAILER FOR REASON 3.0 ON THEIR WEBSITE!
YEAH! Boom! Boom! Boom! IT'S MARCH 10, BABY!!!!!
Okay, sorry, got lost in the Flash promotional energy. Here's what's actually new:
- Combinator for creating complex, layered Reason patches and routing
- Zero-configuration MIDI configuration with Remote
- MClass mastering suite
- New sound browser with instant text searching and (here's the
brilliant bit) previewing of software instrument patches without having
to load the instrument
Is the hype a little out of whack? Yes. But there's some incredibly
clever features here: basically, the ability to preview soft synths
without the instrument, and easier MIDI control and layering/routing
configuration than you're likely to find anywhere else. Routing was
always one of the ingenious features of Reason, so while this is an
evolutionary, not revolutionary release, it's not one to ignore,
either. And Reason has always been a great compliment to software like
Ableton Live. Oh, and you beta testers will get a deal on it, too.
We'll review the new version in full soon — March is the release date
for the long-awaited CDM reviews section, too. I'll try to work on a
rockin' Flash movie for it, okay? [ Info about Reason 3 | FAQ ]