[Updated] Bargain-Basement Reason

Many are disappointed by the announcement of Reason 3.0; it's an evolutionary release that still lacks key features like audio recording in an otherwise fantastic program. But on the upside, Propellerhead is pricing Reason and upgrade low enough that it's a great time to pick up the program or upgrade. According to Propellerhead's 3.0 FAQ, Reason 2.5's price has been reduced by the upgrade price difference — making it US$129 / EUR 99 cheaper. Not excited by what's new in 3.0? Pick up 2.5 at a lower price and pocket the difference. Further evidence of the value of this app …

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[UPDATED] Warped Speak & Spell Sounds: Now in PC, Mac Software Form!

Have fond memories of Speak & Spells? Wish you could completely warp them, then turn them into a musical instrument? Too circuitry-challenged to circuit bend your own, and already got too many weird gadgets in your mobile music bag? (I know you've been buying everything mentioned on this site, so I understand.) Now you can download a Mac, Windows, or Flash version of the Speak & Roil, and play with original Speak & Spell sounds — or their horribly violated warped versions — from the comfort of your iBook. What? You think software is for poseurs? Roil Noise has plenty …

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Reason 3 Announced: Full Details

Enough of the speculation: Propellerhead today has formally announced Reason 3 and posted full details. Here's what's new, boiled down: Combinator will let you build combination patches of multiple Reason instruments, as I and others had predicted. MClass mastering suite includes EQ, stereo imaging, compressor, and maximizer.  'Performance' features: better control surface support including motorized faders, new browser, new soundbank with Combinator patches and "more sampled instruments" instead of just loops.  6:2 Line Mixer / submixer. Improved automation Improved sample quality, dramatically shorter load times

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Reason 3 Beta; First Device Revealed

Propellerhead is now soliciting beta testers for version 3.0 of its wildly popular synth workstation software Reason. As reported on Music Thing, Propellerhead has been titillating its Reason users by leaving tiny fragmented images of a new module in the upcoming version, which forum members bravely sorted out and reconstructed into the 'Combinator' Device. Bizarre publicity stunt, but there you have it. (Now, if you read every 10th letter of the 2nd news story . . .) So what the heck is this Combinator which the image claims "will change Reason forever"? It seems to be a device that answers …

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MegaSeg 3 DJ Software Released (Mac)

MegaSeg 3, the OS X-only DJ package announced last month, was released today. The developer says there are more than 100 improvements, but here are some big ones: Redesigned hardware-style Dual-Deck Mixer Direct open/save to iTunes (with full support for AAC songs purchased from the iTunes music store!) Library and playlist printing, HTML logging, playlist sorting Better sound quality: smooth pitch returns, treble and bass controls New UI with 2-button mouse support, multi-select editing I'll still go with Native Instruments Traktor for vinyl-style DJing with insanely detailed controls (PowerPage.org's Jason O'Grady likens the Traktor interface to a 747 airplane cockpit), …

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MetaSynth 4 Coming to OS X Soon (CDM Exclusive)

U&I Software tells createdigitalmusic.com that they expect to release the highly-anticipated Mac OS X version of MetaSynth by the end of the year (unofficially). MetaSynth, created by wonder-programmer Eric Wenger who brought us tools like Bryce and ArtMatic, was the one and only reason to run Classic in OS X for many of us who couldn't live without the unique sonic generation capabilities of this "image synth." The application has to be experienced first-hand to be understood: MetaSynth has unique synthesis, granular editing, and filtering/effects capabilities, centering around a graphical synthesizer that lets you create and edit sound using graphical …

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FL Studio 5 Arrives (Win)

Integrated synthesis and sequencing software FL Studio 5 has received a major new upgrade. Unlike most competitive products, FL Studio has lifetime free upgrades, so this is free for existing users. Lots of new features, many of which are related to time stretching and beat slicing (for some, this could even make FL Studio competitive with programs like Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason): "Elastique" time-stretching and pitch-shifting in audio tracks and tempo-synced stretch previews Improved Fruity Slicer, with stretching and REX loops support Tempo tapping Basic loop recording Tempo Detector tool aligns project tempos to songs The upgrade also features …

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Audio Hijack 2.2 Adds More Automation

Rogue Amoeba's must-have audio tool Audio Hijack lets you record audio from any Mac app; today's 2.2 release adds lots of new features for automatically handling recorded audio. You can now automatically add recorded audio to your iPod, or set a 'stop recording after' option for easy scheduling. The release also features better RealPlayer media handling, among other tweaks. Compatibility: Mac Pricing/Availability: $16 new (free upgrade), available now UPDATED: Check out this in-depth tutorial on Audio Hijack to get started with the program!

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BIAS, PodLock on Inside Mac Radio

Turn your digital radio on for digital music coverage: BIAS' Jason Davies and Micromat's Christian Pickman were guests with our friend Scott Shepard's Inside Mac Radio show this weekend. Davies spoke about BIAS' new SoundSoap 2 audio cleaning product, due out later this month for US$99, while Pickman discussed Micromat's iPod disk utility PodLock. Sam's Mac picks will all be of interest to digital music lovers, as well, featuring two digital music-friendly luggage items and an iPod speaker/dock. Listen/download | Podcast | Show notes

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Steinberg Virtual Bassist

Emotional falling out with your bass player? Fear not. Steinberg follows up on their Virtual Guitarist with Virtual Bassist, a combination of bass sounds, sampled phrases and automatic groove generation, and effects. OS: Mac, PC Format: VST, DXi, AU plugin; standalone (ReWire) Cost/Availability: EUR 215, Q1 2005

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