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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[Updated] Westchester Community College Presentation

I've just returned from Peekskill, NY and the Peekskil Extension Center of WCC. It was a great time. If you were there, or are just curious, I've posted some talk notes with links to more info on Ableton Live, MetaSynth, and more. UPDATED: Rumors of the death of MetaSynth were highly exaagerated; MetaSynth 4 could be under your Christmas tree.

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