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Reason Essentials 2

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Reason Essentials packs all the recording, editing, effects, instruments, mixing and mastering tools you need to sound great in a streamlined package, with room to grow and expand.

Hands-on music production and recording for musicians Comes with tons of instruments and effects Expand your rack with the tools your music needs whenever you like Studio-grade mixing console Unlimited audio tracks

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  • Released: 2013-05-01
  • Version: 2.1.0
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About Reason Essentials

Just like its bigger brother, Reason Essentials puts making music in focus. From concept to completion, it comes with all the essential tools for turning good ideas into great songs.

Reason Essentials comes with a great selection of instruments and effects in a virtual rack that builds itself, or can be tweaked to your heart’s content—drum machine, loop player, sampler, synths, reverb, delay, distortion and more.The intuitive audio and MIDI sequencer makes recording and arranging your music a breeze.

With its generous sound bank and familiar creative flow, Reason Essentials has all the sounds and patches to let you focus on the music and finish that song—faster and sounding better.

The Rack

At the heart of Reason Essentials is the virtual rack that builds itself as you create your song. Choose a synth, a drum machine, a loop player or any device from the Create menu and it will instantly appear in your rack, logically patched into the signal chain.

The Reason Essentials rack can be stacked with an infinite number of instruments reverbs, distortion units, delays, dynamic processors, mastering EQs—everything you need to shape and color your sounds, limited only by your imagination.

While all audio connections are made automatically, a single key press will turn the rack around, where you'll find yourself in patch cord heaven. Repatch by dragging the patch cord plug to the desired connector to build your own sounds

For guitarists

For guitar and bass players, Reason comes with guitar and bass POD® devices from amp and cabinet simulation experts Line 6, Inc. With bass and guitar amplifiers available for every single track in your project, you are never short of interesting tones and timbres. With virtual amps you are free to change your amplifier and cabinet settings at any point in time–even after laying down your track. Plus, the Line 6 guitar and bass amplifiers are expandable with more amps and cabinets through model packs available from Line 6.

The Sequencer

Below the rack you'll find the powerful sequencer. Keeping with Reason’s famous ease of use, it comes with all the editing features you need. Capture instrument performances and automation, record and overdub audio, or draw in your notes with the mouse. Any mistakes can easily be corrected, adjusted or quickly spliced together from multiple takes

Propellerhead’s timestretch lets you play now and pick the tempo later. Change the song tempo on the fly and all your audio tracks will follow right along. Need to slow your song down to nail a tricky passage? No problem. Just reduce the tempo, record your performance, and bring the tempo back up. The audio quality? Amazing. The built-in audio slicing automatically finds the individual hits in your performance, for correcting the timing of your recordings to match the feel of your song. Resample your audio recording as REX files and continue working with your sounds and loops in the devices in the rack.

The Mixer

Reason Essentials' masterfully modeled mixing console gives you a built-in two-band EQ on every channel, advanced effects handling, full automation, while the renowned radio-ready master bus compressor gives you a big studio sound.

Rack Extensions

When you're looking for even more creative options, Rack Extensions come to the rescue. Expand your virtual rack with new, inspiring instruments and effects created by Propellerhead and other developers—from modern effects to vintage instruments. Rack Extensions are full Reason rack citizens, giving you the same fully integrated experience as when using any of the included synths, effects and utilities.

Browse and purchase all Rack Extensions in the Propellerhead Shop, and even download fully functional trial versions to load into your rack.

Included instruments

  • NN-XT advanced sampler
  • Dr. Octo Rex loop player
  • Redrum pattern-based drum machine
  • Subtractor analog subtractive synthesizer
  • ID-8 songwriter's toolbox
  • Combinator, for building chains of instruments, effects, and pattern sequencers.

Included effects

  • Line 6 virtual guitar amplifier
  • Line 6 virtual bass amplifier
  • DDL-1 digital delay line
  • DF-101 chorus/flanger
  • RV7000 advanced reverb
  • Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit
  • 4-band mastering EQ
  • Dual band stereo imager
  • Stereo compressor with sidechain input, soft-knee mode and CV out
  • Maximizer with look-ahead and soft clip

Mixing console features

  • Complete channel strip for every instrument and audio channel
  • Gain
  • 2-band EQ
  • 4 Send effects slots
  • Insert effect slot
  • Master compressor

Other Features

  • Unlimited audio recording and instrument channels
  • Six instruments included: NN-XT sampler, Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player, Redrum drum machine, Subtractor synth, ID-8 and Combinator
  • Ten effects included: delay, reverb, virtual amps, distortion, chorus and mastering effects
  • Modeled mixing console with channel strip for every instrument and audio channel
  • Rack Extension technology lets users expand their collection of instruments and effects with the devices they want
  • Fully featured high-precision multitrack sequencer with audio comping tools, slicing and audio quantize
  • High quality realtime time stretch—adjust the tempo of your whole song, or alter the timing of a recorded performance
  • Bounce audio recordings to REX loop format, for use in Reason Essentials' sampler or loop player
  • Remote mapping to external MIDI controllers and hardware control surfaces
  • Comes with a great factory sound bank, with patches for Reason Essentials devices, samples, and loops
  • ReWire support
  • Multicore support and 64-bit compatibility makes Reason Essentials fast and powerful on any computer
  • Advanced exporting—export your separate mixer channels as individual audio stems, including effects and tempo track
  • ReGroove Mixer real-time groove console
  • Matrix pattern-based sequencer
  • 14 x 2 mixer w/ EQ and effects send/return
  • 6:2 channel stereo line mixer
  • Spider Audio Merger & Splitter
  • Spider Control Voltage Merger & Splitter

OS X system requirements

  • Fast internet connection for installation and registration required!
  • Intel Mac with dual core processor
  • 4 GB RAM or more
  • 3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Monitor with at least 1024x768 resolution
  • CoreAudio compliant audio interface or built-in audio hardware
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended

Windows system requirements

  • Fast internet connection for installation and registration required!
  • Intel or AMD processor with dual cores
  • 4 GB RAM or more
  • 3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Monitor with at least 1024x768 resolution
  • Audio Interface with ASIO driver
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended

_*All product names used are trademarks of their respective owners, and in no way constitutes an association or affiliation with Propellerhead Software. The SSL and/or Solid State Logic trademarks are solely used to identify the products whose sound was studied during Propellerhead Software’s sound modeling development. The trademarks SSL and Solid State Logic are owned by Red Lion 49 Limited. Line 6, POD and TonePort are registered trademarks of Line 6, Inc. used under license. All rights reserved. _