has reached the next level. Stronger, swifter and smoother to work
with, Reason 4 will alter the way you create your music. Reason's
new devices and features will not only inspire you to produce great
tracks, they will provide you with new ways of doing so.
If you're already a Reason user, trying out Reason 4 will most
likely stun you like you haven't been stunned since your first
Reason encounter. If you've never used Reason, there has never been
a better time to start.
Reason now comes in four different flavors. When you install, you
can choose between four different language versions: English,
French, German or Japanese.
The language options means the entire application, from installer to
menus and help files, will speak the chosen language!
Reason wouldn't be Reason without its huge Factory Sound Bank. The
Sound Bank holds patches for all devices in Reason to help you get
going instantly. These are the additions in version 4:
- Thor patches - More Combinator patches, including arpeggio-driven
patches using the RPG-8 arpeggiator. - Groove files for ReGroove -
New ReDrum drum patches - Song starters
Having the best sounding synth on earth is a lot more fun if you
have a set of great patches to play with. We invited some of the
world's leading synthesists and sound developers to add their own
Thor patches to the Reason Sound Bank. They are:
- Daniel Wang
- Morgan Geist
- Pascal Gabriel
- Richard Barbieri
- Richard Devine
- Sonic Boom
- Two Lone Swordsmen
- Gordon Reid
One new feature that will quickly ease its way into your workflow is
the new Tools Window. This is a floating window containing all your
most frequently used tools. Using the Tools window, you can create
new devices by choosing from a device palette, fine tune your
sequencer data from the Tools pane, or set groove parameters using
the groove pane.
The device palette lets you drag-and-drop instruments and effects
directly to the rack and place them just where you want them.
The Tools pane contains all of Reason's sequencer editing tools,
allowing for quick access to everything from Quantization to vector
automation cleanup and legato adjustments.
When you hit a channel's Edit button in the ReGroove mixer, the
selected groove's parameters show up here for instant editing. Here
is also where you can save your own groove files.
Combinator & NN-XT
The Combinator and NN-XT devices have both had minor revisions to
make programming patches easier and more powerful. If you are not
into making your own sounds, these changes may not mean much to you.
If you do like to create your own Combinator setups or NN-XT
patches, then you will like this.
The NN-XT has been given new features to edit multiple samples
simultaneously, to chromatically auto-map samples and a new Group
Mono function to let samples play polyphonically, but still be
silenced by other samples in the same sample group.
The Combinator now has a transpose function that transposes notes
sent to a device. Very handy to create splits. Other additions
include performance data filters to stop certain types of data from
being sent to a device, more flexible choice of Sources in the
programmer and a function to automate the receive notes option,
making it possible to switch between instruments in a Combinator