Propellerhead have released some videos about some of the new features in Reason 5 / Record 1.5 and it’s AMAZING. In fact, if you look back at this article I wrote last August about what Record was missing, it looks like they took my advice on several of the points!
In fact, the only thing they haven’t addressed is an audio scratching device and something better than the DDL-1 delay unit for delay goodness.
Here are the 5 things they *have* addressed…
New Neptune Pitch Adjuster and Voice Synth Device in Record
Super flexible high-quality processor to correct and shift pitches, create backing harmonies, formant shift or take your vocals into outer space
2. Live Drum Emulation
Introducing Kong Drum Designer (Reason)
Load, sculpt, build and tweak your sounds with your choice of drum synthesis, sampling, REX loops, physical modeling and custom-made effect modules for percussion on Kong’s 16 pads.
3. Linked Clips
Block based pattern sequencing mode makes song creation fast and flexible (Both)
Go from pattern-based arrangements to linear—to patterns again. Take your music beyond the eight bar loop.
4. Wave Editing
Live sampling is back! In the rack! (Reason)
Re-explore the lost art (and fun) of sampling. Every sample player becomes a sampler; record with a single click — further tweak with the built-in editor.
5. Crazy Sampling convenience
Dr.REX octuples into DrOctoRex Loop Player (Reason)
No matter how you use it—as a pattern sequencer for loops, or to completely mangle your REX’ed audio – it is guaranteed to inspire.
That last one was the only thing I didn’t mention in my article – but it looks bloody convenient. Propellerheads have said they’ll be letting me know next week about getting my hands on a copy – as soon as I do, you can expect some serious review/tutorialage coming out of it!
So what do you think? Is it something to get excited about, or have they missed a vital piece of the puzzle? I know some people are annoyed that ReCycle still isn’t integrated…