Propellerhead has announced that its Reason 9 software is now available for purchase.
Reason 9 builds on the award-winning platform by introducing a host of new devices, sounds and creative tools designed to inspire music makers to create more and better music from initial concept to a polished song.
“We’ve seen unprecedented interest in Reason 9 since the beta launched last month, with over 70,000 viewers tuning in to watch our Facebook live stream events,” said Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Propellerhead product marketing manager. “Now we’re excited to make this latest version available to everyone. With new Player devices, new sounds, Pitch Edit, numerous workflow enhancements, and the addition of our popular Pulsar dual-channel LFO synth, Reason 9 is the best version yet for taking musical ideas from inspiration to completion.”
Reason 9 introduces three Player devices that can be used to instantly transform any MIDI input into compelling music. Note Echo creates rhythmic, pitched MIDI delays for melodies, drum rolls and more; Scales & Chords can turn simple melodies into beautiful harmonies and chords, allowing users to transpose notes to a selected scale and automatically generate chords for a song; and the aim of Dual Arpeggio is to transform chords into intricate and inspiring rhythms, from classic up-and-down to polyphonic and polyrhythmic.
The new Pitch Edit mode is a tool for fixing out-of-tune notes, adjusting vibrato, changing timing, creating new melodies from a recording, changing dynamics and more. Audio to MIDI converts vocals to MIDI notes for 'endless sound manipulation possibilities.'
It also comes with 1,000 new sounds, while the Reason rack has been enhanced with key workflow improvements and darker theme options.
The software also now includes the popular Pulsar dual channel LFO – previously only available as a Rack Extension ($49) via the Propellerhead shop – that introduces variation to sounds, and can create entirely new ones using its advanced and flexible modulation, as well as allow the user to load up any of the 'masterfully crafted presets'.
The new version is available as a direct download from Propellerhead’s website or from an authorised dealer for €405 / $449, with Reason Essentials 9 costing €120 / $129 and Reason 9 Upgrades (from any previous Reason version) priced at €129 / $129.
Propellerhead is offering a grace period for customers who purchased Reason 8 on or after 1 May 2016, meaning they will be offered a free upgrade to Reason 9.