Whether you are already a user of Propellerhead’s Reason or not, the new version of their flagship software is worth taking a serious look at. The new version comes with a new 8-channel sampler called Dr.OctoRex, which takes the place of it’s older single-sample version, Dr.Rex. Of course, there are plenty of other new features, like per-slice effects, live sampling, and a built-in Auto-Tune-like virtual rack module called Neptune. Check out all the details at Propellerhead’s website.
Another great feature that both Sonar and Cubase have had for a while is block-based recording. However, it looks like Reason’s implementation is setting a new standard in ease of use. This not only allows you to make a song based on stems/loops/etc. like beat, chorus, bridge, intro, interlude, etc., but it also lets you edit the original stems and affect the song in real-time. You can also edit the stems in song mode, which leaves the others unaffected, but allows you to create variations very easily:
Finally, a very interesting looking module called Kong, which is a 16-pad drum module. The video explains it in simple terms. 16 pads. One sound per pad. Then goes on to show that the source(s) of each pad can include the new Dr.OctoRex Sampler, new built-in drum synths, or just about anything else you want to route into it. Take into account the new live sampling feature that exists in Reason, and this could enhance anyone’s setup that already has a drum-pad controller.