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Propellerhead Software Reason 5, Record 1.5 Updates

August 25, 2010

These upgrades introduce new instruments, effects, sequencing, sounds, patches and more for composing, beatmaking, loop-mangling, vocal treatment, songwriting, remixing and music production.

The new Kong Drum Designer and Dr. Octo Rex loop player extend Reason''s instrument arsenal to help musicians get great-sounding rhythms, drums tracks and beats. Reason 5 and Record 1.5 add a whole new take on sequencing: Blocks—build songs parts like patterns and string them together for lightening-fast arranging with the ability to go back and forth between pattern and linear modes. Neptune, a pitch-correction tool and voice synthesizer, turns less-than-perfect performances into great ones easily. Users play new harmonies on a MIDI keyboard for instant backing vocals. Live sampling into all sample-capable devices means a musician can use samples in a new and playful manner. The Expanded Factory Sound Bank is doubled in size and adds signature sound designers'' patches. Multi-core optimization, an onscreen keyboard and tempo scaling of clips, top the list of additional improvements.

All full versions and upgrades are available through authorized Propellerhead dealers and Propellerhead''s online store. Record for Reason Owners sidegrade (includes Reason 5 upgrade): $169; Reason 5 upgrade from any version: $129; Record 1.5 upgrade from any version: free download; Record Reason Duo bundle: $449; Reason: $349; and Record: $299.

Anyone who purchased a qualifying Reason product after May 24, 2010, can receive the upgrade for free.

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