After weeks of anticipation, Propellerhead Software has finally released Record (Mac/Win, $299 MSRP), a digital audio sequencer that integrates seamlessly with its flagship virtual studio Reason. Propellerhead says that Record “has the feel of a million dollar recording studio with the streamlined simplicity of a tape deck.” One of Record's most impressive features is an onscreen mixing console modeled after the Solid State Logic 9000K, with all the EQ, dynamics, routing, automation and effects handling of the original. Record also emulates the Line 6 POD and is designed to optimize audio handling on computers with multicore processors.
Not only will Record open Reason files directly, but all Reason devices appear in Record''s rack without plugging-in or launching a second application. For Reason owners, Propellerhead offers a special sidegrade called Record for Reason Owners ($149) that provides a complete copy of Record and updates any version of Reason to work with Record. For new users, Propellerhead offers Record + Reason Duo ($629), a bundle of both programs in a single package.
Record users can also download the Record Rhythm Supply Expansion, a collection of MIDI files customized for Record and the ID-8 Instrument Device. Each Rhythm Supply document includes drum tracks in various tempos, each associated with one of the kits in ID-8 for convenience and quick audition. A selection of these files comes on the Record DVD, but this expansion download greatly extends that selection.