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Reason 5 and Record 1.5 Review

The release of the propellerhead Reason 5 and Record 1.5 has my head spinning with possibilities. I was uncertain how this combo would improve my recording life but it is a sure fire upgrade. Reason 4 and Record were already arguably the best digital workstation software to date but now with new modules it has been taken to the next level. This Article is intended for people who already use Reason and Record. If you would like to find out more, Propellerheads has some great videos on their site.

http://www.propellerheads.se/products/reason/index.cfm?fuseaction=get_article&article=micro-tutorials

My Favorite Features

Blocks: Record, Reason

Blocks introduce a new ways to organize your songs. You create sections/blocks into verse, chorus, bridge or anyway you see fit. You create instances of those Blocks and any change you make distributes to those instances. This Really helps cut down copy and pasting my chorus or hooks every time I make a change.

Live Sampling: Record, Reason

This brings me back to the old days of making my own samples. For along time if you did not have Recycle cutting up samples and mapping them to a device was a pain in the a$$ but now with live sampling it is an easy and creative was to make and manipulate your on samples in any sample loading device. This feature still has some ruff edges but is very useful. I still am waiting for the day I have recycle incorporated in to the program.

Dr. Octo REX Loop Player: Record, Reason

This new rex player is like having 8 rex players and allows you to do some awesome beat juggling. There is also more control over the slices which can be used to pan, reverse and filter.

Notable Features

The Neptune Pitch: Record

Call me old school but I hate the auto-tune sound in its current form, however that will not keep me from using this great tool. I already have found great ways to use it that don’t come off like this over produced candy sound that non singers use to get by. This can be used quite creatively as it can plug in to anything and can be driving by your midi controller. The manipulation of pitch opens many doors to creative performances and yes you can also sound like T-Pain.

Kong Drum Designer: Record, Reason

The Kong is a 16 pad and 16 drum synthesis, physical modeling, sampling, REX loops, beat machine. With this device you can get the exact sound your looking for and you can build your drum sounds based on any of the nine different drum modules. With it’s automation analog support sound generators, effects, flexible routing, multiple hit types you can spend all day playing with this thing.

If you already own Record and Reason you only have to upgrade to Reason 5 to get the Record 1.5 update which is great!

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Record vs Protools LE

When considering this article I had to consider some bias’s I have on the software described. First I must let you know that I was an “Avid” no pun intended user of Protools. I believed it to be the industry standard and holy grail of direct to disk audio recording. I bought the Digi 001 (Which is no longer Supported) in 2000 and loved the freedom and flexibility of recording on my desktop for many years. I was introduced to reason 1 about year after and was blown away by it use and application of midi which was far more advanced then the Protools implementation. I began from that point on to do all my midi work in reason and my audio work in Protools. My first problems arrived when OSX was first released and I have to pay for and upgrade to Protools but it seemed to make sense at the time. As each update and upgrade apple made to the OS, I would be charge and charged again for software with no improvement and no new features. I have worked in software for many years now and I describe and update and an upgrade like this.

Update: Fixes to bugs, compatibility fixes, improvements to existing features, FREE

Upgrade: Added Features, Added Value proposition to the software, PAID

Due to this Upgrade/Update issues I began to become frustrated with Protools. I always said if reason could record I would never use protools again. That did not come soon enough for me. I gave up on waiting for protools and started to use Apples Sound Track to record audio. Then enter record and I was compelled to compare the two.

With that said my friend who used to work at DigiDesign still try to convince me that Protools is justified in all the extra charges because of the total rewrites they would have to do to fix what Apple broke in the update. Personally as an end user I don’t care, I paid for something to work and if you wrote it fix it!

Record Pros

  1. When I updated to Snow Leopard it still worked (No Paid Update required)
  2. Record has the best Live audio processing I have ever used
  3. Works with any audio interface
  4. Record has the most awesome mixer
  5. No need for rewire to use reason
  6. Resembles Real Audio Gear
  7. 299.00 USD full version
  8. Offering a 64-bit summing bus, the mixer is modeled on the legendary SSL 9000K large-format console.
  9. mix-bus compressor to polish your mix before your mastering chain.
  10. Built-in audio time stretch
  11. Unlimited Audio Tracks
  12. World Class FX, Mixing and Mastering Gear
  13. Large number of Software instruments

Record Cons

  1. Hard to set up multiple audio interfaces
  2. locked to a hardware key

Protools Pros

  1. Lots of plugins
  2. $279.00 lowest end version with hardware
  3. 48 simultaneous stereo audio tracks
  4. A complete award-winning songwriting, multi tracking, mixing, and production environment
  5. 7 vintage analog emulation processing plug-ins, including Moogerfooger effects
  6. 7 virtual instruments including drums, piano, organ, synths, and samplers
  7. Full MIDI recording and editing, including control of virtual instruments

Protools Cons

  1. If Protools breaks as a result of a system update DigiDesign will charge you
  2. Years of horrible midi implementation
  3. Works only to DigiDesign or M-Audio Hardware
  4. Non reliable Rewire Implementation
  1. Cumbersome Audio and FX implementation
  2. Don’t have to use rewire to have good midi
  3. Protools Midi Sucks
  4. Record

Record Wins!

I will keep adding to this list as I learn how much better the program is

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Record Realizations

I installed Record on my studio PC using the online verification and since I already linked and verified app the Reason application was auto unlocked. This lead to my discovery that reason is already a part of record. Some may not understand that you don’t need to open reason again once you install record. The way you interface with mixer is the main difference I found but it should feel familiar for reason user.

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Record Elation and Hardware Key Woes

My excitement for the Propellerhead software is clear after the advent of their Reason software. Honestly I was introduced to it by non legitimate copy years ago, however this exposure moved me to purchase it for my company years later.

Enter Record the “Holy Grail” of recording software and alternative the dreaded Protools. This was almost true after using the beta except for one thing, “THE DREADED HARDWARE KEY!!!!!!”. I do understand companies protecting their investment but you must remember how people discovered your program to begin with.

Many companies have made this mistake example: Quark. I remember Quark users jumping ship when InDesign was a keyless alternative. It can also become an expensive hard to managing tech support issue “I know this first hand”. This precaution seems rational at first but quickly becomes a nightmare and does not make your customers happy. If you have ever wasted 3 hours of your life trying to get a key to work you will not feel any software is worth it no matter how good the software is. Propellerheads take note.

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Record is Released!

3:00am in the morning on my iPhone I purchased Record and can’t wait to get it. Love the fact that I was able to buy another copy as a gift at the same price because We have two satellite studios we need this for. Get your copy now
http://www.propellerheads.se/

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WireTap Studio

Why did I buy this? I needed a tool to rip audio out of damaged and protected movie clips, songs, and website as well as edit them, change their formats and share them.

Wiretap Studio(WTS) from www.AmbrosiaSW.com is one of the indispensable tools in my arsenal. Got this one as part of a deal off of http://www.macheist.com/ and what a deal it was. Originally I had already bought a copy of wiretap pro for a project and it worked like a charm but Wiretap Studio takes the ability to capture audio for any thing playing on your computer to a full editing suit that can email, send to itunes, iphone, and a hard drive in many different audio formats. I love to get that song I really want off of youtube and put it on my phone. Another Practical Application for me was with using Record Beta from Propellerhead Software. I could not export the audio with the beta version so my songs were stuck but WTS came to by aid and allowed me to not only rip my songs but to share them with my band and my friend.

WireTaps Transport Window
WireTaps Library Window
WireTaps Editing Window

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PropellerHead Software’s “Record”

I am currently beta testing PropellerHead Software’s Record. The Record software is not only an amazing tool, it “Destroys Protools” with true reason integration without the use of “Rewire”. It is the most collaborative use of recording software I have ever used. I am a keyboard player and composer that works with other live musician has always been an issue for me using Protools and even apples sound track. I either pre-record my music and export it into Protools or SoundTrack to let the musicians play on it with leave me as an engineer and not a player or composer my self or I have to play live through a mic to jam with them. This has brought all my worlds together in one sweet package. It even persuaded me to upgrade from Reason 3 which I was hesitant about.

Record Sports a Webware Hardware Dongle so no Piracy this time
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