STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Propellerhead (www.propellerheads.se) has made a major price drop on Reason Essentials, the streamlined version of its Reason music making software. Introduced in the fall of 2011, Reason Essentials is now available for $129, allowing new users to try Reason's instruments, creative flow and audio recording tools.
Propellerhead also lowered the price on the Balance with Reason Essentials package to $449. The integrated system featuring the Balance audio interface and Reason Essentials music making software.
Distilled from the core of Reason, Reason Essentials contains a selection of instruments and effects in a virtual rack that builds itself, or can be infinitely customized — drum machine, loop player, sampler, synths, reverb, delay, distortion, mastering effects and more.
For guitar players, the built-in virtual guitar and bass PODs from Line 6 bring a wide range of top quality guitar amps, cabinets and effects. The built-in audio and MIDI sequencer makes recording and arranging song ideas, loops and full-blown tracks easy. Users never have to worry about track counts, latency issues or adding that extra reverb or effect.
"We want Reason Essentials to be within reach for everyone," says Leo Nathorst-Böös, Reason Essentials product marketing manager. "With this new price-point for Reason Essentials we're opening up the Reason platform to all musicians who want to record, mix and produce their own tracks in a straight-forward way."
Skills learned and song files created in Reason Essentials are directly transferable to Reason, providing users with a smooth transition to Propellerhead's full-blown music making platform should they need more instruments, effects and advanced mixing tools.