Reason 8 Announced
Propellerhead, the developers of the DAW Reason, has announced that Reason 8 will be coming at the end of September. The major change in Reason 8 being a complete overhaul of the browser menu, now there will be drag and drop functionality instead of the previous method of opening a pop-up browser to load patches and presets. Additionally, the Line 6 plugins will be phased out in coming versions and version 8 will introduce two Softube effects for guitar and bass. Information seems to indicate that there will be more features announced closer to release, and Propellerhead has a history of uprising users and beta testers with additional features. The upgrade to Reason 8 will be paid for users who have bought Reason before July 1st at the cost of 129.00 USD and free to those who bought Reason after July 1st 2014. The announcement video, which shows the new browser system, can be seen below and beta testers can apply at the Propellerhead website.
Reason 8 Press Release
“Around the world, musicians and producers use Reason because it’s the most fun and inspiring music creation platform available,”said Leo Nathorst-Böös, Propellerhead Product Marketing Manager. “For Reason 8, we’ve taken everything people love about Reason and introduced a streamlined new user interface that makes it easier for new users to get started, and more fun for seasoned users to work faster.”
Reason 8 introduces a redesigned user interface with a whole new look and even smoother creative flow, while the new browser and search window provides immediate drag-and-drop access to inspiring samples, loops, and patches. Expanding on Reason’s included collection of instruments and effects are the new amps from Softube, bringing a variety of first-class guitar and bass tones to the rack. Countless workflow improvements make for a more streamlined music creation experience, allowing musicians and producers to move quickly from initial idea to a completed song. And with an ever-expanding selection of Rack Extension plug-ins available in the Propellerhead shop, Reason 8 provides everything users will ever need to make music.
UK Pricing and availability
Reason 8 will be available for purchase worldwide on September 30, 2014 at the following suggested retail pricing:
Reason 8: £349 RRP inc VAT
Reason Essentials 8: £99 RRP inc VAT
Reason 8 Upgrade (from any previous Reason version): £89 RRP inc VAT
Propellerhead is also offering a grace period for customers who purchased Reason 7 on or after July 1, 2014. Purchasing and registering a qualifying product today makes users eligible for a free upgrade to Reason 8 when it becomes available.