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Propellerhead announces Reason 7 for Mac

Propellerhead has announced Reason 7, the latest version of its digital audio workstation software.

New features include the External MIDI Instrument device, which brings MIDI out support to Reason 7, letting you connect your favorite external MIDI gear right into Reason.

Audio editing has been improved with automatic slicing into single notes or hits -- making perfect timing a cinch -- and exporting those slices into Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player, Reason's samplers or the Kong Drum Designer.

For mixing, Reason 7 has taken some of that functionality into the Reason rack, added new bus channels and the new Spectrum EQ: a powerful spectrum analyzer with a graphic EQ overlay.

Additionally, Reason 7 comes with an expanded sound bank to inspire your creativity as well as new audio import formats, like MP3, WMA and AAC, making it easier to bring your own loops or music into Reason.

Finally, Reason 7 introduces the Audiomatic Retro Transformer. Propellerhead says the Audiomatic Retro Transformer is "a future‑retro effect unit with plenty of personality. Add Audiomatic to any channel or group and select a snapshot to instantly change the sound of your track. More details about the Audiomatic Retro Transformer are coming soon." And we look forward to them.

Reason 7 will be available soon, and if you purchase or upgrade to the current version of Reason (6.5 -- which we took a look at last year) after March 1st, you'll get a free upgrade to Reason 7.

Check out all the details here.

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