Propellerhead Software have made it’s latest beta test version of Reason 8 open to the public. What’s more, you don’t need to own Reason to test it, as the program will still run even if you don’t have a licensed copy of the software and/or a Propellerhead account. If you’re not a Reason user, the software will only run in demo mode (you cannot reload any songs you might create while using the software), giving those who might be curious about Reason a chance to test a forthcoming version without having to buy it first.
This is quite a different approach for the company, as potential testers are normally invited via a sign-up procedure on the companies website, but for this upcoming version, Propellerhead have changed the rules and decided to let everyone take part in the test, no matter if you own Reason or not. This is a huge step forward for them and one that I hope will continue into the future to allow more people to have an insight into what’s coming next in the world of Reason.
What’s about to change in Reason 8.3?
Explore creative reverb sounds with RV7000 mkII! The new version of Reason’s cornerstone reverb effect turns RV7000 into a fully featured convolution reverb. Create your own otherworldly reverb effects by sampling or loading your own impulse responses. A selection of impulse responses will be made available later during the testing.
Browse where you are
Call up Reason’s browser from where you work! The new browser introduced in Reason 8 offers a vastly improved workflow, but was previously only accessible from the main window. After feedback from users who use Reason with the rack in a detached window, you can now access the browser there as well.
Move quickly from birds-eye view to close-up. Hit the Z key to zoom to your selection and hit Z again to zoom back out. This is a real time saver when editing and arranging!
For more information (or to take part in the test and download the software), visit the Reason 8.3 Beta page.