Propellerhead Software Becomes Reason Studios & Reason 11 As A Plugin (Adieu Rewire)

Propellerhead announced Reason 11/Reason 11 Suite with which they say goodbye to Rewire by offering Reason as a plugin for other DAWs.

Propellerhead Software is always good for a surprise. In one year, they released the Rack Extension as a plugin competitor, the other they released VST plugin support for Reason 10. That’s not all of the PS surprises. Today, the Swedish company announced Reason 11 and Reason 11 Suite, a major update for their digital audio workstation (DAW). Most believe it’s a normal update with new features and content. Wrong! It is a radical step in a new direction and no, it’s not a subscription service.

First, Propellerhead Software will be renamed to Reason Studios and so PS will be history. Further, they announced Reason 11, a major update to its flagship music-making software. The biggest news here is probably that Reason 11 comes as a plugin on the market. Yes, a bit crazy a DAW in DAW. The idea is actually old because with the “hateful-loving” Rewire technology, you can already do that in Reason 10.

Reason 11

Reason Rack Plugin: Reason Becomes A Monster Modular Virtual Instrument/Effect Processor

With the help of the new Reason Rack Plugin, you can use all your favourite instruments, effects (+ Rack Extensions) in any DAW with VST/AU support. Also, the cable connections on the back of every device will be available here, which makes the plugin version very powerful. So, Reason becomes a monster modular virtual instrument/effect processor plugin with synths, effects… and of course Rack Extension support. Not a bad move, it makes the Reason Platform for more users open and raises the interest in Rack Extensions.

“The rack of devices has always been the core of Reason. Now with Reason 11, anyone can easily add the Reason Rack Plugin to their favorite DAW” said Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Propellerhead Product Manager. “With the addition of 6 new devices, the Reason Rack is bigger than ever, so that you can make music the way you want. We’ve, of course, improved Reason as a DAW too, adding some of the most requested workflow features like improved sequencing and editing.”

Bring your favorite Reason devices into any DAW with the Reason Rack Plugin (VST/AU*). Or, sequence faster than ever with razor sharp focus. Edit, draw, crossfade, curve and zoom–building your tracks in no time. Craft and polish your sound with new innovative modulation effects and a trio of devices pulled from Reason’s million-dollar mixing console.

Why Propellerhead Software Is Renamed To Reason Studios?

“We’re changing our name to Reason Studios to clearly express our dedication in delivering the best experience for all music makers, regardless of where they are in their creative journeys,” said Timothy Self, Chief Product Officer. “The world really knows us for Reason. Reason Studios encapsulates our mission of building a platform for all music creators. Reason 11, with its seamless integration into other music production software, truly exemplifies how we want to open up to the world.”

Discontinuation Of The VST Version Of Europa Synthesizer

Slightly hidden in the FAQ section, Reason Studios announces the discontinuation of the VST Synthesizer version of the European Synthesizer:

Europa by Reason will be discontinued since Europa is included in all versions of Reason Rack Plugin. Everyone who owns Europa by Reason will be able to continue using it, but it will no longer be available for sale.

New Reason 11 devices include:

  • Quartet Chorus Ensemble: Spice up your sound with four flavors of chorus and ensemble effects. From classic vintage chorus to the unique sound of granular ensemble.
  • Sweeper Modulation Effect: Add more color with this high quality, multi-talented phaser, flanger and filter unit with expansive dynamic modulation options.
  • Master Bus Compressor: Reason’s trusted ready-for-radio bus compressor can now be applied anywhere in the rack.
  • Channel Dynamics: Use the subtle compressor, expander and gate from Reason’s studio-grade mixer anywhere in your signal chain
  • Channel EQ: The legendary modeled EQ unit featured in countless platinum recordings is now its own rack device.

Reason 11

New Reason 11 Devices Include:

  • Quartet Chorus Ensemble: Spice up your sound with four flavors of chorus and ensemble effects. From classic vintage chorus to the unique sound of granular ensemble.
  • Sweeper Modulation Effect: Add more color with this high quality, multi-talented phaser, flanger and filter unit with expansive dynamic modulation options.
  • Master Bus Compressor: Reason’s trusted ready-for-radio bus compressor can now be applied anywhere in the rack.
  • Channel Dynamics: Use the subtle compressor, expander and gate from Reason’s studio-grade mixer anywhere in your signal chain
  • Channel EQ: The legendary modeled EQ unit featured in countless platinum recordings is now its own rack device.

New workflow features

  • Curved automation: Draw smooth curves for smooth control
  • Audio clip crossfades: Create seamless crossfades of overlapping audio clips with zero effort
  • Improved and individual vertical zoom: See what you need with expanded and per-track zoom in the sequencer
  • Mute MIDI notes: Try out variations by muting and unmuting separate notes
  • Draw multiple notes: Quickly draw strings of notes for fast rhythms
  • Show played and selected notes in key edit: Easier overview when editing or playing your MIDI

Reason 11 will be available for purchase worldwide on September 25, 2019 starting at

  • 79€/$99 USD for Reason 11 Intro
  • 349€/$399 USD for Reason 11
  • 549€/$599 USD for Reason 11 Suite including 16 Rack Extensions
  • Upgrades will start at 129€/$

Reason Studios is offering a grace period for customers who purchased Reason 10 or Reason 10 Intro on or after August 1st, 2019. Purchasing and registering a qualifying product today makes users eligible for a free upgrade to Reason 11 instantly when it becomes available. Over the coming weeks, Propellerhead will change to Reason Studios wherever Propellerhead shows up, including its website and social media sites. Visit Reason Studio’s blog for further details.

You can now sign up for beta testing of Reason 11. The VST3 version is coming on September 25th, the AU version is coming before the end of the year.

More information here: Reason Studios 

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