MacDirectory Magazine

Winter-Spring 2009 (#40)

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MacDirectory 119 REVIEW | MUSIC set of stellar sample libraries of keyboards, basses and drums, with samples in both16 and 24 bits. The Abbey Road Keyboard collection was recorded with a variety of vintage mics and includes instruments from classic sessions such as the Beatles' "Hey Jude", "Strawberry Fields", "Mr. Kite", and "Rocky Raccoon". The featured instruments are a 1930s Challen piano, a slightly detuned tack hammer-style Steinway, a great Hammond RT-3/Leslie 122 combo, a stuffy and raggedly charming Mellotron, a harmonium, a celeste, and set of tubular bells. The Reason Pianos refill includes excellent samples of a Steinway grand, a pair of uprights, and the jazz road warrior of the '70s, the Yamaha C7. The Bass collection includes eight instruments including a picked Rick 4001, a vintage Jazz, plucked and picked Precisions, a vintage LP, an EBO, a fretless Stingray, and a '63 Kay hollow body. The Drum Kits 2 collection was designed with the Combinator in mind and provides a huge range of drums with a spectrum or nuances determined by mic, room, and environment. There are 58 Combinator-specific kits with various presents, 96 Redrum sets and a selection MIDI files, effects and style templates. The fourth component is the RDK vintage mono drums refill, which is essentially the same as the RDK 2 collection but in mono and sampled through a Neumann U47 tube mic. Observations You can easily lose yourself in Reason with its millions of sounds and fountains of inspiration. Whether you are into hip-hop, avant-garde, traditional, or sweeping orchestral compositions, Reason has something for you. In addition to the awesome power of Reason itself, the refill bundle is quite a prize, with excellent keyboards and (assuming you have the chops) a selection of basses and drums that can rival the real thing. The only thing missing is its rather overt lack of support for live audio recording, but this aside, it is a fantastic tool. The Reason 4 Premium Edition is an excellent offering and is well worth the $699 price tag. On its own, Reason costs $499 (upgrade: $129) and the Studio Combo refill bundle is $349. While its lack of support for live audio recording continues, its other capabilities make it a must-have item for any aspiring or professional musician. Product Reason 4 Premium Edition Made by Propellerhead Software Price $699, Reason 4: $499, Reason upgrade: $129, Studio Combo bundle: $349 Pros Excellent enhancements, amazing instruments, superb samples Cons Learning curve for enhanced features, no audio recording Rating HHHHH

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