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Announcing Reason 9.5 with VST support

Published: 2017-04-28

Reason 9.5 has been announced by Propellerhead. VST plugins are coming to Reason, with the workflow of Reason as you know it. While currently Reason 9.5 is still in beta release, you can sign up for beta testing on the Propellerhead main website.

Reason 9.5 VST in Reason

A feature that has been requested for a long time, Reason 9.5 will support VST plugins. The way it works is that Reason sniffs out the installed plugins you have. And they will show up in your instrument sections. As shown in the following picture:

VST support in Reason is coming!

In this case it is demonstrated that an instance of Serum is being dragged in to the Reason Rack. At that point it will show up a native Reason Device (the VST Wrapper). This VST wrapper allows you to plug in Gate CV  / Note CV like you used to do in any instrument of Reason.

VST in Reason 9.5

When done so, you can later on program different CV controllers using the CV programmer. This allows you to control external settings inside the VST using external Control voltages. 

Control Voltages using VST in Reason

In theory, you press the "learn" button, then go back to the VST plugin. Drag the knob you want to control, and it is all set. It works similar as learn from midi in FL Studio for instance.

VST connection using Control Voltage

So from that angle it should work similar as lets say, programming a combinator. But in this particular case it is a VST you are controlling with in Reason itself! Which is freaking awesome!

In this case you can see it all happen for your self by looking at the following video release made by Propellerhead themselves:

Reason 9.5 releases on 29 may 2017

While currently the latest version is still in beta, the final version will release on 29 may 2017. This upgrade will be free for Reason 9 full users and Reason 9 essential users.

Reason FAQ

When is it coming? 

Reason 9.5 is currently in beta testing and the final release will be on May 29th 2017!

How much is it? 

If you own Reason 9, then the new version is a free update. Any purchase of the Reason 9 upgrade or Reason 9 full version will get you Reason 9.5 when it’s released, for free.

How do I get it? 

Do you own Reason 9? In that case, just let Reason download the update when it’s available on May 29th. Otherwise, just buy Reason or upgrade to Reason 9 now, and get the updated version for free on May 29th.

Can I beta test? 

If you own Reason 9 or Reason Essentials 9, we’d be happy if you help us test Reason 9.5. You can sign up here.

Now that Reason has VST support, will you kill the Rack Extension technology? 

Absolutely not! Reason now supports two plugin formats and Rack Extensions will remain a key Reason technology. In fact, combining VSTs and Rack Extensions open up fantastic music making possibilities! Having VSTs in the rack will let us focus our development of the Rack Extension platform even more.

Will Reason 9.5 support all VST plugins? 

Reason’s VST implementation is based on VST 2.4. Any 2.4 compliant instrument or effect plugin (that’s just about every VST out there) will work in Reason.

Can I use VSTs with other Reason devices? 

Sure! In that regard, there is no difference between VSTs and other Reason devices. Play them with Players, put them in combinators, add Reason effects, patch audio and CV to them - just like you always do in Reason. The only difference is that the VST plugins open in a separate window.

How are VSTs used in Reason 9.5? 

Reason will find any VST plugin that you have installed on your computer. The VST plugins can then be found among Reason’s own devices and Rack Extensions in the browser. Drag your desired instrument or effect to the rack and it’s there! VST plugins live inside the new plugin host device in the rack. This is where you can route audio and CV and open the plugin’s own window.

How does the delay compensation work? 

Some effects in a signal chain will introduce delay in the timing. With the delay compensation on, Reason will calculate the total delay in each signal path and adjust the timing of each discrete signal path accordingly, to assure perfectly timed, phase correct playback. The adjustment is automatic but can also be set manually for each mixer channel.

Reason FAQ Source: Propellerhead

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tkuhner
8 May 2017 

tkuhner

Ok, reporting in on a little bit of my experience with the beta of 9.5At first the limitation of only being able to use VST 2.4 or higher is a bummer, but you can get around that by using the FL studio plugin version in Reason as a plugin.Once you load the FL Studio plugin just scan your presets folder and presto! Drop one of those 15 year old VSTs on the first channel button in FL and your off.The only down side (and I think FL's internal midi can provide a workaround for this... more later) is that you are limited to audio in and out. No automation from Reason to the old VSTs. But you will be able to use the old < 2.4 VSTs.Also, Bounce In Place works! for VST. You can drop in Serum, for instance, and play a little melody.Then just right click and Bounce In Place and there it is. A nice little audio track right under you track for the Serum VST.I have been doing alot of this stuff with Reason's midi out and utilizing a second sound card, but this is so much better.Reason's VST support will save tons of time, make things easier to learn, and easier to implement.No more secondary audio routing through a 2nd sound card in my PC.No more complex routing of midi through a virtual midi device.No more setting an audio track up for recording the audio from the external VSTs.In my opinion, there are not many features left that would put Reason at the top of the list.One thing that I REALLY wish they would implement is ghost noting.Being able to edit audio and midi while being overlaid ontop of an existing audio or midi track would be the mosttime saving feature that I could ask for at this time!I am very impressed at the implementation of VST support by Props.
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branheim
4 May 2017 

branheim

Im still learning Reason, but I cant wait to get sylenth, hive, NI Komplete, and probably like ten other synths I could probably make in thor if I was brighter.I just got a full set of entry level JBL 308 monitors with sub, my wife will murder me if I buy a bunch more soft synths, thank god for American Musical Supplys payment plan. ;')
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dhrose
2 May 2017 

dhrose

Rant:Er, it's possibly ironic and or really aggravating that I can't include my RE's with my Reason account if I sell it... but we now have VSTs anyway??? Talk about integrity... Lately, I've come to the conclusion that although Reason has come a long way from my V2.0 days when I started, there are still things I just can't get used to and basically don't like about it. The rack to me, is capable of doing some crazy mad scientist wiring... but day to day, I just want to load some instruments, create some beats and sequence the whole mess. Every time I look at the rack with 15-20 tracks Im like, why can't I hide this mess... or just show portions of it? I love the mixer, and the sequencer is great now, but the rack is a mess. Which even when it's ALL reduced is like a wall o' clutter that needs to be either grouped, or show synths... show drums etc. I've been using Live lately because the Arrange is simple, there is really easy manipulation of audio and midi clips and there is a much better integration of audio and midi from the browser... And I don't even use Session view. I hate to say it but your videos have made me realize I just don't have the time to create half this stuff, and I don't use Reason this way. Now, after buying a bunch of RE's I cant even give to the person who buys my account they do VST! Bad timing... Rant over.
hydlide
 2 May 2017 

hydlide

"I hate to say it but your videos have made me realize I just don't have the time to create half this stuff, and I don't use Reason this way"Just to respond to this segment : I personally use Reason in different ways. Rack oriented, or sequence oriented or mix oriented. It depends on how I feel like. Recently I created a goa trance song (lasting for 9 minutes) in one hour using 'presets' I build from scratch all mostly done in the sequencer.But meh, I can't please everyone. So have fun with Ableton.
anoniuse
28 Apr 2017 

anoniuse

the end off an era in witch we needed a midi loop , vst player and in a worst case a audioloop: bye bye you "VST-LOOPY" era you will be a nostalgic lookback without a miss, welcome to the new one. I just keep on looping the youtube announcement with a tear and a never ending smile.
tkuhner
28 Apr 2017 

tkuhner

AAAAAhhhhhhh! AMAZINGLY unexpected. So sweet. I have a folder full of a thousand VST's I do not have time to ever get around to testing. This is going to be epic. I have always wanted to explore that folder just to see if there are any little tools that might be of interest. BUT more importantly, bringing in the power VST's like Serum that I use regularly in a proper way in the rack, much, much excitement here!!!!!!How does Hydlide get articles out this fast. No sooner than I read the email from Props, I came here to see and sure enough, already an article.Thanks!
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Alt-Melodium
28 Apr 2017 

Alt-Melodium

Looking forward to this a whole lot. Can't help but get hyped!
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