Reason 9.5 has officially been released on the 29th of may 2017. While there has been a lot of talk about this release, we decided to let the storm settle a little bit before really diving in to this major update. As most of you may already know, This release comes with VST support. While this feature has been requested for many years, we finally have it. There have been a lot of discussions about having third party plugins in this DAW. Third party support first came in the form of Rack Extensions. Yet still, till this day there was always one specific request that most people wanted to have: Vst support in Reason 9.5. I didn't really write much about it since a lot has already been covered on twitch while doing live stream sessions to explore different features.
VST support first glance
As far integration in reason goes, it works pretty awesome. You install the 64-bit VST plugins in a specific directory. You point the directory where the VST are located at. You restart Propellerhead Reason 9.5 and it scans the complete VST folder in one go. Sometimes, things may go wrong. Since Reason 9.5 at this point only supports instruments and effect. Some VST plugins may not work at all. When this happen, you will get an error notification and once this happens you can check the window > Manage plugins section to check which VST might not be working proper.
This happened while I started to install Reason 9.5 the first time after it was initially released (as shown in the following video):
VST Support in Reason
Propellerhead has made a series of videos that explain in detail what type of features there are regarding to VST support in Reason. As it is being mentioned in this video, "It is really no change at all". It is more like you have a wide range of new extensions in your DAW and you can drag and drop them the way you are used to do it. The video shows the basic functions on how to load a plugin (which is quite straight forward), it shows how to open the plugin, how to create a screenshot from the device itself and so on.
Other features that come to mind
While using plugins is not something new to us, there are a wide range of different options out there for new Reason users who start to fiddle around with what type of VST plugins to use or to grab. There are a wide range of different options out there. For instance Waves is currently having a major sale on their plugins. Different options would using Native Instruments Kontakt, or Massive (which I also own). And the EDM stylish synth called Serum from Xfer. In most cases plugins comes with demo versions, so your best best is to try them first before you buy them. Since some VST plugins may be a bit CPU hungry.
There is a feature called "delay compensation". However as far we have been testing this (as mentioned in the first video) is that delay compensation does not solve 'all' delay issues. Some plugins / rack extensions get compensated. While if a plugin / rack extension uses a buffer (to fill the audio up), the compensation gizmo does not do much on that end. Which makes sense at some point of view.
In the mean time I have been setting up a separate youtube channel to discuss the Free VST plugins first (since there are lot out there). You can find our new youtube channel (which you can find on our homepage).
In the mean time you could catch up on the blog post that propellerhead has released.
And there is a large discussion taking place on reddit about creating a plugin list.
You can buy Reason 9.5 from the main propellerhead website. In case you haven't figured that part out yet.
Written by hydlide