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Reason 9.5 is released

Published: 2017-05-31

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.

Manage VST plugins in Reason 9.5

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

Vst 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. 

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RandyEspoda
31 May 2017 

RandyEspoda

imo many ppl underestimate though what PH have done with this.They actually pulled it off regarding keeping reason relatively unchanged while bringing in the biggest change of them all. As they say: it is really no change at all. Because instead of making reason fit VST, they made VST fit reason, making them like any other rack extension we already use and know. The 'way' they are handling this imo is quite brilliant. Genius even.
RandyEspoda
31 May 2017 

RandyEspoda

the article cuts off @"The major work flow issues regarding to using VST in Reason".I was wondering why it has been so quiet in here for the past few days...I still haven't been on twitch so missed all of that apparently. Gotta check that out soon...
hydlide
 1 Jun 2017 

hydlide

Another reason might be that usually I would stick in articles next to the videos I would be doing. But running 4 channels at the same time comes with the price tag that I could not update the content that much. Same thing goes with running the twitch channel. Since time constraints.Regarding to twitch, I don't think I'll be on this too much as of now. Since well, the whole reason 9.5 thing is from now sinking in. The only thing people want to know is how to use this / that VST blah whatever. It would be more interesting to explore those on the VST YT channel (in a way that I did this with the stock devices back then). Since from that angle people can learn more about the plugins I have (and share my knowledge about it at the same time). And second it might lead to additional plugin info. As in "I didn't know that existed".The twitch stream was more a cleaver approach to do that there, since its more about 'messing around and exploring'. And some people like it this way. But this won't work on youtube (I know). Even while I really wanted to do this.Maybe I'll use the twitch stream in a different way (not sure how to do it yet, but I am open to suggestions on this).Anyways, I'll probably start focusing on this DnB series for now, so I can post an in-depth article about that series as well (since at this point it has been a real long process to make the complete series).
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hydlide
 1 Jun 2017 

hydlide

I'll save these work flow issues for a later day. I added a few 'ideas' in the article where I thought to add them later. But as far work flow goes, there are a few things I want to point out.
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