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Reason 8.3 Temporarily Comes With Rack Extension Plugins

Reason is quite popular, because of its workflow and its practical layout, allowing you to focus entirely on your music production. It's so successful, in fact, that every now and again Propellerhead is known to get a little crazy with their promotions. And they've got another great one for you that's worth hundreds of pounds!

The promotion

Reason users are probably already very familiar with the Rack Extensions. These are expansion packs (with both effects and virtual instruments), that show Reason always has one eye on the future. And there are quite a few good ones to choose from! What's more, if you buy a full version of Reason 8.3 between February 15th and March 15th 2016, you'll receive five Rack Extensions free of charge after you register your software with Propellerhead! They will then be added to your Propellerhead account. Please note: this promotion only applies to full versions of Reason 8.3, including the student/teacher versions. Upgrades are not eligible for this promotion.


The PX7 FM synthesizer might be the coolest Rack Extension out there. FM synthesis was popularised by the Yamaha DX7 that was introduced midway through the '80s. It allows for an incredible amount of different sounds. If you're just starting out, it might take some getting used to, but it's definitely worth the effort in the end. Besides, this Rack Extension is quite a bit easier to work with than the DX7's small display and tiresome menu structure. Value: £76.50

Radical Keys

Radical Keys is a collection of electronic pianos with an impressive amount of customisation. It's especially great for fans of Supertramp, or other acts that heavily feature the famous Wurlitzer, Rhodes or Pianet. Value: £76.50


With Futzbox, you can give your track a kind of gritty power amp sound. Remember, there is perfection in imperfection. As such, FutzBox includes some distortion, an equalizer, some noise, lo-fi and similar effects. Value: £61


Effects tend to be a bit static, making them instantly recognisable as effects. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but what if effects behaved more musically? That's what Synchronous was designed to do. With this pack, you can give distortion, filter, delay and reverb a more musical role, but link their parameters to curves. Value: £38


Music equipment used to be quite a bit more expensive than we're used to nowadays. Take the C670 Compressor, for instance, which seems to be a rather straightforward package. Well, it was based on vintage equipment with a collective value of - are you sitting down? - over £20.000! That's a new car, right there! Luckily, modern technology has made compressors much less daunting in both size and pricing. Value: £38

Altogether, these five products are worth almost £300 pounds, and Propellerhead is giving this pack away for free! If that's not a good reason to invest in Reason, we don't know what is!

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