For the hip-hop producer, a lot of problems may arise in the production process. These issues may be loops, tracks and effects becoming unorganized, confusing recording interfaces and often slow, delayed or fuzzy sound from ReWire applications. The time for these obstacles ruining would-be great productions is over; and for hip-hop producer a new era is here.
Propellerhead, the manufacturers of Reason music creation software, created Record—a new more user-friendly recording platform.
There are many different amazing qualities to this program. Overall, the program is designed to emulate the quality and versatility that comes with an entire studio. All the tools a producer would need are available to use with this program—all ‘in the box’. Some of these features include a full virtual mixing desk, effects processors, and audio/MIDI sequencers to name just a few. The program has even employed effects and amp simulators for guitar and bass, courtesy of Line 6.
So this summons a major question: “What makes this so great specifically for hip-hop?”
One of the greatest things about this program, particularly for those who have already grown to know and love Reason, is the capability for the two programs to combine. When installing Record, the software automatically detects Reason and gives the ability to combine the two programs.
This means that the producer can run their beat production software directly through the recording software without latency. Any and all parameters can be edited with great ease with not only the ability to keep any automation made but to continue to edit them as well. Moving effects, devices and audio samples has also been made extremely easy with simple drag-and-drop capabilities.
Propellerhead has announced that this summer there will be updated releases for both Reason (v. 5) and Record (v. 1.5). These programs are improved even further than their previous versions including a new more versatile replacement for the Dr. Rex (Dr. OctoRex) as well as the Kong MPC-style drum machine and capabilities for live sampling.
Without question, Propellerhead has become the company for the hip-hop producer to turn to with its user-friendly interfaces; making the recording easier without being “dumbed down” or sacrificing quality. With the new updates coming this summer, the combination of Reason and Record is likely to rival the very best of both recording and music composition software; utilizing a system that truly is the best of both worlds.