Propellerhead Opens Up The Reason Rack to 3rd Party Developers

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This week at Musikmesse, Propellerhead introduced “Rack Extension“, a new technology that enables third party developers to create instruments and effects for Reason.

The Rack Extension technology will be free for existing Reason users, available by end of Q2

Through this new technology—built into the next version of Reason and Reason Essentials—users can expand their collection of instruments and effects with the Reason devices they want.

To see an overview presentation video from Propellerhead CEO, Ernst Nathorst-Böös, go to: And check out Peter Kirn’s perspective on the topic + Q&A with Propellerhead at Create Digital Music.

According to Propellerhead…

Available to third parties as a software development toolkit, the Rack Extension technology is not just another plug-in format. Rack Extensions are full “Reason rack citizens,” giving users the same experience with third party extensions as with any other Reason device—including the ability to load them in Reason’s Combinator, route audio and CV cables on the back, automation of all parameters, copy/paste devices and signal chains, and experimentation with the safety of unlimited undo.

Propellerhead also announces the Rack Extension Store, an online store where Rack Extensions from all Rack Extension developers can be purchased and downloaded directly into the Reason rack, as many times as needed. All Rack Extensions are Mac and Windows compatible, and can be tried with users’ own song files in Reason before purchase. The automatic installation and authentication ensures that users keep the focus on being creative and finding the right sounds for their music.

The Rack Extension technology will be introduced in version 6.5 of Reason and version 1.5 of Reason Essentials to be released in Q2, 2012.

The upgrades will be available for free download for all owners of Reason 6 and Reason Essentials. Users of previous versions of Reason can upgrade to Reason 6 today and download the upgrade for free once it becomes available.

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