Reason 12 launches with an updated Combinator, all-new Mimic Creative Sampler and more

The rack-based DAW is more customisable than ever before.

Reason 12

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Reason 12 has officially launched. Its major changes including an updated Combinator, a new Mimic Creative Sampler, along with an improved browser and graphics.

The Combinator, a user favourite since its introduction over a decade ago, allows multiple devices to be combined into a single device. A refresh of the powerful tool was among its top-requested features, Reason said.

The new Combinator offers greater customisation than before, letting you build your own devices by dropping in a variety of knobs, buttons and faders, or even changing the graphical style of a device. Then, you can set up custom macro controls for each of its different parameters.

The Mimic Creative Sampler is an all-new device with four operating modes: Pitch is akin to a classic sampler and plays samples to the pitch-mapping of your keyboard; Slice chops samples into parts and maps each to its own key; Multi-Slot maps sample slots to individual keys for drum machine action; and Multi-Pitch plays every slot to the pitch-mapping of your keyboard.

To let you go even deeper with sampling, each mode can be paired with a variety of stretching algorithms, including Tape, Granular, Advanced, Melody and Vocal.

Reason 12 also receives a graphical refresh, with high-resolution graphics that let you zoom in on each device to make precise adjustments. Third-party Rack Extensions will also be available in high-resolution.

Reason 12 is available now to Reason+ subscribers or at $399 standalone. There’s also an upgrade plan for $129.

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