The September update brings high resolution, new sampler, and new Combinator

Reason 12 announced

The September update brings high resolution, new sampler, and new Combinator

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Christof Baer
last updated this article on 
January 21, 2022
 and first floated it on 
May 19, 2021
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Reason Studios announced the release of Reason 12 in September 2021. The update brings high screen resolution to the DAW, a brand new sampler with real-time time stretch, an updated Combinator, and new sounds.

The features revealed in the blog post and video so far are:

  • New Sampler: In the video, this new device looks like Ableton Live Sampler.
  • New Browser: The browser will be updated for easier and quicker use.
  • High Resolution: High resolution retina graphics, including zoom, are being introduced.

Reason Studios will release more details and previews of the features over the coming months. We will keep updating this article, so make sure you come back for the latest news.

Our View

I have to admit it. I have always had a soft spot for Reason, which I have owned since version Reason 1.0. Back then, it was revolutionary. Reason offered great sounding patchable devices in the computer, when MIDI and expensive external hardware dominated sound creation. Since its release, Reason has changed a lot. It is now a VST device, and no longer just a standalone integrated DAW.

The update brings the software up to date with the hi resolution standard in other DAW, and the new sampler sounds interesting. Existing Reason+ subscribers will automatically get the update for free. Reason Studios has also announced the early release for subscribers. If you are not yet subscriber, Reason is available to try for free* to one month.

The Reason DAW is also available to buy as a perpetual license*. If you buy Reason 11 now, you will receive the update to Reason 12 for free in September.

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Subscription* - you will get the update for free, plus 70 instruments, new weekly sound packs, and future updates

  • Reason+: $19.99 per month
  • Reason+ Sale: currently on May sale for $139 for one year - or less than $12 per month for a year

Perpetual License* - pricing to buy has not been announced, but I expect it will remain the same.

  • Full: $399
  • Sale: $279 (currently on sale in May 2021 for 30% discount)
  • Upgrade: $129 (current owners of Reason 1-10)




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