Instead of getting synthesizer software, sampler software, looper software, and drum machine software you can get all of the above (and more) with Propellerhead's Reason, my favorite music software. It's extremely versatile in the way that it can be used. I've been using it for years and I am quite experimental with it, yet I'm sure there are still many more ways to use it that I have yet to discover.
The latest version of Reason came out in 2007. It's version 4 and it was quite an upgrade from the previous one (version 3. ) For the rest of this article I am going to assume you are familiar with version 3 and speak only of the upgrades with version 4.
Version 4.0 adds four major improvements to the program. The first is Thor which is a new synthesizer which has even more knobs to play with than Malmstrom or Subtractor. This is definitely a synth designed to be manipulated to create totally unique sounds. The flexibility of it is quite enticing.
The second is a new apreggiator, I haven't messed around with this much as it's not something I'm very interested in. That's one of the great things about Reason, there are so many features that you can really just pick and choose what you want to work with. Maybe sometime in the future I'll jump into using the new aprpeggiator and find it's very useful. Basically it works with all of the Reason modules so you can turn anything (yes anything) into an arpeggio.
The third new feature is ReGroove which allows you to add “life" to your programmed music. Basically you can use it to humanize your music, to add more of a groove so that it's not as stiff as programmed music generally is. Depending on the type of music you like to create, this could either be an incredibly useful tool or something you ignore.
The fourth new feature is probably the biggest improvement and that's with the sequencer itself. Now you can change tempos within the song and you can change meters at any point. Those are just the two most obvious changes, there are a lot more. Some of which you may have to get used to at first but I think you'll be very pleased with the amount of flexibility you now have with the sequencer.
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