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Reason 7 Announced

Today,music producers are spoiled with choices. There are so many tools that suits your style and your workflow preference. Ableton Live 9 recently released at a whopping $749 for its ultimate pack. If you’re just starting, that will stop you dead on track. So now, the good people at Propellerheads just announced the latest incarnation to their always fun software Reason 7. Some of the neat new features are audio quantized, MIDI out and advanced mixer bus grouping. I haven’t used reason in a while. Not since version 5 anyway. I was a diehard reason user. Eventually I felt that its close environment held me back. Therefore I made the jump to Logic Pro. Eventually I settle my self with Ableton Live 8. I thought it was what suits my workflow the best. I got no complain over Live 8. I’m just a bit disgruntled with its steep upgrade price. So, this new Reason 7 intrigue me a little bit.

Previous owner of Reason 1 – 5 qualify for $149 upgrade to Reason 6.5 and you will receive free upgrade to Reason 7 when its released later this year. It gives you a whole load of new features and the ability to add 3rd party instrument. Sounds awesome. Yet, Reason 7 is still going to be somewhat close environment since it uses proprietary system. That Native Instruments Komplete 8 that I have will not be compatible with Reason 7. That’s a total deal breaker for me. But if you’re not invested on other plug-ins then Reason 7 is actually looking more and more like a viable alternative as your main DAW. It’s something worth looking into.

The software will debut in Q2 of 2013 – current users of Reason 6/6.5 will be able to upgrade for $129 – learn more about the upgrade pricing scheme on this page.


d(–)b a New Modular DJ App for iPad

Supposedly, we are on the verge of new era where touchscreen technology becomes the vogue in DJ industry. Prior to this year, tablet DJ apps was never considered to be a serious thing. With recent announcement of Traktor DJ and now d(–)b, we have to start taking this things a bit more seriously. With more and more powerful tablets, eventually we will be able to ditch our laptop and DJ on tablet completely. d(–)b is brought to you by the people that created Touchable, a full on touch screen controller app for Ableton Live.

From the look of it, this app seems like a promising piece of software. At this moment, it lacks the sophisticated FX that Traktor can offer but eventually they will include some kind of FX. at $16.99, this software is a total bargain. The only draw back is just like Traktor DJ, it will only run on iPad 2 or later which is a bummer for me since I’m still using original iPad. Nonetheless, we’re about to enter a new and exciting era in DJ technology.

Feature set:

▪ Custom browser with access to the iTunes library.
▪ Ultra low-latency touchable waveform with spectrum color-coding.
▪ Comprehensive in-app editor lets you create your own interfaces with up to 6 decks – on one or several pages.
▪ Track analysis with automatic tempo and grid detection.
▪ Manually grid tracks if the detection is off.
▪ Stereo-Pre-Cueing:
-> multi-route audio to precue tracks in stereo. Works with any class-compliant audio device via USB and the iPad Camera
Connection Kit.
-> split output audio to do mono monitoring.
▪ 4 cue points per deck.
▪ 3 band EQ with kill switches.
▪ optional limiter with variable headroom
▪ EQ Snap and EQ “Magic Triangle”.
▪ Pitch coarse & fine faders for 10% / 1% pitch control.
▪ Loops from 1/64th to 8 bars.
▪ Loop roll while track keeps playing.
▪ Listen to the dry/wet monitor signal on headphones while recording the main stereo mix – without multi-route or split-audio!
▪ Wide range of settings make the app less restrictive, more customizable.

Update: EGRV CONTROL 2.1.1 (Free TouchOSC template)


Here’s a minor update to my free TouchOSC template the EGRV Control. The update is for better workflow and visual feedback improvement. Several bugs improvement dealing with the switch to Traktor 2.6. Native Instruments has yet to open remix deck for anything other than the Kontrol F1. Right now, it only works like the old sample decks. Functionalty is limited to the first row only and very rudimentary.


TouchOSC 1.8.1
TouchOSC Editor 1.5.6 (for loading the template)
OSX 10.6 and above
Traktor Pro 2.6

What’s New:


– Added new Flux buttons for both deck A and deck B

– Deck label A or B will blink to indicate it’s state (playing or not playing)

– New LED lights as VU meter

– Longer volume faders


– New pitch reset button

– moving the filter activation and seek fader above the EQ fader to prevent
accidental touch to Play and Sync buttons

– Added functionality to pitch bend buttons. It becomes loop movers when you
press shift.

– Pressing gate while moving EQ Low fader on deck A will enable you to change
the value of the gater. Pressing gate while moving EQ Mid fader on deck B will
enable you to change the value of the gater.

– Pressing shift and gate/delay while moving EQ Low fader on deck A will enable
you to change the value of the delay. Pressing shift and gate/delay while moving
EQ Mid fader on deck B will enable you to change the value of the delay

– LFO/Flange functions the same as Gate/Delay.
LFO + EQ Mid deck A change value of LFO
SHIFT+LFO+EQ Mid deck A Change value of Flange
LFO + EQ Hi deck B change value of LFO
SHIFT+LFO+EQ Hi deck B Change value of Flange

– When you press FLT it will activate/deactivate filter and reset the filter value to 0

– Pressing Mash 1 and moving EQ fader Hi on Deck A will change value of

– Pressing Mash 1 and moving EQ fader Low on Deck B will change value of

Ableton Live 9?

This video was spotted on youtube and it appeared to be the highly anticipated Ableton Live 9. I managed to grabbed it before the original video got taken down. From this video we can see some minor GUI changes. On the browser window, now you see that you can open new column to reveal the content of the folder above it. Also there are few tweaks and new plug-ins such as the Glue Compressor, developed in collaboration with Cytomic. The EQ 8 receives some major overhaul, now being able to display some kind of spectrum analyzer and pop up window to display it even larger, making it perfect for sound sculpting. The Compressor also got major changes, now having 3 different kind of display mode, auto release and new expand mode. The Gate effect now adds some metering and REturn parameter that will enable you to create smoother gating.

None of these are of course confirmed by Ableton. If what we see above is true and just a small glimpse of what we can expect from Ableton Live 9, then this gonna get very exciting real quick. Looking forward to hear more from the Ableton Team and their officialy released material.

It’s no longer simple!

I just got myself a new DJTT Midi Fighter 3D. Between that and Traktor Kontrol F1 and iPad running TouchOSC plus a macbook pro running Traktor 2.5.1, DJing has turn into completely different kind of beast. All these gadgets does open up new possibility in term of creativity. But at the same time, it kinda takes the fun out of DJing. It was so much simpler when all we had were a box of records, a pair of 1200s and a mixer.