Propellerhead USB audio interface

There’s a big update coming from the Reason Propellerhead team.

On 30th September they’ll be releasing, (in their own words) the biggest update they’ve ever done, when Reason 6 and Reason 6 Essentials hits the shelves.

But the update doesn’t stop at software.

Adding to the Propellerhead mix of offerings will be a brand new audio interface.

Balance, is a two-in by two-out audio interface for the single person operated home/project studio.

Designed to merge seamlessly with the Reason 6 software.  Balance is born of a desire to help musician users’ concentrate on their creative music making process, rather than the distraction of the multitude of technical set up issues they often face.

Some of the great features of Balance include:

  • Hi-end pre-amplifiers
  • Hi-end 24-bit ADC/DACs, 44.1 to 96kHz
  • Fully USB 2 powered – with separate volume controls for monitors and headphones
  • Big Meter – a tool to help you tune up and set your levels from across the room
  • Clip safe – a feature giving you an insurance policy to recover those great takes that distort or clip during recording
  • 8 input connections – to keep all instruments, mics and devices connected and ready to record with the press of a button—without software pop-ups or control panels
  • Built-in Propellerhead Ignition Key (a new twist on a old copy protection method)
On the software side, Reason is available in two flavours, which have now incorporated the multitrack audio recorder features of Record:

Now that Reason has incorporated multitrack recording features, it is truly a stand alone solution.

I had previously used Reason in combination with Ableton Live Rewired to Reason to provide my audio multitrack recording needs, but with Reason version 6, I’ll potentially be able to ditch Ableton and use Reason exclusively.

Reason has come a long way from their roots as 2 guys is a garage and Rebirth.

I can remember using Rebirth (the fore father of Reason) when it first emerged, these days you can use Rebirth on your iPad.

I really love the attitude at Propellerhead;  Make technology that works, complements the creative process and is inspiring and fun to work with.  This strikes me as a similar ethos to Apple.

I really hope they get it right with Reason 6 and Balance.

From what I can see so far, it looks very much like they have it absolutely right. But I guess we’ll just have to wait until the end of September to find out.

In the meantime it’s worth having a look at the history and development of Reason over the years:

You can now find the Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials on Amazon for around £327.

Reason Essentials is also available on its own (without the Balance Hardware) at Amazon for around £192.

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