Having used the Reason 9.5 beta, I can tell you that Rack Extensions are still as great as they've always been. In many ways they feel like the core of Reason, with VSTs there in a supporting role.
Rack Extensions are fast, clean, and easy to use within Reason.
Update: it looks like major developers like Rob Pappen are still going to be supporting Rack Extensions, so I don't see them going anywhere. If anything, it will put more pressure on Propellerheads to improve the format!
Reason VST support, the long awaited, holy grail of music production was announced last week. This is huge, huge news. Using VSTs in Propellerheads’ Reason DAW will open up an entirely new world for producers to create huge, professional sound tracks.
It will unleash waves of creativity, I bet.
Using VSTs in Reason will not prevent you from controlling them with Reason’s super flexible CV routing structure, which means that you can get all sorts of powerful effects from VST instruments and effects that may not have been easy to do in other DAWs.
Reason VST support also promises to easily find your VST files (we’ll see). Not only that, they claim that crashes will be localized to only the “wrapper” containing the VST, and will not spread beyond to affect the Reason app itself.
While we can debate whether VST should have been there all along, I think this is going to be a great new frontier for Reason. And it doesn’t mean the death of Rack Extensions (at least not the existing ones). They are still going to be the most tightly integrated and stable way of doing things in the Reason ecosystem.
Automated Latency Compensation
And as an added plus, it also looks like Propellerheads is adding automated latency compensation, which is absolutely huge.
It’s always been frustrating to see that Reason creates phase issues when you start using different plugins on sends or parallel channels. There used to be work arounds, but it was cumbersome. Now we should just be able to fire up our songs and make great music.
What do you think? What are you looking forward to most?