Propellerhead just released the most recent update to their Reason DAW, version 9.2. You can find my full Reason 9 Review here. Version 9.2 adds powerful back end tools for rack extension developers, allowing them to create powerful new synths and effects.
So that sounds pretty cool, right?
My first reaction was that it’s awesome, but on second thought, It troubles me slightly.
Why I Worry About Reason 9.2
First of all, while some developers have updated there Rack Extensions to take advantage of these new features, there’s no guarantee that any other developers will. This means that existing users of Reason 9 might not really see any benefit unless they buy more Rack Extensions from the Prop Shop.
Historically Propellerheads have been very good about rewarding their customers. There are probably upgrades coming for Reason 9 users.
So it’s not the end of the world. But as I noted in my Reason 9 review, there are some more pressing issues with reason that I’d prefer to see fixed first.
Reason 9.1 gave us the ability to sync with other instruments over wireless. Cool but not essential.
Reason 9.2 gives developers more power, but I’m unclear what it means for users.
I’m worried that developers will now stop creating rack extensions backwards compatible with Reason 7 and Reason 8.
Think about it for a second. As a developer, if earlier versions of Reason don’t support your RE, are you going to spend the time to develop to different versions of it?
It is going to be more cost effective to just develop for Reason 9.2+.
Similarly, if developers start upgrading their rack extensions to use the new features, will they stop supporting the older versions of the REs?
It’s really too soon to say.
Reason 9.2 is good for active users of Reason 9, but Propellerheads are really nudging users of older versions of Reason to upgrade.
What do you think about Reason 9.2? Would you upgrade to Reason 9 for it?