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- Installing Reason and authorizing your ignition key
- Making music with Dr. Octo Rex
- Expanding on vocals with Neptune
- Creating custom beats with ReDrum
- Using rack extensions
- Creating guitar and bass sounds
- Using synths such as Malström and Thor
- Using the ID8, NN-19, and NN-XT samplers
- Adding reverb to vocals
- Using the sequencer and tracks
Skill Level Beginner
The Rack Extension is arguably the most significant new feature in Reason 6.5. For the first time, the Reason Rack is available to third-party developers. This allows instruments and plugins that are part of a natural workflow in other software workstations to take their rightful place in the Reason Rack. Companies like Korg, iZotope, and Softube have developed instruments and effects in the Reason Rack Extension format, and other companies are in the process of developing new Rack Extensions as we speak.
All rack extensions are found in the Propellerhead shop, on the web, at propellerheads.se. From the Propellerhead's website, we can navigate to the Shop area, click Rack Extensions, and see the latest offerings right away. If we want to look at every Rack Extension available, we'll hit the Browse button. Here we find many different creative tools, with more added every week. If I want to find out more about a particular Rack Extension, I'll just click on the icon, and a new page loads with more information.
Each Rack Extension has a 30-day unlimited trial period. So, you can try out the product in your own Reason Rack to see if it enhances your music-making process. If you would like to try a particular plugin, simply hit the Try tab. If you're not logged in, you'll be required to do so at this point. If you are already logged in, the download will immediately start, the Authorizer will launch, and the new Rack Extension will become available the next time you launch Reason on your computer.
At the end of 30 days, the trial license expires, and you'll be required to purchase that Rack Extension to continue using it. When the Authorizer is finished writing the new license to your computer, you can quit the Authorizer and go back to the Propellerhead shop. If you wish to purchase a Rack Extension, click Buy next to the icon in the Propellerhead shop. If you're logged in, it will carry you to a confirmation page where payment information is entered or retrieve if you bought Rack Extensions before.
Confirming or checking out of this sale will purchase that Rack Extension for you and download it to your computer, and authorize it for use. Ultimately, you'll need to save this Rack Extension license to your ignition key for permanent use. Clicking on Account and going to your account setup will take you to your own account on the Propellerhead site, and it allows you to review all of your purchased products. Clicking on the Rack Extension tab displays all of your purchased Rack Extensions and offers options for managing licenses and ignition keys.
In the next video, we'll actually try out some of these Rack Extensions and see how they alter or affect our creative process.
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