Having resisted calls for it for more than a decade and a half, Propellerhead has finally taken the decision to add VST plugin support to its Reason DAW. This will arrive as part of version 9.5, which is currently in beta and will be released on 29 May.
Initially a completely self-contained piece of music production software, Reason got a level of expandability in 2012 when Propellerhead introduced its Rack Extensions technology, which enables third party developers to create instruments and effects for it. This will continue to be supported, but now Reason will also be compatible with the most popular plugin standard on the planet.
You’ll be able to drag and drop VST plugins right from the Reason browser, use CV with them, add Player devices and put them in Combinators with Reason devices and Rack Extensions. Any instrument or effect that’s VST 2.4-compliant should be compatible. There’s automatic plugin delay compensation, though you can also set this manually on each mixer channel if you’d rather.
Reason 9.5 will be a free update for all Reason 9 owners, who can also sign up to beta test the release right now. Find out more on the Propellerhead Software website.