The name propellerhead comes from the pejorative term used to deprecate science fiction fans and other technophiles, who are stereotypically drawn wearing propeller beanies. The company is not related to the British electronic music duo Propellerheads.
The beauty of the Reason platform is that everything feels like it is integrated. From the Rack Oriented method to its cabling. The nice thing about this concept is that you don't have to rely on any external tools to get things done. Working with plugins in this integrated form is like a blessing. And everything here is done internally in Propellerhead Reason itself, not even using external tools or plugins. Since from a workflow perspective, it has always been a bit painful to use Rewire to hang reason on to life support using an external DAW like Ableton Live for instance.
While these 3 instruments are just 3 picks I have added in the instrument section, there are plenty of other choices that I could easily throw in this top 3 list of Rack Extension instruments. And sure, a lot of people could say why isn't Vecto on this list, or Predator? But the Legends is awesome too, so is Antidote. I know, but since I have 3 different categories to go through I have to make choices. And the choices are made in terms on what I use a lot and where I think it could serve people their best needs. And these 3 are the first 3 that come to mind. For me, it was a close call between ABL3 and the Legend. While I love the Legend for what it does, I haven't really used it that often. That is partially the reasoning behind these.
In terms of effects, we are being spoiled in Propellerhead Reason. In the native stock devices, we have plenty of effects such as filters, chorus, reverb, delay, distortion, compressors, and some creative effects (such as audiomatic, which is a native device in Reason 9). While this is going to be hard one just to enlist "must have effects", a lot will depend on a flavor of style. My choices are clear on this for a lot of different reason. While I will admit, I have a LOT of effects on the Rack Extension platform. Since a lot of stuff I do relies a lot on effects (not just synths). So I hope there are no real surprises here if I think in terms of the following 3 candidates.
Sononics made a few good Rack Extensions. Revival (organ) and the GSX (effect). While the GSX is a thing I use a lot. Since it does so many things at the same time: Beat repeater, Tape stop effect, Transient Shaper, multi-band gain (or reduction), multi-band effect processor and a limiter. So yeah, that is GSX Graphic Shaper and Effects in a nutshell. I enjoy this device for a lot of different reasons. Especially when it comes to doing stuff in a live performance set up, this is my go-to device. When it comes to chopping up stuff and repeat them and glitch them, this device can take full control on those elements as well while manipulating the sequencer of Reason (since it receives midi notes). If there is one effect that does something different than your typical "buffer and loop" thing, this would be it. On a personal note, the first time I laid my eyes on this device it was love at first sight.
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