The Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials Pack
The Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials pack is something of a landmark for the Swedish software developer. The first hardware product ever produced by Propellerhead, an audio interface named balance, is built with the company’s trademark design flair. A two input, two output unit, the Propellerhead Balance has a chunky, angled, matte black desktop design, with cyan, magenta, yellow and, green highlights that make it, perhaps, the most stylish audio interface available. A USB 2.0 interface, the Balance features two microphone pre-amps with 48V Phantom power, for powering condenser microphones, two guitar inputs with a pad switch for reducing the level of high gain signals, along with four line inputs, all via quarter inch jacks.
The Propellerhead Balance has a number of unique features, designed to integrate with the included Reason Essentials software, or the full Reason 6 package. The Clip Safe feature is one that will appeal to anyone who has listened back to a performance they have thought to be great, only to discover it is clipped, due to the input gain being set too high. It works by recording your take to two separate channels, one at a lower volume than the other. It one clips, you can just use the other. A meter button allows the user to activate the recording meter with one touch, and a ‘ready’ LED provides an instant indicator of whether a track is armed, ready to record. The Balance also doubles as an Ignition Key, meaning that Propellerhead licenses can be stored on the unit.
The second component of the Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials bundle is a scaled-down version of the acclaimed Reason recording environment. Complete with a selection of virtual instruments from the Reason rack, including a drum machine, loop player, sampler, synthesisers and effects, along with the ability to record audio and guitar amp modelling technology from Line 6, Reason Essentials is a complete recording solution.
For those in search of an inspiring computer recording system, with the minimum of set-up hassle, and without complicated operation, the Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials pack is a superb solution. Flexible, powerful, and incredibly stable, this is a superb addition to the Propellerhead family.
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