Izotope Iris Promo Price, Reason 6.5 Beta, and Beatcleaver Update

Another three of our favourite stories from around the web this week, with a cash saving promo offer on iZotope’s latest, Reason’s Rack Extensions getting closer and closer, and an update to a very cool, low cost way of slicing your samples…

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First Look Video: Nektar Panorama P4

It’s the first day of NAMM, and there’s not much to see for the lowly press yet. We did get a sneaky look at the Nektartech Panorama P4, though – check out the video for the scoop!

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Nektar Announce Panorama P4 Competition

We’ve been keeping our eye on Nektar‘s forthcoming Panorama Controller, because not only is it gorgeous but since we got our review copy of Reason 6 we’ve been absolutely in love (prepare for our review soon!).

Nektar have announced that they’ll be giving away the very first Panorama P4 to one lucky winner

Presumably feeling the Christmas spirit, Nektar have announced that they’ll be giving away the very first Panorama P4 off the production lines to one lucky winner; you can enter for your chance to scoop up the controller here. This isn’t an endorsement of course, as we’re yet to use one – but we hope that’ll change soon, right Nektar?!

Nektar Announce Panorama: Custom Reason 6 Control Surface

Reason is the perfect software for control surface functionality. Write it up using Propellerhead’s Remote interface, and you can rest assured that the closed box system means your controller will remain compatible with the software until at least the next major update.

we’re quite taken with the looks of the controller, the screen, and its promise of integration at a level that will make you forget that you’re merely using a controller

Many manufacturers, notably Korg (were they the first? We think so, but let us know if you know otherwise) with their Microkontrol have implemented strong mappings, but Nektartech seem to be the first to come out with a dedicated controller. It couldn’t come at a better time; Reason 6 looks like it could genuinely be a DAW killer for home studios, combining the excellent sound of the Record engine that ushered in the SSL console emulating mixer, direct record sampling and all the instruments in Reason 5.

Details are thin on the ground for the moment, but we’re quite taken with the looks of the controller, the screen, and its promise of integration at a level that will make you forget that you’re merely using a controller. Reason 6 is on the way, and we can’t wait to get one of these in the studio to test it with! Until we do, check out Nektar’s slow release of info at their site…

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