Reason 4 announced - world braces for impact

It's the moment Reason users have been waiting for - Propellerhead have officially announced Reason 4 on their website. Click here to check it out.

As well as giving details of the new instruments and effects (including Thor, RPG-8 and the ReGroove Mixer), Propellerhead also announced that they're looking for Reason 4 beta testers, so get over there if you'd like to try Reason 4 before anyone else.

Other revisions include new patches in the Factory Sound Bank, signature patches from a variety of producers (including Vengeance, Tipper and Plaid), new Tool window, improved sequencer and tweaked NN-XT and Combinator instruments.

There's no mention of improved sound quality, which is one improvement Reason users have been anticipating for a while now. While Reason 4's new features look enticing, will they be enough for Reason users hungry for VST compatibility and audio tracks? We'll have to wait until later in the year when Reason 4 launches to find out for sure...

In the meantime, here's a screenshot to tantalise you - click to view it full size: