Not long ago, Reason Studios promised dibs on any new features headed to the DAW for Reason+ subscribers. True to its word, the developer has wheeled out a new rack instrument – the Mimic Creative Sampler. It works in Reason 12, which is available only to Reason+ subscribers as part of an Early Access showing. The DAW will be sold outside the subscription starting from September 1, 2021.
Mimic Creative Sampler for Reason 12
Reason Studios says the new instrument presents a “modern hyper-creative” approach to sampling. But what I’m looking at seems fairly conventional. Below the waveform display, Mimic’s knobby layout is spread across time stretching (with new granular and tape modes), pitch shifting, filtering, envelopes (amp and filter), LFO, amplifier, and effects (compressor, EQ, and one selectable master effect). There are even virtual Pitch and Mod wheels to complete the hardware metaphor. The machine aesthetic has been part of Reason’s identity from day one, so no surprises here.
The four sampling modes are similarly straight-forward. Pitch mode plops a pitched sample onto the keyboard. Slice mode does automatic chops and lets you play the slices. Multi Slot and Multi Pitch open up to 8 sample slots to make multi-sampled instruments out of. With all that tossed in, Mimic offers plenty of creative headroom. If it sounds nice and crunchy, too, it will handle plenty of sampling action before you reach for Glitchmachines Polygon and the like.
Mimic is just one of several notable upgrades to be featured in Reason 12. You can read more about that here. The DAW is currently in Early Acces and available to Reason+ subscribers. You can read more about Reason Studios’ subscription offering here. Reason 12 will be released en masse in early September.