so I am fairly new to synthesis to begin with, however, I have one question that I can not seem to figure out, I have been looking to Reason 3.0,
and I am considering using it. What equipment would I need to get to use the sounds produced via Reason? Would I need a sampler or a snyth with a MIDI controller?
- a decent audio interface (e.g. soundcard geared towards music production as opposed to gaming - so an E-mu 0404 or M-Audio Audiophile instead of an Audigy or X-Fi)
- a decent pair of monitor speakers (speakers that do not "color" the sound too much).
- a MIDI controller keyboard (a "dummy" keyboard that acts as a remote and doesn't have its own sounds).
What's your budget?
"Part of an instrument is what it can do, and part of it is what you do to it" - Suzanne Ciani, 197x.
the_undercutters wrote:live is way better for production. Flexible & intuitive. Hell you can record audio too.
I used reason for ages and live is my software of choice.
+1 Live is easier to use, more advanced and offers much greater sound quality... also you can record audio/editing audio/control external MIDI device and automatically timestretch audio loops... Also it's great for DJing... Live doesn't come bundled with many instruments but it does have a basic sample replay device and an 8 channel drum machine and there are loads of free VSTi's out there...
The only things I ever liked about reason were the "hands on" feel & the simple to use automation edits.
But without the facility to control other midi devices I don't see much point.
After a while you just want something more...
For me it was never being able to get a big enough sound out of it.
That and being a person who plays other instruments having a multitrack recorder
is much more appealing.
Since live has the basic built in samplers & synths that actualy sound better than the synths in reason this is a huge step forward in the quality of what you can produce. Being an open ended system as far as virtual synths goes its the easiest to setup & use.
I've been doing this on cassette 4track, reel to reel, adat, acid, cubase, protools & finally came to live
feeling like they did something right.
Reason was great when I was a peniless student for banging out quick soundtrack stuff for the shorts I was working on
but I've never acually owned it nor do use it any more.
Live & Pro tools, though I'm considering selling protools..........
The big disadvantage of Reason of course though, is that it's fairly incompatible with everything else. Hardware synths, software synths.. it's all more or less incompatible/unusable with Reason. It limits your musical options quite a lot, in case you later find that you want to expand in one area.