Propellerhead Software Reason

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Analog synth, sampler, drum machine, ReCycle!-based loop player, mixer, effects, pattern sequencer, and more. As many of each as your computer can handle. All the power of hardware, but without the hassle. Forget tripping on cables. Reason doesn't need dusting. Picking up where you left off is as simple as turning the power on. When you save your work, your whole studio setup is stored along with your music.

In the following pages, we examine each of the Devices in the Reason Rack Studio. So click ahead to the next page for more about Reason!

  1. SubTractor Polyphonic Synthesizer - A monophonic/polyphonic analog synthesizer capable of thick bass, screamin' synth leads and lucious pads and textures.
  2. NN-19 Digital Sampler - A full featured Sample player for loading up and playing your own WAV or AIFF samples, loops, and more.
  3. ReDrum - Based on the classic drum machines but with all the features and conveniences of modern drum machines.
  4. Dr:rex Loop Player - Load up samples, slice and dice them, and more. Use this to lock any drum/rhytmic loop of any tempo into your sequence, or rearrange it completely.
  5. Matrix Analog Pattern Sequencer - Based on the simplicity of classic analog sequencers, use this to create TB303-like loop patterns for the synth or sampler modules.
  6. ReMix, Midi, ReBirth Interfaces - Reason's flexible and full featured interfaces and Mixer sections.
  7. Effects Devices - A whole lotta effects, choruses, delays, distortion, EQ, reverb, compressors, envelope followers, and more.
  8. New Devices in Version 2.0 - The Malstrom Graintable Synthesizer and the new NN-XT Advanced Digital Sampler are introduced in v2.0.
  9. New Devices in Version 2.5 - RV7000 Advanced Reverb, BV512 Vocoder, UN-16 Unison, Spider CV and Audio Merger & Spliters.
  10. Sequencer and Transport Controls
  11. Rear View

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flatiron77
September 5, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
I came to Reason from a very old version of Cakewalk. From that perspective it's amazing. VSTs often = crashes if you're on a mid level PC. Even Reaper crashed on me once or twice.
It's a nice little sequencer and you can get a ton of sounds from other companies. The reverb is fine and I get my ideas down quickly with it. You can spend a lifetime sifting through all the refills out there.
Oneki Kai
August 26, 2008 @ 9:19 pm
I hate Reason with an intense passion. It's proprietary and cannot load VST or DXi instruments. Supposedly it can do VST in the recent versions, but after trying for over and hour with Reason 4, I gave up.

The user interface drives me nuts too. That's just my opinion though, some people swear by it. I prefer the Cakewalk and FL Studio interfaces.

Sound wise, the software synths are pretty cool, but are a tad thin. The sample libraries that ship with it for the NN-19 and NN-XT samplers are pretty weak. There are patches in my XV-3080 (with 64 MB of ROM) that blow away those in the Orkester bank, which is the size of a CD.

NN can load soundfonts, but is inaccurate with the filter and some other settings, so don't expect to load and play those.
Octopede
August 15, 2008 @ 1:04 pm
I used to look down my nose at this software until I actually started using it. Now, without Reason, my musical productivity would likely drop by 90%. This is an awesome program, and with some creative processing, sampling and routing, you can actually create some very full, warm, and non-'laptoppy' sounding music. It's an integral part of my studio.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Depends on CPU. 1-99 voices per device (Subtractor, NN-19, Dr:rex)
  • Effects - Reverb, Delay, Phaser, Flanger, chorus, compression, EQ, envelope filter and distortion
  • Memory - Unlimited, every parameter, sound and effect stored with each patch
  • Output - AIFF, WAV and MP3 export; computer hardware audio-outs
  • Arpeg/Seq - Dr:rex: ReCycle-based variable tempo loop player; Matrix: monophonic pattern sequencer
  • Control - MIDI, Computer, ReWire, VST
  • Macintosh - Power Macintosh 604, 604e, G3, G4 or better, 166 MHz or faster; 64MB RAM; CD-ROM drive, MacOS 8.6 or later; a MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard; OMS 2.x or later (included).
  • Windows/PC - Intel Pentium 2 or better, 233 MHz or faster; 64MB RAM; CD- ROM drive; Windows98, NT4.0 or 2000 (or later); 16-bit Windows audio card or DirectX driver, Microsoft DirectX; A MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard.
  • Date Produced - Since 2000
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Vintage Synth Explorer.

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