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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38 Visitor comments
Soundtrack Band
October 31, 2008 @ 6:10 pm
Reason is a cool program, but you will have to beat it. If you can't stand being a geek and using demanding software, you wont use it.

The Thor is an improvement in the overall sound dept. It is deep although there are still presets I dont like. Some of the Maelstrom sounds are cool, and many are intolerable digital rasp. Its not a replacement for a really sweet keyboard, but midi'd to a keyboard, its cool.

I find the sequencer very unpleasant ergonomically. I prefer to Rewire it into Live and this much happier. Even exporting samples (very easy) and then using them in Live is preferable. Whether Live's purchasable sample libraries are adequate to skip Reason I dont know. The Redrum drum machine is pretty decent, with a lot of detailed control. The reverbs in Reason are good and the mastering suite is better than many. We'll see what comes next. This program desperately needs autoquantize as found in Live.
Joel Galasso
September 18, 2008 @ 4:20 pm
Sin lugar a dudas, una autentica revolucion en la produccion musical, junto con rebirth, cubase, logic, gigasampler, live, etc...
Si se le aplica tiempo, se pueden producir discos completos solo con este programa. Lo utilizo para componer musica electronica, musica para peliculas, musica para teatro... Un todo terreno. Le falta un poco de potencia con los efectos, procesos y las mezas de mezclas podrian ser mas complejas, pero creo que es "el software" del siglo. Ya que todos los demas procesos se pueden hacer en un secuenciador estandar o reemplazar lineas sonoras con otras maquinas utilizando el MIDI generado.
Marco
September 18, 2008 @ 1:35 pm
I hated software sequencers until I was given a demo version of Reason,ok its not as hands on as Hardware,but a decent set of Midi controllors or interface and this is possibly the best software platform and easy to get along with without too much fuss,I went out and bought the V3 Edition and now this is my main writing tool on the move,just a 25 note usb K/board and my Laptop and I can compose whilst travelling,have since upgraded to the latest version,thor is wicked.
lf0
September 12, 2008 @ 5:48 pm
I'll also add to my last comment that
Oneki Kai obviously doesn't like The Prodigy either because Liam Howlett used Reason to create to whole of 'Always out numbered never out gunned' which was a fantastic album....a good work man never blames his tools.
lf0
September 12, 2008 @ 5:42 pm
So what if it doesn't load vst's - get another piece of software!
Reason is A MUST HAVE!

Reason is solid it has never once crashed on me.
Reason is essentially a selection of studio racks.
The effects has been great since the first version.
The sampler - the NX-19 is fantastic and has a wide range of variables...the new Thor in Reason 4 I have to say is not particularly good, it isn't a patch on the Subtractor or the mallistrom.

The best thing hands down about Reason is the NN-XT which creates the best overall rhodes, wurlitzer, clav, b3 and grand piano on the market - I say this because the sound far surpasses the file size, so my review really really rates the NN-XT sound libraries - because I've used practically all the other software on the market.

You can use just using the computer keyboard nothing else - you'll impress anyone with the time it takes to create a phat track!!!!
 
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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
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