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
December 7, 2010 @ 6:30 am
Ya, sigh i love how propellerhead is always making new versions. I just hate this adapt to the newest version philosophy, thats like saying "hey the last version you bought is obsolete but this new one is alot better! Only for 5 more months.... Yeah i hope people just realize they need to buy one version stick with it for a while see what it does then go with a New one, just as if they were going to buy a new instrument. People just want to believe what they spent so much money on could do so much more if they tried really hard. Sorry. Im not too sure where some of these daws actually stand on "possibilities" though i know one thing, factor in your computer, thats what the software is running on, theres only so much memory you can actually input with windows, with mac.
September 7, 2010 @ 8:56 pm
Reason 5 is out! Kong and Thor together now make Reason a pretty formidable synthesis engine just by themselves, and combined with everything else (including sample players that can *finally* live-sample) version 5 is quite the suite. Still no MIDI out or VST support, but that's just how the Apple-like purists at Propellerhead roll.

Also worth a mention is Record, which is Reason's integrated DAW companion that came out last year.
David Badger
June 2, 2010 @ 10:26 am
...and Reason 5 should be here at the end of Summer 2010; featuring a new powerful drum synth, KONG, as well as sophisticated harmonizer effects and much more.
David Badger
May 26, 2010 @ 2:46 pm
Fans of Reason's unusual graintable synth, Malstrom, might also want to check out the Sonic Charge site, which is the brainchild of Magnus Lidstom, whoi designed Malstrom. These days he's making superb soft instruments such as Microtonic (which lets you design your own percussion sounds from scratch, like the Electribes) and Synplant (which takes a 'genetic approach' to sound creation and quite literally lets you 'grow' sounds in an innovative GUI).

This page needs updating! The Thor synth in Reason 4 has upped Reason's kudos considerably; if you know about synthesis, it's theoretically possible to produce almost any synth sound using this behemoth; in addition to subtractive stuff, there's FM, wavetable (PPG-like synthesis), numerous filter types including formant etc. etc.

The modular nature of Reason is a good starting point if you're interested in more complex environments such as Max/MSP, Reaktor or Tassman.
February 9, 2010 @ 11:45 am
Reason 4 is a great Music Production Station of the World
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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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