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Reason review by Jordan B.
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"If you are looking for something that resembles hardware this is it! "

What do you like best?

What I love about reason is it's updated interface, it allows me to drag and drop my sounds instead of manually looking for them. If I need a drum kit to play around with it's a drag and drop solution and playing and gaming right away. I love how reason can get instantly brilliant sounds with a few clicks and can get as detailed as you want. I also really enjoy patching cables on the back, it allows me to see the signal flow if something is not working correctly, and reconnect the cables to get back in the action.

Blocks are incredibly helpful if you come from an 8bar approaching method how you build each section is a block has it's own space and is completely separate from another block. It allows me to arrange my elements on the song and if it's not apart of the block I can lay an instrument over it. This is a really flexible program for any musician.

What do you dislike?

The one thing I really don't like is the clip editor, I'd have to say that is a really big component of composing. It has nothing to do with astetically appearance, having a deepened window and plus and minus bars are just archaic about and in my eyes fail to recognize a detailed approach what about a magnifying mouse expander and closer. The last thing I would really like to see is it's own sets that can be redrafted back into a new song.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you come from an audio engineering hardware class this is exactly the way it resembles it in real life it's a nice transition from real hardware and quality, just in a nice digital package that does a nice job handling the cpu on a ton of tasks you can really have; your virtual studio and play in it too ;D. If you are also looking for an Mac environment there is kong and it can go one step further. I still use reason amongst my arsenal of cool daws, reason has something special. The rack otherwise where you can patch things in there are even patch bay splitters! Its a nice way to get an idea going quick!

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Reason has a vast array of sound design capabilities that a lot of programs. Even the old stock instruments like maletsröme the graintable synth is able to still achieve fantastic results! Subtractor uses minimal effort to achieve a really nice bass and some interesting alternating fm chord sounds, with a little distortion from scream 4 you can get some early tweaky sounds. Now that Vsts are apart of the workflow that reason has it's hard to stop creating with this DAW. The response it has to new editions of synths is amazingly fast I am able to really dive as deep as I need to be. Versatile and fast auto detect of midi instruments allows me to plug in and go. Creating beats,

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Reason review by Tyrone T. B.
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"Full Music Development software"

What do you like best?

This is a dual arpeggiator, as you might have guessed at the back there. Each arpeggio can be run in parallel or separately and assigned to separate key ranges – as in a key split. Anything you play outside the key ranges…well, that gets played as is.

This means you could play arps and melodies or basslines at the same time. Creating a player is a simple matter of dragging one onto an instrument or its track. You can also create one by right-clicking on the instrument and adding it from the context menu.

What do you dislike?

At version 5, Propellerhead created Record, a separate program allowing you to record audio for use in Reason. Record sessions could then be saved and opened in the DAW with the audio intact. Although a little cumbersome, this gave Reason owners, for the first time, the ability to record directly.

Before this, the only way to get audio into Reason was by way of importing audio files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider the price. This DAW is pretty coslty but can pay off if you get over the learning curve.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Production-Level projects.

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Reason review by Leighton F.
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"Well-designed, professional DAW"

What do you like best?

Intuitive UI mimics physical audio hardware - a concept easy to grasp even for those not experienced with it. Included features make 3rd party VST's unnecessary for most projects. Visual EQ and master compressor makes mixing far easier than other DAW's. While designed primarily for music production, Reason works well for the recording and mixing of sound FX as well. Reason is just as suitable for the production of synthesized music as it is for creating music through recording traditional instruments as well.

What do you dislike?

I've been using Reason for years, and I cannot think of any valid complaint, as any issues or lack of features I've noticed has been addressed in recent years.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Reason has a free trial and official tutorials that I highly recommend trying.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Efficient, ultra high-quality audio processing for music production - used to create saleable music and to create music for use in games and video, as well as processing sound FX for said applications.

Reason review by Charlotte D.
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"Reason Review"

What do you like best?

The best thing I like about Reason is the intuitive layout and design. The realistic components make the music creating experience feel more organic. Additionally, I enjoy the addition of color coding and blocking. It matches well with my composition process.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the default rack that always appears with a new project. I prefer to start with a blank slate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reason has been helpful with the creation of electronic tracks for live instrument with electronic performances. Having access to numerous built-in sounds as well as the ability to create/manipulate pre-recorded sounds from within the program has been beneficial.

Reason review by Benjamin W.
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"Propellerhead's Reason is a powerful tool for MIDI-based music production."

What do you like best?

The sheer amount of sounds that come with Reason is cause enough to purchase it for one's musical arsenal. Especially when used alongside other audio programs, it is an extremely useful tool to have at disposal. Synths of many kinds, drum sounds, loops, samples, effects, and more are part of Reason's abilities. Another huge advantage is the ability to edit and tweak sounds with the program's advanced sound editing modules within each specific instrument's interface.

What do you dislike?

Some of the sounds included are a bit dated sounding. However, many of the presets are very great, and if they are not to one's liking, a few tweaks in the module's knobs and buttons can create a whole different, newer sound. In future versions and updates, I hope that Reason may update its default sounds to a bit of a more "modern" sound, i.e. reflecting modern music trends--however difficult that may be for a product designer!

Recommendations to others considering the product

I believe that Reason works best in cooperation with other audio programs. Coupled with other sounds and abilities included with other more raw audio-friendly programs, Reason is a great tool to have on hand.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am not the most proficient keyboard player, so Reason's vast MIDI capabilities allow me to create the compositions and performances that I need--despite my inaptitude at live playing.

Reason review by Reed B.
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"Reason has everything you need to produce a full song"

What do you like best?

I like the Redrum drum machine and the fact that it has a step sequencer. In line with the step sequencer, the master grid to align and edit every audio or midi track is very fast and intuitive. You can be and be up and running with the skeleton of an arrangement in minutes. The range of effects is also impressive and the customizing can lead to some very interesting results.

What do you dislike?

I still don't understand how to use the Rex sampler and .rex files. I know that it's good for sampling and splicing samples, but I find the Rex sampler unit confusing and difficult to navigate. I usually end up using the NNXT sampler instead.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Usually I've used this software when a client asks me to produce a track in a relatively short time period (if they need a quick turnaround). The arrangements are easy to make and edit quickly, and the overdubbing and tracking process is very quick too. There's not a lot of set up involved if you have a saved file to start from with all your preferences set the way you want.

Reason review by User in Staffing and Recruiting
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"Avid Reason User - Highly recommend to those used to physical studio gear"

What do you like best?

I love the virtual rack made to feel like an outboard synth & FX rack. Workflow is fantastic and intuitive. With version 9.5 they have made possible to use VST effects and instruments within reason (this was not possible in prior versions). Having the ability to use reasons A+ workflow, and the additional content and sounds possible with VST integration has taken away the one big black eye keeping reason from being a serious contender. Prior to the VST integrations Propellorhead included the RackExtension feature to allow 3rd party developers to put their content into reason, however i found the prices to not be extremely competitive. I have also found that the MIDI editing interface in reason is easily the best editing scroll available in Pro Audio.

What do you dislike?

There are times when the auto routing of racks can be frustrating as it can be clunky to rewire to your needs. As I stated above, the prices for content in the Rack Extension shop are not always the most competitive compared to the VST market (alot of great free VST's out there). This has however been remedied by the addition of VST support in 9.5

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a shot! they have a 30 day trial available with all functionality unlocked. Try it out and commit to making a track or two, start to finish and i think you will love it! Its a great product with an ever growing community behind it! I also think if you have used other DAW's and found the mixer function lacking, you will LOVE the mixer on reason.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used reason to create supplemental backing tracks to use within a multi-campus church. We created tracks from scratch using both stock sounds and supplementary upgrades and rack extensions. One thing that was great with reason was the ability to teach others who are not used to pro audio applications but are musicians the workflow as there is an easy parallel between a pedal board/synth rack etc and the virtual rack in reason.

Reason review by David P.
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"A masterpiece in the musical creation"

What do you like best?

Have a powerful portable recording studio anywhere. Its incredible professional console for mixing. Its excellent and endless devices; surely there is a device created exclusively guarantee quality and originality in your sound. Focused on musical creation and less on the technical aspects behind it, but allows much experimentation crossing cables behind the device; now even integrating hardware and software the possibilities are endless

What do you dislike?

some minor difficulties when manipulating the sound wave and import other sound waves

Recommendations to others considering the product

Reason is an impressive recording studio on your computer added to a great integration with the hardware of your choice. Makes great weapon to choose. Not limited to the study can also be used in live performances; everything is limited to what your imagination consider

Reason review by Nicola B.
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"Best software to start producing music"

What do you like best?

I love the way Reason keeps things simple and real. Its "analogue" approach in displaying drum machines and synths clearly based on real, actual drum machines and synths, the way they choose to use cables to make connections, everything looks as it should be.

What do you dislike?

I think its main problem is the overall sound quality, but i'm not sure of this statement, i'm not using Reason since 2010.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should definitely try it. It's really easy to use and it gives you a clear path to start with audio production softwares

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Reason for 5 or 6 years, almost everyday, to produce electronic music, and i loved it.

Reason review by User in Internet
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"Reason is gunnin' for the top and they deserve it"

What do you like best?

Reason may have started out as a simple software synth/drum programmer, but they're clearly pushing to be a full-featured DAW, and they're well on their way.

The interface is great looking and makes browsing and working easy. The software doesn't crash (seems like it should be an obvious thing, but coming from Pro Tools, you learn this isn't a promise). Using and customizing the various plugins/synths/drum machines is awesome because the interface mimics real-life gear.

On top of all of this, it's very reasonably priced, especially as new versions are released... Propellerhead isn't trying to rob it's customers blind, unlike some companies (*cough cough Avid cough*).

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike is that it's generally not accepted as a standard in pro recording studio environments. I'd love to be able to work within Reason at home and bring it to the studio and stay in Reason... but I guess the perception just isn't there yet? Hopefully that changes over time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get it, it's great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reason solves the problem of finding a reliable, fully-featured DAW I can use for writing and recording music easily.

Reason review by User in Music
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"My thoughts on Reason"

What do you like best?

Its a great professional music-making workstation, that allows you to create your own sounds from scratch. You can get very creative and create basically anything you want. The new Players are awesome, they have as well as the pitch correction on the sequencer.

What do you dislike?

It still feels a little toy-like software. It’s more of a sonic playground: fun, but not for serious work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to create sounds from scratch.

Reason review by Junayd K.
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"My regular software in the industry"

What do you like best?

Me and my music partner use this on a daily basis. It has the potential if you have the ability to produce and record. This can make hits and has so many internal options to use for effects and precise engineering.

What do you dislike?

There is not anything to dislike. Reason has improved every year!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Music production, studio recording and engineering.

Reason review by User in Music
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"Reason"

What do you like best?

I really like all the sound modules. The virtual instruments all sound really cool. The sequencer is great for trying to build beats. I think the whole software and patching part looks really cool and is a great idea. Reason has made great strides in trying to make it a standalone DAW.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that its not easy to do precision editing. Sometimes the Graphical user interface looks a little too much like a toy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The granular wavetable synthesis module is awesome.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software is great but I always use it with ProTools in Rewire mode.

Reason review by G2 Crowd User
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"Reason before REASON"

What do you like best?

Reason remains one of my favorite DAW, I used for a while especially to do some light mixing and mastering works. It has a user friendly interface (for professionals) hence, you might get overwhelmed at your first contact.

What do you dislike?

External sources couldnt be recorded, besides this, I think its a great software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mixing and Mastering

Reason review by User in Music
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"Very easy to use"

What do you like best?

I started using Reason before i started Ableton but i use both now.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really to dislike about it, sometimes certain plugins or audio can't be found so i have to search for it so that can be annoying

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's good for new users to audio making software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I make music on here and make my income off of selling beats.

Reason review by G2 Crowd User in Computer Software
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"Great recording software"

What do you like best?

Come free with the purchase of Korg midi controller

What do you dislike?

Stiff learning curve, could become rather messy on how things are wire together

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Help recording video game voice over and podcast

Reason review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Top of the line"

What do you like best?

New features. Easy to use.. Work station makes it really easy to get a privacy done.

What do you dislike?

Nothing.. Everything about this program is awesome. Well.. Could add tattoos stop feature.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Song creating

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