When Reason was initially released by Propellerhead, it was a program focused on creating beats through software instruments and effect plug-ins. Reason 10, the latest version, is now a full-service digital audio workstation. It offers the ability to record external audio and provides powerful sound editing tools compared to earlier versions.
With Reason, business owners and musicians can access the power of Rack Extensions for audio editing. The Rack is a unique feature in Reason, and it provides the ability to add plug-ins and effects to build new sounds and create music. Reason is backed by Propellerhead, a company with a long history in recording studio software, and is a great choice for business owners and musicians looking for a DAW to create new music.
Reason 10 is available for $399, which is on par with other major DAWs of Reason's caliber. There are two versions of Reason: a $399 version, which is the main product, and an Essentials version for $69. The Essentials version is a good way to get a feel for Reason without breaking the bank. For $399, you have access to the entire Reason program, which includes extensive instruments, plug-ins and other sounds. You can also download additional Rack Extensions through the Reason store, which ranges in price from free extensions to bundled extensions over $100.
If you're not set on purchasing Reason initially, you can try it for free for 30 days. Many of the Rack extensions include a free trial as well so you can test different products before you invest in them.
Reason 10 provides users with access to a large sound library and extensive plug-ins and effects to edit, mix and produce sound projects. It's a program with a long list of features that can be used in a host of ways. The Rack is a unique aspect of Reason, and its intuitive design makes it a competitive recording studio software.
- Ease of use. Reason has some built-in features that make it more intuitive compared to other DAWs. Primarily, Reason features a system-wide undo feature that can be used to backtrack during a project. This feature applies to modifications made in plug-ins as well. Reason features a flexible interface with three separate windows for The Rack, recording new sounds and mixing audio. Reason's interface is different from other DAWs, so if you're used to using another program there may be a learning curve when you switch.
- Sound library. Reason comes packed with sounds and effects. There are over 5,000 instrument patches, 1,000 sound effects and 3,000 loops built in to reason. This also includes a long list of Rack Extensions.
- Plug-ins and effects. The Rack makes it easy to remix and edit sounds. Reason comes with extensive plug-ins, and users can add more Rack Extensions from the store. It also supports VST third-party plug-ins. One advanced feature of The Rack is a visual interface for connecting Rack Extensions. You can flip The Rack around and connect Rack extensions with virtual wires. This adds another dimension to sound editing in The Rack and expands the potential for creating new sounds.
- Support. Users can email the support team and should expect a response within 24 hours on business days. There's unfortunately no user-centric forum on the Reason website, and there's no direct phone line for technical support. There is, however, an extensive knowledge base of frequently asked questions and troubleshoot articles on the Reason website. Reason also provides additional resources, like information on where certified Reason classes are taught so you can learn how to use the software.
- There's no direct phone support and no user forum.
- Reason is unique compared to other DAWs, so if you're switching from another program there may be a learning curve.
Reason is a powerful DAW at a reasonable price. Its unique interface and design separates it from other DAWs but may require some additional research to learn to use. The Rack is an exciting feature that allows for the creation of new sounds and the use of multiple plug-ins. Reason's extensive sound library and editing tools make up for its limited support.