"My main tool, if you like, has always been Reason. It still is now. I use Logic for audio, obviously Remix Stems, that thing. I use some plug-ins as well, but something I really have adopted in the last few years is the UAD software. You know, I love it, and I can’t sort of do without it. So that is the UAD Satellite box here that I’ve got with me today." - [Shadow Child](http://plus.pointblanklondon.com/shadow-child-masterclass/).more
Reason 8 is a great DAW, and comes with very nice sounds and instruments. I like to use it with Ableton Live 9. The only downside being that it's not very user friendly. It's a bit complicated, and if you're not familiar with audio equipment (such as mixers, sound cards, amplifiers, audio inputs & outputs etc..), you're gonna have a hard time figuring things out.
Reason 8 gives us a new clean GUI, several new workflow enhancements, an updated SDK for its now famous Rack Extension format, and several other small enhancements designed for the purposes of making us work quicker than ever. The changes seem quite subtle initially on paper, but when put to use, its the most fun one can have working within a DAW. I personally like them all( S1, Reaper, FL, Protools, etc.) for their different strengths but for simply writing and producing songs, nothing beats version 8 of Reason.
Kjwise has been a Reason customer for a long time now. It's hardware style interface is perfect for his workflow. The sound quality and ease of creating new and interesting sounds are perfect for him, making Propellerhead's Reason his weapon of choice.
I've tried Sony Acid, Ableton Live, and Reason. While I do really love Ableton, and would love to try the Push controller, I went with Reason. I really like the rack, being able to physically see instruments and effects is really cool if your a visual person like me. I'm still figuring a lot of it out as I go but it is a great DAW to start out with and produce some awesome music with. It's capabilities are astounding!
Fun to produce on every once in a while. Seems like a great DAW for those on a budget too. You can download the demo version, which allows full functionality of the DAW for the most part (there's stuff missing, like saving sessions; I rewire Reason to Logic and save my stuff there as audio files), or you can buy Reason Essentials for less than $100. Feels kind of congested when you're working on a 13" laptop screen though. But otherwise quite nice...
Ever since audio tracks and the SSL clone mixer have been incorporated into Reason with version 6, I don't use any other music software. Coming from a band environment, I really appreciate the rack format and all the cables, which can be a learning curve for strictly digital musicians without a hardware background. Also, the incorporation of third party RackExtension plugins has greatly improved the sound palette of the software with instruments and effects, along with the many little workflow and feature improvements introduce with the point versions. All this at a cost, Reason is no longer the CPU friendly software you could run on your old laptop, you now need a pretty up to date computer if you want to get the most out of it with low latency settings.
Back day the homie at guitar threw me #Reason and honestly I was not up on software. I used it mainly as a sound module thru my MPC. Now Reason remains a staple in my studio!
I use this as a rewire from logic to record keyboard parts... because it has a bunch of digital synth modules and some that emulate analog synth processing, I have been able to do a decent job with keyboard and synth triggers using reason. I have a Mellotron sample set that sounds amazing.
Hi! I am Shiiiro-sama from Portugal, I am a nooby producer/beat-maker and I have this dilema with "wich DAW I will use for my productions?"
Right now I am using Ableton Live 9 Lite (this version came with my Akai MPKmini MK2), I like it a lot but I tried Reason 8 love it to...
Can someone help me with this? :O
Reason 8 has a really nice UI, It's rock stable and gives you endless possibilities with all its included components and effects. Like having a real instrument rack right on the computer screen with flip-side animated cabling dangling from behind it. I give it 4 stars and not 5 because of the proprietary nature of Reason, both demanding a USB licenser AND restricting you to proprietary plugins with no option for VST or the likes. But the software is unique and fun to use.