Before making the switch to Ableton Live for producing, Bassnectar was ReWiring Reason into Cubase. He says, "...that was really the breaking point for me, being able to have everything in one piece of software. That’s where I first simplified and felt a lot of liberation by confining myself to that one program. My friends using Logic would always tease me that my stuff was too low-fi, but I just had fun doing it. I loved hitting the tab button all day, looking at the wires shake; it was just inspiring to me, being able to make things quickly manifest."more
Toro y Moi's Chaz uses Reason to record his ideas and tracks. He's a fan of Reason's NN-XT sampler and Thor synth. He recorded his album "Causers of This" almost entirely in Reason, but for later albums uses it as more of a quick way to record ideas, before taking them into a proper studio. Chaz says "I still work within Reason for most tracks, but I'm not interested in maintaining any specific workflow..."more
In this interview by Propellerhead, KOAN Sound talk about how they approach sound design in Reason: "We use Reason mainly for creating synths and basslines. The Malström synth is used for pretty much every bass sound, and we normally use the different saw and square wave variations. By themselves they’re very chunky waveforms so they provide a great basis for an endless number of sounds. Most of our bass sounds are made by first making a long bass note and giving it some movement so we can later resample it in interesting ways. To get the movement we tend to go crazy with automation and effects until we get a dynamic but clean sound. For example we’ll add an EQ before a Scream 4 in the chain of effects because when you automate the EQ frequency and gain, it combines with the distortion to create really cool movement. Then we’ll usually export and resample the sound. We resample a lot in Reason with the NN-19. It’s an easy way to get a bass sounding really techy. For example when we have a sound we like in the NN-19, we’ll duplicate it then apply different effects to each one, dedicating one to the low end and the other for highs and mids. For example we might add a bandpass filter to one of them and slightly detune it in the sampler so when the bandpass is automated it sweeps through the frequencies and phases them which sounds pretty nice. We could then export this again and repeat if needs be. Also, the notch filter on the NN-19 is awesome and we use it often to give bass more movement. The Scream 4 distortion is probably our favourite thing about Reason. It’s such a versatile tool and can completely mangle sounds whilst keeping them relatively clean. We’ve used it to process snares too. The loud, metallic snares in ‘Meanwhile, In The Future’ were made by putting live snare samples through the Scream 4. It created these huge exaggerated tails which didn’t sound overly distorted."more
Coming out of that Drum 'n' Bass DJ world, what was your first production setup like? "Pretty much a computer and a little MIDI keyboard. I was using FruityLoops and the Hammerhead Rhythm Station. and then I got into Reason around the same time. I've been using Reason ever since. This was around 2000 or 1999 maybe. Pretty silly stuff."more
At 3:08 in the video "In the Studio With Ryan Lewis" he talks about using Reason inside of Pro Tools: "Reason, I don't use for any sequencing. In fact, I don't even know how to use it for sequencing. Thor is the shit. Thor has a whole variety of random people's presets. It's a bunch of fucked up sounds, and very unique stuff outside of the synth section."more
In the picture on Droptek's Facebook, the Reason icon has been renamed "Riddim 7" as a joke. Other photos of Droptek's workstation (such as https://www.facebook.com/droptekofficial/photos/pb.200428406650207.-2207520000.1403889072./784237014936007/?type=3&theater ) also confirm his use of Reason. Given that the humorous rename of Reason included 7 as well as the recency of these photos, it's highly likely that Droptek is using version 7 of Reason.more
love this program. I come from a straight analogue background, so I needed to work with a program that had the functionality and look that was as similar to analogue gear as possible. With the latest version of Reason you have the Rack Extensions, which essentially is Propellerhead’s version of a VST plugin. I love seeing my keyboards in a rack and with this vertical screen I actually feel like it’s a physical rack. The sound quality compares to anything out there. The new mix console looks and emulates an SSL console and now with the new MIDI options you can run, record and mix analogue gear right in Reason.more
"We actually worked on a beat together because he makes beats too, so we would nerd out and I would show him stuff on Reason, which is what I use and he starting using that." - via The Urban Daily [interview](http://theurbandaily.com/2014/06/13/producer-week-dj-khalil-dr-dre-pink-kendrick/)more
this was my first daw and for me has the best workflow ... i work with this cause is easy to use and have good synths ... i try to put vst's in reason like massive but it doesn't support ...now i use them sometimes with rewire in logic pro x!
Reason is awesome, you can do almost anything on it. Besides, its graphic interface, which one could mistakenly take as childlish or not-pro, is great as it throws you inside a vision of an "analog" studio, which lets you be more in contact with the production process itself.
Reason has everything you need. It is a fully functional DAW with many in-the-box synths, creative effects, dynamic effects, etc. It is set up like a hardware simulation, which is fun and educational for studio production.
I've been a Reason user for years. It's a great tool for writing music, especially since they added the ability to integrate 3rd party MIDI into the workflow. Use the synths, samplers, effects, etc. that are built-in and also connect your MIDI hardware and soft-synths into the workflow... Love it!
Reason is a great program, But i prefer other daws for composition, reason is great for its sounds and flexibility but is limited in many ways without a multiple monitor setup and full rack extensions
Nothing is more central to the recording process for me, than Propellerhead's Reason. It's so stable, so good, so pure! It compliments the iMac and MacBook Pro so well, and is the ultimate tool for getting my ideas across musically.
Propellerhead Reason 7 the only DAW I use, I've been using this since version 1. I made the latest Unknown Colour album "Beat The Clock" recording, mixing and mastering all and only in reason 7. The instrument I play is Reason....just love it!