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A good but a bit complicated DAW.
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.
The Most fun a DAW can be
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's DAW of choice
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!
The only DAW I use
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.