What is Reason?
Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. With its generous sound bank and intuitive flow, Reason helps you along in the creative process and is the music software that never gets in your way.
The Reason Rack
Walk into any professional recording studio and you will see racks filled to the brim with different tools used in music production from reverb to compressors, vocoders, synths, distortion units, and parametric EQs. The studio's rack is the heart of its creative factory. Reason is no different. That is why we have outfitted your computer with a virtual rack filled with all the same gear. They look and function exactly like their hardware cousins.
Unlike a real studio, however, if you want another synth or an extra compressor you can create one from a menu rather than taking that second job or signing up for those experimental clinical drug trials.
So Reason looks cool, but how does it sound?
Short answer: It sounds amazing! Reason doesn't just come with great devices capable of creating any sound you can imagine. It also comes stocked full with thousands of patches, presets, and loops to get you inspired and started. Over 4,000 instrument patches, 1,000+ mixing/mastering effects, and nearly 3,000 loops... it's enough to satisfy even the most eclectic tastes. Patches have been created by producers like Death Cab for Cutie's Jason McGerr, Bomb Squad's Hank Shocklee, Black Eyed Peas' Printz Board, DJ Lucky Date, Kill the Noise, and more.
Turn the Rack around!
Flip the Rack
Yes, famously you can flip the Reason rack around to access the backside with all the cables and connectors. Here you can manually route anything to anything, just like in a real studio. Or simply leave it to Reason to automatically connect all your instruments and effects, unlike a real studio. Each cable plugs into exactly two holes, just like most real cables do. Only in Reason, you don't even have to crawl around the back side, unless you want to of course.
A large format mixer is always the creative centerpiece of professional production environments. Reason 6 is no different. A musical tool in itself, the mixer is where you bring all the elements of your production together and shape them for your final release.
If the mixer looks like a big powerful pro mixer, that's because it is! Modelled after the SSL 9000k, one of the most legendary analogue studio consoles in modern music history, Reason's mixer doesn't just balance your levels... it shapes your sound. In fact, the mixer in Reason has become so popular that pro mix engineers have made it their weapon of choice to tap into the clarity, punch, and analogue characteristics provided by the modelled EQ or compressors on every channel... and that's not to mention the master bus compressor.
Compatible with everything
Although Reason is a self-contained program, it's no lone wolf in the studio world. Two key technologies make Reason a well adjusted and quite sociable citizen in the software studio.
Mouse and computer keyboard may do the job most of the time, but when you want hands-on tactile control of your music making, Remote is there to save the day. With the Remote technology, Reason comes with built-in support for all major controllers and keyboards available on the market. Knobs, faders, displays and buttons are already set up for each Reason device. You can use one controller as your master keyboard and use another for just the mixer, for instance. Remote is there right out of the box. Nothing to configure, nothing to install. It just works.
If you want to use Reason with other software products, ReWire is there to help you. ReWire works like an invisible cable that handles audio, MIDI, and sync between music applications. Reason can become a rack of instruments and play alongside another program, or sequenced entirely from the host application. ReWire has grown into an industry standard and is used in applications like ProTools, Logic, Cubase, Live, Sonar, and many more.