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Propellerhead Reason v10.1

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The music-making software with everything you need to create amazing music.

Reason is easy to get started with, yet as deep as you want it to be. And it comes fully loaded with the instruments, effects and sounds your music making need. Create, compose, mix and finish your music–Reason will help you along the journey, from inspiration to mixdown.


Highlights

Reason is an integrated software music production studio with audio recording, million-dollar mixing, built-in collaboration tools and a massive collection of instruments, sounds and effects. It’s the perfect choice for writing recording, remixing and producing great-sounding tracks.

See for yourself how it’s done in five short steps:

Get Going

Nailing your first idea is easy in Reason. Click and drag the sounds and instruments you want to the rack and just play. Everything is set up for you automatically.

Play Instruments

Adding more instruments is just as easy. Find the sounds you want in Reason’s browser, drag them in and hit record.

Record

Record vocals, instrument or whatever you like with Reason’s easy-to-use recording tools.

Craft Your Sound

Get just the sound you’re looking for with Reason’s rich palette of professional effects and studio grade mixing console.

Your End Result

Reason comes with everything your music needs–from inspiring sounds and instruments to tease out your initial idea, to professional mixing and mastering tools to finish your next masterpiece.


 

Virtual studio rack

At the heart of Reason is a virtual rack that builds itself as you create your song. Fill your rack with as many devices as you need to get your sound. Reason’s legendary instruments and effects cover every need from acoustic and organic to electronic and synthetic.

As you build your rack, everything is automatically connected and routed for you. If you want to dive deeper, turn Reason’s rack around and you’ll find yourself in cable heaven! Craft the sound you are after by routing audio and control voltage freely between devices in the rack. Your imagination is the only limitation to what you can build.

Recording

Capture your musical ideas in Reason’s powerful sequencer. Record and edit audio, MIDI or automation with powerful recording and editing tools. Quantize MIDI or audio to fix timing problems, or use ReGroove’s swing magic to breathe life into your sequences. Always in sync with your flow, forever adapting to you and your working methods, Reason's sequencer simply gets you there faster.

Record first and pick your tempo later with Reason’s renowned time stretch. And thanks to audio transpose you can even record first and change the key later. Fine tune your vocal performances to perfection with Pitch Edit. Non-destructively change the pitch, correct the timing of your audio recording with Slice Edit. Or rework, resample or reshape your recordings into something completely new.

Mixing

When finalizing your song, Reason's mixer gives your tracks that big studio sound right out of your computer. The Mixer is faithfully modeled after the legendary SSL 9000k*analog mixing desk, with flexible routing, full dynamics, EQ, full automation, groups and parallel channels, and its famous master-bus compression.

Extending your rack

When you're looking for even more creative options, plugins come to the rescue. Expand your virtual rack with new, inspiring instruments and effects created by developers around the world—from modern effects to vintage instruments. Reason supports VST plugins and Reason’s own Rack Extension format. Rack Extensions are full Reason rack citizens, giving you the same fully integrated experience as when using any of the included synths, effects and utilities.

VST plugins are right at home in the Reason rack. Drag & Drop from the browser, use CV with your plugins, add Players, put them in Combinators with Reason’s own devices or Rack Extensions – all the things you expect when working in Reason!

Sounds

With a multi-gigabyte supply of synth sounds, sampled instruments, drum kits, loops and effects, tailored to fit a wide range of genres and styles, Reason's built-in sound bank is packed with everything you need to make music. The integrated, always open browser makes finding the right sound across a huge sample library a breeze. Want more? Expand your palette with a world of ReFill libraries—sound libraries custom-made for Reason.

 


Updates

What's new in Reason 10.1?

  • Added support for Rack Extension SDK3, including support for Player Rack Extensions, pattern tracks and sample zones.
  • Europa has been updated. You can now load a sample or custom wavetable into the Wave and Spectral Filter sections of the Engine.
  • Improvements to Player timing and Send to Track.
  • Hyper Threading is no longer the default setting on macOS and will be turned off at first launch of Reason 10.1. To turn it on again, just do so in the Preferences - the General tab. This is an intermediate fix for an issue we're experiencing and working on fixing with Reason on macOS 10.13.4.
  • Fixed a bug where undoing after opening a VST window could cause a crash.
  • Fixed a bug where the full version of Reason could not open certain Reason Essentials documents.
  • Fixed a bug in Europa and Grain where velocity did not affect the amp properly in mono legato mode.
  • Updated the Reason Factory Soundbank with new samples for Europa.
  • The first time you launch Reason/Reason Intro/Reason Lite 10.1 you will be prompted to download the updated sound banks.

What's new in Reason 10.0.1

  • Improved handling of missing Rack Extensions inside combinators.
  • Added error alert on downloading optional content when disk is full.
  • Fixed an issue where closing the optional content download dialog could close Reason.
  • Fixed an issue where dragging patches to an empty favorites list did not work.
  • ReWire master/mixer and slave/device is now always referred to as "host" and "device".
  • Updated version of Europa and Grain that fixes a problem where the compressor didn't behave correctly when using sample rates higher than 44.1kHz.

Features

Included instruments

  • Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer - new in Reason 10!
  • Grain Sample Manipulator - new in Reason 10!
  • Radical Piano - new in Reason 10!
  • Kong Drum Designer
  • Thor polysonic synthesizer
  • Klang Tuned Percussion - new in Reason 10!
  • Pangea World Instruments - new in Reason 10!
  • Humana Choir Ensemble - new in Reason 10!
  • NN-XT Advanced Sampler
  • NN19 Sampler
  • Malström Graintable Synthesizer
  • Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player
  • Redrum pattern-based drum machine
  • Subtractor analog subtractive synthesizer
  • ID-8 songwriter's toolbox
  • Combinator, for building chains of instruments, effects, and pattern sequencers

Included Player devices

  • Scales & Chords
  • Dual Arpeggio
  • Note Echo

Included effects

  • Softube Guitar amplifier with amp and cabinet modeling
  • Softube Bass amplifier with amp and cabinet modeling
  • RV7000 MkII advanced convolution reverb
  • Synchronous Timed Effect Modulator - new in Reason 10!
  • Alligator triple channel pattern based gate
  • Pulveriser distortion, compressor and envelope follower module
  • The Echo high quality stereo echo
  • Neptune pitch corrector and voice synthesizer
  • Audiomatic Retro Transformer
  • RV-7 digital reverb
  • DDL-1 digital delay line
  • D-11 foldback distortion
  • ECF-42 envelope-controlled filter
  • DF-101 chorus/flanger
  • PH-90 phaser
  • COMP-01 compressor
  • PEQ2 2-band EQ
  • Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit
  • BV512 vocoder with 4 to 512 bands and equalization
  • UN16 unison
  • 4-band mastering EQ
  • Dual band stereo imager
  • Stereo compressor with sidechain input, soft-knee mode and CV out
  • Maximizer with look-ahead and soft clip

Modeled mixing console with complete channel strip for every instrument and audio channel

  • Gain
  • 4-band EQ
  • 8 Send effects slots
  • Insert effect slot
  • Dynamics section with compressor and gate
  • Lo-pass and hi-passfilter
  • Spectrum analyzer
  • Master compressor with sidechain input
  • Group channels
  • Parallel channels

Other features

  • VST plugin support: add any instrument or effect plugin to Reason’s rack.
  • Supports the Allihoopa music making and collaboration service, with access to an endless supply of inspiring user-created music, backing tracks and performances.
  • Support for Ableton Link: effortlessly sync Reason and other link enabled apps over WiFi.
  • Unlimited audio recording and instrument channels
  • Rack Extensions lets you expand your collection of instruments and effects from Propellerhead and 3rd party developers
  • Huge factory sound bank, with patches for all Reason's devices, samples, and loops
  • Loop Supply & Drum Supply: 3 GB of cutting edge loops and samples - new in Reason 10!
  • Fully featured high-precision multitrack sequencer with Blocks mode and audio comping tools
  • High quality realtime time stretch & audio transpose
  • Pitch Edit mode for polishing your vocal recordings
  • Audio slicing and audio quantize—correct the timing of your audio recordings
  • Convert recorded or imported audio in the sequencer into REX loops for further sound manipulation
  • MIDI instrument output—control synths, samplers and keyboards from Reason's sequencer
  • MIDI clock output—sync hardware to Reason
  • Advanced exporting—export your separate mixer channels as individual audio stems, including effects and tempo track
  • Live sampling on all Sampler devices
  • RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator
  • ReGroove Mixer real-time groove console
  • Matrix pattern-based sequencer
  • Pulsar Dual LFO
  • 14:2 mixer w/ EQ and effects send/return
  • 6:2 channel stereo line mixer
  • Spider Audio Merger & Splitter
  • Spider Control Voltage Merger & Splitter
  • Remote mapping to external MIDI controllers and hardware control surfaces
  • ReWire support
  • Supports all major file formats—from wave and aiff to mp3 and more
  • Real-time sample rate and bit depth conversion allows for importing any audio into Reason without issues
  • Multicore support and 64-bit compatibility makes Reason fast and powerful on any computer
  • Self-contained song files make moving projects between computers and collaborator as easy as moving a single file.

 


Updates

What's new in Reason 10.1

  • Added support for Rack Extension SDK3, including support for Player Rack Extensions, pattern tracks, and sample zones.
  • Europa has been updated. You can now load a sample or custom wavetable into the Wave and Spectral Filter sections of the Engine.
  • Improvements to Player timing and Send to Track.
  • Hyper-Threading is no longer the default setting on macOS and will be turned off at first launch of Reason 10.1. To turn it on again, just do so in the Preferences - the General tab. This is an intermediate fix for an issue we're experiencing and working on fixing with Reason on macOS 10.13.4.
  • Fixed a bug where undoing after opening a VST window could cause a crash.
  • Fixed a bug where the full version of Reason could not open certain Reason Essentials documents.
  • Fixed a bug in Europa and Grain where velocity did not affect the amp properly in mono legato mode.
  • Updated the Reason Factory Soundbank with new samples for Europa.

The first time you launch Reason/Reason Intro/Reason Lite 10.1 you will be prompted to download the updated sound banks.

What's new in Reason 10.0.3

Changes:

  • Added and updated: Remote files for Akai controllers.
  • Improved error handling when scanning VST folders.
  • Improved error handling for VST screenshots.
  • Fixed a bug where Reason scanned 32-bit VST plugins on each startup.
  • Fixed a bug where Reason could crash when replacing certain devices.
  • If you have a Reason 30-day trial, you'll now be informed how many days are left of your trial and when it has expired.

What's new in Reason 10?

Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer

Europa was created for huge, epic sounds and oh boy, does it deliver… From big stacks of buzzing sawteeth to shimmering, glitched-up sonic explorations, Europa has you covered. To call it a wavetable synth wouldn’t be wrong, but it’s so much more than that. Apply a wide range of modulation to the waveform itself, to start with. Add advanced spectral filtering, harmonics processing and even draw your custom waveforms. And the best part: despite it’s deep synthesis powers, it’s still surprisingly easy to use.

Grain Sample Manipulator

Get granular with your samples! The Grain synthesizer opens up the world of granular synthesis for your creative use. Drop any sample into Grain and explore the endless sonic variations you can create with Grain’s selection of playback algorithms, ultra-flexible modulation, routing, and effects. With immense sonic power and an inviting interface, Grain is the easy-to-use sonic lab that turns your samples into grains and your grains into music.

New sampled instruments

Reason 10 puts three brand new organic instrument collections in your Reason rack. Expertly crafted in cooperation with sampling experts Soundiron, these new devices offer a wealth of inspiring and natural-sounding instruments to your music making.

Klang Tuned Percussion - A collection of tuned percussion instruments
Glockenspiel, Music Box, Wineglasses and a whole lot more. Tuned percussion sounds are great for creating melody lines or adding an organic dimension to an electronic production.

Pangea World Instruments - The sounds of planet Earth
Add more colors to your sonic palette with this collection of instruments full of character from all corners of the world. Plucked, pumped, blown or strummed, these instruments will add a new dimension to any style of music.

Humana Vocal Ensemble - Choir and vocal instrument
Give your music a human touch with the sound of Humana’s selection of choirs and solo voices. Perfect for soundtracks or epic pop ballads, these singers will add depth and harmony to your music.

More sounds, more inspiration

Loop Supply & Drum Supply - A huge cache of inspiration
Update your sound with this multi-gigabyte injection of cutting-edge loops and drum samples made to deliver an up-to-date pop. electronic and hip-hop sounds for Reason. Get creative with a huge selection of patches for Reason’s Kong drum machine and Dr Octo Rex loop player.

Radical Pian - Advanced Acoustic Piano
The premise is simple. The results are stunning. Three basic pianos paired with the technology to make an infinite number of your own. Based on a custom blend between sampling technology and physical modeling algorithms, Radical Piano affords songwriters, producers, and sound designers an unprecedented level of control to craft a realistic piano that is 100% unique.

Synchronous Effects Modulator - Timed Effects Modulator
Bring your music to life with Synchronous’ modulation effects. Create quick sidechain effects or draw your own LFO curves to control filter, delay, reverb, distortion and level. Make your sound evolve, change and loop over time.

What's new in 9.5?

VST in the Reason rack

Delivering on our #1 feature request, VST plugins are coming to Reason. The creative flow you know and love, coupled with any plugin you want. This is music-making unlimited.

  • Rack Friendly - VST plugins will be right at home in the Reason rack. Drag & Drop from the browser, use CV with your plugins, add Players, put them in Combinators with Reason’s own devices or Rack Extensions – all the things you expect when working in Reason!
  • A device called home - VSTs live in the new Plugin Rack Device that sits in the Reason rack. Here’s where the plugin connects to Reason and where you can open the plugin window with a simple click.
  • Tight sound - Reason’s patchable rack lets you route audio any way you want, and the new plugin delay compensation in Reason 9.5 keeps your sound in phase at all times.

What's new in 9.2.2?

  • Fixed an issue where saving a song in 9.2 with a missing Rack Extension could cause “Bad Format” when opening the song again.
  • Fixed an issue where the checkbox for “Send error reports and statistics” in the preferences didn’t behave correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where MIDI Clock Sync offset values did not display correctly.
  • Improved error reports and statistics.

What's new in 9.2?

Rack Extensions Expanded - The latest version of Reason adds sample loading and improved UI to the Rack Extensions toolkit.  Reason 9.2 is a free update for all Reason 9 owners.

What's new in 9.1?

Reason 9.1 is a free update to Reason 9 that brings Ableton's Link technology to the Reason Rack. The first third-party DAW to support Ableton Link, Reason 9.1 can effortlessly play in time with Link-enabled apps on desktop and mobile.

What's new in 9.0?

  • Reason will now automatically detect if there is a newer version available, and optionally download and install this.
  • A typical Reason update (without soundbanks) is now around 100 MB – a tenth of its old size!
  • If sound banks (Factory Sound Bank, Orkester and the content bank for ID8) are missing when Reason is launched, the program will now offer to download and install them.
  • Soundbanks are now located in a global folder, which means new Reason updates can continue using the same sound banks without having them replaced or copied. It also means that different, parallel Reason installations can share the same sound banks.
  • Reason and Authorizer no longer include the Codemeter driver. Reason will run with Internet Verification (or in Demo Mode) without Codemeter. Codemeter can be downloaded separately for new users, should they need to run Reason without internet access.
  • When browsing patches, you can now Revert back to the patch that was loaded when you started browsing.
  • The color palette for tracks, channels, and clips has been extended to 32 colors.
  • The remotable items for Redrum have been extended to allow programming of Redrum patterns from a control surface.
  • Reinstated key command for Show/Hide Recording Meter: Command-F3 (Mac) or Ctrl-F3 (Windows).
  • Reason comes with a version of Authorizer that support Rack Extensions larger than 2GB.
  • Help files and documentation are no longer installed with the program, but accessed online.
  • Removed 32-bit support. Version 8.2 is a 64-bit application only.
  • Added updated Remote files for Livid Instruments.
  • Fixed a memory allocation bug in Reason Essentials that could cause glitches under some circumstances.
  • Fixed a bug where Authorizer misbehaved if initial installation duties failed.
  • Keyboard focus is now returned to the sequencer after the user makes settings in the Transport panel.
  • Fixed potential crash bug when scrolling time position during recording.
  • Fixed a bug where Reason would assert when adjusting clip length during recording.
  • Added version check of sound banks
  • Fixed typos in Login Screen (German localization)
  • Extended allowed username length in all login/authorization dialogs
  • Updated Drop to Propellerhead icon.
  • Fixed a bug where Reason would assert if setting tempo/position to very high values.
  • Browse focus would be lost when adjusting any parameter on the browsed device if it was inside a mixer channel Insert FX container.
  • Fixed a bug where Loop on/off wasn’t properly mirrored in both applications when Reason was ReWired.
  • Fixed a bug where Reason couldn’t start if there was a broken Rack Extension.
  • Fixed a bug where Reason could crash if the user didn’t have proper access rights to some folders.
  • Fixed a potential crash bug when attaching or detaching rack while browsing samples or sub-patches.
  • Improved trackpad scrolling in the sequencer.

Minimum System Requirements

Mac OS X:

  • Fast, stable internet connection for installation and registration required!
  • Intel Mac with dual core processor
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended for large ReFills or Rack Extensions)
  • 4 GB free hard disk space required, plus 8 GB for optional content. Additionally, program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space.
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later (64-bit)
  • Monitor with at least 1280x768 resolution
  • CoreAudio compliant audio interface or built-in audio hardware
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended

Windows:

  • Fast, stable internet connection for installation and registration required!
  • Intel or AMD processor with dual cores
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended for large ReFills or Rack Extensions)
  • 4 GB free hard disk space required, plus 8 GB for optional content. Additionally, program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space
  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit)
  • Monitor with at least 1280x768 resolution
  • Audio Interface with ASIO driver
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
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