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Make music the way you want

Making music in Reason Studios Reason is easy to get started with, yet as deep as you want it to be. Create, compose, mix and finish your music. Reason will help you along the journey, from inspiration to mixdown.

Sound like you

The Reason Rack is one of the most powerful and flexible sound design and beatmaking tools for your music. It’s a virtual studio rack packed full of instruments, synthesizers, drum machines, sound-shaping effects, Player MIDI effects, and mixing tools which come together to make your sound possible.

New in Reason 12

Mimic Creative Sampler

Mimic is a fun new sampler for the modern beatmaker and producer. Designed for quick and immediate triggering, chopping, and manipulation of whatever audio you throw at it.

Updated Combinator

Combine your favorite devices, choose a panel size, change the background color, add a custom background, and the perfect set of controls to build your dream machine.

High Resolution Graphics

Geek out on crystal clear hyper-realistic devices in the Rack and adapt Reason to your workflow with the new new zoomable interface.

Faster browser

With a new faster browsing experience you can easily find all your devices, samples and patches, and stay in the creative flow.

Meet the Rack

Get to know Reason and, more importantly, the devices that make up Reason’s Rack – from the synths, samplers, effects, and MIDI Player effects.

Virtual Studio Rack

At the heart of Reason is a virtual rack where you craft your own sound using Reason’s synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, and other organic instruments – along with a large collection of audio and MIDI effects to shape both your sound and even the notes you play on your keyboard.


Inviting, easy to use and with a sound to die for: Reason’s instrument is the true stars of the Reason experience.

  • Mimic Creative Sampler NEW
  • Grain Sample Manipulator
  • Radical Piano
  • Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer
  • Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
  • Rytmik Drum Machine
  • Klang Tuned Percussion
  • Pangea World Instrument
  • Humana Vocal Ensemble
  • Monotone Bass Synthesizer
  • Kong Drum Designer
  • NN19 Sampler
  • NN-XT Advanced Sampler
  • Malström Graintable Synthesizer
  • Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player
  • Redrum Drum Computer
  • Subtractor Analog Synthesizer
  • MIDI Out Device
  • ID-8 Instrument Device


From the easy and straightforward to the esoteric and downright complex, Reason comes with all the effects you need.

  • Quartet Chorus Ensemble
  • Sweeper Modulation Effect
  • Master Bus Compressor
  • Channel Dynamics
  • Channel EQ
  • The Echo
  • Pulveriser Demolition
  • RV7000 MkII Reverb
  • Softube Amp
  • Softube Bass Amp
  • Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit
  • Alligator Triple Filtered Gate
  • Synchronous Effects Modulator
  • Neptune Pitch Adjuster
  • BV512 Vocoder
  • Audiomatic Retro Transformer
  • MClass Equalizer
  • MClass Stereo Imager
  • MClass Compressor
  • MClass Maximizer
  • RV-7 Digital Reverb
  • DDL-1 Digital Delay Line
  • D-11 Foldback Distortion
  • ECF-42 Envelope Controlled Filter
  • CF-101 Chorus/Flanger
  • PH-90 Phaser
  • COMP-01 Compressor/Limiter
  • PEQ-2 Two Band Parametric EQ
  • UN-16 Unison

Player MIDI FX

  • Beat Map Algorhythmic Drummer
  • Scales & Chords
  • Dual Arpeggio
  • Note Echo


  • Combinator Major update
  • RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator
  • Matrix Pattern Sequencer
  • Pulsar Dual LFO
  • Mixer 14:2
  • Line Mixer 6:2
  • Spider Audio Merger & Splitter
  • Spider CV Merger & Splitter

Sounds & Patches

Major update

  • Huge sound banks with more than 29000 device patches, loops and samples

Reason Rack Plugin Formats

  • VST3 (Ableton Live, StudioOne, Cubase, etc)
  • Audio Units (Logic Pro)
  • AAX (Pro Tools)

Reason Standalone Features

  • VST plugin support: add any instrument or effect plugin to Reason’s rack
  • Delay compensation makes all signal paths play in perfect, phase-locked sync
  • Opens songs and synth patches made in Reason Compact – the free pocket music studio for iOS
  • Rack Extensions lets you expand your collection of instruments and effects from Reason Studios and 3rd party developers
  • Support for Ableton Link: effortlessly sync Reason and other link enabled apps over WiFi
  • Unlimited audio recording and instrument channels
  • 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
  • Remote mapping to external MIDI controllers and hardware control surfaces
  • Supports all major file formats—from wave and aiff to mp3 and more
  • Realtime 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.
  • Advanced modeled mixing console with complete channel strip for every instrument and audio channel



Reason as a Studio

From your first beat to your next album, Reason is the music production software that helps you nail those ideas when inspiration strikes. Easy to get started with, yet as deep as you want it to be, Reason’s intuitive music making gadgets and professional production tools will get you off the ground and keep you occupied for a long time to come.


At the heart of Reason’s music-making environment is the rack. All instruments, effects and utilities are accessible in the rack for immediate tweaking. And for experimental-minded, turn the rack over and access the modular-style routing of audio and control voltages made possible by Reason’s virtual cables.


Record, edit, arrange. Simply connect your MIDI controller and start making music—no setup required. Capture MIDI performances and automation, or draw in notes with the mouse. Whatever suits your workflow, Reason’s sequencer is fast, flexible and fun. Keeping with Reason’s famous ease of use, Reason’s sequencer still comes with all the editing features you need. If your playing is too tight—use the ReGroove Groove Mixer to add more human feel.


Record your audio with ease. From a simple vocal take to a full band recording session, the recording workflow is easy and fast. No dialog boxes to break your flow. Need to nail a tricky performance? The comp editor helps you stitch multiple takes together to a perfect take. You can even record first and pick a tempo later. Reason’s legendary project-wide tine stretch will change the tempo of your entire song without any audible artifacts.


Reason gives your tracks that big studio sound right out of your computer.Faithfully modeled after the famous SSL 9000k* analog mixing desk, Reason’s mixer comes complete with flexible routing, full dynamics, EQ, advanced effects handling, full automation, groups and parallel channels, and the famous master-bus compression. The spectrum analyzer window and visual EQ makes it easy to fine-tune the sound of your tracks from anywhere in the program.

Audio Editing

With your audio safely recorded in your project, Reason can help you polish your tracks to perfection. Slice Edit helps you correct the timing problems in your recordings, from subtle tweaks to hard quantize. Reason’s Pitch Edit can quickly correct the pitch in a vocal recording and gives you detailed control over pitch, time and articulations in the performance. And the best of all: It sounds good. Really, really good!


All sample players in Reason are also samplers. Hit the sample button on the instrument’s panel and start recording straight into the selected instrument, bringing the lost art of creative sampling back again. All samples can be trimmed, edited and normalized in Reason’s built-in sample editor.


Intro, verse, chorus–if that’s how you think about your music, then Blocks might help you build your songs. Create your song’s discreet parts and use Blocks as a very fast way of creating a musical structure for your song. With the basic arrangement laid out, you can see the contents of the blocks and create variations and mute individual parts, or add further musical elements on top.


With REX loops you turn concrete-rigid loops into musical modeling clay. It lets you change tempo, pitch and timing independently, and remodel the groove to suit all your musical purposes. Playing them back in Reason’s Dr. Octo Rex even lets you deconstruct the loops and create fills and variations that recorded loops can’t provide. Reason can turn audio recordings into REX files on its own, but for expert level control you might want to try ReCycle.

Take your music anywhere

The Reason platform extends beyond the Reason software. Music is made in any number of settings and situations and Reason can be there for you when you need it.

Start your song ideas on Reason Compact for iOS and finish them on your computer. The same instruments are available on your phone and on your desktop so you can flesh out the production with all that Reason can offer.

Use your favorite Reason instrument in other music production software with the Reason Rack Plugin, a VST version of the Reason Rack

Jam in perfect sync with your Ableton Live using friends. Reason supports Ableton Link to stay wirelessly on the beat tougher with any number of Link-enabled computers, apps or devices.


Minimum System Requirements


  • Fast and stable Internet connection!
  • Intel or M1 Mac with multi-core processor
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended for large ReFills or Rack Extensions)
  • 5.5 GB free system disk space required for the Reason application, plus 8 GB for optional content (and another 12 GB if you are using the additional Reason+ Rack Extensions). Additionally, the program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space and additional space for cached graphics assets
  • macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or later (64-bit)
  • Monitor with at least 1280 x 768 resolution
  • CoreAudio compliant audio interface or built-in audio hardware
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
  • For using Reason as a Plugin, a DAW host with VST3 and/or AUv2 and/or AAX support is required


  • Fast and stable internet connection!
  • Intel or AMD multi-core processor
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended for large ReFills or Rack Extensions)
  • 5.5 GB free system disk space required for the Reason application, plus 8 GB for optional content (and another 12 GB if you are using the additional Reason+ Rack Extensions). Additionally, the program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space and additional space for cached graphics assets
  • Windows 11 – or Windows 10 (64-bit) 1607 (Build 14393) or later
  • Monitor with at least 1280 x 768 resolution
  • Audio Interface with ASIO driver
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
  • For using Reason as a Plugin, a DAW host with VST3 and/or AAX support is required

Reason 12.5 Release Notes

New functions and improvements

  • Reason can now host VST3 Instrument, Effect and Utility plug-ins
    • Updated Plugin Rack Device for VST3 and VST2
      • Indicates if the plugin is a VST2 or VST3
      • Increased the number of audio inputs to 16
      • Increased the number of audio outputs to 64
      • Sidechain inputs has moved on the back panel for easy access
    • VST2 and VST3 versions are now indicated in the device browser:
  • Increased the max number of automatable parameters in both VST3 and VST2
  • Parameters are now grouped in automation lists and on the Plugin Rack Device (by the plug-in developer in VST3, if implemented, otherwise with generic grouping)

Bug fixes

  • Akai MPK Mini Play Mk3 Remote codec updated
  • New version of Monotone that fixes a bug where using Send to Track on a Player could cause a hung note
  • New version of Mimic that fixes a bug where very short slices could play back more than single slice in Slice Mode
  • Fixed an issue where Reason Rack Plugin could crash when loading a document in Bitwig
  • Fixed a bug where the VST screenshot feature would not functioning properly when using two monitors
  • Fixed a bug where the buttons were sometimes not accessible in save dialogs without resizing the window (macOS only)
  • Fixed a crash that could appear when opening certain .rns files (Windows only)
  • Fixed a bug where users couldn’t write to external exFAT disk (macOS Ventura only)


Reason 12.5 saves Reason songs and Combi patches in an updated format – if the new Combinator widgets have been used. Attempting to open such songs/Combi patches in an older version than Reason 12.2.3 results in an error message that the song/Combi patch cannot be opened because it’s too new.

Reason 12.2 Release Notes

  • The Combinator has been updated with new features and possibilities
    • You can now customize the Combinator panel by changing its size, choosing and positioning controls, changing panel color, and adding a custom background with transparency
    • The Programmer Section has been rehauled
      • Mappings now have a “source range” setting for controlling a parameter with just part of the controls range (for example: only the second half of a rotary opens a filter)
      • Several new built-in sources have been added (additional CV inputs, Random, Velocity etc.)
    • The Combinator now has a summing mixer built-in to make it easier to add several instruments
    • Right-click any parameter of a device in a Combinator to quickly assign it to a control on the panel (Standalone only)
    • Automation lanes now show the name of the Combinator control instead of the generic “Rotary 1”
  • Insert FX and Master FX section have been re-worked and are no longer treated as Combinators
  • You can now add Combinators inside the Insert FX and Master FX sections
  • The sound bank has been updated
    • 100 new Combinator patches added
    • 1000 Combinator patches has been updated to take advantage of the new Combinator features
    • 100 new instrument patches added
  • Mimic has been updated to Version 1.1.1
    • Added root note detection, click SET next to the waveform overview
    • Optimizations for better performance in time stretch modes and when playing high octaves
  • Fixed a bug where the image shown while dragging a device in rack/mixer was not hi-res
  • Fixed a bug where Ctrl-F didn’t work with a detached Rack in focus
  • Fixed graphics glitches that could occur in Reason Rack Plugin in some cases. They made the rack look like abstract art and even though that was pretty cool it wasn’t very useful for making music
  • New Authorizer version that handles hi-res Rack Extensions
  • Please note: to update your Rack Extensions to hi-res, go to your account page and choose Sync All (or download just the REs you want to update)

Reason 12.1.0 Release Notes

  • Added new device: Mimic Creative Sampler (spoiler: it’s super awesome)
  • The ReGroove Mixer has a new look
  • Significantly increased speed and stability when scaling graphics
  • The latest Rack Extension versions are now hi-res and all future ones are automatically built as hi-res
  • Fixed a bug where intensely wiggling cables could lead to high memory usage
  • Fixed a bug where zooming would not refresh properly in some cases
  • Fixed a bug where the graphics would not re-draw when moved to a second monitor
  • Fixed a bug where VU meters could jiggle weirdly at certain zoom factors on Windows
  • Fixed a bug where the VST window would not display correctly in some cases
  • Fixed a bug where the automation indication rectangle was out of place on certain controls
  • Fixed a bug where Reason could crash when editing a .wav sample
  • Fixed a bug where multi-select in the NN-XT editor did not work

Reason 12.0.0 Release Notes

  • Improved browser search
    • Reason now indexes all your REs and locations for immediate search results
    • Search results are now shown while typing in the search field
    • Search results are categorized by type
    • New key command for browser search: cmd+F (macOS) / ctrl+F (Windows)
    • REX files now audition in time with your project when sequencer is running
  • Reason is now high resolution
    • Reason now automatically scales to your screen and resolution settings
    • Application Zoom added to Reason, available in the Options menu (Standalone) or top bar (Reason Rack Plugin). The zoom level is global and saved in your preferences.
    • All built-in devices are now high resolution (and they look fantastic!)
    • Rack Extensions are now available in high resolution, update them via Companion
    • Optional devices (Klang, Pangea, Humana, Radical Piano) are now high resolution. To update these if they’re already installed, first remove them from your Music folder on your system.
    • The Mixer is now high resolution
  • Fixed a bug where recording latency compensation would not work properly
  • General fixes and improvements

Reason 11.2 Release Notes

  • New Player device included in Reason and Reason Suite: Beat Map Algorhythmic Drummer
  • New MIDI Out Device in Reason Rack Plugin, you can now send MIDI notes and MIDI CC to your host
  • New MIDI Out Device replacing the External MIDI Instrument in Reason standalone
  • Drag MIDI notes to track from Redrum, Dr OctoRex and Matrix from Reason Rack Plugin
  • New version of Authorizer with several improvements, including fixing an incompatibility with other software using CodeMeter
  • Fixed an issue where automating parameters in the AU version of Reason Rack Plugin did not work as expected
  • Fixed an issue with plugins using iLok when using Reason under macOS Catalina
  • Fixed an issue that made certain VST plugins crash (including SoundToys, Mastering the Mix and Cherry Audio)

Reason 11.1 Release Notes

  • Reason Rack Plugin is now available in AUv2 format
  • Reason 11.1 and Reason Rack Plugin are now notarized and ready for macOS Catalina
  • Added keyboard input to Reason Rack Plugin, you can now use Tab, Delete, Enter, cmd/ctrl+z and the arrow keys.
  • Added Bypass support to Reason Rack Plugin (VST3)
  • Fixed a bug where delay compensation did not work properly on mono tracks
  • Fixed a bug where multiple Authorizer instances could open simultaneously
  • Fixed a bug where opening a project with Reason Rack Plugin and missing Rack Extensions would cause a Bad Format error
  • Fixed a bug where the VST window could steal keyboard focus from the on screen keyboard in Reason
  • Fixed a bug where Kong’s compressor could sound different when exporting
  • Fixed a bug where curved automation did not work on certain automation clips on Windows
  • Fixed a crash that could happen when exporting overlapping crossfade clips
  • Fixed a bug where invisible notes could be accidentally clicked in multi-lane editing
  • Fixed a bug where some Players would skip the first note in Reason Rack Plugin

Reason 11.0.2 Lite Release Notes

  • This update only applies to Reason 11 Lite
  • Remote support for the following M-Audio controllers:
    • Oxygen v4 Series
    • Code Series
    • Keystation mk3 Series
  • Added Remote mapping for new Reason devices for selected controllers

Reason 11.0.1 Release Notes

  • Reason Rack Plugin Effect now correctly reports latency to the host
  • Fixed a bug where Reason Rack Plugin could crash if you had authorized your computer but also saved your password for auto-login
  • Fixed a bug where Reason’s interface could sometimes completely freeze when using several rack devices with advanced displays

Reason 11 Release Notes

  • Reason now includes Reason Rack Plugin, a plugin version of the Reason Rack
  • Added new device: Sweeper Modulation Effect
  • Added new device: Quartet Chorus Ensemble
  • Added new device: Master Bus Compressor
  • Added new device: Channel Dynamics
  • Added new device: Channel EQ
  • Curve automation lines between two automation points
  • Crossfade between two overlapping audio clips
  • Improved zoom, including individual track height, improved Zoom to Selection (Z) and increased zoom height
  • Mute MIDI notes using the Mute Tool or pressing M
  • New Pencil Tool mode to draw notes at current snap value
  • Absolute Snap, a new snap setting where events always snap to the grid
  • Improved key visualization in Edit Mode, showing both the notes played via MIDI and the notes selected
  • Shortcut for moving notes up or down an octave,
  • cmd+shift+up/down (Mac) or ctrl+shift+up/down (Win)
  • Draw an automation point on the existing automation line by holding Shift
  • Improved application start-up time
  • New application icon and company name
  • Removed ReWire
  • Fixed an issue where Reason’s graphics could be slow on certain color profiles on macOS
  • Fixed a bug where a Player could be left in the rack after deleting a Mix Channel
  • Fixed a bug where parameter values were not correct when using Behringer BCR2000
  • Various bug fixes and improvements

What’s new in Reason 11?

Reason Rack Plug-In

Your favorite Reason instruments can now be used in your favorite DAW, complete with the free routing and great sounds you’d expect from Reason.

Reason Suite

The brand new Reason Suite is a formidable collection of instruments, effects and other music making tools–more than 70 devices in total! It’s all of Reason’s instrument and effects and 16 extra Rack Extension plugins from Reason Studios.

New Devices

  • Quartet Chorus Ensemble – Spice up your sound with four flavors of chorus and ensemble effects. From classic vintage chorus to the unique sound of granular ensemble.
  • Sweeper Modulation Effect – Add more color with this high quality, multi-talented phaser, flanger and filter unit with expansive dynamic modulation options.
  • Master Bus Compressor – Reason’s trusted ready-for-radio bus compressor can now be applied anywhere in the rack.
  • Channel Dynamics – Use the subtle compressor, expander and gate from Reason’s studio-grade mixer anywhere in your signal chain
  • Channel EQ – The legendary modeled EQ unit featured in countless platinum recordings is now its own rack device.

New workflow features

  • Curved automation – Draw smooth curves for smooth control
  • Audio clip crossfades – Create seamless crossfades of overlapping audio clips with zero effort
  • Improved and individual vertical zoom – See what you need with expanded and per-track zoom in the sequencer
  • Mute MIDI notes – Try out variations by muting and unmuting separate notes
  • Draw multiple notes – Quickly draw strings of notes for fast rhythms
  • Show played and selected notes in key edit – Easier overview when editing or playing your MIDI

New instrument

Scenic Hybrid Instrument is a cinematic dream machine of atmospheric sounds and powerful performance controls. Scenic is included in Reason Suite and will also be sold separately ($99) .

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.

New in Reason/Intro/Lite 10.4:

New instrument devices:

  • Monotone Bass Synthesizer, a new bass synth device that’s cross-compatible with Reason Compact 2.0.
  • Rytmik Drum Machine, a new drum device that’s cross-compatible with Reason Compact 2.0.

Bug fixes:

  • Made a change in the Windows versions to allow certain VST plugins that became incompatible with Reason 10.3 compatible again.
  • Made a change in the Windows versions to allow certain ASIO drivers that became incompatible with Reason 10.3 compatible again.
  • Fixed a bug where the sustain pedal would no longer work with RPG-8.
  • Also, fixed a bug where panning a signal fully right with a VST effect could cause the signal to cut out.
  • Fixed a bug on Windows where CV inputs on the Combinator would not behave as expected.

Reason 10.3 / Reason 10.3 Intro / Reason 10.3 Lite Release Notes

  • Rewrote big parts of Reason’s audio rendering code, now rendering audio using audio card buffer size, to improve performance
  • New preference to enable the new audio rendering improvements (on by default, turn off for compatibility reasons)
  • Removed “CPU Usage Limit” from Reason’s preferences
  • Fixed a bug in the effects section of Europa and Grain
  • Fixed an issue where macOS would say Reason was “not optimized for your Mac and need to be updated”
  • Various bug fixes and improvements

Reason 10.2.2 / Reason 10.2.2 Intro / Reason 10.2.2 Lite Release Notes

  • Fixed an issue that could cause widgets on certain Rack Extensions to appear out of place on Windows

What’s new in Reason 10.2.1


  • Removed faulty silence detection that caused, for example, VST reverb tails to be cut off prematurely.
  • Fixed a bug where panning a VST plugin could affect other channels.
  • Fixed a bug where Players could be invisible inside Combinator under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed a bug where creating a new note lane could sometimes create multiple note lanes.
  • Fixed a bug where global MIDI ports were not saved in preferences.
  • Also, fixed a bug where an error message could be shown for MIDI controllers without MIDI ports assigned.
  • Added Remote codec for Novation SL MkIII.

What’s new in Reason 10.2

  • Added Multi Lane Edit, for viewing and editing MIDI across multiple lanes and tracks at once
  • Adjust faders, solo and mute across multiple mix channels at once in a “ganged”/”linked” fashion
  • A new Snap setting in the sequencer – Grid – which adapts the resolution to the current zoom level
  • Double click a sequencer track to open the rack and scroll to its device
  • New “+ Add Device” and “+ Add Track” buttons in the rack and in the sequencer
  • New context menu item – Route to New Mix Channel – on audio outputs on devices in the rack
  • Easy MIDI Inputs automatically detects MIDI controllers when connected
  • A new setting in Reason’s preferences for returning the play cursor to its last start position when stopping playback
  • New Tutorial Area for quickly getting started and learning about Reason
  • Improved track selection behavior in the sequencer track list, to match the behavior of device selection in the rack and clip selection in the sequencer
  • Improved looping behavior in the Dual Arpeggio Player device
  • Updated Europa to fix a bug where selecting an engine could alter the sound
  • Fixed a bug where Reason could crash in certain scenarios when self-containing samples
  • Fixed a bug where replacing a device could cause issues
  • Also, fixed a bug where large files could cause issues with Pitch Edit
  • Fixed a bug in ReWire for compatibility with macOS Mojave
  • Various bug fixes and improvements

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


  • 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 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 removable 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.

Reason 11: A Tips and Tricks Walkthrough with Paul Ortiz

In this video, Reason power user Paul Ortiz will guide you through all the new devices and workflow tweaks in Reason 11.


Bang your Drum: A Roundup of Drum Tutorials

These Drum Tutorials start out with creating digital beats in Propellerhead Reason and then we'll showcase a few tutorials about mixing live drums.


Propellerhead Reason - Perfect Your Vocals with Pitch Edit

Throughout this tutorial you’ll get a basic walkthrough of Pitch Edit inside Reason, its various workflows, and how to take the techniques you learn here and apply them to your own music, creativity, and advanced experimentation if you want to dive deep.


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