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Make music the way you want

Making music in 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.

Introducing Reason Rack Plugin

Add Reason’s huge selection of synths, instruments and effects to any DAW. With the Reason Rack Plugin, you can tap into a world of inspired music making and endless sonic experimentation. The Reason Rack Plugin is included with Reason Intro, Reason and Reason Suite.

Available as a VST3 plugin today, an AU version is coming soon.

Instruments & Effects

Inviting, easy to use and with a sound to die for: Reason’s synthesizers, sampled instruments, drum machines and effects are the true stars of the Reason experience.

Any sound you want

From the easy and straightforward to the esoteric and downright complex, Reason comes with all the instruments and effects you need to get going with your music making, no matter what sound or what style of music you are into. Explore, combine, tweak and connect–find your sound with the Reason Rack.

Reason Rack Plugin

Reason 11 – the perfect expansion to your DAW

Plug a huge supply of premium synthesizers, sampled instruments and effects into your favorite DAW. Reason 11 adds the Reason Rack Plugin–a VST version of the legendary Reason Rack with all its devices, creative sound design, modular routing and a huge library of loops, sounds and samples.

Your dream rack is here

Create any sound you want by dragging instruments and effects to the Reason Rack. Everything is automatically connected for you in a logical top-to-bottom flow.

Start with an instrument. Add an effect by dropping it under the instrument. Add a MIDI Player effect by dragging and dropping to the top.

Sound supply

For quick access to amazing sounds, find what you need in among thousands of synth patches, sampled instruments, loops and sounds created by world-class sound designers.

You’ll find patches for specific devices or Combinator patches that combines any number of instrument and effects to deliver just the sound you need.

Patch cord paradise

Scary to some and strangely alluring to others, the backside of Reason’s rack is where you can go all-modular with the free routing of audio and control voltage signals. Control synth filters from envelope followers, control panning with LFOs or split up the audio signal to create huge sonic landscapes with parallel processing.

If this isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry. You can make music in Reason without ever diving into cable-town.

Compatibilty

  • Reason’s rack, instruments, effects and sounds are all included in Reason Rack Plugin, while sequencing and mixing is left to the host DAW.
  • Reason Rack Plugin appears as an instrument and effects plugin in the host.
  • Supported plugin formats: VST3. An AU version is in development and will ship before the end of the year.

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.

Rack

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.

Sequencing

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.

Recording

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.

Mixing

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!

Sampling

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.

Blocks

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.

REX

With REX loops you turn concrete-rigid loops into musical modeling clay, letting 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.

 

Which Reason is right for you?

 Reason IntroReason StandardReason Suite
Core Features
Reason Rack Plug-in
Instruments111728
Effects112931
Players336
Utilities888
Total Devices335773
Audio/MIDI tracks16UnlimitedUnlimited
Sounds & Samples2.6GB7GB7GB
Instruments111728
Effects112931
Midi FX Players336
Utilities888

Features

Included instruments

  • Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer – Europa twists and morphs synth waveforms to make them dance. Trust us, you’ll be dancing too.
  • Thor Polysonic Synthesizer – Thor sounds like no synthesizer you’ve ever heard before – and every single one of them.
  • Monotone Bass Synthesizer – Tailor-made for deep basslines, Monotone is exactly what you need to add that rumble and punch to your low end.
  • Subtractor Polyphonic Synthesizer – With a nod to the past, Subtractor the warm sound and ease-of use of the classic synths from the 80s.
  • Kong Drum Designer – 16 pads, samples, synth modules, physical modeling and effects. Kong is a beats laboratory.
  • Rytmik Drum Machine – Modern and sleek drum sounds in no time – Rytmik is where beatmaking starts
  • Redrum Drum Computer – A gem of a beat maker inspired by the classic drum machines of the 80s.
  • Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player – Turn your rigid loops into musical modeling clay with REX loops played by Dr Octo Rex.
  • NN-XT Advanced Sampler – Play gigabytes of rich and complex, multi-layered instruments from the Reason sound bank. Or sample and build your own!
  • NN-19 Sampler – Quick, easy, tweakable. NN-19 is the creative samplists go-to tool.
  • ID8 Songwriter’s Toolbox – A songwriter’s best friend. When all you need is quick access to your most used instruments, ID 8 is there for you.
  • Grain Sample Manipulator – Grain uses every sound you’ve already got to make every sound you’d ever want. There’s dust in the wind, sands in the hourglass… and now grains in your samples.
  • Malström Graintable Synthesizer – If you want sounds from another dimension that’s still right in your face, then Malström is for you.
  • Radical Piano – The premise is simple. The results are stunning. We’ll give you three classic pianos paired with the technology to make an infinite number of your own.
  • Klang Tuned Percussion – A sampled instrument collection specializing in the imperfect. And that’s just perfect.
  • Pangea World Instruments – Take a trip around the world with Pangea.
  • Humana Vocal Ensemble – Add a human presence in your productions with Humana’s choirs.
  • Scenic Hybrid Instrument – A cinematic dream machine of atmospheric sounds, textures and powerful performance controls.
  • Complex-1 Modular Synthesizer – Dive into the weird and wonderful world of modular synthesis with Complex-1
  • Parsec Spectral Synthesizer – The futuristic sound of additive synthesis for the Reason Rack.
  • Umpf Club Drums – Umps Club Drums is the fast, easy path to club-ready beats.
  • Umpf Retro Beats – Fast, easy, authentic old-school beats. Umpf Retro Beats offers instant beat nostalgia in a modern package.
  • Reason Electric Bass – Everything you need to easily create believable bass lines in Reason.
  • Reason Drum Kits – We didn’t just sample the drums. We sampled the entire recording session!
  • Processed Pianos – Filmscore, future-pop or something entirely new–Processed Pianos lets you conjure up unique piano sounds to fit your music.
  • Radical Keys – Radical Keys brings you three classic keyboard instruments in a great-sounding package: the Rhodes Mk1, the Wurlitzer and the Pianet-T.
  • Layers Quadrasonic Sample Player – This Quadrasonic Sample Player offers four layers of classic synth sounds.
  • Layers Wave Edition – The nostalgic sounds of the future are yours with Layers Wave Edition.

Included effects

  • Audiomatic Retro Transformer – Apply your desired flavor of yesterday to your music. VHS, Vinyl, Tape and many more – take your pick!
  • Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit – Built for breakage and designed to destroy, Scream 4 turns distortion into an art form.
  • RV7000 MkII Advanced Reverb – Do you crave sophistication in reverberation? Look no further than the RV7000 MkII, Reason’s fantastic-sounding convolution reverb.
  • Softube Bass Amp – Clean solid lows? Nasal presence? Wildly distorted? Whatever sound you’re after, Bass Amp can deliver.
  • Softube Guitar Amp – Oozing with attitude and featuring a fistful of amp and cabinet models, this is one amp that will never let your down.
  • MClass Compressor – Designed to add punch and definition to your Reason tracks, this single-band compressor sounds simply amazing.
  • MClass Equalizer – A 4-band, professional level mastering EQ with a transparent sound and precise sound sculpting features.
  • MClass Stereo Imager – No mastering suite is complete without a tool for controlling the stereo image to allow individual treatment of high and low bands.
  • MClass Maximizer – An advanced tool designed to maximize the volume of your Reason tracks, without crushing them or introducing other unwanted artifacts.
  • DDL-1 Digital Delay Line – Straightforward delay line with easy-to-automate parameters makes this a favorite for special fx processing.
  • CF-101 Chorus/Flanger – Widen your sound with this combined Chorus and Flanger.
  • Sweeper Modulation Effect – Animate your sounds with Sweeper–classic modulation effects with a modern twist.
  • Quartet Chorus Ensemble – From classic chorus to granular ensemble(!) effects, this quartet of effects will up-size any sound.
  • Master Bus Compressor – Apply the glue at the end of countless hit songs mixdowns anywhere in your rack.
  • Channel Dynamics – Subtle yet effective dynamics processing with a platinum album sound.
  • Channel EQ – The legendary modeled EQ unit featured in countless platinum recordings is now its own rack device.
  • The Echo – Combining the perfection of digital with the warmth and character of vintage, The Echo is the creative delay effect in the Reason Rack.
  • Pulveriser Demolition Unit – Completely crush or gently squash your signals with Pulveriser, the sonic better-maker.
  • Alligator Triple Filter Gate – Applying pattern control to gating, filtering and envelope shaping, the Alligator will happily chew any audio passing through its jaws into a completely new, albeit interesting, sound.
  • Synchronous Effect Modulator – 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.
  • BV512 Vocoder – The sci-fi sound of singing robots is just one of BV512’s many talents.
  • Neptune Pitch Adjuster & Voice Synth – Gently nudge your vocalist’s into key, or go all T-pain on your vocals. Neptune is also a powerful real-time vocal synth.
  • PH-90 Phaser – Put motion in your sounds with the PH-90, Reason’s original phaser.
  • RV-7 Digital Reverb – Simple but effective reverb unit capable of room simulation and weird effects.
  • ECF-42 Envelope Controlled Filter – A gate triggered filter for dynamic filtering effects. Or simply a standalone filter unit.
  • D-11 Foldback Distortion – Reason’s original distortion unit may look small next to Scream 4 and Pulveriser, but can still mangle a sound.
  • Spider CV Merger & Splitter – Split and merge CV and gate signals with Spider CV.
  • UN-16 Unison – Fatten any sound with this unique effect that mimics the Unison effect found in analog synths.
  • PEQ-2 Two Band Parametric EQ – Cut and boost your signals at just the right frequencies with this dual band EQ.
  • COMP-01 Compressor/Limiter – A straightforward dynamics processor from Reason’s original set of effects.
  • Polar Dual Pitch Shifter – Polar is an old school harmonizing and pitch-shifter effect with a host of modern tricks up its sleeves.
  • Rotor Rotary Speaker – Meticulously modeled on the Leslie 122, Rotor brings the sound of the classic rotary speaker design from the 1940’s to the Reason rack.

Player MIDI FX

  • Scales & Chords – Use it to stay always in key, or use its one-finger chords to explore rich harmonic options that you might not have thought about.
  • Dual Arpeggio – Create flowing arpeggio lines with these two powerful polyphonic, pattern based arpeggiators.
  • Note Echo – Strumming, glissandos, chord stabs and much more–Note Echo does interesting things with pitch and time.
  • Drum Sequencer – Quick and easy drum programming—for anything in the Reason Rack.
  • Quad Note Generator – The Player device that creates an endless stream of musical ideas.
  • PolyStep Sequencer – Create, jam and perform music in ways you’ve never tried before with PolyStep Sequencer-an evolved polyphonic step sequencer for your Reason Rack.

Utilities

  • The Combinator – It’s not an effect unit. It’s not a synth. It sure isn’t a sampler. It’s… all of it. And more.
  • Pulsar Dual LFO – The Swiss army knife of modulation that makes the rack come alive.
  • Matrix Pattern Sequencer – If you are into 70s style modular synths or if you simply like to play around with an analog style sequencer that can control virtually anything in the rack, try Matrix.
  • RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator – Turn boring chords into fluttering melody lines with the RPG-8, Reason’s tool for creative arpeggiation.
  • Mixer 14:2 – Create sub mixes inside the Reason Rack with this handy 14 channel mixer. With effect sends and EQ, it’s great to mix down several instruments inside a combinator.
  • Line Mixer 6:2 – Perfect when building Combinator patches, this little mixer simply does what its name implies: mixes audio signals.
  • Spider Audio Merger & Splitter – For advanced signal routing, huge combinator stacks or deep dives into the depths of modular synthesis, this little audio signal splitter and merger will be indispensable.
  • Spider CV Merger & Splitter – Split and merge CV and gate signals with Spider CV.
  • Mix Channel – Each instrument you add to the rack is hooked up to a Mix Channel device. Here’s also where you can add insert effects, load channel presets and more.
  • Audio Track – Each audio tracks in the sequencer has its own audio track device where you can add insert effects, load channel presets and more.

 

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 10.11 or later (64-bit)
  • Monitor with at least 1280×768 resolution
  • CoreAudio compliant audio interface or built-in audio hardware
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
  • For using Reason as a VST Plugin, a DAW host with VST3 support is required

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 1280×768 resolution
  • Audio Interface with ASIO driver
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
  • For using Reason as a VST Plugin, a DAW host with VST3 support is required

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

Changes:

  • 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

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 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.

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