Reason – By Propellerhead Software
A lot of software gets tested at the Gear-Review office but
this latest version of Propellerhead’s Reason certainly left
us hooked on a great multipurpose recording and production
Hailed to be akin to a Swissarmy knife Reason provides us with
unlimited audio tracks for recording, plus a full mixing system.
Add to this an array of synths, effects and other plugins
to allow complete freedom to translate that sound in your
head into a polished finished product.
Should you need further options, Rack Extensions also allow
other sounds to be added at a later stage,
Following the now familiar windows installer and after registration
(The Mac version is also quite straightforward), the software
fires up and prompts to load a demonstration song to show
us it’s potential.
One is presented with an array of tracks, together with the
mixer desk and of course a virtual rack containing all the
software instruments and effects required.
These contain drum machines, synths, effects, and other virtual
instruments that would normally be found in real life studio.
Some are even from familiar brand names.
At first glance the software looks,
well like real equipment. knobs, faders and other controls
are just where they would be on their real life counterparts.These
can additionally be controlled by an array of control surfaces
for a more personal and effective interface to the product.
In fact things are so realistic that
one can flip over the rack to route the cabling at will, or
alternatively you can take it easy let Reason connect things
up for you.
Further Reason supports Rewire to enable you to talk to your
other music applications.
Recording itself is simple enough, allowing you to use real
or VST instruments in linear mode or by copying loops, working
these is within the graphical environment is easy and allows
you to create rather than be stuck working out how to use
Download a demo copy and try Reason for yourself.