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Average rating: 8.3/10 out of 10

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m0use205 writes:
add vst2, and ill buy it, till then ........ Would be ReALLY cool midied to fruity loops, (which i guess has vst now.....) has anyone done this? im new to midi, but i dont think fruity can chase midi clock, only be the master, but if reason can...... wow cool.

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Monday, 26-Feb-01 at 0:58
marco a Professional user from USA writes:
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Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Sunday, 25-Feb-01 at 18:27
Jens a part-timer user from Sweden writes:
I think the soundquality is more than adequate. I dont think you would be able to hear any difference in a finished song made with Reason compared to one made with a hardware synth/sampler. Of course this only applies when you have a good soundcard in your PC... A program like Reason coupled with a dedicated hardware controller like the Control Freak or Knobby can replace a budget homestudio. Hopefully the P-heads will add new instruments to the setup, maybe an FM-synth or a wavetable synth. Then it will surely be worth the money.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Sunday, 25-Feb-01 at 13:3
Dr. Whammo a Professional user from USA writes:
Reason is no doubt a very powerful and easy to use program, very fun and all that. But I cant imagine comparing those Reason tone generators and samplers to some of the more powerful VST synths, thats fuckin silly. Yes, I own them both and yes I have done extensive work with each. The Pro-52 is about 20 times as feirce as that subtractor, not to mention the fact that virtual analog subtractive is the only kind of pure synthesis that Reason offers. If you have tried VAZ modular or Reaktor you will understand just how limited that Subtractor is. The sequencer, however is superb. Very useful for importing/exporting MIDI sequences, fine tuning, controller programming, all that good stuff. I also really like the routability via the TAB button. Although I would have to say that the program is mortally wounded in the sound generation department, effectively limiting itself to certain types of music, however, since I do enjoy making this type of music, as well as others, I will commend Reason on the quality of those sparse sound generation capabilities. As far as being focused it is very effective, it just doesnt allow for as much creative freedom as I would like. Therefore I will have to remain in the expensive world of hardware synths. As a MIDI tool, Reason is clearly indispensible, but dont expect it to replace an entire studio of equipment. If you already have all that equipment, you have all the luxury of not using it and therefore freedom to go both ways... if you dont, Reason by itself is not the equivilant. Again, for certain types of music it is quite adequate, as I will probably be releasing some music done mostly with Reason at some point in the future.

Definitely worth the money, but nothing yet has proven to be an all-in-one solution. Reason is no different.

Rating: 7 out of 10 posted Sunday, 25-Feb-01 at 12:49
Jumbuk a part-timer user from Australia writes:
Hmmm . . . Reason is a pretty impressive imitation of "real" gear, but you have to ask why? Why be constrained with the user interfaces of hardware gear? In many cases, the hardware is really limited because that's the way it has to be on a 1U rack, or with knobs etc. You get the feeling that somehow Reason is good just because it looks real. I think it's a pity they wasted all that time on the interface and didn't try to come up with something new and fresh. Just my thoughts.

- Jumbuk

Rating: 4 out of 10 posted Saturday, 24-Feb-01 at 4:14
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