Sonic State Studio / Virtual/Soft synths / PROPELLERHEADS Reason

Average rating: 8.3/10 out of 10

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Mark a Professional user from USA writes:
Not a bad program and can make some nice sounds. But once again Steinberg has gone over the top with their attempt to mimic hardware, right down to patch cords. Gimme a break. This is why I want to use software, because you aren't limited to clunky hardware interfaces.

The other massive problem is the lack of VST plugin support. What is up with this? This is a major drawback for me, I own some kick-ass plugs already and not being able to use them in Reason sucks. The Subtractor is good but it's not everything I want it to be.

I've been using Fruity Loops for a while now, and I'd have to say: go with this program. Very intuitive and doesn't force you to pretend it's a piece of hardware. Total VST and DX plugin support, so you can have whatever soft snyths you like, and it's way cheaper.

What can I say...a "6".


Rating: 6 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 12-Mar-02 at 15:14
Red Mission a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I think Reason is great. My main complaint that I have is that Redrum/NN19 Sampler does not import .mp3 files. My only other complaints are that the effects can become a bit bland and boring after a while, and Reason doesn't export mono files(something I need if I am to use all of Cubase's 72 channels!).. I use Reason with Cubase and it's a fairly good and reliable combination. When you record/import things from Reason into Cubase, you can add more effects to it also. The Rewire feature is great. I use it to create a song in reason while playing a few additional files in Cubase at the same time. When it's all done, I import the finished Reason file into Cubase, saving on # of channels. All in all, Reason is great. My favorite part of Reason is Redrum and NN19 along with the Matrix and main sequencers. :) Some of my remixes can be heard at

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Friday, 08-Mar-02 at 12:42
Brother Wallabe a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've been using Reason for some time now, and I have to say it is a great program. Easy to use, sounds great, and implements well with my other gear. I've got it on a laptop that boots straight into reason without even loading the windows 98 kernal, and it's rock solid. Hook up a keyboard and a yamaha rm1x for controlling through a usb midi interface, and pump all the sound out through a usb soundcard, and it makes for a great peice of gear. I use other programs and hardware to make tunes, but In my opinion, my best stuff comes from my use of this program.

Listen to my tracks here:

most of them are done completely in Reason, mastered with T-racks.

You can really get in there and program all kinds of complex stuff into your sequences, and do it easily, that is why I like this app.

Try out different stuff and see what works best for you, but I gotta say, this apps got a lot going for it.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Saturday, 02-Mar-02 at 0:36
ben a part-timer user from Australia writes:
I think Reason is the most complete virtual studio to be released so far, plus it can be simple to use (presets) for the ammatures that are waiting for the perfect software package to write good music for them. If you don't like the sound, then I would hate to see you mix a badly recorded track in a REAL studio. I think the Subtractor lacks bite however, compared to some other packages. Version 2.0 predictions- MIDI out (please!) and VST plug in compatibility for the perfect all in one solution. If you want fat acid, try the Muon Tau pro.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 28-Feb-02 at 17:3
Brutal Enigma from USA writes:
I love the generators. I hate the effects. Could be personal but the verb sounds metallic, the chorus does little to enrich the sound. The distortion only sounds good on dynamic rythmic tracks like drums. Programming the envelope filter takes forever.. blah blah blah. Great synths and samplers though (especially the ReDrum). Everything about Reason seems biased to making techno/electronica for people who miss analog CV- modular gear. The sound is only as good as your hardware. If you buy Reason thinking you can save a bunch of money and you just plan on making tracks and converting them to .wav for CD or MP3 - cool. If you plan on using it live to replace a rack of instruments, then you absolutely MUST get a high-end professional audio interface that will probably run at least $400 more dollars. If you're playing live, you most likely need a MIDI controller to do your tweaking (another coupla hundred bucks, minimum). So you're looking at $800, not including the price of your computer.

My verdict, great for cheaply making tracks at home. Not-so-great for jamming live.

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 27-Feb-02 at 4:18
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