Sonic State Studio / Virtual/Soft synths / PROPELLERHEADS Reason

Average rating: 8.3/10 out of 10

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Enz a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Cool concept, but it's got it's flaws. I'm running it on Power Mac w/G4/400mhz card and 200 MBs. Mine has a tendency to freeze up after a long period of use. This sucks, especially when you are getting into the groove of something. I've tried everything to fix it too, even getting a utility program. So I wouldn't consider taking this out and using it live. It would have been nice to be able to put the sound bank on a separate drive, but you can't do that from the installation. I even tried to drag the files and drop into another drive and Reason wouldn't recognize them.

I do like the Subtractor, but I've heard better softsynths. The Dr Rex is cool, but you have to get Recycle to make your own loops that will work with it. My other favorite tools are the ReDrum and the Matrix Sequencer.

You really need a big screen and a fast computer to use this. I don't know, maybe I just got a bad version of this (1.0.1) or maybe it just doesn't like my Mac.

I'm still waiting for Propellerheads to get back to me on the problems. Again, I think it's a cool program, but right now, I can't use it in a serious situation.

Rating: 5 out of 10 posted Sunday, 18-Nov-01 at 23:10
Brad a hobbyist user from USA writes:
i own fruityloops and i play with my demo of reason a lot, and plan on buying the full version. IMHO, i'd go with fruity. the stepsequencer, piano roll and pattern sequencer integrate very well, whereas the sequencer in reason seems a bit cramped. the effects in reason are good but they don't do anything dramatic. fruity supports vst, directx and buzz plugins so you can add almost any effect or synth. you aren't limited to the internal effects and synth in reason. (although subtractor is a phat as they say, i'm looking to buy reason just for s. to sample and put into ACID :) on top of that, it's cheaper. can't beat that with a stick.

good luck

posted Wednesday, 14-Nov-01 at 8:1
TIK a Professional user from USA writes:
Reason is about as complete as anybody can be verses a 300 dollar price tag. The effects are a little un-versatile, but I would have to say that Subtractor smacks most vsti's out there. Stacking it is easy, and the latencey even with a horrid soundblastercard is acceptable in most cases at 12ms.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Monday, 22-Oct-01 at 15:31
paul a part-timer user from usa writes:
One review I read compared Reason to the Korg Electribe group. In terms of programmability and intuitive ease of use Reason is a hands down winner. In terms of sound quality--I feel there is a destinct but hard to qualify quality difference.

Any technical insights into the "fatness" issue would be appreciated.

I bought Reason anticipating to Rewire it into Logic, but the combination is unstable. Reason is a better sequencer if you don't need notation. I find myself doing nearly all my "idea" work in this program.

A "10".

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 09-Oct-01 at 3:59
Malfunkt a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Hey, your right! I couldn't make a decent tune with a roomful of that gear.. cause I don't have it! Reason is simply fun and whether you consider it a tool, instrument, or software does not change this. Truly commendable software... If I was to use 'toy' in somewhat of a derogatory manner I would be submitting a review for an MC-303! :)

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 12-Sep-01 at 1:13
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