Reason Frequently Asked Questions

To run Reason 12, you need:

MacOS:

  • Fast, stable internet connection
  • Intel or M1 Mac with multi-core processor
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended for large ReFills or Rack Extensions)
  • 5.5 GB free system disk space required, plus 20 GB for optional content. Additionally, program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space and additional space for cached graphical assets
  • macOS 10.13 or later (64-bit)
  • Monitor with at least 1280x768 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 host with VST3 support is required
  • For using Reason as an AU plugin, a host with AUv2 support is required
  • For using Reason as an AAX plugin, Pro Tools 12 or later is required

Windows:

  • Fast, stable internet connection
  • Intel or AMD multi-core processor
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended for large ReFills or Rack Extensions)
  • 5.5 GB free system disk space required, plus 20 GB for optional content. Additionally, program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space and additional space for cached graphical assets
  • Windows 10 or later (64-bit)
  • Monitor with at least 1280x768 resolution
  • Audio Interface with ASIO driver
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
  • For using Reason as a VST Plugin, a host with VST3 support is required
  • For using Reason as an AAX plugin, Pro Tools 12 or later is required

It is a subscription service where you get all the tools you need to make music and find your own unique sound. Awesome software, professional instruments and effects and inspiring musical building blocks.


You get access to Reason (standalone and VST/AU/AAX plugin) and its collection of over 70 legendary instruments and effects. This means you'll have access to every synth, sampler, effect and utility that we have ever made—and anything we make in the future, too.

You'll also get access to hundreds of sound packs, available through the Reason+ companion app. Every week, new inspiring packs are added to inspire you to craft and design new sounds and musical ideas. Our sound packs are musical building blocks made up of anything from hard-hitting drums, earth-shattering bass sounds, ethereal synth sounds and thousands of other sounds to inspire your next song. Much like a sample pack – but there is no limit to how you can change them. You get both ease-of-use and full creative control.


For a monthly or yearly subscription to Reason+, you get access to Reason that you can use either as a VST/AU/AAX plugin with any other DAW or as a full music production software in itself. If you use it as a plugin it is really the sound design playground – the Reason Rack – that you put inside the DAW you already use, to get fantastic tools to develop your own unique sound.

Either way, plugin or standalone, you'll get new sound packs weekly and all our instruments and effects in the Reason+ companion app.


Yup. You can use Reason Rack Plugin (VST/AU/AAX) as a plugin in any DAW or host or you can use Reason as a standalone music making software.


Sure! You bought it, it is yours. And we will keep developing Reason and selling licenses in our shop if you prefer to own instead of subscribe.


Of course. We have no plans to go subscription only. Reason is available in our shop, but you should know it does not include all our instruments and effects - nor any of the Sound Packs or major upgrades included in Reason+


You can upgrade from any previous version of Reason to Reason 11 for $129 / €129


Any DAW that supports VST3 or AU plugins can run Reason Rack Plugin. We have specifically tested Reason Rack Plugin with the latest versions of Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro X Studio One, Cubase, Reaper and Bitwig. If you want to ensure compatibility with another host, please download a Trial to evaluate.


Yes, with Reason 11.1 and later there is an AU version of Reason Rack Plugin.


Yes, all 500+ Rack Extensions are compatible with Reason Rack Plugin.


No, Reason Rack Plugin is VST3 only and there are no plans to develop a VST2 version.


Yes, with Reason 11.3 and later there is an AAX version of Reason Rack Plugin.


Reason 12, Reason 11, Reason 11 Suite (discontinued), and Reason 11 Intro (discontinued) all include Reason Rack Plugin with the same devices included as in the accompanying version.


Yes, both versions are available to download from your account pages and fully cross-platform.


No, ReWire has been discontinued since Reason 11. If you have projects that use ReWire, you can keep your older version of Reason installed alongside Reason 12. Otherwise, we suggest that you use Reason Rack Plugin instead.


Europa by Reason will be discontinued since Europa is included in all versions of Reason Rack Plugin. Everyone who owns Europa by Reason will be able to continue using it, but it will no longer be available for sale.


Reason 12 supports VST2 (64-bit) plugins and Rack Extensions.


No, Reason Rack Plugin is a plugin and not a VST host, but it does run Rack Extensions.


Just as for previous versions, Reason 12 can be authorized in a couple of different ways:

- Computer Authorization (for offline use)
- Internet Verification (requires a connection to the internet)

Reason Rack Plugin is authorized with the same license and in the same way and you authorize the stand-alone version of Reason.


Yes! Please visit the Try Reason+ page.