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Reason as a studio

From your first beat to your next album, Reason is the music production software that helps you nail those ideas when inspiration strikes. Easy to get started with, yet as deep as you want it to be, Reason’s intuitive music making gadgets and professional production tools will get you off the ground and keep you occupied for a long time to come.

Rack

At the heart of Reason’s music-making environment is the rack. All instruments, effects and utilities are accessible in the rack for immediate tweaking. And for experimental-minded, turn the rack over and access the modular-style routing of audio and control voltages made possible by Reason’s virtual cables.

Browser

Use Reason’s always-open browser to quickly add new instruments, effects and sounds to your song.

Mixer

Faithfully modeled after the famous SSL 9000k* analog mixing desk, Reason's mixer comes complete with flexible routing, full dynamics, EQ, advanced effects handling, full automation, groups and parallel channels, and the famous master-bus compression.

Sequencer

Record and edit your music in Reason’s sequencer. Work fast and without distractions with unlimited audio and MIDI tracks and quick and easy editing tools. With the amazing pitch edit and project-wide time stretch, Reason is ready for the any type of production work.

Sequencing

Record, edit, arrange. Simply connect your MIDI controller and start making music—no setup required. Capture MIDI performances and automation, or draw in notes with the mouse. Whatever suits your workflow, Reason's sequencer is fast, flexible and fun. Keeping with Reason’s famous ease of use, Reason's sequencer still comes with all the editing features you need. If your playing is too tight—use the ReGroove Groove Mixer to add more human feel.

Recording

Record your audio with ease. From a simple vocal take to a full band recording session, the recording workflow is easy and fast. No dialog boxes to break your flow. Need to nail a tricky performance? The comp editor helps you stitch multiple takes together to a perfect take. You can even record first and pick a tempo later. Reason’s legendary project-wide tine stretch will change the tempo of your entire song without any audible artifacts.

Mixing

Reason gives your tracks that big studio sound right out of your computer.Faithfully modeled after the famous SSL 9000k* analog mixing desk, Reason's mixer comes complete with flexible routing, full dynamics, EQ, advanced effects handling, full automation, groups and parallel channels, and the famous master-bus compression. The spectrum analyzer window and visual EQ makes it easy to fine-tune the sound of your tracks from anywhere in the program.

Audio Editing

With your audio safely recorded in your project, Reason can help you polish your tracks to perfection. Slice Edit helps you correct the timing problems in your recordings, from subtle tweaks to hard quantize. Reason’s Pitch Edit can quickly correct the pitch in a vocal recording and gives you detailed control over pitch, time and articulations in the performance. And the best of all: It sounds good. Really, really good!

Sampling

All sample players in Reason are also samplers. Hit the sample button on the instrument’s panel and start recording straight into the selected instrument, bringing the lost art of creative sampling back again. All samples can be trimmed, edited and normalized in Reason’s built-in sample editor.

Blocks

Intro, verse, chorus–if that’s how you think about your music, then Blocks might help you build your songs. Create your song’s discreet parts and use Blocks as a very fast way of creating a musical structure for your song. With the basic arrangement laid out, you can see the contents of the blocks and create variations and mute individual parts, or add further musical elements on top.

REX

With REX loops you turn concrete-rigid loops into musical modeling clay, letting you change tempo, pitch and timing independently, and remodel the groove to suit all your musical purposes. Playing them back in Reason’s Dr. Octo Rex even lets you deconstruct the loops and create fills and variations that recorded loops can’t provide. Reason can turn audio recordings into REX files on its own, but for expert level control you might want to try ReCycle.

Reason as a studio

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Take your music anywhere

The Reason platform extends beyond the Reason software. Music is made in any number of settings and situations and Reason can be there for you when you need it.

Start your song ideas on Reason Compact for iOS and finish them on your computer. The same instruments are available on your phone and on your desktop so you can flesh out the production with all that Reason can offer.

Use your favorite Reason instrument in other music production software with the Reason Rack Plugin, a VST/AU version of the Reason Rack

Jam in perfect sync with your Ableton Live using friends. Reason supports Ableton Link to stay wirelessly on the beat tougher with any number of Link-enabled computers, apps or devices.

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