Reason is easy to get started with, yet as deep as you want it to be. Create, compose, mix and finish your music Reason will help you along the journey,
from inspiration to mixdown. See for yourself how it’s done in six short steps:
Nailing your first idea is easy in Reason. Click and drag the sounds and instruments you want to the rack and just play. Everything is set up for you automatically.
Reason’s many instruments, effects and included sounds will let you create any kind of music.
Set your creativity free with the new Player devices.Scales & Chords, Note Echo and Dual Arpeggio will take your Reason instruments to a new level.
Beats and loops
For many, beats isn’t just a part of their music. The beat is the music! And Reason has the machines to build the beat you want.
- Kong Drum Designer
16 pads of complete inspiration. Use samples, synthesis, physical modeling and effects to build the drum machine of your dreams.
- Redrum Drum Computer
Reason’s drum machine. If you like the classic pattern based machines from the 80s, then this one is for you.
- Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player
Versatile and flexible loop player that turns static loops into playable musical instruments.
The Player devices introduced in Reason 9 adds capabilities to the other Reason instruments that adds plenty of creative horsepower to the rack.
- Scales & Chords
Use it to stay always in key, or use its one-finger chords to explore rich harmonic options that you might not have thought about.
- Dual Arpeggio
Create flowing arpeggio lines with these two powerful polyphonic, pattern based arpeggiators.
- Note Echo
This unit can create interesting effects with pitch and time: Strumming, glissandos, chord stabs and much more.
Samples for playing and tweaking
Sample your own sounds or ta into Reason's huge huge collection of sampled instruments in every conceivable category.
- NN-XT Advanced Sampler
Play gigabytes of rich and complex, multi-layered instruments from the Reason sound bank. Or sample and build your own!
- NN-19 Sampler
Quick and easy sampler with an intuitive workflow and plenty of real-time modulation capabilities.
- ID-8 Instrument Device
A songwriter’s best friend. When all you need is quick access to your most used instruments, ID 8 is there for you.
Extending your instrument rack
Want even more instruments? With the Rack Extension technology the Reason rack opens up to third party developers too. Propellerhead and leading third party developers offers a great selection of instruments as add-ons to your Reason rack.
All your other synths too!
Include your MIDI synths in your music making. Reason’s External MIDI Instrument will play all your MIDI synths, beatboxes and whatnot from Reason's sequencer and control your external MIDI gear with the full automation that Reason users have come to expect.
Reason’s rack is an extremely flexible environment to create just the sound your music needs. Here are more ways to combine and evolve sounds.
Combine, layer and mix instruments and effects to create rich, production-ready and performance-friendly sounds that can be loaded up in an instant.
A classic, monophonic arpeggiator with some creative twists to create arpeggiated melody lines from the chords you are playing.
Color your music and get the sound you want with Reason's rich palette of effect units.
Time and space
Say effect unit and most would think of reverb and delay, so of course Reason is equipped with world-class units for all kinds of echo and reverberation duties.
- RV7000 MkII
Very easy and straightforward to use, yet sophisticated with multiple reverb models, including an advanced Impulse Response reverb.
- The Echo
A multi-talented echo effect mixing the perfection of digital delay with the warmth and character of vintage tape echo units.
Edge, life, sparkle, noise - call it what you want. Distorting and squashing a sound is a very effective way of adding that special something to your sound.
- Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit
A multimode sound mangling effect that will do anything from gentle tape compression to full-on sonic mayhem.
- Pulveriser Demolition
Combining compression, distortion and filter and modulation, the Pulveriser is a beast of a processor that makes just about anything sound… better.
Nailing just the sound you’re after in Reason is a fun and rewarding audio exploration endeavor. For fearless adventures in sound design, three devices stand out agains the rest.
- Alligator Triple Filtered Gate
Applying pattern control to gating, filtering and envelope shaping, the Alligator will happily chew any audio passing through its jaws into a completely new, albeit interesting, sound.
- Pulsar Dual LFO
A CV modulation effect that uses its two LFOs to control parameters in Reason’s other instruments and effects.
- BV512 Vocoder
Capable of far more than just robotic voices, a vocoder is a great tool when you want to modulate one sound with another.
- Audiomatic Retro Transformer
Apply your desired flavor of yesterday to your music. VHS, Vinyl, Tape and many more - take your pick!
Reason offers two methods for cleaning up a vocal performance. The Pitch Edit function in the sequencer, or for more creative mangling efforts, Neptune.
- Neptune Pitch Adjustor
Gently nudge your vocalist's into key, or go all T-pain on your vocals. Neptune is also a powerful real-time vocal synth.
Putting the Twang in Reason
When recording guitar, you want access to tools expertly tailored for your instrument. Reason comes with amp models from renowned modeling experts Softube.
- Softube Guitar Amp
Oozing with attitude and featuring a fistful of amp and cabinet models, this is one amp that will never let your down.
- Softube Bass Amp
Clean solid lows? Nasal presence? Wildly distorted? Whatever sound you're after, Bass Amp can deliver.
The final touch
Polishing your sound to perfection requires the best tools available, and that’s why the MClass professional mastering units can be found in the Reason rack. Use them on individual instruments or run your whole mix through them.
- MClass Compressor
Designed to add punch and definition to your Reason tracks, this single-band compressor sounds simply amazing.
- MClass Equalizer
A 4-band, professional level mastering EQ with a transparent sound and precise sound sculpting features.
- MClass Stereo Imager
No mastering suite is complete without a tool for controlling the stereo image to allow individual treatment of high and low bands.
- MClass Maximizer
An advanced tool designed to maximize the volume of your Reason tracks, without crushing them or introducing other unwanted artifacts.
Stay focused on your music making with Reason’s hands-on and responsive creative flow.
Make music without technical distractions to break your flow
Reason is designed to act and feel like a musical instrument. What you see is really what you get. No hidden screens, sub-menus or dialogs to flip through.
Live sampling in Reason
Sample any sound source into any of Reason’s samplers. Just hook up a sound source to the rack's sampling input and you are ready to start sampling. Use a mic, a turntable, an instrument or the entire Reason mix.
Sampling in Reason is simple and straightforward – all part of the creative process of making music. Hit the sample button and Reason starts sampling. Reason will detect the sample start automatically. You can sample when Reason is running too if you like – no need to stop the music.
If needed, bring up the built-in sample editor to set start and end points, loop points and more. This works for all loaded samples, too – not only the ones you have sampled.
Live sampling together with pitch detection of root key and automatic zone mapping makes it dead easy to sample an instrument and map the samples across the keyboard. You'll create your own multi-sampled instruments for NN-XTand NN-19 in an instant.
With its million-dollar mixing console, Reason comes with all the tools
you need to take your songs from good to great. Reason has a rack for mixing.
Reason comes with all the tools you need to give your tracks that big studio sound right out of your computer. Walk into any recording studio and the large format mixer is the creative centerpiece of the production environment. Reason is no different. A musical tool in itself, the mixer is where you bring all the elements of your production together and shape them for your final release.
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 with visual EQ control makes it easy to fine-tune the sound of your tracks from anywhere in the program.
EQ and dynamics
The mixing console features a warm sounding EQ section with high and low pass filters, high and low shelving filters as well as parametric midrange filters. This is where you can take out the rumble in the guitars, give your vocals more air or just add some extra polish to your recordings. How does it sound? Fabulous.
Every channel has its own fully featured dynamics section with compressor, gate and expander. Use it to tame wild sounds, liven up lifeless recordings, or sidechain it to get that pumping sound.
Send and insert effects
The console has eight dedicated effect sends. Each send can be set to work pre or post fader. Adding a send effect to the mixer is a two mouseclick affair. Simply right-click in the mixer's master section and select what effect you want to use. Reverb? Delay? A Combinator effect patch? All of the above? Simple!
Groups and parallel channels
When you have several tracks that you want to process together, like a multitrack drum recording, or a big layered synth lead, Reason's mixer bus channels come to the rescue. Group channels give you access to the same processing tools as on individual channels, including sends and inserts, and make it easy to balance the levels of all your instruments.
Create parallel channels with a single click for separate processing—for quick New York-style parallel compression and other tricks used by leading mix engineers today.
For increased control of your mixes Reason has a built‑in spectrum analyzer window, giving you instant visual feedback on the selected channel or group—or your final mix. The Spectrum EQ window combines a powerful spectrum analyzer with a graphic EQ overlay controlling the mixer’s renowned EQ. Easily adjust the EQ on your tracks from anywhere in the program.
Known for its radio-ready sound, the SSL* master bus compressor has long been famous for its ability to glue mixes together and give all tracks a sense of cohesion. It's not about brick wall limiting. It's about warm compression that you've been hearing on mixes for the past 30 years. By applying this analog magic to your master mix bus, your drums will gain punch, your bass more warmth, and your sound more intangible sparkle. Sounds too good to be true? Hearing is believing. We've recreated the sound of this bus compressor to exacting standards, so all you need to do is turn it on.
Recording & Sequencing
Capture your ideas with a minimum of mouse clicks.
Immediate and intuitive, Reason's rock solid audio and MIDI sequencer gives you total control.
Record, edit, arrange. Capture MIDI performances and automation, record and overdub audio, or draw in notes with the mouse. Whatever suits your workflow, Reason's sequencer is fast, flexible and fun. Any mistakes can easily be corrected, adjusted or quickly spliced together from multiple takes. 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.
All sequencer data notes, automation, the works are housed in clips; musical building blocks that can be opened, sliced or moved. When a clip is moved to a new location, all its internal data follows right along with it, always ending up exactly where you intended it to. Safe, speedy sequencing. In sync with your flow. Forever adapting to you and your working methods. Reason's sequencer simply gets you there faster.
Sometimes a singer will completely nail the emotion and energy in a performance, but slip on a few notes. And other times singers will need more general help with staying in key. 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. Pitch Edit is of course also a creative tool. Beyond just using it for correcting pitch, you can also use it to build harmonies, doubling up the vocals or create completely new performances. And the best of all: It sounds good. Really really good!
Every thinkable knob, button or fader can be automated with ease, and then edited and fine tuned in the sequencer. Simply draw in your automation–volume curves, filter sweeps, whatever you want–or press record and every button click, fader move and knob tweak in the rack will be recorded in the sequencer in separate clips.
Sequence your songs using a pattern-based approach. With Blocks, the segments of your song become puzzle pieces, ready to be laid out in your arrangement, looped and rearranged.
Start by creating the discrete parts of your song in blocks mode. When you start building your song, switch to song mode and draw in what blocks should play when in the dedicated pattern lane. Use one block for the verse and one for the chorus — or build your song around a single 8-bar loop.
Blocks provide a very fast way of creating a musical structure for your song. But the options don't end there. 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.
As a perfect performance may be less than perfect from scratch, Reason features a swift and easy to use comp editor. Record multiple takes in loop mode then build the perfect track from the best parts. It's as simple as selecting the parts that work and muting the ones that don't. Exit the comp editor and listen to the results; a perfect take containing only the good parts.
With our now legendary non-destructive time stretch, you can actually record first and pick your tempo later. Reason has a unique twist on the concept of time and tempo. Change the song tempo on the fly and all your audio tracks will follow right along without any need for pre-processing of any kind. Need to slow your song down to nail a tricky passage? No problem. Just reduce the tempo, record your performance and bring the tempo back up. The audio quality? Amazing.
Reason automatically slices recordings and imported audio into single notes or hits. Quantize an audio take. Tweak your timing to perfection, or to drastically change the recording. The sliced up audio can also be converted to REX files for playback and further sound designing treatment in Reason’s Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player, Reason's samplers, or the Kong Drum Designer.
Sequence in the rack
If you are into 70's style modular synths, or if you simply like to play around with a analog style sequencer that can control virtually anything in the rack, take a close look at the Matrix Pattern Sequencer. Matrix is an analog style sequencer useful for anything from monophonic melodies and arpeggios to modulation of your instruments and effects and advanced rhythmical gating. Hook up the Matrix to a Subtractor and draw some notes for quick, acid-style synth basslines. Connect the Matrix's Curve output to the Subtractor filter and you've got predictable, looped automation synced with the tempo of your song. Easy, fast and lots of fun.
Custom built plug-ins for Reason
Rock solid instruments, tools & effects, fully integrated with your rack.
Rack Extensions blend seamlessly in the Reason rack. Load them in Combinators, route cables on the back, automate all parameters & experiment with the safety of undo.
The Propellerhead Shop currently offers more than 280 instruments, tools and effects, and we're constantly adding more – with over 1000 companies developing, the Rack Extension platform is growing every day.
…from your favorite developers
Korg, Rob Papen, McDSP, Softube and many more. A world of creative and inspiring plugins from some of the most renowned and popular developers out there means you will always have what you need to take your music further.
Gigabytes of sampled instruments, loops and synth patches–Reason has the sounds your music needs.
Finding that right sound is an important part of the musical process. With thousands of carefully sculpted synths, samples, drum kits, loops and effects for every conceivable style, Reason's built-in sound bank is packed with everything you'll need from the start.
Ready to inspire, Reason's sounds were crafted by a team of expert sound designers, and producers like Kevin Schröder, Francis Preve, Aiyn Zahev Sounds, Le Castle Vania, Bomb Squad's Hank Shocklee, Black Eyed Peas' Printz Board, DJ Lucky Date, Kill the Noise, and others.