Reason Studios Reason 5
Reason Studios Reason 5

Reason 5, Electronic Music Sequencer from Reason Studios in the Reason series.

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  • 12/19/10Propellerhead Reason 5 Review

    Propellerhead Reason 5 Review - Eight Rex and One Kong

    What features does the fifth version of the historical Propellerhead software have to offer? Overview.

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Adyssey Beats06/25/2012

Adyssey Beats's review"Not my favorite. "

Reason Studios Reason 5
There were no installation or compatibility issues getting Propeller Head's Reason 5 set-up. I don't really know whether or not the manual is clear or sufficient, but can guarantee that you will learn much more from tutorials online than the manual. Just explore and be creative with your sounds. That is to say, the general configuration, unless you are familiar with music production, is pretty complicated. The interface is set up to act like a rack of analogue audio equipment, so when you want to put on a new device you have to know where you want it routed to so it will work properly. This can be very complicated for people used to using Digital Audio Workstations. It may sound crazy but these DAWs are designed to make simpler the process of affecting a signal, removing unnecessary aspects such as wiring everything together. Yet Reason, whether it is for a vintage or professional look ends up making more difficult something that is made so much easier in other programs.


I installed Reason 5 on the computer in my school's production studio last year. I know it was a Mac and that the installation was a breeze, but unfortunately I can not remember the specifications of the configuration. The way I usually operated it was by using it as a ReWire application in either Ableton or Logic, which worked like a charm. I used this plug-in for around three months, getting to a point where I was very confident with the sounds I was making. Then I discovered Massive and FM8 and Absynth and kind of forgot about Reason. Honestly I think it was totally worth it to let it go - the experience I've had designing sounds in Massive et. al has been far superior to what I experienced working with Reason.


Overall Propeller Head's Reason 5 is a good piece of software, sure, and it can work as a stand-alone DAW. If the configuration is what you're looking for, ie you don't mind a challenge, I say go for it. As long as you give it the time and find that you are producing the sounds you want to, why not. It just wasn't the best choice for me, and I have found much better alternatives since.

vsavagellc's review"The only Program you'll need for Music Production"

Reason Studios Reason 5
Reason has always been one of my favorite applications to use when it comes to music production. It's the only application that has made me put my akai mpc in the closet. The manual is very detailed and easy to follow. It goes through each instrument and it's function and it comes in more than 1 language (this is important to me at least)

like most software music production applications Reason automatically configures finding your sound card. You will have to point it to your midi device and or audio device if your device is an interface of some sort but other than that everything auto configured for you and ready to go.


Reason is probably one of the most stable application on the market because everything you need to make music is right there in the box. There are no need for VST or AU plugins (which are mixing tools and or more sounds). If you need 3 drum machines then load up 3 if you need different synth sounds then create new synths sounds (or download more free or purchased). I've been using Reason for about 6-7 years. I've never had the program crash on me which is something I wish I could say about other music production applications but sadly I can't.

If you need more complex mixing configurations you can create them yourself you can make sure your music sound as dynamic as you need it without the need or use of third party applications.


Reason's sound quality is determined by the user. Some people claim reason doesn't sound professional truth is the user doesn't sound professional. Reason only sounds as good as the user makes it, you get out what you put in.

What I like most about Reason is the fact that everything I need for a composition is already supplied in the program and I can sound design with this application as well.

I love stacking multiple EQs and Compressors together when crafting my sounds and my system doesn't bog down as it does (when i stack) using plugins.

One thing I do not like about Reason is the fact that they haven't (and more than likely wont) incorporate Recycle as unit (which they should) it would make sampling and manipulating rex files soo much easier.

I've used other software applications but Reason is an app that sits well for me. If I had to minimize my current setup today I would work with a laptop, Reason some headphones and a small midi controller. This would give me the most flexibility when it comes to music production

DM97's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Almost perfect"

Reason Studios Reason 5
The installation is done it without problems?

Have you encountered any incompatibilities?
The general configuration is easy?
Super simple
The manual is clear and sufficient?
yes very complete


What is the configuration of your computer? (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Disk / sound card ..)
Asus motherboard, 8GB RAM, Presonus Audiobox USB

The software works he correctly on this configuration?
Works well. No crash. on the other hand sometimes a bit long to load presets. Especially KONG
What is performance? (If quantifiable)
This software + hardware is stable?
Perfectly stable. More than any other software


How long have you been using?

What is so special that you like most and least?
+ Stability. Speed ​​to pose an idea, assign samples in NN-XT. Variety of sounds. Quality of some refills. Creating sounds with either synthetic or combinator. Kong MPD26 + = Happiness.

- Audio editing. Lack an equalizer in the style of FabFilter Pro-Q. The mix is ​​a bit laborious I find this with the sequencer and mixer. Audio In (problem solved in the V6). Lack a synth style minomoog

Did you try many other models before buying it?
In the same vein FL studio, which remains well below even if the management is excellent lunchtime. Otherwise I use Studio One 2 for mixdown and my work samples.

How do you rate the quality / price?
Means. Even if the software is exceptional we are frustrated not to have access to audio editing

With experience, you do again this choice?
Yes this is my main tool of creation. In a perfect world would have more reason to noon FL studio management and quality editing, mixing and routing of studio one.

Tugano's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I love it"

Reason Studios Reason 5
No problem


I own W7, 32-bit, 4 GB of RAM, a quad-core processor (which I remember lol), 35000 GO Hard disk space, sound card FirBox Presonus.

Reason 5 works great, the software is stable at 300%


I use Reason for the 4th volume (three years for me). I actually started the computer music with this software. What I like most about the simplicity and complexity, paradoxically because I have three years despite my use anciennté 20% of the beast, I learn every day. "The less" software -> hard to say it is so on top. Quality / price ratio execptionnel, especially when I see the price of some vsti ..

With the experience I remake that choice for me because Reason is the top of Midi sequencer, and more stable than the bcp Vsti ..

aitd's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Reason Studios Reason 5




Very good app for the com ... Navigation'll be a better welcome,
even if the version 5 has already begun a slight improvement from this point of view.
for the rest, the possibilities are endless ...
James Scott01/16/2011

James Scott's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ideal for all keyboardists"

Reason Studios Reason 5
installed without pb
recognizes most keyboards masters market


runs Windows 7
pc with 4 hearts
4 gb ram
1 tera dd
widi x8 interface without son
CME UF80 Master keyboard classic


I use it for 2 months
opportunities to create their own sounds are huge
the icing on the cake, with the 3 integrated samplers, a killer!!

Document02's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Return to Reason 4 ..."

Reason Studios Reason 5
A deep refusal of coexistence with Reason 4, take them back apart every time you want to switch from one to another for them to redeclares as principal in windows.

For the configuration we find the classic menu Reason, which works correctly.


3GH Quad core is my machine is enough to turn largemetn Reason ... except:
- He put a beating down or start a 4 Start soon
- Creating an instrument is slow
- In ReWire it causes many bugs and glitches in the host (confirmed on two machines, then reconfirmed by several other users)


The new instruments will not produce any thing:
- The Kong is buggy (sorry, It Is not a bug, it IS by design, when I recovered dixit Propellerheads bugs)
- The octorex adds nothing compared rex has two side by side
The snag interface dating from previous versions are always (no drag 'n drop with windows explorer, right click the mnu that shit that we selected two instrumentals, back and forward buttons that are not taken into account when sought a sample into several directory ...)

In short, Reason 4 runs better and the only useful thing and is less expensive on the market opportunity.
Le d09/22/2010

Le d's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" buy!"

Reason Studios Reason 5
niquel install!
config simple and easy french (even though I already knew the house)
incompatibility: no ...
manual always clear.

Note: 10/10 still niquel!


config powerful and stable software and square.
better performance than the 4!
very hard to exhausting the beast ...

Note: almost 10/10 ... confirm the time, but knowing my stuff and Propellerheads, it sounds very good, the future looks long and without problems, I can almost say the!


I used since its release in August 2010.
J had the 3, 4, 5, and now:)
the modular rack, always!
the new sequencer, genial, pleasurable use!
the regroove
the combinator
finally everything is good in 5.

c is the culmination of 4!

Value for money: HUGE!
I will ever buy the eyes closed!
as I do!

rating: 10/10!
frankly deserved, even if you look closely.