All user reviews of 4/5 for the PropellerHead Reason 7
Propellerhead Reason 7 Review - The Age of Reason
The new version of Reason, code name 7, has arrived including, as always, a bunch of new features. These new features give the software some sort of completeness — 13 years after its first release?
DM97's review"A beautiful creation tool"
What's your computer setup? (motherboard/CPU/RAM/HDD/soundcard..)
iMac i5 2012 8gb Ram
Does the software work correctly with your setup?
The software works great.
How is the performance? (if measurable)
Apart from a couple heavy presets, all projects and samples load really fast.
Is the hardware+software configuration stable?
It's the most stable software I have ever used. I have never had a crash using Reason.
How long have you been using the product?
I've been using Reason since version 4, four years ago.
Which feature do you like the most / the least?
+ A superb tool to organize ideas
+ Ideal to create your own sounds (sound design, patch editing, etc...)
+ I love the interface with racks
- The Midi output
+ The SSL-type mixer, which spares me from having to use an external sequencer to make the final mix
+ The EQ's GUI
+ The extent of the sounds included, which are easy to customize
+ The well though-out F8 show/hide tool window
+ The comprehensive and interesting manual
- Clip editing still limited during playback
- Sampling audio editing ought to apply to all audio clips
- There's no way to lower the volume of several tracks at the same time without creating a bus (which is disturbing and a handicap when mixing, especially since this very simple option can be found on any other sequencer)
- No MIDI comping like on Reaper or Studio One
- The media explorer isn't practical, it would be nicer for it to be fully integrated like in studio one.
- No track-by-track midi export. You have to export all tracks.
- Color management
- No new synths or effects, you need to go for the (paid) rack extension.
Did you try any other models before buying this one?
I started out with Acid pro, then tested Fruity Loops, Studio One and Reaper, which I still use
How would you rate its value for money?
I got it for about 250 bucks, upgrading a version I got secondhand. I think it's expensive all the same, but it's unbeatable compared to competing products. Especially with the built-in sound library and instruments.
Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? ...
Neil Erua's review"Made for creating!"
The manual is like an encyclopedia in its own right. Not only is it comprehensive, it also explains lots of computer music concepts that are only useful for REASON.
Incompatibilities? REASON is a "closed" system so there are no incompatibilities in terms of software and, when it comes to hardware, it's all plug and play.
I think REASON takes pretty long to start and even more so if you are trying out REs (an Internet connection is mandatory + you get pop-up questions; really annoying).
However, my setup is quite all right.
System: Phenom II X6 3.2ghz + 6 Gb RAM (DDR2 800) ... The performance is pretty good, even if my setup is not state-of-the-art.
REASON's stability is no myth, it's a reality. When used as a slave with REWIRE it's a bit slower.
I've been using REASON for 4 years. I love all the routing possibilities of the RACK. Granted, it's a closed system but it nevertheless offers a lot of freedom in terms of experimentation. I love the included synths: Thor/Malstrom/Subtractor.
Ever since versions 6 and 7, you once again have tools that allow you to work a mix decently and in a more user-friendly way, in my opinion: Mixer/ channel strip/ send/parallel channel/ group / Warp
The user-friendliness of the software is great for newbies because the menus are pretty straightforward. A quick overview of the software tools:
The software still has a lot of deficiencies when it comes to audio and, especially, Midi editing (still no punch in/punch out, a multi-midi editor like in Sonar or even Reaper is indispensable... the editing workflow needs to be improved)... I really miss importing files via drag and drop. The internal browser slows down the workflow when you want to look for a sound, for example.
I think the block system is not very practical for "loop" music, compared to the region system of REAPER, among others. Plus, it lacks an audio matrix to manage sample playback like with Sonar or Live.
Bottom line, it still doesn't satisfy me.
I love live sampling on all "sampler"-like modules: Kong/ Redrum/NNXT...
Its value for money is not bad because you get all basic tools to make "contemporary" music with this software... However, the sound banks are only average (even they get better with every version), you'll need to spend some money on Refills, for example (some are really good: BFD/Reason Piano...) and Rack Extensions to beef up your Rack.
What I like about REASON is that I can start from scratch and I always end up creating a sound: Good or bad, it doesn't matter, it's the kind of tool that inspires you and provides the foundations for your next song. The relation to the rack is almost physical.
That's what I love about this software, and that's why I can't do without it, even if I regularly use other DAWs, which I think are more "powerful" for editing and mixing. But Proppelerhead improves from version to version.