PropellerHead Reason 7
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PropellerHead Reason 7
DM97 12/10/2013

PropellerHead Reason 7 : DM97's user review

« A beautiful creation tool »
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Fast and easy installation, as usual with Reason.

PERFORMANCE

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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? ...

Yes.