Reason Studios Balance

Reason Studios Balance

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Balance, USB audio interface from Reason Studios.

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Reason Studios Balance tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Reason Studios
  • Model: Balance
  • Category: USB audio interfaces
  • Added in our database on: 07/12/2011

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Reason Studios Balance user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %
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mrjason's review"for the Reason users!"

Reason Studios Balance
This Propellerhead Balance USB interface is made for Reason users. It is perfectly geared and ready to be used with Reason right way; they have pretty much already set it all up from the start I just had to load it all up. This interface came with Reason Essentials which I used, but I already had a copy of Reason on my computer. This interface connects to my computer/laptop via USB connection. It is a low latency interface with 2 XLR mic inputs with 48 Volt phantom power and 2 ¼ inch guitar inputs with padding. There are a total of 4 ¼ inputs all balanced and a headphone output. This interface has all of the inputs and outputs that a basic Reason user could ever need.


Setting this interface up is pretty simple because it is perfectly made for Reason Essentials so all I had to do was load up Essentials and load the disk for the interface and when I opened up Reason I could just locate the interface and it was ready to be used. After I registered it with Propellerhead first, you must have an internet connection to register everything or else it could leave you scratching your head trying to figure out why nothing is working.


If you are on a windows computer with this interface and using Windows XP I do recommend having service pack 3 because when I had service pack 2 I kept getting some kind of errors and no one knew what it was. It also runs great with Vista and Windows 7. I am not sure if they have come out with an update to use Balance with Windows 8 yet, I am anxious to know because I just recently got a Windows 8 computer and would love to use this interface with my new touch screen PC.


Overall, this is a great interface and it is a must have if you are a Reason user. Or even if you are not a Reason user, you can purchase this interface and get Reason Essentials and you will fall in love with Reason!

Francisdu06's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Conquered by my purchase!"

Reason Studios Balance
I am a guitarist.
For several years, I used one with my group who acted zoom r16 interface / mixer / recorder for all instruments.
I subsequently had the urge to get an interface to play with me and introduce me to the computer music. I wanted one capable of producing high quality sound that the R16 has never provided, while having an attractive product to handle with interesting perspectives level connectivity.

So I made my geek on my favorite webzine, hesitating between different Focusrite, presonus, mackie, motu, apogee one etc. .. My choice was to Libra. Why?

I was able to get 2 track levels mic / line / Hi-Z. In fact, often competing one Hi-Z input.
I wanted to sound quality appointments. Opinions were unanimous on this point.
I was seduced by the small + the balance provided such buttons clip safe, tuner, monitor on-off. Also, being able to connect several tips and leave them in place. It may seem silly but it's nice to be able to pass from one instrument to another without having to change any connections.
And finally, Reason Essentials software provided that I do not know anything. I was tired of Garageband .. So I said Why not!

So in the end, ideal for those who want to play with them without needing full tracks simultaneous recording, and want to use different instruments, type a microphone on one side, the other a guitar, or a guitar a track, the other low. etc. ..

The plus of this interface can be used only in Reason. Those who want to use another DAW can therefore forget.

For detailed specifications, below my colleague has done very well. So I will not plagiarize! but very complete, with 2 PSU ghosts and 2 pads for those who want.

Small bemol: I do not play keyboard but now I think. It is true that for this purpose I would have liked to see taken Midi. For now it does not bother me.


Used on a Macbook pro.
No driver needed. stable in stable. no worries, whatever sequencer used.

I use Reason Essentials software that I find very pleasant, more comprehensive and intuitive garageband (this is only my opinion).

Ability to record two tracks simultaneously without worry.

Virtually no latency: input latency 2ms, 1ms output latency, buffer size: 64-96000 sampling frequency.

Question updated, I can not answer. Should be asked to a Windows user.

Adjustments volume and headphone monitoring independent and settlors of a long race.

Small anecdote: the quality of the preamp headphone Balance is much better in my opinion than my Macbook! Now I use it to listen to iTunes music through headphones.


Any kid can use it.
In the intuitive kind, it is hard to beat.

The configuration is simple .. Upon installation of Reason, we request the settings as desired. Even if you do not know anything, no problem from this point of view.

And hop over!

I never heard any compatibility problem about this interface.

There is a manual if I remember correctly but I am not used.
There is also a manual (pdf) very complete and well done to utilize the functionality of Reason.

Really, I have no negative comments to make it there even trying.


I use it daily for a month.

I have not had the opportunity to try many other models I agree. This is primarily a work of geek depth which allowed me to find all the information I was looking for, and indeed, exactly what I wanted.

I had booked a trio Focusrite scarlett, Apogee one, Propellerhead balance.
The sound quality of them seemed comparable. What makes the difference is the number of inputs, design, durability / reliability (I think the Apogee when I say that, I would have destroyed after one month).

I find excellent value for money. In fact, its taken me so far made a great appeal. Normal say to me, compared to the R16. Reason Duo-Balance is very friendly.
It seems it was more expensive at the time of its release and competitors were perhaps more interesting. At current prices, I think we can go for it.
I would do this choice without hesitation. I honestly have nothing negative to say about this table. I think the cons by amp simulations provided in reason, most dégu__lasses. But the issue is not there!

So for me, it's all good.

cricro18's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I love it, very good investment!"

Reason Studios Balance
voted best sound card of the year.
bass, guitar, microphone, keyboard, monitor etc ...

Audio Interface
• USB 2.0
• 2 inputs and outputs
• Powered by USB bus
• 24-bit - 96 kHz
• Designed for low latency
• Automatic Gain, do not waste your shots because of the saturation!
• Mac OS class compliant (no drivers needed for Mac OS)
• Authorization key integrated
• Direct Monitoring (for stand-alone mode or DAW)
• 2 XLR mic inputs with 48V phantom power
• 2 inputs 6.3mm jack guitar
• 4 x 6.3mm jack line inputs (2 stereo)
• 1 x 6.3 mm stereo headphone output
• 2x 6.3 mm jack outputs (balanced)
• Selection thomann source material input
• Level control input
• Adjustable headphone individually
• "Mute" output
• Class according ASIO and Mac OS
• System: Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later
• Windows: Windows XP SP3, Vista or Windows 7
(Vista or Windows 7 required for 64-bit)


of great stability!
no lag! very easy to use
tried with more than 30 audio tracks and it turns nikel!
stabilté is really the highlight of the audio interface


windows 7 installation a very easy child's play!
Manual very clear


I tried SEVERAL card before but this one has really
seduced, not noon but I do not need can be
why go through cubase and cubase to synchronize Reason
So while traveling
approximately € 360 Great Value
we move to Reason 6 full version for € 149
but for now essential Reason enough for me
a very good investment, it's nice!

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PropellerHead Balance

Published on 07/13/11
Propellerhead Software has unveiled Balance, its first audio interface and foray into hardware, integrated with Reason Essentials Software.

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