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A Musician-friendly Music Production Environment

Reason 4 is far more than a virtual instrument or even a collection of virtual instruments, it is a complete music creation and environment loaded with powerful tools such as synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines. Reason 4 has all of the effects, signal processors, and complex routing options of a full-fledged DAW and more. From its simplest subtractive synthesizer "Subtractor" to its complex "Thor" modular synthesizer, Reason 4 will inspire you to create the sounds, textures, and sequences you need to express yourself with music. Its analog-style, virtual rack environment is incredibly intuitive, and its flexible routing and automation options are nearly limitless. So, whether you're scoring films or making beats, add Reason 4 to your toolbox and let the inspiration begin.

What makes Reason 4's user interface powerful is its sheer intuitive design. There are two parts to Reason 4's environment, a control section with all of the main transport controls and sequencer tracks, and the virtual rack. The control section is simple to navigate and as straight forward as possible, but the astonishing aspect of Reason 4's design is the virtual rack. Reason 4's rack appears to be an endless virtual 19" equipment rack, into which you load its devices. With the push of a button, you can flip the rack around and access these units' cables. The cables are color coded to keep them separate, and by simply dragging and dropping from one unit's output to another's input, you can rout Reason 4's signal paths.

Reason 4 is primarily a music production program (though it's a favorite amongst sound designers as well), so synthesizers and samplers make up the bulk of its devices. You get an impressive selection of sound modules, including subtractive, wavetable, granular, and modular synthesizers; simple mono-timbrel and complex multi-timbrel samplers; a loop-based sampler; and sample-based drum machine. You get an enormous library of sounds and preset options, so you never have to make your own patches if you don't want to. However, each of Reason 4's sound modules has advanced signal and control options to satisfy anyone who wants to go beyond the stock sounds.

When it comes to signal routing and effects, Propellerhead certainly doesn't hold back. You have access to an unlimited number of console-style and line-style mixers, allowing for sub-mixing and grouping with a clear visual distinction between groups. There are simple and complex versions of reverb and distortion units, as well as creative extras including a "Combinator" that lets you create advanced layers and splits between instruments, and a vocoder that lets you create some crazy sounds. On top of that, Reason 4 gives you a powerful set of mastering-grade dynamics processors that you can use to pump up your mix. Once you start exploring the endless possibilities of Reason 4, you'll never make music the same way again.

Propellerhead Reason 4 Music Production Software Features at a Glance:
  • Powerful and intuitive hardware-style environment
  • Virtually unlimited number of instruments at once
  • Vast libraries of samples and patch configurations
  • Seven incredible synthesizers and samplers
  • Full Effects Suite with over a dozen effects and processors
  • New groove and arpeggiation tools for added flexibility
Windows System Requirements:
  • Windows XP SP2,Vista or Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel P4 / AMD Athlon XP or better
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM minimum, 1 GB recommended
  • Screen resolution: 1024x768
  • 2 GB free hard disk space
  • DVD reader
  • 16-bit windows compatible audio card, preferably with DirectX or ASIO drivers
  • Recommended: MIDI keyboard with built-in MIDI interface, or MIDI keyboard and MIDI interface
Mac OS System Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.4
  • Processor: G4 1GHz and up or Intel Mac
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM minimum, 1 GB recommended
  • Screen resolution: 1024x768
  • 2 GB free hard disk space
  • DVD reader
  • Recommended: MIDI keyboard with built-in MIDI interface, or MIDI keyboard and MIDI interface
Create music in the powerful environment of Propellerhead's Reason 4!

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Customer Reviews

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Sweetwater Advice

Joel Hart

I've been using Propellerhead's Reason since its first incarnation back in 2000. Reason houses a virtual studio rack loaded with great sounding gear and an easy-to-use sequencer. The samplers and synthesizers provide me with an arsenal of useful sounds while the effects and signal processors give me everything I need to mix and master my songs. To this day I'm amazed with the sound quality I get from Reason, and it's no wonder I keep going back again and again. For my needs, no other program is as versatile or intuitive, which is why I use it on nearly every project. Whether it's rock, hip-hop, or even classical, my songs always come together faster and sound better when I use Reason. When I want to add guitars, vocals or other live instruments, I simply ReWire Reason to Pro Tools and I've got the best of both worlds working simultaneously. For those of us who appreciate the ability to work within the virtual environment, using familiar "real world" tools, Reason is indispensable. For instance: the Reason rack can be flipped around, revealing all the various connections on each device, while routing is accomplished by connecting the devices with animated patch cables. It is a truly surreal experience, which begs the question "Why isn't everybody doing this?" New in Reason 4, the Thor Polyphonic Synthesizer blew me away with its intense sounds and extreme flexibility. The presets alone were jaw dropping, let alone the sheer amount of editable parameters for manipulating them. I was also very impressed with the newly revamped sequencer. I am always impressed with Propellerhead's ability to integrate new features without creating a massive learning curve for their users. Other new features like the RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator and ReGroove Mixer inspire creative new ways for building tracks, while classic devices like Subtractor and Malstrom continue to hold their own as some of the best sounding recreations of analog gear to date. For better or worse. Till death do us part. They'll be prying this piece of software from my cold dead hands. I don't need "a" reason to live... I need Reason 4 by Propellerhead to live.
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