Reason is a digital audio workstation (DAW) software that allows you to create, record, edit, and mix music on your computer. It is developed by the Swedish company Reason Studios (formerly known as Propellerhead Software).
Reason is designed to emulate a virtual studio rack, where you can add and connect various devices such as synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, effects, and mixers. You can also use Reason as a plugin in other DAWs, or use other plugins in Reason with the help of the Rack Extension technology.
Reason has a user-friendly interface that lets you drag and drop devices and cables, adjust knobs and sliders, and access various tools and menus. You can also switch to the sequencer view, where you can arrange your tracks, edit MIDI and audio clips, automate parameters, and apply groove and quantization.
Reason comes with a rich collection of sounds and instruments that cover a wide range of genres and styles. You can also expand your sonic palette with the many Rack Extensions and Refills available from Reason Studios and third-party developers.
Reason is a powerful and versatile music software that can help you unleash your creativity and produce professional-quality music. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, Reason has something for everyone.
How to Get Started with Reason?
If you want to try Reason, you can download a free trial version from the Reason Studios website. The trial version lets you use all the features and devices of Reason for 30 days, but you cannot open or save songs.
To install Reason, you need a computer that meets the minimum system requirements. You also need an audio interface and a MIDI controller to connect your speakers, headphones, microphone, and keyboard. You can also use your computer's built-in audio and keyboard if you don't have external devices.
When you launch Reason for the first time, you will see a welcome screen that guides you through the setup process. You can choose your audio and MIDI settings, select a template song, and watch some tutorial videos. You can also access the help menu and the online user manual for more information and tips.
How to Make Music with Reason?
There are many ways to make music with Reason, but here is a simple workflow that you can follow:
Create a new song or open an existing one.
Add some devices to your rack by clicking on the browser icon and dragging them to the empty space. You can also use the search function or the favorites list to find what you need.
Connect the devices by dragging the cables from the outputs to the inputs. You can also use the auto-route function or the tab key to switch to the back of the rack and see the connections.
Play some notes on your keyboard or use the on-screen keyboard to trigger the devices. You can also draw notes in the sequencer or use the step sequencer mode.
Record your performance by clicking on the record button and playing along with the metronome. You can also overdub or punch in to fix mistakes or add layers.
Edit your recording by double-clicking on the clip and using the tools and commands. You can also quantize, transpose, stretch, slice, or reverse your clips.
Add some effects to your devices by dragging them from the browser and connecting them to the send or insert slots. You can also use the master section to add compression, EQ, and reverb to your mix.
Arrange your song by moving, copying, deleting, or muting clips in the sequencer. You can also use blocks to create sections and variations of your song.
Automate your parameters by clicking on the automation button and moving the knobs or sliders while recording. You can also draw automation curves in the sequencer or use breakpoints and handles.
Export your song by clicking on the file menu and choosing export song as audio file. You can also bounce individual tracks or devices as audio files.