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Propellerhead REASON 4.0 Music Production Software  

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Stronger, swifter, and smoother to work with, Reason 4 music production software will alter the way you create your music. It comes in the familiar s...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      Combines powerful new Reason units with faster, easier production for the ultimate music-making software experience.

      Stronger, swifter, and smoother to work with, Reason 4 music production software will alter the way you create your music. It comes in the familiar shape of a classic studio rack, packed with all the gear you could possibly need: samplers, analog synths, graintable synth, vocoder, mixer, step-time drum machine, arpeggiator, compressors, EQ, and effects. A realtime multitrack sequencer provides full control over every detail, letting you create and edit your music quickly and intuitively. Reason 4.0 also has a massive sound bank full of sounds, loops, and patches for all possible styles of music. The devices and features added to Reason 4 software will not only inspire you to produce great tracks, they will provide you with new ways of doing so.

      Sequencer

      Dedicated to turning your ideas into great music, Reason 4's sequencer is swifter, stronger, and more intuitive than ever with a whole new look, tons of fresh features and a completely new way of handling sequencer data. The key word here is workflow. A sequencer device or instrument now gets its own dedicated track, with separate lanes for note, performance, and automation data, opting for a better overview and less clutter. All sequencer data—notes, automation, the works—is now housed in clips, musical building blocks that can be opened, sliced, or moved. When a clip is moved to a new location, all its internal data follows right along with it, ending up exactly where you intended for safe, speedy sequencing. The Tool window is an ever-present floating window that provides lightning fast access to those detailed editing functions you use all the time; quantize, transpose, note velocity, note length, and legato.

      RG-8 Arpeggiator

      Reason 4 ships with RPG-8, a unit dedicated to the art of arpeggiation. Some arpeggiators are quite content with simply transforming chords into wandering, rhythmic melody lines. The RPG-8 monophonic arpeggiator isn't. With a range of on-panel controls and mode selectors, a pattern section for muting selected notes in an arpeggio, and a large display showing values and positions, this device gives you full creative control over your arpeggios.

      Although very hands-on and user friendly, the RPG-8 boasts some very advanced features under the surface that will change how you play Reason's instruments. The Single Note Repeat function engages the arpeggiator only when two or more simultaneous notes are held down—letting you add sudden bursts of arpeggio to your melody lines. The Manual mode will arpeggiate notes strictly in the order they were input, for realtime arpeggio control. Try arpeggiating your breakbeats, orchestra samples, or ReCycled vocals for more dramatic flair.

      ReGroove Mixer

      If you want your tracks to flow with a less rigid, less programmed feel, a regular shuffle control just doesn't cut it. The ReGroove mixer, Reason 4's realtime groove management device gives you more than just a set of sequencer swing parameters, you can apply its timing magic nondestructively, giving you freedom to adjust its settings and fine-tune your groove as your music is playing.

      Lock all your tracks together into one unified feel, or apply different settings to up to 32 musical elements in your song for ultimate control. Each of the groove channels features controls for groove amount, slide, and shuffle, plus more detailed settings. The Reason 4 sound bank comes with a great selection of groove patches, many of them created from analyzed recordings of real musicians, as well as classic groovy tracks.

      Thor Polysonic Synthesizer

      Thor has the amazing ability to sound like every synthesizer imaginable and like none you've ever heard before too. Where other synths use one specific form of synthesis and one single filter, the Thor polysonic synthesizer features six different oscillator types and four unique filters. This gives you an unstoppable monster of a sound generator that utilizes synthesizer technology from the last 40 years.

      Six open filter and oscillator slots let you load up three different synth filters and three separate oscillators simultaneously, allowing you to dial in synth sounds that are completely original. An all-powerful modulation matrix gives you complete control over your signal flow, letting you modulate anything within Thor with anything within Thor.

      At the bottom of this synth sits an analog style step sequencer with more than one twist. Being every bit as modular as the rest of Thor's components, this step sequencer does more than just play melodies. It can be used as a modulation tool, to trigger phrases from specific keys, create intense arpeggios, and generate piercing percussion lines. With its unique selection of oscillator types and synth filters, the Thor polysonic synthesizer is a veritable synth museum. It may have one foot in history, but its sound is pure future.

      Localization

      When you install Reason 4, you can now choose between four different language versions: English, French, German, or Japanese. The entire application, from installer to menus and help files, will speak the chosen language.

      Factory Sound Bank

      Reason 4 wouldn't be a true Reason product without its huge Factory Sound Bank. The Sound Bank holds patches for all devices in Reason to help you get going instantly including Thor patches; more Combinator patches, including arpeggio-driven patches using the RPG-8 arpeggiator; groove files for ReGroove; new ReDrum drum patches; and song starters.

      Signature patches

      Having the best sounding synth on earth is a lot more fun if you have a set of great patches to play with. Propellerhead invited some of the world's leading synthesists and sound developers to add their own Thor patches to the Reason Sound Bank, including Daniel Wang, Morgan Geist, Pascal Gabriel, Plaid, Richard Barbieri, Richard Devine, Sonic Boom, Tipper, Two Lone Swordsmen, Gordon Reid, and Vengeance.

      Tool Window

      The new Tools Window is a floating window containing all your most frequently used tools. With it, you can create new devices by choosing from a device palette, fine tune your sequencer data from the Tools pane, or set groove parameters using the groove pane. The device palette lets you drag and drop instruments and effects directly to the rack, placing them just where you want them. The Tools pane contains all of Reason's sequencer editing tools, allowing for quick access to everything from quantization to vector automation cleanup and legato adjustments. When you hit a channel's Edit button in the ReGroove mixer, the selected groove's parameters show up here for instant editing. It's also where you can save your own groove files.

      Combinator and NN-XT updates

      If you're into making your own sounds, the Combinator and NN-XT devices have both had minor revisions to make programming patches easier and more powerful.

      The Combinator now has a function that transposes notes sent to a device which is very handy to create splits. Other additions include performance data filters to stop certain types of data from being sent to a device, more flexible choice of sources in the programmer, and a function to automate the receive notes option, making it possible to switch between instruments in a Combinator patch.

      The NN-XT has been given features to edit multiple samples simultaneously, to chromatically auto-map samples, and a Group Mono function to let samples play polyphonically, but still be silenced by other samples in the same sample group.

      FEATURES Sound Modules
      • Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
      • NN19 basic sampler
      • NN-XT advanced sampler
      • Malstrom granular synthesizer
      • Dr. Rex loop player
      • Redrum pattern-based drum machine
      • Subtractor analog subtractive synthesizer
      • Combinator unit for building chains of instruments, effects, and pattern sequencers.
      Effects units
      • RV-7 digital reverb
      • DDL-1 digital delay line
      • D-11 foldback distortion
      • ECF-42 envelope-controlled filter
      • DF-101 chorus/flanger
      • PH-90 phaser
      • COMP-01 compressor
      • PEQ2 2-band EQ
      • RV7000 advanced reverb
      • Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit
      • BV512 vocoder with 4 to 512 bands and equalization
      • UN16 unison
      Sequencer, Mixer, and Utility modules
      • RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator
      • ReGroove Mixer real-time groove console
      • Matrix pattern-based sequencer
      • Fully featured high precision multitrack sequencer
      • 14 x 2 mixer w/ EQ and effects send/return
      • 6:2 channel stereo line mixer
      • Spider Audio Merger & Splitter
      • Spider Control Voltage Merger & Splitter
      • Remote mapping to external MIDI controllers and hardware control surfaces
      • Enhanced browser for searching, previewing, and loading sounds and patches
      Mastering Tools
      • 4-band, professional level mastering EQ
      • Stereo imager control with independent high and low band control
      • Stereo compressor with sidechain input, soft-knee mode and CV out
      • Loudness maximizer with switchable look-ahead and soft clip controls
      Other features

      There's no reason not to get REASON! Order now!

      SPECIFICATIONS

      REASON 4.0 Music Production Software

      • Windows:
      • Windows XP or Vista
      • 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:
      • 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
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      4.5

      (based on 15 reviews)

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      Reason 4

      If there's one thing that I love about Reason it's that it encourages the user to play with it. Whilst all those controls on the synthesizer instruments can appear quite scary for those who...Read complete review

      If there's one thing that I love about Reason it's that it encourages the user to play with it. Whilst all those controls on the synthesizer instruments can appear quite scary for those who know nothing about synthesis, Reason is a great place to start learning. It can be as simple or as complex as you like. But thats not to say that Reason is aimed purely at electronic music production, quite a few of its functions can be used for just about any genre. Redum for instance comes complete with a number of different drum kit sounds, from the acoustic to the electronic. Both the NN-XT and NN-19 sampler instruments also come complete with a huge amount of realistic sounds from Pianos, Brass and Strings right through to the more less-common sounds, such as a Melodica and Mellotron Flutes to name a few.Whilst people have often criticized the lack of being able to record live audio through Reason, it's a decision deliberately chosen by Propellerhead's themselves. It's what makes it different from all other DAW software, it is a pure-MIDI program. One way of getting round this problem is through ReWire. A number of popular DAW software such as ProTools, Logic Pro and Cubase all allow Reason to be rewired into them without too much trouble.All in all, a fantastic product that will be around for many years to come.

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      Not That Great

      Reason is a decent product it's just very rigid and expensive. You can't do much work in real time keeping the audio playing; it has relativly no live application; the samples are shabby...Read complete review

      Reason is a decent product it's just very rigid and expensive. You can't do much work in real time keeping the audio playing; it has relativly no live application; the samples are shabby unless you pay for expensive refills which is a sham all so you can come out with sounds that are to say the least unprofessional. I've made plenty of songs on Reason 4 and I like the changes they've made but it just doesn't do it for me. I keep sitting with it thinking I want more control, more room to move, and better range for the money. They even make you pay more just to make rex loops. Overall it's plenty of fun but doesn't deliver all the goods that a professional production software should and Reason isn't even the cheap alternative; for about the price of reason and recycle you could buy ableton suite which lets you tweek everything and is a DAW.

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      4.0

      Pain in the Rear

      Reason takes the fun and creativity out of making music. Way too hard to learn and way too technical. Needs to be more visual. Fun if you're super nerdy and like computer stuff I suppose, but those types of people usually aren't very artistic or creative so they seem to enjoy Reason. None of the positive reviewers have even posted samples of their work to see what we are dealing with. Hmmm wonder why?

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      5.0

      Worth Every Penny...And Than Some!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Reason 4.0 is the core of my studio. I make beats and sell them/use them. I upgraded from 2.5 so i skipped the entire 3.0 thing. This thing is insane. Worth every penny. The effects, mastering, sequencing, and oh yeah THE SOUNDS! Thor has sick sounds and you get serious professional sounds with the combinator. The only thing i dont love is the drums, i use other samples than what comes with it. The price is so worth it trust me. I've produced albums on Reason, You can do so much! I'll out 4.0 some of my refills, my mini keyboard and 300 laptop Against ANY work station.

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      5.0

      Reason 4

      By mls8888

      from UK

      If there's one thing that I love about Reason it's that it encourages the user to play with it. Whilst all those controls on the synthesizer instruments can appear quite scary for those who know nothing about synthesis, Reason is a great place to start learning. It can be as simple or as complex as you like. But thats not to say that Reason is aimed purely at electronic music production, quite a few of its functions can be used for just about any genre. Redum for instance comes complete with a number of different drum kit sounds, from the acoustic to the electronic. Both the NN-XT and NN-19 sampler instruments also come complete with a huge amount of realistic sounds from Pianos, Brass and Strings right through to the more less-common sounds, such as a Melodica and Mellotron Flutes to name a few.Whilst people have often criticized the lack of being able to record live audio through Reason, it's a decision deliberately chosen by Propellerhead's themselves. It's what makes it different from all other DAW software, it is a pure-MIDI program. One way of getting round this problem is through ReWire. A number of popular DAW software such as ProTools, Logic Pro and Cubase all allow Reason to be rewired into them without too much trouble.All in all, a fantastic product that will be around for many years to come.

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      5.0

      Reason is great as always!

      By Kurtlo

      from Macon, Georgia

      I use Reason in almost every single one of my projects, even acoustic ones from every genre in my home studio. The most used part of Reason for me at least is Redrum. The sequencing of drums is usually the first thing I put down if a track is going to contain them. I also have several of the Reason Refills. They add alot, especially the piano Refill. They are pretty good and I use them as my main source of piano.As for people who say you cannot use Reason live, maybe they haven't tried it? I use Reason Piano as my live piano along with NI Akoustic. I use Redrum and Dr Rex, all mapped to rotary knobs and buttons on my Open Labs Neko. I mean its no Ableton Live or anything, but its not hard if you take the effort to map everything logically.If you have a home recording studio, definately download the demo and see if its right for you. I'm sure it will be!

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      5.0

      Reason

      By jaminator

      from Sweet Home OR

      I've had reason for just over a year.I can't live without it.I've heard some reviews say it has no live application.They could not be more wrong.I play clubs and concerts with it.You can open a whole set and play through it without a problem.I also own a small recording studio.Together with PROTOOLS,It's unbeatable.It's only limitation is YOU!! BUY IT!!!!!YOU'LL LOVE IT!!

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      5.0

      Say goodbye to your hardware!

      By bw120205

      from Akron, OH

      I've had Reason 4.0 for about 5 months now and I still can't get over how great this program is. Anything who complains that this program is "limiting" or weaker than Ableton because it's not a DAW is missing the big picture of what this program is. Reason can be as basic or as painstakingly complex as the user is willing/wanting to take it but no matter what you are trying to do this program can take you there. The interface and layout of Reason is logical and much easier to figure out than some other production style programs. Between the Combinator and the ability to create new sounds/effects you can essentially do anything with this program. The NN-XT is a fantastic sampler and there isn't really much you can complain about. Simply put, I love this program for the ease of use and tweakability of all the devices. This program pretty much caused my hardware to gather dust but thats not necessarily a bad problem to have. This will be the best money you probably spend if you take the plunge which you would have to be an idiot not to do!

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      5.0

      Endless pethora of sounds...

      I have a home recording studio, and use pro tools for my tracking needs. I record guitars, bass, and vocals straight to PTs using some outboard gear, but all my other sounds and instruments come from Reason. Pianos, synths, drums, harmonies, ambiant noises...Reason does it all. Highly recommend getting a midi keyboard if you don't have one to really get the full use out of Reason. Also, if you use Reason for drums like i do, get the drums 2.0 refill. Overall, the creative potential is endless, and i wouldn't build a studio without it.

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      3.0

      Not That Great

      By FP

      from Chicago

      Reason is a decent product it's just very rigid and expensive. You can't do much work in real time keeping the audio playing; it has relativly no live application; the samples are shabby unless you pay for expensive refills which is a sham all so you can come out with sounds that are to say the least unprofessional. I've made plenty of songs on Reason 4 and I like the changes they've made but it just doesn't do it for me. I keep sitting with it thinking I want more control, more room to move, and better range for the money. They even make you pay more just to make rex loops. Overall it's plenty of fun but doesn't deliver all the goods that a professional production software should and Reason isn't even the cheap alternative; for about the price of reason and recycle you could buy ableton suite which lets you tweek everything and is a DAW.

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      5.0

      I own it and it has paid for itself

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      I've been readin someof the complaints in other reviews....and quite frankly the majority of woes seem to come from people that just have no idea how to use/unlock the full potential...pair this with recycle and get to work.....I'd be in shambles without reason

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      5.0

      Get the educational version.

      By Adamwyoung

      from La Crosse, FL

      This software is great. I used FL Studio for about 4 years before discovering Reason, and it is a lot better for realistic sounding orchestral instruments and other instruments. The interface is also very easy to figure out. If you have a basic knowledge of FL Studio, then you will catch on fast.

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