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DAW software with recording, editing, effects, instruments, sounds, and mixing.

Reason Essentials packs all the recording, editing, effects, instruments, mixing and mastering tools you need to sound great in a streamlined package, with room to grow and expand.


About Reason Essentials

Just like its bigger brother, Reason Essentials puts making music in focus. From concept to completion, it comes with all the essential tools for turning good ideas into great songs.

Reason Essentials comes with a great selection of instruments and effects in a virtual rack that builds itself, or can be tweaked to your heart’s content—drum machine, loop player, sampler, synths, reverb, delay, distortion and more. For guitar players, the built-in virtual guitar POD® and bass POD® from Line 6 bring a wide range of top quality guitar amps, cabinets and effects. The intuitive audio and MIDI sequencer makes recording and arranging your music a breeze. When you need even more creative options, Rack Extensions expand Reason Essentials and lets you add more instruments and effects, created by Propellerhead and others.

With its generous sound bank and familiar creative flow, Reason Essentials has all the sounds and patches to let you focus on the music and finish that song—faster and sounding better.


Features

Reason Essentials comes with a selection of great-sounding, easy to use virtual instruments. The Subtractor is a polyphonic, subtractive synthesizer suitable for all types of synthetic sounds. The NN-XT is an advanced sampler for multisampled acoustic instruments and sample-tweaking trickery. The ID8 Instrument Device ships with a wide palette of sounds useful for building a steady foundation for your tracks, like pianos, drums, bass, strings and more. Dr. Octo Rex is an eight channel loop player for that provides fast arranging and deep control of your loops, while Redrum is a simple but powerful drum machine with a built-in step sequencer.

At the heart of Reason Essentials is the virtual rack that builds itself as you create your song. Create instruments and effects and route them any way you want to. Add, delete, replace and tweak. Your rack is what you want it to be. Need more gear? No problem. Choose a synth, a drum machine, a loop player or any device from the Create menu and it will instantly appear in your rack, logically patched into the signal chain. And because Reason Essentials is designed to go easy on your computer, you can repeat the process until you're more than happy.

A single key press will turn the rack around, and there you are, in patch cord heaven. Most audio connections are made automatically. When a new device is created, it appears immediately below the currently selected device, automatically patched into the system in the most logical way. Repatch by dragging the patch cord plug to the desired connector to build your own sounds — or tweak the included presets.

When you need even more creative options, Rack Extensions come to the rescue. The Rack Extension technology, new in this version of Reason Essentials, lets you expand your collection with the instruments and effects your music needs. Created by Propellerhead and other developers, Rack Extensions are full Reason rack citizens, giving you the same fully integrated experience as when using any of the included devices.

Recording music is all about seizing the moment. Capturing a perfect performance — or even nailing that idea before it goes away — requires tools that are ready when you are. Create record ready audio tracks in an instant. Simply plug in, breathe out, and you're ready to go — Reason Essentials gives you unlimited audio tracks and instrument channels.

The powerful sequencer is where you will find yourself doing most of the work. While keeping Reason’s famous ease of use, it still comes with all the editing features you need. Immediate and intuitive, the sequencer puts you in control of your arrangements, letting you move and edit parts as you go along. Every thinkable knob, button or fader can be automated with ease, and then edited and fine tuned.

As a perfect performance may be less than perfect from scratch, Reason Essentials features a swift and easy to use comp editor. Building the ultimate vocal track is as simple as selecting the parts that work and muting the ones that don't. Exit the comp editor and listen to the results; a perfect take containing only the good parts.

The acclaimed Propellerhead timestretch lets you play now and pick the tempo later. Change the song tempo and all your audio tracks will follow right along without any need for pre-processing of any kind. Need to slow your song down to nail a tricky passage? No problem. Just reduce the tempo, record your performance, and bring the tempo back up. The audio quality? Amazing.

Reason Essentials' masterfully modeled mixing console gives you a built-in two-band EQ on every channel, advanced effects handling, full automation, while that radio-ready master bus compressor gives you a big studio sound.

The Reason Essentials rack can be stacked with an infinite number of reverbs, distortion units, delays, dynamic processors, mastering EQs - everything you need to shape and color your sounds. Click and drag effects straight to the rack or load any of the expertly crafted patches.

With Line 6 bass and guitar amplifiers available for every single track in your Reason Essentials project, you are never short of interesting tones and timbres. As the amplifiers are insert effects and don't affect the original instrument signal, you are free to change your amplifier and cabinet settings at any point in time - even after laying down your track.

The Line 6 guitar and bass amplifiers are expandable with more amps and cabinets through model packs available from Line 6.

Reason’s legendary flow lets you stay focused on the music and explore your options as you go along. With a completely integrated environment like Reason Essentials, you will face fewer dialog boxes, more inspiration and more music. Reason Essentials is everything you need to turn good ideas into great songs.

FEATURES Included instruments
  • Kong Drum Designer
  • Thor polysonic synthesizer
  • NN19 sampler
  • NN-XT advanced sampler
  • Malström graintable synthesizer
  • Dr. Octo Rex loop player
  • Redrum pattern-based drum machine
  • Subtractor analog subtractive synthesizer
  • ID-8 songwriter's toolbox
  • Combinator, for building chains of instruments, effects, and pattern sequencers.
Included effects
  • Alligator triple channel pattern based gate
  • Pulveriser distortion, compressor and envelope follower module
  • The Echo high quality stereo echo
  • Neptune pitch corrector and voice synthesizer
  • Line 6 virtual guitar amplifier
  • Line 6 virtual bass amplifier
  • 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
  • 4-band mastering EQ
  • Dual band stereo imager
  • Stereo compressor with sidechain input, soft-knee mode and CV out
  • Maximizer with look-ahead and soft clip
  • Modeled mixing console with complete channel strip for every instrument and audio channel
  • Gain
  • 4-band EQ
  • 8 Send effects slots
  • Insert effect slot
  • Master compressor with sidechain input
  • Dynamics section with compressor and gate
  • Lo-pass and hi-passfilter
Other features
  • Rack Extension technology lets you expand your collection of instruments and effects with the devices you want
  • Unlimited audio recording and instrument channels
  • Fully featured high-precision multitrack sequencer with Blocks mode and audio comping tools
  • High quality realtime time stretch & audio transpose
  • Advanced exporting — export your separate mixer channels as individual audio stems, Including effects and tempo track
  • Live sampling
  • RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator
  • ReGroove Mixer real-time groove console
  • Matrix pattern-based 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
  • Comes with a huge factory sound bank, with patches for all Reason's devices, samples, and loops
  • ReWire support
  • Multicore support and 64-bit compatibility makes Reason fast and powerful on any computer

Essentially all possibilities are within Reason. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Reason Essentials

  • System Requirements
  • Mac OS X
  • Intel Mac (multiple cores highly recommended)
  • 1 GB RAM or more
  • DVD drive
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • 32/64-bit modes both supported
  • 3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
  • Monitor with at least 1024x768 resolution
  • CoreAudio compliant audio interface or built-in audio hardware
  • A MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
  • Free USB port for Ignition Key hardware
  • Internet connection for registration
  • Windows
  • Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Opteron or better (multiple cores highly recommended)
  • 1GB RAM or more
  • DVD drive
  • Windows XP SP3, Vista or Windows 7 (Vista or Windows 7 required for 64-bit)
  • 3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
  • Monitor with at least 1024x768 resolution
  • Windows compatible audio interface (ASIO drivers required for audio input)
  • A MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
  • Free USB port for Ignition Key hardware
  • Internet connection for registration
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5.0

Great Deal!

By Rainbowpotatoman

from Glendale

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Propellerhead Reason Essentials:

    This software is so simple to use. The sound bank is excellent, drum machine and loops give projects a great starting point to layer tracks. I had previously used the adapted version supplied with my line 6 ux2 and it worked great with my keyboard controller but, seemed so limited so I bought this Essentials.
    I like the rack system, the mixer, the sequencer it is so easy to see what's going on. I have limited time to create and I can set up sessions a lot faster than I could with my limited experience with Pro-tools.
    I'm not sure about Reason files yet, and compatibility issues with other software. I do know with all the p.c. issues I've had, I am totally sold on Macs- this software works so much better on them!

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    5.0

    Best DAW I've used

    By LadyBreBangBahh

    from NY

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    Pros

    • AMAZING

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Propellerhead Reason Essentials:

        I'm new to DAW's and I was able to teach myself how to really use it within 2 days (not exactly 42hours) the sound quality is great and it's great for making modulated baselines. Even without a midi controller or keyboard you are still eligible to do the same modulations. There's so much you can do and it almost seems as if the program is endless with selections of sounds and samples.

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        5.0

        great addition to my software collection

        By musicmike

        from florida

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        Pros

        • Awesome Soundbank
        • Easy To Use
        • Rewire

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Propellerhead Reason Essentials:

          great software....plenty of synths, brass, and quality sounds....great drum machine, and LOTS of effects....i use this program VIA rewire into MIXCRAFT 6....i love mixcraft because of all the vocal effects is has, and use the essentials version of reason for beat making.....thanks to the propellerhead support team, i was using this software correctly in minutes...the audio recording of vocal tracks is nice, but VERY limited on the effects side, and mixes down to a uesful but lacking sound....would recommend a different DAW for mastering effects

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          5.0

          Reason Essentials is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

          By Toby Giddings

          from Oregon

          Comments about Propellerhead Reason Essentials:

          If you are wanting to get into recording, this is the way to go
          It is incredible what this program can do! I cannot wait to upgrade to Reason 6 so I can get everything.
          I cannot say enough good stuff about this program.
          very good deal

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