Propellerhead - Reason 8 Production Software
Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. With its generous sound bank and intuitive flow, Reason helps you along in the creative process and is the music software that never gets in your way.
Walk into any professional recording studio and you will see racks filled to the brim with different tools used in music production from reverb to compressors, vocoders, synths, distortion units, and parametric EQs. The studio's rack is the heart of its creative factory. Reason and Record are no different. That is why we have outfitted your computer with a virtual rack filled with all the same gear. They look and function exactly like their hardware cousins. Even better, they sound just as good too.
Unlike a real studio, however, if you want another synth or an extra compressor you can create one from a menu rather than taking that second job or signing up for those experimental clinical drug trials
Propellerhead - Reason8 Production Software
Reason's synths have been a cornerstone in the application since day one. For a straightforward analog style synth, try out the Subtractor Analog Synth. For a more aggressive digital sound, check out the Malström Graintable Synthesizer. With its godlike flexibility and divine sound, the Thor Polysonic Synthesizer is a giant of a synth–one for the tweak heads, or simply a beautiful sounding instrument.
Beats and loops
Building on the design from classic drum machines, the Redrum Drum Computer offers traditional pattern programming and a great selection of drum kits. For endless sound sculpting possibilities, the Kong Drum Designer comes with sampled drums, drum synths, physical modeling and built-in effects. If you would rather work with sampled loops in your music, turn to the Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player. This loop player powerhouse makes it a breeze to work with sampled material in your songs.
Samples for playing and tweaking
Reason's huge sound bank comes packed with sampled instruments in every conceivable category. To play samples back, or indeed to sample your own sounds, Reason has two different samplers. The fully featured NN-XT Advanced Sampler lets you play and build rich and complex, multi layered instrument patches, while the straightforward NN-19 Sampler is a quick and easy sampler that comes with plenty of real time modulation capabilities…
Reason also features the ID-8 Instrument Device - a songwriter's best friend. If all you want is a great piano sound or an organ or some strings, the ID-8 is a quick and straightforward way to quickly grab those sounds. The ID-8 is also maps to the General MIDI standard, making it easy to work with imported MIDI files.
Extending your instrument rack
Want even more instruments? With the Rack Extension technology the Reason rack opens up to third party developers too. Propellerhead and leading third party developers offers a great selection of instruments as add-ons to your Reason rack. Have a look in the Propellerhead Shop to see what's on display.
All your other synths too!
For all your external MIDI hardware, Reason comes with the aptly named External MIDI Instrument. With this unit, you can play all your MIDI synths, beatboxes and whatnot from Reason's sequencer, and control your external MIDI gear with the full automation that Reason users have come to expect.
In Reason you can combine, layer and mix instruments to create anything from lush and evolving aural landscapes to performance friendly instrument setups. Using the Combinator device, you can build your own instrument by combining different synths, samplers and effects to get just the sound you are after.
Hook up the RPG-8 Arpeggiator to any Reason instrument to create arpeggiated melody lines from the chord you are playing. With settings for play mode, note insert and rhythmic pattern, the RPG-8 can conjure up some pretty amazing music