Resources for learning more about Reason

Are you just getting started with Reason? Or perhaps you want to hone your skills, pick up some new ideas or learn others’ techniques for using Reason?

We’ve assembled some links of dedicated learning resources for Reason. Whether you prefer a printed book, DVD, online tutorials or classroom setting, there’s probably something for you.

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Video tutorials on Reason

Beat Design Basics Beat Design Basics
Level: Beginner
Author: Mo Volans
Publisher: macProVideo.com

Learn the best in beat making with Reason master, Mo Volans! In this 33 video tutorial, Volans takes you through everything you need to know about making beats with the huge power of Reason 6! From the very basics to advanced techniques, he’ll have you making your own electronic beat madness in no time!

Designing Dubstep: Beat by Beat Designing Dubstep: Beat by Beat
Level: Advanced
Author: Hollin Jones
Publisher: macProVideo.com

Dubstep master Hollin Jones takes you through the virtual studio as he teaches you how to produce your own Dubstep tracks using Reason 6! From idea conception to finished track creation, watch and learn with a pro and start making your own beats!

Quick Start Guide Quick Start Guide
Level: Beginner
Author: Hollin Jones
Publisher: macProVideo.com

This tutorial is FREE, simply create a free membership! With the release of Reason 6 Propellerhead has created the ultimate DAW powerhouse! So join Reason expert Hollin Jones in this Quick Start Guide and get a taste of all the cool stuff that this revamped Reason 6 brings to the DAW table…

Reason Fundamentals Reason Fundamentals
Level: Beginner
Author: Hollin Jones
Publisher: macProVideo.com

Before you can dive into any DAW you’ve got to know the basic workings and layout of the program. In this Reason 6 Fundamentals tutorial, expert Hollin Jones cranks up the tempo to about 1000 bpm and gets you up and producing tracks in no time flat…

Working With MIDI Working With MIDI
Level: Beginner
Author: Hollin Jones
Publisher: macProVideo.com

MIDI is the fuel that powers all of Reason’s mind-blowing instruments. Join Reason MIDI master, Hollin Jones, and learn how to harness the power of MIDI to accelerate your tunes into Hyper Production…

The Instruments The Instruments
Level: Beginner
Author: Hollin Jones
Publisher: macProVideo.com

Reason 6 comes jammed-packed with tons of synths and virtual instruments. Take the sonic tour with Reason expert Hollin Jones…

Working With Audio Working With Audio
Level: Beginner
Author: Hollin Jones
Publisher: macProVideo.com

Reason now records, processes and samples audio! This tutorial by Reason 6 expert Hollin Jones shows you just how seamless working with audio is in Reason 6…

FX, EQ, Automation & Mixing FX, EQ, Automation & Mixing
Level: Beginner
Author: Hollin Jones
Publisher: macProVideo.com

The instruments are smoking. The rack is exploding. Now it’s time to pull it all together and make musical sense of all this Reason 6 mayhem! In this tutorial, Hollin Jones get’s you into the mixer and exploring the FX, EQ and automation…

The Echo The Echo
Level: Intermediate
Author: G.W. Childs
Publisher: macProVideo.com

New to Reason’s Rack is The Echo, The Echo, The Echo… Watch G.W. Childs show you how he manipulates this “echological” new plugin to create all kinds of “out there” audio effects…

Pulveriser Pulveriser
Level: Intermediate
Author: G.W. Childs
Publisher: macProVideo.com

Squash it. Smash it! Make it dirty and shake it up! That sounds like Pulveriser – the new FX plugin from the mad scientists at Propellerhead. Let G.W. Childs show you how to totally PULVERISE your Reason 6 tracks…

Alligator Alligator
Level: Intermediate
Author: G.W. Childs
Publisher: macProVideo.com

What do you get when you put gates, filters, patterns and FX into a single device? You get a plugin with major teeth that’ll bite right through your mixes! That’s because Alligator is about making any track into a beat track. Join G.W. Childs as he wrestles the sound out of this beast and shows you what this fearsome effects device can do…

Reason’s Mixing Toolbox Reason’s Mixing Toolbox
Level: Advanced
Author: Mo Volans
Publisher: macProVideo.com

Learn how operate the amazing new console and mixing tools included in Reason 6. Watch as Mo Volans remixes a track right before your eyes and ears…

Reason’s Mastering Toolbox Reason’s Mastering Toolbox
Level: Advanced
Author: Mo Volans
Publisher: macProVideo.com

Learn to master your Reason projects right in Reason 6! This tutorial by audio expert Mo Volans shows you how to use Reason’s powerful, built-in mastering tools…

Kong: King of Drums Kong: King of Drums
Level: Intermediate
Author: Mo Volans
Publisher: macProVideo.com

This virtual beat making machine can do it all. And who better to tame the beast than Reason master Mo Volans: an authority on everything that makes sound in the digital world!

Dr. Octo Rex: Sonic Surgery Dr. Octo Rex: Sonic Surgery
Level: Intermediate
Author: Mo Volans
Publisher: macProVideo.com

Imagine eight Rex files simultaneously slicing and dicing, mixing and mashing to make the most amazing rhythmic masterpieces. Combine Dr. Octo Rex and the expertise of Reason Master, Mo Volans, and the unimaginable has become reality…

The Combinator The Combinator
Level: Intermediate
Author: G.W. Childs
Publisher: macProVideo.com

Three hours of hot video tips that will show you how to use Reason’s Combinator in exciting new ways for bigger synths, better beats, and masterful remixes!

Thor: Master of All Synths Thor: Master of All Synths
Level: Intermediate
Author: G.W. Childs
Publisher: macProVideo.com

Lightning strikes and thunder rolls as G.W. Childs explores the vast depths of Reason’s awesome Master of All Synths: Thor!

Reason 6: Getting Up to Speed Reason 6: Getting Up to Speed
Level: Beginner
Author: Mike Baggley
Publisher: ASK Video

There are lots of new features and effects and we want to get you up to speed! The aim of this tutorial is to help those of you who are already using Reason or who already have our Reason 5 to tutorial, to get up and running quickly with the new elements Propellerhead has added.

Reason 6: Fundamentals Reason 6: Fundamentals
Level: Beginner
Author: Morgan Pottruff
Publisher: ASK Video

Morgan Pottruff is back and he’s ready to show you the fundamentals of Reason 6! All the basics get covered in this one but don’t let that fool as you Morg will cover everything in super detail getting you up and running quickly with confidence.

Reason 6: The Effects of Reason Reason 6: The Effects of Reason
Level: Intermediate
Author: Alexander Adhami
Publisher: ASK Video

You may only use one or two of the same effects in your mix and if so this tutorial will be an eye opener for you! It doesn’t matter what the effect is in Reason 6 – there is a carefully thought out purpose for each of them. You’ll discover some of those reasons to use a certain effect to achieve the results you want.

Reason 6: Instrumental to Reason Reason 6: Instrumental to Reason
Level: Intermediate
Author: Alexander Adhami
Publisher: ASK Video

This tutorial is all about the instruments in Reason 6. We cover them all! It doesn’t matter what the instrument is in Reason 6 – there is a carefully thought out purpose for each of them. You’ll discover some of those reasons to use a certain device to achieve the results you want.

Reason 6: Advancing Your Reason Reason 6: Advancing Your Reason
Level: Advanced
Author: Morgan Pottruff
Publisher: ASK Video

Morgan Pottruff is back and he’s ready to show you the advanced features of Reason 6! This is all the hard core stuff you need to know to really take your knowledge of Reason 6 to the next level.

Reason 6 Explained Reason 6 Explained
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Author: Sedric Pieretti
Publisher: Groove 3

Want to make Reason 6 your “go to” DAW? Well get ready for in-depth coverage that will make using the new Reason 6 a breeze. Reason super user Sedric Pieretti shows you Reason 6 from top to bottom and everything in between so you can start making music today.

Video tutorials on older versions of Reason

Books on Reason 7

Reason101 Visual Guide to the Reason Rack Reason101 Visual Guide to the Reason Rack
Author: Robert Anselmi
Publisher: Reason101.net
Year: 2013
Number of Pages: 360
Reason 7 Power!: The Comprehensive Guide Reason 7 Power!: The Comprehensive Guide
Author: G. W. Childs, Michael Prager
Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR
Year: 2013
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781285866574
Sound Design and Mixing in Reason Sound Design and Mixing in Reason
Author: Andrew Eisele
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Year: 2012
Number of Pages: 180
ISBN: 9781458402295
The Power in Reason The Power in Reason
Author: Andrew Eisele
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Year: 2012
Number of Pages: 134
ISBN: 9781458402288

Books on older versions of Reason

Reason 3

On-location courses on Reason 6

Reason Workshop - Level 01 Reason Workshop - Level 01

Level: Beginner
Organized by: Noisy Academy
Location: Berlin, Germany

An intense two-day introduction course—starting with the soft- and hardware infrastructure, using tools and devices, audio recording and editing, and rendering. Learn to feel comfortable in Reason, to use all of its tools and devices and produce your first tracks successfully.

Reason Workshop - Level 02 Reason Workshop - Level 02

Level: Advanced
Organized by: Noisy Academy
Location: Berlin, Germany

The follow-up to the beginner’s course goes way more into deep. Learn about professional use of patches, drum machines and synthesizers in Reason, audio editing and MIDI mapping. Finally, get your tracks ready for live perfomances.

Reason Producer Certificate Program Reason Producer Certificate Program
Level: Intermediate
Organized by: Dubspot
Location: New York City, USA

Master Reason with our complete program of courses culminating in a four track EP ready for release. In addition to achieving a complete overview of the composition process in Reason & Record you’ll also earn the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Reason & Record.

Intro to Reason Intro to Reason
Level: Beginner
Organized by: Dubspot
Location: New York City, USA

This intensive weekend workshop is designed to introduce students to Reason. The goal is to teach students how to use Reason to compose beats, melodies and sounds in order to create original songs.

1 on 1 Training: Reason 1 on 1 Training: Reason
Level: All
Organized by: Manchester MIDI School
Location: Manchester, UK

Reason is a great software package for beginners and advanced users alike. As with all our one on one training, you can either learn functionality specific to Reason, general production techniques with Reason as the backdrop, or both!

Propellerhead Reason 101/110 Propellerhead Reason 101/110
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Organized by: Pyramind Training
Location: San Francisco, California, USA

An in-depth exploration of Propellerheads Reason - the tool that changed electronic music production forever. Now a staple in every studio from Hip-Hop to IDM, Reason is one of the fastest creation tools out there, with good reason. Students will learn about the components of the tools including all of the instruments and the various sound creation possibilities available.

On-location courses on older versions of Reason

London School of Sound

London, UK

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, California, USA

AudioGraph International

Santa Monica, California, USA

Percorsi Audio

Acquapendente, Viterbo, Italy

City Lit

London, UK

Reason School

Los Angeles, California, USA

Music Industry Educators

Miami, Florida, USA

Online courses on Reason 7

Producing Music with Reason Producing Music with Reason
Level: Beginner
Organized by: Berklee Online

Gain a firm understanding of the functionalities and capabilities of Reason software. Explore Reason's rack of virtual instruments, effects, mixers, built-in sequencer and patching system, and learn real-world production setups and techniques used by today's top producers.

Desktop Music Production for Mac Desktop Music Production for Mac
Level: Beginner
Organized by: Berklee Online

Master the tools and techniques for producing great-sounding music at home... and create high quality recordings ready for CD or MP3!

Desktop Music Production for PC Desktop Music Production for PC
Level: Beginner
Organized by: Berklee Online

Master the tools and techniques for producing great-sounding music at home... and create high quality recordings ready for CD or MP3!

Remixing Remixing
Level: Intermediate
Organized by: Berklee Online

Leverage the power of Pro Tools and Reason using ReWire technology, and gain a comprehensive understanding of how these powerful programs work together in the remixing process.

MIDI Sequencing Intermediate MIDI Sequencing Intermediate
Level: Intermediate
Organized by: Berklee Online

Learn to create musical-sounding MIDI arrangements with assignments that challenge your creativity while you produce music in three divergent styles: electronic dance music, blues, and advertising scoring.

Hip-Hop Writing and Production Hip-Hop Writing and Production
Level: Intermediate
Organized by: Berklee Online

Learn the techniques that hip-hop producers use to create hit songs. Learn writing and production considerations unique to hip-hop, how to analyze and recreate different styles of hip-hop, and how to use this foundation to produce your own songs using Propellerhead’s Reason software.

Sound Design for the Electronic Musician Sound Design for the Electronic Musician
Level: Intermediate
Organized by: Berklee Online

Learn to create your own electronic sounds and musical productions using Propellerhead's Reason and Native Instruments' Absynth.

Sampling and Audio Production Sampling and Audio Production
Level: Intermediate
Organized by: Berklee Online

Explore the art of sampling and audio production, and learn Berklee's approach to recording, editing, and programming using the software samplers provided in Reason.

Up and Running with Reason 7 Up and Running with Reason 7
Author: Matt Piper
Length: 4 hours, 56 minutes
Level: Beginner
Organized by: Lynda.com

Matt Piper shows you how to get set up with Reason and then moves straight into making music: recording guitar, bass, and software instruments, as well as creating beats and sampling audio. He then demonstrates the tools used for editing, including quantization, pitch correction, time stretching, tempo, and time signature automation. Finally, you'll learn how to mix your track, and prep and export the mix for handing it off to a mastering engineer or for mastering it on your own.

Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form
Author: Josh Harris
Length: 2 hours, 44 minutes
Level: Intermediate
Organized by: Lynda.com

In this course, author Josh Harris shows how to create radio and club arrangements, and a radio edit of a club mix. He utilizes four different digital audio workstations (DAWs)—Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic, and Reason—and shows how to build different arrangements from the ground up, by adding guitars, drums, bass, and synths. Each DAW explores different types of arranging scenarios.

Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching
Author: Josh Harris
Length: 2 hours, 51 minutes
Level: Intermediate
Organized by: Lynda.com

In this course, author Josh Harris demonstrates time-stretching techniques in four of the major digital audio workstations: Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Reason, and Ableton Live. Josh covers the basic time-stretching treatments, where minimal tempo adjustment is needed, and then moves into more difficult territory. Each lesson employs real-world musical examples to clearly show where each time-stretching technique is useful and how the results of time stretching affect the sound of a song.

Reason Level 1: Beginners/Intermediate Reason Level 1: Beginners/Intermediate
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Organized by: ReasonCourses.com

Our brand new Reason Level 1 course provides students with all the knowledge necessary to start making music with Reason. As well as being guided through all the main areas of the software, the modules also provide more general information about music, performance and production.

Reason Level 2: Advanced Reason Level 2: Advanced
Level: Advanced
Organized by: ReasonCourses.com

Our brand new Level 2 Advanced Reason Online Course continues where the Level 1 course leaves off, and provides experienced Reason users with all the knowledge needed to get the very best out of all the advanced features and workflow methods available in Reason.

Reason Online Course Reason Online Course
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Organized by: Manchester MIDI School

Perfect for those who have just bought the latest installment of Propellerhead Reason, which includes new instruments, effects processors, a new mixer, and the ability to be able to record, import and edit audio directly in the sequencer.

Reason 6 Online Class Reason 6 Online Class
Level: Intermediate
Organized by: Steve Heithecker/Pyramind Training

An in-depth exploration of Propellerheads Reason – the tool that changed electronic music production forever. Students will learn about the components of the tools including all of the instruments and the various sound creation possibilities available.

Online courses on older versions of Reason