Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Here are some frequent questions and answers.

What do I need to be able to use Rack Extensions?

Rack Extensions require Reason 6.5 or Reason Essentials 1.5. An active internet connection is required to access the Propellerhead Shop and install the Rack Extensions on your computer. Own a previous version of Reason? Please see below for upgrade information.

I have Reason/Reason + Record/some other combination of Propellerhead products, which upgrade should I get?

If you have Reason 6, the upgrade to Reason 6.5 is free. The same is true for Reason Essentials and the Reason Essentials 1.5 upgrade. You can download the upgrade here. When you access the download page your upgrade license will be issued to your account. Once you have received your license you can add it to your Ignition Key for offline use.

If you have Reason 5 or earlier, or Record, you can upgrade to Reason 6.5 in two ways: with the Reason Upgrade or through Balance with Reason Essentials.

If you have Balance with Reason Essentials, the Reason Upgrade is for you!

Reason Essentials, Reason Adapted and Reason Limited owners should purchase Reason for Adapted/Limited/Essentials Owners.

Detailed upgrade information can be found at the Upgrade paths page.

Where do I get Rack Extensions?

All Rack Extensions are tried or purchased from the Propellerhead Shop.

Is there a demo of "Rack Extension X" available?

Yes, you can try each Rack Extension for 30 days to see how it works for you! Please note that this only works if you have a full version of Reason 6.5 or Reason Essentials 1.5 and an active internet connection.

Will Rack Extensions affect the performance of Reason/Reason Essentials?

Rack Extensions are all different, how much of your system resources they will use varies greatly. You can try each Rack Extension for 30 days to see how it works for you!

I prefer not to connect my computer to the internet, can I still use Rack Extensions?

Rack Extensions does require active internet connection at least once, when you access the Propellerhead Shop and install the Rack Extensions on your machine. However, after installation it's possible to put your Rack Extension licenses on your Ignition Key and run them without an internet connection.

What happens if I send my song file that uses Rack Extensions to my friend who doesn't have those Rack Extensions?

When your friend opens the song file they will get a notification that this song uses Rack Extensions they do not have and will be presented with two options. Either they open the song anyway or they get redirected to the relevant Rack Extensions in the Propellerhead Shop. They can then choose to try it for 30 days or purchase it right away.

In any case, the song can still be opened normally and any Rack Extensions they don't own will be replaced by a placeholder that can redirect you to the Propellerhead Shop to try or purchase the Rack Extension.

Is ReWire 64-bit too?

Just as the current versions of Reason and Reason Essentials, ReWire is 64-bit too. Note that 64-bit ReWire needs to be implemented in both the slave application (Reason, Reason Essentials) and your host. Please contact the manufacturer of your ReWire host of choice for compatibility information.

I'm an owner of Reason 1-5 or Record, what happens if I buy Balance with Reason Essentials?

People who own Reason, Record or both will get an upgrade to Reason 6.5 for free when they buy Balance! You also get to keep your Reason Essentials license - you can even transfer it to a music-making friend if you want!

Where can I get Reason?

Please see the buy page for full purchase information.

Is there a demo version of Reason/Reason Essentials?

Yes! Please visit the Download section. The demo versions of Reason and Reason Essentials are fully functional and has all the content of the full version, the only limitation is that you can't open song files, export them to audio or use Rack Extensions.

Can I open my old Reason/Record song files in the latest version of Reason?

Absolutely! Reason is 100% compatible with your older Reason and Record song files.

Is there a list of the new patches in the Reason 6 Factory Sound Bank somewhere?

Yes, a PDF is available here!

Do I need a MIDI keyboard to use Reason?

You don't absolutely need one, but we recommend using one for the best possible Reason experience. If you don't have one, the on-screen keyboard (accessible by pressing F4) lets you play the instruments with your computer mouse or computer keyboard.

What are the system requirements for Reason and Reason Essentials?

Mac OS X
  • Intel Mac (multiple cores highly recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (more highly recommended)
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • 3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
  • Monitor with 1024x768 resolution or larger
  • A MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
  • Internet connection for registration
  • Free USB port for Ignition Key
  • CoreAudio compliant audio interface or built-in audio hardware
Windows
  • Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Opteron or better (multiple cores highly recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (more highly recommended)
  • Windows XP SP3, Vista or Windows 7 (Vista or Windows 7 required for 64-bit)
  • 3 GB free hard disk space
  • Monitor with 1024x768 resolution or larger
  • A 16 bit Windows compatible audio card, preferably with an ASIO driver
  • Internet connection for registration
  • Free USB port for Ignition Key
  • A MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended

What happened to Record?

All of Record's functionality lives on in Reason Essentials and Reason 6. The Record, Record Reason Duo, and Record for Reason Owners packages are no longer be available for purchase and hasn't been since September 30th, 2011.

What kind of copy protection does Reason and Reason Essentials use? How about Rack Extensions?

Reason, Reason Essentials and Rack Extensions use the Propellerhead Ignition Key or Internet Verification for authorization. If you own Balance, that can also act as an Ignition Key.