Reason 7 FAQ

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: Here they are:
Mac OS X
  • Fast internet connection for installation and registration required!
  • Intel Mac with dual core processor
  • 4 GB RAM or more
  • 3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Monitor with at least 1024×768 resolution
  • Core Audio compliant audio interface or built-in audio hardware
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
  • Fast internet connection for installation and registration required!
  • Intel or AMD processor with dual cores
  • 4 GB RAM or more
  • 3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Monitor with at least 1024×768 resolution
  • Audio Interface with ASIO driver
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
Q: I am a Reason owner already. What are my upgrade options?
  • You can upgrade from any previous version of Reason to Reason 7 for EUR129/USD129.
  • An alternative upgrade path for owners of Reason 1-6.5 is to purchase and register a Balance audio interface. This qualifies as an upgrade to Reason 7.
Q: Does Reason 7 have copy protection? How does it work?
A: Just as for previous versions, Reason 7 can be authorized in several different ways:
  • USB Ignition Key
  • Balance Interface
  • Internet Verification

In Reason 7 and Reason Essentials 2 we’ve added a fourth way of authorizing the software. You can add your Reason, Reason Essentials and Rack Extension licenses to a single computer, for offline use. This way you can use Reason without being connected to the internet, or without a USB port taken up by the key. You will still be able to keep your license on a USB key, too, if you have one, as well as use Internet Verification, if you have several computers you use Reason on.

A USB Ignition Key is not included with the Reason 7 or Reason Essentials software, but for those that need one it is available for separate purchase from the Propellerhead web shop.

Q: Where do I get Rack Extensions?
A: All Rack Extensions are tried or purchased from the Propellerhead Shop.
Q: Is there a demo of "Rack Extension X" available?
A: 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 later, or Reason Essentials 1.5 or later, and an active internet connection.
Q: Will Rack Extensions affect the performance of Reason/Reason Essentials?
A: 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!
Q: I prefer not to connect my computer to the internet, can I still use Rack Extensions?
A: 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.
Q: What happens if I send my song file that uses Rack Extensions to my friend who doesn't have those Rack Extensions?
A: 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.
Q: Is ReWire 64-bit too?
A: 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.
Q: Can I open my old Reason/Record song files in the latest version of Reason?
A: Absolutely! Reason is 100% compatible with your older Reason and Record song files.
Q: 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.
Q: Wait, Reason creates REX files? What does this mean for ReCycle?
A: ReCycle remains as a standalone product and is still the weapon of choice for creating REX loops for use in Reason and other programs. For REX file wizards, ReCycle still offers more options than Reason does.
Q: What about education versions?
A: There are single, five, and ten pack licenses available for schools, as well as single, five and ten pack upgrades from previous versions. Learn more in the Education section.
Q: I have a multi-license (EDU multipack) version of Reason. Do Rack Extensions work?
A: No. At present Rack Extensions do not work with multi-licenses. They only work on single user versions in a single user account. We are working hard to make them compatible, but do not have a timeframe at this point when that will happen.
Q: I have Reason Essentials 1.5. What's the new in Essentials 2?
A: Reason Essentials 2 adds the same slice editing of audio as in Reason 7. Other enhancements include mixing controls in the rack, support for importing more audio file formats and an expanded soundbank. Version 2 is a free upgrade for all Reason Essentials users.
Q: Will Reason 7 make my coffee?
A: Sorry, no.