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Full version, including soundbanks.

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The core of Reason at a fraction of the price. 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.

Update to Reason Essentials 8.3.2

Versions without soundbanks. For all who already have Reason Essentials 8 installed.

Note: Reason Essentials 8.3.2 is 64-bit only.
The last Reason Essentials version that runs in 32-bit mode is Reason Essentials 8.1.

A complete fix list is available here

How to install your update

Note: If you are already running Reason Essentials 8.2 or later, it's easiest to let the program do the update for you! Just select "Check for Updates" from the Reason menu (Mac) or the Help menu (Windows), and follow instructions.

1. Windows users: Extract all files from the downloaded zip archive. Then double click the “Install Reason Essentials.exe” installer.
Mac users: Open the disk image and drag the Reason Essentials 8 folder to your Applications folder on your hard drive.

2. Move or copy the file Factory Sound Bank.rfl from your old Reason Essentials folder, to the new one.
If you don’t have these files, just continue – Reason Essentials will download them for you.

3. Start Reason Essentials 8.3.2.
The program will download additional content. Then, it will move the soundbanks to a global folder.

4. Now, you can remove your old Reason Essentials version.
First make sure that you don’t have any personal files, e.g. ReFills, songs or patches, in your Reason Essentials application folder!
On Windows, uninstall the older Reason Essentials.
On Mac, simply delete the older Reason Essentials folder.