The music-making software with everything you need to create amazing music.

Reason is easy to get started with, yet as deep as you want it to be. Create, compose, mix and finish your music–Reason will help you along the journey, from inspiration to mixdown. See for yourself how it’s done in five short steps:

Get going

Nailing your first idea is easy in Reason. Click and drag the sounds and instruments you want to the rack and just play. Everything is set up for you automatically.

Play instruments

Adding more instruments is just as easy. Find the sounds you want in Reason’s browser, drag them in and hit record.


Record vocals, instruments or whatever you like with Reason’s easy-to-use recording tools.

Craft your sound

Get just the sound you’re looking for with Reason’s rich palette of professional effects and studio grade mixing console.

Your end result

Reason comes with everything your music needs–from inspiring sounds and instruments to tease out your initial idea, to professional mixing and mastering tools to finish your next masterpiece.

What's new in Reason 9.5?

VST in the Reason rack

Reason 9.5 - VST in Reason

Xfer Records, FXpansion, GForce, Heavyocity, kiloHearts, Izotope and Korg plugins displayed in Reason 9.5 screenshot images are each sold separately.

Delivering on our #1 feature request, VST plugins are coming to Reason. The creative flow you know and love, coupled with any plugin you want. This is music-making unlimited.

  • Rack Friendly

    Rack Friendly
    VST plugins will be right at home in the Reason rack. Drag & Drop from the browser, use CV with your plugins, add Players, put them in Combinators with Reason’s own devices or Rack Extensions – all the things you expect when working in Reason!

  • A device called home

    A device called home
    VSTs live in the new Plugin Rack Device that sits in the Reason rack. Here’s where the plugin connects to Reason and where you can open the plugin window with a simple click.

  • Tight sound

    Tight sound
    Reason’s patchable rack lets you route audio any way you want, and the new plugin delay compensation in Reason 9.5 keeps your sound in phase at all times.

The look of Reason

Take a look at your new virtual studio.

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This is Reason

Welcome to Reason! Here’s everything you need to create amazing music.

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The Rack

The rack is the heart of the Reason music making environment. You build your rack as you create your song, adding the instruments, plugins, sounds and effects your music needs.

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The grand layout

Reason’s four work areas: 1. The Browser, where you find your instruments, sounds and effects. 2. The mixer. 3. The Reason rack where all instruments and effects live. 4. The sequencer where you record and edit your music.

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CV & Routing

All instruments and effects are automatically connected for your when you add them to the rack. But if you want to get creative, hit the tab key to flip the rack around and all the cables for audio and control voltage (CV) are exposed and ready to be routed any way you want for fully modular music-making. Learn more about creative flow in Reason.

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Extending the rack

Reason comes with everything you need to make amazing music, but when you want to add more creative options Reason is ready with support for VST plugins as well as Rack Extensions, Reason’s own plugin format.

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Faithfully modeled after legendary studio technology, Reason’s mixer is where you add that final touch to your music.

The instruments

Synthesizers, drum machines, samplers and tons of sounds and samples to go with them, Reason won’t leave you wishing when it comes to instruments.

  • Thor polysonic synthesizer

    Thor polysonic synthesizer
    Semi-modular instrument with God-like synthesis power. Mix and match from 50 years of synth history.

  • Kong

    16 pads of complete inspiration. Use samples, synthesis, physical modeling and effects to build the drum machine of your dreams.

  • Players

    Dual Arpeggio, Scales & Chords, Note Echo - instrument add-ons that will transform the way you play.

  • Combinator

    Combine, layer and mix instruments and effects to create rich, production-ready and performance-friendly sounds.

  • Dr. Octo Rex loop player

    Dr. Octo Rex loop player
    Versatile and flexible loop player that turns static loops into playable musical instruments.

The effects

Color your music or clean up your mixes with Reason’s top-notch supply of effect processors.

  • RV7000 mkII advanced reverb

    RV7000 mkII advanced reverb
    Sophisticated yet easy to use with multiple reverb models, including an advanced Impulse Response reverb.

  • MClass mastering suite

    MClass mastering suite
    Polish your sound to perfection with the MClass professional mastering units. Use on individual sounds or your entire mix.

  • Softube Amp

    Softube Amp
    Guitar players will love this amp effect, oozing with attitude and featuring a fistful of amp and cabinet models

  • Scream 4 sound destruction unit

    Scream 4 sound destruction unit
    A multimode sound mangling effect that will do anything from gentle tape compression to full-on sonic mayhem.

  • Audiomatic retro transformer

    Audiomatic retro transformer
    Apply your desired flavor of yesterday to your music. VHS, Vinyl, Tape and many more - take your pick!

Recording and editing

Recording should always be easy and Reason knows when to stay out of the way so you can focus on your music. With powerful editing tools, you can perfect your takes when you are done recording.

Pitch edit

Pitch Edit
Perfect your vocal takes with Reason’s Pitch Edit. Easy to use and with natural, transparent sounds, Pitch Edit will let you preserve the energy of a great vocal performance, while fixing any less-than-perfect notes.

Time stretch

Time stretch
Record first and decide on a tempo later. Reason’s unique treatment of time and tempo means you are free to change the tempo at any time, and your recordings will automatically stretch to fit the new tempo without introducing unpleasant artifacts to your music.

Record first and pick your tempo later. Reason’s legendary, transparent time stretch works across your entire project. Change the tempo of your song and all your recordings will follow. Or use it to move individual notes or to quantize an entire performance.

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