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itsone3d 2013-03-06 22:37

Why do YOU use Reason? Share your story here!
 
Thought it'd be a fun exercise to ask folks here at the propellerhead forum why you choose to use Reason over any other DAW.

For me, I started dabbling in producing beats around 9 years ago but never really took it too seriously (I had no idea what i was doing and I wasn't very good at it lol). Loved Reason over Fruity Loops though just because of the great quality of sounds that came with the program (had to use sound fonts and VSTs with FL). My group released an album and the beats were made exclusively using Reason's FSB and that sounded great.

Started getting serious about making beats again a couple of years ago. Now to be completely honest I dabbled in mostly pirated software. I loved Kontakt, but it was a pain in the ass to load sounds. Whenever I had an idea for a beat I found myself always sketching things out in Reason, then building out the rest by tweaking. The workflow was just too amazing. I found that 80% of my good beats were done with Reason.

But when 6 came out? Wow, I was floored. Finally, the ability to make beats with Reason's workflow AND record my vocals all in one program? Awesome. And 6.5 brought Rack Extensions? That was what pushed me over the edge. I didn't even care about not being able to use VSTs. As much as I loved Kontakt I have everything I need inside the box, and the "constraints" actually helped me to get more creative. I happily paid for my copy of Reason and look forward to many RE purchases in the future :D

So that's my little tidbit. What's yours?

SonicGoodness 2013-03-07 00:54

In high school, I was recruited to be a bass player in a band. Once that band went defunct, I ended up doing the most of the recruiting. It felt great to create music. There was always a desire to record - as I saw it as a pinnacle of musicianship to have something that I could playback. Even spent a year studying music and recording technology in college. After high school and college, however, the band friends all went our separate ways. I ended up getting a real job and buying a desktop recording deal (one of those roland 16 track digital jobs). Finally I had my own recording get up. The problem I ran into -- I had a tool... but I wasn't crafty enough to conjure up anything worth listening to.

I sold off and sold out all my gear.

Years later, I started accruing guitars again. A friend told me to explore recording. So I ended up goofing off with a friend on his copy of fruity loops. I felt a tingle of inspiration... so I bought back in. A new computer... some USB audio and midi recording keyboard deal... and a copy of cakewalk. Enter a new discouragement: latency. Got frustrated... sold out. (do you see a theme?)

Finally, I ended up buying back in -- after much more internet education on computer recording. I ended up with a firewire interface and a copy of Sonar (version 7 I think it was). That twinge of creativity that I felt with fruity loops would finally be brought to... fruition. Or not. I found the software less intuitive than reading assembler. Just when I was about to hang it up, someone introduced me to Reason 4. A software from which I could make something that I enjoyed... a software that worked the way my brain did (the way other DAWs did not). It was quite a shame that it didn't record audio. I spent more than a year rewiring it into Sonar. I was finally making something I was happy with.

Then it happened.

Record.

The rest is history. Sonar is collecting dust in the corner. And I have produced more than 30 songs over the last two years. Some I'm proud of, some not so much. Reason works for my creative flow in the way no hardware solution ever could -- so many possibilities that sound so interesting from within the computer. It works the way my brain was accustomed to with the cabling. I can't imagine -- as a matter of fact, I know I wouldn't be making music if it weren't for reason.

Ok thats my sales blurb.

itsone3d 2013-03-07 09:47

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Originally Posted by SonicGoodness (Post 1251398)
Finally I had my own recording get up. The problem I ran into -- I had a tool... but I wasn't crafty enough to conjure up anything worth listening to.

...Reason works for my creative flow in the way no hardware solution ever could -- so many possibilities that sound so interesting from within the computer.

I love it, I can hella relate! Thanks for sharing that man!

dudelab21 2013-03-07 10:15

I ran out of logic, so I used Reason... :(

VANGASSEN 2013-03-07 10:47

Reason just Rocks.
 
Hi Propellerfreaks,

I actually want to share that thought. I was stuck for long time in FL Studio and actually got used to it so much I have decided to get a genuine copy (yes I was using cracked software for private use and I am not proud of it)

I remember old days (Reason 3 i think) I have used lesser genuine copy of it to create some sounds and was basically amazed by it until all these vsts in my mates FL infected environment tempted me to try them out. yada yada yada getting to the point: There is no other software that can give you so much for that price. I have made a simple calculation xxl FL + few cheap vsts would go over three times over reason giving most probably lesser possibilities.
But lets leave the money issue aside. How annoyed was I having crashes sometimes 3 times an hour loosing things etc. I have reinstalled the system and used GENUINE DEMO of FL that has nothing to do with cracks and hacks and still problems with latency or ASIO drivers, or some strange clipping ... (i7 processor , 16Gb RAM DELL PC)

Always wanted to get genuine and I am now wit brand spanking new REASON 6.5. There is no clipping ( well it is cause of different reason, I suck in mastering ) No ASIO issues, no crashes, no problems ( except for mastering cause I suck regardless to 3 million tutorials I have watched HEEELPPPP!!!!)

Reason is beautiful in every single way especially SSL mixer which is my darkest nightmare along with compressor (did I mention I suck at mastering?)
I still feel excited and happy I have got it regardless to the fact that after 4 weeks watching tutorials the output is dreadful (my fault not software's)
for that and few more Reasons ... I'm in!!

I respect Propellerheads for creating something special, not being money thirsty company although with rack extensions thirst and crashes are going to start (my opinion - not a fact) well the time will tell.

Thanks Propellerheads
VANG

adfielding 2013-03-07 12:10

Okie doke!

I got started using Protracker in the mid-90s for my Atari STe which was kindly given to me as a Christmas present from my brother one year, along with a couple of disks of MODs to play with. The original Protracker disk was knackered before I got it though, so he made a copy. So what I actually got for Christmas was a copied disk of public domain software with some MODs. It was awesome :D

I moved onto Impulse Tracker and then Modplug Tracker when I more-or-less ditched my STe a few years later (I still have it though, and it still lives on) and there came a point when I wanted something more. This was quite a pivotal time for me as it was around the time that I realised that writing and producing music was something that I was incredibly passionate about and was something I wanted to pursue further and learn more about.

I liked Buzz, but it was a bit overwhelming and fiddly to me. I tried everything but Reason it seems and couldn't click with anything - I thought I'd click with FL because of the pattern-based song writing at the time and the layout but, still, no dice. I carried on making noise with Modplug and was happy enough with that, they'd recently added basic VST effects support and I was using what free plug-ins I could get my hands on.

Someone suggested I give Reason (version 1 at the time) a shot around 2002 I think and I grabbed the demo. I loved the rack metaphor, and it was great playing with all the devices. I favoured the NN-19 because that was a world I was very much used to - trackers tended to exclusively use samples, so I was very much in my element with regards to sampling - and subtractive synthesis in general was more or less completely alien to me, but I had great fun playing with the Subtractor.

Then I pressed tab and was like "holy crap, I need this". The cables! Such a brilliant idea! I was sampling stuff I was creating in Reason and bringing it into Modplug as I couldn't afford Reason at the time, being a penniless teenager at the time.

Still, I saved my pennies, scraped the necessary money together to get it and bought it. These days it's still my favourite bit of music software, and it fits my workflow absolutely perfectly. I feel like I got into Reason at the perfect time, being eased into new features, techniques and synthesis methods with each new version release though one of the key things that I loved about it was the fact that it was only as complicated as you wanted it to be.

xbitz 2013-03-07 12:28

dont master inside Reason, if u create EDM u should use http://www.vengeance-sound.com/plugins.html at least ;)

dudelab21 2013-03-07 12:59

Quote:

Originally Posted by xbitz (Post 1251628)
dont master inside Reason, if u create EDM u should use http://www.vengeance-sound.com/plugins.html at least ;)


You can master in Reason, a lot of people is doing it... It's all about knowing what you use...

xbitz 2013-03-07 13:26

show it m8 :)

https://www.propellerheads.se/forum/...46#post1245446

I gladly pay you the 30$ if u surprise me (for the finished project file) through paypal,

u can use any RE, I'm really curious what can be made only using inside-box Reason

ps: ofc don't have to sound as mainstream trance, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmWQ33vqrXo will be good for me

dudelab21 2013-03-07 13:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by xbitz (Post 1251658)
show it m8 :)

https://www.propellerheads.se/forum/...46#post1245446

I gladly pay you the 30$ if u surprise me (for the finished project file) through paypal,

u can use any RE, I'm really curious what can be made only using inside-box Reason

ps: ofc don't have to sound as mainstream trance, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmWQ33vqrXo will be good for me


I dont have a reason file right now that I would like to send you... Mainly coz there's no point already, I already bounced their stems to audio, so you'll not see the processes... But I can show you my template and how I go about mixing my stuff through PM...


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