Sequencer is a matter of preference I think, I still like to use both (Live & Reason). But when it comes to the mixer.... Lets just say that I find myself more and more drawn into Reason than Live these days whenever I want to mix / process something. This is something special. I'm not saying "better" perse, but very special nevertheless.
You see; in this setup Live is the master and Reason the slave. As such your hardware (audio, MIDI, etc.) is controlled by the host (Live) whereas the slave (Reason) is basically told what to do by the host. Host sends MIDI into the slave, slave processes MIDI and then (normally) sends audio out.
Small side step: Reason knows nothing about MIDI out, true. Yet you can get MIDI out of Reason and into Live if you'd want to. Won't help you with steering your synths, but heck; its fun nonetheless. If you're interested check this blogpost.
As to your problem... There are a few alternatives which can prevent you from using dozens of MIDI tracks (even though you can group 'm its still a hassle).
For example... The 'External Instrument' (Live device) is ideal for controlling Reason devices. So why not pull up an instrument rack, pull in a few External Instrument devices and point 'm all to different Reason instruments (the ones you want to control) ?
Be careful there though; by default the ext. instrument picks up channels 1/2. So if you pull in another ext. instrument it'll do the same. Effectively resulting in the possibility that you play 1 instrument and get double the audio back :-)
Still; this is one option.
You could also put a few Reason instruments into a combinator, then configure in the programmer section which should receive incoming MIDI and which not. Then point Live (ext. instrument) to the combinator. You can even program this so that a rotary will switch between devices in Reason.
So well... Plenty of options I think to make your life a little easier.
Alas; hope this gives you some ideas.
PS: if you decide before the 1st of October on getting Reason 6(.5.1) you'll get Pulsar for free. Just saying because... its also one of those devices which is extremely handy to have.
Here, a little spam to keep your occupied:
With kind regards,
Using the Big Trio: Live 9 Suite, Max (for Live) and Reason 6.5.
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