Reason The recording software with everything you need to create amazing music. And collaborate with others.

Make more music & sound amazing

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 six 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, instrument 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.

The look of Reason Take a look at your new virtual studio.

Reason 9 screenshot
Reason 9 screenshot
Reason 9 screenshot

The sound of Reason

Reason’s many instruments, effects and included sounds will let you create any kind of music. What does it sound like? Take a listen!

Learn Reason

What is Reason 3:15

Reason 9 is here! 3:52

Your first 5 minutes in Reason 5:35

Now available Reason 9.1

Free update to Reason 9 adds Ableton Link support. Jam with Link enabled apps on desktop and iOS.

What's your Reason? Reason comes in two versions: Reason and Reason Essentials

Reason 9

Reason 9

  • All instruments (9)
  • All effects (25)
  • Player MIDI devices
  • Studio-grade mixer
  • Unlimited audio tracks
  • Professional audio editing
  • Supports Rack Extensions


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Reason Essentials

Reason Essentials 9

  • Essential instruments (6)
  • Essential effects (7)
  • Essential mixing tools
  • Unlimited audio tracks
  • Supports Rack Extensions


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Product Comparison Chart

Reason Reason Essentials
Subtractor Synthesizer
ID-8 Songwriter's Toolbox
Malström Graintable Synthesizer
Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
Neptune Pitch/Voice Synth
NN-XT Advanced Sampler
Live Sampling Editor
NN19 Sampler
Drums & loops
Redrum Drum Computer
Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player
Kong Drum Designer
Device control
Spider Mergers/Splitters
Matrix Pattern Sequencer
RPG-8 Arpeggiator
Player MIDI Devices
MClass Mastering Suite
Master Bus Compressor
BV512 Vocoder
Modeled Channel EQ/Dynamics
RV7000 Advanced Reverb
Scream 4 Distortion
Softube Guitar/Bass Amps
CF-101 Chorus/Flanger
DDL-1 Digital Delay
Audiomatic Retro Transformer
Pulveriser Demolition Unit
Alligator Triple Filtered Gate
The Echo
RV-7 Digital Reverb
D-11 Foldback Distortion
ECF-42 Envelope Controlled Filter
PH-90 Phaser
UN-16 Unison
COMP-01 Compressor/Limiter
PEQ-2 Two Band Parametric EQ
Equalizer 4-band 2-band
Send Effects 8 4
Insert Effects
Master Compressor
Master Compressor w/ Sidechain Input
Lo-pass/Hi-pass filter
Spectrum analyzer
Group and parallel channels
ReGroove Mixer
Audio Tracks Unlimited Unlimited
Instrument Tracks Unlimited Unlimited
Time stretch
Creates REX files
Audio Clip Transpose
Pitch Edit
Audio to MIDI
Blocks Song Arrangement
Factory Sound Bank 1.7 GB 1 GB
Orkester Sound Bank
Rack Extensions
ReFills Full support Limited support
Ableton Link
MIDI out/MIDI clock out
File compatibility
Reason Essentials
Reason Adapted
Reason Limited

* All product names used are trademarks of their respective owners, and in no way constitute an association or affiliation with Propellerhead Software or companies interviewed. Any products or trademarks mentioned are solely used to identify the products whose sound was studied during development and/or for comparison purposes only.

Reason 9 Upgrade

Buy this upgrade if you already own Reason 1 - 8, Record or Balance with Reason Essentials.


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Essentials / Adapted / Limited Upgrade

Buy this upgrade if you own Reason Adapted, Reason Limited, or Reason Essentials (without Balance).


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Find your local distributor

Reason is also available from your local music dealer through our worldwide network of distributors.

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Reason Educational Licenses

Educational versions of Reason come in single and multi user packs, for use on a single computer or on any computer on the school’s network. Multi license packs can be combined for the number of simultaneous students you need to provide for. Read more about Reason for Schools.

Product Guide

If you already have educational versions of Reason and/or Record you are eligible for our upgrade license packs. Simply use the table below to determine what you have, what you want, and what you need.

What you have What you want What you need
Nothing Single license for a teacher Reason Student/Teacher
Reason on multiple computers A Reason Education 5 or 10 pack, for use with network authorization. Packages can be combined for additional seats.
One or more Reason five or ten user packs Reason 9* The equivalent number of Reason Education Upgrade five or ten packs. Please note that this require the computers to be networked.

* The new Rack Extension technology, introduced in version 6.5 of Reason, is not compatible with multi licenses, and can only be purchased and used if you have one single-user license registered to a Propellerhead user account. Students and Teachers who have a Student/Teacher version of Reason can upgrade to the latest version of Reason with the regular Reason Upgrade to purchase and use Rack Extensions.

How to Buy Educational Licenses

Educational licenses of Reason and ReCycle are available through many of the same places our retail versions are sold around the world. To help ensure you get the correct combination of licenses for your school and the right version of new or upgrade packages, our local distributor in your area will best be able to help you.

For schools

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