What are the recommended system specifications for Reason 10?

Below are the recommended system specifications to get a decent performance out of Reason 10. For minimum system requirements, see here.

Note that the optional Rack Extension plug-ins vary in how much CPU power they use, so this is worth keeping in mind when you are considering a new computer.

If you’re about to get a new computer for music production with Reason, a great resource for comparing CPU power is cpubenchmark, which provides performance test results for most CPUs on the market. Aim for the highest possible CPU Benchmark points for your budget. In any situation, aim for a minimum of 4000 CPU Benchmark points.

Generally, the more physical cores and the higher the CPU clock speed, the better.

Regarding hard disks, SSD (solid state) drives are generally the best choice as they allow you write and read data faster, for example when recording audio. If you decide to go for a traditional (mechanical) hard disk, 7200 rpm drives are recommended.

Note that it may also be possible to run Reason on a lower speced system but for bigger projects you might not get the performance you want.

Mac OS X:

  • Fast and stable Internet connection for installation and registration required!
  • Intel Mac i5/i7/Xeon with dual-core processor with at least 4000 CPU Benchmark points (see cpubenchmark). More physical cores highly recommended!
  • 8 GB RAM or more
  • 40 GB free hard disk space or more on the system drive. (The full Reason installation requires a minimum of 4+8 GB free system drive disk space. Any additional external Rack Extension devices and/or external ReFills of course demand a larger hard disk)
  • Mac OS Sierra (64-bit)
  • Monitor with at least 1280 x 768 resolution
  • CoreAudio compliant audio interface (or built-in audio hardware)
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard

Windows:

  • Fast, stable internet connection for installation and registration required!
  • Intel i3/i5/i7/Xeon dual-core CPU or equivalent AMD processor with dual cores and at least 4000 CPU Benchmark points (see cpubenchmark). More physical cores highly recommended!
  • 8 GB RAM or more
  • 40 GB free hard disk space or more on the system drive. (The full Reason installation requires a minimum of 4+8 GB free system drive disk space. Any additional external Rack Extension devices and/or external ReFills of course demand a larger hard disk)
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Monitor with at least 1280 x 768 resolution
  • Audio Interface with ASIO driver
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard