March 2021 - Ever since the Dubroom
reviewed Reason 3, this website has been
publishing enthusiastically about the
software. And not without, eer, reason.
Propellerhead, now called Reason Studio's,
provides a DAW that we consider the most
DUB-friendly DAW out there. We concluded
this in our review on Reason 8, and also in
this review. Read on!
has everything that version 8 has, plus
more. That's obvious, and so we do point
pout to our review on Reason 8 for an
in-depth look into the main features of the
DAW. The work-flow, the rack, the mixer,
everything is there just like in Reason 8.
Let's focus on what's new!
purchased an upgrade and the main reason for
that is the fact that Reason opened up to
VST plug-in's, both instruments and effects.
Before, you had to use Rewire and use
another DAW to make Reason work with VST's
which was truly quite a hassle. Or you could
purchase Rack Extensions that had a better
quality than the built-in effects and
VST's work just like everything within
Reason. You open them in the rack and
connect them to the console just like you
would with the built-in effects or Rack
Extensions (see picture). From there you can
open the interface of the VST, like we did
with the Convology Reverb reviewed earlier.
Automation works fully on every parameter.
A note must
be made here, though. Reason 11 works
exclusively with 64-Bit Plug-In's. This
should not be a problem when you can upgrade
your favorite VST's, but when you look to
use your older VST's you cannot use the
stand-alone version. There is another way,
though, which we'll talk about a little bit
further in this review.
like your free VST's or want to use the real
professional effects and instruments that
come with a price, the fact that Reason is
open for VST simply means it is possible to
get any kind of sound out of the DAW.
INSTRUMENTS AND EFFECTS
are several new instruments and effects. We
didn't check them all (yet), but there's a
multi-fx processor, a chorus, and parts of
the console can now also be placed in the
rack (see picture).
There are a
bunch of new instruments as well. In fact,
there are much more new instruments than
effects. There's the "Radikal
Piano", "Rhytmik Drum
Machine" and "Monotone Bass
Synthesizer". These three instruments
enable you to create your own sounds (and
rhythms of course).
synthesizers as well. The "Europa",
for example. Those that love their
electronic Dub will definitely find some
patches to tweak and turn into the skanks or
stuff is there also, a synthesizer that you
can use to create human voice-like sounds
for example. Or an instrument with some very
odd sounds like "Traveller Organ"
or "Harp Guitar". These can add
original vibes to your productions when used
review we only used the stand-alone version
of Reason 11. But there is also a Plug-In
version. You can use Reason as a Plug-In in
Ableton, for example. This comes in handy
when you want to use your 32-Bit VST's
together with Reason 11. We haven't tested
it, but see no reason to doubt it's
functionality as a Plug-In in a different
getting paid, in fact it's the other way
around: we paid for the upgrade and it's
worth it big-time. If only for the fact you
can now use VST's and with that have access
to instruments and effects from professional
companies that all have much better quality
than the built-in effects and instruments.
The fact that parts of the console can now
also be placed in the rack opens
possibilities as well.
apology, the Dubroom keeps recommending
Reason to every producer and artist in
search for a DAW that let's you produce
Reggae and especially the Dub versions.
Whether you're just starting or maybe you're
even a veteran. All the prejudices about
making Dub with computers have become
archaic as software has the same quality as
hardware in most instances.
the most Dub-friendly DAW out there, and
Reason is the most Dub-friendly DAW
out there. Price-wise, too. At this moment
the comparable version of Ableton has a 599
Euro's price-tag and Steinberg's Cubase 581
Euro's. Reason costs 399 Euro's.