DAW software with recording, editing, effects, instruments, sounds, and mixing.
Reason Essentials packs all the recording, editing, effects, instruments, mixing and mastering tools you need to sound great in a streamlined package, with room to grow and expand.
About Reason Essentials
Just like its bigger brother, Reason Essentials puts making music in focus. From concept to completion, it comes with all the essential tools for turning good ideas into great songs.
Reason Essentials comes with a great selection of instruments and effects in a virtual rack that builds itself, or can be tweaked to your heart’s content—drum machine, loop player, sampler, synths, reverb, delay, distortion and more. For guitar players, the built-in virtual guitar POD® and bass POD® from Line 6 bring a wide range of top quality guitar amps, cabinets and effects. The intuitive audio and MIDI sequencer makes recording and arranging your music a breeze. When you need even more creative options, Rack Extensions expand Reason Essentials and lets you add more instruments and effects, created by Propellerhead and others.
With its generous sound bank and familiar creative flow, Reason Essentials has all the sounds and patches to let you focus on the music and finish that song—faster and sounding better.
Reason Essentials comes with a selection of great-sounding, easy to use virtual instruments. The Subtractor is a polyphonic, subtractive synthesizer suitable for all types of synthetic sounds. The NN-XT is an advanced sampler for multisampled acoustic instruments and sample-tweaking trickery. The ID8 Instrument Device ships with a wide palette of sounds useful for building a steady foundation for your tracks, like pianos, drums, bass, strings and more. Dr. Octo Rex is an eight channel loop player for that provides fast arranging and deep control of your loops, while Redrum is a simple but powerful drum machine with a built-in step sequencer.
At the heart of Reason Essentials is the virtual rack that builds itself as you create your song. Create instruments and effects and route them any way you want to. Add, delete, replace and tweak. Your rack is what you want it to be. Need more gear? No problem. Choose a synth, a drum machine, a loop player or any device from the Create menu and it will instantly appear in your rack, logically patched into the signal chain. And because Reason Essentials is designed to go easy on your computer, you can repeat the process until you're more than happy.
A single key press will turn the rack around, and there you are, in patch cord heaven. Most audio connections are made automatically. When a new device is created, it appears immediately below the currently selected device, automatically patched into the system in the most logical way. Repatch by dragging the patch cord plug to the desired connector to build your own sounds — or tweak the included presets.
When you need even more creative options, Rack Extensions come to the rescue. The Rack Extension technology, new in this version of Reason Essentials, lets you expand your collection with the instruments and effects your music needs. Created by Propellerhead and other developers, Rack Extensions are full Reason rack citizens, giving you the same fully integrated experience as when using any of the included devices.
Recording music is all about seizing the moment. Capturing a perfect performance — or even nailing that idea before it goes away — requires tools that are ready when you are. Create record ready audio tracks in an instant. Simply plug in, breathe out, and you're ready to go — Reason Essentials gives you unlimited audio tracks and instrument channels.
The powerful sequencer is where you will find yourself doing most of the work. While keeping Reason’s famous ease of use, it still comes with all the editing features you need. Immediate and intuitive, the sequencer puts you in control of your arrangements, letting you move and edit parts as you go along. Every thinkable knob, button or fader can be automated with ease, and then edited and fine tuned.
As a perfect performance may be less than perfect from scratch, Reason Essentials features a swift and easy to use comp editor. Building the ultimate vocal track is as simple as selecting the parts that work and muting the ones that don't. Exit the comp editor and listen to the results; a perfect take containing only the good parts.
The acclaimed Propellerhead timestretch lets you play now and pick the tempo later. Change the song tempo and all your audio tracks will follow right along without any need for pre-processing of any kind. Need to slow your song down to nail a tricky passage? No problem. Just reduce the tempo, record your performance, and bring the tempo back up. The audio quality? Amazing.
Reason Essentials' masterfully modeled mixing console gives you a built-in two-band EQ on every channel, advanced effects handling, full automation, while that radio-ready master bus compressor gives you a big studio sound.
The Reason Essentials rack can be stacked with an infinite number of reverbs, distortion units, delays, dynamic processors, mastering EQs - everything you need to shape and color your sounds. Click and drag effects straight to the rack or load any of the expertly crafted patches.
With Line 6 bass and guitar amplifiers available for every single track in your Reason Essentials project, you are never short of interesting tones and timbres. As the amplifiers are insert effects and don't affect the original instrument signal, you are free to change your amplifier and cabinet settings at any point in time - even after laying down your track.
The Line 6 guitar and bass amplifiers are expandable with more amps and cabinets through model packs available from Line 6.
Reason’s legendary flow lets you stay focused on the music and explore your options as you go along. With a completely integrated environment like Reason Essentials, you will face fewer dialog boxes, more inspiration and more music. Reason Essentials is everything you need to turn good ideas into great songs.