Long-lasting installation, yet well-structured layout
Seeing how complex the app is, it is no surprise that the setup process might take a while, even though you do not have to reject offers from third-party products.
The interface you come by is pretty well-organized and clean, comprising a menu bar and multiple panels and buttons, each of which correspond to one of the many options available in the app. Although so user-friendly, you still require some previous experience with such products in order to work with it, or you need to pay close attention to the Help contents and video tutorials provided by the developers.
Use provided demos and supported formats
First and foremost, you should know that Reasons comes with several demo songs you can take for a roll, so that you can figure out how to perform some of your editing.
In addition to that, you can import songs in multiple formats (e.g. AAC, AIFF, M4A, MP3, WAV etc.) and MIDI files, as well as create new songs from scratch, or by using one of the available templates (album mastering, basic audio tracking, empty + FX, 16 track tape recorder etc.).
Add a myriad of instruments and effects
This utility also contains a pretty long list of synthesizers, equalizer and compressors you can take advantage of in order to make your songs sound better. Moreover, you can use a long list of instruments, and creative and studio effects.
Tweak multiple preferences and use the built-in playback controls
You can enable keyboard control, a feature which enhances ease of use while you can also play, stop, pause and fast forward a song with the help of the integrated dedicated buttons. It is also possible to record your own audio input, keep events in clip while editing, automatically color tracks and channels, reduce cable clutter, and automatically group devices and tracks.
Furthermore, by using Reasons you can also duplicate a particular selection, insert bars between locators, set loop to selection, join and mute clips, as well as crop events to clip or adjust alien clips to lane.
Performance and conclusion
The computer’s performance might be affected from time to time as the CPU and memory usage tends to be high at times, yet this is to be expected from this type of product. This also means that you should avoid using it with an old computer, as certain problems might arise. The response time is quite good, the interface is customizable and intuitive, yet you still need some previous experience with similar programs.
All in all, Reason is a very complex tool that can help you create beautiful music, which did not pop up any errors, hang or crash during our tests.
Reviewed by Madalina Boboc, last updated on September 30th, 2014
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