Reason for Mac

Reason for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 24 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.1
  • Total Downloads:
    239,980
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try; $499.00 to buy

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Editors' Review

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Reason for Mac provides you with the digital instruments required to create dance, electronic, and hip-hop beats. It is also a handy tool for professional composers and songwriters in the film, television, or commercial industries.

Pros

Huge range of instruments: Reason offers hundreds of instruments, loops, and effects, and even more ways to customize each of those sounds to make them truly your own. You can interface with the instruments via an external keyboard, or by just using your mouse or computer keyboard.

Lifelike visual interface: The instruments and effects panels appear like they would in an actual rack system. Anyone that has worked with physical equipment before should have no problem leaping right in and starting to mix with this software.

Features that actually help: In competing software, many of the complex features actually hinder you, unless you know exactly how to use them. In Reason, features are easy t0 understand and work with.

Cons

No standout features: Reason for Mac exists in a very competitive space, with a lot of big-name professional software like Pro Tools and Logic competing with it. The only real drawback to Reason is that it doesn't do anything to make it leap to the head of the pack.

Bottom Line

If you're new to the world of creating digital music, Reason for Mac is an excellent app. It allows you to explore your creativity, by providing you with an almost endless supply of instruments and tools in an easy to utilize interface.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Reason for Mac 8.0.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"great"

July 24, 2007  |  By rudy wiilaims

 |  Version: Reason 2.5

Pros

makin beats from home

Cons

the price

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5 stars

"great pro sounds!!"

July 15, 2007  |  By elivalmar

 |  Version: Reason 2.5

Pros

It is very flexible

Cons

expensive

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3 stars

"4"

August 04, 2006  |  By baltatanu

 |  Version: Reason 2.5

Pros

as

Cons

31234124

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3 stars

"Sluggish!"

March 16, 2005  |  By C Bennett

 |  Version: Reason 3.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Couldn't agree more with the two previous comments. Loaded up Reason 3.0 demo on my Titanium G4867 PowerBook (768MB RAM) and hit play on the demo song. The CPU meter stayed in the green (maybe 65%) but the audio glitched, pipped and popped through all of the demo tracks and the actual application window seemed incredibly unresponsive. Iâ??ve only ever had this experience when Reason 2.5 was loaded with about 40+ rack units and the CPU meter in the red (95%). Basically Reason 3 is one hungry hungry hippo! Did all the usual system optimisations (*censored*tail etc.) and a full restart and nope Reason 3 is unusably slow on older Macs, whereas 2.5 was super nippy and could handle some serious rack combos. The Propellerheads website states a G3 (minimum) but I honestly don't think it's worth moving to version 3 unless you have a nuclear powered quad G6. Very disappointed indeed!

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5 stars

"Upgrade Your Mac!"

March 16, 2005  |  By rspress

 |  Version: Reason 3.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
For those who want to upgrade to Version 3 then add the cost of a faster Mac if you do not already have one. With version 2.5 I could have tons of samplers, synths, effects just about anything I wanted with no playback problems. I have had 25-30 instrument tracks and a full load of effects with no problems. On version 3 the few tracks the demo songs have will choke my eMac 800Mhz. I will stick with version 2.5 until I can afford to upgrade my Mac!

BTW. Hello people at proppellerhead, some of us would like to use live audio to modulate the vocoder! I though version 3 would take care of this shortcoming but we still have to use a sampler with recorded vocals to mod the vocorder. It would be nice if Reason accepted live audio as an input to the vocorder and recorded the result. It would be even better if live audio was just another instrument that could be passed through the effects and audio chain and recorder live. Splitting the audio into a regular track, an effected track or out to the vocorder would be nice as well.

Lack of these features and the MAJOR increase in processor load cost version 3 two stars

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Propellerhead Software
Publisher web site http://www.propellerheads.se/
Release Date December 18, 2014
Date Added December 18, 2014
Version 8.1
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.61GB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 239,980
Downloads Last Week 99
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $499

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