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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 18, 2014

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 to 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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 11.3

  • Create, edit and mix the music of your choice
  • Last updated on 05/12/20
  • There have been 1 updates within the past 6 months

General

Release May 12, 2020
Date Added May 12, 2020
Version 11.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks

Popularity

Total Downloads 258,926
Downloads Last Week 7
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Developer's Description

Reason comes in the shape of a classic studio rack, packed with all the gear you could possibly need: Samplers, Analog synths, Mixers, Step time drum machines, Effects, and a realtime multi-track sequencer for fast and intuitive music making. Everything is there except the drawbacks, no tripping over cables or locating ground hum. All of Reason's 16 devices have the look and feel of the real thing, but more importantly, they have the sound, the performance and the attitude to rival any hardware out there. And you can use each device as many times as your CPU can handle. Reason hooks up to your MIDI keyboard faster than you can say Revolutionary Software, giving you MIDI control of all devices, knobs, faders and parameters. Whether you're a big time producer or a bedroom DJ, a pro musician or an amateur tweaker, this application provides all the necessary tools within the comfort of your own computer.