INSTALLATION PROCESS AND OTHER TECH-KNOW
For this review, a special computer was
by the Dubroom's Tech-Team. The minimum
requirements were met, and the computer was
kept as clean as possible. No gadgets, no
other software, just Reason 3.0. We used an
average sound card, nothing special either.
We wanted to know, what Reason can do on
it's own. Especially for the contemporary
computer based DUB producers who don't have
a band, or a studio, or a mountain of money,
it's of crucial essence to know if Reason
can do the job on it's own.
So the Tech-Team assembled a computer,
connected a monitor, mouse and keyboard and
that's it. No midi keyboards, no midi
Although the "Real Life"
Dubroom Studio has a stockpile of samples,
and a whole heap of other gadgets and thing,
none of that is used for this review either.
We used the sounds that come with Reason,
and only the software itself. The only
external software we used was to encode the
mp3 files that come with this review.
The Tech-Team didn't install Reason. That
would have been too easy. Many people think,
that being a computer-based DUB producer
means you can assemble any computer and so
on. In the Dubroom, this is not so. It's not
so that everyone who knows how to create DUB
with computers, knows how to create
Fortunately, Propellerhead knows this
too. So installing the software was very,
very easy. Insert the installation disc, and
follow the instructions. Basically, the
instructions are when to put which disc in
the drive. The software is installed in no
time, and is continued as soon as you launch
the program for the first time.
You will be asked to enter the
registration codes, and after you did, the
final phase of the installation process will
be completed. That's where it went wrong
during our installation process. However, an
elbow accidentally hitting the left button
of the mouse caused the mistake. A typical
situation, a natural situation for a DUB
producer. Anyway, the computer halted the
installation process. But after a re-set,
and a re-launch of Reason, everything went
So the installation process is painless.
It's idiot-proof, because even when you make
a mistake, you don't have to redo the whole
process. When your computer meets the
minimum requirements, Reason is installed in
20 minutes at the most. And when you're not
an idiot, it will be shorter.
The most time will be taken by copying
the two CDR's with the sounds anyway.
Previous versions of Reason would let you
choose between installing the banks on your
Hard Drive and leaving them on disc. This is
no longer an option in Reason. And it
shouldn't have to be either.
Let's try to get some DUB out of Reason,