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REASON 3.0: THE DUB IS IN THERE!

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

There's a lot to say against making lists of (dis)advantages because they're never complete and leave out a lot of other relevant aspects. So the following shouldn't really be seen without the context of the whole review. We've been asking ourselves, how far can we come when we want to professionally produce DUB music with the use of Reason alone. And we came quite far, after scratching the surface.

CHECK REASON NOWSo before we make a list, we can easily make the conclusion that REASON 3.0 opens the computer for every DUB producer. Buy it, you have no excuse.

Having said that, let's make a list.

THE GOOD

Good points are those particular things that go beyond reasons to buy Reason 3.0. It should be suffice to say that basically you have no excuse not to buy this software if you're looking to produce DUB with computers.

* Completely open for any possible DUB set up. 

* Fully programmable Hi-Q effects and instruments. * Professional Sounds for the instruments 

* Rightfully to be called a Stand Alone Professional DUB Studio. 

* Software that has set the standard from a company with a tradition of setting standards on contemporary music production. 

* Exchanging of files and ideas with other producers is easy because of the large community of Reason users. 

* Reason is able to read open file formats such as wav and sf2. 

* Many ways of linking Reason with other software or external MIDI devices.

 

THE BAD

Bad points can be considered as our description of the agenda at the "Reason Improvement Department" at Propellerhead. We think that these points, or at least some of them, will be fixed in a next update.

* Holding the SHIFT button while creating a device will prevent "auto-connect". It's not possible to disable auto-connect at all. 

* Sometimes, pressing "search", canceling the search, and browsing back to the previous page seems to be the only way to re-open a file in Reason after it's created using the "Save As..." function. That is, as soon as you created them. During next sessions with Reason, the files will be listed. 

* It's not possible to open wav files in the Dr. REX Loop Player. 

* It's not possible to use DirectX or VST Plug-ins as effects. * It's not possible to record audio tracks as in a Recording Studio. 

* There have been complaints on the Internet about the possible hi and low end cutting of certain sounds in Reason. We haven't heard it.

 

THE UGLY

In this context, when we find something ugly, we see stuff that hurts our senses. We know it's there, but we don't like to look at it. Below you will find a few points that we'd prefer to ignore in Reason.

* The Distortions are nice, good quality too, but completely irrelevant for producing DUB unless you want to make a heavy metal guitar or hardcore house bas drum as your specific trademark. 

* Too bad that there isn't an "advanced phaser" * Too bad it's not possible to record automation in the remote editor windows of the various devices. 

* It's not possible to have Reason full-screen at 800x600 Resolution. It's not bad, it's just that the Reason program window could be perhaps 5% bigger. 

* It's not possible to save your tracks as an MP3 file.

All in all, Propellerhead can be rightfully proud of what they've achieved. They have provided the tool, and because it's still under development there are minor points. None of these points is a reason not buy Reason, the totality of these points are also not a reason not to buy Reason.

 

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