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.
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.
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
* Completely open for any possible DUB
* Fully programmable Hi-Q effects and
instruments. * Professional Sounds for the
* 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.
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
* 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
* 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.
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
* 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
* 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.