Reason Studios Reason 11

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Reason 11: Dial Your Music Production Up to 11

Reason users are accustomed to impressive major updates of their favorite DAW — and Reason 11 does not disappoint. For version 11, Reason Studios expanded Reason with a bevy of hot new features like curved automation and audio clip crossfades, plus five exciting new devices: Quartet Chorus Ensemble and Sweeper Modulation Effect; plus rack versions of workhorse dynamics and EQ from Reason’s modeled SSL 9000K console. But perhaps the biggest deal is that the Reason Rack is now available as a plug-in, so you can use all your beloved Reason instruments, effects, and devices in any DAW. That’s right: Reason 11 includes both the plug-in version of the Reason Rack and the standalone Reason music production software with all the features you know and love — and more! Get ready to supercharge your music production with Reason 11.

What’s new in Reason 11

At the heart of Reason is a virtual studio rack where you craft the sounds your music needs, starting from scratch or from Reason’s massive, multi-gigabyte sound library. From synthetic and electronic to acoustic and organic, Reason has you covered; while its integrated browser helps you quickly find and audition the perfect sounds for any genre. Synthesisers, instruments, effects – as many as you need. Brimming with more than 29,000 meticulously sculpted synths, samples, drum kits, loops, and FX, Reason’s onboard sound bank is renowned for putting everything you need to craft your music right at your fingertips. Now Reason 11 ups the ante with a squadron of new features and effects to ignite your creativity.

  • NEW Beat Map
  • NEW MIDI Out
  • NEW Included Reason Rack Plug-in
  • NEW Quartet Chorus Ensemble rack unit
  • NEW Sweeper Modulation Effect rack unit
  • NEW Master Bus Compressor rack unit
  • NEW Channel Dynamics rack unit
  • NEW Channel EQ rack unit
  • NEW Curved automation
  • NEW Audio clip crossfades
  • NEW Improved and individual vertical zoom
  • NEW Mute MIDI notes
  • NEW Draw multiple notes
  • NEW Show played and selected notes in key edit

The Reason Rack Plug-in is included with Reason 11
Nothing captures the playful spirit of music-making and sound-sculpting more than the Reason Rack. And now you can use it as a plug-in with your favorite DAW or produce music directly in Reason standalone. With the Reason Rack Plug-in, you can make music with all of Reason’s cherished instruments, effects, and sounds in whatever DAW you choose. Used like this, Reason is a gargantuan expansion to your studio setup with its synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, MIDI effects, sampled instruments, and creative effects. With the Reason Rack Plug-in, you deploy the instruments and effects just like you do in Reason. You can combine or stack them and add Reason’s Player MIDI FX devices. Want more options? You can also expand the Reason Rack Plug-in with exclusive Rack Extension plug-ins to create the ultimate studio rack of your dreams!


New Reason Rack devices
Reason 11 comes with five new rack devices that open up new sonic vistas for your music. Quartet Chorus Ensemble gives you four different flavors of chorus and ensemble effects, ranging from classic vintage chorus to the unique sound of granular ensemble. Reason’sSweeper Modulation Effect is a versatile phaser, flanger, and filter unit with extensive dynamic modulation options that go far beyond a traditional LFO. Also on tap are rack unit versions of three go-to Reason console modules: Reason’s Master Bus Compressor, which gives your audio radio-ready punch and apparent loudness; Channel Dynamics, which provides compression, expansion, and gating; and Channel EQ, the legendary equalizer featured on countless hits. Longtime Reason aficionados will welcome these indispensable console modules to the Reason Rack, where they can now be applied anywhere in your signal flow.

New workflow enhancements

Reason Studios also made a number of improvements to Reason’s creative flow that will help you work faster and more efficiently. Curved automation lets you draw fluid curves in your automation for smoother mixes. With audio clip crossfades, adjacent clips can now crossfade into each other. In the sequencer, you have increased vertical track height, which is now adjustable on a per-track basis. There’s a new pen tool to draw multiple notes — a real time saver for drum programming! A MIDI note mute tool lets you mute and unmute separate notes to quickly audition different pattern variations. There’s also an option for showing played and selected notes in key edit, which gives you a clear overview when editing or playing MIDI. Additional workflow enhancements include absolute snap, draw automation point at same level, and a new shortcut for moving notes an octave

Countless reasons to love Reason

When used standalone, Reason is a powerful virtual studio for fast and creative music production. Reason’s open architecture and anything-goes cabling philosophy have won over legions of fiercely loyal devotees worldwide. Unique among DAWs, Reason’s logical workflow and gorgeous, highly responsive graphical interface emulate a real recording studio (complete with racks full of insanely great gear). Reason is intuitive whether you’re an experienced engineer or just getting into music production. With easy, comprehensive sequencing and effortless audio recording on unlimited tracks, you can create beats; build your Reason Rack with VST plug-ins, Rack Extensions, and amazing built-in instruments, FX, and utilities (17 premium instruments, 29 audio effects, and 11 MIDI FX and utilities); and mix down on Reason’s legendary modeled large-format console.

Reason has a unique way of handling tempo, key, and pitch. Record first and find the right tempo later with Reason’s always-on, real-time project-wide time stretch. Want to audition how your song sounds in a different a key? Keep the tempo and transpose the audio. Tweak your vocal performances to perfection with Pitch Edit. With Reason, it’s easy to rework, re-sample, or reshape your recordings into something completely new.

Drag-and-drop, or patch from scratch

With Reason, you don’t have to patch anything if you don’t want to. Simply drag-and-drop instruments onto tracks and effects devices onto instruments, and Reason automatically makes the connections — just like any other DAW. But when you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and throw some patches, hit the Tab key to turn Reason’s rack around, and you’re in modular heaven with a world of sonic possibilities at your disposal. Your imagination is the only limitation.

Reason: there’s nothing else like it

Experiment and have fun as you patch audio and control voltages freely between devices in the rack to build truly monstrous sounds. Use samples in Europa’s Spectral Filter to generate sample-based filter curves — or draw your own. Process a guitar through Thor’s LFOs, envelopes, and step sequencer. Drop a sample into Grain and marvel at the endless sonic mutations you can create with its available playback algorithms, modulation, routing, and effects. Patch a vocal through Radical Piano’s audio input to enhance it with shimmering grand piano string and body resonance. Try that with any other DAW! You get the idea. Simply put, there is no other DAW like Reason.

Instruments included with Reason 11:

  • Europa Shapeshifting Synthesiser
  • Grain Sample Manipulator
  • Klang Tuned Percussion Instrument
  • Pangea World Instruments
  • Humana Vocal Ensemble Instrument
  • Radical Piano — advanced acoustic piano
  • Monotone Bass Synthesiser
  • Rytmik Drum Machine
  • Kong Drum Designer
  • Thor polysonic synthesiser
  • NN19 sampler
  • NN-XT advanced sampler
  • Malström graintable synthesizer
  • Dr. Octo Rex loop player
  • Redrum pattern-based drum machine
  • Subtractor analog subtractive synthesiser
  • ID-8 songwriter’s toolbox

    Included effects:

    • NEW Quartet Chorus Ensemble
    • NEW Sweeper Modulation Effect
    • NEW Master Bus Compressor
    • NEW Channel Dynamics
    • NEW Channel EQ
    • RV7000 MkII advanced convolution reverb
    • The Echo high-quality delay & tape echo
    • Softube Guitar amplifier with amp and cabinet modeling
    • Softube Bass amplifier with amp and cabinet modeling
    • Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit
    • Alligator triple channel pattern-based gate
    • Pulveriser distortion, compressor and envelope follower module
    • Synchronous Effects Modulator
    • Neptune pitch corrector and voice synthesizer
    • Audiomatic Retro Transformer
    • MClass 4-band mastering EQ
    • MClass Dual-band stereo imager
    • MClass Stereo compressor with sidechain input, soft-knee mode and CV out
    • MClass Maximizer with look-ahead and soft clip
    • RV-7 digital reverb
    • DDL-1 digital delay line
    • D-11 foldback distortion
    • ECF-42 envelope-controlled filter
    • DF-101 chorus/flanger
    • PH-90 phaser
    • COMP-01 compressor
    • PEQ2 2-band EQ
    • BV512 vocoder with 4 to 512 bands and equalization
    • UN16 unison

    Player MIDI effects and utility devices:

    • Scales & Chords
    • Dual Arpeggio
    • Note Echo
    • RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator
    • ReGroove Mixer real-time groove console
    • Matrix pattern-based sequencer
    • Pulsar Dual LFO
    • 14:2 mixer w/ EQ and effects send/return
    • 6:2 channel stereo line mixer
    • Spider Audio Merger & Splitter
    • Spider Control Voltage Merger & Splitter
    • Combinator, for building chains of instruments, effects, and pattern sequencers

    Reason Studios Reason 11 Features:

    • Massive factory sound bank with more than 29,000 device patches, loops, and samples
    • VST plug-in support: add any instrument or effect plug-in to Reason’s rack
    • Delay compensation makes all signal paths play in perfect, phase-locked sync
    • Opens songs and synth patches made in Reason Compact — the free pocket music studio for iOS
    • Rack Extensions lets you expand your collection of instruments and effects from Reason Studios and 3rd party developers
    • Support for Ableton Link: effortlessly sync Reason and other link enabled apps over Wi-Fi
    • Unlimited audio recording and instrument channels
    • Fully featured high-precision multitrack sequencer with Blocks mode and audio comping tools
    • High-quality real-time time stretch & audio transpose
    • Pitch Edit mode for polishing your vocal recordings
    • Audio slicing and audio quantize — correct the timing of your audio recordings
    • Convert recorded or imported audio in the sequencer into REX loops for further sound manipulation
    • MIDI instrument output — control synths, samplers, and keyboards from Reason’s sequencer
    • MIDI clock output — sync hardware to Reason
    • Advanced exporting — export your separate mixer channels as individual audio stems, including effects and tempo track
    • Live sampling on all Sampler devices
    • Remote mapping to external MIDI controllers and hardware control surfaces
    • Supports all major file formats — from WAV and AIFF to MP3 and more
    • Real-time sample rate and bit depth conversion allows for importing any audio into Reason without issues
    • Multicore support and 64-bit compatibility makes Reason fast and powerful on any computer
    • Self-contained song files make moving projects between computers and collaborator as easy as moving a single file
    • Advanced modeled mixing console with complete channel strip for every instrument and audio channel

    Tech Specs

    • Software Type:DAW
    • Platform:Mac, PC
    • Upgrade/Full:Full
    • Download/Boxed:Download
    • Bit Depth:64-bit
    • Format:Standalone, VST3, AU, AAX
    • Hardware Requirements – Mac:Intel Core i5 or higher, 8GB RAM or more recommended
    • Hardware Requirements – PC:Intel Core i5 / AMD Athlon X4 or higher, 8GB RAM or more recommended
    • OS Requirements – Mac:OS X 10.11 or later
    • OS Requirements – PC:Windows 7 SP1 or later
    • Manufacturer Part Number:109715720