Since many of you have been asking me to write a review about Propellerhead’s new version called Reason 8, I decided to go ahead and do it.
Firstly, let’s talk a little bit about the company behind this amazing beat maker. It’s Propellerhead that was founded in 1994 and has been creating instruments and software for music tools since then. It’s a Swedish company that aim to produce world-class products for all musicians around the world to help them create the kind of music they look for.
Reason 8 is the new version released recently by Propellerhead that comes to offer a better user experience by introducing much easier and faster interface that is totally different from Reason 7.
So, let’s get down to business. Here’s my reason 8 review.
Take a look first to this video introducing Reason 8.
What I like About Reason 8
There are actually a lot of features in Reason 8 you can’t simply hate. Here are some of them I found that they need to be mentioned.
- NN-XT Advanced Sampler + live Sampling
- So many amazing instruments such as: ID-8 songwriter’s toolbox and Thor polysonic synthesizer.
- Mixing Console with a channel for every instrument and audio channel.
- MultiTrack Sequencer with high precision audio tools.
- So many effects such as RV7000 Advanced Reverb and Scream 4 Distortion.
- Unlimited audio and instruments tracks.
- An advanced Browser allows you to easily find loops and effects + Drug-and-drop option supported
- Matrix pattern-based sequencer.
- Realtime audio stretch
- Advanced Export options
- ReWire Support
- Supports all major formats .Wav and .mp3 and others.
- Runs on both PC and Mac
- Great Support team that will answer all your questions.
- Free Video Tutorials on Their YouTube Channel.
As you can see Reason 8 is a powerful beat maker that has everything you’ll need to produce the type of beats you love. Also, its new layout is outstanding. It will help you focus on music only instead of struggling with confusing buttons as in other programs.
What I don’t like about Reason 8
Actually it’s an amazing beat maker which is considered one of the best programs ever. But, every software has its downsides. For me I don’t like that Reason 8 :
Is Difficult to use for complete beginners that are just starting out with beat making and has never used a beat maker before. Therefore, I recommend if you’re one of these people to purchase a copy of BTV Solo instead. You can read my full review about BTV Solo here.
Doesn’t Support MIDI Keyboard. This option is not available in Reason 8 Essentials (49$). But, it does exist in the full version Reason 8 which its price is expensive (399$).
Reason 8 Essentials Vs Reason 8
The main difference between the two editions is that Reason 8 has more advanced options that are designed for professional producers. Reason 8 Essentials comes with less effects and instruments than Reason 8. Take a look this image below to see the major differences.
I think it’s simple. If you’re familiar with beat makers and want to do MIDI Sequencing then you’ll probably want to go for Reason 8. In the other hand, if you’re an absolute beginner who’s just starting out with beat making then I would recommend sticking with Reason 8 Essential because it has all the features a beginner needs.
Before Deciding which beat maker you’ll go with. You’ll need to take a look at the best beat makers available in the market to have a good idea. Also, I’d recommend reading my article about How To Choose The Right Beat Maker for You.
As always, I’d be glad to hear from you at the comments section. If you had an experience using Reason 8 don’t hesitate sharing it with your fellow producers.