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Reason: Plug & Play

Reason Tips & Techniques
By Simon Sherbourne

Screen 1. Reason running as a  plug-in — what a  time to be alive!Screen 1. Reason running as a plug-in — what a time to be alive!

With Reason now available as a plug-in, there's plenty to get to grips with for new and old users alike.

Reason 11 is here after a short public beta phase. Its primary new feature is the ability to run the Reason Rack as a plug-in. This month we take an overview of how this works and what you can (and can't) do.

While I enjoy working in Reason as a stand-alone DAW, I've spent as much time over the years using it as a Rewire client alongside Live or Pro Tools. So I was excited to learn that Reason 11 adds a plug-in version, offering the chance for me to simplify my workflow and keep projects in a single file. In fact Reason 11 no longer supports Rewire, and there's currently no AAX version of the plug-in so I've had to reassess my workflow overall.

Back To Basics

If you're new here after adding the Reason plug-in to your DAW, welcome! The Reason plug-in gives you the real core of the Reason experience, in fact the 'classic' experience from the days before Reason had a master mixer and sequencer. You can use the Reason plug-in simply to use single instances of Reason's synth and effect devices in your DAW project, or you can chain devices in the plug-in's virtual Rack, or get your teeth into complex modular patching.

Screen 2. As well as general preferences, the plug-in Settings have everything you need to manage your Reason content, Rack Extensions and license.Screen 2. As well as general preferences, the plug-in Settings have everything you need to manage your Reason content, Rack Extensions and license.Reason Studios appear to be expecting that some users may never touch the...

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Published December 2019