deep'n'dark wrote:In all seriousness; Reason could be called a DAW nowdays, because it does Audio and has a 3rd party plugins - this wasn't a case before. I would ask that what does Reason not do, that other DAWs do? In the end of the day we all create an instrument and apply effects, usually nothing else is done so I gotta wonder that what do some of you mean, when you say that Reason is far behind?
Only thing that comes to my mind is that Reason effects aren't the best out there but now, with the Rack Extensions we can change that issue too. Some say, we need this, we need that: but you rarely need anything else that Reason already does.
Today I asked myself a question, because I have used Reason for 10 years, the question was: Do I really use Reason to it's full potential? I quickly answred my question and the answer was: No, I don't use Reason even close to it's full potential. I have a Intel i7 3,4 Ghz and 16 GB Ram - I can go crazy with my projects, because my powerful PC allows me to do that.
All these years I have been making music with Reason, and proved myself that "Yes, I can archive this and that with the combinator" or "I can create this sound too with Reason after all" But every DAW needs some work - Reason isn't an exception.
Let me ask a question: When you've created an instrument, Do you tweak it a lot or are you in a hurry to make tomorrow's hit and you release half-baked music all of the time? I know I've been on this boat myself. But some days, when I launch Reason, I feel really good about it, - I feel that I'm able to do everything with it. The FSB effect library is huge and it has so many different sounding patches and lot of them sound Great! + I've made many effects myself. The thing is that, the raw and boring instruments wont do it. Usually every instrument needs some EQ or reverb, sometimes some modulation or compression . . . and it needs to sound right. To make it right, it needs your focused judgement and ears. If your motto would be like Adam Fielding has said: "It's right when it's right" and you'd be mixing that in your mind, you'd be doing a lot better music.
To sum it all up: Treat your instruments, Record perfect audio takes - mix like a Master - choose the right sounds, draw interesting midi arrangements, take down the flaws and you'll notice how big difference there is comapared when you're a lazy whining studio-rat!
Reason is behind in effects, instrument devices, audio editing, midi capabilities, customization options, and real plugin support. When you run into missing features on a regular basis, it's time to move on. It's not about using every corner of Reason, it's about Reason cockblocking the things that you need. "Well, I need a trailer hitch" re: "Have you tried the sunroof? It's all you need."
I very much dislike the factory sound bank. Some of the sampled content is decent enough, but as far as effects and presets go....yuck. I'm not much of a preset user any way. Shaping sound is inspirational to me, as much as making music...scratch that...it is part of making music. No one has a better idea of what I need, in order to make the sounds that I want to hear, than me. Music and sound are personal things. A person needs some room to stretch out, experiment, and find what works for his/her own music. That is the problem with Reason. A single company is trying to define what users need, in every way. Other daws support the thousands of already available plugins, have scripting abilities, low level modularity, etc. The combinator is handy for grouping devices and modulations, but it doesn't make up for missing functionality. If Propellerhead doesn't know what that missing functionality is, then I guess they aren't listening to what users want. Instead, they are trying to sell you what they think you want. I want to shape the software to what I do, not shape what I do to the software. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qnd-hdmgfk
Use what works for you, I guess. Reason is not working for me. And btw, I'm not so much of a hits guy. Most of the music that I listen to never got time on mainstream radio, before radio turned into the corporate ad jukebox that it is today.
P.s.: Don't get me wrong. I think that Reason has some good points, and I would like to see it get to where it needs to be as a daw. The more viable choices among music making software, the merrier. But Props has to stop it with this "It's all you need" bs. Less marketing, more substance