1391 posts since 7 Oct, 2005, from Auckland
I had a RE shopping list but after demoing the instruments (PX7, Tres and Parsec) for about 3 weeks now, I don't think I will buy anything
There are two main disadvantages about RE instruments for me:
1. They don't add so much to Thor or Malstrom sound. They sit between those instruments and some of the VSTi that I already have like Razor, Monark, Massive ... etc.
2. I can't sell them. I mean what I will do with them if I decide to sell Reason (for any reason) later?
I had a plan to sell all my VST Instruments and Sequencers and substitute them with Reason and Racks. But I realised that it is not the best idea. It is not easy to find substitutes for what I have in Reason's Land, so in the end I decided to look at Reason as a "Super-Duper Workstation".
I'm not against the Rack Extensions idea, but isn't it a waste of effort to reinvent the wheel? I think it would be better if they support the VST/VSTi huge market but with a smart wrapper that still has the Reason's spirit (modularity) by for example supplying every VSTi/VST plugin with some INs and OUTs to/from some main parts in the synth/effect, how? Well, it can be done by the plugin developer and call it Reason's edition. I really see this idea more practical than a whole new SDK from scratch rather than supply a wrapper library for VST developers to integrate their plugins within Reason. Anyway, it is just a fantasy for now.
The solution for me is: I don't sell my VST world and keep using Reason as a separate workstation that can produce a whole song if I want to. I'm still not obliged to depend on it, or just re-wire it if I want both worlds, but I'm not interested in buying REs really.
S1 v2.6.5, Reaper 5, Sonar X3, Cubase Elements 8 & Reason 7
FM8, Absynth, Massive, Padshop, Retrologue, Sunrizer, Codex, ARP 2600V, SEM V,Harmor, Air AIEP & Korg KLC; AD 2 & Battery 4
Casio PX-5S, Oxygen 49, PreSonus e4.5, HD 280 pro