328 posts since 4 Jan, 2017, from Warsaw, Poland
I've always been fantasising about using Reason, because of its in-the-box ideology (don't have to use the VSTs), the 'rack' skeuomoprhism with the paper stickers on the gear and cables hanging out and ...how colourful the interface is. Yesterday I finally d/l the demo and launched it on my Surface Pro 4 and although it run much better than I expected, God it feels archaic - the GUI is really tiny in a lot of the devices, there's lots of empty spaces taking the screen estate to facilitate the 'hardware studio' metaphor, I needed to scroll all the time to see anything (that mixer is overwhelmingly HUGE!), despite things being small there are big pixels everywhere. The sequencer was a total mess, completely unintuitive to the point where whatever I clicked I somehow broke the demo songs (and I've extensive experience with Live, Bitwig and Studio One)...
It that sense it feels like Live 9 on Windows, i.e. a DAW designed to be run on a big, but low-DPI screens of 720-1080p, but whereas Live somehow compensates the lack of any improvements to its mediocre and by now archaic arrangement view with the playfulness of the session view, I fail to find something to be excited about in Reason.
Shame. I'll still follow the development and maybe jump it at some point if they decide to modernise the UI and sequencer.
Surface Pro 4 i7 8/256GB, Arturia Minilab, Bayerdynamic DT990 ProDAWs:
Bitwig 2, Live 9 Suite, Studio One 3 ProPlugins:
Bazille, Reaktor 6, Codex, Element 2.0, Phoscyon, Neutron 2, H-Series Bundle