Home Recording Made Easy: Reason 9 Essentials


Whether you're a student who wants to become a music producer, or if you're a musician looking for a cheap and affordable way to record at home, the new Reason 9 Essentials is your perfect home recording software.

Reason 9 Essentials home recording blog

Today, recording on a home computer, laptop or tablet using a DAW (digital audio workstation) is the easiest and most common way to make music at home. Though some people still enjoy using a multi-track, it's usually much easier and cheaper to just get an audio interface, most of which already come bundled with recording software.

However, for the best possible home recording results, it's a much better idea is to invest on something other than a free software! And at the moment, nothing beats the new Reason 9 Essentials in terms of quality and value: at under £50*, it's a real bargain! It provides everything you need to get started on music production, on an easy-to-use interface, giving you the essence of Reason... at a fraction of the price!

What is Reason 9 Essentials?

Reason 9 Essentials Reason 9 Essentials: great software, low price!

Reason 9 Essentials is basically a simplified version of Reason - which costs £289*... whereas Essentials costs only £49*. This is a fully-working DAW, the same as Reason but which just happens to have less features and sounds than the full-version. In other words - you'll get the same software, but for instance, instead of it featuring 16 different studio effects, you get only five.

If you're on a more professional level, of course Reason 9 is still a great choice and totally worth the money - but if you're a beginner, or simply on a tighter budget, you will do just fine with what you get on Reason 9 Essentials, simply because the full-version Reason has so many features, that you might not even use most of them, anyway!  So why not just save yourself £240* and get yourself the cheaper version?

Main Reason 9 Essential features:

Despite its very affordable price tag, Reason 9 Essentials packs a lot, and has more than enough features to keep you happy when recording at home:

  • Packs all the recording, editing, effects, instruments, mixing and mastering tools you need to sound great in a streamlined package, with room to grow and expand.
  • Great selection of instruments and effects: drum machine, loop player, sampler, synths, reverb, delay, distortion and more.
  • For guitar players, the guitar and bass amp devices from Softube bring a wide range of top quality guitar amps & cabinets.
  • The intuitive audio and MIDI sequencer makes recording and arranging your music a breeze.
  • When you need even more creative options, Rack Extensions plug-ins lets you add even more instruments and effect
  • Collaborate with others by sharing your musical ideas between Reason Essentials, Figure and Take

Watch: How Softube Can Improve Your Recordings

What are the differences between Reason 9 and Reason Essentials 9?

Reason 9 Reason Essentials 9
Subtractor Synthesizer Yes Yes
ID-8 Songwriter’s Toolbox Yes Yes
Malström Graintable Synthesizer Yes No
Thor Polysonic Synthesizer Yes No
Neptune Pitch/Voice Synth Yes No
NN-XT Advanced Sampler Yes Yes
Live Sampling Editor Yes Yes
NN19 Sampler Yes No
Redrum Drum Computer Yes Yes
Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player Yes Yes
Kong Drum Designer Yes No
Spider Mergers/Splitters Yes Yes
Matrix Pattern Sequencer Yes Yes
Combinator Yes Yes
RPG-8 Arpeggiator Yes No
Pulsar Dual LFO Yes No
MClass Mastering Suite Yes Yes
Master Bus Compressor Yes Yes
BV512 Vocoder Yes No
Modeled Channel EQ/Dynamics Yes No
RV7000 MkII Advanced Reverb Yes Yes
Scream 4 Distortion Yes Yes
Softube Guitar/Bass Amps Yes Yes
CF-101 Chorus/Flanger Yes Yes
DDL-1 Digital Delay Yes Yes
Audiomatic Retro Transformer Yes No
Pulveriser Demolition Unit Yes No
Alligator Triple Filtered Gate Yes No
The Echo Yes No
RV-7 Digital Reverb Yes No
D-11 Foldback Distortion Yes No
ECF-42 Envelope Controlled Filter Yes No
PH-90 Phaser Yes No
UN-16 Unison Yes No
COMP-01 Compressor/Limiter Yes No
PEQ-2 Two Band Parametric EQ Yes No
Gain Yes Yes
Equalizer 4-band 2-band
Send Effects 8 4
Insert Effects Yes Yes
Master Compressor Yes Yes
Master Compressor w/ Sidechain Input Yes No
Compressor Yes No
Gate Yes No
Lo-pass/Hi-pass filter Yes No
Spectrum analyzer Yes No
Group and parallel channels Yes No
ReGroove Mixer Yes Yes
Audio Tracks Unlimited Unlimited
Instrument Tracks Unlimited Unlimited
Time stretch Yes Yes
Creates REX files Yes Yes
Bounce In Place Yes Yes
Audio Clip Transpose Yes No
Audio Pitch Edit Mode Yes No
Bounce Audio Clips To MIDI Yes No
Blocks Song Arrangement Yes No
Factory Sound Bank 2.7 GB 1.9 GB
Orkester Sound Bank Yes No
Rack Extensions Yes Yes
ReFills Full support Limited support
ReWire Yes Yes
MIDI out/MIDI clock out Yes No
Reason Yes No
Reason Essentials Yes Yes
Reason Adapted Yes No
Reason Limited Yes No
Record Yes No

Home Recording Essentials

Just one more thing, before we go: Reason 9 Essentials is a fantastic software package that'll help you to make great recordings, but don't forget that a good software is just part of what you'll need. It'll be all in vain if you don't also own a good microphone to record with, and a reliable audio interface, for starters. If you need help in choosing what's best for you, make sure to read our quick Home Recording Buying Guide, with tips and gear suggestions!

Buy Reason 9 Essentials

*All prices correct as of September 2016

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