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.
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 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|
|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|
|DRUMS & LOOPS|
|Redrum Drum Computer||Yes||Yes|
|Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player||Yes||Yes|
|Kong Drum Designer||Yes||No|
|Matrix Pattern Sequencer||Yes||Yes|
|Pulsar Dual LFO||Yes||No|
|MClass Mastering Suite||Yes||Yes|
|Master Bus Compressor||Yes||Yes|
|Modeled Channel EQ/Dynamics||Yes||No|
|RV7000 MkII Advanced Reverb||Yes||Yes|
|Scream 4 Distortion||Yes||Yes|
|Softube Guitar/Bass Amps||Yes||Yes|
|DDL-1 Digital Delay||Yes||Yes|
|Audiomatic Retro Transformer||Yes||No|
|Pulveriser Demolition Unit||Yes||No|
|Alligator Triple Filtered Gate||Yes||No|
|RV-7 Digital Reverb||Yes||No|
|D-11 Foldback Distortion||Yes||No|
|ECF-42 Envelope Controlled Filter||Yes||No|
|PEQ-2 Two Band Parametric EQ||Yes||No|
|Master Compressor w/ Sidechain Input||Yes||No|
|Group and parallel channels||Yes||No|
|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|
|ReFills||Full support||Limited support|
|MIDI out/MIDI clock out||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!
*All prices correct as of September 2016