Reasons Virtual Instruments
Reason’s synths have been a cornerstone in the application since day one. For a straightforward analog style synth, try out the Subtractor Analog Synth. For a more aggressive digital sound, check out the Malström Graintable Synthesizer. With its godlike flexibility and divine sound, the Thor Polysonic Synthesizer is a giant of a synth–one for the tweak heads, or simply a beautiful sounding instrument.
Drum Machines And Loop Players
Building on the design from classic drum machines, the Redrum Drum Computer offers traditional pattern programming and a great selection of drum kits. For endless sound sculpting possibilities, the Kong Drum Designer comes with sampled drums, drum synths, physical modeling and built-in effects. If you would rather work with sampled loops in your music, turn to the Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player. This loop player powerhouse makes it a breeze to work with sampled material in your songs.
Reason’s huge sound bank comes packed with sampled instruments in every conceivable category. To play samples back, or indeed to sample your own sounds, Reason has two different samplers. The fully featured NN-XT Advanced Sampler lets you play and build rich and complex, multi layered instrument patches, while the straightforward NN-19 Sampler is a quick and easy sampler that comes with plenty of real time modulation capabilities. Reason also features the ID-8 Instrument Device – a songwriter’s best friend. If all you want is a great piano sound or an organ or some strings, the ID-8 is a quick and straightforward way to quickly grab those sounds. ID-8 also maps to the General MIDI standard, making it easy to work with imported MIDI files.
Want even more instruments? With the Rack Extension technology the Reason rack opens up to third party developers too. Propellerhead and leading third party developers offers a great selection of instruments as add-ons to your Reason rack.
Outboard MIDI Gear
For all your external MIDI hardware, Reason comes with the aptly named External MIDI Instrument. With this unit, you can play all your MIDI synths, beatboxes and whatnot from Reason’s sequencer, and control your external MIDI gear with the full automation that Reason users have come to expect.
Full Creative Control
In Reason you can combine, layer and mix instruments to create anything from lush and evolving aural landscapes to performance friendly instrument setups. Using the Combinator device, you can build your own instrument by combining different synths, samplers and effects to get just the sound you are after. Hook up the RPG-8 Arpeggiator to any Reason instrument to create arpeggiated melody lines from the chord you are playing. With settings for play mode, note insert and rhythmic pattern, the RPG-8 can conjure up some pretty amazing music.