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Propellerhead Software Reason 4 - Music Production Software

B&H # PRR4 Mfr # 99-101-0010
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Virtual Studio Rack
  • Stand Alone
  • ReWire
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

Reason 4 from Propellerhead Software can best be described as an infinitely expandable studio - a native-based set of virtual devices that include synthesizers, sampler, drum machine, effects and a pattern sequencer. In short, the software acts as an expandable, all-in-one music production environment.

Each unit in the virtual rack is edited from its own front panel and multiple instances of all the modules can be opened, limited only by the host computer's processing capacity. Choosing an item from the "Create" menu places the module in the rack, logically patched into the signal chain. A single key-press will turn Reason's rack around to reveal patch points for every port on every module, allowing the user to make custom patch configurations.

New in version 4 is "thor", a multi-synthesis synthesizer with six oscillator types, four different filters, a step sequencer and a modulation matrix. RPG-8 is a monophonic arpeggiator with multiple play modes, an insert function and a pattern section. The addition of a 32-channel groove mixer allows users to affect the feel and timing of loops, which are output to the sequencer, which itself has been enhanced with multiple track lanes, vector automation, dedicated device tracks, clips, count-in and more.

The software can function either stand-alone, or as a ReWire application. Full Integration with other manufacturer's audio software via ReWire allows audio from Reason to be output to an external software workstation, for further processing and/or mixing with other audio tracks. When the overall project is ready to be saved, the whole studio setup is stored along with the music, including the associated sounds, samples, loops and drum kits.

Virtual studio complete with virtual synthesizers, samplers, drum machine, pattern sequencers and effects
Native performance, no special hardware needed
Virtual mixer and patching system for any number of modules with endless routings possible
Creates as many of each device as the host computer can handle
Version 4 adds "thor", a multi-synthesis synthesizer, the RPG-8 monophonic arpeggiator and a 32-channel groove mixer
Full automation of all fader and control movements - infinite patching and routing possibilities
Smooth, seamless, out-of-the-box communication with external MIDI controllers and hardware control surfaces
The preset mappings link the controller's knobs, buttons and faders to the parameters within Reason's devices, providing instant, tactile control over any function in any Reason unit
Browser allows for free-text searching of the entire library, "preview-playing" of sounds directly from the browser and increases the efficiency of patch management. The task of finding and loading sounds and patches is smooth and intuitive.
Full synchronization with other MIDI equipment
Audio export via ReWire to other audio software that supports the ReWire protocol
Customizable editors for all devices
Devices can be folded away to save screen space
Type Virtual synthesizer/sampler/effects rack
Voices Dependent on module and computer system performance
Sounds Yes
Effects Yes
Output ASIO 2, ReWire and CoreAudio
System Requirements Mac:
G4 1GHz and up or Intel Mac
Mac OS X 10.4 or later
512MB RAM minimum, 1GB recommended
DVD drive
2GB hard disc space
1024 x 768 color monitor resolution
MIDI interface and keyboard or keyboard with built-in MIDI interface

Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon XP or better
Windows XP SP2, Vista or Windows 7
512MB RAM minimum, 1GB recommended
DVD drive
2GB hard disc space
1024 x 768 color monitor resolution
16-bit Windows compatible audio card, preferably with a DirectX or ASIO driver
MIDI interface and keyboard or keyboard with built-in MIDI interface

Specialties Automatic and manual audio routing
Virtual rear-panel hardware patching for added power and flexibility


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Usually ships in 7-14 business days i This is a Special order item. Est. arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at time of shipment. Item is non-cancelable and non-returnable.

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