Welcome to Introducing Reason 4. Whether you already have experience with digital music creation or are completely new to it, you are probably aware that the possibilities available today for creating music in the digital environment are truly staggering. Over the last decade as computers have gotten faster and available storage space has increased, the many software companies creating digital audio programs have kept pace, upping the ante with new features, instruments, effects, and available options with every new release.
Along with the virtually unlimited opportunities now available for professional musicians and recording engineers, the average home computer has more than enough resources to run many of today’s most powerful digital audio programs, including Reason. These advances have put the ability to build powerful digital audio-based home studios well within the reach of students, hobbyists, professionals, and amateur musicians alike. From the beginning, Propellerhead’s Reason program has represented a new way of working with digital audio and thinking about digital music creation. Their revolutionary idea of presenting the user with an entirely self-contained rack of virtual instruments, effects, and routing devices places all of the tools needed for recording, editing, sequencing, saving and exporting at the user’s disposal in a single interface. And, as you’ll learn in these pages, not only can Reason be used on its own, but the ability to combine Reason with other digital audio programs through the ReWire protocol has made the program an indispensable tool in many studios that use other programs as their primary digital audio workstation.
Today’s digital audio programs continue to grow and expand both in feature sets and complexity. With its unique combination of multiple instrument and effect devices, flexible routing, and MIDI control functionality, Reason in particular offers literally limitless possibilities for creating and sequencing digital audio. Above all, what this book aims to do is to give you the tools and information you need to create your own workflow and to best
harness Reason 4’s resources to make your own original music.