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Reason 11 Review - Is Reason 11 Worth it?

reason reviews Nov 06, 2019

This Reason 11 review will help you figure out if Reason 11 is right for you. If you’re looking for a great DAW for hip hop and EDM, Reason is a lot of fun and may be just for you. However, if you like to make more complex styles of music, the Reason 11 workflow will bog you down.

In summary, I'd give Reason 11 an 8/10. You can buy it here (affiliate link).

The Reason 11 update is the latest version of Propellerhead Software’s flagship DAW. Of course, Propellerhead has now changed its name to Reason Studios. Which makes sense, I guess, since that’s basically what they do.

Reason 11 was released on September 25, 2019. It added two totally new effects: the Quartet chorus and the Sweeper phaser as well as a half dozen minor workflow improvements. Update June 2020: Reason 11 added a new "player," which is an algorithmic tool for creating beats and patterns. It also repackaged a few pre-existing effects. Still, I’m making the Reason 11 upgrade from 10 (here’s my Reason 10 review for reference).

There are 3 versions of Reason 11: Reason 11 Intro (review), Reason 11 standard, and Reason 11 Suite.

The biggest new feature of Reason 11 is that it can now be used in other DAWs as a plugin (except Logic and ProTools, for the time being). Update June 2020 - Reason 11 now works as a plugin in every DAW. 

Reason 11 has also added a host of minor - but hugely important - workflow improvements. For example, you can now have curves in your automation lanes and export files as .mp3s. If you want to learn more, check out the ultimate guide on how to use Reason 11.

Skip to your favorite part:
What’s new: 2:07
New User 5:26
Plugin User 7:58
Upgrading from Reason 9 – 11:56

Download the beginners Cheat Sheet.

The bottom line for my Reason 11 review – if you’ve got Reason 9 or below, it’s worth upgrading. If you’re using Reason 10, hold off. If you’re interested in getting started with Reason, there’s never been a better time! Even if you don’t love using Reason as a DAW, the ability to use it as a plugin in your favorite DAW makes it incredibly powerful!

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