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Why I’m Upgrading to Propellerhead Reason 9 DAW

It’s (almost) here. The new Propellerhead Reason 9 DAW. (update: you can find my full Reason 9 review here)

I’ve been a longggggggggg time user of Propellerhead Software’s Reason DAW.

Reason is my favorite piece of music production software, because if find it so creative and intuitive.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I treat it like an instrument, and I sometimes get frustrated when I can’t use my real instruments the same way I use reason.

My Journey with Propellerhead to Reason 9


I got version 2.5 back in 2003. It came in a box and ran on Windows 2000.

I ran Propellerheads' Reason 2.5 on Windows 2000

I ran Propellerheads’ Reason 2.5 on Windows 2000


Fast-forward to today, and I run Reason 7.5. I never upgraded to Reason 8, because I didn’t think that the workflow improvements were enough, by themselves, to justify an upgrade.

Plus I was really comfortable with the design and layout that I’d gotten used to in the past few versions.

But Reason 9 changes all of that.

I made a video describing why I’m upgrading in detail.

But the short story is this:

  1. Workflow improvements. I think the browser in 7.5 is really old and tired.
  2. The new input features including an advanced dual arpeggio, scales and chords, and note echo. I use similar features in Maschine all the time, and there amazing.
  3. The ability to bounce audio to midi, and vice versa. This should open up some interesting possibilities.
  4. The RV-7000 MK II reverb with convolution (this was included in 8.0, but I never upgraded).
  5. The addition of over 1000 new patches to Propellerhead Reason 9. Who doesn’t love more sounds?
  6. Propellerheads has been a great company to their users, offering lots of free upgrades, rack extensions, and support over the years. Loyalty is earned, and they’ve put in the work.

For more information on Propellerhead Reason 9, check out their site.

It’s set to be released on June 21. It will cost $129 to upgrade and $399 to purchase new.

Stay tuned and sign up for the email list if you want to hear my review of Reason 9!

The bottom line: I can’t wait to make music on Reason 9!