review :: art damage
as a piece of composition software modeled after a rack of gear this, at this time there is nothing as capable as reason. the user interface is simple to learn. the software performs flawlessly in my experience of over three year . Reason ran well for me on a Intel Pentium 2, with 512 megs of ram, I now use a Pentium 4 , 2,8, 800fsb, and two gigs of ram better , much better !
the program is stable and has never crashed while using it.
this program sounds as good as the samples that you use.
the subtractor synth, is capable of very good sound when programed knowledgeably.
two pieces of gear that deserve to be pointed out are the NN-XT sampler and the DR Rex Rex file play back device.
Dr Rex uses Rex 2 files now generated from the Recycle Program. this program deserves it's own review . needless to say Recycle works flawlessly . Recylce creates loops from any wav file voice drum loops. elaborate loops with high CPU can be exported as wav files processed in recycle into a loop and the playback is a minimal demand on the CPU.
the NN-XT is a very powerful sampler and though my skills at creating samples for the NN=XT are nil I have purchased sample collects , PROTON, and Kreativ Sounds Active eBASS and the potentially of the sampler was revealed. it is very good offering the informed programmer a lot of control options, layering for multi-tumbrel patches and the list goes on.
the coolest part out this program for me is the ability to automate just about every nob ,slider and switch on ever piece of gear, including instruments fx's processor and mixer. again it works flawlessly. the power of this feature can turn a ho-hum sounding song into a dynamic living composition reflecting the best aspects of an ensemble playing live.
I am now using Reason 2.5 and Recycle 2 in tandem and feel that this is the easiest, most reliable set of programs that I have ever used. would I replace it if it were stolen? Absolutely.
the next goal I have for using the program: create samples for the NN-XT from my nord Modular.