For much of its life, Reason was quite unique in the music technology world. It was a midi sequencer that didn’t record audio and didn’t have native support for plug-ins but was nonetheless incredibly popular. Partly this was because it was easy to use, a quality often undervalued by software developers. In recent years, though, it has started increasingly to resemble what we might call the ‘leading’ DAWs.
The trend towards becoming a fully featured DAW continues with Reason 6.5 in the form of Rack Extensions –third-party instrument and effect modules that have full access to all of Reason’s features and integrate into your projects. They aren’t plug-ins in the conventional sense, rather they live inside Reason just like its existing modules. So Propellerhead pulls off the task of making Reason expandable while still essentially keeping everything in-house. Before we get too far into this, though, a quick recap on what Reason is, for the uninitiated.