I believe reason is mostly made for more Electronic/loop/electro/synth sort of genres and you should look at something like Sonar, Cubase or Logic for orchestral work and generally sequencing .
Better wait and get more oppinions though. I am not very familiar with Reason , i've only seen some people use it for synth stuff mostly.
Reason is a great app, especially version 3 out now but you can't record audio into it. It has a fine sequencer engine for the basics but you need a rewire app to record any audio tracks.
"A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side." -Anne
This might sound like a very snootey thing to say....but in some circles higher tier composers make fun of the so called "Reason-jockeys" as they fancy themselves real composers.
I do believe that the above statement is very general and I know that there are people out there who are doing really great music with Reason.
However, as it has been stated before, if you want to have the type of control over your composition as it is generally required by film and tv music, you really need to get onto the more high end sequencers like Logic, Cubase, DP and such.
If on the other hand, all you're doing is dance tracks and/or working with singers and producing pop stuff, then Reason is definitely up to par for pro work.
Music Composition for Feature Films, Television and Interactive Entertainment
I agree. But Jeff Rona does do some pretty cool stuff with Reason!
Reason's sequencer is crap, and the included samples (except for a lot of percussion) don't really stack up against most of the other libraries. But I've found the synth modules to be really versatile and useful.
"It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
--Ray Luke (1928-2010)
Reason like most tools out there is capable of amazing things in the right hands. The included sound banks can be on the lofi tip but using with other samples the tools included in Reason are simple and easy to use. LIke others have stated, join it with a sequencer like Logic or DP and you have limitless capabilities. It is programmed very well (low on cpu usage) and functions very uniquely.....You will find using it that it just works and inspires you. Its tough to beat at that price. You can accomplish any style of music. It all depends on you.
I believe Eric Persing has used Reason for some of the Distorted Reality stuff - and in turn, those sounds have been used virtually everywhere you can think of. Reason is a very powerful tool if you know how to use it!
Its sequencer is very much oriented to symmetrical music - one tempo, one time signature. That's the problem.
But the synths are great, and it makes a good beat box.
And it's an incredibly cool program, I have to say.
CSI Mami composer uses Reason rewired to Logic
Passion of Christ composer uses reason on a seperate computer along side his DAW which is DP and Live
I use Reason rewired to DP. Reason is a great program and many people make a lot of money using it. Some people look down on it. It's popular for a Reason.
It's easy and powerful. You just have to know what it was made for.