Reason Studios Reason 11 – Music Production Software (Student/Teacher Educational, Download)

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This educational download version of the music production software Reason Studios Reason 11 is the latest update to the production powerhouse featuring a virtual studio of synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, and effects, coupled with MIDI and audio tracks, and a dedicated mixer based on the world-class SSL 9000K recording console.

Version 11 introduces Reason as a plug-in compatible with most DAWs, or use it traditionally as a standalone production DAW powerhouse. The plugin allows you to load-up any instrument or effect including Rack Extensions, further unlocking the software’s potential. The components from the SSL-based mixing console are now available as individual modules for use anywhere in your signal chain or as a plugin in other DAWs, including the master bus compressor, channel dynamics, and legendary channel EQ. The Quartet Chorus Ensemble spices up your sound with four flavors of chorus and ensembles effects, while the Sweeper Modulation effect provides high-quality, multitalented phaser, flanger, and filter effects with expansive dynamic modulation options.

The software offers many workflow enhancements including curved automation for smooth mixing, audio-clip crossfades, and improved individual vertical zoom with expanded and per-track zoom level in the sequencer. Mute MIDI notes to try out variations by muting and unmuting individual notes. A new pen tool allows you to draw multiple notes, which greatly speeds up your workflow. Additional features include Show Played and Selected Notes in Key Edit, as well as Absolute Snap, Draw Automation Point at Same Level, and Shortcut for Moving Notes an Octave.

Like rack extensions, which open the Reason rack to third-party developers, Reason 11 now accepts VST plugins. Both VST and Rack Extension plugins function in a similar manner in that they plug in to the rack but retain the same hierarchy as any other Reason component. Load them into Combinator, route CV cables on the back, automate all parameters, and experiment with the safety of Undo. Reason 11 is compatible with Ableton’s Link technology, allowing you to sync Reason across WiFi to other computers, hardware devices, and portable devices such as phones and tablets. Keep everything in time or change the tempo on the fly without wires or worries.

Users can record to an unlimited number of instrument or audio tracks, and record-ready channels can be created in an instant. A composite editor assists in building the perfect track simply by selecting the parts that work and muting the ones that don’t. Non-destructive time stretching allows for recording first and picking a tempo later, while non-destructive pitch change is done with a mouse click.

The software includes MIDI-out support to bring the sound of hardware synthesizers and beat boxes to the Reason rack. MIDI is handled by an external MIDI instrument device, which is fully integrated into the Reason environment. Automating MIDI equipment from Reason’s sequencer or even from control voltages in the Reason rack is very simple to set up. Additionally, the software can automatically slice audio recordings into single notes or hits, for further creative control and to quantize a take, tweak timing to perfection, or drastically change the recording using time stretching. The sliced-up audio can also be converted to REX files for playback and further treatment in Reason’s Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player, samplers, or the Kong Drum Designer.

A fast and flexible sequencer comes with vector and tempo automation, count-in, multiple lane tracks, and Blocks mode. The floating window provides fast access to detailed editing functions that you may use all the time, such as: quantize, transpose, note velocity, note length and legato. When creating songs, many musicians tend to think of music in terms of intro, verse, chorus, breakdown, and buildup, etc. With Blocks mode, the sequencer allows the sequencing of songs using a pattern-based approach, with the segments of the song laid out in an arrangement as individual building blocks. The ReGroove Mixer is a real-time, non-destructive groove management device that can lock all the tracks together into one unified feel, and allows you to apply different settings to create up to thirty-two musical elements in a song.

Note:  This is an educational package for students, teachers, and accredited academic institutions that requires proof of current educational status.

What’s New in Version 11

Use Reason 11 as a VST / AU plugin or as a standalone DAW (AU available by December 2019)
  • Use the rack of legendary synths, instruments, and effects within your favorite DAW with the Reason Rack Plugin
  • Reason 11 includes both the plug-in version and the standalone Reason music production software

New Effect Devices

  • Quartet Chorus Ensemble: Four flavors of chorus and ensemble effects
  • Classical Vintage Chorus to the unique sound of granular ensemble
  • Sweeper Modulation Effect: Multitalented phaser, flanger, and filter unit with dynamic modulation options

Mixing Console Modules as Rack Devices

  • Master Bus Compressor: Reason’s ready-for-radio compressor can now be applied anywhere in the rack
  • Channel Dynamics: put the compression, expander and gate from Reason’s console anywhere in your signal chain
  • Channel EQ: the legendary EQ unit featured in countless platinum recordings is now its own rack device

Improvements to Reason’s Creative Flow for Fast and Smooth Workflows

  • Curved automation—smooth curves for smooth mixes
  • Audio clip crossfades—adjacent clips can now crossfade into each other
  • Improved and individual vertical zoom—expanded and per-track zoom level in the sequencer
  • Mute MIDI notes—try out variations by muting and unmuting separate notes
  • New pen tool to draw multiple notes—a real time saver for drum programming
  • Show played and selected notes in key edit
  • Additional workflow enhancements—absolute snap, draw automation point at same level, shortcut for moving notes an octave

Reason 11 Features

  • VST Plugin Support: Add any instrument or effect plug-in to Reason’s rack
  • Delay compensation makes all signal paths play in phase-locked sync
  • Opens songs and synth patches made in Reason Compact—the free pocket music studio for iOS
  • Rack Extensions lets you expand your collection of instruments and effects from Reason and 3rd party developers
  • Support for Ableton Link: Effortlessly sync Reason and other link enabled apps over WiFi
  • Unlimited audio recording and instrument channels
  • Fully featured high-precision multitrack sequencer with Blocks mode and audio comping tools
  • High quality real-time time stretch and audio transpose
  • Pitch Edit mode for polishing your vocal recordings
  • Audio slicing and audio quantize—correct the timing of your audio recordings
  • Convert recorded or imported audio in the sequencer into REX loops for further sound manipulation
  • MIDI instrument output—control synths, samplers and keyboards from Reason’s sequencer
  • MIDI clock output—sync hardware to Reason
  • Advanced exporting—export your separate mixer channels as individual audio stems including effects and tempo track
  • Live sampling on all Sampler devices
  • Remote mapping to external MIDI controllers and hardware control surfaces
  • Supports all major file formats—from WAV and AIFF to MP3 and more
  • Real-time sample rate and bit depth conversion allows for importing any audio into Reason without issues
  • Multicore support and 64-bit compatibility makes Reason fast and powerful on a variety of computers
  • Self-contained song files make moving projects between computers and collaborator as easy as moving a single file
  • Advanced modeled mixing console with complete channel strip for every instrument and audio channel

Advanced Features

  • Browse and search window provides access from the main and rack windows, offering instant accessibility to instruments, effects, presets, loops, and samples
  • Drag-and-drop support through any of Reason’s windows. Drag instruments to create tracks and change presets within the sequencer and load samples directly to any device
  • Zoom-to-selection allows for instant zoom from birds-eye to close-up and back again by simply hitting the Z key
  • Double-click to add or delete notes
  • Resize regions from both edges
  • Duplicate notes with quick commands
  • Track-naming follows patch selection
  • Support for the Reason’s music-sharing and collaboration service
  • Auto-update function to automatically download and install updates
  • Revert browsing to return to previous loaded patch
  • MIDI-in-the-rack allows for the master MIDI controller input to be assigned to any track from the rack window
  • MIDI-out support for controlling hardware synthesizers and beat machines from the Reason rack using the fully integrated external-MIDI instrument device—automate MIDI equipment from Reason’s sequencer or from control voltages in the Reason rack
  • Software automatically slices audio files into single notes or hits so you can quantize them, tweak timing, or drastically change the recording using time-stretch. The sliced audio can also be converted to REX files for playback and further treatment in Reason’s Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player, samplers, or the Kong Drum Designer
  • Mixing controls like level and pan are now available in the rack not just the mixer, meaning less jumping around within the program
  • Audiomatic Retro Transformer for retro sound effects. Select one of the sixteen snapshots including VHS, vinyl, gadget, or even MP3, and then tweak with the Transform control
  • Built-in spectrum analyzer window provides instant visual feedback on the selected channel or bus—the Spectrum EQ window combines the analyzer with a graphic EQ overlay controlling the mixer’s EQ, allowing for easy adjustment of EQ on tracks from anywhere in the program
  • Expanded soundbank adds a section of hard-hitting drum loops: big-room house, dubstep, and even metal
  • Support for more audio-import formats such as MP3, WMA and AAC, to make it easier to grab loops and recordings from a music library or the Web
  • Updated Sound Factory content


  • Faithfully modeled after the SSL 9000K analog mixing desk
  • Flexible routing of signals to and from the mixer, including unlimited insert effects and eight send effects
  • Full dynamics with sidechain key-input. Each channel offers a dedicated compressor and gate
  • EQ offers four bands of parametric equalization and both high- and low-pass filters
  • Bus channels make it easy to group racks, and even group mixer groups to process them together—create parallel channels with a single click for separate processing such as parallel compression
  • Features the renown SSL master bus compressor


  • Tailor-made for deep basslines
  • Dual analog oscillators with detune and FM modulation options
  • Classic ladder low-pass filter for cutting or boosting frequencies
  • Drive for adding grit and character

Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer

  • Wavetable synthesis with spectral filtering, harmonics processing, and custom waveforms
  • Three spectral wave engines for warping waveforms through traditional wavetable sweeps and spectral waveform modifiers
  • Load custom samples and wavetables to sweep through for unique timbres and textures
  • Spectral filters with steep cutoffs and complex resonance filter curves

Grain Sample Manipulator

  • Drop in samples then modify them with various playback algorithms, modulation, routing, and effects
  • Sound generation by splicing and dicing samples into tiny grains
  • Sounds are rearranged, repeated, stretched, partialized, and reconstructed to form entirely new sounds
  • Customized playback movements with hand-drawn filter modulation


  • Analog-type polyphonic synthesizer based on subtractive synthesis
  • Two oscillators produce basic waveforms like square, sawtooth, triangle, and sine, plus an additional waveform based on samples
  • Dual filters, three envelope generators, and two LFOs
  • Phase offset modulation
  • Transform the tonal characteristics of the piano with a single knob


  • Creates sounds using Graintable technology, which combines the best parts of granular and wavetable synthesis for results that are exciting, controllable, and texturally varied
  • Full filtering and modulation options
  • Includes real-time waveform stretching, spectral modulation, and wavetable sweeping
  • Shift function uses resampling to manipulate each grain, to shift the formant of the Graintable through the harmonic spectra without altering the pitch
  • Audio inputs allow for filtering other Reason devices

Thor Polysonic Synthesizer

  • Features six different oscillator types and four unique filters
  • Six open filter and oscillator slots allow for loading up three different synthesizer filters and three separate oscillators simultaneously
  • Analog-style step sequencer that can also be used as a modulation tool, to trigger phrases from specific keys, to create arpeggios, and to generate percussion lines

ID8 Instrument Device

  • Features a wide palette of sounds for building a steady foundation for tracks, including pianos, drums, bass, strings, and more
  • Contains thirty-six presets divided into nine categories, with four sounds in each category
  • ID8 is used by default when loading a standard MIDI file into the Reason sequencer serving as a starting point to be able to play back the imported file

Neptune Pitch Adjuster/Voice Synth

  • Advanced pitch adjuster, audio transposer, and voice synth
  • Fine tune the pitch of an audio track
  • Change the key of a song that’s already been recorded
  • Play a MIDI keyboard and Neptune creates new harmonies from vocal tracks in real-time, or use it without the original voice to completely change the melody of the song


  • Specialty is tuned percussion instruments,
  • Includes traditional orchestral percussion like the Alto Glockenspiel to nontraditional textures like the African kalimba
  • From the woody plonk of the whale drum to the instant mood-setting tones of a music box


  • A collection of world instruments filling traditional roles with less traditional sounds.
  • Find the Persian acoustic saz, which sounds like guitar fused with the twangier vibe of a sitar
  • Drones from a small pump organs, the glissando off a zither, or the rattle of a bamboo Angklung
  • Adds depth and realism that only real instruments can provide


  • Choir of voices sample collection
  • Small intimate arrangements sound even more delicate, fragile, and cozy
  • Add humanity and support to your production with a choir of voices.
  • Brings the style of humanity to your arrangement with a collection of male and female solo and ensemble voices

Radical Piano

  • Custom blend between sampling technology and physical modeling algorithms
  • For songwriters, producers, and sound designers
  • Provides an unprecedented level of control to craft a realistic piano that is 100% unique
  • Create new timbres

NN-XT Advanced Sampler

  • Flexible software sampler for demanding sampling tasks
  • Alternate sample playback, auto-pitch detection, zones with individual parameters, and more
  • Filters, envelopes, and tempo-syncable LFOs
  • Layers and velocity crossfades
  • Automatic pitch-detection
  • Alternating zones
  • Load third-party sampler patches
  • CV and gate inputs and outputs
  • Sixteen audio output channels


  • Bare-bones approach to sample handling. Perfect for anyone looking for a sampler that can treat samples with a lot of modulation and automation
  • Filter section, LFO, and envelopes
  • Load a single WAV or AIFF sample or load a sampler patch
  • Load a single file (mono or stereo) and transpose the audio across the keyboard by speeding up or slowing down playback
  • Create multisample patches for realistic playback
  • Modulation inputs include—oscillators, filters, filter resonance, level, and modulation wheel
  • Modulation can be sent by the filter envelope or LFO, and gate inputs are available for the amp or filter envelope

Drums and Loops

Rytmik Drum Machine
  • Simplified and sleek drum machine for instant grooves
  • 16 kits for a variety of genres
  • Built in effects such as reverb, delay and master compression
  • Cross compatible with Reason Compact for iOS

Kong Drum Designer

  • Analog synthesis, physical modeling, sampling, REX loops, support sound generators, effects, flexible routing, multiple hit types, and more
  • Sixteen pads and sixteen drums
  • Nine drum modules
  • Two support generators and nine effects
  • Program automation and create alternating groups


  • Drum machine in the Reason rack
  • Ten channels that can play one AIFF or WAV sample each
  • Drum kits can be saved as Redrum patches
  • Built-in pattern sequencer
  • Can be played from Reason’s main sequencer or via MIDI
  • Each channel has two effect sends that are routed to the drum computer’s two effect send outputs
  • Gate out and in that can trigger other devices with Redrum or trigger Redrum sounds from other units
  • Pitch control voltage input for each channel

Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player

  • Loads eight REX loops and lets you switch between them on the fly, making arranging a breeze
  • Player can retrigger loops on a beat, on a bar, or on a 16th note or let you program the loops manually
  • Each of the eight loops has an expanded set of per-slice settings
  • Set pan, pitch, filter frequency and levels, reverse slices, use multiple outputs, create alternating groups of slices, and more

Device Control

Spider Mergers/Splitters
  • Spider audio merges or splits audio to bring a hardware studio’s patching capabilities into the software realm
  • Merge multiple audio signals and process them with the same insert effect, or split an instrument’s output into four outputs and send them to four different effect processors
  • Spider CV splits or merges CV and gate signals
  • Split the CV signals from the Matrix Pattern Sequencer to trigger several synthesizers with the same pattern, or merge the outputs of several LFOs to create very complex modulation patterns


  • Analog-style sequencer with a maximum of thirty-two steps per pattern
  • Each pattern can be freely sized regardless of what time signature has been chosen in the sequencer
  • Resolution selector allows the playback of a pattern in a range between 1/2 notes to 1/128th notes
  • Patterns can also be moved up or down a semi tone or one step left or right
  • Alter-pattern option
  • Ties and randomize functions
  • Connect CV and gate outputs from Matrix to a receiving device to activate and control the pitch of each note
  • Create complex LFOs for control of reverb decay, oscillator modulation, and panning, or use it for rhythmic synthesizer control

RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator

  • Wide range of on-panel controls and mode selectors
  • Pattern section for muting selected notes in an arpeggio
  • Large display showing values and positions
  • Single note-repeat function engages the arpeggiator only when two or more simultaneous notes are held down
  • Manual mode will arpeggiate notes strictly in the order they were input, for real-time arpeggio control


  • Tool for combining and controlling devices or building unique instruments
  • Allows for building elaborate chains of Reason units—instruments, effects, and pattern sequencers, and saving them as Combinator patches
  • When a Combinator patch is opened, all units in the setup are instantly loaded, complete with sounds, settings and routings, making it performance friendly and perfect for both stage and studio use
  • Houses an unlimited number of Reason devices
  • Programmer window makes it easy to build thick, layered sounds using any number of synthesizers and samplers, or create keyboard splits for mapping out different instruments across a MIDI keyboard
  • Alternate between instruments using velocity splits

Dynamics and EQ

MClass Mastering Suite
  • Four separate mastering units designed to add power and presence to Reason mixes
  • MClass equalizer is a 4-band mastering EQ with low- and high-shelving bands, two peak filters, and a low-cut switch
  • MClass stereo imager splits the incoming audio into low- and high-frequency bands, each independently adjustable
  • MClass compressor is a single-band compressor and features a sidechain input for advanced compression functions such as ducking or de-essing, a soft-knee mode for smooth, musical compression, and CV out for dynamically controlling other Reason devices
  • MClass maximizer maximizes the volume of Reason tracks, without crushing them or introducing other unwanted artifacts
  • Limiter section with switchable lookahead for distortion-free brickwall limiting and a soft-clip section for rounding out harsh transients

Pulveriser Demolition

  • Combines crunchy compression, distortion, a multi-mode filter, and flexible modulation into a single effect
  • Apply parallel compression to bring out the details of a sample or recording
  • Use the envelope follower when recording live instruments for responsive, expressive filter effects

BV512 Digital Vocoder

  • 4- to 512-band vocoder capable of modulating sound in both old-school analog style and digital FFT fashion
  • Combine any two sound sources like vocoding a percussion track with the bassline or the string pad with the rhythm guitar
  • Fully automatable including band-level settings
  • Record front-panel actions or use the pen tool to draw-in layers upon layers of wild frequency changes
  • Equalizer mode turns the BV512 into a 4- to 512-band stereo equalizer

Softube Guitar and Bass Amplifiers

The Softube Guitar Amp and Softube Bass Amp are amplifier and speaker cabinet simulators based on the renowned modeling algorithms developed by Softube. The two devices feature accurate simulations of some of the most coveted vintage amplifier and cabinet models, that you can freely mix and match

Guitar Amp Models

  • Twang: a silvery American classic, great for clean and slightly overdriven guitars. Popular for country, blues, and more
  • Crunch: British 60’s classic that keeps its chiming, present character, whether you play it clean or drive it so hard it’s on the verge of breaking down
  • Rock—a yummy, warm, fat, tube distortion
  • Lead—screaming leads and power chords that sustain for days

Guitar Cabinet Models

  • Bright—2×12 cabinet with deep lows and heavenly highs. The dynamic mic is placed on axis but still lets a hint of room into the sound
  • Room—more midrange present 2×12 with the small-diaphragm dynamic mic placed off-axis and a wide stereo room added
  • Fat—solid 4×12 classic. Captured with a German condenser microphone on axis for that full-bodied sound
  • Tight: slightly midrange-scooped 4×12 cabinet. The large diaphragm dynamic microphone gives an in-your-face presence

Bass Amp Models

  • Modern—contemporary version of a classic tube design from one of the most popular bass amplifier brands. Modern has all the clarity and punch you’d expect from a modern amplifier but still with the pleasant three-dimensionality that well-designed tube amplifiers offer
  • Vintage—gives you a dark, dirty, steamy bass sound that adds power and attitude and helps the bass instrument cut through the mix

Bass Amp Cabinet Models

  • Dark: a classic 8×10 cabinet with a snappy response across the frequency spectrum. Captured with a German large-membrane dynamic microphone, straight on axis for a clear sound and a rock-solid low-end
  • Bright: a British 4×12 bass cabinet with great midrange presence. The dynamic microphone is placed off-axis for a slightly roomy sound
  • Room: A 4×10 cabinet, captured with a German classic large-membrane condenser mic at a distance. Roomy with a nice depth and width that caters for a very natural sound in the mix


  • Modulation powerhouse created to add motion and spark to your music
  • Quickly call up straightforward effects such as tremolo or ducking, or use it to build complex modulation chains with several parallel modulation curves
  • Draw complex modulation waveforms
  • Use built-in effects to provide an energy boost to your sound

Alligator Triple-Filtered Gate

  • Three-channel pattern-based gate effect
  • Three parallel filters, distortion, phaser, and delay
  • Each channel has a separate gate controlled by the sixty-four included patterns, triggered from the sequencer, the Matrix, the RPG-8 arpeggiator devices, or via a MIDI keyboard
  • Each channel runs through either a high-, band-, or a low-pass filter
  • Pan and volume controls

The Echo

  • Stereo echo combining modern delays with the organic sounds of analog circuitry and old-school tape machines
  • Settings for delay time, tempo sync, stereo width, and pitch
  • Ping-pong bounces the delayed signal from left to right
  • Offset provides a wide stereo spread
  • Keep-pitch keeps the delay feedback in tune when modulating the delay time for bouncing ball effects
  • Feedback controls
  • Color section provides limiting, overdrive, distortion, or tube distortion for the repeats
  • Band-pass filter cuts frequencies from the repeats and boosts them when the resonance is turned up
  • Modulation section features parameters for modulating the pitch and stereo image of the echoes
  • Breakout jacks allow for inserting any number of other effect units into the feedback loop

RV7000 MkII Reverb

  • Stereo reverb
  • Convolution reverb—load any of the supplied impulse responses, or create your own otherworldly reverb effects by sampling or loading your own impulse responses
  • Nine reverb algorithms with seven individual parameters each—Small Space, Room, Hall, Arena, Plate, Spring, Echo, Multitap and Reverse, each with up to seven individual parameters
  • Three separate sections—Reverb, EQ, and Gate

Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit

  • Ten different audio damage methods or distortion types—Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, Tube, Tape, Feedback, Modulate, Warp, Digital, and Scream
  • Cut section is a +/-18 dB EQ
  • Body Section is a type of speaker simulator with five basic body types to choose from and separate controls for body resonance and body scale

Other Effects

  • CF-101 Chorus/Flanger
  • DDL-1 Digital Delay
  • RV-7 Digital Reverb
  • D-11 Foldback Distortion
  • ECF-42 Envelope Controlled Filter
  • PH-90 Phaser
  • UN-16 Unison
  • COMP-01 Compressor/Limiter
  • PEQ-2 Two Band Parametric EQ