How to use Propellerhead's Reason in Ableton Live

How to use Propellerhead’s Reason in Ableton Live

Reason is a remarkable music software from Propellerhead. It was first released in year 2000 as a powerful midi sequencer, full of sound modules, effects, electronic drums – all connected in a virtual mixer. The idea was to emulate an actual rack, just like the ones in the recording studios. Reason is now on version 8, full of improvements.

It’s very typical to open him as a plugin, inside a host, such as ProTools, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Audio, Ableton Live, and so on. That’s because the music producer doesn’t want to be limited to Reason’s patches only. So, the easiest way to make use of any music plugin or vst is to open it inside a major host.

Today we are going to learn how to use Reason as a plugin inside Ableton Live. It is possible because both softwares use a protocol called Rewire, which allows remote control and data transfer between them. Here’s how to do it:

1) Open a new Live Set:

How to use Propellerhead's Reason in Ableton Live

2) Separately, open a new instance of Reason (notice that I’m opening Reason 5, but it will work also with both earlier and newer versions):

How to use Propellerhead's Reason in Ableton Live

3) Inside Reason, open any sound module. For this tutorial, I’m opening a NN-XT Sampler, loaded with a Grand Piano patch:

How to use Propellerhead's Reason in Ableton Live

4) On Live, use a midi channel to insert an empty External Instrument on it (go to Categories – Instruments – External Instruments):

How to use Propellerhead's Reason in Ableton Live

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