MrFigg wrote: ↑
28 Aug 2019
I’m wondering why there’s so much talk just now of switching DAW. No judgement either way. I’m just interested as to why. What I mean is there we are (I’m assuming of course) happily plodding along with Reason 10 then suddenly when Reason 11 comes there’s quite a lot (not sure exactly how many) of people deciding to move. I’d really like to hear what reasons there might be for this. Thanks
Tbh with you, I really wasn't planning to change DAW. My plan was to stick to Reason and was hopeful of a major workflow update where I could be more productive.
This is how it all started for me:
- I'm a hardcore Reason user. My first ever DAW was Fruity Loops that I tried for a year and then I shifted to Reason and never looked back ever since (13 years)
- I've been making electronic music, mainly Techno and Deep House.
- Around the time Reason 8 to 9.5 came out, I was already seeing major changes in the music industry, where Ableton has settled to become the industry standard for electronic (dance) music
- in 2017, my whole life changed and my style of music changed with it. I'm more into Future Beats, Trap, Nu Wave, etc... which required ALOT of variations, effects and sequencer utilities which are extremely easy to do on other DAWs, but on Reason it was doable with workarounds, and didn't sound quite nice compared to the stock effects that the other DAW provided.
- As I started collaborating with other artists on Fruity Loops and Ableton, I realized the particular genre I'm into is far easier to do on those DAWs than on Reason. Whether it's the creative adding of variations, the accurate modulation effects, the fast and precise sidechain, and last but def not least, the advanced sequencers that provided you all the tools to not even look at the other sections of the DAW.
- So from that point, I started feeling disappointed about Reason's workflow as far as the genre I want to produce is concerned. Weak/Basic sequencer, cheap/mediocre RE effects, no easy way to directly play keys on your keyboard fluidly, the not-so-easy to find Legato mode. These are really some of the things on the top of my mind atm. There's much more.
- Here I am in 2018, nothing less but shocked of the "Biggest...Reason...Update....EVER" where they just provide some instruments, a couple extremely basic "advanced functionality". This is where I start freaking out...
- I tell myself "you know what, It's OK, I fully support props, I'm sure the years that come will be major for them" (Never Upgraded though, but kept buying REs)
- I join this forum and start voicing my concerns, about why the F&#% is Reason slowly becoming the DAW that is still using Diesel compared to the others, who even some of them went electric.
- After the long......silent.......blue balls.....wait for R11 and the last ridiculous 10.4 update, they finally show up a couple of days back, to announce the LONG-AWAITED R11, IN A 2 MINUTES VIDEO
....this is where I said OOOOH BOY, Disappointment here I come.
- Started watching....saw Ableton in the 2-min video ad, saw the slogan "Add The Reason Rack to Any Daw"....not gonna lie man, I got emotionally angry.
- So now, not only do I want to change DAWs (Decided to move back to the old me, the fruity looper) but I don't even see the necessity of the Rack in the other DAW, I'd much prefer investing in companies such as UAD and NI Komplete 12, Izotope than having the same old Rack, that I know by heart by now. So for me, since I'm changing DAW, I might as well change all my habits. Fresh start! Nothing better like it.
That's about it. As days go by I'm starting to feel indifferent to Props and Reason, I gave a company so much support and money, but in return they did not make me happy.