adfielding wrote: ↑
Interestingly, I think the idea of workarounds actually explains my personal concern with the current direction of Reason to a certain degree. Despite being not-so-great for workflow, I've generally accepted that workarounds have been necessary to use Reason the way I've wanted to in the past - though certain features (mainly audio recording & VST support) have gone a massive way in stomping out the most egregious workarounds, it feels like new ones keep popping up.
However, the biggest for me is the idea of hosting Reason inside another DAW to compensate for the current limitations of the standalone environment. It's great that the option is there (and I think I'd be a fool to suggest otherwise), but it does feel like a very tidy way to side-step any issues people have with using Reason standalone. "Now you can use Reason in your favourite DAW" is a great selling point if your favourite DAW is anything other than Reason. If, like me, Reason IS your favourite DAW - well, sticking it in a completely different environment is quite the workaround! Still, it's absolutely in keeping with my own trend in accepting workarounds as a cost of using Reason the way I want to - so there's that, I guess.
Yeah I feel you man. It's a shame because I do still think it's actually a really solid DAW. I've done so much work in it over the last several years. The modulation possible between different devices on different tracks is far beyond what you can do with RRP. The automation is still my favourite of any DAW. Player integration is so much better than recording MIDI in real time in another DAW. I've made this point SO many times but for me personally, there are a small handful of improvements that would make sequencing in Reason so much easier.
I say "me personally" - they are things that I don't think anyone should be without. Folders, note chase, punch in/out, track freeze, multi-channel MIDI, custom keyboard commands, markers, slice detection threshold, a seek control for long sample playback in the browser. Real basic QOL stuff IMO. I can work (and have worked) without these things. But I'm running out of reasons as to why I should have to.
I'm genuinely really excited for Combi II and the new sampler. I'm *potentially* excited for HD down the road. But I am starting to get a bit of a sinking feeling that I should probably migrate over to another DAW. I have Live 11 Suite and Cubase 11 Pro here. I really don't enjoy working in either of them as much as Reason, overall. But they both have all of the things I'm waiting for so why tie my own hands right?
Sucks to be considering it - I'm such a big dirty Reason fan boy haha. And I've turned a fair few people onto the software. But for anyone looking for a main DAW to call home I'd really have to wait and see what 12.x brings before I consider suggesting it.