Reason is one of the BEST MIDI centric DAW
It sports a very professional and realistic look where in you can easily understand the inputs and outputs of different midi channels.
You can add new instruments in the rack and playlist is located at the bottom. It is one of the best
The instruments are placed on top of each other and you can add new in the list. It is one of the most user friendly design.
It however has a learning curve as compared to other music production programs.
One of the best midi sequencer ever
It is one of the best midi sequencer that comes with loads of patches and plugins that sound very close to real sounds.
If you have been thinking of making music without buying real instruments then you must consider getting Reason.
BEST OF REASON
ReDrum - an amazing drum machine, which has individual channel sets etc. It is very easy to create drum patterns using this machine.
Thor - a good synth program that can create some nice sounds.
... and many other programs and sounds that comes along with the program.
But it's an expensive baby
Reason can save you hundred hours from searching for sounds and samples but it comes for a price. The latest version costs almost near to $500.
Also, because it cannot do any audio you will need another DAW for your audio or voiceover needs and rewire it to create complete song.
It comes with loads of samples and presets, with the wealth of sounds you can easily create new songs without much of problems.
Alternatives for making music on the computer>
- Energy XT - is one of the best cheap MIDI capable DAW.
- Fl studio - started out as a simple drum machine and evolved into a complete monstor for music production. Can do everything right from MIDI to Audio. But it is mainly geared towards MIDI so if you do a lot of audio recording then look elsewhere. It is a better option that Reason because it can do audio stuff nicely.
- Logic pro - one stop solution, very expensive does everything related to music production under the sun.
- Adobe audition - one of the lesser used DAWs out there, MIDI support is minimal. Good for creating loops and podcasting type of stuff. Not so great for other things.
- Reaper a small and robust DAW that can do everything but does not comes with lots of samples or presets. Is comparatively cheaper and bang for the buck.
- Ardour is developed by School of Audio Engineering as an open source DAW to rival pro-tools. It is still in developmental stages and has to go a long way.