Here's my Reason 10.2 review for Propellerhead Software's recently released update to its flagship DAW. Long story short: this is the best version of Reason yet, but if you haven't upgraded yet, it's probably not worth it.
Long story long: read the rest of the Reason 10.2 review to see why the new features in Reason 10.2 are amazing.
I've also released a free sample pack to commemorate Reason 10.2's launch. You can get it here (it doesn't require Reason 10).
Reason 10.2 Review Video
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Review of Reason 10.2's new features
Reason 10.2 adds a slew of long-requested interface updates that greatly streamline workflow. None of these features are game changers, but they go a long way to making Reason more user-friendly.
The first major update is the ability to edit midi data from multiple lanes, simultaneously. This can be really helpful in arranging chords, bass and melody, in spreading notes across an orchestra, or for getting multi-lane drum channels to groove.
The second big feature is the ability to adjust multiple channels of the mixer simultaneously. This is a major time saver. You can also now mute/solo multiple channels, which is great for auditioning arrangement ideas.
The third new feature in Reason 10.2 is an icon with the ability to add tracks now present in every window. Additionally, if you click on an instruments icon in the sequencer, it will now take you to that rack extension. That might be the best thing about the update.
There's also a slew of smaller changes, including bug fixes, and more midi connectivity improvements.
So should you upgrade to Reason 10.2?
Propellerheads have said that Reason 11 will not be released this year. I'd expect it to be released next fall, but that's just my guess. Furthermore, they've stated that they'll release a new free update to Reason by the end of the year that focuses on improved audio processing performance, especially with VSTs.
So as this review shows, Reason 10.2 is a step towards modernizing Reason, but it doesn't revolutionize it. If you haven't seen the need to upgrade yet, I don't think this will get you off the sidelines. But I also love the new features and think it's the best version of Reason.