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Reason is described as 'virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. And it's more than just a set of excellent synths and effects. It's a complete music system. Step into the age of Reason' and is a very popular digital audio workstation in the audio & music category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Reason for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone and BSD. The best alternative is Reaper. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try GarageBand or Waveform. Other great apps like Reason are Ardour, Ableton Live, Adobe Audition and Bitwig Studio.

Reason alternatives are mainly Music Production Apps but may also be Digital Audio Workstations or Audio Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Reason.
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  1. REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows, Mac and Linux, offering a full multi-track audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering tool set.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsReaper support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableReaper is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingReaper supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ PortableReaper can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for MIDIReaper includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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    Most users think Reaper is a great alternative to Reason.

    Misses instruments but mixing / mastering plugins are ove rthe top. Routing is even easier than Reason cables.

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    Full featured DAW, will accept VST as replacement for Reason's instruments, but overall as easy to use.

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    Ardour

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    Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application. It runs on GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Ardour's intention is to provide digital audio workstation software suitable for professional use.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsArdour support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    Most users think Ardour is a great alternative to Reason.

    No instruments included, clunky interface

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    Less possibilities, interface is not up to speed.

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  3. Live is software for creating musical ideas, turning them into finished songs, and even taking them onto the stage.

    ⚫︎ Virtual InstrumentAbleton Live uses mainy virtual instruments (piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc.).
    ⚫︎ Live PerformanceListen to and adjust your music productions with Ableton Live based on incoming audio in real time.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsAbleton Live support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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  4. Adobe Audition is an audio editing and post-production suite.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsAdobe Audition support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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  5. Bitwig Studio is a multi-platform music-creation system for production, performance and DJing, with a focus on flexible editing tools and a super-fast workflow.

    ⚫︎ Live PerformanceListen to and adjust your music productions with Bitwig Studio based on incoming audio in real time.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsBitwig Studio support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingBitwig Studio supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Great modular synth that kinda replaces the whole reason cable thing. Better live abilities. Linux support. Not enough instruments

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    It is more "all in one" than ardour and reaper so you don´t need so much external plugins.

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  6. Welcome to the school of rock. A Mac-sized practice space. Your own recording studio. If you want to learn to play an instrument, write music, or record a song, GarageBand can help — whether you’re a rookie or a rock star.

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineGarageBand can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Virtual InstrumentGarageBand uses mainy virtual instruments (piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc.).
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    This alternative is disputed. GarageBand is still a legitimate alternative to Reason, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
  7. Logic Pro lets you translate musical inspiration into professional productions. A range of powerful, easy-to-use features puts sophisticated tools at your fingertips, and complete surround support lets you make incredible, immersive music.

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    Waveform

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    Waveform is a commercial, cross-platform DAW. With a focus on design and composition, it offers tools to greatly simplify everything from initial inspiration to the final mix.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsWaveform support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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  9. Make music online with a powerful set of tools ranging from synthesizers and samplers to mixers, delays, reverb and much more. AudioTool is an advanced, collaborative DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) built for the browser.

    ⚫︎ Support for MIDIAudioTool includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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  10. Studio One is an advanced digital audio workstation for Mac and Windows featuring a bevy of powerful composition, editing, mixing and mastering tools on top of standard multi-track DAW features.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsStudio One support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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