Reason 13 Coming June 18th, Here’s What’s New

Reason Studios has announced Reason 13, a major upgrade to the virtual studio for Mac & Windows.

Reason 13 offers an upgraded sequencer, a brand-new browser, five new devices, and more sounds.

Here’s what’s new in Reason 13:

  • Reason’s sequencer and interface have been redesigned for a faster workflow and navigation. From the new Edit Area to improved zooming and workflow features, making music in Reason is now faster than ever.
  • All patches, samples, and loops are now found in one place—the new Browser. Categories and tags make it quick to explore over 20 years of sound design along and over 1000 new patches, samples, and loops.
  • Reason 13 also comes with five new Rack devices.
    • Polytone Dual-Layer Synthesizer is a new synth inspired by the immediacy of hardware classics but with a Reason twist. Great for thick analog sounds and instantly playable patches.
    • Ripley Space Delay combines a delay and reverb with unique sound shaping and deep modulation —it’s a delay with character.
    • Finally, the three new Tool devices make common tasks in the Rack easier than ever: sidechaining, stereo widening, and gain staging and panning.

“We are thrilled to introduce Reason 13 to the world,” says Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Product Manager at Reason Studios. “Our goal with this upgrade was to improve Reason’s unique music making workflow. Whether it’s your main DAW or go-to plugin, Reason 13 adds a ton of features—all designed to get you to your sound faster.”

For more information about Reason 13 visit the Reason Studios website at

Pricing and Availability:

Reason is available for $499 or via a $19.99/month subscription. Reason 13 is now available as a beta release, and will be available for purchase and download June 18th, 2024.

24 thoughts on “Reason 13 Coming June 18th, Here’s What’s New

  1. My dream would be to use alternative tunings in Ableton 12 with Reason Instruments.
    I hope Reason will additionally announce for V13 an update of their Instruments to MPE.

    Otherwise I’ll skip this version.

  2. It all started with ReCycle. And then: Reason was VERY VERY hot: nice workflow, great sounding virtual synths, low hardware footprint. REWIRE! REX!
    Then, everything got copied by the big boys.
    I still love them, but they won’t get my money

  3. I remember buying a good computer monitor, like one that goes above 1920×1080. Thats when I switched from reason. When everything was just blurry and I had to keep changing my resolution to use my new cool monitor in reason. I think it was like Reason 9. They have been behind for a long time now and I have a feeling they are coasting on subs and rack extensions.
    I even bought this massive Reason book, hardcopy, with all these tips and tricks for routings and cool modular tricks but you knew that a world of VST’s and clearer GUI’s a better piano roll and no auto-slicemarkers on all your audio. Its a shame.

  4. great sounding software
    best use as a plugin in my opinion
    but maybe these redesign will change that.

    lets get rid of those wooden side panels.


  5. the reason rack becoming an AU plug-in is one of the greatest things to happen in music tech in the past years. i always wanted the rack but did not want to switch DAWs, such a fantastic tool.

  6. I use Cubase Pro, Logic, Ablation Live Suite and Reason since ver 1.
    Still find Reason the most intuitive and quickest way to layer tracks.
    I am on subscription with Reason aka Reason + and therefore will be getting ver 13 for free -;)
    Currently beta testing it and I like it a lot -:)

  7. Even with this DAW focused update, it is still a very long way behind other DAWS…and at this rate they will never catch up with many features most users take for granted now-a-days. RRP is worth having but I cant see anyone paying $500 for this as a ‘DAW’, They really need to do a root and branch rethink of the entire ecosystem I think.

  8. I was a user of Reason since V2. It was my go to DAW but over the years the updates and new synths have been a bit ‘meh’ with the exception of Scenic and Parsec and even Subtractor is solid and I have found myself moving away from it and towards Logic. The Sequencer always seemed to be a bit of a PITA and the mixer seemed like a barrier to me. It’s a shame as I enjoyed it early on but have now ceased the subscription service and am stuck on my V11 – which is fine and I use as a plugin in Logic. I am to sure which direction they need to go in and it feels like they are not sure either.

    1. I would focus more on the plugin version.
      they have some great sounds and the cv rack system is nice.
      as well as there time stretching is one of the best.

      in my opinion they fell short on there sequencer.
      this may be a step to have a more usably version of reason to then begin
      focusing on the program as a plugin ,

      the biggest mistake they made is the huge mixer.
      it change the size of things and each device had to have another device connected to it causing much clutter in the rack.

      the sound of the mixer is nice but they should have just made it a 1 channel rack extension.

  9. They took the best part of their DAW, turned it into a plugin and somewhat abandoned the rest. Just looking at the pianl roll gives me Quartz AudioMaster vibes form the 90’s. Times change, people change but I guess some DAW’s dont. I have yet to use the rack plugin that much since i have so many other plugins but it was something nice about Reason as a DAW, it was different and fun to program and tinker with. Modulation was always fun to figure out. Now everything feels tiny and lacking in every area. It’s like the maschine 2.0 of DAW’s now and thats sad since it used to be better than most DAW’s at its peak.

  10. It’s been a personal joy for me to see Reason grow and evolve over the years. I cut over to it from hardware back in 2001 and never looked back. I watched as, little by little, they addressed the deficiencies people screamed about – the two biggies, audio recording/editing and third party plug-ins (via Rack Extensions), fell by the wayside. The advent of VST support (which they swore up and down would never happen), and allowing the use of the Reason Rack as a plug-in inside other DAWs, were gobsmacking enhancements. Through all these and other changes, it’s still amazing to me that song files I created in Reason 1.0 (2001) & later will load and work in the latest version – there are not many other software programs that can make that claim. These days, I am using Reason as a gigantic monster modular synth – so much fun. I’m signed up as a beta tester, looking forward to checking out v13. Thanks, devs!

  11. I had no idea Reason still actively existed until reading this. Who would pay $500 for this over Ableton or Bitwig? Good luck Propellerheads!

    1. I mean, I think most people wait for a sale to be honest. I’ve purchased and sold multiple times, each time at a loss lol, but, purchased on sale every time. At that price it’s definitely a tough ask, but when they run a 40-50% off its well worth it.

  12. I love Reason and I’m glad they’re continuing to work on it. It’s got its quirks, for sure, but I find it much more inspiring than Logic or Ableton.

  13. I just wish they would commit to some of the development going on midi tech.
    MPE is finally growing, with more and more hardware and software embracing true polyphonic expression.

    Midi 2.0 is also coming soon with very important improvements to how devices communicate.

    But with the amount of time it took them to get up to speed with VST3 I’m not holding my breath.

    Lack of MPE support is forcing me to look elsewhere for my main daw.

  14. I always liked reason and the workflow
    I don’t care what the General opinion is :
    But I will admit the terrible slow development
    still missing key features

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