When comparing Cubase vs Reason, the Slant community recommends Cubase for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs?” Cubase is ranked 7th while Reason is ranked 14th.
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Pro Supports chord tracks
Pro Great MIDI editing options
Pro Great summing engine
The summing engine is responsible for processing tracks and combining them into the correct output. In comparison to other DAWs, Cubase's summing engine is excellent.
Pro All takes can be shown in a single track
When in stacked mode, all of your takes can be shown in a single track side by side. You can then select what parts of which take you need. If you are recording MIDI, the Cubase DAW allows creating a pattern that can overlap and be re-used as many times as needed.
Pro Powerful range of audio editing tools
Pro Large selection of time stretching methods
The Cubase DAW offers 11 different kinds of time stretching methods.
Pro Powerful, time-saving Logical Editor
Logical Editor allows customizing MIDI data according, in order to set rules to save time.
Pro Allows changing a pattern in one place to effect each instance of it
Using Parts, the Cubase DAW allows creating patterns that can be re-used as many times as needed, and can be edited in a single place.
Pro Recent updates have added some great features
Pro Quantize can automatically tighten MIDI inputs
Automatically tightens your MIDI inputs to be on time. Quantize has two modes. Hard Quantize will adjust based on strict settings (precisely on beat by default) and Iterative Quantize will adjust in increments. Excellent for keeping the human element in recordings.
Pro Batch export
You can pick separate tracks to export in one pass. You can even have them open up a new project or drop in the same project automatically. Huge time saver and DSP Saver.
Pro More features than any other DAW
Pro Now supports VST
As of version 9.5, Reason now supports VSTs.
Pro Easy to learn
Reason is as easy to learn as any DAW, yet has incredible depth once you delve deeper, with some options that are just not possible in other DAWs.
Pro Easy and intuitive while being feature rich
You can go really deep into creating sound and routing. Find possibilities you cant do with any other DAW.
Pro Amazing automation arrangement
Using clips makes it very easy to automate precisely.
Pro Multi FX presets
The multi fx are very nice. Great for transitions and complete sound management.
Pro Loop, convert and overdub on the fly
Pro Offers an easy way to quantize and slice audio
Reason makes it easy to stretch audio or slice it up for glitchy sound effects. When audio is loaded, it is analyzed so slice markers can be placed at the beginning and end of each note. Slice markers appear when the audio sample is double clicked.
Pro Mimics true hardware through a skeuomorphic GUI/UX
Reason's rack and mixer visually emulate real studio hardware through a skeuomorphic GUI/UX, allowing you to route audio cables and CV very intuitively. Hit "tab" on your computer keyboard, and you can see the rear of the rack, making routing very easy to understand.
Pro Modular enviroment
Synths, effects, and utilities can be modularly wired via audio and CV.
Pro Can convert audio to REX files
REX files record effects and slices on top of the original file, and will play audio at the tempo of a project. REX files provide many uses and are a great addition to Reason.
Pro Supports MIDI out
MIDI out is a new addition in Reason, allowing feedback to MIDI devices.
Pro Built in Audio Pitch Editor
Reason's Audio Pitch Editor easily can hold its own to Melodyne Essentials. Makes editing vocals and other monophonic sound very easy.
Pro Massive free video tutorials content
Professionally produced tutorial videos often released by Propellerhead that show you how to use the software. Reason also has a thriving user base that offers video tutorials showing you how to do almost anything you need.
Pro Great built in instruments and effects
Mulitple high quality built in synthesisers, drum loops, samplers and effects with plenty of pre-built patches to explore plus the ability to create your own unique sounds.
Pro Great for live peformances
Con Annoying dongle
Not unlike Pro Tools, you have to have a dongle containing your license plugged into your computer or you can't use the software.
Con Runs poorly
Con Confusing pages
The Cubase DAW displays pages that tend to confuse users.
Con Lack of built-in noise reduction
There's no built-in noise reduction FFT profiler like you might see in some other DAWs. There's noise gate but it's not the same. If you're on Windows, then you can get around this by downloading ReaFir.
Con No sampler
To many producers, sampler is one of the most important tools in a DAW. Cubase does not come with a sampler tool.
Con Not what it used to be
The new updates kind of ruin the old classy feel.
Con Not the DAW for tech savvy users
Con Poor sample editing
The sample editor isn't too great and there's no option to launch external sample editors.
Con Mix only by ear
You can not type in a value in the mixer.
Con Dated low resolution graphics (GUI/UX does not scale for 4K displays or higher)
Rack and mixer are still low resolution, designed for displays in the "pre-4K" era. Even on 1080p HD displays, the rack and mixer can be difficult to see and work with.