When comparing Reason vs Ardour, the Slant community recommends Ardour for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs?” Ardour is ranked 10th while Reason is ranked 14th.
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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 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 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 Loop, convert and overdub on the fly
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 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 Now supports VST
As of version 9.5, Reason now supports VSTs.
Pro Supports MIDI out
MIDI out is a new addition in Reason, allowing feedback to MIDI devices.
Pro Clean linear interface
Pro Open source
Ardour is open source, so it can be downloaded and modified without restriction.
Pro Compatible with Linux, Windows 7/8.1/19 and OS X
Pro Free version with minimal limitations
Unlike some other DAW's which often limit saving, exporting, or advanced features, Ardour permits you to try all the features for free, with the only limitation being ten minutes of project length maximum.
Con Mix only by ear
You can not type in a value in the mixer.
Con Lacking track and channel grouping
However, you can group channels by using separate mixers for groups.
Con Time consumer
Synths are very bland. Sounds need a lot of processing to sound as good as 3rd party vst's in other DAW's
Con Not user friendly
Ardour is very difficult to install and use.
Con No support for VST plugins for OS X
Plugins can be used on OS X only if they are downloaded in AU format, which is supported.
Con Missing compatibility
Ardour isn't compatible with Windows.