I've been producing and making beats for a very long time. I started off on a very small beat machine (Boss DR-5), but when I transitioned to software, Reason was the first thing I ran into. Maybe it would have been different at that time if I owned a Mac, but I was a PC user and Reason was the software of choice.
Reason was very easy to use and creating great music became the primary objective, versus thinking about much on the technical end to get a better sound. Plus tweaking to create unique sounds was a simple process. I was a part of the Reason family from version 3 up to about 6.5. The reason I transitioned to another software was because when I heard the effects, reverbs, and compressions coming out of the other option, I couldn't deny it was better than what Reason was offering. What was the software? You guessed it, Logic Pro X. I absolutely love the sound I get from Logic, but I dislike the workflow. With Reason everything was so easy, but in the beginning of my journey with Logic it was difficult to create, but I stuck with it.
Eventually I got use to Logic, but I still had a better workflow in Reason. After a while, Propellerheads released Reason 9.0 and it looked great so I purchased it. It felt great to be working in Reason again! But, I ended up running into the same issue, certain plug-ins just weren't cutting it for me. I was looking for a certain sound and I couldn't get it out of my favorite program. So what I decided to do is start using the Rewire feature to combine the great things about Logic Pro X and Reason 9.0. I'm getting some great music out of it, but I'd rather work in one program.
Recently Propellerheads announced that they have opened up Reason to all VSTs. Great news! I'm hoping that Reason 9.5 gives me the sound and power Logic Pro X gives, that would be amazing. I've posted the video to the Reason 9.5 announcement below. I will post my thoughts on the new changes in Reason once I get a crack at it.