Summary: Version 6 finally grants Reason full DAW status. Audio recording, additional effects devices and new features make it a more enticing prospect than ever, but only you'll be able to decide if life without third-party plug-ins will be a blessing or a curse.
Pros: Reason gets audio recording at last!, A great new mixer, improved rack, and more flexible user interface., Three fine new effects devices., High quality audio time-stretching and transposition.
Cons: The 'virtual rack' approach can easily become cumbersome with complex projects., The self-contained nature of Reason's world won't suit everyone., Some aspects of the sequencer feel clunky and lack sophistication.
Excerpt: Reason was once beloved by electronic music enthusiasts for the way it mimicked real studio hardware; trouble was that even up to version 5, it couldn’t record audio (beyond 30 seconds for creating sampled loops).
Finally a unified all-you-can-eat recording environment, great instruments and effects, enormous fun for hardware bunnies, sumptuous mixing desk
Hardware-style interface won’t suit everyone, only imports WAV and AIFF files, needs tons of screen space, inconvenient copy protection via USB key