Reason’s Mixer is one of the most important devices in the software, but most home musicians don’t pay much attention to it. It’s simple enough to get your head around the basics of leveling devices with a bit of experimentation, but in this tutorial we’re going to go further into the breadth of features this essential and under-appreciated device offers.

In true Propellerhead fashion, as they’ve shown with both Reason and the newer Record software, their design ethos is to imitate not just the look and feel but the functionality of physical audio equipment. If you’re used to working with other DAWs, Reason’s mixer might be more unfamiliar to you.

The Reason Channel Strip

The Mixer is made up of 14 stereo channels, each with identical parameters. The beauty of digital mixers is that it doesn’t matter how many channels each device supports, because you can add more! We’ll discuss how you can do this later. Here’s what a channel strip, without any settings altered from the defaults, will look like:

There are five main elements of the channel strip.  Find the definition of the following –

The Master Fader: 

The Pan Control: 

The Mute & Solo Controls: 

Basic EQ: 

Aux Levels: 

Answer the following questions –

1. How many channels are in the Reason Mixer?

2. What does the acronym DAW mean?

3. What company makes the Reason software?