Re: Reason 4 is coming...
Hard to imagine it will stay this way though ... especially as all the other companies are slowly craming Reason into their DAWs. I used to use Reason all the time, and I thought it was amazing. I even proposed a visual quickstart guide to my publisher, but they didn't think there was enough of a market, at that time (2002).
Now I never open it. There's enough options for tone generation directly in Logic, that I don't need to rewire in Reason. So I don't.
I think that's bound to continue as a trend. Reason is basically saying "Please use Reason, but make sure you use it with another DAW that records and sequences better." That's great for the other DAWS, I guess, but what does it do for Reason?
IMHO, Reason is perfectly suited to people making music on a budget. It's cheap, it works well, and it's actualy even fun to use. So why drive people to buy a different DAW for recording? It would be easy and cheap to add an audio track that does some basic recording ... then jam the recording through the normal Reason signal path for processing ... Keep all your customers faithful to 1 DAW.
The real benefit Reason enjoys is price. BUt as we've seen with all other Applications, Apple always drops their prices over time, and not slowly, either. Look at Shake, which used to be $5,000 ... now it's $500.
What happens when Logic becomes $500? or $300 ... or free ... who knws what the future will bring, but it's pretty likely to be lower priced DAWS.
Then what does Propellerhead software do? Bottom line is, i think it's a poor strategy decision.
Okay, That's my ramble for the month ...