Application Details:

Version: 3.x
License: Retail
Votes: 21
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.6

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What works

Pretty much everything works. Midi input from external devices, loading, playing, tweaking, saving files, exporting wavs, it's like running the application in Windows, with an added layer of harmless graphical glitchiness. So far everything seems completely stable and the sound quality is fine.

Scrolling around in the virtual rack works fine but is a bit choppy, most likely because of the way WINE is handling Directdraw. The toolbars work, although the icons render as black silhouettes instead of being colored in.

What does not

Initially I could not install the program because the Reason splash screen would always be on top, over the installation windows. I used the graphics options in winecfg to turn on Wine's virtual desktop (instead of using the default X window manager). This fixed the issue with the splash screen and allowed me to install the program.

Once the program was installed, it would only start when using "sudo wine Reason.exe" and specifying a RSN file to open, otherwise it would give a "File not found" error. I started out by opening one of the demo files, then created a new blank file. I just specify this blank file whenever starting Reason now.

The most annoying persisting issue is that I have to open Wine using "sudo" ... it just doesn't want to work without being given root permissions for some reason. This isn't a deal-breaker, and it's most likely just something I've done stupid. I've tried reinstalling several times to no avail. At least I could always reproduce these steps and always get Reason to work.


What was not tested

I could not find anything in the program that doesn't work. Some things are a little glitchy, or a little slower than they might otherwise be in Windows, but it's a perfectly acceptable experience.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

I am thrilled to finally have Reason working in Linux. Reason was the only reason I kept my Windows XP partition on Dual Boot. Now I can toast it and free up the space!

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 18 20081.1.6Yes Yes BronzeJorge Azevedo 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 24 20081.1.3Yes Yes BronzeDaniel Precisely 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 30 20081.1.2Yes Yes BronzeDaniel Precisely 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 14 20081.1.1Yes Yes BronzeDaniel Precisely 
ShowUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 04 20080.9.52.Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Keyboard Shortcuts
by marc on Thursday December 20th 2007, 9:36

strg + o = open file
strg + p = preferences
strg + s = save
HOWTO: Tips regarding Reason Errors
by Tobias on Monday November 6th 2006, 13:32

1. - if you get the error

"failed to open gui support library"

use winecfg to switch the windows-version to "windows xp".

2. - if you've got troubles with the "Factory Sound Bank"-CD and
the "Orkester Sound Bank"-CD at the first run of Reason, you
should make iso image-copies of the cd's, copy them wherever
you want, mount the iso-images, open winecfg and add the mount-
points as drives in the "Drives"-section.

3. - right-click on the "Enter Serial" and "Waiting for CD.." window-bars in the task-bar and use the move-function to get
the windows to front (they are actually covered by the reason-

Please make sure your version of Wine is up to date. --MK