Demo and Retail versions of Reason are the same.

Application Details:

Version: 10.x
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.22

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Test Results

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What works

Open a demo song from command line:

wine64 Reason.exe Demo\ Songs/Carlstrom\ -\ Airplane.rsndemo

Songs play, decent audio

Instruments, Effects, Utilities and Players in the browser

Adding and removing things from the rack, changing connectors on the back.

Everything in the transport bar

What does not

"Welcome to Reason" dialog is not rendered correctly, click the right blueish button for Demo mode

Application menu (File, Edit, etc) doesn't open by clicking or keyboard (Alt-F, etc)

Saving a document does not work (Ctrl-S)

Reason 10 Sound, Orkester Sounds, and everything below them do not work (which means loading patches isn't really possible)

Mixer, Browser, Rack, etc windows are missing their titles unless they are detached.


MPStart in mfplat is a stub which will cause the application to
crash. To workaround, copied mfplat.dll from a Windows 7 x64 system to
.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/ and ran again.

The intro splash window stays above the installer during some parts of the process which requires one window to moved out from under it in order to click "Download". Also, the installer or app can't find the 3 large data files from the install directory so it downloads them again on first launch. You can kill it, manually copy the files on subsequent re-installations to same time (once you know where they go)

What was not tested

Recording audio

Options window in inaccessible

MIDI controllers

VST Plugins

Login with a username / password

Ignition Key

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: unknown

Additional Comments

It's too bad this has to get a garbage rating. It is the closest Reason has been to usable in years.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Nov 28 20216.22Yes Yes YesBronzeGlenn Van Acker 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 16 20204.0.3Yes Yes NoSilverCain Atkinson 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Oct 01 20194.17Yes Yes NoSilverMiloš Zajíc 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Aug 12 20194.13-stagingYes Yes YesSilverthe thing 
CurrentopenSUSE Leap 42.3 x86_64Jan 19 20183.0Yes Yes YesGarbageJeff Donze 

Known Bugs

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Reason 10 GDI errors
by Glenn Van Acker on Sunday November 28th 2021, 7:56
I tested this with proton 6, because it already has the vulkan support and it works the same way,
after running the demo file for a few seconds I see GDI errors popping up in the log:

err: D3D11: Failed to create GDI DC
00c8:fixme:d2d:d2d_device_context_DrawTextLayout Failed to draw text layout, hr 0x80004005.
00c8:err:gdi:alloc_gdi_handle out of GDI object handles, expect a crash

This happens with both native and builtin gdiplus dlls.
not sure what is causing this, maybe it's not releasing object handles properly.
For the menu bug: is is possible to try the old wine 1.6 reason menu patch in newer wine versions?
don't know if that would fix it, but I can't find the patch itself, and 1.6 is sort of deprecated.
UI elements render black? Try this!
by Sam on Thursday November 18th 2021, 3:27
I've recently given this another go. Some UI elements did not render, so I did the following (wine-6.16-Staging):
- Copied DXVK dll's to the Reason directory. DXVK is a well-known translation layer for DirectX->Vulkan. Google for it and you'll find it fairly easily.
- In 'winecfg', created an override for "Reason.exe". Set version to 'Windows 10', and in 'Libraries', add all the DXVK dll's and set them to 'native'.
- Open up Reason and get to the main UI. Access the menu bar by pressing ALT _once_ and then Down. Navigate through these menus until you find "Preferences".
- Set the theme to "Dark". Restart Reason.

You should now be able to see most, if not all, UI elements. The menu bar remains broken. There's also no HiDPI support, so either squint or set a different resolution in your DE temporarily.