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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What works

Loading projects. Playing loaded demos and songs. File browsing. Creating instruments. Using sequencer display. Audio. Selecting and using a control surface (Novation Launchkey49). Saving and loading a project.

What does not

Can not open menu bar via mouse, but can with keyboard (Alt key followed by Down key) and then use a mouse or keyboard to select options.

May not have access to all system drives or folders, but will have access to the current users home folder.


Copy msmpeg2vdec.dll and msmpeg2adec.dll from a Windows installation (I did from Windows 10 from C:\Windows\System32\).

And put them in .\.wine\windows\system32\

I set winecfg to "Windows 10".

To access the menu bar, press the Alt key once (the File menu may not show as highlighted), followed by the down arrow. Then the File menu will drop down. You can use the right arrow to get to the next menu dropdown options or use the mouse or keyboard to select menu items just like in Windows.

What was not tested

Have not yet tested all of the instruments or audio recording.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Visually, it is not perfect but very usable. Window sliders are not as clear but if you are familiar with the Windows or Mac version, then you will know where to click.

The highlighted blocks in the sequencer display may not appear perfect, but that does not hinder usability.

When attempting to load a file, you might only be able to access the users home folder by default. Other folder options may appear blank. There is a popup error when attempting to enter a different folder. Just select "OK' and ignore. It will not stop you entering a folder.

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 
CurrentUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Aug 12 20194.13-stagingYes Yes YesSilverthe thing 
ShowopenSUSE Leap 42.3 x86_64Jan 19 20183.0Yes Yes YesGarbageJeff Donze 

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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.