September 14, 2003

Rewire Setup  [ Edit ] 

Rewire is a software protocol that lets you control Reason with your sequencer. This is cool because it sort of allows you to play Reason like any other instrument in Logic. You can apply effects to your Reason music, combine audio tracks with Reason tracks and other virtual instruments. With Logic and Rewire2 (which Logic 6 supports), you can set each item in Reason’s rack to a separate channel in Logic, giving you a huge degree of flexibility in making that kind of music. Propellerheads, the makers of Reason, offer more information on what Rewire is, and who supports it.

The only question is: how do you make this magic happen?

Apparently it’s not very hard. I’m not messing with Reason much right now, but I’ll tell what I’ve learned so far, and update this page further as I learn more. This should be enough to get you started.

  1. Propellerheads has lots of help available for Rewire, so start there and find your software. Logic users will want their specific instructions.
  2. The most important step is to launch Logic first, then start Reason.

Reason will be set to Slave mode, which means Logic is the Master, and Reason will only play audio through Logic. Their playback controls (called Transports) are linked, so if you hit Play in one, the other will start too. Logic controls where in the track (i.e. what measure) playback starts on.

Posted by Joe | TrackBack

I was most happy to discover this helpful site. I've been using Logic alongside reason for years.
I just recently updated to OS 10.3.4. I'm not getting any sound through rewire with reason. Ableton live worked but, no dice with reason. It actually worked fine on 10.3 but the pressures always on to update in hopes for some further improvments. Such as reaon not saving preferences and some sort of write error that keeps coming up when trying to save the song. Eventually if you keep hitting save it will work but what's up with that?

Posted by: heldon at August 1, 2004 10:04 PM

I'm glad you like the site. I look forward to updating it more when I have some more time in the future.

I haven't had any problems with 10.3.4, but I haven't been a very avid user of rewire either. I recommend checking out the forums on

I certainly expect that if 10.3.4 has issues with Rewire, people are writing about it there.

Posted by: Joe Chellman at August 1, 2004 10:55 PM

Thanks for the quick response!
I'll check it out.

Posted by: heldon at August 2, 2004 5:19 PM

Any other sites avalible with more info.

Posted by: Luis A Carreon at July 18, 2005 11:42 AM

I'm sure there are. You can do some googling to find out more, or tell me what you're looking for.

Posted by: Joe at July 18, 2005 11:49 AM
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