It kinda really is, I too thought at first that reason was just a toy, like the roland mc-303.
Reason is a fully programmable program. You can route and automate anything in it.
If you know synthesis, you can make any of Reason’s synths sound great…even Subtractor!
The MC303 is a 14 year old rompler with limited programming capabilities…huge difference.
I will say though that Reason didn’t start getting good until 3.5 release and got really good at 4.0.
I’m sure 5.0 will bring some really cool tools to kick it up a notch. Now with Record out the pair are a pretty lethal budget combo if you don’t want to drop thousands of dollars for a music studio. I always recommend Reason to people who want to learn production.
remember, fancier tools don’t necessarily make a better mechanic. It’s all how about how you learn to use the tools to their potential.