Reason 2.0 is made by Propellerhead software.
This is a site with frames and so I cannot give you URLs of individual
pages within the site.
[ http://www.propellerheads.se/ ]
Price: One Online store where Reason 2.0 is available for $279. Reason
is also sold through many distributors and online too. I have included
the details of a distributor in UK.
[ http://www.alternatemode.com/reason2.shtml ]
This site also provides a trial download that has limited usage
-- Hardware --
PC versus Laptop
In my opinion, it is better to have a desktop for audio, rather than a
laptop. This is because many expansion capabilities are reduced on the
laptop or are much more expensive. The laptop itself is an expensive
For example, this site features a laptop configured for music
composition and is bundled with various accessories and software. The
laptop is priced approximately $1500.
[ http://kellysmusic.mb.ca/productinfo.asp?id=960334313&aff=none ]
MY PROPOSED COMPUTER SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS for running Reason 2.0
INTEL PIV 1.4GHz or higher
256MB or 512 MB RAM
Hard drive - 1 x 40MB (system) and 1x80MB (This drive should be an
AV-rated 7200rpm drive, for audio data)
CD-Writer & CD-ROM (to make copying CDs easier)
With standard USB ports, KEYBOARD, MOUSE, ETC.
Operating System - Windows XP
A standard PC configuration should do well enough. You should be able
to get this easily in the UK and well within your budget.
CREATIVE AUDIGY 2 - 24-BIT SOUND CARD - approx. $200
This card is a good enough proposition for starting off. It has all
the inputs/outputs needed, including Microphone & Line inputs,
Headphone, Line out, SPDIF digital in/out, SPDIF Optical digital
in/out, Firewire In/Out and MIDI IN/OUT
[ http://www.soundblaster.com/products/audigy2/specs.asp ]
This too you can easily purchase in the UK.
Now, I am not sure if your son plays a keyboard at all. If he does,
there are many MIDI keyboards available. The MIDI keyboard does not
store sounds or have speakers, etc. It is just a 'trigger' to let the
computer know that a particular note has been played, etc. Since this
is a stand-alone piece of equipment, you can always add it later.
From the Reason FAQ
"Do I need a MIDI keyboard to use Reason?
You don't absolutely need one, but we recommend using one for the best
possible Reason experience."
--------- ABOUT REASON ---------
This is a frame-site so I cannot give you URLs of individual pages
within the site. Please look at the menu on the left side of your
[ http://www.propellerheads.se/ ]
Under products select Reason 2.
REASON - AWARDS
If you go to the 'Reason Awards' menu item, you will see a number of
awards from various magazines and sites.
REASON - TUTORIAL
This can be a good way to learn REASON.
"Now you can quickly harness the power of today's most popular music
software with this comprehensive set of CD-ROM tutorials. It's just
like looking over an expert's shoulder as he shows you the tricks of
the trade. Mastering Reason has never been easier."
REASON - UK sales distributor
Unit 5, Saracens Industrial Estate
Tel: 0871 717 7100
Fax: 0871 717 7101
PC Support: 0871 717 7102
Mac Support 0871 717 7103
All this will fit well within your budget. Moreover, it is all
upgradable. For example, the Creative Audigy2 Card can give way to a
more expensive and advanced sound card later. The computer itself can
be upgraded with more hard drive space, memory, etc.
Please do write back if you need any clarification or further help!