I've been using Reason, in one shape or another, for years now. The combinator in version 3.0 is a delight to use and the mastering suite is a great way to punch up dead tunes, but the one thing that I ignored throughout all incarnations of Reason is the Dr:rex module, out of pure snobbery to be honest. I resisted the urge to pop a loop into it and see what it could do, "I dont need none of that gangsta shit in my music" I used to say. Well with Reason 3.0 I gave it a whirl and to my amazement I took to it like Rick Wakeman taking to a gold lambé cape.
I was an absolute midi whore! Everything; every note; every change in the timbre of an instrument had to be recorded in midi form otherwise someday the samples would go missing and I'd have nothing left but a trigger list. At least with a midi file you have the core of the song left to rebuild on. To an extent thats true but using loops in Dr:rex allows for great diversity plus its fast! I can just whack a complex drum loop into it and start improvising over the top instantly, and thats exectly what I did with the tune I'm including with this post. As with 99% of my stuff, its rather unpollished but unlike most its actually got a bit of time put into it (most are just one track at a time jams where I improvise over improvised tracks, a one man band if you will), I think the top end could do with some work; those hithats are a bit shrill. It has no title, but I saved it as "spin" for whatever reason. Its an odd little ditty with a hint of Jon Lord at times :)