There are three ways that you can export your Reason project (the.rns extension) to be audio files (i.e WAV or AIFF extension) that you can playback using various media players (i.e Windows Media Player or iTunes):
1. Export as MIDI
Reason records MIDI performance data and uses it to trigger the sounds, whether they be from samplers or synthesizers. Choosing this option, the MIDI data will be exported resulting in a MIDI file (.mid extension) which can be imported into another sequencer program. Usually this is done if we want to use a sound from another virtual instrument program that isn’t available in Reason, or if we want to collaborate with another producer that doesn’t work with the Reason software but needs to edit the performance data. It should be noted that Reason does not use the General MIDI standard, therefore the creator of the.mid file and the receiver must know which track belongs to which sound.
2. Export Song as Audio File
A song is all the MIDI data from the beginning of the song to the End Locator (the E square flag located at the far end of the Sequencer Window – you might have to scroll to the far right to find it if it isn’t immediately sighted). This End Locator should be dragged as close to the end of the song as possible, or else Reason will export a large space of silence in the resulting audio file (the distance between the end of the song where there are no more sounds playing until the End Locator). Reason gives you the option of exporting into 24-bit or 16-bit audio, either with or without dithering. Assuming that we want this audio file to be playable using a media player, then 16-bit with dithering is fine.
3. Export Loop as Audio File
A loop is the space between the Left Locator (the L square flag that you can find in the Sequencer Window) and the Right Locator (the R square flag). The difference between exporting a Song and a Loop is that a Loop is usually just a part of the song that you might want to use as an audio file in another sequencer program. For example, say you created an R&B beat pattern that you like, but you want to work in Pro Tools, then you need to set the Left and Right Locators to bracket the bars containing the beat and choose this option. The resulting audio file should only contain the part of the song that has the beat in it.
Those are the three ways to export your Reason projects. When you’re finished, upload some of your songs so we can hear what your work sounds like, OK? To your Reason proficiency,