the free software "midi ox" and "midi yoke" allow you to create 8 virtual midi ports on your computer.
do you run "midi ox/yoke" under WinXP ?
Haven't tried so far but overheard that these progs are MME-based while XP neglects this interface in favor of Direct-X.[/quote]
Yes, using midi ox and yoke on xp pro based laptop with RME multiface card that uses ASIO. Never had a problem with ox/yoke, and have yet to come close to using all of the flexible routing and filtering options--staggering possibilities. It loads and closes quickly, and doesn't seem to take any processing power . And yes the remote 25 will be awesome for controlling live and reason, and you'll be able to set up the control scheme to your hearts content with the ox/yoke live and reason combo.
One more free midi software shoutout-- bome's midi translator. It allows you to translate midi commands to computer keyboard commands. you can use it to assing keys, knobs, or midi footpedals to keystroke commands. It is essential for me performing live doing bass and guitar loops, so that i can hit a midi footpedal (fcb 1010) patch that acts as a delete button. If (and when) i mess up a clip that i'm recording, i can hit delete and the recording stops but the sound doesn't. Then i can just start recording again and get my shit together and play the part right. Without that delete, I'd have to take a hand off my instruments, and would soon be out of work