You see people on the internet trying to find out what instrument was used in a particular song and asking how to reproduce it. This series of refills is the answer to those questions: if the song made it on the top 40 charts and uses interesting instruments that can be synthesized, you’ll likely find it in the refill for the corresponding year.
One thing you’ll come across in using commercial refills is that you must be careful about volume while auditioning patches. This is because some companies don’t take clipping into account, while others seem to watch their gain too closely and mix everything at low volumes. Due to this, I’ve included a limiter as a safety net in many of the combinator patches - you won’t have to worry about hurting your speakers and you’ll still be able to hear what you’re playing. Beyond that, the basic patches are constructed as simply as possible in order to maintain minimum CPU usage while still attaining the intended sound.
Also in each refill is an “Experiments” folder where you’ll find instruments you won’t recognize from the Top 40, but that use the basic instruments as their starting points.
These are Thor-based refills with the exception of a few patches, useable with reason version 4.0 and higher