Oh, both albums were made in Reason 4, so I used only its integrated VSTs, couldn't use plugins, but recently I started learning how to use Ableton Live (though its sequencer very messy), so I think will switch it someday and leave Reason
Sequencer messy? In what way? And are you referring to Arrangement view vs Session view when working in it? I usually work in Session View to record clips into Arrangement View as the song progresses after I get the loops/samples I want in place and effects on each track. I should start using a Return track with effect(s) there to lower CPU usage (not that I'm hitting anything really high, just a way to ease things a bit).