We'll work with the videos in this order
Max, being a commercial product, has the ability to communicate with Reason and other commercial products that implement ReWiring. There are open-source audio routing tools for the Macintosh that do the same thing, but for all audio applications: SoundFlower and jack-OSX. In theory this will allow us to connect Reason synths to Pd for control, but in practice the question remains: how? Need also to learn more about the various types of plugins, notably VST, and how they work with jack.
A low-cost Mac laptop would be great ;^)