Alternatives to Reaper for all platforms with any license

  • FL Studio icon

    FL Studio

    FL Studio (formerly known as FruityLoops) is a digital audio workstation developed by the Belgian company Image-Line. FL Studio features a graphical user interface based on a pattern-based music sequencer. The program is available in...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone

  • GarageBand icon

    GarageBand

    Welcome to the school of rock. A Mac-sized practice space. Your own recording studio. If you want to learn to play an instrument, write music, or record a song, GarageBand can help — whether you’re a rookie or a rock star.

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

  • Adobe Audition icon

    Adobe Audition

    Adobe Audition software delivers the professional tools you need to make your video and audio productions sound their best. Handle a wide range of audio production tasks efficiently, including recording, mixing, and sound restoration.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Ardour

    Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application. It runs on GNU/Linux and Mac OS X and Windows. Ardour's intention is to provide digital audio workstation software suitable for professional use. Ardour...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

  • Ableton Live icon

    Ableton Live

    Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live's nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Cubase icon

    Cubase

    Cubase is a computer program for music production/recording. The program offers recording, producing and mixing of sounds in order to make music production for distribution on CDs or the internet. Cubase is a series of MIDI, music...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Reason icon

    Reason

    Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. And it's more than just a set of excellent synths and effects. It's a complete music system. Step into the age of...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Logic Pro icon

    Logic Pro

    Logic Pro lets you translate musical inspiration into professional productions. A range of powerful, easy-to-use features puts sophisticated tools at your fingertips, and complete surround support lets you make incredible, immersive...

    Commercial Mac

  • Bitwig Studio icon

    Bitwig Studio

    Bitwig Studio is a multi-platform music-creation system for production, performance and DJing, with a focus on flexible editing tools and a super-fast workflow.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Caustic icon

    Caustic

    Caustic is a music creation tool inspired by rack-mount synthesizers / samplers rigs. Everything is real-time and optimized for mobile devices. Create your rack by adding up to 14 machines from a choice of: * Subsynth - Virtual...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Wine

  • Avid Pro Tools icon

    Avid Pro Tools

    Professional-grade software application for recording, editing and mixing music, featuring support for numerous plugins and effects.

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Qtractor icon

    Qtractor

    Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework. Target platform is Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio, and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for...

    Open Source Linux

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    Rosegarden

    Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment. Rosegarden is an easy-to-learn, attractive application that runs on Linux, ideal for composers...

    Open Source Linux

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    Sony ACID Pro

    ACID Pro 7 software is a DAW powerhouse that combines full multitrack recording and mixing, MIDI sequencing, and legendary ACID looping functionality for a seamless music-creation and post-production environment. More creative partner...

    Commercial Windows

  • MuLab icon

    MuLab

    MuLab is a rich and rock solid sound and music production tool for Mac OSX and Windows, designed to create, record, edit and finalize Your Music!

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • Radium icon

    Radium

    Radium is a music editor with a new type of interface. - Compared to the normal sequencer interface editing is quicker and more musical data fits on the screen. - Compared to trackers, note positions and effects are edited...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Cakewalk SONAR icon

    Cakewalk SONAR

    Cakewalk SONAR is a computer program made by Cakewalk for recording, editing, mixing, mastering and outputting audio. SONAR is an example of a digital audio workstation (DAW). Sonar is like most DAWs, however SONAR lets the user: ...

    Commercial Windows

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    Open Octave

    Open Octave Midi is a Linux based Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) designed to give musicians the tools needed to make composing on a computer possible, and even fun! The project is focused on orchestral and film writing and recording.

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, oomidi-2012, can be still downloaded from Launchpad
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  • energyXT icon

    energyXT

    Create music now With energyXT you will be creating tracks faster than with any other music application out there. Launch energyXT and you are ready to make tracks in a split second * No need to enter a project name or...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux iPhone iPad

  • Tracktion icon

    Tracktion

    Tracktion is a multi-platform software for music production, with a modern graphic user interface.

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

  • Harrison Mixbus icon

    Harrison Mixbus

    A full-featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) by Harrison with mixing that mimics the properties of an analogue mixer. Harrison consoles are world-renowned and they have put their expertise into improving and extending...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Traverso DAW icon

    Traverso DAW

    Traverso DAW is an audio recording and editing program which is very well suited to record a single voice, a band, an ensemble, a whole orchestra or any other source of music! Both the home and professional user will find Traverso...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Last version, 0.49.3, was released on July 2014, but it is still downloadable from the official website
  • G-Stomper Studio icon

    G-Stomper Studio

    G-Stomper Studio is a Music Production Tool, highly optimized for doing Electronic Live Performances in Studio Quality. It's a feature packed, Step Sequencer based Drum Machine/Groovebox, an Analog Modeling Synthesizer (VA-Beast)...

    Commercial Android Android Tablet

  • MusE icon

    MusE

    MusE is a MIDI/Audio sequencer with recording and editing capabilities, it aims to be a complete multitrack virtual studio for Linux.

    Open Source Linux

  • Sony Cinescore icon

    Sony Cinescore

    Sony Cinescore is a professional soundtrack and digital music creation software. Automatically generate an unlimited number of musical compositions using royalty-free Theme Packs in a wide array of popular styles.

    Commercial Windows

    • Discontinued End of development announced on homepage
  • Orion Studio icon

    Orion Studio

    Orion is a complete virtual studio software, including a powerful pattern-based sequencer, many synthesizers and effects, a mixing desk with sub busses, and multitrack audio recording. All common interfaces, VST, DirectX and...

    Commercial Windows

    • Discontinued See http://forum.synapse-audio.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11878
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    PlayGround

    Playground is a new way to experience the music of curated artists from around the globe. Swipe and tap on the unique template objects and discover your path to musical expression. Fun and easy to use for beginners, become a real...

    Freemium iPhone iPad

  • MAGIX Music Maker Jam icon

    MAGIX Music Maker Jam

    Start a jam session - anytime, anywhere! Music Maker Jam is the first app that combines easy music creation with maximum fun. In no time at all you'll be producing your own hits thanks to a huge selection of professionally...

    Freemium Android Windows RT Android Tablet

  • MOTU Digital Performer icon

    MOTU Digital Performer

    Digital Performer lets you record, edit, arrange, mix, process and master audio and MIDI tracks side by side for songwriting, studio production, live performance, film and television sound tracks, audio post production, surround...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Ohm Studio icon

    Ohm Studio

    Ohm Studio is the first real-time collaborative digital audio workstation. Start a project, invite musicians and make music together. It's as simple as that. Download the application and join a worldwide online cohmunity of...

    Freemium Mac Windows Steam

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    MultitrackStudio

    MultitrackStudio is a full-featured audio/MIDI multitrack recording software. It combines a multitrack recorder, a mixer, lots of effects and a MIDI sequencer in one package: everything that's needed to turn your computer into a...

    Freemium Mac Windows iPad

  • uFXloops Music Studio icon

    uFXloops Music Studio

    uFXloops is an Android App which simplifies music production and playback of your creations. It is focused on an easy-to-learn, easy-to use approach, still letting you decide about how complex your music production is going to be. ...

    Freemium Android

  • RD4 Groovebox icon

    RD4 Groovebox

    Groovebox is a music making app with virtual analog synthesizers, drum machines and effects.

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • n-Track Studio icon

    n-Track Studio

    n-Track Studio is an audio and MIDI multitrack recorder that turns your device into a full-fledged recording studio.

    Commercial Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • Swar Studio icon

    Swar Studio

    Swar Studio is packed with all the functionality you'll need to create professional music compositions. FEATURES Audio tracks for recording or dragging audio loops Instrument tracks for recording from keyboard or dragging...

    Commercial Mac Windows

Reaper Comments

How do I use it?

Comment by huskygaming
about Reaper Nov 2016

It's great and all but I have no idea how to work this thing!

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Reaper - getting there

Positive Comment by Ash
about Reaper May 2012

yeah - it's miles ahead of most of what's out there. Well worth trying out under the extremely generous demo policy (unlimited functionality - never expires). There is still some unusual default behaviour (defining 'unusual' by DAW features or conventions since the days of ProTools 4) - some of which can't be changed so you'll have to get used to it or keep looking...

One issue is that there are 'too many' preferences - it's probably too configurable. This sort of runs contrary to some 'classic' Mac DAWs like Tracktion(still kind of works on OSX but don't count on it) & Deck II(old old old early OS9/OSX only) - which are about smooth workflow, minimal mouse clicks etc. That's my taste - arranging & mixing rather than overdubing etc - you might be able to see where I'm coming from.

How it runs on PC - I don't know - probably great but it does like a nice fast Intel Mac - performance on an older PowerPC machine (a dead platform but still one in use by poor musicians) can vary from excellent to terrible in ways that are hard to explain given processor/disk speed, OS versions etc...

Like I said - well worth spending time with - it might be exactly what you are looking for!

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Reaper is fast and low CPU loading when it running. You wil ...

Comment by Notme
about Reaper Jun 2011

Reaper is fast and low CPU loading when it running. You will find yourself smooth with Reaper. Especially it comes with all the features you dream about, customized hot keys function, perfect ASIO support, prompt response and support..... Believe or not, you will love it from DAY ONE.

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I've recently switched to Reaper from Ardour mostly because ...

Comment by panmanphil
about Reaper Jun 2011

I've recently switched to Reaper from Ardour mostly because of the challenge of maintaining an up to date real time kernel in Linux. Really pleased so far. Rock solid, things seem to work like I'd expect for the most part. Happy with all the energy in the vst world.

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I'm using Reaper for a while now, replacing Sony Acid pro. ...

Comment by tecterra
about Reaper Jun 2011

I'm using Reaper for a while now, replacing Sony Acid pro. I find it to be extremely complete, and a really cheap and good alternative for Sony Acid pro.

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