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  • GarageBand icon


    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...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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    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...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

  • Reason icon


    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...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • 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...

    Commercial Mac

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  • Caustic icon


    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...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Wine

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    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)...

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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...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Rosegarden icon


    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...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Radium icon


    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. -...

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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!


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!


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.


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.


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.