REAPER 6 released

Written about 1 year ago by Ugotsta

The fast, efficient and incredibly powerful digital audio workstation REAPER has received a feature packed upgrade to version 6. As with probably all REAPER updates, this one centers around workflow, with new features providing a huge boost in multiple areas to help speed up audio and music work.

To start with, there's a new default 6.0 theme with a configuration feature (available at Options > Themes > Theme Adjuster) allowing for extensive customization of theme elements. This new theme also renders to HiDPI and Retina, supporting 100%, 150% and 200% scaling natively.

The new version also adds the ability to embed small versions of specific graphical plug-ins in your track and mixer panels, including ReaEQ, ReaFIR, ReaXcomp, graphical JSFX plug-ins, and more. DAWs like Small Cakewalk iconCakewalk and Small Studio One iconStudio One have long had the ability to interact with parametric and other EQs directly from the mixer. REAPER now lets you add EQs and practically any graphical JSFX plug-in to both the mixer and track panels.

Other new features:
• macOS Metal display support for massively faster screen drawing on newer Macs.
• Handle MIDI CC data as continuous envelopes to create smooth, musical articulations and effects.
• Automatically stretch and re-conform audio around complex tempo changes; easily work with tempo-mapped and live-played recordings together.
• High-level graphical patch-bay for track routing (available at View > Track Wiring) to help get a clear overview and potentially spot issues like unused routing.
• Vastly optimized behavior for projects with high (200+) track counts.
• Dynamic Split improvements to let you save and recall presets.
• Import and render media with embedded transient information.
• Per-track positive or negative playback offset.
• Faster and higher quality sample rate conversion.

There's a lot more to the update. The full changelog covers them all while the "What's New in REAPER v6.0" downloadable guide goes through many of them in great detail with helpful screenshots for reference.

Further coverage:
Full changelog
User guide links
What's New in REAPER v6.0 PDF Download