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Reaper

Fast, portable and full-featured DAW from the original developer of WinAMP.

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
Avg rating of 4.8 (9)| 13 comments

What is Reaper?

REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows, Mac and Linux, offering a full multi-track audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering tool set.

REAPER supports a vast range of hardware, digital formats and plugins, and can be comprehensively extended, scripted and modified.

FEATURES:

  • Efficient, fast to load and portable. Can be installed and run from a portable or network drive.
  • Powerful audio and MIDI routing with multi-channel support throughout.
  • 64-bit internal audio processing. Import, record to, and render to many media formats, at almost any bit depth and sample rate.
  • Thorough MIDI hardware and software support.
  • Support for thousands of third-party plug-in effects and virtual instruments, including VST, VST3, AU, DX, and JS.
  • Hundreds of studio-quality effects for processing audio and MIDI, and built-in tools for creating new effects.
  • Automation, modulation, grouping, VCA, surround, macros, OSC, scripting, control surfaces, custom skins and layouts.
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Reaper Screenshots

Default theme
Full screen in Linux with inline MIDI editor using REA Evolution theme
Analog Default theme
Dark_Side_Imperial theme
Albert-C (Pro x-tools v1.0.1) theme
ALBERT-C ( REA-EVOLUTION 2.0.1 ) theme
What's New in REAPER 6
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Reaper Features

  1.  Support for VST PluginsReaper support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
  2.  Support for scriptingReaper supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
  3.  PortableReaper can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  4.  Support for MIDIReaper includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.

Reaper information

  • Developed byCockos Inc.
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license) ranging between $60 and $225.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.8
  • Alternatives83 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

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Our users have written 13 comments and reviews about Reaper, and it has gotten 206 likes

Reaper was added to AlternativeTo by jab9417 on and this page was last updated .

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thefirered
  
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I would recommend it over Audition because it is much easier to use, it has got a plethora of features that most users will find useful, and it's really cheap compared to most audio production software. I use it for professional dubbing sessions in a home studio and sound editing for video. Yes, you can set up ffmpeg and preview MKV files and most video containers with it. My mind was blown when I found out.

There is a unlimited trial period for you to test (imagine a WinRAR trial), but this software is so good that a buying a licence for it is just a bless. It is really worth the money.

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Ugotsta
  
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Reaper is one of the fastest, most stable and configurable digital audio workstations around. When it launched, it worked like a 1:1 clone of Sony Acid (now Magix Acid) but it developed quickly and now compares with big DAWs like Cubase and Pro Tools.

A few notable features:

  • Loads super fast.
  • Recognized for its stability.
  • Development is always active and new features are added consistently.
  • Possibly the most configurable DAW; it can even be customized to work like many other DAWs.
  • Visuals are highly configurable through themes and the community has released scores of gorgeous themes, some matching the aesthetics of other DAWs like Logic Pro and Bitwig Studio.
  • One of the most powerful mixers; it's skinnable, configurable and can contain small, embedded graphical plugins like compressors, EQs and audio visualizers.
  • Multiple MIDI editor views including Notation, Event list and Piano roll with Drum mode.
  • Extensible with Lua and JavaScript using a simple but adequate IDE.

On the downside, Reaper doesn't bundle high end plugins like many DAWs now do. But that's also why it installs and loads so fast, and it also keeps the price low. It's one of the cheapest but also most adept DAWs. Meanwhile it does provide many advanced effects itself like a convolution reverb and configurable EQs and compressors. Plus it includes a plugin for creating and affecting sound through JavaScript coding which provides practically infinite possibilities for audio manipulation.

Reaper is a tiny beast of audio and music production and is dirt cheap considering all it does.

[Edited by Ugotsta, February 28]

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oasisbeherenow
  
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Compared to other DAWs, this is easier to learn and make it work. Never looked back since I started using it.

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zappazornpatton
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Its lightweight in terms of file size and flexibility makes it a valuable audio tool even if it is not your main DAW.

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imh1kiko
  
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Fully featured DAW. From top of my head, it supports just about anything. Not to be confused with a sequencer (while do-able, you'd be off with something, that's more focused to do that).

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KIWI8zijn
  
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Good alternative to the main Digital audio workstations. A lot of possibilities and a good community, can easely find videos on youtube to respond to main of the problem, non need to think more. you have to pay 60$ or 200$ for commercial use.

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Elfhir
  
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Great software. Lot of features, lot of personalisation. Very Pro.

Possibility to test it in full version for free. License is not so high. Lightweight and fast.

Has a great commmunity of user on various places : forums, facebook group.

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