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Reaper Reviews

Switched from Audition to Reaper! Really happy with the change

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reaper - getting there

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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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