REAPER (Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording) is a complete digital audio production application for Windows and OS X, offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering too...
"...I learned a lot touring with Alt-J and seeing their setup. Their production was beyond anything I've ever encountered as a musician and it was really inspiring to see such a complex system and so many people working to bring it all together and present a seamless performance each night. That's what initially got me thinking about rebuilding our set and the loss of the laptops and a month off seemed like a good opportunity to make it happen. For the benefit of any other musicians out there I thought I'd outline the basics of the new system. For the audio portion we're running two Macbook Pros, each with a set of [RME UCX](http://equipboard.com/pros/tycho/rme-ucx) interfaces running in tandem via ADAT connected to them (we were previously using 2 single RME Fireface 800's). The ADAT tandem mode allows for more inputs and outputs per computer in one rackspace. The first machine handles playback of automation, SMPTE timecode for video sync, MIDI sync, and our in ear monitoring system (Sennheiser G3 IEM). The second machine is linked to the first via MIDI sync and handles all input channels, virtual instrument hosting and effects processing. Both machines are running Reaper with each project in its own tab. We were running into a lot of resource limitations when the entire set was on one computer so the only way to open things up and allow us to expand the set was to distribute the load across multiple machines. I also just switched to an API 3124+ for the front end of the input laptop as it fits 4 preamps into one rackspace, and it sounds amazing. We run the bass, guitars, and synths through it which lessens the amount of plugins we have to use to get a good tone inside the box."more
REAPER (Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording) is a complete digital audio production application for Windows and OS X, offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset. REAPER supports a vast range of hardware, digital formats and plugins, and can be comprehensively extended, scripted and modified.
I started using this DAW a couple of years ago and I was surprised by how small it is. The developer is always improving it with constant updates. I used a variety of DAWs before but now all my work is based on Reaper. I love how simple and efficient it is. It has an incredible array of features and is very customizable. I love the fact that you can buy it for 60 dollars. So much value for so little money! :)
I love this thing. I use it instead of Ableton now. It's super easy to use and intuitive. Everything on it was a dream to use and VST plugins are mainly "plug and play" with this thing. I have yet to find any issues with it whatsoever.
I was a mac user for years before I recently changed to windows,in order to build a moster of a PC and right now I am using Reaper as my main and ONLY DAW,easy to learn,and powerful.
REAPER is a very usable DAW with very fair pricing. There is no excuse to have a pirated version of it. I mainly use it for audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering. It handles MIDI also but I prefer other DAWs for MIDI recording and editing, but this is a question of taste. REAPER is pretty clean and does not come with loaded promotion junk from sample producers like many other DAWs do. Btw who buys a DAW for it's free loops? Other DAWs should also drop their policy bundling useless junk. REAPER is very customization but I only changed minor things. I would say REAPER is a must have software.
Probably selling myself a little short using such a barebones DAW, but writing and recording tend to be the same process for me, so it's important to have a plug and play sort of situation so I don't get lost in the technical while trying to slap demos together. It does the job perfectly fine, is updated constantly, and is extremely cheap for a personal license.
The best thing about Reaper is that to me.....it's simple and complicated at the same time. It's simple enough to get the technology out of the way to allow you to make music without any technical distractions. And it's complicated....or technical rather to allow you to do stuff no other DAW can do. If you need to make something left field or out of the ordinary happen.....Reaper will always have a solution to make you achieve what's in your musical imagination. I love it.
Reaper is the best when we balance Prices/capabilities/development and in the approach for beginners as how for experts. With all the possibilities of the more known DAW in the market have a procedure to work that the beginner can quickly understand and, after, when understanding more and more the sound sciences the customer have never the sensation that is limited by the Reaper capabilities. Allis there. Under a easy surface have a really complex and logic machine. 60 dollars. And if you don't pay Reaper rest in marche free. We all finish for pay. This people merit this tiny price.
Rather than following a specific layout or interface, you can decide exactly how you want to do things. While it's not pick up and play, for those who value absolute control this is unbeatable.