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
"Yes. I use Reaper for everything. I love Reaper. During the process for Dive, Cakewalk [Sonar] just wasn’t working anymore for my flow. As far as preamps went, pretty much everything was the UA 6176 vintage channel strip, plus UA 610 preamps and a UA 2-1126 compressor on the end. And then I used a Chameleon Labs 7602 MKII (microphone preamp) for the grindier parts of stuff that I had to push harder, which is like a solid state. And I also used things like Ursa Major (Space Station) reverb, and some analog space-echo delays."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 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.
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.