"Yes. I use Reaper for everything. I love Reaper. During the process for Dive, Cakewalk 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
My LA-610 is my favorite channel strip to record vocals and bass. It's transparent LA-2A styled compressor makes it comfortable for me to track with a fair amount of compression and even though it's EQ is limited, it's just enough (and musical) to get what you need when you hit record. The input gain staging is also very flexible on this unit, allowing me to use microphones such as an SM7B without a cloud lifter, or super delicate condensers on very soft sources.