When I started dipping my toes into modular, I realized how much control and customization I had over it. Ultimately it has influenced my work in such a way that I seek out ways to apply it to my workflow. Enter: Reaper. It's sleek, easy to use, impossible to fully understand, and can be redesigned by the user to do almost anything.It's not quite where I want it to be yet, but all in all I feel as though it's the ultimate DAW, and look forward to the day it replaces Ableton for me.
Very underated, very unknown but highly customizable, full of unique features, great stock plugins, best CPU optimization in a DAW, themable and fair price too. What would you want more!?!
And both of them are trials! WinRar and REAPER trial. But for real though, a college student who cannot do much, REAPER has been a blessing for creating various recordings and sounds. It has plenty of options and it suits me just fine.
It's seems like a great DAW that packs a punch, but I have not spent enough time on it to be able to give a true, thorough review. But for only $60, there is no going wrong with Reaper.
I was never a huge fan of Protools but I discovered Reaper through a sound design podcast. I was hooked on how fast it handled audio files. A must have for anyone interested in editing and mixing sound.
While on its own, REAPER is good for recording, adding plug-ins makes it good for in-program production. Nice, clean design and little in the way of issues. Would certainly recommend.
In spite of its immensely steep learning curve, if you have the time and patience, this is perhaps the only DAW powerful enough to allow for full-blown customisation down to the workflow, which is invaluable to me given how annoyed I am with the shortcomings of other software I've tried (Ableton, Cakewalk, Cubase). Here are two pages to help get you started!
https://www.admiralbumblebee.com/studio/2017/03/30/Things-that-I-really-like-about-Reaper.html https://www.admiralbumblebee.com/ReaperScripts.html (Cubase, LPX and Cakewalk users, pay attention to the MIDI tools here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF4a-2lX51U (great for setting up a fresh installation in a jiffy)
If you can learn it, Reaper does a bit of everything. Even professionals use it. The license is only $60 and for that you can do whatever you want if you have the plugins. I use it to record guitar through my Scarlet interface and it works flawlessly.