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Discover Cockos REAPER

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REAPER (which stands for Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording) is an affordable DAW by Cockos - "a complete multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment." Until recently it has only been available for Microsoft Windows, but there is now a beta Mac OSX version available.

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Now let’s have a look at Reaper.

About Cockos REAPER

REAPER has a lot of fans - mainly because of its price. For musicians who don't need all of the bells and whistles of more expensive software (the REAPER download is only 4.1 MB in size), the program offers enough features for the right price. And its scripting API and broad support of plug-ins can greatly extend its features.

Cockos have a "Fair Pricing Policy" for REAPER, which makes it very affordable if you qualify:

Fair Pricing
There is only one version of REAPER. We offer two licenses, depending on how you use it.

$225: full commercial license.
$60: discounted license.

You may use the discounted license if any of the following is true:

  • You are an individual, using REAPER only for personal use.
  • You are an individual or business, using REAPER for commercial use, and the yearly gross revenue does not exceed USD $20,000.
  • You are an educational or non-profit organization.

The product's website lists the main features:

Fast, Powerful Editing

  • Drag and drop to import, arrange, and render
  • Freely mix audio, MIDI, video, still image media on any track
  • Easily move, split, glue, resize, trim, loop, time stretch, pitch shift, fade, crossfade, slip, snap to grid, without switching tools
  • Intuitive zoom, scroll, scrub, jog, tab to audio transient, MIDI navigation
  • Simple and powerful nested folder system allows group editing, routing, bussing, all in one step
  • Full automation recording, playback, and editing support for track controls and plug-ins
  • Easily manage tempo, time signature, and varispeed changes
  • Separate audio or MIDI into freely arrangeable takes and lanes for easy comping
  • Easily copy or move regions, to quickly try out alternate arrangements
Plug-in Support
  • Insert almost any third-party audio or MIDI plug-in: VST, VSTi, DX, DXi, AU (OSX only), JS
  • Native bridging and firewalling: run Win32 plug-ins in REAPER x64, maximize RAM utilization, protect against plug-in crashes
  • ReWire (audio and MIDI) any capable application for even more flexibility
  • Fully automatic plug-in delay compensation (PDC)
  • Sidechain any plug-in, even if the plug-in does not natively support sidechaining
  • Apply FX in real time, or non-destructively render FX output
  • Real-time network FX processing: use other local machines as an FX farm
64-bit ReaPlugs Suite
  • Unlimited multiband EQ with draggable nodes
  • Graphical FFT EQ/dynamics processing
  • Technical and multiband compression
  • Flexible, open-format convolution reverb
  • Real-time pitch correction, with Elastique 2 Pro built in
  • Multitap delay, basic synthesizer, sample player, vocoder, algorithmic reverb, and more
  • Special-use plug-ins to virtualize outboard hardware, stream audio, connect to NINJAM servers, and more
  • Includes the JS audio and midi plug-in scripting engine, and hundreds of user-programmable effects
Intangibles
  • REAPER starts and loads fast - be ready to record in just a few seconds
  • Portable - put REAPER in your pocket and run it from a USB key or other removable media
  • Tightly coded - installer is only a few MB, updates can be installed in less than a minute
  • Rapid, efficient development - new features and optimizations are added quickly and often
  • Very active, enthusiastic, and helpful user forum, get help quickly
  • Fantastic and readable user-created user guide
  • An honest business model that aims to provide the best possible user experience

10 REAPER Tutorials

Reaper Introduction

REAPER is a powerful Windows application for multi-track recording and editing of audio.

Reaper - Getting Started tutorial by Rocket

Getting started using Reaper a very powerful DAW - by Rocket - check it out www.reaper.fm/

REAPER is a fully featured multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment.

REAPER is reasonably priced, requires no dongle, has no copy protection, and can be evaluated with full functionality.

REAPER demo part 1/2

Justin Frankel demoing REAPER at TechBreakfast Norcal ITB.. It was a quick 15 minute presentation but a lot gets packed in.

REAPER demo part2/2

Justin Frankel demoing REAPER at TechBreakfast Norcal ITB.. It was a quick 15 minute presentation but a lot gets packed in.

Open Labs multitrack software "Reaper" Tutorial

Open Labs Tech Support Lead "David Williams" shows us how to use the recording software "Reaper" that comes installed on all Open Labs machines.

Open Labs Reaper Tutorial - Add a VSTi

This tutorial video, used in conjunction with our Intro and Overview videos, will help you learn to use your Open Labs instrument and the software that comes preloaded on your machine.

Open Labs Reaper Tutorial - Record a VSTi

This tutorial video, used in conjunction with our Intro and Overview videos, will help you learn to use your Open Labs instrument and the software that comes preloaded on your machine.

(1/3) Automation in Reaper DAW

This is part 1 of a 3 part video series that shows you how to use the automation features in Reaper.

This video was created by Rocket, a member of the Cockos / Reaper forum.

(2/3) Automation in Reaper DAW

This is part 2 of a 3 part video series that shows you how to use the automation features in Reaper.

This video was created by Rocket, a member of the Cockos / Reaper forum.

(3/3) Automation in Reaper DAW

This is part 3 of a 3 part video series that shows you how to use the automation features in Reaper.

This video was created by Rocket, a member of the Cockos / Reaper forum.

Have you used REAPER? Tell us about your experiences in the comments.

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