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      • No built-in instruments or loops. Uninviting, unintuitive interface. Reaper, the digital audio workstation (DAW) from a tiny California company with big dreams, has come a long way since its 2006 launch. Reaper delivers live audio and virtual instrument recording, a full mixing console, and real notation editing, and it supports scoring for video.
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  2. Cockos Reaper Review | PCMag

    www.pcmag.com › reviews › cockos-reaper
    • Versions and Installation
    • Interface
    • Recording and Editing
    • Mixing and Mastering
    • Don't Fear The Reaper

    A personal, school, or small business license for Reaper costs $60. If you plan to use it for commercial music purposes and you are grossing more than $20,000 per year from your audio work, it's $225. Reaper is available in both PC and Mac versions, and a Linux version is currently in beta. The program is a paltry 11MB download for Windows and 17MB on the Mac, and just 66MB when fully installed. You can even run it off a portable or network drive, Cockos says. Reaper is free of copy protection, and you can download the 400-page manual in PDF format from the company website. There's a 60-day unlimited trial version, and, if you buy it, you get free updates through the next full point version. Say you buy 5.9 today; that means you get free updates through 6.99, which should keep you current for several years. Reaper also has a seriously dedicated online community, and it seems the developers are always hard at work providing updates, bug fixes, and notes. All of this is very consumer-...

    The first time you open Reaper, you're greeted with…not much. The opening screen indicates what is arguably the biggest roadblock to getting started with this program; it's essentially a blank slate. The left side shows your track list, and the main arranging window is to the right. Along the bottom is the mixer, with the transport sitting above it and to the left; so far, so good. But a large part of the window is completely empty. The transport is smack in the center, as if it were a bad cut-and-paste job. The tiny icons at the top left resemble those of a 20-year-old Windows 98 application. It turns out creating tracks is simple; you can just double-click the left side, or press CTRL-T (Command-T on Macs), though you'll need to hit the Track menu to make virtual instrument tracks. The dated feel extends further as you start digging into the menus and customization options; you're faced with dialog box after dialog box, all of which contain system-font-like text, plenty of sliders...

    Eventually, as you spend more time with Reaper, the fog begins to clear, and you'll find you can get real work done. Whether it's for audio or a virtual instrument, you make a track, click the red button on the left to arm it for recording, and press the master Record button to begin. You can set up monitoring effects, such as if you want to hear a reverb in your headphones while recording a vocal. Unlike FL Studio, Reaper is suited for recording multiple audio channels of live instruments simultaneously, and from multiple interface inputs; recording a five-piece band is no problem with Reaper if you've got the microphones and enough preamps on your audio interface. Reaper's tiny download footprint is wonderful in and of itself, but it belies a key limitation: The program doesn't come with any usable virtual instruments or loops, which is not only a bummer in and of itself, but also adds to the complexity for novices. It's pretty much assumed you'll go out and add your own third-par...

    The mixer view seems inflexible at first, but, as with everything else in Reaper, there's a ton you can do with it. First up, hover the cursor just above the mixing board near the Mute/Record/Solo buttons, and pull the border up so that you can see the channel inserts (where you would put the compressor, EQ, reverb, and so on). All the standard controls are there for muting, soloing, and panning tracks, and you can group tracks or track parameters together anywhere in the signal chain, as well as implement any complex routing scheme you can think of. The included Rea VST effects are surprisingly comprehensive, in contrast to the complete lack of bundled instruments; you even get ReaTune (for correcting vocal pitch) and ReaVerb (for realistic convolution reverb). Reaper includes full automation capabilities for tracks as well as instrument and effect parameters. While working, you can freeze or bounce tracks to free up memory and CPU cycles. There's a powerful scripting engine undern...

    Despite its difficult-to-grasp interface, Cockos Reaper is an excellent value. On a PC, it's almost a no-brainer. It's probably the least expensive way to get a full-featured DAW for recording live instruments, running VSTs, and making finished recordings without limitation. Alternatives include the low-cost versions of big-name DAWs, such as PreSonus Studio One Artist, Cubase Elements, FL Studio Fruity Edition, and so on. These generally have more mature interfaces, much more in the way of included sounds, and (in my opinion) clearer and easier workflow. But they're all purposely feature-limited in a way Reaper isn't, in order to get you to spend more money on the top-of-the-line editions. And most don't run as well as Reaper on older PCs. Reaper's dedicated online community, combined with all the features, the lack of copy protection, and the low entry price, make this program a tempting proposition, particularly if you're tired of the bloat from other DAWs or just want something...

    • Cockos
  3. Reaper, Part 3: Virtual Instruments and FX : Ask.Audio

    ask.audio › articles › reaper-part-3-virtual
    • Step 1 - Setting Up Instruments. One thing that you may have found confusing about Reaper in the last tutorial is the fact that Reaper is not designed to distinguish between MIDI tracks and audio tracks.
    • Step 3 - Starting the Virtual Instrument. Okay, I'm going to start one up. Hold on to your hats. I'll select the 'New' filter in the Add FX menu. Here I'll select Synplant from Sonic Charge.
    • Step 4 - Adding FX. Now that we have a synth ready to go, it might be nice to add an FX plug-in onto it as well! This can be easily done from within our current menu, the one that we used to instantiate our instrument plug-in.
  4. does REAPER have it's own drums..... | The Gear Page

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    17,120. Jul 3, 2011. #14. Sonar Producer does come with its own drums. But it's 400 bucks vs Reaper which is like 40 bucks plus EZ Drummer which you can find for 70 bucks on a good day. When you use VSTs, they're accessible within the software you are using. It's not like you have to open a separate program.

  5. Cockos Reaper - Review 2019 - PCMag Asia

    sea.pcmag.com › cockos-reaper
    • Versions and Installation
    • Interface
    • Recording and Editing
    • Mixing and Mastering
    • Don't Fear The Reaper

    A personal, school, or small business license for Reaper costs $60. If you plan to use it for commercial music purposes and you are grossing more than $20,000 per year from your audio work, it's $225. Reaper is available in both PC and Mac versions, and a Linux version is currently in beta. The program is a paltry 11MB download for Windows and 17MB on the Mac, and just 66MB when fully installed. You can even run it off a portable or network drive, Cockos says. Reaper is free of copy protection, and you can download the 400-page manual in PDF format from the company website. There's a 60-day unlimited trial version, and, if you buy it, you get free updates through the next full point version. Say you buy 5.9 today; that means you get free updates through 6.99, which should keep you current for several years. Reaper also has a seriously dedicated online community, and it seems the developers are always hard at work providing updates, bug fixes, and notes. All of this is very consumer-...

    The first time you open Reaper, you're greeted with…not much. The opening screen indicates what is arguably the biggest roadblock to getting started with this program; it's essentially a blank slate. The left side shows your track list, and the main arranging window is to the right. Along the bottom is the mixer, with the transport sitting above it and to the left; so far, so good. But a large part of the window is completely empty. The transport is smack in the center, as if it were a bad cut-and-paste job. The tiny icons at the top left resemble those of a 20-year-old Windows 98 application. It turns out creating tracks is simple; you can just double-click the left side, or press CTRL-T (Command-T on Macs), though you'll need to hit the Track menu to make virtual instrument tracks. The dated feel extends further as you start digging into the menus and customization options; you're faced with dialog box after dialog box, all of which contain system-font-like text, plenty of sliders...

    Eventually, as you spend more time with Reaper, the fog begins to clear, and you'll find you can get real work done. Whether it's for audio or a virtual instrument, you make a track, click the red button on the left to arm it for recording, and press the master Record button to begin. You can set up monitoring effects, such as if you want to hear a reverb in your headphones while recording a vocal. Unlike FL Studio, Reaper is suited for recording multiple audio channels of live instruments simultaneously, and from multiple interface inputs; recording a five-piece band is no problem with Reaper if you've got the microphones and enough preamps on your audio interface. Reaper's tiny download footprint is wonderful in and of itself, but it belies a key limitation: The program doesn't come with any usable virtual instruments or loops, which is not only a bummer in and of itself, but also adds to the complexity for novices. It's pretty much assumed you'll go out and add your own third-par...

    The mixer view seems inflexible at first, but, as with everything else in Reaper, there's a ton you can do with it. First up, hover the cursor just above the mixing board near the Mute/Record/Solo buttons, and pull the border up so that you can see the channel inserts (where you would put the compressor, EQ, reverb, and so on). All the standard controls are there for muting, soloing, and panning tracks, and you can group tracks or track parameters together anywhere in the signal chain, as well as implement any complex routing scheme you can think of. The included Rea VST effects are surprisingly comprehensive, in contrast to the complete lack of bundled instruments; you even get ReaTune (for correcting vocal pitch) and ReaVerb (for realistic convolution reverb). Reaper includes full automation capabilities for tracks as well as instrument and effect parameters. While working, you can freeze or bounce tracks to free up memory and CPU cycles. There's a powerful scripting engine undern...

    Despite its difficult-to-grasp interface, Cockos Reaper is an excellent value. On a PC, it's almost a no-brainer. It's probably the least expensive way to get a full-featured DAW for recording live instruments, running VSTs, and making finished recordings without limitation. Alternatives include the low-cost versions of big-name DAWs, such as PreSonus Studio One Artist, Cubase Elements, FL Studio Fruity Edition, and so on. These generally have more mature interfaces, much more in the way of included sounds, and (in my opinion) clearer and easier workflow. But they're all purposely feature-limited in a way Reaper isn't, in order to get you to spend more money on the top-of-the-line editions. And most don't run as well as Reaper on older PCs. Reaper's dedicated online community, combined with all the features, the lack of copy protection, and the low entry price, make this program a tempting proposition, particularly if you're tired of the bloat from other DAWs or just want something...

    • Cockos
  6. Cockos Reaper - Review 2019 - PCMag UK

    uk.pcmag.com › recording › 91529
    • Versions and Installation
    • Interface
    • Recording and Editing
    • Mixing and Mastering
    • Don't Fear The Reaper

    A personal, school, or small business license for Reaper costs $60. If you plan to use it for commercial music purposes and you are grossing more than $20,000 per year from your audio work, it's $225. Reaper is available in both PC and Mac versions, and a Linux version is currently in beta. The program is a paltry 11MB download for Windows and 17MB on the Mac, and just 66MB when fully installed. You can even run it off a portable or network drive, Cockos says. Reaper is free of copy protection, and you can download the 400-page manual in PDF format from the company website. There's a 60-day unlimited trial version, and, if you buy it, you get free updates through the next full point version. Say you buy 5.9 today; that means you get free updates through 6.99, which should keep you current for several years. Reaper also has a seriously dedicated online community, and it seems the developers are always hard at work providing updates, bug fixes, and notes. All of this is very consumer-...

    The first time you open Reaper, you're greeted with…not much. The opening screen indicates what is arguably the biggest roadblock to getting started with this program; it's essentially a blank slate. The left side shows your track list, and the main arranging window is to the right. Along the bottom is the mixer, with the transport sitting above it and to the left; so far, so good. But a large part of the window is completely empty. The transport is smack in the center, as if it were a bad cut-and-paste job. The tiny icons at the top left resemble those of a 20-year-old Windows 98 application. It turns out creating tracks is simple; you can just double-click the left side, or press CTRL-T (Command-T on Macs), though you'll need to hit the Track menu to make virtual instrument tracks. The dated feel extends further as you start digging into the menus and customization options; you're faced with dialog box after dialog box, all of which contain system-font-like text, plenty of sliders...

    Eventually, as you spend more time with Reaper, the fog begins to clear, and you'll find you can get real work done. Whether it's for audio or a virtual instrument, you make a track, click the red button on the left to arm it for recording, and press the master Record button to begin. You can set up monitoring effects, such as if you want to hear a reverb in your headphones while recording a vocal. Unlike FL Studio, Reaper is suited for recording multiple audio channels of live instruments simultaneously, and from multiple interface inputs; recording a five-piece band is no problem with Reaper if you've got the microphones and enough preamps on your audio interface. Reaper's tiny download footprint is wonderful in and of itself, but it belies a key limitation: The program doesn't come with any usable virtual instruments or loops, which is not only a bummer in and of itself, but also adds to the complexity for novices. It's pretty much assumed you'll go out and add your own third-par...

    The mixer view seems inflexible at first, but, as with everything else in Reaper, there's a ton you can do with it. First up, hover the cursor just above the mixing board near the Mute/Record/Solo buttons, and pull the border up so that you can see the channel inserts (where you would put the compressor, EQ, reverb, and so on). All the standard controls are there for muting, soloing, and panning tracks, and you can group tracks or track parameters together anywhere in the signal chain, as well as implement any complex routing scheme you can think of. The included Rea VST effects are surprisingly comprehensive, in contrast to the complete lack of bundled instruments; you even get ReaTune (for correcting vocal pitch) and ReaVerb (for realistic convolution reverb). Reaper includes full automation capabilities for tracks as well as instrument and effect parameters. While working, you can freeze or bounce tracks to free up memory and CPU cycles. There's a powerful scripting engine undern...

    Despite its difficult-to-grasp interface, Cockos Reaper is an excellent value. On a PC, it's almost a no-brainer. It's probably the least expensive way to get a full-featured DAW for recording live instruments, running VSTs, and making finished recordings without limitation. Alternatives include the low-cost versions of big-name DAWs, such as PreSonus Studio One Artist, Cubase Elements, FL Studio Fruity Edition, and so on. These generally have more mature interfaces, much more in the way of included sounds, and (in my opinion) clearer and easier workflow. But they're all purposely feature-limited in a way Reaper isn't, in order to get you to spend more money on the top-of-the-line editions. And most don't run as well as Reaper on older PCs. Reaper's dedicated online community, combined with all the features, the lack of copy protection, and the low entry price, make this program a tempting proposition, particularly if you're tired of the bloat from other DAWs or just want something...

    • Cockos
  7. Creating Loops In Reaper - YouTube

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    The shortcut is "R" on the keyboard. Thanks for watching. I had to watch hella tutorials to find out this simple move, so I am hoping this helps someone out ...

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  8. How to add loops in REAPER - YouTube

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  9. Reaper vs Ableton: Choosing the Best DAW for Professional ...

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    Mar 26, 2021 · Reaper doesn’t have built-in instruments, whereas Ableton does come with some. Reaper is small enough that you can run it from a USB stick, whereas Abelton can occupy more than 70 GB of hard disc space. Reaper is famously stable even while handling a demanding project, whereas Ableton can crush if you try to do too many things at the same time

  10. Reaper's instruments and effects come in the form of sliders and very small knobs. It takes the user out of the fantasy of working with certain equipment. This makes Reaper very boring to watch from a distance for some. However, this means nothing in terms of Reaper's raw power.

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