Cockos Reaper 2
Cockos Reaper 2

Reaper 2, General Sequencer from Cockos in the Reaper series.

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Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 22 reviews )
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Jaimun's review

Cockos Reaper 2
I realized I was using Cubase as an empty shell, a place to run plugins.
Reaper does it as well, or even better. You can route anything to anywhere.
I got tired of 4.7Gb installations. Reaper is like a 4mb zip file, and you can make it portable, running from a small usb drive.
I can teach and give it to interested people, with a nice collection of free plugins that are so common now on the web. And it's included plugins are really powerful.

But remember, you can use it without any restriction, but it's not really free, if it becomes an important tool you should pay the small amount they ask for it (I did, and I feel fine).

I love small, cheap, good and non-intrusive software.


Tried it on 5 or 6 different computers, no problems at all.
With QuataFire 610, FastTrackPro, IndigoDJ or Asio4all, always perfect!!!
It is skinable, and it adapts to big or small screens, even on mini laptops.


As good as the big expensive sequencers, but small, portable, big user base and constantly updated.
I can use it as my main audio sequencer.

afterglow479's review

Cockos Reaper 2
This program is great! Just wanted to say that first. It installs with no problem. You can download the installer for free from Cockos' website. I had no compatibility issues with my system. The configuration goes fairly in depth, but if you don't care that much about optimizing your software perfectly, it doesn't need to get very complicated. The manual is provided digitally, and is extremely thorough. Even though this program is free, you are not getting short changed on the quality of the program and documentation.


I have my own custom built system. It's an intel motherboard and dual core processor, with 4GB of RAM and plenty of hard drive space. I also run Windows XP for my operating system. Reaper works great on my computer. It very rarely gets sluggish unless I am really using a ridiculous amount of plug-ins. Reaper itself has a small memory footprint, and seems to be coded very efficiently. It is also very stable. It does crash from time to time just like any audio program will, but it is a small amount when compared to some of its big name competitors.


I have been using Reaper for the past couple years when I switched away from Cakewalk's Sonar. Sonar was also great, but I felt that Reaper was just as good, and it's free! Obviously my favorite thing about it is the price, but the workflow and general layout design of the interface is very intuitive and easy to learn. It is also becoming more widely supported by third party plug-in developers as time goes. Beyond that, almost every VST plug-in I have tried to use with Reaper has worked, and in most cases when there is a problem, it is something that you can deal with like a graphical error. Cockos also includes some high quality plug-ins of their own design to get you started with a good collection if you are new to digital audio. The value is amazing, considering the price of $0. I plan to keep using Reaper for the foreseeable future.

Bluebox's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Pay less and make music!"

Cockos Reaper 2
Simple installation
Easy configuration. It quickly takes the shot when you have already worked on a DAW.
No incompatibility is even quite the opposite. Starting up for the first time an app such as Reaper and making music immediately with the publisher without any settings ... my time is bo!
Manual in french but a lot of tutorial in French when there are questions. Perfect.


i7 Asus mainboard - intel - 8 gigas - 120 SSD - HD 1gigas -? no sound card ext. installed at the moment (am a faignasse). Performance? MAX! The software? Superb.

The Reaper software is very stable. We feel a power down there that I have not felt in other DAW.

So ... it is very promising and I look forward to spending all my plugs in and prepare this app to work.


Using 3 hours. (Cubase SX3 before). The engine is a monster quality. It's just amazing to have at your disposal with a soft coding of such quality. The least? I can not find for the moment all the things that make you go very fast with SX3 or more but I think it should also work and prepare its own settings and buttons since Reaper allows so much.

For my part and after installation ... I have not even installed my sound card and MIDI. Nothing. After half an hour I had already composed a piece measures 32 "Dance" with more synth and drums. This is just a killer. Try to do this right after the installation of a Cu .... and we'll talk!

For me it is ok. I'm tired of spending all the time in the box then I will support this team and pay my product at the end of the month.

My son started playing music. I installed Reaper on his bike which is initially somewhat limited to music. I installed asio on his computer, a keyboard and Reaper + three plugin. After showing her some how to cope ... he had already made some cool drum tracks after spending some time on it. I said that he is not a musician at all. So if you want ...

Unbeatable value for money for the moment. In my opinion.

Good music guys .... and girls .. forgiveness.

Mickamix's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Superior to other professional DAW"

Cockos Reaper 2
system (64bit version) extremely simple and fast, very lightweight executable file.
The general setup is easy if you start from zero, we must remain simple and y'arriver not be compared to other DAW like CUBASE, which pollutes our gestures base.Simple habit.
Incompatible with my 32bit VSTi Arturia ProphetVS to 1.1 ... if everything works with all my vsti (PLAY 64bit, 64bit Independence, bestservice, etc ...)
The manual is clear but in English and requires a few hours of reading, it is huge.


my computer is simple CPU power (Core i3) and seems insufficient when I open 100 audio / midi, the fault was my cpu that blocks the side of real-time sequencer.
So in a normal session like 20 tracks (10 vsti for example) the Reaper is doing fine on my PC stuff.
With 12GB of RAM I can load banks eastwest complete. without concern for asio.
(FireWire400 external sound card presonus)

configuration is stable but suffers from some bug (rare. ..)


I use a 100% to turn the page with cubase which is no longer able to match it on all points.
I almost buy cubase 6.5 artist, to be disappointed (for the demo) by the lack of function offered as export multitrack audio impossible to do without buying the Premium version has more than 500 €
10fois Reaper is cheaper and does not care. QED!
Yet I was a fan of CUBASE since 15years ... and I realized that the so-called "tenor" do not care about their customers and take them for wallet on foot.
Reaper makes everything (breath control via micro) controlling parameters of a track from another track, as the side chain but more powerful, huge! timestretching same with the "varied audio" everything is, as a function of Melodyne, everything!
partoche except the editor.
The editor provides features twelve o'clock handy but I prefer that of cubas

REAPER will remain my choice for at least 10 years ... the time that other DAW take it seriously and resume his duties routing ultra-powerful.

hhub17's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" there is no better!"

Cockos Reaper 2
Flawless installation, fast and without difficulty on Windows XP, Win 7 and under Wine with Jack Wineasio and in different versions of Linux: Ubuntu Studio 8, 10 and whose variants tangostudio KX studio, Fedora 12.

The general configuration does not seem very difficult but it is true that I am beginning to know by heart. We must above all learn and know the principles of ASIO for recording in real time and without latency multitrack, and effects plugins (VST, including but not only), instruments (VSTi) and you begin to s and to acknowledge.

The interface is intuitive as for multitrack magneto I've ever had: there are tracks, must be cocked, determine where it makes the sound that you hear the track etc..

Very simple with few tracks, and very very powerful.


VAIO Athlon 2X II 340, 4 GB RAM, Toneport UX1, UX2 sometimes (but it has blown somewhere and not work well), and 4 USB Multimix.

In Win 7, UbuntuStudio 8.04, Fedora CCRMA XII, TANGOSTUDIO, KX STUDIO ... I put everything in the multiboot, while running with the Multimix (no usable driver for Linux Toneport, yuck)

Correct performance without more, I think 3.4, but I do not know the scale.

Works flawlessly, very few bugs, except when I forget to start first and run Qjackctrl Wineasio. Once started, impeccable, whatever my track count and VST more or less heavy.

Stable configuration, never freezes or crashes in these conditions.


I REAPER for at least three years after finding that Audacity was not really a multitrack recording software.

I tested various other, sometimes as simple as a demo version but never paying expensive software. Linux, for free there are things like, "almost" as well (Ardour + Rosegarden + Jack ... etc.)

I like everything: cheap, powerful, intuitive, multi-platform and OS, but receives many VST is already equipped with the essentials to turn. And install on an external drive or a USB key, as very lightweight and well written.

Like less withdrawals versions all the time because I have to upgrade my OS and all configurations can be different if I do not take care.

The trial version not restrained, with 5 seconds delay at startup to remind that this is a demo is free! ! We do not share the best free software. The paid version is less personal than a game console: unbeatable value for money in my opinion.

With experience, I would first hand over Ardour free, or I would start testing REAPER free to give me a hand, and I would resume a license because I have not found anything better yet.

djspiritcrpc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cockos Reaper 2
is very fast, no iLok or stuff like that

the config is done quickly and more customization options are numerous

no compatibility issues

Unfortunately the manual is not translated in french but I came across posts from users trying to do ...


2x quad core xeon 5450
8 gig of ram
A velociraptor 300
2 discs with 2 terraces
1 Prismsound orpheus

no stability problem

The software works perfectly

to many plugins and tracks performance level equal reaper is much less demanding than all other sequencers


it's been three months since I have a blast on it and I think there is a playful side to use this app while being super responsive and pro

I worked a day for years (20 pins) on Cubase, DP, ProTools, Nuendo

I would do without hesitation that choice

+ The value for money
+ Personalization features in terms of function, appearance, groups (folders), everything is configurable in all directions
+ Routing endless possibilities
+ Console Mix
+ Drag and drop plug-ins not endless pop-up menus
+ The possibility of direct effects on an audio segment in the timeline by sliding over
+ A community of enthusiasts who participate actively in the evolution of reaper
+ The quick updates

-No translation but I speak good English
-No user manual in French
No score-making difficulties for some personal but I've always used the piano roll
I think other designers sequencers should start looking closely reaper as it allowed me to increase my productivity ...


Et_studio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cockos Reaper 2
- The installation is done it without problems?
No worries, and updates are installed on demand, when you start the application. Easy ...
A little more than that, personal, it's great: you can install the program on a USB key (or other storage medium), so our little virtual studio with us everywhere.
- Have you experienced any incompatibilities?
No, no.
- The general configuration is easy?
It depends ... As such, it is not complex to jump start recording / playback. But the tool is very complete, everything is customizable, which may make it complicated if you want to leave the basic settings. No doubt the complexity also comes from a background of several years of Cubase, the parameters are more or less the same, but how to configure them is a little different. We must also recognize that, until now, all my questions were answered in the manual.
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Yes, great.


- What is the configuration of your computer? (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Disk / sound card ..)
see my profile
- The software works he correctly on this configuration?
Yes, it runs without worry, and it seems that the use of CPU resources is more efficient than Cubase. Cubase, my PC was struggling to run a Pianoteq BFD2 + + + Yellow Tools Majestic else in audio (from 1 to 4 tracks guitars, or vocals, effects). The same pieces in Reaper, I take a look at the performance, and he still room (a lot of room, even).
- What performance? (If quantifiable)
Quite good, even excellent. My experience was limited to Cubase, so I can not speak over other software. Reaper meets my expectations, and returns the Steinberg developers to their current programming.
- This software + hardware is stable?
Generally, yes. However, I have a crash from time to time, especially when I want to move from a project "Heavy" (with VST instruments on several tracks) to another. Maybe it's me, but I can not find the proper way to close a project, keeping Reaper open, to open another window in a vacuum.


- How long have you use it?
It'll be a few months. I was convinced by the demo, I tried a little over a month without any loss of functionality (kudos to Cockos for this approach).
- What is so special that you like most and least?
+ Everything is configurable
+ Class performances
+ Quick start (a few seconds to be operational)
+ Quality effects
+ Routing
- The look of the basic version (the tastes and colors), but you can change everything
- Having to relearn a new software, and get rid of habits Cubase ...
- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
All Steinberg
- How would you rate the quality / price?
Although the demo version is usable with no time limit, I thought that such a development should be rewarded. 50USD for a noncommercial license, and for such a product, I have not met anyone to complain about trade policy Cockos ... value / price ratio.
- With experience, you do again this choice? ...
Yes. I particularly regret not having tried it before.

luchogie's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cockos Reaper 2
Watch in hand: Tlcharger 1 minute. Installation 15s.
No incompatibility. No harder to configure than concurrently.
Not need the manual.


P4 3.6GHz, 2Gb RAM, sound card Echo MiaMIDI.
The software runs perfectly smooth in Manir.
No cracking even with 64 samples buffer (1.6m latency).
Software perfectly stable.


I use it for one week.
It runs super fast and I have not seen a bug. The interface is beautiful and functions are sufficient. I compare it to Cubase and Sonar, which he did not blush. Reaper certainly has fewer features than the two gloves, but what he does, he does it better bcp! Everything works better and is more enjoyable to use. With regard to the models (which is what most people with cubase, sonar, etc.) Reaper is perfect! A soft amazing.

I hear the dj music snobs say, Cubase, Sonar, ProTools and company are themselves products srieux for musicians / producers and Reaper is just good for pimply teenagers who want to mp3. .. And I laugh.

gblais's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cockos Reaper 2
No problems, everything is perfect for installation and use

manual ... ?
the forums are working well when there are problems (how to use EZDrummer ... answer quickly found through Google)


I used it on several computers, the worse it is a PC Pentium 4 1.6 GHz with only 256 mb of ram, but it is quite limited with her lol, it was an instrument track 3 + 1 EZDrummer VST or 6 with no track and no ez drummer VST, beyond that, his''lag''.

but with a 2GHz Pentium 4 1.5 gb of ram it is fine, no problems or limitations.

ca has crashed two times on the 256 mb of ram, when there were 5 track with ez drummer vst and 3 or 4 by track ... but it's the computer that the program I think. Otherwise, it has crashed jamma.


I use it for a little more than 1 month.

I love the most:

its price, performance, simplicity (it is relative, but compared with the competition is good.)

what I like least:

ben euhm I do not know ...
I have only used acid before, and I much prefer reaper.

value for money is simply the best I think.

I would do it on this choice.

I have around 9 because it's not perfect, but it is the best on the market.

tom66's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cockos Reaper 2




Compared to that I use cubase sx for 5 years I find this program better in many ways:

- Performance: CPU more headroom, more stable, no crashes with many VST, instantaneous opening of the program, no zoom like a tedious project overloaded on cubase, everything seems more responsive.
- Modularity: smart routing audi / midi, adding effects and navigation very intuitive once forgotten the previous habits. Modularity of the interface as well, with many skins really nice.
- Possibilities: I see no obvious difference with software expensive, both in recording, editing audio and midi, mixing, automation, etc.. It is sometimes argued that it is less efficient than cubase at MIDI, I find it easier to use.

In short I migrated. Counting a few hours to digest the specifics. Export / Import projects from my cubase is pretty tedious: export export midi + audio +? On all vst for each track (unless you have the presets). But it is a great way to take control of the software.

Obviously it is a gas plant, so it's difficult to take over, especially since all menus are not perfectly organized. But overall I find it more intuitive than Cubase.

Yet no French translation, but it suits me.