Can also be installed and used independently from a USB key (take your USB stick with your top Reaper to go to another studio mix (no need to install additional).
Reaper is very customizable, you can use it 100% with the default settings but it is worth taking the time to configure it at your convenience.
The manual is very clear and also practical cases.
The forum is an infinite well of resources and users very reactive.
Mac Pro 4x2.66 (it's been that power is not really a problem / 4GB RAM / Interfaces MOTU HD192 x2.
Reaper 2.53 (current version at the time of writing this opinion) is stable at 95% on my bike. Crash from time to time (every 20 hours of use maybe) when I ask him too much at once.
I use it for 3-4 months after intensive research and testing on other platforms: Samplitude, Cubase SX, ProTools HD, Pro Tools LE, Digital Performer, Ableton Live, Pyramix, etc..
I produce, record and mix albums distributed in the market for music and I tried the software tool that sounds best while refusing to sell my soul to Digidesign.
In Digital Performer (the enemy of ProTools cousin), I seem to have enough space when I mix, it's as if I had to cram a big band on stage in club ... I have more tracks, more shrivels my sound is like DP could not handle 60 tracks of audio simultaneously.
In ProTools, the sound is more punchy and defined as DP but I quickly feel mixer "head on the ceiling", that is to say, feeling a limit in the headroom (headroom). Besides I systems with outdated maps or close to being (excluding investment).
I tried Pyramix, known for its transparent sound, and that its user interface and features that I find ill-suited to the needs of the production of contemporary music.
I also tested Samplitude, which I really liked the sound. Reaper sounds in any case as well ...
With Reaper, my sound is smooth, precise, punchy, clear ... even my clients I have noted that "refers to all the details" and so on.
I did not believe at first, but I hooked very quickly and I did let go since. My DP snoozing and I still can not ...
What I like:
- That guy in San Francisco will be coupled to such a task with passion and are poised to destabilize the giant presence in the market of digital audio (my soul incorrigible independent speaker
- Resolution 64-bit end to end with a collection of plug-ins staggering (over 100)!
You will find very useful stuff and exclusive Reaper. Do not expect the pseudo-vintage look and so on. big button is pure basic but it sounds! In addition, you can organize your bookmarks into folders plugs, no more endless menus! Save your chains as plugs and remember them when you want. VST, VSTi, AU, etc..
Number of tracks limited by the power of your bike, resolution recording and playback customizable.
- Overall very configurable.
Skins and their components can be downloaded from the site of Cockos, all colors are adjustable to your liking, etc.. I for one am done my interface via my favorite items to other users. Enjoyable when you know that most other apps require a graphic line sometimes questionable.
A simple feature that I like: the ability to resize its faders in the mix virtual table and define their range (from -60 db to 12 db, for example.) Handy for mixing purposes.
- Philosophy Community incredibly productive and dynamic.
You've probably experienced the frustration of working on an app that you want to make a change or add a function. Reaper with the community, you will post your idea, users from around the world bring their lighting, their ideas further and Reaper team considers its implementation.
I myself have already submitted two ideas that have been implemented within one month of their submission to the forum! I could not believe it
In addition, the Reaper community full of geniuses who think outside the box and push the soft land in unknown, very creative and forward-thinking.
The SDK is available, you will find on the site of add-ons Cockos programmed by users.
The updates come at a rate of about one per month ... Welcome to the 21st century!
- Routing in all directions, side-chaining between tracks, a track type that does everything = link between midi and audio.
Management of multi-out for virtual instruments.
- Physical inserts via plug-in ReaInsert provided with automatic compensation of time (yes, in ProTools).
Ability to program macros (series of actions) and assign them to keyboard key combinations (hotkeys) to save time.
- MIDI basic but functional and developing countries.
- 100% native, not of hardware imposed. Work on your laptop to the beach and in the studio on your main station ...
- The demo is not constrained and can be used indefinitely.
The key elements still to be implemented:
1. Function show / hide tracks = ability to hide or show the selected tracks.
2. The warp markers (for Live or ProTools)
3. of VCAs (or better)
In short, Reaper is more than a soft, this is a pioneering project exciting.
You understood, I'm a fan!