« The real deal! »Published on 09/27/11 at 06:51
OS / VST / VSTi (and all other) compatibilities: No remarks!
Setting up a soundcard and other devices: No remarks!
Internal DAW setup: It depends on the workflow, but it's very adaptable: No remarks!
User manual a bit lengthy, but modeled on the flexibility of the DAW!
Computer: portable HP DV6 with 4GB RAM. CR 4 is light but it all depends on the complexity of the project.
So far I haven't reached the limits of my computer, so, no remarks!
Since version 3 it's a real pleasure, flexible routing above all, fast arrangement/composition especially given the tracks/Fx Chains templates. Flexible track organization (interlocking tracks folder, etc.), creative mixing according to your needs thanks to the flexible routing.
Samplitude, the best for audio and mastering
Sonar X1 (Cakewalk since 98...): yuk, very heavy!
FL Studio: excellent for patterns/loops!
Studio One: Reaper's most direct competitor, simpler but not less effective. Its advantage compared to Reaper is the processing suite, the mastering!
Cubase: yuk, I gave up on it, but basically because I almost never use it!
The + :
Internal track routing.
Track, effects and project templates.
The adaptability of the interface (customizable menus/buttons)
Track interlocking (track folders)
Like Samplitude, FX assignment by "clip" (items...).
The - :
Internal track routing a bit complicated.
Lacks direct and contextual tools, like Studio One, but it's customizable
Lacks a browser like Studio One or FL Studio
Otherwise, it's an excellent DAW. I prefer it over Cubase or Sonar, which are no longer among my DAWs
Hats off, Cockos Reaper, keep up the good work!