1. Talal Bouroki
  2. Digital Audio & Music Computers
  3. Saturday, 29 February 2020
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It's inevitable! Reaper has come a long way and it's nice to see it starting to establish a real foothold, as more and more pros including some top Youtube channels are relying on it.

What I like about it:
- Super lightweight and bloat-free. You turn it into what you want it be. Nowadays IMO with all the variety of options around us (free & paid) it doesn't make sense anymore to bundle a daw with gigahertz of stuff that you're never going to use anyway.

- The price obviously and the fact that your license is valid for 2 major versions which is a few years at least.

- The 64-bit mix engine. Other daws are only starting to catch up in this regard, while Reaper has already had since forever.

- The flexibilty and customization. Like I said, over time you can really make it come to life and turn it into whatever you want it to be. There's an action for virtually anything you could think of, and you can combine actions into macros that you can execute with one click.

- The community and the active & responsive development team, the constant updates and improvements... it just never stops and it just keeps getting better and better.

What has been your experience with Reaper?
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I have given Reaper some chance lately.

Let me tell you, I've been blown away by it's performance. It's by far the most well written DAW there is. I can load a shit loads of plugins in it and it doesn't break a sweat. Tons of features too (it's the only DAW that has build-in client-server implementation for loading plugins on a server to share resources).

BUT.

I can't get used to it's interface. Especially the mixer.
I tried some themes, and I found out that the Logic theme was best for me, still though, I feel there's something about its interface that doesn't actually feel right.

I wish they could pay much more attention to the UI/UX. If they do, this DAW will be simply the best.
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I think Reaper its great and complete D.A.W however after I tried it few times in years I never liked the workflow of it, I found reaper workflow slow in comparison of Ableton live, I know that you can customize everything and this might help to get the workflow more fluid however I found too much windows and clicking to do the basic stuff that I can do in one on Ableton live.
I work in the box so no instruments and microphones so this might be one of the reason that I don't need the power of reaper.
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I was sold quick into reaper, the quickness, the tracks are just tracks, no mono or stereo, the simple and effective layout. I was in the middle of searching for a DAW to get confortable and start working. To bad this slowed my learning process and getting familiar with PRO TOOLS, since reaper was extremely easy to learn.
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I have given Reaper some chance lately.

Let me tell you, I've been blown away by it's performance. It's by far the most well written DAW there is. I can load a shit loads of plugins in it and it doesn't break a sweat. Tons of features too (it's the only DAW that has build-in client-server implementation for loading plugins on a server to share resources).

BUT.

I can't get used to it's interface. Especially the mixer.
I tried some themes, and I found out that the Logic theme was best for me, still though, I feel there's something about its interface that doesn't actually feel right.

I wish they could pay much more attention to the UI/UX. If they do, this DAW will be simply the best.


Yes well I think with the new V6 they've showed some real intent in that regard, as it's looking & feeling better than ever and they've introduced some interesting things like embedded FX. Admiteddly other DAWs have already had such features for a while (and also integrated gain reduction meters which Reaper still lacks but have already added the functionality for it within the code so it's a matter of time). But it's getting there!

In terms of themes I was always happy enough with the default theme but there is this new one that has really blown me away and it simply makes Reaper look and feel better with no "gimmicks": Smooth 6
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I use Reaper in each day for all my tasks. Starting with FX editing, podcasts, meditations and of course Music. But only for MIDI(with my Korg PA600) is very hard to work. In this case, Sonar X3 is more friendly.
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I use Reaper in each day for all my tasks. Starting with FX editing, podcasts, meditations and of course Music. But only for MIDI(with my Korg PA600) is very hard to work. In this case, Sonar X3 is more friendly.

Hi Vitalie!

I'm very interested to know about your MIDI experience with Reaper because it's definitely a complaint I hear a lot. Actually I work with MIDI on a daily basis and with just a few custom toolbar buttons & actions & menu commands I'm finding it pretty smooth for my needs. Although I don't know how good it is on the other side or if I'm missing out :D
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The issue is in the communication of the Reaper with Korg pa600.
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