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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / Anyone use Reaper as a DAW?



Jun 8th, 2016 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been out of the game for far too long and realized that I need to dip my toes back in the water. I was using Adobe Audition CS6, but after acquiring a MIDI controller I was dismayed to find that there is zero MIDI support. After browsing around I came across Reaper, but wanted to see if anyone had any stories (good or bad) about using it.

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Jun 8th, 2016 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

It works and it's effectively free (nagware after the trial).

I have a couple clients and collaborators who use it, and have it for a couple plugins that won't run on Tracktion.

I wouldn't want it as a primary DAW but that's because I'm used to a particular work flow.

It does the job though, and I've managed my way around it.


U.S. - Virginia

Jun 8th, 2016 05:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes. I have used it since 2008 and love it. It's affordable and very customizable. It is light on CPU itself.

I've heard of some people liking Audition, but every time I've tried it, I find it lacking in basic DAW functions i.e. like MIDI.

Reaper isn't a "mainstream" DAW. So some plugin companies don't support it. I had a waves issue once and I contacted support - all they told me was "Waves is not supported in Reaper"

Gee, thanks. Though there are many great plugins, better than Waves out there.

Its VST2 and VST3 compatible. On Mac, AU compatible.

There's really no limits. I've tried pro tools and find it incredibly expensive for what it is. As most audio software companies are when they've been at the top a while. My only interest in PT is learning to use it for freelancing in PT studios.

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Jun 8th, 2016 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use Reaper. I'm just a hobbyist studio guy, although I haven't done much recording in the past 5 years since I started playing more gigs. I have only a finite number of hours to spend on music.

I like it. It's inexpensive, has a lot of features and includes quite a few plugins out of the box.

That said, I don't have a lot of experience with other DAWs.

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Jun 10th, 2016 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use it and am quite pleased with it. I have only a couple issues with it: (1) No documentation for the included plugins. There is a forum however, where members are happy to help. (2) If you create several tracks and they all have effects plugins enabled, the playback becomes glitchy - that's probably a function of my computer processing speed. Workaround is to start disabling effects on some of the tracks, which is just a mouse click toggle per track.

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(This message was last edited by Mark From Hawaii at 01:31 PM, Jun 10th, 2016)


U.S. - Virginia

Jun 10th, 2016 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mark -

You are correct. There really isn't documentation for the plugins - and there are a TON of them, which is good and bad considering.

Hm, I wonder what the glitch is. I get certain processing glitches myself, but I just figure I am taxing things too much. There is more than likely a setting somewhere in Reaper.

I love how custom you can make reaper with every key command, but it's incredibly daunting if you want to look into every preference setting. I try to run it as bone stock as I can with just a few mods to avoid going through all those options...

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