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Jun 8th, 2016 02:50 PM        

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.


FDP Data Goon

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Jun 8th, 2016 04:28 PM        

It works and it's effectively free (nagware after the trial).<br /> <br /> I have a couple clients and collaborators who use it, and have it for a couple plugins that won't run on Tracktion.<br /> <br /> I wouldn't want it as a primary DAW but that's because I'm used to a particular work flow.<br /> <br /> It does the job though, and I've managed my way around it.


U.S. - Virginia

Jun 8th, 2016 05:51 PM        

Yes. I have used it since 2008 and love it. It's affordable and very customizable. It is light on CPU itself.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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"<br /> <br /> Gee, thanks. Though there are many great plugins, better than Waves out there.<br /> <br /> Its VST2 and VST3 compatible. On Mac, AU compatible.<br /> <br /> 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        

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. <br /> <br /> I like it. It's inexpensive, has a lot of features and includes quite a few plugins out of the box.<br /> <br /> That said, I don't have a lot of experience with other DAWs. <br /> <br />

Mark From Hawaii

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The Aloha State, USA

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Jun 10th, 2016 11:29 AM        

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.


U.S. - Virginia

Jun 10th, 2016 08:57 PM        

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

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