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Old 15-05-2017, 07:17 PM   #1
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Reaper DAW, Does anyone have expirience with this software?

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Re: Reaper

I tried it a for a bit a few years ago but it didn't really click for me. I liked how it handled audio tracks, but less how it handles MIDI. I know a couple of people here use it, but I'd only be able to use it for recording/mixing, not for composition.

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Re: Reaper

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I tried it a for a bit a few years ago but it didn't really click for me. I liked how it handled audio tracks, but less how it handles MIDI. I know a couple of people here use it, but I'd only be able to use it for recording/mixing, not for composition.
It has been some years, but this is my experience too. When I was using it, felt very much geared towards people recording mostly external instruments.

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Old 15-05-2017, 08:22 PM   #4
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Re: Reaper

It's far and away the best free option. That's about all the nice things I have to say about it. I know people can and do make great music with Reaper but I have no idea how. I actually prefer Renoise but I don't think it's as all around capable as Reaper if you're only going to have a single DAW.
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Re: Reaper

Its more versatile than LMMS, Probably the most bang for the buck. Community is pretty active so there should always be someone to help you with tough questions.

It does feel like its on the opposite side of the market compared to a more sample/midi based software like Ableton Live. Though the midi options are more than adequate. I guess it all depends on what you want your work flow to be like.

If you are really into loopy techniques and then adding to those loops, then Ableton is probably better.
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Old 01-06-2017, 05:28 PM   #6
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Re: Reaper

I'm all about the Reaper. Been using it since 2009. No ragrets. I actually like how it handles MIDI but then, the only other DAW software I've used extensively is Cubase and that was almost ten years back. I've used FL Studio a wee bit and it's great for MIDI but I am accustomed to Reaper so i stuck with that. FWIW the track in my sig is Reaper-made.

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Old 04-06-2017, 10:05 AM   #7
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Re: Reaper

It uses somewhat different logic from the other common DAWs, but once you learn it it should be faster to use. After all, the name is an initialism for rapid environment for audio production, engineering, and recording.

The scripting system is a huge bonus.

So is the JS plug-in user base.
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:34 PM   #8
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Re: Reaper

I like Reaper a lot. I use it for multitrack live recording. So basically for my industrial stuff or things that need live instruments. So how it goes is i write my basic song in Renoise, then render everything to individual tracks. Once that is done i import it into Reaper and then start working on the live stuff like guitars, bass and vocals. I haven't gotten to in depth with midi yet in Reaper. From what i have seen so far i feel for me its kinda a pain in the ass to setup Reaper to my midi controller. I could just also be dumb. Probably just dumb. But yes. Great DAW! Well worth the money.

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Old 05-06-2017, 12:43 AM   #9
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Re: Reaper

Not hard to set up Reaper as a midi host, really. I'm running my MPK25 through it, took 2 minutes to get it set up and running.

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Not hard to set up Reaper as a midi host, really. I'm running my MPK25 through it, took 2 minutes to get it set up and running.
Oh yeah that I can get no probs. Honestly its the midi mapping to my novation sl series controllers. Only way I can see of setting the midi mapping is going to the top right hand corner of the screen and then menu diving the hell out of the parameters to choose from. It gets really time consuming trying to find specific functions of plugins such as Uhe Bazille and Loomer Aspect.

Unless there is a better way. Cus I would love to know haha! Another issue I have is when I go to record automation from my controllers and once done I go back to the beginning of the song, the parameters do not reset to where they were originally. But again..... I could just be dumb rofl. I just know how to get away with the basics in Reaper. Anything super complicated I will go back to Renoise for.

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Old 05-06-2017, 10:54 PM   #11
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Re: Reaper

The best part about Reaper is it's free. I fiddled around in it when I decided to go legit and get rid of my cracked copy of FL Studio. Not long after though I upgraded to Ableton.
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Old 25-07-2017, 08:30 PM   #12
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Re: Reaper

I do my final mixing and mastering in Reaper. I agree with Bluesh1ft that Reaper is the opposite of Ableton. It feels a lot like mixing on tape, which I really like. Also, it handles basic video editing pretty well.

I like Reaper for what it does. I even bought the license.
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:43 AM   #13
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Re: Reaper

I also use REAPER as my main DAW.
I also wish it was more powerful for MIDI.
It actually quite upset me when the devs put more effort into supporting notation and wifi transport functions than just making the MIDI better. It's clearly made by people who are NOT electronic music composers. Nevertheless, for frozen VSTi instrument sounds, it's pretty good because of how well you can edit the audio files and customize your keyboard commands too.

It handles stems just fine too, so I still use FL Studio for drum programming, then export my stems and import them into REAPER.

The REAPER audio engine is comfortably good at preventing clipping which is still a few steps ahead of MultitrackStudio, even though I like it's MIDI handling better than REAPER. I probably would still use MultiTrackStudio except it's not compatible with Linux over Wine. Reaper is!

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Re: Reaper

switched from pro tools a couple years ago. wont ever go back. it is the best decision i ever made.

also the reaper "Playtime" session view is wonderful for electronic music.
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Re: Reaper

I am trying out reaper recently... Its not bad! (From ableton user)
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Re: Reaper

I use Ableton and Pro Tools as 2 main DAWs, and reaper and FL as two additional. Pretty good DAW, but Avid and Ableton better
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Old 25-09-2017, 05:18 PM   #17
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Re: Reaper

People might be sick of me talking about this Linux stuff, yet Reaper consistently runs on Linux via WINE. It has to be tweaked just a little bit, but not really any more than typical Windows users would. (Except maybe disabling some of the metering to reduce CPU load).

I don't like REAPER's MIDI implementation, but I keep coming back to Reaper and making tunes on it because every other program I try is either incompatible or it has game-losing design flaws of other types.

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Re: Reaper

I love REAPER, I use it as my main DAW. I started out on ACID, and REAPER is in the same sorta format of an audio editor/DAW. I think it's better for audio editing moreover than MIDI, but MIDI is still find to use and works well enough. Definitely agree that it's better for audio clips, but I also use it for mixing. Comes with lots of plugins in the JS format, and you can even script your own. The menu bars I feel at times are a bit cluttered, but it provides access to a lot of functionality and tweaking. If there was a way to streamline that, or get more used to key commands, that could be a nice setup.

I used it free for a while and finally after a while bought the personal license. It's awesome that you can just use it for free, but the $60 they ask I didn't feel was much of a weight to bare. I do lots of stuff just with sampling and recording, and I love its format.

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