Jun 11, 2010
Powerful music editor and mixer
Platform: Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Manufacturer: Cockos Incorporated
Great tool for mixing and editing audio files
Minimum system: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/WINE with 128MB
RAM, 10MB free disk space, 800x600 in 256 colors or higher, Windows compatible
Recommended system: Windows 2000/XP with 1GB RAM, >1GB
free disk space, 1280x1024 in 16.7M colors, ASIO sound drivers
Computers can perform the sort of audio recording and editing that used to require very expensive studio time. That said, many of the high-end audio programs (or DAWs – digital audio workstations) are also very expensive. Not so in the case of Reaper.
This download of Reaper is a 30-day trial but the publishers rely on your honesty to buy a full licence if you wish to keep on using it as the only restriction is a reminder pop-up window after this period has ended. Even so, the cost is very reasonable at $50 for a non-commercial licence or $225 for a commercial licence.
The limitations of Reaper are based on the capabilities of the computer rather than an arbitrary track limit for MIDI or Audio recordings. The interface is in a traditional format with tracks arranged in rows in the top half of the screen with a mixing console at the bottom for setting the volume of individual tracks.
Audio and MIDI can be recorded or imported as simply as dragging and dropping a file into a track. It can then be edited in various ways such as timestretching or pitch correction.
There is a wide selection of effects that can be applied to tracks included with Reaper. It is compatible with all the main standards for plug in effects and virtual instruments including VST, VSTi, DX, DXi and JS. Reaper also supports sidechaining, a method of varying an effect based on another track. This is very common in dance music and offers some exciting creative possibilities.
All in all, this is a very good DAW, especially for beginners as it offers lots of features at a low price.
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