Monday, July 19, 2010

REAPER digital audio workstation

This software is pure gold. My prediction is that it will replace Pro Tools and many other daw's as the preferred professional recording solution in the near future. I can hear many of you saying to yourselves that's a bold statement and I will believe it when I see it. Here is my reasoning,

1. Sound on Sound has decided to run a monthly segment on Reaper because of it's growing popularity.
2. It cost's nothing to start using. You can use it as long as you like without purchasing it and all functionallity exists in the free version. Uncrippled, Unexpiring shareware. When you decide to make money using it then you are asked to purchase the software.
3. The updates happen at a breakneck pace every week or so and they look like what most commercial updates only manage to do in a year.
4. Reaper has a scripting engine that allows you to easily string together your own commands allowing you to attach as many action's as you like to a button. This is a great function for taking the tedious labor out of studio recording and unique to this software.

5. reaper has an engine inbuilt for designing your own plugins. Need a compressor of your own design build it right in Reaper.

6. Route any audio to anything. The routing engine in reaper is powerfull you can virtually send any channel or track anywhere you like.

 7. There is a 64bit version and it has a unique plugin handling system so that all of your old 32bit vst plugin's will still work fine on your choice of platform. Windows 7 64bit anyone! Native VST plug-in bridging and firewalling allows you to run REAPER x64 with nearly seamless integration of Win32 plug-ins. Or, on any Windows system, firewall VST plug-ins in their own process space to maximize RAM utilization and protect against plug-in crashes bringing down the whole project. A firewalled Win32 VST plug-in can be configured to use up to 3GB of RAM all for itself, without sharing memory space with REAPER or any other plug-in, on any Windows system.
 8. Comprehensive Midi, with inline editing or sophisticated midi specific midi editor window. Scritable actions for most midi commands.
 9. Time-stretching and pitch-shifting, Zplane Elastique 2 algorithms for its pitch-shifting and time-stretching. 10. Mac or Pc.
11. A huge amount of inbuilt plugin's.
12. One of the best user forum's I have ever seen with a large support community.
13. Auto-tune style pitch correcting built in.

14. Reaper has NINJAM.  NINJAM is a program to allow people to make real music together via the Internet. Every participant can hear every other participant. Each user can also tweak their personal mix to his or her liking. NINJAM is cross-platform, with clients available for Mac OS X and Windows.

 15. Inline Video, comprehensive smpte time-code support.

The list go's on and it would take me along time to describe all the advantages to this software. Mark my words this is the future it is here now and you can download at no cost here.

You can read Sound on Sounds review here.

Download the full, uncrippled, non-expiring evaluation version of REAPER, and test drive the future, you wont be sorry.

Reaper Screen Shot

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