REAPER is a tool that lets you record, edit, mix, render and arrange multi-track waveform audio. It sports complex features, so it has been designed for power users.
Seamless installation with portable advantages
The setup process runs quite smooth, and it even lets you choose a portable installation. Choosing the latter option enables you to take REAPER anywhere with you on a USB thumb drive, and does not make any changes to your registry or hard drive without your approval.
Array of features in an easy-to-use GUI
The user interface is friendly and easy to use (by experts), and it is divided into several areas – the main menu, right-click menu, main window toolbar, track control panels, main window and edit area, timeline and mixer.
It is also possible to view other areas, such as the floating mixer master, big clock, dynamic split, FX browser, transport bar, and virtual MIDI keyboard.
Wide variety of options and performance
REAPER supports input and output aliasing (you can give names to your audio inputs and outputs), MIDI devices, VST plugins, envelope editing, user-defined interface themes, custom actions and macros, 3D surround, mouse modifiers, pitch envelopes, Media Explorer preview time selection, multi-channel track monitoring, input recording and track meters, configurable per-channel diffusion, and more.
The program uses a moderate amount of system memory (which is quite surprising), comes with complete documentation that can be downloaded for free from the developer’s website, and its overall response time to commands is very good. Moreover, we have not encountered problems of any nature when testing this software.
REAPER 5.979 Features
- Easy to use:
Equally usable by hobby users and professionals alike. Simply drag and drop one of many kinds of files in to edit existing material, or insert a track and arm it for recording. No complex project settings or definitions are required.
- Extremely small footprint:
REAPER is full featured, but its installer is barely over 1 megabyte. It starts and closes fast, and is easily installed on new systems or on portable drives.
- Fast and powerful editing facilities:
Split, resize, fade/crossfade, pitch shift, timestretch, copy/paste and loop media items with ease. Ripple editing is available, too.
- Unrivalled routing capabilities:
Send tracks to any number of other tracks or hardware outputs, with lots of options (pre-fx, post-fx, independent faders, mono or stereo). Not interested in advanced routing? You don’t have to use it (and it certainly won’t get in the way.)
- Powerful recording options:
Supports pre-fx, post-fx recording, can record mixed output of multiple tracks, etc, supports switching record inputs/modes on the fly, input monitoring options (including tape-style auto input monitoring mode), supports auto-punch-in/punch-out, and more. If you want. Otherwise, it just behaves as you would expect.
- Wide open compatibility:
Sane, human readable, human editable project file format. Support for reading and writing many common file formats. Support for consolidating track edits and rendering track stems, to enable easy export for other applications. EDL import/export for Samplitude and Vegas.
- MIDI support:
Support for MIDI files, recording MIDI, and VSTi / DXi softsynths. MIDI can be integrated and mixed with audio.
- Customizable user interface:
User arrangeable user interface with color themes: make REAPER look how you want it to look, and arrange (or hide) elements of the user interface to suit your needs.
- Bundled Effects and 3rd party plug-in Support:
Includes built-in effects including a compressor, gate, FFT EQ, and some basic synthesizers, and includes many Jesusonic effects, and supports many plug-ins (including VST and DX plug-ins) with full plug-in delay compensation.
- 500mhz processor
- 10MB free disk space
- 800×600 in 256 colors or higher
- Compatible sound hardware
REAPER 5.979 (US) – x86
REAPER 5.979 (US) – x64
In conclusion, REAPER is certainly a professional tool for experts in the audio editing department, so beginners would have trouble handling it properly (yet learning is an option). The variety of controls makes audio processing a breeze.