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Sonicbyte says

Hi, I’ve always use cubase and protools for my music since I can remember, but I never use reaper software. I’ve heard many good things about it and also about their fair price policy.

Any of you use reaper as your main daw? It’s better than the big daw names?

Thanks !

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Fabo says

I use it. And I really like it. It has nearly all the features the mainstream workstations have, but at a reasonable price. You should try the 30-day evaluation version to see if it suits your needs.

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MartijndeBont says

Reaper has been my main daw for the last 3 years. Its cheap, fast, small, stable and doesn’t contain gigabytes of samples that you’ll probably never use anyway. I tried other daws as well but nothing beats Reaper in my humble opinion.

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vaisnava says

Reaper for me… :) Just after Jeskola Buzz… Buzz is hard to beat!

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TimMcMorris says

Hey Sonicbyte :)

Reaper is my main DAW . I fell in love with it right around when I became an AJ author actually.

These days, often times the criteria that makes one DAW “better” then the other in my opinion is really just the work-flow. What I mean is, most (major) DAWs out there are excellent, it just depends on the way you go about things.

For me, Reaper is my primary choice because of it’s stability, versatility, speed and frequent updates. If you’re looking for a DAW with a bunch of fancy built in plug-ins (though reaper does have around 20 – 30) it’s not my first choice. If you use special plug-ins for each operation like I tend to do however, is awesome.

I try to purchase 1 plugin for each major operation in it’s field. So for example, I will spend some pretty heavy cash on 1 or two really great reverb plugins rather then using any DAW based one. I will do the same for compressor plug-ins, EQ’s etc. etc.

Plug-ins, as I’m sure you already are aware, are not all created equal and so far Reaper has been able to handle anything I’ve been able to throw at it compatibility wise.

Back to what I was saying though:

Stability:

Reaper rarely crashes for me. The only time it has is when my computer couldn’t handle the workload because my hardware was lacking. Once I got my computer specs up to par any crashing stopped.

Versatility:

Like I already mentioned, it has been able to handle multiple plug-ins from different companies along with multiple sample libraries at the same time effortlessly. Many other DAW ’s don’t support some of my software but this takes anything without a problem.

Speed:

Reaper is fast – blazing fast! I go from cold start to running in literally seconds. Click – pop, up and running 100%. Reaper’s footprint is the smallest of any DAW I have ever used. This is because of the user it’s designed for. Again, its not for those who need 1000 built in plug-ins but have accumulated a nice library of their own.

VERY frequent updates: Usually with other software I am annoyed with this, but it’s nice to see a DAW software company with such an active role in continually improving it’s product. The “reaper community” is very active and helpful, similar to AJ actually and you can tell the developers / company really do listen to user feedback. Sometimes an update is released and another one comes literally the next day. The nice thing is that each update only ever takes only a few minutes to install.

Well – there it is, that is my take on Reaper! Happy music creating my friend :)

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JohnRosso says

Reaper is my main DAW . It’s fully-customize and stability.

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Sonicbyte says

Thank you all for the feedback, especially to @Timmcmorris for the time you spend with your review about reaper, thanks Tim !!

:)

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MagnetStudios says

This post has certainly grabbed my attention, I had heard about reaper, but never really paid much attention to it. I’m an ardent Cubase user, but I’m growing frustrated with it. The main thing with Cubase that bugs me is that it takes about 2-3 mins to fire up first time around and sometimes hangs when opening, even though I have a six core machine with buckets of RAM . So thanks to Tims impressive review I went and did some intensive research on Reaper. I’m going to download the trial and give it a go.

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MagnetStudios says

This post has certainly grabbed my attention, I had heard about reaper, but never really paid much attention to it. I’m an ardent Cubase user, but I’m growing frustrated with it. The main thing with Cubase that bugs me is that it takes about 2-3 mins to fire up first time around and sometimes hangs when opening, even though I have a six core machine with buckets of RAM . So thanks to Tims impressive review I went and did some intensive research on Reaper. I’m going to download the trial and give it a go.

All I can say is “impressive” in the space of 10 minutes I downloaded, installed it, pointed it to my plugins folder and set up my midi keyboard. I’m amazed at the ease of use, couple of things though. I was surprised by the big white box that appears around every FX plugin, even those I’d paid $$ for. I see the purpose of it, as it shows the FX chain and presets so I suppose it actually a neat idea. It did crash once while scanning my plugins for the first time, this may be due to the fact I have tons of them, and some are not so stable. But on restart, it just flicked through them dropping out the crappy ones. Overall, I’m happy I saw this thread, thanks. This DAW is going to save $$$$ as I no longer have to upgrade to Cubase 6. phew :-)

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johnny625 says

Reaper is quite impressive for it’s price. I have used it some time ago and it was really stable and fast. Definitely recommended.

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