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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    I simply don't like it very much.
    Sometimes people forget that this is a valid reason for not using something. I started with Logic, because that's what came with my first interface. But I found it very hard to use. I also tried Cakewalk and Cubase, and found them equally difficult. I didn't like any of them all that much.

    When I switched to Reaper, it was almost like some turning on the lights. It did things the way I expected them to be done. And if I was like, "I wonder if I can do this by doing this", more often than not, I could.

    Prior to using a PC, I had an Amiga. There were two programs on the Amiga that I feel have yet to be surpassed in ease of use (for me, not necessarily someone else). The first was Music X, which was a midi program of comparable vintage to Cubase (which, from memory, evolved from C Notater). The second was Deluxe Paint, which suited me way more than Photoshop or Gimp.

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    Switched to Reaper after getting back together with my recording partner, who was already using Reaper, so that we could easily share files/sessions. I've never looked back. If you're coming from some other DAW, it could be a small learning curve just figuring out what's where, but you can always customize it to function sort of like your old DAW if you really wanted to.

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    Reaper is unlike any other major recording software because of who and how it was developed. A lot of HR.com members have been on the forefront and influential of it's advances.

    Though he doesn't visit here anymore ( I don't think ) Pipeline (Arron ) was on the later development team.

    For the price and the constant and fast fixes and updates it stays on the cutting edge and provides a recording software without the bloat and BS..It is sleek and high performing...

    Even Pro studios that use Protools have found that they needed to integrate Reaper into their system to assist on workflow..

    I can't imagine any average Homewrecker that could ever need more than what it offers and most ( like myself ) barely scratch the surface and get awesome results.

    The uncrippled trial version is exactly what the paid version is so if you're too broke to buy it you still have access to it with the Cockos team hoping you'll do the right thing when you aren't broke...

    Justin Frankel ( The originator of Reaper) is a brilliant developer with a great heart and cool attitude towards business....

    For us average Joes, Reaper is impossible to beat.
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    I love it. Fast, lightweight, easy to use, and inexpensive.

    What's not to like?

    If you want to know what awesome 'improvements' may make it into Pro Tools in a few years, just look at what's in the current release of Reaper...
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    Reaper's support is second to none. When I first started using it and had some questions I contacted Reaper directly. Most DAWs "support" I've worked with in the past would simply shoot me out a "form letter" pointing usually to some general answer that had the operative word of my question highlighted ie "how can I set up my compressor for ducking" and I'd get (maybe) a reference to compression in general. Not with Reaper. Not only did they email me back (usually the next day) with the answer but would usually include links to two or three other sources for info or videos. Since Reaper is so customize-able users are constantly coming up with new themes, tools, efx chains etc and they are posted in the Stash link on Reapers home page for anyone to download and use for free. Reaper is also extremely third party plugin compatible. There are so many free vst efx, virtual instruments, synths etc out on the web to add to your audio arsenal and Reaper will host 99% with no issues at all where some other programs are only compatible with their own or expensive plugins and ,as others before have mentioned, the free upgrades and bug fixes that other DAWs would charge you for. Reaper is the NO Brainer choice of the decade.

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    Reaper has no ilok or other potentially annoying authorization issues, is very stable (any issues I have had can be traced to 3rd party plugins) and continues to get better and better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BiggerBear View Post
    Reaper has no ilok or other potentially annoying authorization issues, is very stable (any issues I have had can be traced to 3rd party plugins) and continues to get better and better.
    The complete absence of intrusive CP is just one of the many, many things I like about Reaper, much of which has already been said: the customization, flexible routing, virtually infinite number of actions and scripts... It can be as simple or go as deep as you want. I am firmly and enthusiastically in the Reaper camp too.

    I do wish Reaper had native support for Cubase-like expression maps, as well as bezier, envelope style lines for drawing CC data in the MIDI editor instead of the discrete bars, which are hard to work with. There is a workaround for this using ReaControlMidi, but this is much more cumbersome than native support would be. So for heavy-duty MIDI orchestration & editing, Cubase may still be the best option for some. But I'm sticking with Reaper and hoping a few of the MIDI feature requests are finally implemented.

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    In the last 12 months I've recorded guitar albums in Ardour (in Linux) and Reaper. I love Reaper, having pretty much ditched Ableton and I got rid of my macs so goodbye Logic. I've been able to improve and increase my workflow in Reaper.
    The problem I have now is that I want to use Native Instruments with my next project. Reaper has been a problem when I want to use software instruments like Una Corda and Giant in the amount of tracks it creates (had no problems with NI synths though). It's quite an awkward set-up.
    So I'm going to see how I go with Cubase Elements 8 which I've used for mastering an album but not for actually recording a whole album. I'm going to trial Elements 9 as well as it's only $A 44 to upgrade.

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    dustgazer - They're working on Articulation Maps. Keep your eye on their prerelease forum. CC data always happens in discrete steps, and it has always made sense to me to see the individual events. It would be cool to be able to treat them more like a continuous line/curve, though!


    bjboyd - You can make all - and only - the tracks you want/need for whatever VSTi you're adding. I never use the "Insert Virtual Instrument..." options. Just add it to a track like any other plugin and route it as necessary. Reaper's multichannel routing abilities are incredibly powerful, and not actually as hard to figure out as it looks at first.

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