Reaper for hybrid DAW

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by audiokid, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Just wondering if Reaper is suitable for a hybrid daw?

    The new version looks better than ever, however, my needs are a solid midi foundation and the ability to send analog groups out for external summing.
  2. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Reaper would be an excellent choice. Any track can be bused to its own output (press the IO button for the track), and the Reaper paradigm means any track can be set up as a sub-group or aux send. So: anything you want basically, plus the freedom to change your mind on a whim!

    The midi side is not as refined as Logic or Cubase at the moment, although it seems to be getting more attention in recent releases. But all the essentials are there, and seem solid to me on my windows box.

    I suggest you try the demo: there are no restrictions other than a nag screen, so you can dive in do some proper work before making your mind up. :)
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Hi Dan,

    I was under the impression that Reaper was an all ITB DAW. This is so good to hear. I tried the demo a long time ago and really liked it. It is one of the most stable and straight forward, clean looking DAW's I have ever used to this date. Sequoia 11 is the other top on my list and the two are a big price difference apart. The moment I installed Reaper, everything configured and I started tracking in 30 mins. I couldn't believe it and kept thinking, wow, this is so easy and it doesn't seem to choke. Its so cheep. It must have processing issues or something. Have you compared the audio clarity to others Dan? How does Reaper compare int sound?

    As far as Midi, I don't need all the bells and whistles. I just need it to sync and edit like older midi sequencers did. Less is more IMO.

    I really like how reaper is so clean. Not all this clutter. I'm going to download it on my new PC now. Thanks!
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff


    I downloaded Reaper in less than 1 min. It installed in seconds. Spent 10 min configuring the system. I created a few tracks, set the I/O, Set a midi input and what hardware I wanted to use, scanned for my vsti folders and WHAM! Everything is syncing and I'm tracking. This is so hard to believe. I have 4 DAW's here and nothing compares to the simplicity and tightness as this software. Unbelievable.

    I was just going to return a new MPD32 drum pad controller because it didn't seem to sync or track with Sonar and Samplitude and with Reaper, its awesome. Man, I am rocking. I'm so impressed.

    Do yourself a favour and test this software out.
  5. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Quite the opposite if anything: reaper seems to be able to run lots more plugs and audio tracks than my previous host, even on the same hardware.

    It sounds great. Honestly, I am of the opinion that all modern native DAWs are created equal when it comes to basic audio quality and summing. (Harrsion Mixbus being the exception. And assuming no bugs!)

    But Reaper has an advantage in having the most robust and unbreakable PDC I have yet to encounter, so whatever routing you set up, or non-realtime plug-ins you load, Reaper will keep everything sync'ed perfectly.

    Other things that won me over include the ability to drop into record at any time without glitching or interrupting playback, solo-in-front mode for mixing, batch rendering, the powerful automation and parameter modulation options, and very flexible track grouping as well as routing. :cool:

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