I'm strongly considering switching to Reaper as my main daw. While I've dabbled with samplitude and do like it, I'm finding there's some things I don't like. It's upgrade price is rather steep and seems to rarely include major updates. It's hybrid audio engine is a bit limited relative to others if I'm understanding their operation correctly. Also there's a nag screen about updating that when I open the program, despite clicking the do not show again box. Also it's not really Atmos compatible with only 7.1 output. It also seems to be becoming more modular- instead of upgrading the built in spectral editing, they give you Steinberg spectra layers,ditto for some plugins, and pitch correction. I'd prefer things all be in one package as much as possible.
I still feel Samp is one of the best Daws available but it seems like Magic has not made it a priority, perhaps favoring Vegas lately, which seems to have had some significant upgrades recently.
Reaper does have something similar to object based editing, (item editing) which was the main thing I got into samplitude for. It also has all sorts of scripting features and macros, not available in samplitude. It has per instance oversampling so you can oversample plugins to help avoid aliasing, but still work at 44.1 to save computer resources vs 96.
It also does portable installs so it's dead simple to drag and drop should one need to reinstall windows or move their daw and preferences to another machine.
I dunno it just feels like Reaper is hitting it's prime, where other Daws are sorta coasting. Since I would have to learn either samp or reaper basically from scratch (beyond the basics I know in each one) I'm thinking now might be a good time to make the switch. Maybe keep samplitude for mastering?
Anyway just wondering what anyones thoughts are as alot has evolved since I started putting my new system together a few years ago.
I think Reaper has a steeper perhaps less intuitive learning curve upfront but maybe is the most feature rich daw available?
Hi Kyle, I don’t blame you at all. You’ve made some great points as to why.
I’ve always liked reaper, especially the speed it flows. I recall how well it synced to midi which is what I liked most.
I haven’t looked at it in years, I bet I’d be surprised.
Marco did a comparison on on it back in 2018 that you might find interesting: 3 Daws - 3 sounds
Looking forward to hearing more about Reaper from you. 👍🏼
Cheers Chris, always appreciate your thoughts!