Greatest strength of this program:
Singular experience across 2 affordable price tiers, evaluation and 3 operating systems
(everyone has the same set of features no matter the OS or level of investment).
Performance and GUI consistency are at the forefront. It feels very much like a fully professional DAW. Combines functionality patterns from Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools, Cakewalk. Has its own feel, yet feels familiar.
It's actually worth the price, because it's not a lock-in.
My fav features and highlights:
Just a reply to user pentapower below:
No REAPER doesn't access to your contacts. It has never done anything like this in the 6+ years I've used it and I can confidently say it never will.
Unless of course you've stupidly downloaded a torrent that has been mined with a Trojan from some shady russian source, instead of the official website...Read Review
Reaper is a really great DAW, especially for a couple of thing where it is better than its competition. For recording/tracking of audio and editing of audio it is the best and extremly fast and efficient when you learn the workflow. The program also has a really small footprint, can be customised and is very flexible. The fact that all channels can be routed to everywhere and receive anything is great. Very very powerful, but might not be super easy for beginners.
Some of the stock plugs are pretty good and a lot of functionality can be added if you dig a bit deeper, but they will be pretty basic right out of the box. So beginners might find them a bit underwhelming.
I would advice all new (and old) users to learn from the videos at https://www.reaper.fm/videos.php to get a better understanding of the possibilities within Reaper.
PS: I now use Reaper mainly for tracking when I have recording-sessions with bands and artists, and when I do audio-editing. Production I now do mostly in Bitwig, but I have done a lot of production earlier in Reaper.Read Review
With the Imperial White Tie theme and the comprehensive suite of ReaPlugins, Reaper is a fully fledged industry standard DAW without limits. The learning curve is not steep but with so many useful features and regular updates, the gradual slope continues to climb as desired. The subprojects feature is a must have for any CPU intense, massively layered tracks and effects for more complex sound design, soundtrack and professional audio work.Read Review
Great for audio and live recording.
Scripts and much more.
Lots of features are missing in the MIDI and fx chain area.
FX Chain: there is no ability to make parallel connections between fx and synths inside a single track, this make it really messy when trying to make impressive racks or even simple parallel chains...
Automation: Automation envelopes don't give accurate results - untrustable. and there is no option to change it.
GUI: can't resize the fonts of the media browser files from the software itself since it uses windows's fonts, really hard in big screens like mine.Read Review
REAPER is a great DAW. It did take a bit of learning coming from Pro Tools, but any DAW will do that. I have Pro Tools, Studio One, Ableton Live, Mixbus, MPC Beats and REAPER. I keep coming back to REAPER because it is quick and flexible. I can do almost anything I can dream up in REAPER. I'll use my other DAWs to kick start creativity sometimes, but generally come back to REAPER to finish it off. I bought a license back in version 3 and am using v5.99 as my license ran out after two major updates (I will renew my update license eventually). They still have all the older versions available for download too.Read Review
Reaper has a suspicious activity. Why does a DAW ask for access to users' contacts? I deleted it right at the first trial.Read Review
Le must have suffisant .
Les + : son prix (achat unique), fiable, configurable à souhait, possibilités, formations comprises excellentes et très très nombreuses (gratuites), évolutions constantes (un vrai investissement), compatibilité, organisation de ses pistes...
J'ai l'impression que tout ce qu'on veut y ait ou sinon, cela va arriver avec une prochaine mise à jour (il suffit de demander ?).
Le - : tout est en anglais.
Pour moi, c'est juste un logiciel énorme et au top.Read Review