Cockos has announced the release of REAPER 4. As Cockos say, REAPER updates are evolutionary, not revolutionary. REAPER 4 is not a radically new experience from REAPER 3, but adds a number of useful new features, ease of use improvements, and even more customizability.
- Tweak, correct, and mangle audio with pitch envelopes, which can be applied to individual media items.
- Create fully automated surround mixes with multichannel track metering and the highly flexible ReaSurround plug-in. Apply rotations, transformations, and diffusions, and even automate the positions of the speakers themselves.
- Batch rendering wildcards provide sound designers with unprecedented flexibility when generating sound files in bulk.
- Manage project media and FX with the Project Bay, where you can collect, organize, and edit a list of resources that you are using, or might use, for different types of projects.
- More Customizable: Arrange REAPER's windows and toolbars in multiple dockers, redefine your mouse behavior with mouse modifiers, and use the new WALTER layout template engine to create flexible custom layouts for track/transport/mixer GUI elements.
- Ease of Use: Dozens of small improvements to help speed your REAPER workflow:
- Take comping is more predictable, with takes remaining aligned by recording pass, even after splitting and deleting errors.
- Previewing and inserting media is easier, because you can highlight, loop, and insert subsections of media files.
- Switch between different MIDI clips more easily in the MIDI editor. Pool MIDI items so that editing one item edits all pooled copies. Define scales and chords for quickly painting runs and arpeggios.
The REAPER 4.01 update is already available. This is mostly a bugfix release. Most of the bugs are minor, such as making sure the buttons in the Project Bay are labeled properly depending on what you have selected. A couple are convenience fixes, such as correcting some issues where OS X audio devices may not be reset when starting REAPER, or allowing a custom installation path on Windows x64. Also, the installer compression was improved, so the download is even smaller and updating REAPER is more convenient.
They fixed an issue where when using bridged plug-ins/ReWire and resuming the system from sleep would result in plug-ins being unloaded. v4.01 should prevent any discontinuity in this scenario. There is also an important fix for a possible crash when undoing edits in the MIDI editor, so if you are running REAPER 4.0, you should take 2 minutes to upgrade to 4.01.
Pricing & Availability
REAPER 4 is available for 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows and Mac OS X.
Two licenses are on offer, depending on how you use REAPER.
- $225: full commercial license.
- $60: discounted license.
Read the pricing details here.