Reaper is a cross-platform Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) that I started using towards the end of college. Before Reaper I had used the industry standard software called ProTools. Again, I’m not going to get into the details of old software I used to use, but I’ll at least say that I had lots of frustration dealing with ProTools due to all of the crashes from heavy RAM use, bugs, and other things that resulted in lost work. So I was glad to have found Reaper.
In brief, Reaper is similar to most other DAWs in functionality but to me has a much lighter and more intuitive interface. It can record audio, load VSTs, and export top-notch sounding work. I’ve experimented with other mainstream DAWs in the past such as Logic, Acid, and Ableton, and in the end I found Reaper to work best for me.
- All the features you would ever need out of any commercial DAW
- Very affordable pricing, and free for personal use
- Usage is similar to other DAWs without the price tag or required peripherals
- May seem overwhelming to beginners
- Some of the default plug-ins it comes are limited or can be complex to use
- Mediocre MIDI editor