This article is written out of a desire to share information about the sphere of DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) – the main working tool of musicians and sound engineers in a virtual Studio. Specifically, we will talk about one program called Cockos REAPER, which, despite the size of the distribution in 10 megabytes, is not inferior to Adobe Audition, Logic Pro or Steinberg Nuendo. This software has high-quality functionality and comes in two versions: for Windows and for Mac OS.
By the way, the development team includes Justin Frankel-the founder of Cockos Inc and the author of Gnutella, as well as WinAmp. This may be why it is constantly updated and kept up-to-date. New features are constantly added to it almost every week, and if you address constructive criticism to the development team, when creating new functionality or updates, they will take your opinion into account.
The first thing you will encounter when running the program is its interface. An experienced user of such applications will immediately notice its minimalistic and even ascetic appearance of the main window. But still, the multitrack field and other buttons for control look familiar.
The essence and all the features of the program are hidden in the settings window. It is enough to open it here, from their abundance, you can even get a little confused. Everything you need and even more is set up. You can play with the sound card settings or set mouse behavior in different application Windows. Its functionality also allows you to use several audio subsystems: WaveOut, WDM Kernel Streaming, DirectSound, and ASIO. Also, you should pay attention to the large number of settings for recording audio.
The track editor
Thanks to the well-thought-out functionality, REAPER allows you to work with any number of both regular and nested tracks. This is one of the main advantages of the program and the pleasant side of working with this application, MIDI and regular audio here have the same rights and if necessary, they can be combined in one track, placing them next to each other. If you want to create a single effect processor, there is a function here that makes it really easy, you just need to specify the message from one audio track to another.
This message can be set from several tracks at once. Thanks to the REAPER functionality, you can also create entire chains of various tools and effects, because IT supports the VST, VSTi, DX and DXi plugins. There is also support for AU, but it is only available for Mac.
The multitrack editor mentioned earlier allows the user to edit the track and any of its parameters. For audio, this is the volume of the message, panorama, and others. for MIDI, VST plugins that were installed earlier are configured. You can also set any necessary shapes for the envelope track. You can also edit MIDI using the piano roll, which is quite easy to use and comes with the program itself.
Advantages of the program
Here we will list all the main advantages of the program, which are definitely worth mentioning in the review article, but in fact they are much more and all of them in one way or another simplify processing and diversify editing.
The functionality and main advantages of the app are:
- Full support for the necessary VST, VSTi, DX and DXi plug-ins. AU plug-in is only supported on Mac OS.
- 64-bit versions of the program for platforms. At the same time, it stores a platform for launching on 32-bit platforms.
- Full support for the ASIO 2.0 Protocol and compatibility with all multi-channel devices.
- Support for devices that work in MIDI format.
- Configuring all aspects of working with the app, including keyboard shortcuts, behavior in situations, and other actions.
The track editor also has its own advantages that make it convenient and indispensable for working with both audio and MIDI:
- You can freely route both the audio track and the MIDI format.
- Change the pace or dimension in a convenient or appropriate place for an open project.
- Create a track with stereo, four or more channels.
- MIDI and simple sound are in the same field and are not separated into two different tracks.
- Each track has its own volume and panorama control.
- You can edit any envelopes for the audio parameters of the selected track.
- You can bind MIDI to control parameters that are changed manually.
This program is perfect for any work, including “live”. It works stably, doesn’t crash, and doesn’t cause code errors. Crashes are only possible if some elements, most likely plugins, are installed incorrectly. REAPER has a large number of formats that you can work with in IT. The following formats are available for import: WMV, ACID, AIFF, APE, AVI, BWF, CDDA, EDL, FLAC KAR, MIDI, MOGG, MOV, MP3, MPEG, OGG, QT, RADAR session, REX2, SYX, W64, WAV, WAVPACK. The processed material is exported to WAVPACK, AIFF, APE, BWF, CD ISO (CUE/BIN), FLAC, MIDI, MOGG, MP3, OGG, W64, WAV.