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Reaper has advantages but the best is it's incredibly cheap and Cubase (and probably others) also recognises it so you can use both. It also works in Vista if you're unfortunate enough to be landed with that on a new computer. The free try out is fully functional so you can test it at no cost.
The best part about it really depends who you are. When I had Justin meet me down at Cherokee in the Trident A room with the 2" and PT around, I sure wasn't using REAPER because it was cheap, I was using it because no other software for any money would do what I wanted it to do.
Yes it can be used seriously even for midi but it's not for everyone it seems. But there seem to be those who think it shouldn't be discussed at all. I wonder who they work for?
It's a consolation that the people who call anyone who discusses new software fanboys will never assault our ears with their music.
If Reaper has faults and limitations, and it must, please point them out in coherent detail to inform people of the cons as some of us point out the pros. Please don't just rattle on like headless chickens with vague insults like the kids at the back of music class shouting "Beethoven's a dead bloke miss". The joke only works once then everybody just thinks "idiot".
Tell us properly why you don't like Reaper as well because the info will be useful to someone even if we disagree among ourselves on points.
It's strange that none of the "cons" even give a clue that they've tried the program.
Be realistic. Don't tell us you're doing orchestral scores for films. You wouldn't have time to post here at length if you did.
In a rather amusing twist of irony, it is indeed quite likely that you may have had your ears assaulted and contaminated by some of my music. I do apologise profusely for that though.
Get it into your head, once and for all, that it's not a question of liking or disliking Reaper, it's a question of not being able to use it for professional work
Like many here, it's also a question of being irritated and bored sh1tless by the hagiographical drivel spouted here and the rather unsubtle spamming and advertising by Reaper acolytes (which is entirely contrary to SOS forum rules). Hollowsun's analogy is wholly apposite in this regard.
Moreover, Reaper has its own forums where like minded individuals can discuss its merits and demerits and demonstrate the extent and profundity of their zeal and fervour free from censure.