CockOS REAPER | SOS Tutorials, Techniques, Reviews & Workshops
The latest major update to Reaper brings with it a complete overhaul of MIDI functionality, improved automation, and much, much more.
By dint of a continuous blizzard of incremental revisions and additions since its birth in 2005, Cockos’s Reaper digital audio workstation software application has built up both an enormous powerful feature-set and an enviable reputation for direct interaction between the developers and the user base. I was first alerted to the application by Martin Walker’s review of v1.828 in SOS June 2007, which he followed up by covering v2.44 in January 2009. Since then, another load of new features has come on board to bring us to v3, which now positions Reaper amongst the more established DAW choices.  Mike Senior

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Reaper’s updated default GUI gives the app a slightly slicker feel, but still provides tons of scope for colouring tracks and Items; if you don’t like the way it looks, you can completely re-model object graphics and colour schemes!

Making The Most Of REAPER

Make Some Noise!

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Create striking new sounds using Reaper's ReaSynth plug-in.

Setting The Screen

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Discover Reaper's powerful Screensets feature for faster editing.

Stretch In Time

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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A recent Reaper update gave users something they'd been clamouring for: Stretch Markers.

Variations On A Theme

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Give Reaper a make-over with a change of graphic theme...

Jesusonic Plug-Ins

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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The Jesusonic collection might not be the prettiest of Reaper’s plug-ins, but there’s more to them than meets the eye.

Drum Editing, Part 1

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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In the first of this two-part series on drum editing in Reaper, we look at getting your transients to land perfectly on the grid.

Groups, Folders & Matrices

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Use Reaper's groups, folders and matrices to organise your mix project.

Soften Guitar Tracks

Reaper Technique

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Cut out nasty noises and soften your spiky guitar tracks in Reaper.

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M/S Mastery | Media

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M/S Mastery

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Learn some Mid/Sides tricks in Reaper to open up your options at mastering time.

Loop Recorder

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Build your own loop recorder in Reaper and test the limits of your creativity.

WALTER: Customisation In Reaper

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Customise your controls and layouts in Reaper, with our beginner’s guide to the WALTER interface engine.

ReaVerb, Part 2

Reaper Notes

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Record your own impulse responses with Reaper’s ReaVerb. • Read Part 1

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ReaVerb, Part 1

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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In the first of a two-part series on using impulse responses in Reaper’s ReaVerb, we look at the basics: selecting, loading and editing. • Read Part 1

Snap Function

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Venture beyond Reaper’s default Snap settings to discover a world of techniques to speed up your workflow.

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Running Multiple Plug-ins

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Reaper’s ability to run multiple instances of plug-ins is impressive, but how do you keep track of them all and maintain optimum performance?

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Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

These audio files accompany the Reaper Techniques column that featured in SOS June 2011.

Channel Splitting

Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

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If you’re new to Reaper’s channel‑splitting abilities, here’s a neat exercise to get you started.

ReaGate Noise Reduction

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Reaper's ReaGate has hidden talents that make it much more than a simple noise-reduction facility.

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Comping

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Take a razor blade to your vocal tracks and learn the art of comping in Reaper.

Route Master

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Get your audio applications talking to each other with Reaper's ReaRoute.

Hiding The Edit

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Make sure your edits go unnoticed with Reaper's audio editing features.

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Hiding The Edit | Editing Walkthrough

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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This audio editing walkthrough accompanies the Reaper Techniques column that featured in SOS January 2011.

Master EQ Plug-in

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Discover the power of Reaper's EQ plug-in and become an EQ master in the process.

Takes & Items

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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We show you how to emulate Reason's Dr OctoRex loop player with Reaper's Takes and Items.

Parameter Modulation

Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

Use parameter modulation to create clearer mixes.

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These project files accompany the Reaper Technique column that featured in SOS October 2010.

Non-stop Recording

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Use Reaper to create an always-on recorder that captures all the inspiration, but none of the chit-chat.

Reaper Notes: Multi-Band | Files

SOS August 2010: Split & Polish

Here are effects chain files for some of the multi-band processing setups described in our SOS August 2010 Reaper workshop.

Reaper: Creating Multi-Band Processors

Reaper Notes & Techniques

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Tracktion 5

Music Production Software for Mac OS, Windows & Linux

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If you find conventional DAWs intimidatingly complex or unaffordable, Tracktion could be the perfect alternative.

Steinberg Cubase 7.5

Digital Audio Workstation Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Steinberg have packed a lot of new functionality into their bargain upgrade to Cubase.

Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer

Music Production Software For Windows

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As well as improving Sonar itself, Cakewalk have brought in some heavy-hitting third-party content. Does X3 have what it takes to tempt buyers away from other recording software?

MOTU Digital Performer 8

Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Nearly 30 years into its history, Mark Of The Unicorn's flagship recording package makes its first appearance as a Windows application. How worried should MOTU's competitors be?

Apple Logic Pro X

Music Production Software For Mac OS

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Logic Pro X was released on July 16th, almost four years to the day after Logic Pro 9 — the longest that users have had to wait for a major new version in the product's 21-year history.

Avid Pro Tools 11

Digital Audio Workstation Software For Mac OS & Windows

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If Pro Tools 10 was a watershed release in the product's history, Pro Tools 11 marks the beginning of a new era for Avid's audio production platform.

Propellerhead Reason 7

Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Reason has evolved in splendid isolation from other production tools, but version 7 sees Propellerhead build bridges to the outside world.

Steinberg Nuendo 6

DAW Software For Mac OS & Windows

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In the latest version of their flagship post-production software, Steinberg have applied some clever lateral thinking to loudness metering and ADR recording.

Ableton Live 9 & Push

DAW Software & Hardware Controller

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Live 9 has been a long time coming, but, along with Ableton’s new Push controller, has the potential to revolutionise music-making.

Steinberg Cubase 7

Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Steinberg’s DAW software has received perhaps its biggest shake-up to date, with a new mixer and some clever chord functions.

 

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