After discussing the concept of digital audio workstation in our previous blog article, let’s now look in more detail at one of these programs: Reaper.
Reaper : what is it ?
Reaper is a digital audio workstation designed by Cockos and usable on Windows, MacOS and Linux. It can be downloaded for free at reaper.fm.
Very lightweight, it is one of the only software that can fit in a USB stick.
Indeed, Reaper stands out for its lightness and ease of use. It does not come with its own sound banks, but is compatible with more than 25 different file types, with 15 possible export formats.
In addition, the software has a simple and intuitive interface. If this one doesn’t suit you, no problem: it is very easily customizable.
This very advanced customization makes the software adaptable to all needs: recording, mixing. Reaper allows you to create music easily and quickly.
It is also a solution adapted to all budgets. Updates are free, but you will need to get the license if you plan to generate revenue from the music produced.
You have two options if you choose the paid version: a $60 license, which can be purchased by individuals whose musical income does not exceed $20,000 per year. The professional license is $225. Although higher than the commercial license, the price is still lower than most other computer-assisted music software.
Of course, it is also possible to use any VST in your possession. The audio interface is also simple and efficient, just specify the path of the desired plugin, and it becomes usable with Reaper.
Finally, Reaper has another particularity: that of the support. Being particularly customizable, Reaper is a software whose support is provided by the community.
This means that you will find all the answers to your questions on the forums dedicated to Reaper, as well as through tutorials on Youtube. The Do it Yourself aspect is therefore very present here, with, for example, customization packs available for free download.
So you can shape Reaper according to your needs, and have a completely unique interface while benefiting from the software community.
Reaper and Senstroke
Although it is free to use for the majority of users, Reaper has the ability to connect MIDI interfaces over Bluetooth.
That’s all it takes to use Senstroke sensors with the software. We have also written a tutorial on how to connect Senstroke sensors with Reaper.
The connection is made like most digital audio workstations: once the sensors are connected to Windows through SensorConnect, they appear in the “MIDI devices” tab of the Reaper settings.
Reaper does not have a sound bank, it will be necessary to add some manually in order to emulate a battery. It is then possible to link a VST like EZdrummer, or any free sound bank available on the Internet. Some of them are developed by Cockos.
It then becomes very simple to create a complete song, from composition to mixing, using a simple and lightweight tool.
Simply connect Senstroke sensors, and record drum parts directly in MIDI. You are free to use the sounds you want !
By the way, would you like to see a full cover of a song with Senstroke? Give us your ideas in comments!
Stay tuned for the rest of our focus on our Redison blog.
Until then, keep on drumming !