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REAPER v4.73
Developer(s) Cockos
Stable release 4.76 / December 15, 2014; 43 days ago (2014-12-15)
Operating system Windows 98+
Mac OS X 10.4+
Type Digital audio workstation
License Proprietary

REAPER (Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording) is a digital audio workstation created by Cockos. It is distributed with an uncrippled evaluation license with a nag screen explaining the license cost. It is currently available for Microsoft Windows (98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7/8) and Mac OS X (10.4/10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8). Linux is not currently supported, but the program can be successfully run using Wine.[1] Version 4 of REAPER was released on August 3, 2011.[2]

Notable features[edit]

  • The following plug-in APIs are supported:
  • Audio and MIDI items (clips) can be mixed within the same track.
  • Non-destructive, tool-less audio editing.
  • Hardware Effect integration.
  • The number of tracks is limited by the performance of the user's hardware rather than the software.
  • Integrates the company's own plug-in and FX scripting API, called Jesusonic (JS). JS effects are text files which, when interpreted and loaded by the DAW, function as plug-ins.
  • Can function both as a ReWire slave and host.
  • 64-bit version (as of v3.103) includes bridging technology to enable the use of 32-bit VSTs in a 64-bit environment.
  • Ships with a number (about 20) of native FX plug-ins including a Delay, Compressor, Reverb etc. and a larger number (about 225) of effects written using JS, some of these are written by Cockos and others by third parties. As of version 3, the number of effects is 161.
  • The processing of plug-ins can be distributed over a local area network using the ReaMote feature.
  • User defined GUI themes, custom actions/macros
  • An open extension API for C++, Python and Perl scripting.
  • The developer is noted for their agile software development principles, including a rapid development cycle and responsiveness to user requests.[3]
  • Noted for its flexibility, especially with regard to routing.[4]

Notably missing is music notation features.


REAPER is distributed under two licenses. Users can choose between a license targeted to private individuals or one targeted to organizations. There is a nag screen which is disabled through licensing the product, and there is no copy protection.

Control surface support[edit]

REAPER has built-in support for:

  • BCF2000 – Behringer's motorized faders control surface, USB/MIDI[5]
  • TranzPort – Frontier Design Group's wireless transport control[6]
  • AlphaTrack – Frontier Design Group's AlphaTrack control surface[7]
  • FaderPort – Presonus' FaderPort control surface[8]
  • Baby HUI – Mackie's Baby HUI control surface[9]
  • MCU – Mackie's "Mackie Control Universal" control surface[10]

Version history[edit]

  • First public release – December 23, 2005[11] as freeware[12]
  • 1.0 – released on August 23, 2006[13] as shareware
  • 2.0 – October 10, 2007
  • 3.0 – May 22, 2009
  • 4.0 – August 3, 2011

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cockos Wiki. How to run Reaper in Wine on Linux. Retrieved 2013-06-07.". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ O'Malley, Owen (2009-05-27). "Cockos Reaper 3: DAWn't Fear It". Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  3. ^ Senior, Mike (August 2009). "Cockos Reaper 3". Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  4. ^ Senior, Mike (August 2009). "Cockos Reaper 3". Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Frontier Design Group". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Frontier Design Group". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "PreSonus - FaderPort". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mackie - Baby HUI". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Marketing Dept. "Mackie - Mackie Control Universal Pro". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "REAPER - Old Versions". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "REAPER : Latest news". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "REAPER - Old Versions". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

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