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REAPER is a powerful Windows application for multitrack recording and editing of audio. It will accept avi, mpg or wmv files & give you a video preview, thus enabling you to mix extra tracks in with your source audio!. You cannot perform any video editing within Reaper, but you can work on the soundtrack. You can edit the existing soundtrack, and/or add create new tracks and media items to be mixed with it.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
REAPER 5.1: Sir Hound

make all-notes-off/pitch reset options in preferences/MIDI Devices only affect MIDI hardware devices
add options for hardware reset for play/stopped modes
add option to disable pitch/CC reset on looped playback
fix event corruption when handling MIDI with mixed note-on/note-off messages for the same note at the same time
add options in Preferences/Playback to reset CC/pitch on playback start, stop
fix relative editing of 14-bit CC pairs in editor
ignore MIDI message receive after close of some buggy win32 MIDI input devices
improve win32 output device shutdown sequence, notify user when a device has hung
do not reset pitch at end of items
chase to pitch of previous items
option to disable MIDI note-on chasing
remove option to reset CC on playback start
send only necessary note-offs when a track is un-record-armed or un-monitored
support CC multiplies/divides by non-whole values .
Media Explorer
support metadata in databases (ID3 tags, RIFF LIST-INFO, BWF descriptions)
search improvements
improve playback/preview behavior in various configurations
improve support for .LNK files, hidden/system folders on Windows
allow configuration of column order and visibility
improve UTF-8 support on Windows . .
increase shortcut list customization
use a better layout when small width set
improve mouse behavior with touch screens or multiple mouse buttons pressed
add new 8-channel MIDI-controlled synchronized audio looper, Super8
add export_buffer_to_project()
improve parameter text editing behavior (enter to commit)
support __memtop() builtin function to query script memory size
support options: maxmem=xyz up to about 32 million items
Stretch markers
support for linear rate transitions between markers
adjust media item length automatically when editing stretch markers
fix quality issues with 0ms stretch marker fade
add action to manually edit stretch rates
add mouse modifier context for marker rate, various rate-envelope-like behaviors
add mouse modifier context for stretch marker double click
Actions window
use logical description sorting
allow executing single visible action without first selecting
enable enter in filter window to run action on Windows
allow configuration of closing after run for doubleclick/enter, for docked and undocked states
prevent truncated custom action names in the editor .
automatically remove silent media from disk
fix silence detection (which was inadvertently disabled in 4.16)
improve render region detection for complex routing .
better handle unfreezing duplicated frozen items .
improve VST3 sysex handling
prevent reset/delay on playback with Vienna Ensemble Pro VST2 [iid=5532]
add option to not send notes-off or pitch-reset messages on stop/reset
improve VST3 UI threading issues
add apply track FX to items as new take (multichannel)
add toggles for ripple per-track and all tracks
FX browser
allow inserting single visible FX without first selecting
fix recent filter list when clear filter on close set
allow switching from filter to list via enter, arrow keys
add preference to loop glued items .
improve glued item filename generation, make item labels consistent with files
improve drawing quality on on 10.10+
fix action support for F17-F19, NumPad enter
workaround various 10.11 issues
improve gfx mouse behavior with touch screens or multiple mouse buttons pressed
support __memtop() builtin function in EEL to query script memory size
use deterministic command ID string when adding scripts as actions
do not treat back-tick as a quoting character, handle unterminated quotes
support ^foo, foo$, and "foo" for matching start/end/words
use current locale for date formatting
support drag and drop of file URLs
Audio/midi devices
improve device error notification window, preferences to disable
Batch converter
support writing markers/regions
support cues/regions for reversed takes, section takes
added arrange_stretchmarker and arrange_stretchmarker_rate
Directory cleanup
improve support for very long filenames and UTF-8
fix replace media item source via drag and drop .
Explode multichannel audio
handle start offsets, stretch markers, and looping items correctly
support F12-F24 keys
fix various localization issues, make new template LangPack available
Media item properties
do not reset take start offset when enabling section with specified position
display ID3 tags in source properties
Parameter modulation
add option for free-running LFO (does not reset on seek/loop)
improve project/undo state loading performance
Project bay
use logical sorting
fix prompt for test tone when deconvolving on OSX .
when rendering selected media items with tails, prevent rendering the start of the following media item
Virtual keyboard
improve behavior when switching channels, octaves while notes are being played
display RIFF LIST-INFO metadata in source properties
add GetTakeStretchMarkerSlope, SetTakeStretchMarkerSlope
fix TrackFX_SetPreset() return value
support spaces in section names for SetProjExtState()

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Alternative to Reaper:
Kristal Audio Engine

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A multi-track audio editor packing incredible number of features into a small download. Actively developed and supported on the official forum. The program is so intuitive, given an accumulated experience with other audio editors, that it doesn't need a help-file, which isn't provided, I imagine, because it would take too much effort to keep it current.

Nevertheless, nearly every option in the Preferences dialog is explained in a clear short sentence, which appears right on the program interface without opening resource intensive external programs, or requiring the user to skim through lengthy text. Functions in the dialog are also directly searchable, without needing to search the docs, and then following them to find the required button.

None of the above uses any bulky html/metro/net bloat. Where possible, the program makes use of Windows controls to draw the interface. The whole preferences dialog is very fast to scroll through. So the other comment about Win 3.11 isn't justified. Reaper did receive a major UI update of the skinnable parts once. But it is still possible to load the skin from verison 2 in the current v4 and continue using the familiar layout.

Reaper has codecs for practical, useful open file formats, there is a powerful batch converter (also with built-in help), which allows to use any installed DirectShow or VST (more reliable) effect. Reaper can load MIDI files, and unlike with sophisiticated editors, this process seems "lossless" (events aren't rearranged), and sometimes the reason why a file doesn't sound right can be found and manually corrected.

Later versions add video support through ffmpeg. But I've never found it to be precise or stable enough to be of any use for syncing. Reaper is not a sample-exact cut-and-paste editor; and doesn't replace Sound Forge for sound, nor Cakewalk Pro Audio for MIDI. It's a DAW works on a clip level.

Posted June 22, 2014 by . Tool version 4.32 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

If u use reaper and see its functionality, it seems to me that the other stalwarts like steingberg and presonus or other big names of the audio industry seems to be fooling the general public in the name of high-end products.

Posted March 04, 2014 by . Tool version 4.602 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

That's a stupid comment below, the pdf help file is excellent and fully comprehensive, and keeps up-to-date with all the frequent revisions. Plus it can be opened from within Reaper as a .chm file if you bothered to look into it a little bit.

The GUI is fully skinnable, so you can have the default functional GUI, or snazz it up to your heart's content, I don't see what you're gripe is here.

Pointless criticisms! Blah!

Posted March 23, 2008 by . Tool version 2.14159 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

* the help file is a separate download;
* the pdf file is poorly authored;
* the interface wants to "look cool" instead of being
"professionally-simple" --- the author would have much to learn
from the GUI of the old Midisoft Studio4 for Windows 3.1;

* you can try before you buy.

Posted March 22, 2008 by . Tool version 2.14159 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10

Superb software that rivals all the biggies like Pro-Tools, Cubase, etc. Easy to use "out of the box", but plenty of power "under the hood" (hint: right-click for menus!). Has sophisticated on-board plugins, and supports all VSTs and VSTi's. The "Reafir" plugin can isolate, for example, hiss or noise from a VHS capture & remove it. Reaper seems to be very actively developed, and bugs are generally ironed out very quickly before new features are added. This is the same guy who made Winamp! Non-restricted 30-day trialware!

Posted October 10, 2007 by . Tool version 2.0rc5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

AWESOME....and I haven't used it for any video based audio yet...just for
making extended/enhanced mixes of some songs. VERY simple to use hasn't crashed
or faltered once since my experimenting began.
GREAT stuff.

Posted October 08, 2007 by . Tool version 1.888 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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