Digital Audio Workstation REAPER Adds Experimental Native Linux Builds


REAPER, a popular music production tool, added experimental native Linux builds to its download page with the latest 5.93 release.

Initially released in 2005, REAPER (Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording) is a powerful digital audio workstation (DAW) and MIDI sequencer, available for Windows, macOS and Linux. Cockos, the company that develops REAPER, was founded by Justin Frankel of Winamp and Gnutella peer-to-peer network fame.

The application uses a proprietary license and you can evaluate it for free for 60 days without having to provide any personal details or register. After the free trial ends, you can continue to use it but a nag screen will show up for a few seconds when the application starts. A license costs $225 for commercial use, or $60 for a discounted license (details here).

REAPER features include:

  • MIDI hardware and software support
  • Powerful audio and MIDI routing with multichannel support throughout
  • 64-bit internal audio processing. Import, record to, and render to many media formats, at almost any bit depth and sample rate
  • Thousands of third-party plugins for effects and virtual instruments, including VST, VST3, AU, DX, and JS.
  • Hundreds of studio-quality effects for processing audio and MIDI, and built-in tools for creating new effects
  • Automation, modulation, grouping, VCA, surround, macros, OSC, scripting, control surfaces, custom skins and layouts

The music production tool even supports video editing (trim video files and edit or replace the audio in a video file), although it's not a dedicated video editor.

For a complete REAPER feature overview see this page.

On Linux, REAPER is available for i686, x86_64, and armv7l (Raspberry Pi 2+) architectures. The Linux binaries come with an installation script that can install the application in /opt or a custom location, and can automatically create a desktop file to include REAPER in the menu / Dash.

Linux requirements for REAPER include libstdc++ for gcc 4.x or later, libgdk-3, and ALSA. If the text looks broken, install the DejaVu or Cantarell fonts.

Download REAPER (Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording)

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1 comment:

  1. As a long time Pro Tools user, I've been looking for a DAW to get me off of macOS. I've been VERY impressed with Reaper. My work normally involves locking against picture and Reaper handles that easily.

    The one great weakness of all DAWs that run on Linux is the lack of support for OMF. OMF is a file transfer format that lets audio and video editors easily exchange sessions so that an audio engineer doesn't have to painstakingly recreate the audio tracks edited by the video engineer.

    Unfortunately, until some app supports OMF, I'm stuck with a macOS partition.