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Free recording software… Audacity vs Reaper

Posted in Recording Talk by mikerobinsonland on December 13, 2009
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Ok so you want to do some digital recording but don’t have the money to buy pro tools or other costly DAW. Well check out these two programs that wont cost you a thing.


If you want to record something as simple as possible, check out Audacity. There really isn’t any learning curve at all.

Its audio engine is pretty good.

You can multi track however it can be a pain to do. If multi tracking is what your planing on doing i suggest you look else were.

Audacity does not support MIDI.

You cant really complain much about this program since it is completely free.

Supported by Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux

Download can be found here



Reaper is a shareware program developed by the same guys that made win amp. Reaper asks for $40 at the end of its trail period, however it will stay operational even if no money is payed.

Reaper is better then audacity at multi tracking. Its audio engine is on par or close to par as the big boys. It also supports a lot of plugins.

Reaper is vary stable. The software designers frequent the Reaper forums and provide code updates as soon as a problem is encountered.

Reaper does support MIDI however it isn’t extremely great at it. Its good enough to get your feet wet though.

There is a bit of a learning curve to master the program.

I highly recommend this program.

Supported by Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows

Downloads can be found here.