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Reaper Tutorials, VST plugins and Online Guitar Lessons

Recording and Midi

So you’ve decided on your setup, now you need the software to record –

So far I’ve seen two packages available, both are free to use.

Reaper – A multi track audio package – rewired, vst support – midi support.

Reaper (www.cockos.com) – is an outstanding peice of kit – a 64 bit audio engine, with built in effects, multiband eq, compressor, reverb and real time pitch correction.

It has unlimited track capabilities, small download and easy installation.

I’ve used reaper – the only fault I’ve found is a minor gripe – the use of a staff view.

It’s a minor gripe really as there is a piano roll – although pretty basic.

The software is not entirely free – it is shareware – an uncrippled evaluation is there for you to try.

Try it out, if it’s all that you need then pay for it – there are two licenses.

“The normal price for REAPER is $225.00 USD, however for users who wish to use REAPER only for non-commercial use we offer reduced price licensing for $50.00 USD. Upgrades from non-commercial licenses to full (commercial) licenses are available.” – reaper.

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The second piece of software I’ve found came recommended in Computer Music Magazine.

The software is called MU.LAB (www.MUTOOLS.com) – it similar capabilities as reaper but the free version is limited to only 8 tracks.

That said 8 tracks for anyone just starting is more than enough.

If that is not enough MU.LAB unlimited is available at only 39 euros.

Now that is excellent value.

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Both of the packages above are updated frequently and offer support and a forum, sometimes invaluable if you are having problems.

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