Reaper 3.0 available now

MIDI editing and automation overhauled

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Reaper, the rather excellent and eminently affordable DAW, has just been updated to version 3.0.

Described by developer Cockos as "a huge upgrade", this heralds the arrival of an all-new MIDI editor that enables you to edit multiple tracks in a single window. The automation system has been overhauled, too.

You check out the detailed list of improvements below, but one thing that has stayed the same is the fair pricing. A commercial license will cost you $225, but if you use Reaper for non-commercial purposes, you only have to pay $60.

If you haven't yet tried Reaper, now's the time to give it a go. It's available for Mac and PC, and you can download an unexpiring demo from the Cockos website.

Reaper 3.0: new features

- Automation lanes
- Nested track folders
- Multiple tabbed projects
- Multichannel (greater than stereo) media support, including MOGG
- FX parameter controls on track and mixer control panels
- Customize toolbar icons and actions
- Programmable MIDI joystick/game controller support
- Inline MIDI editing
- Edit multiple MIDI items in one editor
- Sync MIDI editor to arrange view, including looped items
- Export project MIDI, with tempo map support
- MIDI event filter
- Track MIDI controls (manage bank/program changes, sysex, automate CC)
- MIDI hardware timing improvements
- Full sysex support
- All-native graphics rendering engine (better appearance and performance)
- Memory use improvements
- Soft controller takeover, including FX parameters
- MORE! Too much to list here!