Reaper 3.0 available now

Reaper now offers inline MIDI editing.
Reaper now offers inline MIDI editing.

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!

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.