Justin Frankel's minimalist audio recorder

If you're sick of vast, bloated sequencers (even Tracktion is a 20mb download), and you're using a PC, you might want to look into Reaper, a multitrack studio designed by Justin Frankel, creator of Winamp. He's spent his millions charmingly over the last couple of years, developing the Jesusonic guitar effects system and Ninjam online jamming system. Reaper looks interesting. It's currently in Beta, with no MIDI support or VST plugins, just audio recording with a few built-in effects and DirectX. (Thanks, Jordan)

Eneryxt has vst host support, works as a plugin, sequences midi and is fully module and under 700k!



which is not to say that reaper wont get better in the future... and it DOES look sensible...
looks basically like a simplified version of Sony Acid Pro..
Simplified: No.
Cheap: Yes.

EnergyXT so kills this one.
Geeezzz... People here appearantly don't realize at all what amazing software they're talking about.... And it's still available for free download!

READ this REAPER info well and go to http://www.cockos.com/reaper/ for a download.

Some key benefits of REAPER are:

* Extremely small footprint (full featured, with an installer that is approximately 1MB)
* Easy to start using: simply drag and drop one of many kinds of files in to edit existing material, or insert a track and arm it for recording. No complex project or definitions to set up.
* Fast and powerful editing facilities: split, resize, fade/crossfade, pitch shift, timestretch, copy/paste and loop media items with ease. Ripple editing is available, too.
* Unrivaled routing capabilities: send tracks to any number of other tracks or hardware outputs, with lots of options (pre-fx, post-fx, independent faders, mono or stereo). Not interested in advanced routing? You don't have to use it (and it certainly won't get in the way.)
* Powerful recording options (supports pre-fx, post-fx recording, can record mixed output of multiple tracks, etc), supports switching record inputs/modes on the fly, input monitoring options (including tape-style auto input monitoring mode), supports auto-punch-in/punch-out, and more. If you want. Otherwise, it just behaves as you would expect.
* Support for MIDI files, recording MIDI, and VSTi/DXi softsynths. MIDI can be integrated and mixed with audio.
* User arrangeable user interface with color themes: make REAPER look how you want it to look, and arrange (or hide) elements of the user interface to suit your needs.
* Support for consolidating track edits and rendering track stems, to enable easy export for other applications.
* Includes many Jesusonic effects, and supports many plug-ins (including VST and DX plug-ins).

Basic features:

* Support for an unlimited number of audio tracks
* Audio tracks are all fully routable (multiple inputs, outputs)
* Volume, pan controls and envelopes per track
* Supports audio processing plug-ins (DirectX, DXi, VST, VSTi, and Jesusonic) with automation, easy chain manipulation and editing
* Pitch shifting and time stretching
* Fast, reasonable and usable Windows-style UI, working well on both low and high resolutions or multiple monitors
* ASIO, Kernel Streaming, WaveOut, and DirectSound support for playback and recording
* Reads WAV, OGG, MP3 and MIDI files, records WAV and MIDI files
* Can render to WAV, OGG, MP3 if lame is installed
* Full SMP support (can utilize 2 or more processors)
* Multi-layer undo/redo support
* Basic MIDI editing support
* User creatable color themes

Advanced features:

* Unlimited send/receives per track, with configurable parameters (pre-fx, post-fx, volume/pan adjustment/envelopes, mix to mono, phase, etc)
* Any track can act as a bus, giving amazingly huge routing flexibility
* Tracks can have one or more (mono or stereo) hardware sends, for analog mixing capability
* Fully routable/FX-able folder tracks that can contain and group tracks
* Item grouping
* Ripple editing
* Grid/snap support with highly configurable options
* Markers and Regions
* Unlimited takes per media item
* Auto punch-in/punch-out functionality
* Automatic record monitoring modes
* Selection length granularity options as well as grid snapping
* Tempo envelope (for grid lines/snapping/ruler), playspeed envelope
* Project consolidation/export options (for rendering all or parts of any number of tracks to WAV/etc)
* A UI and architecture that allows you to easily cut loops of many tracks simultaneously, without having to write them to disk
* Support for plug-in generated media (such as click tracks, etc)
* Project tempo envelopes for variable tempos in track, grid/snapping that supports variable tempos
* 64-bit floating point sample pipeline for high quality
* Advanced recording and monitoring options -- examples:
o You can route multiple tracks (inputs and/or media items) into a bus, and record THAT mixed down version.
o You can record the input signal, or record the post-FX, post-track-rendere signal.
o You can switch recording sources on the fly, even while recording.
o You can arm/disarm tracks' inputs while playing or recording.

A sampling of qualities that makes REAPER sensible:

* Sane, human readable, human editable, backwards and forwards compatible project file format
* Options to build peaks for recorded files on the fly
* Lots of control for the user to specify where recorded files go, etc, when dealing with many projects.
* Template support to make it easy to load a project template and save it as a new project when you begin.
* Input/output channel name aliasing (why view your inputs as "MOTU 896: Analog 1" when you could have them be "Vocal Mic", etc).
* Options for automatically backing up project files to alternate paths, timestamped versions, etc.

Things planned for REAPER v1.0 (coming mid 2006) that are not in this release:

* More annotations
* More fade shapes
* More envelope shapes
* More MIDI functionality
* Higher quality resampling modes
* Public plug-in API
* Better control surface support
* MBCS filename compatibility

Things that are planned, but lack a specific timetable:

* ASIO DM support
* Rewire support
* Multi-language support
great blog!

i like to use Cybercorder 2000 - Audio Recorder
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