meeblipreaper

With a little setup, you can integrate a hardware synth with Reaper as if it’s a software plug-in. Check out the video tutorial from The Reaper Blog to see how.

Reaper is a terrific “indie” DAW for the budget-conscious. Just $60 buys you an individual personal license with a bunch of free upgrades. (“Commercial” use is described as anyone making more than $20k a year – plenty of very serious musicians make less than that.)

The price is nice, but an even better reason to respect Reaper is that the developers at Cockos consistently pack in lots of engineering details. The ReaInsert plug-in seen here is a good example. ReaInsert lets you individually map sends and returns for audio, remap MIDI channels, define volume for sends and returns, and even “ping” to automatically set delay compensation, all via a single interface. All of this is possible in other DAWs, but typically with more manual configuration in different locations, not what’s available here in this integrated interface.

And the upshot of all of that is, after configuring the tutorial, you can “set it and forget it” – using any synth as if it’s software. (Kudos to Elektron for their cool Overbridge tech, but this can cover everything else.)

So let’s add up costs: Reaper is sixty bucks, our newest MeeBlip anode will set you back $120 (now, ahem, with free shipping, the Marketing Department would like to remind you, that department also being, erm, me) — throw in an audio/MIDI interface and you’re ready to go.

Thanks, Jon, for the tutorial and the opportunity for some blatant synth promotion. Now I’m going to check out these other tutorials, and consider doing the next track in Reaper.

Using Hardware Synths with ReaInsert

  • djkm

    Is this similar to Live’s drag and drop external instrument? Been using that recently with Novation’s Circuit to control all three parts of that. One thing that doesn’t do, which this doesn’t seem to do either, is easy access to the MIDI CC numbers to get more hands on control of the parameters. In live, easy (ish) enough with an m4l patch, but would be nice if you didn’t need that. Does such a midi instrument exist?

  • djkm

    Is this similar to Live’s drag and drop external instrument? Been using that recently with Novation’s Circuit to control all three parts of that. One thing that doesn’t do, which this doesn’t seem to do either, is easy access to the MIDI CC numbers to get more hands on control of the parameters. In live, easy (ish) enough with an m4l patch, but would be nice if you didn’t need that. Does such a midi instrument exist?

  • djkm

    Is this similar to Live’s drag and drop external instrument? Been using that recently with Novation’s Circuit to control all three parts of that. One thing that doesn’t do, which this doesn’t seem to do either, is easy access to the MIDI CC numbers to get more hands on control of the parameters. In live, easy (ish) enough with an m4l patch, but would be nice if you didn’t need that. Does such a midi instrument exist?

  • pinta_vodki

    Honestly, this seems way more complicated than many other DAWs. And I can’t say that I’ve done it a lot, just a couple times with my Volca in Logic and Live.

  • pinta_vodki

    Honestly, this seems way more complicated than many other DAWs. And I can’t say that I’ve done it a lot, just a couple times with my Volca in Logic and Live.

  • pinta_vodki

    Honestly, this seems way more complicated than many other DAWs. And I can’t say that I’ve done it a lot, just a couple times with my Volca in Logic and Live.

  • dubrobot

    Reaper crushes it in so many ways. Its my main go to for almost everything now, its the most advanced DAW out there and is gaining worldwide popularity. It also has an incredible user base and community.

  • dubrobot

    Reaper crushes it in so many ways. Its my main go to for almost everything now, its the most advanced DAW out there and is gaining worldwide popularity. It also has an incredible user base and community.

  • dubrobot

    Reaper crushes it in so many ways. Its my main go to for almost everything now, its the most advanced DAW out there and is gaining worldwide popularity. It also has an incredible user base and community.

  • nicolas

    reaper is the best

  • nicolas

    reaper is the best

  • nicolas

    reaper is the best

  • brianmoore

    I am a Reaper fan!

  • brianmoore

    I am a Reaper fan!

  • brianmoore

    I am a Reaper fan!