Cockos Reaper 4 Now Available, Here’s What’s New

Cockos Reaper 4Cockos has released Reaper 4, a complete multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment for Windows and Mac.

Reaper 4 is described as an evolutionary, rather than a revolutionary, upgrade:

Reaper 4  is not a radically new experience from Reaper 3, but adds a number of useful new features, ease of use improvements, and even more of that legendary Reaper customizability.

Here’s the rundown on what’s new in Reaper 4:

  • Dockers and toolbars are freely dockable in main window or floatable (up to 16 separate dockers/toolbars)
  • Drag tabs from a docker to rearrange tabs, create a new docker in another location, or float windows
  • Create, customize, and freely dock or float toolbars for different uses
  • Envelope editing
  • Support for copying envelope points with the mouse
  • Groups of selected points act like contiguous items when moving or copying
  • Shift+control+drag on envelope segment (customizable) edits the envelope level within the time selection
  • Media Explorer preview time selection
  • Select a portion of a media file to insert into a project
  • Optionally loop and/or stretch the selected portion to fit the destination area and tempo
  • Scroll and zoom the media peaks preview
  • Control+alt drag the time selection to render a new cropped file to REAPER, the desktop, or a folder
  • Control+alt drag the time selection to sampler plugins or other applications that support drag/drop
  • Media Item Properties dialog
  • Item/Take Properties dialog stays open while you work elsewhere, follows changes in selected items
  • Pitch adjust and playrate fields accept values (such as “1.004”) or simple operations (such as “x2”)
  • MIDI editing
  • Set user-definable scales and chords in the MIDI editor for drawing and editing notes
  • Using mouse modifiers, copy/duplicate/paste actions can create pooled (ghosted) in-project MIDI source data
  • Editing any pooled MIDI media item affects all media items that share the same pooled data
  • Un-pool shared MIDI by gluing the media item or via MIDI source properties dialog
  • New MIDI Contents menu for switching MIDI editor between different MIDI media items in the project
  • MIDI filter improvements when displaying multiple media items in the same editor
  • Many new mouse modifier behaviors to paint notes and chords, edit arpeggios, etc
  • Mouse modifier customization
  • Customize mouse behavior when using keyboard modifiers in 40 different contexts
  • In many contexts, mouse click and mouse drag can be customized separately
  • Assign different behaviors to the mouse when over the top or bottom half of a media item
  • Assign any action (including custom actions) to mouse click or double-click in most contexts
  • Existing/legacy mouse preferences are preserved, but user changes to mousemap settings will override
  • Actions to reassign default mouse action for any context
  • Lots of customizable choices of behavior, for example:
    • Move/copy just the selected area of media items, or all selected media items
    • Edit edges/fades for all selected items, or just those whose edges line up
    • Adjust media item volume or pitch
    • Move envelope points or MIDI notes/CC just horizontally or vertically
    • Assign marquee selection to left-click
    • Assign hand-drag-scroll to right-click
    • Many other customizable behaviors (50 behaviors just for media items)
  • Multichannel track monitoring/input recording/routing
  • Allow choosing greater than 2 channels of input (inputs must be sequential, though)
  • Multichannel track meters
  • Freely route any number of track channels to other tracks, hardware outputs
  • Pitch shift envelopes
  • Each take gets its own pitch shift envelope, including customized range and snap settings
  • Project Bay
  • Manage, preview, search, replace project source media, media items, and FX
  • Manage media item groups and take comps for the project
  • Save/load project bay contents to create working sets of source media/FX for different purposes
  • Store sets of edited media items (including fades, stretch, pitch shift, etc) to use in any project
  • Media and FX+preset combinations can be stored, inserted, and switched in the project
  • ReaSurround: multi-channel surround panner with support for any number of input channels and speakers
  • Freely position input sources and speakers in 3D space
  • Configurable per-channel diffusion (treat input source audio as a shaped area rather than a point)
  • Drag track IO button to ReaSurround to add new input sources
  • Render and batch-convert improvements
  • Support for rendering project tracks and time regions to separate folders and files
  • Customizable wildcards provide great flexibility in naming batches of rendered/converted files
  • Save render presets for workflow efficiency
  • Take lanes and comping
  • Take lanes remain aligned by recording pass, creating empty lanes as needed (optional)
  • Each recording pass gets its own take lane, even when recording overlaps existing items
  • Recording no longer splits existing media items into different numbers of take lanes
  • Save/load named comps (sets of takes from multiple media items)
  • A/B or cycle through saved comps to audition/compare
  • Theme layout support (WALTER)
  • Per-track TCP/MCP layout support
  • Screensets support saving/restoring layouts
  • Old themes use default layouts available in Plugins/default_layouts.txt
  • New themes can define their own layouts
  • Layouts can be switched via menu, screensets/layouts dialog, or customizable actions
  • See: http://www-dev.reaper.fm/sdk/walter/walter.php
  • Time selection
  • Default copy/cut/glue actions respect time selection if there is one (including leading/trailing space)
  • Using mouse modifiers, copy/move behaviors can respect time selection if there is one
  • Editing behavior can be customized separately for media items, envelope points, MIDI editing
  • Track input FX chain support
  • FX in the input FX chain only run when record armed, and only affect the signal coming in
  • Input MIDI or audio, and set recording to be MIDI or audio independent of the input format
  • Track pan improvements
  • Track stereo width controls and envelopes
  • Configurable track pan modes: balance, stereo pan (L/R width), dual pan, and classic (3.x) balance
  • Transient detection and Dynamic Split improvements
  • Separate threshold and sensitivity settings, and other options
  • Video: many performance improvements, support for sequencing still images
  • Volume faders: new default hardware-emulation fader taper

Reaper 4 is available now for $60/225. See the Cockos site for details.

7 thoughts on “Cockos Reaper 4 Now Available, Here’s What’s New

  1. Total respect. 2011 totally the year of big releases.

    I don't own nor use Reaper but I do use ever so much their freely released plugin suite. If you're a what I like to call sound tweaker then this is invaluable material:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    The ReaPlugs suite.

    Biased comment? I guess. But THIS is the main comparison IMO between a company which means well and a company which says to.

    Ok, more spam if allowed: check the main Cockos website here:
    http://www.cockos.com/

    Yes; they're also behind Winamp & Gnutella. Struck me too to be honest (I don't really keep up).

    Why I say to think they mean well?

    Simple. Check the website. I can say from personal experience that it got a facelift. Looks more "clean" and "shiney" now; what perfect way to diss the old stuff and continue with the way WE see things through.

    uh uh uh…..

    Nope. This stuff is dated (17/02/2010 (European notation;sorry (not really ;-))). The website has been redone (to go with the new release no doubt) and STILL:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    That link works (at the time of writing)! If you're a sound tweaker you'd better check this link out. ReaComp or ReaXcomp? awesome. ReaJS ? Priceless; and STILL available. For free.

    And NOW think what power this "simple" sequencer might have in store for you after you checked this setup out.

    As said: total respect here. Die hard Live/Reason/Max user but I recognize quality when I see it!

  2. Total respect. 2011 totally the year of big releases.

    I don't own nor use Reaper but I do use ever so much their freely released plugin suite. If you're a what I like to call sound tweaker then this is invaluable material:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    The ReaPlugs suite.

    Biased comment? I guess. But THIS is the main comparison IMO between a company which means well and a company which says to.

    Ok, more spam if allowed: check the main Cockos website here:
    http://www.cockos.com/

    Yes; they're also behind Winamp & Gnutella. Struck me too to be honest (I don't really keep up).

    Why I say to think they mean well?

    Simple. Check the website. I can say from personal experience that it got a facelift. Looks more "clean" and "shiney" now; what perfect way to diss the old stuff and continue with the way WE see things through.

    uh uh uh…..

    Nope. This stuff is dated (17/02/2010 (European notation;sorry (not really ;-))). The website has been redone (to go with the new release no doubt) and STILL:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    That link works (at the time of writing)! If you're a sound tweaker you'd better check this link out. ReaComp or ReaXcomp? awesome. ReaJS ? Priceless; and STILL available. For free.

    And NOW think what power this "simple" sequencer might have in store for you after you checked this setup out.

    As said: total respect here. Die hard Live/Reason/Max user but I recognize quality when I see it!

  3. Total respect. 2011 totally the year of big releases.

    I don't own nor use Reaper but I do use ever so much their freely released plugin suite. If you're a what I like to call sound tweaker then this is invaluable material:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    The ReaPlugs suite.

    Biased comment? I guess. But THIS is the main comparison IMO between a company which means well and a company which says to.

    Ok, more spam if allowed: check the main Cockos website here:
    http://www.cockos.com/

    Yes; they're also behind Winamp & Gnutella. Struck me too to be honest (I don't really keep up).

    Why I say to think they mean well?

    Simple. Check the website. I can say from personal experience that it got a facelift. Looks more "clean" and "shiney" now; what perfect way to diss the old stuff and continue with the way WE see things through.

    uh uh uh…..

    Nope. This stuff is dated (17/02/2010 (European notation;sorry (not really ;-))). The website has been redone (to go with the new release no doubt) and STILL:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    That link works (at the time of writing)! If you're a sound tweaker you'd better check this link out. ReaComp or ReaXcomp? awesome. ReaJS ? Priceless; and STILL available. For free.

    And NOW think what power this "simple" sequencer might have in store for you after you checked this setup out.

    As said: total respect here. Die hard Live/Reason/Max user but I recognize quality when I see it!

  4. Total respect. 2011 totally the year of big releases.

    I don't own nor use Reaper but I do use ever so much their freely released plugin suite. If you're a what I like to call sound tweaker then this is invaluable material:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    The ReaPlugs suite.

    Biased comment? I guess. But THIS is the main comparison IMO between a company which means well and a company which says to.

    Ok, more spam if allowed: check the main Cockos website here:
    http://www.cockos.com/

    Yes; they're also behind Winamp & Gnutella. Struck me too to be honest (I don't really keep up).

    Why I say to think they mean well?

    Simple. Check the website. I can say from personal experience that it got a facelift. Looks more "clean" and "shiney" now; what perfect way to diss the old stuff and continue with the way WE see things through.

    uh uh uh…..

    Nope. This stuff is dated (17/02/2010 (European notation;sorry (not really ;-))). The website has been redone (to go with the new release no doubt) and STILL:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    That link works (at the time of writing)! If you're a sound tweaker you'd better check this link out. ReaComp or ReaXcomp? awesome. ReaJS ? Priceless; and STILL available. For free.

    And NOW think what power this "simple" sequencer might have in store for you after you checked this setup out.

    As said: total respect here. Die hard Live/Reason/Max user but I recognize quality when I see it!

  5. Total respect. 2011 totally the year of big releases.

    I don't own nor use Reaper but I do use ever so much their freely released plugin suite. If you're a what I like to call sound tweaker then this is invaluable material:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    The ReaPlugs suite.

    Biased comment? I guess. But THIS is the main comparison IMO between a company which means well and a company which says to.

    Ok, more spam if allowed: check the main Cockos website here:
    http://www.cockos.com/

    Yes; they're also behind Winamp & Gnutella. Struck me too to be honest (I don't really keep up).

    Why I say to think they mean well?

    Simple. Check the website. I can say from personal experience that it got a facelift. Looks more "clean" and "shiney" now; what perfect way to diss the old stuff and continue with the way WE see things through.

    uh uh uh…..

    Nope. This stuff is dated (17/02/2010 (European notation;sorry (not really ;-))). The website has been redone (to go with the new release no doubt) and STILL:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    That link works (at the time of writing)! If you're a sound tweaker you'd better check this link out. ReaComp or ReaXcomp? awesome. ReaJS ? Priceless; and STILL available. For free.

    And NOW think what power this "simple" sequencer might have in store for you after you checked this setup out.

    As said: total respect here. Die hard Live/Reason/Max user but I recognize quality when I see it!

  6. Total respect. 2011 totally the year of big releases.

    I don't own nor use Reaper but I do use ever so much their freely released plugin suite. If you're a what I like to call sound tweaker then this is invaluable material:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    The ReaPlugs suite.

    Biased comment? I guess. But THIS is the main comparison IMO between a company which means well and a company which says to.

    Ok, more spam if allowed: check the main Cockos website here:
    http://www.cockos.com/

    Yes; they're also behind Winamp & Gnutella. Struck me too to be honest (I don't really keep up).

    Why I say to think they mean well?

    Simple. Check the website. I can say from personal experience that it got a facelift. Looks more "clean" and "shiney" now; what perfect way to diss the old stuff and continue with the way WE see things through.

    uh uh uh…..

    Nope. This stuff is dated (17/02/2010 (European notation;sorry (not really ;-))). The website has been redone (to go with the new release no doubt) and STILL:
    http://www.reaper.fm/reaplugs/index.php

    That link works (at the time of writing)! If you're a sound tweaker you'd better check this link out. ReaComp or ReaXcomp? awesome. ReaJS ? Priceless; and STILL available. For free.

    And NOW think what power this "simple" sequencer might have in store for you after you checked this setup out.

    As said: total respect here. Die hard Live/Reason/Max user but I recognize quality when I see it!

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