Reaper 6 is here!

averystemmler

Active Member
Yeah, in hindsight I should have done the same :sad:
The fact that the old version looked fine before but now does not seems to indicate that there's a setting somewhere that changed, right?

You could always try doing a portable install of v5.99 now. Logically, I'd think that shouldn't be affected by whatever v6 changes seem to affect your rolled-back install.

(These aren't issues I've encountered, so I'm just spitballing)
 

synkrotron

A creator of Stuff
@averystemmler I've rolled back to 5.99 on my surface Pro now and it's close to my bed time. I may have another bash at 6.0 in the morning when I'm not so tired.

On my desktop, which has a "standard" 1080P monitor everything is fine.
 
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thereus

Active Member
@averystemmler I've rolled back to 5.99 on my surface Pro now and it's close to my bed time. I may have another bash at 6.0 in the morning when I'm not so tired.

On my desktop, which has a "standard" 1080P monitor everything is fine.
Let us know how you get on with fixing it. Have you raised a ticket?
 

synkrotron

A creator of Stuff
Let us know how you get on with fixing it. Have you raised a ticket?
A topic was raised by someone else in the REAPER forum, and I added to that. Justin responded to that topic with some "solutions" but they don't help at all. And blame is placed on the VST vendor.

I suppose that is better than what happened with Studio One... Same thing happened with that DAW, with regards to HiDPI monitor issues, and they totally ignored my question, which is why I switched to REAPER.

Perhaps I shouldn't have bothered with a Surface Pro. But it is a fantastic mobile setup.
 
Never understood what the basic differentiator with Reaper is. Price aside, why would one choose Reaper rather than Logic, Abelton, or Studio One?
 

robgb

I was young once
Still only $60 for non-commercial use.
I know this is a shortcut way to describe it, but it's not really a NON-COMMERCIAL license. It's a DISCOUNTED license, and here's how to qualify:
  • You are an individual, and REAPER is only for your personal use, or
  • You are an individual or business using REAPER commercially, and yearly gross revenue does not exceed USD $20,000, or
  • You are an educational or non-profit organization.

So you can clearly use Reaper commercially if you only make a limited amount of money from your work.
 

synkrotron

A creator of Stuff
Never understood what the basic differentiator with Reaper is. Price aside, why would one choose Reaper rather than Logic, Abelton, or Studio One?
Tried Ableton. Didn't like it.

Logic would be great but it only runs on a mac.

I switched to Studio One when SONAR went down the pan but it doesn't handle HiDPI monitors very well.

So I switched to REAPER.
 

EvilDragon

KSP Wizard
I tried mucking around with settings and nothing seems to be fixing it. Even tried a complete uninstall and reinstall of Reaper, and the UIs are still messed up.

Sucks, but I'll have to spend more time trying to figure out what the heck happened.

The fix for your issue is this option, I think:

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robgb

I was young once
Yes. You’re right. I did a re-install of the package and it works fine now. But I have a strange latency on version 6 with my Kontakt instruments... Don’t know why. Version 5.99 doesn’t have that, but maybe it’s something in the preferences I am overlooking. Pretty new to Reaper, so...
I've had this happen now and again. If you go into preferences and change the block size of your audio device, it should solve the problem. Seems Reaper needs a little nudge now and then. In my experience it works fine, even if you raise the number again.
 

robgb

I was young once
Have they fixed the UI or does it still look like a bad student project in design from 1998? Even custom themes have never fully looked right. A jumbled mess.
Here's what my copy of Reaper looks like:

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And sometimes it looks like this:

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EvilDragon

KSP Wizard
Also if you're doing a fresh install of Reaper, do be aware that I think by default, this option is enabled:

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This is in Preferences->Audio->Buffering.

Also default render-ahead value is 200 ms, which is even more than enough these days. I have it at 75 ms, and you still get very good anticipative processing benefits, with acceptable MIDI preview latency. If you do big projects, you will want the above option enabled - but absolutely reduce the render-ahead time then.
 

MartinH.

Senior Member
Never understood what the basic differentiator with Reaper is. Price aside, why would one choose Reaper rather than Logic, Abelton, or Studio One?
In no specific order: Fair price, no DRM, no money wasted on marketing, starts quickly, stable, super flexible routing, very configurable, very lean install size without bundled bloatware, scripting support, search function for options menu, search function for commands, very responsive and fast support team, tons of free updates, licenses valid for a long time (5.x license valid till 6.99), allows portable install, powerfull batch export options, etc. etc.. It's genuinely one of my favorite pieces of software across all types of tools.
 

synkrotron

A creator of Stuff
In no specific order: Fair price, no DRM, no money wasted on marketing, starts quickly, stable, super flexible routing, very configurable, very lean install size without bundled bloatware, scripting support, search function for options menu, search function for commands, very responsive and fast support team, tons of free updates, licenses valid for a long time (5.x license valid till 6.99), allows portable install, powerfull batch export options, etc. etc.. It's genuinely one of my favorite pieces of software across all types of tools.
Oh, yeah, that as well :grin:
 

robgb

I was young once
My point stands :) Subjective of course but it is a common complaint so perhaps objective as well.
Purely subjective. I think Pro Tools and Cubase are about the ugliest DAWs on the planet. I like the look of Logic, but don't like the functionality (I used it for many years). Studio One almost looks like a toy to me. But again, it's all subjective. The great thing about Reaper is you can actually find a theme that suits your taste. Like everything else about it, you don't have to rely on the developer.
 

5Lives

Senior Member
Given the great performance and functionality and low cost Reaper has, I am willing to bet the UI is one of the big things holding it back from more widespread adoption. It’s also a bit of a “configure it yourself” type of thing with the extensions and customization. That is usually too much for the average user. They’ve taken the Linux desktop approach it seems - that never did pan out for Linux.
 

EvilDragon

KSP Wizard
Except there are many parts in Reaper that aren't themeable, so you end up with an inconsistent mess of things no matter what theme you use :(

Example: there are skinned scrollbars in arrange and MIDI editor, and nowhere else. Well ok, the FX window gets them when you resize it. Which makes no sense because the FX window uses raw OS elements and mostly looks glaringly white (which is a problem with dark themes). Sure you can change your whole Windows theme, but that's not the way to do it.

Various dialogs look inconsistent. Some follow theme colors, some don't. It's a mess.




It is no secret that I love Reaper. But this is one of the most infuriating parts of it, for me. You can say that S1 looks like a toy, ok. But everything in it looks consistent and follows the theme it has. All dialogs are skinned, no OS elements anywhere.
 
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MarcelM

Senior Member
@robgb that second screenshot is the new default theme or where can one get it? is it a hidpi theme?

guess i will give reaper another testrun now with all those great new features.
 

shponglefan

Collector of sample libraries
Never understood what the basic differentiator with Reaper is. Price aside, why would one choose Reaper rather than Logic, Abelton, or Studio One?
For me it came down to a combination of affordable price ($60 for the discount license), general workflow and customization.

I've also always wanted to try Cubase since it has reportedly superior MIDI capabilities, but even using a trial version required a dongle. That alone was enough of a barrier that I opted to stick with Reaper.
 

shponglefan

Collector of sample libraries
The fix for your issue is this option, I think:

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Thanks for the tip. I ended up reinstalling version 6 and noticed that option seems enabled by default.

For whatever reason, all my Kontakt interfaces are fine now. It's weird because I didn't feel like I did anything other than reinstall different versions of Reaper a half dozen times, but I'm not going to question it. Things are all good now.
 
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