Reaper 6 Is Available – The Unsurpassable $60 DAW Gets Even More Advanced

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

REAPER 6.01: The Aristocrats Released

If you look for a powerful and best-priced DAW take a look at Reaper. Too many composers, Reaper is already the most value for the money DAW. Now with the added features, it becomes a big challenger for the DAWs available in the market.  Reaper is priced at an unseen low price point. Updates are included for free when a purchase for a longer period.

The upgrade to Version 6 is free to the owners of Reaper 5.

What is new in Reaper 6

  • Accessibility: fix Windows IAccessible support for TCP/MCP
  • Accessibility: fix alt-key to access menus/close app from TCP/MCP
  • Accessibility: add action to view routing and I/O for master track
  • Arrange: optimize drawing of offline/forced offline text on small items 
  • MIDI editor: fix macOS Metal Retina rendering glitch when nav lane is visible and resized
  • MIDI editor: support CC envelopes for CC64 
  • MIDI playback: fix CC interpolation in certain cases 
  • Media items: fix issues with very fast vertical mouse-moves of items on multiple tracks
  • Mixer: fix mouse-away detection 
  • Mixer: fix very-large-size display bug 
  • ReaScript IDE: add checkbox to disable state watchlist
  • ReaScript IDE: do not run watch window continuously after script has stopped running
  • ReaScript IDE: reduce watch update frequency
  • ReaScript: support get/setting media item auto-stretch timebase
  • ReaSurround: improve multimonitor HiDPI issues on Windows
  • ReaVerb: enable ZL/LL by default for better low-latency performance
  • Theme: fix slight incorrect meter expansion
  • Tooltips: improve item volume tooltip at very low values 

MIDI editor

  • display and edit CC/velocity as dots and lines, CCs as linear and curved envelopes, similar to track envelopes
  • add note-type buttons to default toolbar
  • add option to display note length in velocity lane
  • add option to move bank/program change events with notes
  • add preference to automatically reduce CC events when drawing
  • combine note properties and event properties into one modeless dialog
  • add mouse modifiers to reset CC/velocity to default values
  • make default CC event and CC lane mouse modifiers more like default envelope behaviors
  • repopulate raw MIDI data display window when switching active media item


  • new Default 6.0 theme with theme adjuster script allowing for extensive customization of the new default theme
  • layout DPI translation for HiDPI/Retina displays
  • apply main window size area theme element only on mouseover
  • improve theme rendering appearance when using custom UI scaling
  • apply advanced preference UI scaling changes immediately
  • replace tcp.dragdropchild with tcp.dragdropinfo [indent_sibling_track indent_child_track]
  • add additional 8 WALTER font slots
  • add support for midi_score_colormap, in addition to midi_note_colormap

Media items

  • add new “Beats (auto-stretch at tempo changes)” timebase
  • add action to add stretch markers at project tempo changes
  • add action to recalculate automatic stretch markers at project tempo changes
  • add action to convert embedded source media transient information to transient guides
  • optionally create transient guides on import for media with embedded transient information
  • support calculating playback rate from user-supplied tempo or length in beats
  • when copy/pasting items with stretch markers, preserve the original play rate


  • add MIDI_GetCCShape, MIDI_SetCCShape
  • add support for CC shapes to MIDI_Get(Set)AllEvts
  • add support for setting track playback offset value and attributes
  • add support for user-defined note and track notation data that is not displayed
  • fix setting MIDI meta-messages via API
  • add reduce_open_files() utility function for users running up against open file handle limitations


  • allow embedding some plug-in UIs into track and mixer control panels
  • support embedding UIs for ReaEQ, ReaXComp, ReaComp, ReaSurround, and graphical JSFX
  • add preference to display FX list on right side of FX chain window
  • add preference to display add/delete buttons above list in FX chain window


  • Retina display arrange, ruler, MIDI editor, etc
  • use Metal display output on 10.11+ for various windows
  • add options in Preferences/General/Advanced to disable Retina support, disable Retina for non-Retina theme elements
  • support REX files on macOS Catalina
  • work around appearance issues when user forces dark mode rendering for app (requires Metal to be enabled) 


  • include all options in “options and format” render presets
  • optionally embed transient information into WAV or AIFF files
  • support embedding tempo into AIFF files
  • support rendering only selected regions in an existing region render matrix 
  • when enabled, embed exact tempo of rendered item/time


  • enable Live FX multiprocessing by default
  • enable track record monitoring on new tracks by default
  • set volume envelopes to fader scaling by default

Dynamic split

  • add preset support
  • overhaul and improvements to algorithm and gate handling
  • retain settings after canceling the window

Media import

  • properly adjust length of imported media with embedded tempo when crossing project tempo changes
  • support adjusting media based on tempo suggested by filename

Mouse modifiers

  • add double-click behaviors to reset CC value, curvature, edit properties
  • add preference to draw/edit CC events immediately on mouse click


  • auto-detect up to 128 threads
  • increase anticipative FX hard limit to 128 threads, live FX hard limit to 64 threads
  • remove old 4.x scheduler mode, non-event synchronization modes


  • improve performance and reduce system resource consumption with large track counts
  • add option in disk settings to periodically close excess open files
  • add option to read peaks files under a certain size completely to RAM (to reduce open file count)


  • added SSE2-optimized sinc calculation (from Theo Niessink)
  • optimize and greatly improve quality of resampling for conversion between common rates


  • actions to switch last focused toolbar will default to switching main toolbar
  • improve HiDPI/Retina support (toolbar_icons/ can have 150/ and 200/ subdirs)


  • support positive or negative playback time offset without affecting PDC
  • add action to bypass track playback offset
  • add user preference for max MIDI playback speed to catch up to negative track playback offset


  • HiDPI awareness and display improvements (auto-rescale more UI when running HiDPI aware)
  • improve appearance of docker, ReaPlugs, and other windows when resizing


  • handle WAV and AIFF (Apple Loops) files containing transient information similarly to REX files

Main window

  • support positioning track control panels on right side of arrange


  • very lightly refresh main file/edit/view/insert menus

Modal windows

  • remember window positions (configurable option in preferences/general/advanced to tweak behavior)

Notation editor

  • support customized staff and note context menus


  • add context menu mode configuration


  • add option to ignore all embedded slice and tempo information


  • add track wiring view


  • support plugins that export MIDI note names
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