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REAPER V5.93 DAW introduces Linux-Native Builds

The popular digital audio workstation REAPER was just recently updated to version 5.93, which introduces Linux-Native builds. This is huge news for Linux users who usually do their audio recordings on Windows or Mac machines, as REAPER is one of the most popular DAWs available (Appuals has a handful of how to guides for REAPER, in fact).

While REAPER is a paid program, it is quite a fully-fledged DAW, with a price tag of only $60 for an individual license, and it has a 60-day free trial. Compared to similar DAWs like Cubase, FL Studio, and Pro Tools, which vary between $200 up to $600, its obvious why REAPER is used by so many people nowadays.

The Linux-native builds of REAPER have been in beta since around 2016 starting with REAPER v5.20 Beta 10, so it’s quite awesome that REAPER V5.93 brings a more fully fleshed-out Linux-native support to the software. The developers warn that the Linux builds are still experimental, but at least they’re being bumped out of beta.

The changelog for REAPER V5.93 is as follows:

v5.93 – July 17 2018 – Impeach already

  • Automation items: separate settings to snap automation items to media items, or other automation items
  • Envelopes: permit converting envelope segment to bezier curve even if default envelope point shape is square [t=208290]
  • FX: prevent reset from audio thread when bringing an offline FX online
  • FX: fix potential hang when moving tracks with certain JSFX to subproject [t=207996]
  • FX: fix .aupreset export issue [t=203533]
  • Linux: experimental linux native builds now available
  • MIDI editor: support snapping to measure regardless of time signature
  • MIDI editor: update custom CC names in editor dropdown when changing active track [t=208759]
  • Mousewheel: support Windows (Control on macOS) key as modifier [t=177917]
  • Notation: properly adjust events when inserting notation messages in media items with nonzero start offset [t=208079]
  • Notation: fix invalid access when removing text events
  • Project settings: add option for default state of item ‘Preserve pitch when changing rate’ [p=1965998]
  • Project settings: add option to base ruler markings off project measure offset [t=208074]
  • Project settings: add option to override global preference for copy-media-on-import
  • Undo: optimize undo state loading when items have been reordered or deleted
  • VLC: support VLC 2.1,2.2, and 3.0, except on 32-bit macOS (which still supports 2.0-2.2)
  • VLC: support loading from VLC or VLC.app in path relative to REAPER
  • VLC: also look for /Applications/VLC2/32/64.app on macOS
  • Video: add 9:16 resolution and more framerates to encoding presets

What features are in the Linux-native builds?

The current Linux-native builds are available for i686, x86_64, and ARMv71 for Raspberry Pi 2 and above.

The Linux-native builds are on par with the features in the Windows and Mac versions, the only thing to be aware of is that the GUIs can be somewhat inconsistent due to menus and dialogs being implemented directly in libSwell.

It supports all of REAPER’s built-in FX, as well as Linux-based VST2 and VST3 plug-ins. However, it doesn’t support for the Linux-native LADSPA, DSSI, and LV2 formats. The audio backends supported are ALSA, JACK, and Pulseaudio – however, JACK is required for midi support. Appuals will soon prepare a guide for running Windows VSTs in the Linux-native builds of REAPER, so be tuned for that.

John Rendace


John is a GNU/Linux expert with a hobbyist's background in C/C++, Web development, storage and file system technologies. In his free time, he maintains custom and vintage PC hardware. He's been compiling his own software from source since the DOS days and still prefers using the command line all these years later.
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