I am not an engineer in the sense that I can understand all complex nuances of DAW design, integration and underlying features. I use three DAWS (Nuendo, Pro Tools and Reaper). My comments below relate to some rugged and integral features that REAPER users take for granted, but we, Steinberg users have to fuss about to get. Reaper, a DAW many of us Cubase and Nuendo fans love to hate. I was introduced to Reaper in 2014 by a friend in Leicestershire, and I loathed its interface. I later ditched it for Cubase, much to his chagrin. I came back to REAPER in 2019 using it alongside my main DAW, Cubase and my side-kick (Pro Tools).
While importing loops into REAPER you don’t need to do anything. Just import and keep working. No need to fret about tempo changes or whatever. Loops align seamlessly with your timeline, grid, and tempo. Why do we need to fiddle about with the settings in media-bay, pool window, audio menu (stretch to project tempo)or time-stretch tool ??? Why not integrate these into the engine and allow us to focus on making beats?
Why not give us a click and create tracks functionality, (PT has this too) rather than having to open a dialog box, or right click each time you want to create a new track? At least make the MIDI track the default click and create track. Or we can click and create any new tracks, and then change them to audio or midi using an accompanying side-view dialog box??? hello Steinberg.
It appears REAPER has a lot of Artificial Intelligence underlying it’s design, and behind its seemingly simplistic, befuddled interface, there’s an intelligent design focused on freeing the user to focus on creativity.
There’s a reason REAPER fans are fanatical and fundamentalist about it. It’s nimble, agile, adaptive, light-weight, loads with lightening speed, hardly ever grinds your CPU to a halt, almost never crashes, rugged, with good routing functions, a good mix-console (I love Cubase/Nuendo better).
Cubase/Nuendo is my native DAW…granted. But 5 years from now, REAPER poses significant challenge. It’s scaling already with it’s nimble and adaptive design, with a light footprint on resource consumption and that’s staggering to say the least.
I hope we can wake up before we are disrupted. I’m so massively invested in Steinberg, I’m not porting to anywhere, but consider the views above.