Top 9 Best Online Resources To Learn Cockos Reaper DAW


Online learning resources, be it courses, videos, written content, one-on-one coaching, apps, et cetera, provide fantastic opportunities to learn (and teach) digital audio workstations like Cockos' Reaper and audio engineering more broadly. Though nothing truly beats dedicated in-person DAW lessons, there are plenty of excellent alternatives online.

Note that by “resources,” I'm not only referring to video tutoring and full-length courses (though these are arguably the best options). I'm also considering masterclasses, videos and articles, and other online resources for learning the ins and outs of Reaper.

Though obviously subjective and prone to biases, I’ve done my best to list out these resources based on the following metrics (in no particular order):

  • Reputation of the learning resource
  • Quality of education in features (including built-in virtual instruments and plugins), workflow, arrangment and mixing/mastering
  • Organization and depth of learning
  • Adaptability of teaching to individual students (one-on-one lessons are best here)
  • The resource must be currently available

With all that being said, let’s list out the learning resources.

The top 9 best online resources to learn Cockos Reaper are:

  1. Reaper.fm
  2. Reaper Blog
  3. Udemy
  4. Pro Mix Academy
  5. Ask.Audio
  6. Groove3
  7. CreativeLive
  8. Skillshare
  9. YouTube

In this article, we'll go through each of the above-mentioned resources to get a stronger idea of what makes them great for learning Reaper. Whether you're a complete beginner or a successful professional, there is always something to learn! I'll include links to check out each of the options for yourself to learn more about each resource. We'll also consider a few “honourable mentions” worth considering.

Reaper is featured in My New Microphone's Top 7 Best Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) On The Market.


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Reaper.fm

Reaper.fm is the main website for downloading/purchasing Reaper. It has downloadable user guides, videos, additional resources (including a link to the unofficial Reaper Blog) and a forum.

Get your information straight from the source by checking out the resources Reaper.fm for your information on this DAW.

Click here to check out Reaper.fm today!


Reaper Blog

The (unofficial) Reaper Blog is a superb resource for music production tips and training for Reaper DAW users. The blog was started in 2010 and is run by Jon Tidey.

There is a ton of free information on this blog, along with in-depth paid courses and opportunities for private lessons online.

Whatever knowledge you need about Reaper, you'll be able to access it in one way or another through this excellent resource.

Click here to check out the Reaper Blog courses today!


Udemy

Among the many massive open online course (MOOC) providers, Udemy is one of the most popular. This well-known website makes it easy for users to learn and/or to share what they know.

Learn from experts in the software with affordable Reaper courses. The courses aren't “accredited,” though how many Reaper courses are?

There are several superb courses to check out. However, to keep things evergreen on this post, I'll only point you toward Udemy as a top learning resource. I recommend doing your own research on Udemy to find the course that's the right match for your current knowledge with Cockos Reaper and your ultimate goals with the DAW.

Click here to check out the Reaper courses on Udemy today!

Udemy is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
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Pro Mix Academy

Pro Mix Academy is run by Adam Steel, a professional engineer and early adopter of Cockos Reaper. The course teaches students step-by-step how to customize the DAW to their own workflow for maximum results while also covering the essentials of top-notch music production.

With such a flexible and customizable DAW, this course puts an emphasis on setting it up correctly. By the end of the training, you will have made Reaper your very own digital workhorse and be able to produce professional results in as streamlined a workflow as you could want!

The Ultimate Reaper Guide is a complete resource for learning Reaper with 71 chapters and 9 hours of detailed instruction. It will teach you everything you ever need to know about this incredibly versatile DAW.

Click here to check out the Pro Mix Academy Ultimate Guide To Reaper course today!


Ask.Audio

Ask.Audio is a brand of NonLinear Educating, an online learning platform featuring video tutorials and courses for popular software applications and creative workflow techniques.

Cockos Reaper, along with many other DAWs, is featured in-depth in Ask.Audio's training programs.

Ask.Audio provides on-point instruction on the specific functions of Reaper and music production as a whole. This site is designed with smaller, more focused courses than large comprehensive training. If you're looking for a library of detailed tutorials on the many features of Reaper, then I recommend giving Ask.Audio a shot.

Click here to check out Ask.Audio's Reaper courses today!

Ask.Audio is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
Top 11 Best Online Resources To Learn Ableton Live DAW
Top 11 Best Online Resources To Learn Apple Logic Pro X DAW
Top 11 Best Online Resources To Learn Image-Line FL Studio DAW

Top 9 Best Online Resources To Learn PreSonus Studio One DAW
Top 9 Best Online Resources To Learn Steinberg Cubase DAW


Groove3

Groove3 has a fantastic library of courses and tutorials for all things related to music and audio.

The Cockos Reaper tutorials at Groove3 are certainly worth your consideration. These thorough tutorials teach specific functions/features of Reaper in great detail.

The information provided is sure to give you the skills you need to unlock the potential of Reaper.

There are two main options for using Groove3. You can purchase individual products (download and online streaming) for lifetime access, or you can become an All-Access Subscriber and get streaming access to the entire Groove3 library.

If you prefer to learn Reaper one feature at a time and build up a strong knowledge base of the DAW's functionality, I strongly recommend investing in Groove3.

Click here to check out Groove3's Reaper courses today!

Groove3 is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
Top 11 Best Online Resources To Learn Apple Logic Pro X DAW
Top 11 Best Online Resources To Learn Avid Pro Tools DAW
Top 11 Best Online Resources To Learn Image-Line FL Studio DAW

Top 9 Best Online Resources To Learn PreSonus Studio One DAW


CreativeLive

CreativeLive is an online education platform that offers online classes in a variety of fields taught by a variety of experts in their respective domains.

If you're interested in creative endeavours, CreativeLive is likely to have a perfect class for you. With affordable monthly subscriptions to cover on-demand access, you can learn Reaper at your own pace to help bring your creativity forth.

The Reaper courses, in particular, are taught by Kenneth Gioia, a Multi-Platinum music producer, engineer, mixer and songwriter from New York City.

Click here to check out CreativeLive's Reaper classes today!


Skillshare

Skillshare is another popular subscription website that hosts courses on a plethora of topics, including Reaper.

Like Udemy, Skillshare is non-accredited and allows users to upload and sell their courses.

A subscription gets you unlimited access to every class on the site and is remarkably affordable. Skillshare offers a 30-day free trial, so you can test it out before investing.

Though this platform allows individuals to upload and sell their courses, the trainings are, for the most part, exceptional.

Give Skillshare a chance; you'll have access to many superb Cockos Reaper courses to learn the DAW quickly and effectively.

Click here to check out the many Reaper courses on Skillshare today!

Skillshare is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
Top 11 Best Online Resources To Learn Apple Logic Pro X DAW
Top 11 Best Online Resources To Learn Image-Line FL Studio DAW

Top 9 Best Online Resources To Learn PreSonus Studio One DAW
Top 9 Best Online Resources To Learn Steinberg Cubase DAW


YouTube

If I had a nickel for every music or audio tutorial I watched on YouTube, I'd be able to pay for a Berklee education!

Sure, YouTube won't give us a certificate for the knowledge we learn, but if we need to learn something specific in a short timeframe, it's perhaps the greatest free resource available. This is true of Reaper and pretty much anything else we're interested in.

So, if you want to learn Reaper for free, do some digging through YouTube. You'll eventually learn exactly what you need to know about this excellent yet underserved DAW.

Click here to check out Reaper tutorials on YouTube today!

YouTube is also featured in My New Microphone's Top 9 Best Online Resources To Learn PreSonus Studio One DAW.


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Arthur

Arthur is the owner of Fox Media Tech and author of My New Microphone. He's an audio engineer by trade and works on contract in his home country of Canada. When not blogging on MNM, he's likely hiking outdoors and blogging at Hikers' Movement (hikersmovement.com) or composing music for media. Check out his Pond5 and AudioJungle accounts.

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