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Old 06-12-2018, 04:17 AM   #1
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Default Which version for cross-platform & different OS versions....

Hi everybody....

Although it is usually recommended to utilize the latest version of any software, should I install a specific older version of Cockos Reaper for the following reasons:

My main workstation computer is an older Mac with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

And, I have a newer Mac running Yosemite (this one is basically "next in line" or considered a backup workstation). However, the older Mac [10.6] has a larger hard drive [meaning it holds much of my personal files and older sessions of various projects in the past, etc - and yes I do have several backups] and is it a machine I've used for years and it does everything well. The newer Mac may be more powerful with more RAM but I like limitations because it keeps my productions in check.

Now also, occasionally I like to track some takes/performances outside my studio in open places and/or just while spending time elsewhere for a different environment on one or two of my PC laptops. One is running Windows 8.1 and the other Windows 10 [The PC's are mostly used for business but it's obviously very practical for mobility].

The question is: Which version of Cockos Reaper should I install for a smooth workflow between these computers?

An important consideration is the older Mac's RAM and CPU.

NOTE: No need to mention warn about plugins compatibility (example: making sure they're installed on all computers) since the way I track performances outside of my main workstation is by creating new tracks (example: Voxes) adjacent to a rendered master mix re-imported into a 'save as' session with all previous individual tracks (from the original session) deleted. I then import the newly created tracks into the original session on the older Mac.

Also I realize many would say "If I were you I would switch everything to the newer Mac" but still I would appreciate if someone could provide an informed answer to my question.

Thank you.

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Old 06-12-2018, 05:22 AM   #2
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1. No and 2. the latest.

(I know, it's a very short answer but it's also a very quite somewhat informed "No", also welcome to the forums! )
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:47 PM   #3
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1. No and 2. the latest.

(I know, it's a very short answer but it's also a very quite somewhat informed "No", also welcome to the forums! )
Thanks for the welcome.

So how can it be that said latest version could run 'just as cpu friendly' as say version 4.78 (just an example). Ever since I can remember just about every software on the planet seems to get heavier and heavier as the version numbers go up, no?

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Old 06-13-2018, 01:51 AM   #4
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I have older mac (OS X < 10.6) and notebook (win 7 64) and the last reaper version on each (32bit on mac, 64 bit on win). There was no problems with moving projects between them, so try last reaper version.
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:24 AM   #5
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Sounds good, thanks for the info.

I guess I was kind of hoping to hear that.

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Thanks for the welcome.

So how can it be that said latest version could run 'just as cpu friendly' as say version 4.78 (just an example). Ever since I can remember just about every software on the planet seems to get heavier and heavier as the version numbers go up, no?

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Of course I know what you're talking about, however I just compared REAPER 3.78 with 5.90 (again) on a 1.6GHz single core Atom powered netbook from 2008 (those Atom CPUs are known to have the processing power of a 1998 Pentium). I used an old test project with a couple of VSTi and guitar tracks and it plays (or stutters when I enable the mental alpha development plug-ins on the master section) just the same on both versions, maxing out the CPU the same way...
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:04 PM   #7
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That is awesome, thanks for doing that.

Having worked for software firms in the past, and, being a power computer(s) user for decades, I can tell REAPER is so well coded that going up in versions (4, 5, etc) is smoother on the cpu than many other software. Also many articles speak of v5+ having 'performance improvements' so the answers here make sense.

Thanks again.

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Of course I know what you're talking about, however I just compared REAPER 3.78 with 5.90 (again) on a 1.6GHz single core Atom powered netbook from 2008 (those Atom CPUs are known to have the processing power of a 1998 Pentium). I used an old test project with a couple of VSTi and guitar tracks and it plays (or stutters when I enable the mental alpha development plug-ins on the master section) just the same on both versions, maxing out the CPU the same way...
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