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Inspiration Lab - Audio Editing with REAPER

Introduction to REAPER in VPL's Inspiration Lab

The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software.


REAPER (Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording) is software for importing or recording audio, working with MIDI, and editing and mastering songs, podcasts, or other audio projects. It is DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, and one of the programs available to use at VPL's Inspiration Lab: 

The lab has 12 high-performance desktop computers providing:

  • Microsoft Photo Gallery (basic photo editing)
  • Adobe Photoshop (advanced photo editing)
  • Microsoft Movie Maker (basic video creation)
  • Adobe PremierePro (advanced video creation)
  • Audacity (basic audio creation)
  • REAPER (advanced audio creation)
  • Sigil (basic epublishing)
  • Adobe InDesign (advanced epublishing)

REAPER has basic functions, but also many advanced features. REAPER, in its most basic sense, acts like an “old fashioned” multi-track tape recorder. But, instead of using multiple ribbons of magnetic tape, it uses multiple digital audio files.

You may have heard of "multi-tracking", and programs such as Pro Tools or Logic. These are also programs that let you record many audio signals/images and play them back all at the same time (much the way many albums used to be made with multi-track tape recorders). REAPER can record one track at a time, or many tracks at a time, depending on project requirements.

Booking Inspiration Lab Equipment

The Inspiration Lab has specialised software, studio space, and equipment to help you create and experiment with traditional and digital media. Studios, equipment, and computers within the Inspiration Lab are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library.

The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours (although the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library).

Recording studios, Digitization Stations, and Creation Stations can be booked for maximum of 3 hours per day. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the booking instructions.

We recommend you begin saving your project or work at least 30 minutes before the end of your session. This is in case you have large files to transfer or you want to burn your work to a disc.