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Inspiration Lab - Audio Editing with REAPER

Introduction to REAPER in VPL's Inspiration Lab

The Inspiration Lab is a space dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling... and all this is free, with your library card!

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 Inspiration 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 which are also DAWs (or Digital Audio Workstations), or 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 is a self-directed, Do-It-Yourself space in the library to help you create and experiment with digital media.

Recording studios, equipment, and computers are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library. To use the studios, you will need to have a library card with proof of address and no more than $10 in library fees. The Creation Stations and Digitization Stations can be used by anyone with a valid card, including an Internet Access card.

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

  • The recording studios can be booked for a maximum of three hours per day.
  • Creation Stations and Digitization Stations can be booked up to three hours per day, but a Creation Station or Digitzation Station session may be extended at staff discretion if time is available and other library patrons are not waiting to use it.
  • Bookings of studios, Creation Stations, and Digitization Stations can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the booking instructions for recording studios, Creation Stations, or Digitization Stations.