Don't Fear The REAPER: Getting In-Depth with James Romick (PLEASE READ REQUIREMENTS)

Voiceover Lab

New York

Don't Fear The REAPER: Getting In-Depth with James Romick (PLEASE READ REQUIREMENTS)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

6:00 PM
Check-in begins at: 5:45 PM


REAPER (Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording) is a digital audio workstation (DAW).  

While REAPER can be used for all areas of VO, it is currently gaining momentum as an audiobook industry standard.   

This workshop will cover:

  • Customization and Configuring for Voiceover work.
  • Shortcuts, editing techniques, frequently used buttons and FX.
  • Recording considerations: redundant functionalities, layout templates, setting preferences.
  • The pro's and con's of this DAW versus others.

Please note: This is an intermediate-advanced level class for those who are actively using REAPER or are interested in migrating to REAPER from their current DAW.


Please bring your laptop with REAPER installed before attending this class.

The current version of REAPER is available for Microsoft  (XP and newer) and macOS (10.5 and newer):

You might also download and install the SWS Extensions as well.

If you have any questions, please contact VO Lab Administrator:


James Romick - After paying his dues performing in Dinner Theatres, Regional Theatres and Stock Theatres in the Midwest and up and down the I-95 Corridor from Maine to Miami, doing extra work and small roles in numerous films and on TV, studying audio engineering at the Institute of Audio Research here in NYC, and performing on Broadway for nearly 23 years, James has settled into semi-retirement at his home in New Jersey.

“For me, voiceover sort of came in through the back door. When I came to NYC back in 1980, there were only a handful of guys making a living at VO, and it was still that ‘big announcer’ style. Making a demo was expensive. Cassettes and duplication services were not cheap either. And there weren’t as many opportunities as there are today. So, I stuck to the live stage.”

“Now, with the advent of relatively inexpensive recording equipment, computers, software and the like, nearly anyone can dabble at being a VO artist. I’m pretty handy at basic construction, so I built myself a small home studio recording booth, outfitted it and dove in. Now I’m doing something I never thought I’d be doing in a million years. AudioBooks. 35 and counting."

“IMHO, REAPER is the nearly perfect DAW for VO recording. I’ve been using it and configuring it for nearly 4 years now and discover new things about it all the time.”

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