Online: REAPER - From Download to Installation to Configuration to Your First Record with James Romick

Voiceover Lab

New York

Online: REAPER - From Download to Installation to Configuration to Your First Record with James Romick

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

3:00 PM EST
Check-in begins at: 2:55 PM EST


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 has gained momentum in the recent years within the audiobook industry.

From our instructor James Romick, “IMHO, REAPER is the nearly perfect DAW for VO recording. I’ve been using it and configuring it for nearly 8 years now and discover new things about it all the time."

Starting at square one,  this intro-level class will take you from installing the program, configuration and doing a basic recording.

**While all levels are welcome, basic audio terminology, knowledge and experience with a DAW will be necessary to follow along.**

Our instructor suggests attendees download the latest software prior to the class:

The latest versions are: Reaper v.6.23 and the SWS Extensions v.2.12.1 that were just updated to as of Feb 6th.

REAPER | Download

REAPER | Download

REAPER supports all Windows versions from Windows XP to Windows 10. REAPER has experimental native support for Linux, and the Windows version works well with WINE.

SWS / S&M Extension (

SWS / S&M Extension

SWS / S&M Extension, a REAPER plugin extension. A REAPER PLUGIN EXTENSION The SWS / S&M extension is a collection of features that seamlessly integrate into REAPER, the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software by Cockos, Inc. It is a collaborative and open source project.


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.  100 and counting."


Actors with experience using other DAWs are encouraged to attend.

Basic audio knowledge, experience and terminology is required.

Zoom link will be sent via email the day of the class.