I was just looking at the Reaper web site,. mainly because I’ve never heard of it before.. I actually thought it was “Reason” being talked about, so I skipped some bits. .. my bad.
One thing I noticed is this :
$225: full commercial license.
$60: discounted license.
I’m not sure what a “Discounted license” actually means,. and there#s no info on what the restrictions are, but i’m assuming that it’s a Non commercial use licence, which doesn’t really make much sense to me.
So in comparison to Music maker (basic entry level) at 60 euro,.. which is a “Full Commercial licence” and comes with a bundle of sounds which are also copyright cleared and ready to use in your own productions,.
comparing the $60 (non commercial) version, or Reaper,. with the “entry level” (full commercial) version of music maker, really isn’t a fair comparison.
It would be fairer to compare both full commercial versions,. by price , features, and content.
Reaper appear to have only one version / product. (that I could see)
Magix have a range of software starting from basic entry level, at 60 euro,.. to full Pro level at over 4k…
Basic entry level software is always designed to be easier and less confusing for the new user,. this encourages use of the product and eventually upgrading to a more complex version.
Basic entry level is still capable of producing high quality output, it’s just easier to get into. EG: DS / Carrara
Most software has a Demo / Trial version available,. and that was my first advice,... Go download the trials, play with them, see what you like. then compare features / Ease of use / Support, and pricing.
I’m trying to remain un-biased, since I normally use Ableton more than Magix.
You should also take a look at Cubase,. Reason, Ableton, ( “Live 9” is due out in early March )