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Is there anything like Metacorder or BoomRecorder but for Windows or Linux?

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Just wondering, as I'm not really an apple fanboy.

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Not quite the same but there are some light weight dedicated recording programs like Presonus Capture (when using studiolive mixers), Waves Tracks Live, Nuendo Live... I'm sure I'm missing a few.  Most of these are for long form performance capture and not necessarily lots of relatively short takes with heavy metadata requirements, although can be adapted, isn't going to be quite the same experience or deliverable product as a purpose built tool like Metacorder or Boomrecorder.

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Reaper is the easiest and cheapest to get going (like free), and very fast and reliable even on wonky PC laptops (like my location machine).   Reaper is a full-up DAW, not a capture-only app like Boom Recorder, and it doesn't come with certain movie-centric features ready to go, like TC input, reporting, etc., but the drill with Reaper is that I have never found anything that someone somewhere hasn't figured out a way to do in Reaper--the user community is enormous and very creative.  I have also found that if you dig in a bit you can discover many ways of doing things yourself, and Reaper, as a clean, new, 21st century app, is very unburdened by legacy code.  I know other folks who run ProTools "vanilla" as a capture app (mostly for music).   There is also Audio Desk from MOTU (which I think they give you free when you buy a MOTU interface) it's basically Digital Performer without all the MIDI stuff and a few other tricks.  I've used all of these apps a fair amount, and for the PC would recommend Reaper.  For Linux there is Ardour, but I have no experience with it at all.  But...overall, if your work is recording location production sound for movie type projects and you want to use a computer-based rig to do it, there is nothing that compares to Boom Recorder for flexibility, reliability and support.   When I was recording production sound in this manner I found that the best course of action for me was to get a Mac laptop and go with Boom Recorder, even though my other computers at that time were mostly PCs.  I'll be interested to hear if you find something more equivalent to MC/BR for PC--I never could despite years of looking. 

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Reaper is the easiest and cheapest to get going (like free), and very fast and reliable even on wonky PC laptops (like my location machine).   Reaper is a full-up DAW, not a capture-only app like Boom Recorder, and it doesn't come with certain movie-centric features ready to go, like TC input, reporting, etc., but the drill with Reaper is that I have never found anything that someone somewhere hasn't figured out a way to do in Reaper--the user community is enormous and very creative.  I have also found that if you dig in a bit you can discover many ways of doing things yourself, and Reaper, as a clean, new, 21st century app, is very unburdened by legacy code. 

Everything you say about Reaper is true EXCEPT it is not free. You can download a full working copy that will never time out, but the developers rely on you to do the right thing and buy the appropriate licence after the trial period.

 

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Reaper is a LOT more free than many apps, who only allowed crippled versions of their apps to be demo'ed, and after a certain time period won't run at all on a non-licensed system.  I have several Reaper licenses, but it's great to know that if I ended up in a pinch, needing to use a machine that isn't one of mine, that I can download the app and have the full deal ready go right away (I can even load my prefs to it).    This alone is a big plus for location production work!  And--Reaper doesn't care if it is on a PC or a Mac, and projects can be freely moved between the two!  NO DONGLES!  NO PASSCODES!

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And while you're at it, raise the price to $5000!  Everyone will feel more pro then!

 

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Isn't that part of the story behind the success or at least acceptance of Digidesign's Q-Sheet (or another of their early software products)? Story I hear from people who should know (and unlike me should know which Digi product it was) is that when they first showed/previewed it at a conference with a low price; nobody took it seriously, since it was priced so low. So before the they released it, they raised the price and that higher price helped people view it at a professional tool.

IF, maybe look for a used Macbook or something...shouldn't be that expensive and you could view the MacOS as yet another BSD/Mach unix operating system. ;-)

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And you can use an old Mac laptop if you want.  The current version of BR will run on OS 10.7, and on the download page you can step back through history until you find one compato with nearly any Mac less than 10 years old!

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