Can Soft Arranger work with other DAWs or hardware synths?
Some users say that they already use x, y or z DAW and they would like to use Soft Arranger with the software they already have installed and they would like to know if it will work. The short answer is yes. Soft Arranger simply sends MIDI data so if you have a DAW or hardware synth that receives MIDI it will “work”.
The problem you will find is that for example if you load a style in Soft Arranger where note D4 on CH10 is mapped to a snare drum but your DAW is set up in a way that on that note and MIDI channel you have a violin. Then obviously it wont sound as expected.
The idea of using the recommended setup (Reaper + TX16Wx + included presets) is that styles will sound exactly the same regardless of the computer and OS (Mac or Windows).
Please note that you can have multiple DAWs installed on your computer and they will not conflict with each other. If you like you can even set up Reaper as a portable installation and put it on a pen drive.
To get started with the recommended setup you won’t have to buy anything and you won’t have to “learn” Reaper because you just need to load a project and leave it in the background. Then once you are set up and running you can try and duplicate the setup on your DAW or hardware synth if you really want to.
Another option is to simply make your own styles with your own mappings however you are already set up.