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Just started using REAPER...

 

Its an amazing program but as a result quite hard to figure out how to configure the actions to suit your workflow.

 

Anyone got any awesome tips and advise for REAPER converts?

 

 

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Yes to all of the above.   Spectrum editing on the timeline since last year, too.   This is a good channel for tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/c/REAPERMania/   Th

You and also use the action list to find shortcuts for anything that has one, and assign custom shortcuts to anything you want. So you could make the spacebar pause instead of stopping if that's more

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Get yourself the SWS extensions package, if only for the loudness analysis and better management of track and item colors (which are two of the most basic things it adds, but also by far the most used for me).

 

http://sws-extension.org/

 

The Reaper Blog's Youtube channel is really useful.

 

I'd say the top priorities would be learning your way around folders and the various routing matrices, then parameter modulation and the render matrix.

 

 

I find the Paulie theme a lot nicer to use than the default theme.  There are a bunch of variants now, I'm personally using Paulie CLR.

That said, if you're new to Reaper it might make more sense to work with the default theme until you know it well.  I didn't start using Paulie until I'd been on Reaper for a few years and decided I needed more efficient use of screen space.

 

Also, I don't use it myself because my desktop never goes on line, but ReaPack seems like a really handy thing. 

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yea thanks I got that...working through commands for basic zooming, rendering, bouncing etc

 

just small things that drive me nuts like zoom track heights doesn't apply to foldered tracks etc

 

paulie theme is nice

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I've actually had problems with REAPER too. 80% of the options are all about configuring your workflow. It's both its greatest and weakest strength, but REAPER updates their software like twice a week and things are being changed and added constantly so I never feel like I can understand the software 100%. It's frustrating to the point that I wish they would slow down their updates.

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What workflow are you used to?

 

You can search the forums and there are various keymaps to mimic other DAWs.

I chose to just learn the standard reaper layout (I started using reaper with version 1.55) -- it takes several weeks but once you learn it it's easy.

 

Best DAW ever.

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Something similar to cooledit pro. REAPER feels more like somewhere I put finished work to arrange it into an album. I find that REAPER isn't as "destructive" as cool edit.

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I've actually had problems with REAPER too. 80% of the options are all about configuring your workflow. It's both its greatest and weakest strength, but REAPER updates their software like twice a week and things are being changed and added constantly so I never feel like I can understand the software 100%. It's frustrating to the point that I wish they would slow down their updates.

yep

 

studio one is awesome cause its so simple and straight forward

reaper is super deep and complex sometimes to its detriment

 

theyve even got a protools theme which is bizarre

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Something similar to cooledit pro. REAPER feels more like somewhere I put finished work to arrange it into an album. I find that REAPER isn't as "destructive" as cool edit.

Yeah that's exactly how I use it - as a mix down and mastering daw (and funnily enough also previously came from Cool Edit Pro for doing that kind of thing)
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Two updates a week, updates every two weeks - potayto potahto. 

 

I too use Reaper as a mastering DAW mostly, because most of my musicing is done in Live. I am not too good at mastering though and recently I just end up slapping Legowelt's tape machine thing on everything.  :catcry:

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Thanks for fixing that. Yeah I meant two updates a month.

 

I'm thinking of biting the ableton bullet at this point. REAPER is a decent mastering and multitrack recording DAW, but for composition and wav editing (or lack thereof), it's definitely lacking and absolutely requires the use of external wav editor .to have complete sample editing options available. I'm sure something like the Redux VST would facilitate it somewhat but it definitely cramps my workflow, ironically. There's adobe audition but later versions of it aren't that good unless you are doing video editing.

 

It's probably just worth it to save up my money for the summer sale that Ableton and Cycling 74 are going to have for Ableton Live 10/Max 8

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i think reapers editing is damn good...

 

renoise still has the best sample editor but being able to do things on items with one key command on reaper like pitch slides reverses pan etc is awesome

 

the more im banging my hed against the wall learning shortcuts the better it gets

 

u can reconfigure literally everything...ableton is very nice but damn 220 for suite upgrade....

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i'm getting used to using just one midi editor for all midi tracks on a project and it's so so handy, banged my head a bit to get used to it but now it's priceless... i know it's a feature that's been around for some time in fruity loops and maybe other daws but i'm late to the party as always...

what's missing in the wav editor?

 

edit: just watched a redux video, ok i get what's missing, an internal sample editor like redux...

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not sure what you are referring to in reaper here?

 

 

 

i'm getting used to using just one midi editor for all midi tracks on a project and it's so so handy, banged my head a bit to get used to it but now it's priceless... i know it's a feature that's been around for some time in fruity loops and maybe other daws but i'm late to the party as always...

what's missing in the wav editor?

 

edit: just watched a redux video, ok i get what's missing, an internal sample editor like redux...

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not sure what you are referring to in reaper here?

regarding the midi editor? Edited by THIS IS MICHAEL JACKSON
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i think reapers editing is damn good...

 

 

Since I switched from Pro Tools (which I've never liked but had to use for work for a while) to Reaper I pretty much stopped using Wavelab because it's almost always more convenient to do everything in Reaper.

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I think if you use real instruments, vocals, external synths, etc... REAPER is perfect for what it does. Renoise and Max are  polar opposites, where they are both great for sample manipulation and sequencing. I dunno... I feel better off working with something that meets at both ends for the stuff I need to do (that isn't Bitwig).

I was kind of staying away from Ableton for the longest time because it uses granular techniques for pitch and speed stuff whereas I've always been used to old school Nyquist frequency problems and getting dirty when playing with the playback speeds. Live looks powerful but, like a poster mentioned in the Live 10 thread, they seem to always be targetting idiots who stumbled upon a midi controller.

However REAPER is a beautiful multitrack recorder and it should continue to develop on that strength. I feel like I'll continue to use it for live recording stuff because it's easy to set up.

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not sure what you are referring to in reaper here?

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yea man I get it now

Good stuff...gott figure out how to colour notes per instrument now

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not sure what you are referring to in reaper here?

???

 

yea man I get it now

Good stuff...gott figure out how to colour notes per instrument now

 

just click on the colored square or right click on track -> track colorpost-155-0-65835900-1520453458.png Edited by THIS IS MICHAEL JACKSON
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has reaper got a timestretch mode like lives beat stretch or cubases custom algo?

you can configure the default timestretch mode somewhere in the options... to time stretch easily just press alt + left click on the end of a sample and stretch it... or just configure your own shortcuts on options -> mousse modifiers...

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