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Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« on: August 27, 2015, 12:43:05 PM »
Just started to use Reaper a few weeks ago. So far I love it!
Love the vertical slides
Love that I can set precisely set then amperage by typing in what I want (i.e. +9.27 db)
Rendering is super fast


I would like to start a thread for all things Reaper.
What you like, what you don't and tips and tricks along the way.

Kicking things off...


Does anyone know how to have the files you import show up in the project folder you create?
Instead of the source folder you imported from?



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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2015, 04:42:26 AM »
The only thing that has stopped me from stepping up to a purchased version is my inability to time-stretch with it.

With Vegas I just hold down ctrl, grab the end of a clip and stretch it to the right length but in Reaper I can never get the stretched audio to fall into place properly. It's as if there is a minimum amount of stretch that has to be applied and I generally need less... I've disabled snapping and quantize-to-frames but to no avail.

If anyone can solve this for me I'll be immediately putting down the money for the new version
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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2015, 05:06:32 AM »
Reaper is awesome.   I've been using it for years and years.

It's not something I do regularly but on the odd occasions I've time stretched there's been no problem at all.  The Reaper forum is great too, just ask about your time stretching, the answer is sure to come quickly and comprehensively.

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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2016, 11:07:54 AM »
Is there a trick to having FX you have applied to a mix end up in your rendered file?
The FX are definitely there while I am mixing but the rendered file sounds quite different.
(In the Render window I am leaving the default of Master Mix)

Suggestions?

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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2016, 11:50:17 AM »
Is there a trick to having FX you have applied to a mix end up in your rendered file?
The FX are definitely there while I am mixing but the rendered file sounds quite different.
(In the Render window I am leaving the default of Master Mix)

Suggestions?

By any chance did you put your effects on the Monitor track rather than on the Master? If so your rendered file wouldn't have effects applied.
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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2016, 01:14:45 PM »
Is there a trick to having FX you have applied to a mix end up in your rendered file?
The FX are definitely there while I am mixing but the rendered file sounds quite different.
(In the Render window I am leaving the default of Master Mix)

Suggestions?

By any chance did you put your effects on the Monitor track rather than on the Master? If so your rendered file wouldn't have effects applied.

I think Sloan may have nailed it.  BTW, effects applied to individual tracks should render also, but for global mix stuff (EQ, compression, limiting, etc.) I always put them on the Master bus.  I am rendering a project right now in Reaper with Ozone on the master bus.
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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2016, 05:22:38 PM »
Is there a trick to having FX you have applied to a mix end up in your rendered file?
The FX are definitely there while I am mixing but the rendered file sounds quite different.
(In the Render window I am leaving the default of Master Mix)

Suggestions?

By any chance did you put your effects on the Monitor track rather than on the Master? If so your rendered file wouldn't have effects applied.

I think Sloan may have nailed it.  BTW, effects applied to individual tracks should render also, but for global mix stuff (EQ, compression, limiting, etc.) I always put them on the Master bus.  I am rendering a project right now in Reaper with Ozone on the master bus.


Yup, i believe that was it.
View\Montoring FX


So, is the best way choose View\FX Browser and choose the ones I want from there?
Also, it is best to apply to source I assume, not the Master Track.



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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2016, 05:33:27 PM »
Is there a trick to having FX you have applied to a mix end up in your rendered file?
The FX are definitely there while I am mixing but the rendered file sounds quite different.
(In the Render window I am leaving the default of Master Mix)

Suggestions?

By any chance did you put your effects on the Monitor track rather than on the Master? If so your rendered file wouldn't have effects applied.

I think Sloan may have nailed it.  BTW, effects applied to individual tracks should render also, but for global mix stuff (EQ, compression, limiting, etc.) I always put them on the Master bus.  I am rendering a project right now in Reaper with Ozone on the master bus.


Yup, i believe that was it.
View\Montoring FX


So, is the best way choose View\FX Browser and choose the ones I want from there?
Also, it is best to apply to source I assume, not the Master Track.

Click the FX button on the track you're using:



If you're just working on a single source, it should not matter whether you put the effects on that track or on the Master. However if you're doing a matrix you may want/need to do both. For example you could put EQ on your AUD source, a different EQ on your SBD source, and then compression/limiting on the Master, to affect the entire mix.
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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2016, 05:37:41 PM »
Bumping this thread to share some very useful Reaper stuff for editing concert recordings.  Some of this is directed at classical music session work specifically, but there's no rule saying you can't use it with other things...  :drummer:

SWS Extensions - This is the "special sauce" that makes all of the cool things below possible.

Editing Classical Music in Reaper - A great guide on using SWS Extensions to speed up your concert editing workflow.  Part 4 of this guide connects with the next link below.

Source-Destination Custom Actions - AKA 3/4 point editing, as you find in software like Pyramix or Sequoia

Classical Helper Scripts V3 - Another user's version of source-destination custom actions

Tips for working with timecode
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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2016, 08:06:39 PM »
Finally downloaded & paid for a subscription for this. Thanks Voltronic, you posts have been most helpful in making the decision to go for it.

Now on to join their forums & learn more about this.  :coolguy:
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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2016, 01:48:38 PM »
Question on aligning sources with different time codes.  Posting here before I cross post.

Background:

Taped two bands the other week as follows:
Mics1 > DR-70D
Mics2 > DR-70D
SBD > DR-60D

For the headliner, I imported all 3 of that sets files into Reaper and used the Nudge tool to line up the first song using vocals and drums as my reference.
I noticed the last song had some shift to it so I used the stretch tool to line up the last song.
Both ends remained lined up and sounding good, drums and vocals still tight,  so I continued with the rest of my mixing.

The recording of the opener is a different story.
Performing the same steps as before, shifting the end of the recording also shifts the beginning. Now I am not sure why the headliner worked so well.

Should I be "pinning" the beginning of these once I have nudged them?

Or am I using a completely incorrect method?
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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2016, 07:25:05 PM »
I'm a big Reaper fan for mixing but for time aligning, there are better programs.

Adobe Audition CC has a huge advantage because it is both a DAW and a stand alone wave form editor.  In general, I drop cue points in each track to be aligned and stretch each section, usually about every 15-20 minutes depending on how fast the out of synch recorder's time clock is.  I use the wave form editor in Adobe CC to visually place the cue point.  Listening is not near as accurate as visually seeing the blown up wave form for a drum rim shot.  I do the same for the other track.  Then do the math as to how many samples the segment is off, then convert that to percentages to stretch.
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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2016, 11:19:37 AM »
Hey Scooter123, can you do a video to explain that?

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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2017, 03:34:49 PM »
Is there a way in Reaper to have each channel mixed equally?
I know my mics are not matched, and usually a 2 channel mix comes out OK.

But a multi-channel mix seems to widen that gap.
Here is a screenshot and sox output of one I just mixed:






             Overall     Left      Right
DC offset  -0.000175 -0.000175 -0.000175
Min level  -0.977043 -0.607173 -0.977043
Max level   0.950666  0.688010  0.950666
Pk lev dB      -0.20     -3.25     -0.20
RMS lev dB    -27.01    -28.75    -25.76
RMS Pk dB      -8.41    -13.05     -8.41
RMS Tr dB      -1.#J     -1.#J     -1.#J
Crest factor       -     18.84     18.97
Flat factor     0.00      0.00      0.00
Pk count           2         2         2
Bit-depth      24/24     24/24     24/24
Num samples     270M
Length s    5623.153
Scale max   1.000000
Window s       0.050



Is there away to have both channels mixed to the desired output level equally/
Even if one needs to be raised more than the other, the final outcome would be at the same level.
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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2017, 06:18:49 PM »
Are there multiple EQ FX? - especially a multiband processor like this one:

http://www.waves.com/plugins/linear-phase-multiband-compressor

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Re: Reaper Audio Tips and Tricks: Show Reaper some love
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2017, 06:24:02 PM »
Are there multiple EQ FX? - especially a multiband processor like this one:

http://www.waves.com/plugins/linear-phase-multiband-compressor



Reaper includes ReaXcomp for multiband (haven't used it personally), or you can use any VST effect you already own, like Waves Linear Phase MB.
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