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Video Lesson: Recording With Reaper, Making recordings of your riffs/licks
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DeepRoots
May 4 2008, 12:02 PM
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Hello GMCers!




My name is Jordan Perks and I live in South Wales in the UK. I'm 18 years old and have been playing guitar since my 15th birthday. I enjoy hiking when i'm not playing guitar- also training for the London marathon.

As some of you know- i have a cool party trick smile.gif

Now, on to guitar. I love guitarists like John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Guthrie Govan and Joe Satriani. My goal as a guitarist is to blend their styles together to create "my own" sound.

Well then; on to the lesson!

There are quite a few people who post on the forum saying they are "unsure how to record" or "don't know what they're doing" when it comes to sharing the licks/riffs they've written.
This lesson should clear things up for those people.

Note: this is not a comprehensive demonstration of everything you can do with Reaper, however it should allow anybody who has the hardware to record the ability to use Reaper to share what they've written with the forum.


Reaper is an inexpensive DAW that has an unlimited trial version. No limitations in functions or time.

You can download Reaper here: http://reaper.fm/

This lesson follows through these stages, to ensure you know you don't miss any stages setting up to record:

- Setting up Audio Device
- Adding a new track/arming for recording
- Checking audio input level
- Recording
- Tidying up our recording
- Rendering

The audio device i'm using is the KORG Pandora PX5d. There are many devices you can use, Line 6 have a great range for starting out with recording, check through the forum for details on that.

I make a reference to Tony's advice to setting An input recording level, which can be found here:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...?showtopic=7635

and be sure to have a look through the rest of the topics here:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...hp?showforum=74 (be sure to read through those once you've got the basics of my lesson done)


Now....when you're ready and have installed Reaper, open my lesson!

Attached File  Recording_with_reaper.wmv ( 12.75MB ) Number of downloads: 5158


Note: The video did not run with VLC media player when i tested, but instead worked well with Windows Media Player.

Enjoy the no-nonsense/fast approach to recording your licks!


My next lesson will be about using MIDI to make drums and bass lines.

-Jordan

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May 4 2008, 10:13 PM
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Nice lesson, I think this should be helpful for a lot of people smile.gif

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May 4 2008, 10:41 PM
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Great lesson Jordan! I'm looking forward to your MIDI bass + drum lesson as well! smile.gif

Thanks.

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QUOTE (Sam Hook @ May 4 2008, 05:41 PM) *
Great lesson Jordan! I'm looking forward to your MIDI bass + drum lesson as well! smile.gif

Thanks.


Me too!! And could you through some keys in there as well? tongue.gif Seriously, great topic for a lesson man, and well explained!

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cool lesson man

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May 4 2008, 11:29 PM
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Thanks all! I'll try and get that MIDI basics lesson done soonish wink.gif

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Nice lesson and clear explanation!

I am gonna download Reaper right now tongue.gif

And hope to see your MIDI bass + drum lesson.

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Great explenation

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Great lesson DeepRoots

smile.gif and look forward to the next smile.gif .

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Great lesson Jordan! smile.gif

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nice and great lesson Deeproots seem very useful

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Thanks for your feedback guys smile.gif

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Good topic and nice explanation smile.gif
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QUOTE (Vinod Saranga @ May 6 2008, 11:21 AM) *
Good topic and nice explanation smile.gif
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Awesome lesson. I really could use a program like this and you just saved me atleast 10 hours figuring out how to use it properly.

Is there anyway we can use reaper to mix audio and video. Like lets say we want to do song cover and post it on YouTube. Using a camera to record mostly gives you a pathetic sound. How do we combine the audio and video recorded parts and perfectly synchronise them, other than using windows movie maker?

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QUOTE (jammer91 @ May 6 2008, 08:51 PM) *
Awesome lesson. I really could use a program like this and you just saved me atleast 10 hours figuring out how to use it properly.

Is there anyway we can use reaper to mix audio and video. Like lets say we want to do song cover and post it on YouTube. Using a camera to record mostly gives you a pathetic sound. How do we combine the audio and video recorded parts and perfectly synchronise them, other than using windows movie maker?

Hey Jammer, glad you're liking the lesson!

My advice is to set up your reaper session how i advised, then using windows movie maker- or whatever software you are using with your camera- hit record!

Both programs will be running at the same time, start playing, then once finished simply stop recording on both programs and save both items (the audio and the video).

once you have both an audio and a video file saved- you can use windows movie maker to sync them both- a perfect synchronisation would involve using a technique such as muting the guitar strings then strumming them hard. (do this while you are already recording both the audio and video).
Then in movie maker, simply align the video og whacking the strings with the audio- which will be easy to see as a "spike"when you look at the audio track.

Once they are aligned you can start to "crop" both the video and audio together, while they stay sync'd.

When doing this i would advise against trimming the audio track before hand like i did in the video...use your entire audio file and your entire video file and import to movie maker.

So..

Start recording on both programs
Do a mute-strum for refference later
Stop both programs and save both files
Import both to movie maker
Align the video of your strum with the audio spike
Crop/Trim so that you dont have the strum at the beginning
Save!

Good luck mate smile.gif

edit: ah no movie maker ay? hmmm - try this link for alternatives!
http://www.wareprise.com/2006/07/29/free-m...maker-downloads

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Thanks deep sorted out what i was doing wrong great lesson

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Thanks,this is really good beginner lesson for basic stuff,and the most important at the same time.

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I can't wait for your lesson on the midi. That is the area I am having a bit of trouble with

Thanks for the lesson DR

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Very cool lessons, could make a whole series out of it wink.gif

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