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post Oct 10 2008, 01:16 PM
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Ive decided that this weekend im gonna finally figure out everything about this recording software Reaper.... I know how to record me playing guitar in it thanks to deeproots tutorial, but i want to know how to mix, add effects, basically everything the program will do...

Any help would be appreciated...
Ill use this thread as my question board

First question would be can i record something that is being played through my computer speakers?
Like if i was watching youtube and wanted to record some audio clip from there, can that be done on reaper and if so how would i do it?


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post Oct 10 2008, 03:39 PM
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I can recommend you the following tutorial from Tonymiro , is very complete and easy to understand.

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post Oct 10 2008, 05:42 PM
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post Oct 11 2008, 08:34 PM
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Ive gone over all that in the forums, but i didnt see how to take something that isnt downloaded to my computer and record it on reaper...

Like how would i take a mp3 thats on the forums and record it to reaper, like trying to mix a collab together?

Or if i have a backing track i want to record over on reaper how would i record the backing track on reaper?


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post Oct 11 2008, 08:38 PM
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QUOTE (Outlaw2112 @ Oct 11 2008, 08:34 PM) *
Ive gone over all that in the forums, but i didnt see how to take something that isnt downloaded to my computer and record it on reaper...

Like how would i take a mp3 thats on the forums and record it to reaper, like trying to mix a collab together?

Or if i have a backing track i want to record over on reaper how would i record the backing track on reaper?

Save the file to your desktop (or wherever), then simply drag it into reaper and it should automatically make a new track for you. Then you can make a new track for your guitar playing and you're all set!
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post Oct 11 2008, 08:41 PM
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also this guy is making drum beats on reaper somehow... id like to learn how to do that too

does anyone know how to do the drums on reaper?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P9FCnq6u4g

QUOTE (DeepRoots @ Oct 11 2008, 08:38 PM) *
Save the file to your desktop (or wherever), then simply drag it into reaper and it should automatically make a new track for you. Then you can make a new track for your guitar playing and you're all set!


So you have to save it to your computer before adding it to reaper?

With audacity i can record whats being played out of my computer speakers without having to save it, is that possible with reaper?


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post Oct 11 2008, 08:58 PM
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QUOTE (Outlaw2112 @ Oct 11 2008, 09:41 PM) *
also this guy is making drum beats on reaper somehow... id like to learn how to do that too

does anyone know how to do the drums on reaper?


I just started doing that. Install addictive drums and select VST options in reaper.
After that all you need is to open the FX browser, go to VSTi and drag and drop addictive drums into a track. Then you can configure the drums in addictive drums and use then in your reaper recording.


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QUOTE (Gus @ Oct 11 2008, 08:58 PM) *
I just started doing that. Install addictive drums and select VST options in reaper.
After that all you need is to open the FX browser, go to VSTi and drag and drop addictive drums into a track. Then you can configure the drums in addictive drums and use then in your reaper recording.


Im installing the demo for addictive drums now... Im determined to learn how to use reaper this weekend, and stop using audacity for my recordings...


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post Oct 11 2008, 09:22 PM
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QUOTE (Outlaw2112 @ Oct 11 2008, 10:15 PM) *
Im installing the demo for addictive drums now... Im determined to learn how to use reaper this weekend, and stop using audacity for my recordings...

I first installed addictive drums 3 weeks ago.
I must say that addictive drums is really addictive tongue.gif use with care!
First time I used I spent 4 hours playing guitar over it blink.gif

I am seriously considering buying it now


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post Oct 11 2008, 09:26 PM
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Heres the free demo link for anyone else that wants to try it out...

http://www.xlnaudio.com/index.php?page=downloads


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post Oct 12 2008, 02:12 AM
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Im really starting to dislike reaper.... audacity is soo much easier, but it seems like reaper has more functions

Ive done a few projects today and had to delete them because i hate reaper... lol


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post Oct 12 2008, 03:16 AM
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Audacity is much more user friendly but has alot less features. All in all I am with you, Reapers kind of annoying.

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post Oct 12 2008, 03:33 AM
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QUOTE (Outlaw2112 @ Oct 11 2008, 06:12 PM) *
Im really starting to dislike reaper.... audacity is soo much easier, but it seems like reaper has more functions

Ive done a few projects today and had to delete them because i hate reaper... lol


You have to understand these 2 programs have completely different approaches. Audacity is a destructive editor, using a work file. Reaper is only making a list of things you want to do to your file, like start and end points of an edit, cut and paste, etc. No file is written until you render the project.

In Audacity if you copy and paste something and you don't like how it turned out, you have Undo it and try again. In Reaper, you have a virtual copy of the entire file in everything you paste. Don't like the start/end or how it mixes? just drag one end. Think of the edit as a window on the whole file, you can put it where ever you want.

Reaper is very complex, that's for sure. I had the hardest time just figuring out how to make a selection without making a loop selection, but it's worth the effort. Once you get a little experience with it, you will feel very liberated and you'll never go back. Download the manual and keep it open for easy reference.

No amount of explaining is ultimately going to make you understand, you'll just have to play with it, but again i tell you it is worth it.


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post Oct 12 2008, 03:39 AM
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Yeah it looks like a far more superior program than audacity is... but its soo frustrating to learn and there is soo much going on on the screen...

Ill give it more time


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post Oct 12 2008, 04:00 AM
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Post a screen shot, maybe we can help simplify. I think you are just trying to record your guitar over a backing track. I do that all the time.


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post Oct 12 2008, 04:16 AM
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i can record my guitar on it, just recorded this now, just editing and adding stuff is confusing, not to mention all the FX that come with it





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post Oct 12 2008, 04:31 AM
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I'd keep the effects window closed for now. you can add effects after you record. Sounding good though, watch the levels.


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post Oct 12 2008, 04:39 AM
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QUOTE (jdriver @ Oct 12 2008, 04:31 AM) *
I'd keep the effects window closed for now. you can add effects after you record. Sounding good though, watch the levels.

How do i lower the volume levels?

also how do i clean up what ive recorded?

I downloaded the manual and its 415 pages....

Im not into reading at all, thats like reading the phonebook or something


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post Oct 12 2008, 04:44 AM
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Move the slider for the track you are recording on. You want it near 0db, but not over. If it turns red at the top of the meter, you're peaking over by the amount it shows. Click in the red to clear it.


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post Oct 12 2008, 04:50 AM
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Aight, thanks alot man... who knew joining this site to learn some guitar would make me learn about computers and these programs



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