Edit Drums Better with this Trick

Sliced and Stretched
Sliced and Stretched

Editing multitrack drums something that not many people do, but that’s what this post is about today.

Actually, scratch that. This is about quantizing any audio in a manner that offers you the best possible sound, but it is most noticeable with drums.

Not only am I going to show you how to do this method manually, but I am going to demonstrate a script that does this for you automatically.

This process will work in nearly any DAW that allows you to stretch or warp audio.

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REAPER's amazing menu system, Really!

Radial Menu
Radial Menu

Ok, I have your attention. It’s actually a script, but it’s free and it’s awesome.

The script is called Radial Menu.

BUT WAIT This is not just another way to mouse around menus. I aim on showing you how this will allow you to utilize key commands in a more structured and easy to remember method.

On with the show…

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Are you having Retina FPS issues? Check out this One Quick Fix that Apple doesn't want you to know about!

Retina Display Speed ups!
Retina Display Speed ups! (the video thumbnail is even cringier... you're welcome)

Do you have a Retina Display and are constantly frustrated about low FPS desktop applications?

This is a big issue if you’re a Reaper or Waveform user (as of the writing of this post).

Let me show you how to get 10-15 extra FPS with little lost.

(Rorry for the clickbait title, I think it’s funny.)

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Mastering QNA Justin

On the EDMP Discord we held a Question and Answer session with Justin Perkins of Mystery Room Mastering.

The Q&A was held in video format, and he took the time to answer a number of awesome mastering questions.

This week’s text-based post is here. It is unrelated.

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Text Editor Musings

Debugging (VS Code)

This week’s post is not a post about music, but instead it’s a post about tools that I use to write this music centric website and tools I use to create music software.

I’m talking about a text editor. So in this post I will be discussing my thoughts about text editors, what features I enjoy, what features I do not need and my thoughts about various products on the market currently.

This week’s video post is here, it is unrelated to this topic.

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Ctags, CSS and SASS/scss

Recently I wanted to setup a program called ctags with css and SASS/scss

This was incredibly frustrating, but with the help of gagbo on #vim I was able to solve the issue.

This is a mid-week post just to help people that have this issue and are googling for it. You will see that this has bearing on the post that will come out this weekend as well.

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Top 5 Free Plugins and FreeBees Feature!

First things first, the video is about my top 5 favorite plugins to use in 2018 (not what came out in 2018).


Up in the navbar there’s a new feature. I have compiled a list of all of the free (libre and/or gratis) software that I find to be worth downloading.

I’ve downloaded 100s of plugins and audio softwares, tried them, tested them and wrote notes about them. The result is a list of FREE (libre and/or gratis) plugins that are win64/mac64 and/or Linux capable.

There’s no synthedit trash on the list. There isn’t dozens upon dozens of win32 plugins that crash, annoy mac users, and make you wish your host had a plugin bridge.

I will be keeping this list up to date as much as I can in the future, and if you have suggestions please let me know. Read the FAQ first so you understand what will even be possible on the list.

P.S. I know I need to improve the navigation bar. It’s on my mind. I’m not sure what I want to do yet, but it will get done when I figure out a style that I like.

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Reascript tutorial - From total beginner to working GUI-based Script

Lua Code
Lua Code

Today we’re going to learn to write ReaScript, specifically Lua.

If you’ve never programmed in your life, I’m going to try to take you from that point to your very first script with a GUI.

This isn’t a super trivial example either! This is a useful script that lets you create sidechaining via automation items.

THIS IS A LOT OF READING!. You do not need to do it all at once. Try it in sections, take a break if you need to, and come back another time. Programming takes time to learn, and time to do. Don’t force it all on yourself at once.

I’ve a video walking you through it as well. Let’s get on with it…

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Site Updates

I have made some updates to the REAPER script showcase and to the DAW Chart.

More importantly I have decided that I need to update the site only once every weekend, rather than every 4 days as I’ve done for nearly 2 years. I have started doing videos for nearly every single post and the posts have become more in-depth and time-consuming to write.

I will continue to try to have videos every single week and a new post every week accompanying it. There will still be small posts in between occasionally, but the big post will come out on the weekend along with videos.

If you have any ideas for content, or if there’s something you’re struggling with that you’d like me to explore then please send me an e-mail. I use gmail and my name is audiolabs.

If you haven’t taken the time to Donate or become a Patreon then please consider it. I take between 20 and 40 hours per week creating some of this content. That is time that I could be using to earn extra money or enjoy hobbies without needing to log every aspect of what I’m doing, but instead I present this information on my website entirely free.

This site will never have ads or affiliate links or any other sneaky ways of me trying to take your money or profit off of your existence. Instead I ask that you voluntarily support these efforts.

If you cannot afford to support the site monetarily, then simply commenting on articles means a great deal to me. If you can subscribe to my Youtube channel then that will help me eventually begin to monetize that avenue of information delivery (with ads).

Thank you everyone!

My favorite plug-in of 2018 - Earevolve

My favorite plugin of 2018: EARevolve
My favorite plugin of 2018: EARevolve

Originally I wanted to frame this as an objective review, but it became clear as I was writing it is that I simply was being far too positive about this product.

So what I present to you here today is my favorite product of 2018; EARevolve by EAReckon.

I think that many people may not see this as a useful plug-in to have in their arsenal, however this is an incredibly useful plug-in that I think anybody will find to be an invaluable part of their plug-in collection.

Rather than just say all this garbage, how about I try and convince you…


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There are a lot of examples. I’ve optimized everything as much as reasonable possible, but there is a lot of content here.

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Cut size - a rant about getting things done

Beautiful surface (Click for larger image)
Beautiful surface (Click for larger image)

Today I’m going to take some time to talk about something that happened in a Woodcraft.

This will apply to nearly anything in life where you create. Music, programming, woodworking, sewing, gardening… basically anything.

I’ll also be covering a music-mixing topic.

I’m writing this post because I want to test out using Dragon for Mac I have been having RSI issues lately and I need to find an alternative to typing on my keyboard. (Note: I actually abandoned this after a paragraph. Not for me.)

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