• DAW Chart v5

    Preview Just another chart

    It’s time for another DAW Chart!

    I’ve spent some time thinking about how I had this setup. Having experienced DAWs that are deficient in some areas, and learning the wonders of other features, I’ve re-evaluated what I feel is important. There’s features that I’ve come to rely on heavily in Reaper, and some features I’ve realized (analytically) that I don’t use as often as I thought.

    My time spent in each DAW as a percentage, according to Time Sink has been:

    • Reaper - 61%
    • DP - 39%

    Actual chart after the break…

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  • Single 2x4 multi-stool

    One two by four Free, sturdy and useful

    The thing above is a 2-stage stool. It’s a 35.5”/90cm tall bar-stool that allows you to swing your legs back more than normal. It’s also a step stool!

    The joinery is almost entirely drawbored mortise and tenon. There’s a decorative doweld-dual-V bridle joint in the center and where your feet sit are half-open dowelled lap joints. The half-open joint allows your feet to rest without the possibility of tearing the end grain of the seat.

    The real fun part of this is that the entire stool was made with no power tools of any sort and the material is a single pine 2”x4”x10’ found on the side of the road.

    It was glued almost entirely with rice glue that I made. The exception was the seat laminations. The entire structure is sturdy based entirely on the mechanical structure of the joints. The rice glue is just insurance. I’m certain that you could throw it off a building and the joinery would be unscathed.

    Now I need to darken the finish to match the kitchen that it’s set to go in, and stabilize a few of the knots with some epoxy.

    (shoutout to Darn Tough for making the world’s best socks, and with a no-nonsense lifetime warranty!)

  • Level-based routing in Reaper

    Level-based routing Routing based on the incoming level

    There may be times where you want to affect a signal based on its current level. Usually this requires some sort of ducking or gating on the effect itself, but using Reaper’s Routing you can do some pretty cool things.

    So here, let me explain to you how to route a signal in Reaper depending on the level of that signal.

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  • 30 days of Reaper come to an end

    The 30 Days of Reaper comes to an end today. I’ve been through the worst and found some cool stuff.

    If you know me, or have read any earlier blog posts you would know how much I’ve hated Reaper, and the “Reaper Users” (out in the wild at least).

    So if you’ve been following my blog you may or may not be surprised at the conclusion of this, especially after my recent trials of Studio One and Cubase.

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  • The penultimate post of perturbances pertaining to Reaper

    Not Reaper Yeah, Screw this, I think?

    This is the second to last post about my 1 month of using Reaper. As such, I’d like to cover some other things that annoy me about Reaper.

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  • Reaper's Amazing, and Awful, Almost Anything to Anywhere Avenues (routing)

    Modulation madness! Modulate all of the things!

    Reaper has quite a routing system. It can allow for some exceptionally cool routing configurations that will leave you scratching your head the next day.

    In this post I’ll be going over some of the things you can do with Reaper’s routing, and I will also discuss why it will immolate your soul and leave nothing but the charred remains to remind you of your sins.

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  • Pro Tools-like group editing in Reaper

    DP's Track Grouping Track Grouping in Digital Performer

    If you are not familiar with how DAWs like Pro Tools and Digital Performer handle editing multiple tracks at once, let me explain:

    • You select some tracks.
    • You add them to a group
    • Optionally setup what is grouped about them (DP has fantastic options for this)

    Now when you make an edit to a single track that is in an active group, the same edit happens to everything else in that group. Groups can be turned on/off at will quite easily.

    Reaper does things quite differently, and I find it to be a pain. But there’s a workaround (more like an alternate workflow) that I think is better in some case…

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  • My Reaper Settings

    Changes, Changes Customization

    I decided to split out my Reaper settings in to its own blog post. I will be keeping this up to date everytime I change something.

    I will also be adding my Radial Menu, Contextual Toolbars and anything else I see fit here. It will be labeled with the last update as well.

    Last Updated: May 2, 2017.

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  • Don't fear the Reaper

    Toolbar Customization

    I’m 20 days in to my 30 days with Reaper.

    In the last 5 days, my time spent in each DAW as a percentage, according to Time Sink has been:

    • Reaper - 99%
    • DP - 1%

    I am actually getting along with Reaper very nicely now. It’s not required much customization, but a lot of learning about what can be done. In this post I’m going to go over some of the things that I’ve changed that really improved the experience for me.

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  • DAW Chart v4

    Preview Interesting conclusions

    As you may know, I’ve spent a lot of time in Reaper lately.

    My time spent in each DAW as a percentage, according to Time Sink has been:

    • Reaper - 91%
    • Studio One - 3%
    • DP - 5%
    • Renoise - 2%

    There may be a bit of a rounding error there ;) Again… Let’s discuss how things have gone some more though…

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