Reaper Tips

After 29 years of using Logic as the main studio DAW, starting with Emagic Notator on Atari sometime in the 1990s, then onto PCs and SADiE and forced on to Macs when Apple bought Emagic – Reaper has rather moved in as the DAW of choice at Sounds Visual.

The overriding reason for the change to Reaper, was because when it comes to audio editing and voiceovers/dialogue editing in particular, Reaper is just so much quicker and better than Logic. The waveform is much more detailed, slip editing is a breeze (something which is not easily possible in Logic without leaving the main arranage page) in fact, all editing feels quicker and easier, there’s no messing around with adding fades at the beginning and end of every region  – or items as they are known in Reaper – and rendering out in mono, whether you need u-law WAVS, MP3s or broadcast WAVs is very slick. You can even render 2 formats at the same time.

Drawing Tempo Curves

Out of the box Reaper’s tempo map drawing in the master tracks is not very refined. It’s hard to add lots of control points to draw smooth tempo changes. However you can download a free set of extensions that make this a whole lot easier.

Time for Actions

Toggle Ripple on Track – T
Selected items to Time Selection – (Custom) ⇧ T
Cursor to start of time selection – (Custom) ⇧ Y
Enlarge the WAVEFORM without affecting volume – shift and up arrow
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