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Old 03-11-2015, 10:24 AM
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Default Dog watching TV, I mean, Reaper

Downloaded Reaper and the manual the other night.
The manual uses vocabulary that I only comprehend to about 25%.

I'm like a dog watching TV once Reaper opens.

I recognize "Save" and "Save Project" and "Quit."
The rest I only have suspicions and uneducated guesses about......

Bought the book "Home Recording for Beginners" which purports to be what I need to solve the mystery.

I was able to accomplish raising the audio levels of some songs that I recorded with my Tascam DR-40 and mixer using overdubbing techniques.

I haven't even been able to figure out what words to look for to read the manual to accomplish a few other things that I hoped would be small and achievable.

It'll get better.

But - wow! What an initially alien world!
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:48 PM
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The REAPER forum is one of the friendliest and most helpful i've ever encountered.

http://forum.cockos.com

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Old 03-11-2015, 01:34 PM
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Ok, so you were evidently able to load a file from your Tascam into Reaper (by creating a track in the Reaper project, then inserting Media)?

That's a start. WHat are you trying to do with those tracks? Specific questions will get specific answers.
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:09 PM
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I posted in order to warn folks like me that -- it's complicated!

There are lots of "beginner" articles on the 'net that, to my experience, are either full of enthusiasm that you get started but too sketchy on actual info or aren't really for beginners at all (typically comparing this DAW to that one for the person who has no experience at all).

I'm counting on my book to 'splain things to me so I can formulate questions.

At this point I'm reading several forums (including the beginner stickies) without understanding what the terms mean so questions here would be wasting everyone's time.

Forum reading gave me the keywords 'media' and 'render' which is how I was able to import my songs, raise their levels, and then render them.

Without the little bit of forum lingo I could comprehend I would have been looking to 'import' a file (rather than a media) and 'save as' rather than render which wouldn't have worked at all.

This is every bit as confuzzling as 'mil-speak' or 'legalese.'

I'll get it - eventually. It just has a lot harder startup curve than I expected.
(and I have been thru a LOT of learning things over the years)

I think my next step will be to create a click track. Yes, I'm that far down the learning curve. (being said with a tone of self-deprecating humor in case that isn't obvious)
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:27 PM
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Yep, very steep learning curve!

I've been using it for nearly a decade and no doubt use about .001% of the functions, and it still took me awhile to get there.

But stick with it, and use the forums and especially the free help videos; once you cut thru the clutter and can ignore the stuff you don't need, it's mighty cool.
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:45 PM
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As you mentioned, these recording software programs require foreknowledge to understand even the manual: once you understand how to do something in the program, the manual all of a sudden makes a lot of sense.

So don't be afraid to ask questions here.

I went to bed each night reading the manual my first year using Cubase. And, as was already said, you'll end up probably using just a fraction of what Reaper can do. The problem is knowing what fraction you need to know.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:01 PM
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I have a concept of what I intend to do - which is an extremely limited set of things the s/w is capable of.

I'm very content with the idea of starting small and going slowly. I've done that in so many other things I've tackled in my life but ..... dang!

The manual seems to be written to cover everything for everyone. Which is marvelous for someday but for now- I have to continue reading my Beginners book. Reopening and examining menus just reinforces that.

It might be ambitious to think I'll be able to combine two tracks before the end of the month.

I DID figure out there is a virtual MIDI keyboard in there. Couldn't hook it to anything or get anything to happen but..... it's there. And that actually answers a question I've been thinking for a few hours. Do I need a MIDI controller? Need? No, not yet.
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:59 PM
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I have mainly used Reaper as my DAW. I have been able to turn out some decent projects with it...However I always have this feeling that I'm doing things the hard way or I'm missing some shortcuts.

The program has way way more functionality than I'll probably ever use and I have a deep respect for those that put it together.

I have learned quite a bit reading online and watching videos. What would be neat is a true tutorial video that demonstrates the "basics" and shortcut ways of doing basic things. Something like splitting, merging/gluing, inserting, using EQ and other plugins, etc...and generally getting around Reaper in the most efficient way.

I can get it to do the basics...but I know I there are much faster and efficient ways to do what I'm doing in there.

As a simple example I watched a vid the other day that showed you can just double-click on the blank space where a track goes and it automatically creates a track - rather than clicking on a menu and "inserting a track". I have watched Fran work in Reaper on his videos and he is right clicking/splitting/moving/etc...very quickly and efficiently.

I'll keep plugging away and figuring things out here and there. Maybe there is a "shortcut" tutorial out there - if there is could somebody point us to it?
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:43 PM
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check this:
http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=104206
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:19 AM
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:51 AM
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Awesome - link. Thank you!

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Old 03-12-2015, 08:39 AM
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Learning the shortcuts in Reaper takes time - all the ALT+_ and CTRL+shortcuts can save a lot of time:
Split a track at the pointer: ALT+S
Insert new track (beneath the selected one): Alt+T

I use those ones all the time.
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Old 03-12-2015, 09:06 AM
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Maybe if you posted a list of words that elude you, we could fill in some blanks.

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Old 03-12-2015, 09:21 AM
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"stem" - as in "Save as stem"

Suggestive of saving a piece of a track perhaps?
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Old 03-12-2015, 09:27 AM
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Hmm, curious. Perhaps the developers came from a film sound background.

I don't use Reaper, but in film sound parlance, a stem is just a track specified for something. A sound effects stem, a dialog stem, a music stem, etc.

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