Some of you are crazy like me, you might record large channel counts in a program like Max/MSP and have them be interleaved to make sure everything remains sync’d up. My personal Max rig records twenty-nine channels of audio. This is a lot. But sure enough, Reaper can handle it.
Creating complex click tracks is a treat in Reaper. For basic click tracks just use the metronome on the tool bar and right-click it for options including sending to headphones, enable or disable during playback, customize the sound, divisions of the sound, and many more possibilities. And just a reminder, Mac people (like me), check out my tutorial on right-click and the Mac.
In Reaper you can add effects, effects modulation, and automation to specific media items that will only affect that specific item. These effects will then travel with that item as you copy or move it about. This is nice for standard audio work, but it is particularly exemplary with sound design, especially when combined with layering and grouping items in a track lane for any sound effects that might reoccur in a project.
Reaper’s folders—also called folder tracks—are a great way to create submixes and organize your mixing sessions. In Reaper you can use Sends and Receives with Aux tracks as in any other DAW, I do this regularly for reverb and other effects that I want to use consistently across many tracks. But when it comes to creating drum busses, organizing groups of related instruments, voices, and other parts for stems, it is much more quick and efficient to use folders. In this example, I will create a submix for drum parts that are already recorded but there are many more uses for folders.
If you are on a Mac using a trackpad, the default equivalent for right-click is a two-finger tap or click.
In the Mac world, right-click is called a “Secondary Click” and can be modified in your computer’s System Preferences in the Trackpad section. You can also change it to “Click in bottom right corner” or “Click in bottom left corner.”
This post is about setting defaults to help Reaper keep projects organized. With these settings, it is much easier to share and archive your Reaper projects as all media items and more are stored in named folders within your main project folder.
An automation envelope is a visual representation of a parameter such as volume or panning that changes over time. A common use, among others, is to automate the raising or lowering of a track’s volume.