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Reaper 3 Explained

Reaper is fast becoming a truly powerful and efficient DAW, are you up to speed on it? The amazing Kenny Gioia breaks it all down for you in this awesome, in-depth series of video tutorials focusing on Cockos Reaper 3. After viewing the collection, you'll be able to work and navigate Reaper like a seasoned pro. Don't fear the Reaper!

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Introduction 9m:52s

An explanation of Reaper basics and what will be covered in this tutorial collection.


New Project & Project Templates 11m:43s

Kenny shows you how to create a new project, make project templates and save and manage those projects.


Tracks 9m:33s

Learn how to work with tracks in Reaper.


The Routing Matrix 12m:27s

See how to use Reaper's routing matrix to manage signal flow in your projects.


Recording 13m:32s

Discover how to use all the recording, punching and monitoring modes in Reaper.


Editing 8m:54s

See how to perform all of the editing function in your projects.


Grid & Snap 9m:47s

Watch as Kenny explains grid and snap and how to control the placement of items, cursors, markers and selections with these tools.


Fades & Crossfades 8m:57s

Explore how to use Reaper's fades and crossfades to make seamless transitions across your music files and regions.


Sends 10m:51s

See how to use Reaper's sends to create separate mixes, busses and FX sends.


Plug-Ins & Effects 10m:39s

Learn how assign, manage and use plugins, effects and effect chains in Reaper.


Folders 5m:46s

Watch Kenny explain the powerful file management features found in Reaper and its project folders.


Track Grouping 11m:05s

Discover how to use track grouping including masters, slaves, the grouping matrix as well as specific parameter grouping in Reaper.


Track Templates 3m:16s

Learn how to use track templates for creating new tracks with custom settings and importing tracks from other projects.


Ripple Editing 4m:18s

Watch Kenny explain the benefits of using this very powerful and useful editing feature.


Item Grouping 4m:26s

Learn how to Group Items in Reaper for use in your productions.


Media Item Properties 19m:11s

Explore all the parameters that can be adjusted on individual items in the media item properties window.


Locking 5m:42s

Watch and learn how to use the locking features in Reaper to prevent accidental editing.


Takes 9m:46s

Get the most out of Reaper's 'takes' features including how to compile different performances into one keeper take.


The Mixer 13m:15s

Although most functions can be performed in the Tracks Window, the Mixer Window has its unique functions as well. Kenny shows you them in detail.


MIDI 20m:51s

Learn how to use MIDI, virtual instrument tracks and the MIDI editor windows.


Automation 20m:15s

Watch as Kenny breaks down the powerful Automation that resides in Reaper.


Toolbars 13m:26s

Explore how to customize and create your own toolbars in Reaper.


Actions, Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus 10m:33s

See how to customize and create your own keyboard shortcuts, actions and menus in Reaper.


Consolidating & Exporting 4m:33s

Learn how to consolidate your Reaper projects so they can be used in any other DAW application.


Rendering 7m:58s

See how to properly mix down or 'render' your mixes in Reaper including using the live output functions.


Markers & Regions 6m:29s

Watch as Kenny explains the benefits of using arrangement tools such as markers and regions in Reaper.


Navigation 13m:26s

Learn all of the extensive ways you can Zoom, Scroll and Navigate in Reaper.

Kenny Gioia

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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