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First Song with REAPER

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    Introduction (5:04)


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    Piano Chords (10:40)


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    Piano Arpeggio (4:29)


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    Kick & Snare (7:10)


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    Hi-Hats (5:11)


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    Bass Synth (6:49)


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    Violin Section (5:55)


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    Chorus Synth (7:39)


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    Song Arrangement Pt. 1 (12:04)


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    Song Arrangement Pt. 2 (11:59)


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    Sleigh Bells (6:05)


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    Electric Piano (3:46)


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    Cello Section (6:05)


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    Tremolo Cellos (3:19)


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    Snare Fill (7:38)


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    Sound FX (4:41)


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    Reverse Cymbal (4:50)


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    Long Sound FX (3:27)


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    Reverse FX (4:22)


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    Cutting Up the Chorus Synth (6:00)


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    Mixing Down the Song (11:38)


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    The Final Mix (3:01)


Platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia takes you step by step on how to make your first song in Cockos REAPER. From nothing to something awesome, Kenny gets you going with REAPER easily and quickly. You also get the Reaper session and audio files that Kenny uses, so you can follow along.

Kenny begins by laying out the basics of REAPER, as well as the sounds and plug-ins you'll be using to make your song. He then jumps right in starting with laying down the chords to the song, and then the drums.

The bass, strings and synths are next, and Kenny makes understanding the workflow to frame out your first song easy. Arrangement, incidental instruments and effects are next, ending with a mix and render so you can share your song with the world!

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you're ready to make your first song with Cockos REAPER, this is the video series for you… Watch "First Song with REAPER" today.


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Michael C
Submitted 7 months ago

Kenny is da man!

So perfect. So concise. No wasted words. Easy to follow. Easy to listen to. I love Kenny G's instruction. Thanks Groove3

I am a: Professional, Musician

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dasegi
Submitted 8 months ago

Kenny Gioia as usual!

Very helpful, interesting, very understandable!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Reaper

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thetonybliss
Submitted 9 months ago

Very good practical intro class for Reaper

Tutor does a very good job with his ground up and hands on training

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Reaper

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Paul
Submitted 10 months ago

Very Helpful

Shows how easy it is to make music with just Reaper

I am a: Hobbyist

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PGF
Submitted 1 year ago

Nice Kenny!!

Kenny has become my go to instructor!

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ProfessorMarvel
Submitted 1 year ago

Super tutorial!

So helpful for getting to grips with making music on Reaper!

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Matt Kerkhoff
Submitted 1 year ago

Great companion to the "Mixing in Reel Time" tutorials here on Groove3!

Kenny never lets me down. I've been watching his tutorials for years and I always learn something new. I had no background in audio production before I bought Reaper as my first DAW years back because I wanted to avoid the high overhead cost of going to a "Professional" recording studio. Thanks to you Kenny I feel like I can actually compete, and best of all I can be as creative as I want and still use Kenny's workflows to get to a completed project in a very time efficient manner. I love how his more recent tutorials have evolved into a "Full Beginning to End process" where he thinks out loud and explains every step in a very logical way. Like I said in the title. This Tutorial goes great with the "Mixing in Reel Time" tutorial. Bless you Kenny! I couldn't have come as far as I have without you buddy!

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools, Reaper

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Indemuse
Submitted 1 year ago

Always Good Stuff From Kenny

I've been using Reaper for over 8 years now however, I love watching Kenny's videos because I still learn some nifty tricks that make the workflow interesting and fun.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer

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dnbguy84
Submitted 1 year ago

For beginners but I learned a couple of things.

Hopefully this trainer does an intermediate level sequel. Much prefer learning a DAW or techniques through an applied way like this.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Reaper

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John C
Submitted 1 year ago

A primer to help one learn how to organize the process of creating a complete song in REAPER.

A well done video as many of Kenny Gioia's videos are. This may be the trick to help a person out of "4 bar-it-is," the trap of making lots of 4 bar stems, but never quite organizing the stems into completed songs.

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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
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
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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    First Song with REAPER

    Platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia takes you step by step on how to make your first song in Cockos REAPER. From nothing to something awesome, Kenny gets you going with REAPER easily and quickly. You also get the Reaper session and audio files that Kenny uses, so you can follow along.

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First Song with REAPER is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny is da man! So perfect. So concise. No wasted words. Easy to follow. Easy to listen to. I love Kenny G's instruction. Thanks Groove3
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny Gioia as usual! Very helpful, interesting, very understandable!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good practical intro class for Reaper Tutor does a very good job with his ground up and hands on training
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Shows how easy it is to make music with just Reaper
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice Kenny!! Kenny has become my go to instructor!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Super tutorial! So helpful for getting to grips with making music on Reaper!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great companion to the "Mixing in Reel Time" tutorials here on Groove3! Kenny never lets me down. I've been watching his tutorials for years and I always learn something new. I had no background in audio production before I bought Reaper as my first DAW years back because I wanted to avoid the high overhead cost of going to a "Professional" recording studio. Thanks to you Kenny I feel like I can actually compete, and best of all I can be as creative as I want and still use Kenny's workflows to get to a completed project in a very time efficient manner. I love how his more recent tutorials have evolved into a "Full Beginning to End process" where he thinks out loud and explains every step in a very logical way. Like I said in the title. This Tutorial goes great with the "Mixing in Reel Time" tutorial. Bless you Kenny! I couldn't have come as far as I have without you buddy!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Always Good Stuff From Kenny I've been using Reaper for over 8 years now however, I love watching Kenny's videos because I still learn some nifty tricks that make the workflow interesting and fun.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from For beginners but I learned a couple of things. Hopefully this trainer does an intermediate level sequel. Much prefer learning a DAW or techniques through an applied way like this.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A primer to help one learn how to organize the process of creating a complete song in REAPER. A well done video as many of Kenny Gioia's videos are. This may be the trick to help a person out of "4 bar-it-is," the trap of making lots of 4 bar stems, but never quite organizing the stems into completed songs.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Great
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another great tutorial. As usual another excellent and useful tutorial by Kenny Gioia.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exactly why I signed up..... This well done course was exactly what I was looking for. I've been using Reaper for the last year, and sometimes it's difficult to read manuals and learn from them. So much easier when you can see it done. Yes, Kenny might go through things a little quickly, but then you play it over again, until it sinks in. Groove3 is a big step up from You Tube. Professional done videos, and high quality. Easily worth the money. Thanks guys.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from I can't understand nothing :-( Thus guy is talking so fast, I don't understand him. Hey Kenny, you have time enough...
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Don't want to give it a five because it's closer to a 10. Reaper wasn't intimidating. Users are pointed to some nice freeware. It was about creating a song instead of messing around with effects. This a great tutorial for a 1st time user.
Date published: 2017-04-29
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