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Reaper 3 Explained®

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    Tutorial 1



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

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    Tutorial 2

    New Project & Project Templates


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

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    Tutorial 3



    Learn how to work with tracks in Reaper.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Routing Matrix


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

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    Tutorial 5



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

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    Tutorial 6



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

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    Tutorial 7

    Grid & Snap


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

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    Tutorial 8

    Fades & Crossfades


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

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    Tutorial 9



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

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    Tutorial 10

    Plug-Ins & Effects


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

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    Tutorial 11



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

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    Tutorial 12

    Track Grouping


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

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    Tutorial 13

    Track Templates


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

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    Tutorial 14

    Ripple Editing


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

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    Tutorial 15

    Item Grouping


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

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    Tutorial 16

    Media Item Properties


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

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    Tutorial 17



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

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    Tutorial 18



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

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    Tutorial 19

    The Mixer


    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.

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    Tutorial 20



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

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    Tutorial 21



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

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    Tutorial 22



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

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    Tutorial 23

    Actions, Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus


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

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    Tutorial 24

    Consolidating & Exporting


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

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    Tutorial 25



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

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    Tutorial 26

    Markers & Regions


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

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    Tutorial 27



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

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.

You'll learn about project creation, templates, routing, editing, using plug-ins, automation, rendering and exporting, MIDI, markers and regions and so much more. After viewing this collection, you'll be able to work and navigate Reaper 3 like a seasoned pro. More and more people are switching to Reaper everyday, don't get left behind, and don't fear the Reaper!


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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
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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    Delay Explained

    The Delay effect is one of the oldest effects to be used on recordings, and there are many different types and ways to apply it. Multi-Platinum mixer / producer extraordinaire Kenny Gioia returns with a must have series for anyone recording, mixing, engineering or producing music. See how delay can be used to make tracks bigger, wider and just cooler! Learn the important fundamentals and advanced techniques of delay, and you'll find yourself using delay smarter and more creatively.

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    Multi-Platinum Engineer / Mixer Kenny Gioia brings you the definitive series on Eventide's amazing UltraChannel Strip plug-in. Follow along with Kenny as he breaks down all the Features and Functions while showing you What the Plug-In Can Do on Different Sources. He also reveals all the Effects, so you'll know just what to do with them on Your Songs and Productions.

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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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    Mixing 101 - Mix Session from Hell

    Platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia now reveals a day in the life of a mix engineer, mixing a song from beginning to end, and how to handle all the common problems you'll encounter on your way to that perfect mix. You even get the session files so you can mix along in your DAW and see and hear the results in real-time!

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