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Reaper Tips & Tricks

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    Tutorial 1

    Screen Sets - Pt. 1


    Learn how to take advantage of this powerful feature in Reaper called Screensets. In this video, Kenny focuses on the Track Views Screensets which work on a per-project basis. Scrolling, Zooming and Custom Track Heights and Visibility are all featured.

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    Tutorial 2

    Screen Sets - Pt. 2


    In part two of this topic, we focus on the Window Screensets which work on a Global basis. Reaper's unique Layouts and Window Arrangements are all covered, making for a more complete user experience.

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    Tutorial 3

    Freeze Tracks


    The Freeze track feature in Reaper is one of the most powerful CPU saving features in any DAW available. See how to use this feature to get the most of your computer recording experience. MIDI and 3rd party plug-ins are all featured.

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    Tutorial 4

    Stop & Delete


    While the ability to stop recording and NOT save the unnecessary piece of audio is not ground-breaking, it can save you some headaches and keep your Reaper projects more organized and streamlined. Find out how to do this in this video!

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    Tutorial 5

    Automating Plug-Ins


    Experience the power of Reaper's automation and envelope control using all of your favorite plug-ins. Every parameter can be controlled and mangled and is covered in this important video.

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    Tutorial 6

    Modulating Plug-ins


    One of the least known about but most unique features in Reaper is its ability to modulate any parameter of any plug-in. Learn how to take advantage of this powerful feature and use it in your own productions.

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    Tutorial 7

    Making a Click Track


    A Click Track may not be the most exciting part of Reaper's feature set, but you will find yourself using it in almost every project. Learn how to get the most out of this most basic feature.

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    Tutorial 8

    Custom Click Track


    Picking up from where the Click Track video left off, Kenny shows us how to make your own Custom Click Track that uses any of your own sounds, playing your own unique patterns, while adhering to any time adjustments that may appear in your projects.

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    Tutorial 9

    Default Presets


    One of the easiest ways you can speed up your workflow is to have your favorite plug-ins open up with a setting that makes sense for how you like to use them. In this video, Kenny shows you how to create presets that become your starting point for further tweaking.

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    Tutorial 10



    One of the most popular effects of the last few years has become Side-Chaining of effect plug-ins. And with Reaper, it couldn't be more creative and useful. Learn how to create great Side-Chaining effects using Compressors, Gates and even EQs in Reaper with this tutorial.

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    Tutorial 11

    Replacing Sounds & Media


    Discover how to change any of your current sounds with others from your extensive library, without starting over. Whether it be higher quality versions or a simple change of mind or direction, Kenny shows you how intuitive this process can be.

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    Tutorial 12



    Being able to pan your tracks to tempo or just to have them move around to create interesting movement in your productions, Kenny shows you how panning can be controlled in an automatic kind of way.

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    Tutorial 13

    Drum Editing Pt. 1


    Learn how to make your drummer sound like a pro, even if his timing is not quite perfect. Whether it be to lock to loops or just to tighten up the groove, see how to Quantize or Time Stretch your drum tracks to be super super tight. Kenny shows you two of the three ways he likes to use in this tutorial. Manual Splitting and using the Tab to Transient features.

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    Tutorial 14

    Drum Editing Pt. 2


    In the second part of this video, Kenny shows you the quickest way to Quantize your drum tracks to land right on the Grid using Dynamic Split and Transient Detection Settings.

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    Tutorial 15

    Kick & Snare Replacement


    Modern day drumming has relied more and more on placing samples on top of live drums to give them more punch and extreme energy to cut through even the densest mix. Watch as Kenny shows you how quickly you can layer your own sounds on top of your drumming performances.

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    Tutorial 16

    De-Essing Vocals


    One of the biggest problems with vocal recordings seems to be 'Ssss' that stick out in the mix. Learn the most popular ways to automatically De-Ess your vocals or even manually control those most annoying sibilant sounds. Side-chaining freq controlled compressors and Take and Pre-Volume Envelopes are all thoroughly explained.

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    Tutorial 17

    Record Background Vocals


    Recording Background Vocals or any instrument that requires many tracks can be a chore. Placing each track in record and getting all new levels can waste serious time and make your performers unnecessarily wait. Watch as Kenny shows you a quicker way to layer as many Background vocal parts as you need. Quickly and efficiently.

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    Tutorial 18

    Dynamic Delay


    Learn how to create this most interesting delay effect where the delayed sound's volume is controlled by the direct sound's signal. It's like an automatic delay effect that you can set. And forget.

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    Tutorial 19

    Reverse & Relative Grid Mode


    This is another one of Reaper's great tools that can easily go unnoticed. Watch as Kenny shows you how to lock Reverse effects to a Grid and also have Snapping be affected by different areas of your Media Items, not just the beginnings.

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    Tutorial 20

    6 Levels of Volume Adjustment


    Not that we would ever need to adjust our volume on a signal in six different ways at the same time, Reaper gives us this option anyway. So sit back, and watch all the many ways we can adjust volume in Reaper. Each one has their benefit and ease of use.

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    Tutorial 21

    Extra Meters


    While the metering in Reaper can do most of what we need, there are times where we still need more. Kenny shows you how to use extra tracks to create custom meters for your instruments and a secret way to have Pre-Fader Metering whenever you prefer.

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    Tutorial 22

    A/B Plugins & Tracks


    See how easy yet important it can be to A/B all of your favorite plug-ins against each other and even set up duplicate tracks to audition multiple options to help us make the best decisions.

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    Tutorial 23

    Advanced Zooming


    While Zooming in Reaper can appear to be pretty simple and basic, there are more ways to zoom in and out than you might realize. Watch Kenny show you all of the many options for getting closer and more intimate with your audio waveforms.

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    Tutorial 24

    Advanced Scrolling


    One of the most important aspects of any good DAW is how quickly you can get around in it, easily and with great precision. Take a look at all the many and vast ways to Scroll around this program while saving you time an energy.

Use Reaper? Want to get more out of it? Reaper master Kenny Gioia shows you a ton of cool tips and tricks that you can use when working with the powerful Reaper DAW.

Kenny starts off the collection with screen sets, freezing tracks, automating plug-ins, custom click tracks and sidechaining in Reaper. He then dives into drum editing, drum replacement techniques and working with vocals. Lastly, Kenny wraps up the series with cool videos on editing, working with plug-ins, advanced zooming and scrolling and much more.

If you use Reaper, this information is key to increasing your speed and creativeness. Spend some time with Kenny and check out these awesome tutorials today!

Submitted 6 months ago

Kenny Gioia as usual!

Very helpful, interesting, very understandable!

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

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Submitted 1 year ago

awsome !!

has helped alot with editing audio thanks

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, FL Studio, Cubase, Pro Tools

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Submitted 2 years ago


Kenny's the best! Always spot on ..... saves me many hours ... thanks!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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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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    Compressors Explained

    Kenny Gioia is back, this time giving you the history and application of all the famous Compressors ever made, as well as their modern day plug-in equivalents! Now you’ll know exactly what Compressor to pick for your tracks and how to use them. This series is long overdue!

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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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    Eventide UltraChannel Explained

    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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Reaper Tips & Tricks is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
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 awsome !! has helped alot with editing audio thanks
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Yes! Kenny's the best! Always spot on ..... saves me many hours ... thanks!
Date published: 2016-05-24