Sam Spoons wrote:About 20 years ago I stopped using computers for recording and reverted to hardware for exactly that reason, I was on Windows XP and Cubase.
After about 10 years a mate offered me a cheap G5 Mac. I still spend more time playing computers than is ideal but the ratio is much more acceptable. OTOH, if you were making records professionally you'd probably employ somebody to do the computer stuff for you but, as a hobbyist, there is a certain satisfaction in making the system work well by your own endevours.
I know what you mean, I record on a Zoom r16 but that's mainly because my laptop is very basic and I don't have a good recording space. I feel the portability and the silence of the unit is so much better when tracking, but of course the laptop is still needed for drums, editing, automation etc.
Matt Houghton wrote:I wish I had more time on my hands to run through this. The thing is, Reaper makes possible so many different editing workflows, and it takes some time to figure out which way is best for you. It's ALL about the workflow. It's easy to learn to edit things to your satisfaction. It's less easy arriving at a way that you can do that quickly where it all becomes second nature. Kenny's tutorials are good. I think John Tidey did some good ones too. But really, you're going to need to figure out your own workflow and tailor Reaper's controls to suit it. What I would say is that you really should look into Mouse Modifiers. Put time into configuring those and Reaper is a frighteningly quick and powerful editing tool (particularly if you add a gaming mouse with lots of buttons... you'll barely need to reach for the keyboard at all!)
This is getting to the bones of the matter. I had never even really noticed the mouse modifiers function, much less looked into it. One of the best things about Reaper IMO is the fact you can assign so many functions to so many different devices. I had a wee Akai LPD8 and used it for all sorts of things. I do need to get something like that again, and coupled with a good mouse I think I should find my own wee way of working quickly.
Thanks to all of you, SOS never disappoints