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Reaper: Auto-ducking Talkback

Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques
Published October 2018
By Nick Storr

Sending from our Talkback Key track to the new channels 3 and 4 of our Talkback Mic track.Sending from our Talkback Key track to the new channels 3 and 4 of our Talkback Mic track.

Create an auto‑ducking talkback facility using Reaper’s ReaGate plug‑in.

One thing I missed when I first moved from a hardware console to a software‑based setup was the ‘push‑to‑talk’ talkback feature. It’s super handy when you’re recording performers in other rooms — you just press the button and it mutes the monitor mix and activates your talkback mic so you can communicate with the artists. Release again and your mic is muted, with the monitor mix restored. There are monitor controllers and audio interfaces that offer this functionality, but as computers have grown more powerful and system latency has diminished more and more people are constructing their monitor mixes entirely in their DAW...

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Published October 2018