Okay, so just for the fun of it, I thought I’d start a small handful of posts about cool things you can do with REAPER. For all the REAPER users out there, hopefully this will not be boring, old stuff for you, but things you might not be familiar with, and stuff you can use. For non-REAPER users, maybe pique your curiosity and give some exposure to how versatile this DAW is. The depth of what it can do just floors me. The stuff you can do with its routing capabilities and skins and configuration possibilities is perhaps unparalleled. Well, at least that’s what makes it so popular. REAPER also comes with a complete library of pretty impressive plugins (“ReaPlugs”) that include pretty much anything you’d need (compression, EA, distortion, blah, blah, blah). Good stuff.
Anyway, for post #1, I’m going to link to an interesting clip that shows how you can use the included ReaPlug VSTs to actually create an automated workflow to do gain riding automation on a vocal (or really any) track. Here’s the video: “Why you’ll never have to use Vocal Rider again”
Briefly, you insert any plugin on your vocal track that has a gain slider (in the video he uses Waves Q10, but you can use any plugin with a gain slider).
Create an envelope for the volume/gain slider on that track, and open it’s parameter modulation window.
Create a duplicate of the vocal track and disable its send to the master.
Then you create a simple send from that duplicate track to the vocal track, and configure the parameter modulation window to receive input from the duplicate track, and reverse the direction of the parameter modulation (so that when the volume on the duplicate track goes up, the modulation control goes down).
That’s the general idea. A little tricky to explain in just a few paragraphs, but just watch the first three, maybe four, minutes of the video, he explains it perfectly.
I tried it and it’s pretty impressive. Works perfectly and is easy to set up. Only took me a few moments. Also, you could easily save it as a track template to set up automatically.
Feel free to ignore if you’re not interested, but I enjoy this stuff! I’m not a techno-geek kind of guy. For me it has to be practical, easy to do, sound good and (hopefully) be cheap.