Been a while since I posted my last Cool Things in REAPER. So here goes…
REAPER has an amazing library of extensions – SWS extensions – and one of the components is called “snapshots.” This little thing is amazingly flexible and uncanny easy to use.
You can create a snapshot of virtually any changes you’ve made. A snapshot can be configured to save changes to plugins, remixes, automation, etc. You can – w/o exiting the program – pop back and forth between snapshots. Try new things, compare. Name them however you want. Make notes about your changes.
Snapshots can be saved or recalled in whole or in part. I keep saving snapshots continuously (takes up no memory – it’s basically a text file with “instructions”) as I make changes. So, let’s say I make a ton of changes and then go back, say, 10 snapshots to compare an earlier mix, and I find I like my strings and guitars, the vocals better in my latest version – I made good choices – but dang if I don’t like my bass better from two days ago. 2-3 clicks and I can quick load just the bass from that snapshot, with its fx chain, routing and automation into my current session. Or I can save a snapshot of only my vocals, and keep that to load back to a later (or earlier) session.
Nice cuz it’s so fast and accurate. As I save a given snapshot, if I render it to a mp3, I include a 3-5 digit tag in the snapshot label that I also include in the mp3 filename, so they are matched.
Much quicker than loading projects for each version.
BUT I still use versions for when I add or delete tracks or clips. Snapshots won’t save that. But versioning will. And I label those versions with corresponding renders, as described above.
Slick, handy and easy-schmeezy.