I’ve been saying that for your home studio, with Reaper software you also need an audio editing software program. It turns out that for most people in most situations, this is simply untrue. I know, crazy right? I’ve been giving out advice that may have been wrong. Gasp. For me, sadly, I think there is no going back; at least not easily. I started many moons ago using a program called Cool Edit Pro (now Adobe Audition), which had two “views” that you could toggle between; one for multitrack use and mixing, and one for audio file editing. When I was working in multitrack view and wanted to edit a file (which actually changes the underlying wave file in a process called “destructive editing”), I would click on the View toggle and presto! I was in the editing view. I worked like this for years.
Part of the reason I worked that way was that my computer was feeble, which is to say, normal. In order to treat a track in multitrack view with effects that could have done some of the same things that I was doing in the edit screen, I would have been using “non-destructive” editing. These treatments, in the form of effect plug-ins, didn’t actually do anything to the underlying wave file in the track. The effect would just plug into the track and affect whatever audio happened to be on that track. This kind of non-destructive editing eats up massive amounts of computer horsepower in a hurry, especially if you have several tracks and several effects running. It didn’t take much at all for my computer to simply raise the white flag and lie down in exhaustion. Destructive editing, especially if I saved a back-up of the original file, was the way to go for non-specialized computers.
Eventually, a program called Reaper came on the scene and […]
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