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Old 06-11-2020, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default REALIVE: A live configuration for Reaper



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After years of development, here's a complete "Multi-Project" Environnement I've built.
It is based on:
  1. Reaper's tab feature
  2. Rearoute Loopback Feature
  3. SWS' RPL feature.

For those familiar with Digital Performer's Chunks functions, it pretty much behaves the same way but with REAPER's solid engine.
Disclaimer: For now I've only tried this on OSX but I'll soon get a PC to try to support it.

YouTube Demo Video

Description:
The goal of this is to provide a live backing track environment that is very flexible. To easily be able to have the computer follow the band instead of having confined to a rigid sequence.

You can easily:
  1. Make a full list of songs that are independent: No huge timeline of 10000 measures that can easily be broken by a tempo change somewhere and that makes the whole set loading "A long and painful task". Each list can obviously be saved, duplicated, renamed, savedAs, etc...
  2. Presets song switching: Using action markers one can preset switching from one song to the other in three ways:
    • 1- Go to the Next song and wait
    • 2- Go to the Next and play immediatly
    • 3- Smooth seek to the next song
      (Each of these switching actions can be performed with or without stopping the currently playing song. This allows for an easy seem-less segway between songs.)
  3. Reroute everything to any output of the audio interface: Each project relies on a template that separate your songs in busses (Click, Cues, Percs, SFX, Keyboards, Vocals, etc...)
  4. Every project makes use of Reaper's markers/region and empty items features: You first create all your markers for the song, then you hit the "generate structure track" button and all your regions and empty items are automatically created.
  5. Navigate through and pre-cue different sections of the songs while ALWAYS staying on the beat.
  6. Loop sections of songs
  7. Loop and solo the click (1 bar or only the last beat of the previous bar): This even makes it possible to skip beats and turn the whole thing around if somebody in the band missed a beat.
  8. Stop Markers: To preset a song's ending, one doesn't need to go into the project settings. You simply enable "Project Ending" Blue marker and move it to where you want the song to stop.
  9. Change the song's tempo on the fly: Using the tempo editing mode, one can alter the tempo by:
    • +/- 1BPM increments
    • Entering a tempo amount or offset
    • Tap Tempo
  10. Change the song's master pitch on the fly: Using the pitch editing mode, one can alter the pitch by:
    • +/- 1BPM increments
    • Entering a pitch amount or offset
    These tracks are not affected by the pitch edits:
    • SFX
    • Percs
    • SMPTE timecode
    • Click
    • Cues
  11. Imported new tracks are automatically sorted in their right folders: so that they are routed at the right place

I must give A LOT of credits to
Justin For the hidden Loopback function which is the backbone of everything.
MPL For the initial idea of the Playlist window
CFillion for many many many scripting concepts and explanations
Mespotine: I spend every day in your API documentation
X-Raym: For several scripting ideas and concepts
Lokasenna: For gmem related infos, and the gui post on this forum.
Blankfile : For the great "ILogic Next" theme.


This is a full configuration that will change your whole setup. I strongly advise to use this as a portable install that won't interfere with your regular install. It is not a DAW for recording and extensive editing but rather a live playback engine.

Main View:



Audio Routing Tab:



Project Tab List Menu:




Action Markers:



Change Tempo/Pitch:




Auto-Stop Marker:



Switch To Next Song Marker:



Project Title Window:



Large Region Window:



Smooth Seeking With Large Region Window:



Double Click to play/Stop: (If other project is playing then smooth seek)



Change Order Of Tabs: (When Saving with CMD-S, The List list is updated)

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Old 06-12-2020, 03:53 AM   #2
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Looks great (to me as someone who does not even exactly know what it can be used for.)

Is there a detailed documentation on what it can do and hot it is to be used and configured ?

If such is available I'd like to edit the sticky thread here and add some description and links.

Thank,
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Just added a full description to the first post.
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GREAT !
OK a description / feature list, so I can include it in the sticky thread-

To allow anybody to use it a manual would be necessary.

Thanks.
-Michael

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Old 06-16-2020, 08:46 AM   #5
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Eager to see it on windows.
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Old 06-16-2020, 09:00 AM   #6
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Thanks for sharing my friend, one day I might try it and see how and where it can be useful. Thanks for all efforts, the great presentation here and the youtube video.

Having all kind of different workflow styles for reaper is great, even if someone would not use it now, it might change in future. Great having all these options.

Now the looped recording workflow can be shared, if not done already.
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Eager to see it on windows.
Actually, I'd be curious to see what works and what doesn't. Have you tried to install it on window in a portable install?
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