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For April user Grass has chosen the song It's In These Times by the band Rovers Ahead. It's a fun song to work on that can be better understood by having a cold Guinness next to you.
As always you can download the multitrack from the website or clicking on this link.

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Old 04-07-2018, 05:51 AM   #2
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Welcome to the new and old users!
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Hi

I'm new to this and want to say thanks for doing this. Its an awesome idea and bonus feature to the REAPER community.

I'll give it a try as a new user it will be a super challenge to develop workflow!
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Hey D Rocks thanks for checking it out! . hope you'll enjoy it!
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Hi

I'm new to this and want to say thanks for doing this. Its an awesome idea and bonus feature to the REAPER community.

I'll give it a try as a new user it will be a super challenge to develop workflow!
I can definitely say that the contest does speed up the learning curve a good amount. ANY little thing that I have need to know has been available with little more than asking a question or watching one of the Kenny G Videos and I am off and running.

I can't even imagine what I'll have Reaper doing in a year from now...

Gotta say the Feedback portion is a huge bennifit also.

Happy Mixing!
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Oh yes thats awesome man. There are some paid monthly subscriptions elsewhere for these contests and I feel like this one here is even better.
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Just when you think you're done... Dang it!
Accordions and Banjos
- Images of horrible school recitals, mixed with a trip in a canoe in the deep forest?

I WILL make everyone I know listen to this at Christmas!
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I WILL make everyone I know listen to this at Christmas!
Just don't make them watch the video.... a bit of a downer compared to the song.
BYOB- Bring Your Own Banjo
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Just don't make them watch the video.... a bit of a downer compared to the song.
BYOB- Bring Your Own Banjo

Gotta guzzle that Jameson on Christmas!
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Has this thread become a meeting for alcoholics anonymous?

Ok I start.

Hi, my name Dave and haven’t touched a single bottle of Jameson in 6 months.
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Old 04-11-2018, 07:56 PM   #11
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Hi, I'm Dave too, and I haven't touched any Jameson...Because it would have to share the counter top with my Bunnahabhain.
Umm which I have for, ummm, purely aesthetic reasons... and medicinal.... and just in case I need to have a toast with those flippin little Leprechauns that keep showing up everytime I start mixing this song...
Wait.. what was the question?
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Hey guys,

I've loaded in the project tonight and mixed for 3 hours straigt haha! It's so fun to listen to this song. I like the mood and groove. Its a big challenge for mixing as it got many sounds compeeting the voice range. But man I like this contest.
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Sorry to bother by asking again, but why aren't we allowed to glue anything? I've done a few splits to make the mixing easier and want to make sure I'm not breaking any rules, hah.
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Sorry to bother by asking again, but why aren't we allowed to glue anything? I've done a few splits to make the mixing easier and want to make sure I'm not breaking any rules, hah.

If I'm understanding all this Reapin' stuff: If we split a media file then Glue it back together we create a new media file (.flac, .wav, etc..)
which we would then have to upload with our final mix and .rpp file.

Also helps keep our upload size smaller so that the contest doesn't eat up a huge amount of server space (my guess on that)

Also too if none of us have glued any track splits, then we all have an identical set of files. Which is cool at feedback time. All I would have to do to show what I did is post my .rpp file and anybody could load up my session with no fuss no muss. Dig?


I'm sure there are other administrative reasons :::cough Dave cough::::
too that I may not be fully aware..


If you're not wanting to accidently move a file out of time (ask me how I know) then you can lock the file after you do what ever needs doing.. Then it wont budge a ms..

How do I get rid of all these damn Leprechauns?!
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I didn't know that gluing actually created new wav files. That makes sense.
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Is there a native EBU meter in reaper... Or a JS to set it to -14?

I have one, but it ain't native...
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We can use a 3rd party EBU to set LUFS
I've been using You Lean

I think on the contest site it has links to a couple others also
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I've been using You Lean

I think on the contest site it has links to a couple others also
oh, OK! cool.. Thanks!

It's fine.. I've got the TB one. I was just trying to use something native.

Isn't this month's song a blast or what? I'm whistling it and singing it at work, and all my co-workers are wondering WTF I'm singing lol!

I learnt a lot about mixing because of this little beauty. Thanks a million for holding this contest!
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oh, OK! cool.. Thanks!

It's fine.. I've got the TB one. I was just trying to use something native.
I use Reaper’s SWS Loudness-analyser to match ”-14 LUFS integrated” target.

First I render the file, import it automatically to session and then let the Loudness-calculator to calculate the file. That way I doesn't have to listen the whole song again and again.
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Submitted! Neat song. I'm very much looking forward to listening and seeing how everyone else handled it!
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I'm sure there are other administrative reasons :::cough Dave cough::::
too that I may not be fully aware..
Nah, just that
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Is there a native EBU meter in reaper... Or a JS to set it to -14?
I found one implemented in JSFX: https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=140881.

If you already have one, I presume it's fine to use it to adjust the levels of other effects, then remove your one afterwards. (I wanted a JSFX one for portability/security reasons.)
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WEBSITE UPDATE:

I added a chat on the website! It does pretty much the same thing as the contact page but it's a bit more user-friendly and you can chat directly with me for any issue you encounter!

Can you please go on the website and see if you also see any text Italian in the chat? I'm trying to understand how to change the language of some predefined stuff but no luck until now.
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Scrivi qui il tuo messagio....

EDIT: Dex beat me to it.
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It means "write here your message...". But I can't find where to change the language. That field is not editable.
Has anyone ever built a website with wix and is able to help me? Otherwise I'll probably write to the help desk.
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oh, OK! cool.. Thanks!

It's fine.. I've got the TB one. I was just trying to use something native.

Isn't this month's song a blast or what? I'm whistling it and singing it at work, and all my co-workers are wondering WTF I'm singing lol!

I learnt a lot about mixing because of this little beauty. Thanks a million for holding this contest!
Lol nice one me too. Its sticks in my head!!
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It gets great looks from people when I pull up to stoplights and have it at about 102db. Good times!
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It gets great looks from people when I pull up to stoplights and have it at about 102db. Good times!
Hahaha awesome mostly in non christmas times haha

Btw Ill be finishing my mix attempt tonight
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Ok this is the first time I actually give up mixing a song. I can't seem to get rid of all the sibilances of the lead vocals and my ears can't bear it anymore.
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Ok this is the first time I actually give up mixing a song. I can't seem to get rid of all the sibilances of the lead vocals and my ears can't bear it anymore.
Nooooooo! say it isn't so!

But I know what you mean.. Dude has a voice that's been ripped apart with drink and smoke. It IS authentically - Irish smoke filled pub vocals huh? Dig it!

I figure I'll turn in what ever I have done by deadline. I am not a mastering engineer, so it is what it is...
But it has been a great teaching tool and actually a fun song to work on instrument-wise. Well... That damn Ride cymbals bell make me want to scream.
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I made some production decisions right at the beginning... hope no one minds. Sleighbells didn't feel right yet and the banjo timing was not good.
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Timing? uh oh.....

There was timing in this little ditty?

Irish sleighbells are NOT American jingle bells...

And how many keys was this song in at once?
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woo hoo just uploaded my participation on the website

Thanks for this opporunity it was very nice and it gets me into the real thing for my first steps in Reaper. I'm used to Cubase.. All my muscle memory is wierd now since its not the same software haha Gotta get used to it.

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Whale-oil-beef-hooked

In spite of these damn little Leprechauns runnin around like they own the place -

Submitted now before they make me mess it up again. for the like 4th time. Thank the Saints for save every few minutes. Totally saved me being able to start again where I was on Monday night. You know what they say, Third time's a charm.
Now be gone you wee lil beasties! git! scram! kick rocks!

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Can you guys check on the website if you see the submissions page and the chat still in Italian? It should be in English now
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Can you guys check on the website if you see the submissions page and the chat still in Italian? It should be in English now
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