Old 12-26-2019, 01:28 AM   #1
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What is the current best, safe and most reliable way to delete unused audio files in the session and to keep only those that are really used now ? Also to avoid deleting some occasionally used files from another sessions that may be still used there? Means to limit the action only to the current session folder.
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Old 12-26-2019, 01:41 AM   #2
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File > Clean current project directory...

Brings up the Project Directory Cleanup dialogue box.

That said, I rarely use it myself.

I prefer to rename all my takes to a system of my own. Then, every now and then, I go into the project audio folder and delete stuff I am sure I now longer need.
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Old 12-26-2019, 02:44 AM   #3
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Once I determine that I have no use for files in a project I
Also File > Clean current project directory...
Brings up the Project Directory Cleanup dialogue box.

I am vicious with files I do not need in the project.
I never look back or save files for use in other projects.
I never save a file that does not sound good. (I try not too!)
Anything I write/perform is new then.
I have never regretted this way I go.
Depends on what your plan is we are all different I like a clean palette.

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Old 12-26-2019, 04:02 AM   #4
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Once I determine that I have no use for files in a project I
Also File > Clean current project directory...
Brings up the Project Directory Cleanup dialogue box.

I am vicious with files I do not need in the project.
I never look back or save files for use in other projects.
I never save a file that does not sound good. (I try not too!)
Anything I write/perform is new then.
I have never regretted this way I go.
Depends on what your plan is we are all different I like a clean palette.

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I have never bothered cleaning up (paranoia that I will lose something I want to keep) but I suppose I really should bit the bullet. I have a ton of drive space, so that isn`t an issue... another contributing factor to my cowardice/laziness.
New Year`s resolution: Start using the cleanup button!
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Old 12-26-2019, 11:11 AM   #6
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What is the current best, safe and most reliable way to delete unused audio files in the session and to keep only those that are really used now ? Also to avoid deleting some occasionally used files from another sessions that may be still used there? Means to limit the action only to the current session folder.
Ideally, non-project files should not be referenced by the project in such a fashion as clean current directory will remove any files not referenced by that project - if that is a concern then the only choice is...

1. Save As > Create Sub directory > Move all files.
2. Run clean project directory on the new directory after step 1.

The safety net is to use the "send to recycle bin" option just in case. It is best practice to never have projects that contain files outside that projects directory.
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1. Save As > Create Sub directory > Move all files.
That is the correct answer.
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2. Run clean project directory on the new directory after step 1.
That won’t be necessary.

BUT

Remember that when you split an audio item the shorter item is a reference to a longer file. If you split out 5 minutes of an hour long take, Save As will bring that whole hour long file.

AND

Loop recorded takes act similarly. If you run loop recording and do 30 takes in one stretch, then choose just one and even if you Crop to active take, that file is still 30 takes long.

SO

If you really know that what you see/hear is all you really want, you should at least glue the items if not actually render stems before you do the Save As.
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That is the correct answer.

That won’t be necessary.
Yea true, brain fart.
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Old 12-26-2019, 12:54 PM   #9
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AND

IF you’re not going to glue AND those files might be referenced elsewhere THEN you should probably “copy...” rather than “move...”
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Old 12-26-2019, 01:20 PM   #10
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May I suggest another organizational tip?

You'll save yourself a lot of work and avoid the possibility of deleting files that belong to another project if you save the audio for each project in its own folder.

Easiest is to tell REAPER to save all audio from your project in its own folder - let's call it "Audio" - inside the project folder:

* Go to project settings (Alt+Enter on Mac; not sure on PC) >> Media tab.
* In the first field ("Path to save media files") type in the word "Audio".
* Hit Okay.

Click "Save as default project settings" (bottom-right button) and it will do it automatically every time you create a file. Never have to touch it again.

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Old 12-27-2019, 02:16 AM   #11
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Yes, but is there a way how to reliably "consolidate" all the project files used in the current project including those which were already "borrowed" from another projects ?
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Old 12-27-2019, 02:33 AM   #12
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Yes Ivo...Save Project - Copy all media into project directory..
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