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Old 12-09-2019, 03:26 AM   #1
Martin777
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Default Reaper keyboard rig with Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol

Hi,

I've been using Reaper for many years for recording and mastering and I love it. It's probably the best software I've ever seen: Lightweight, flexible and stable.

After beeing a guitarist for the last years, I've been playing keyboard more and more live now. I've chosen a MIDI keyboard with VST instruments on a PC for my keyboard rack. I have a Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MK2 together with Komplete Ultimate VSTs, as an audio interface I use a Behringer UMC1820.

I've been looking for the right VST host on windows, I don't want to buy a Mac in order to be able to use MainStage. I've tried GigPerformer, Cantabile and Camelot Pro now, but I'm not really happy with all of them.

The Komplete Kontrol Keyboard works very nice with reaper, as there is a great Extension called ReaKontrol that enables the cool features of the keyboard to work seamlessly with reaper (channel switching, transport buttons, mixer control, ...) besides the nice browsing and sound editing options within the NI plugins. So for DAW use this keyboard is a great choice to work with Reaper.

Now I've tried to use Reaper as a live VST host together with LiveConfigs. In the MIDI input tracks I send the MIDI input to several other channels with MIDI Note Filter to create some standard key split ranges, and I added a MIDI Note Transpose on this channel for a global transpose option after the key splits, so that transposing doesn't change the split points.

So far I don't have a good solution for preset switching so far - maybe I will try a MIDI pedalboard for this.

I also use Reaper to send the metronome click to our drummer via seperate output channels. So far I have to manually enter the song tempo each time in reaper, the same goes for the global transpose setting that I sometimes use to avoid ugly keys.

Is there a nice way to have song presets with tempo and transpose settings? This would make my setup much more comfortable.

If anyone has suggestions for other improvements in my setup I would also be very happy.

Kind regards
Martin
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