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Old 04-09-2006, 07:49 AM   #1
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Default [Suggestion] 'Save project to new folder/clean project folder'

Hi,
dunno if this has been brought up already, but wouldn't it be nice to have a command like 'Save to new folder' and delete all unused data at the same time to clean up the clutter in the project folder.
When you're 'Cycle Recording' you'll probably want to save all takes first, then comp your section (or choose best take). But this takes up quite some HDD space.
Or create some sort of 'Self Contained' project (similar to Ableton LIVE) where all needed files automatically go into the same project folder (when choosing this command) and the rest is discarded (can be deleted or left on the HDD for later reference if needed)? This way, files which reside outside the project folder like loops or samples anywhere on your HDD, will also be included, which makes archiving/transporting (bring your project to friends house ) projects easy as ...!

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Old 04-09-2006, 08:05 AM   #2
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Or create some sort of 'Self Contained' project (similar to Ableton LIVE) where all needed files automatically go into the same project folder
I'm definitely on-board with this functionality, similar to Vegas' "Trim and save media" in the Save As dialog which additionally prompts to trim or copy the source files.

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Old 04-09-2006, 08:22 AM   #3
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WE have far FAR FAR better with the consolidate function. Check it out!

There already is a "clean project directory " but it scares me
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Old 04-09-2006, 08:34 AM   #4
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WE have far FAR FAR better with the consolidate function. Check it out!
No we don't Pipe, you're thinking in studio terms only.

Consolidate is .wav only if you don't want to re-compress to Lame or ogg.

Reaper has no lossless format such as .pca.

There are many times where shipping projects must be smaller than .wav and re-compression is out of the question.

Copying the source files which may be compressed formats already for laying down tracks against, then re-compressing or .wav for shipping is unacceptable.

It's just not that simple, there are too many variables. Not everyone has broadband.

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Old 04-09-2006, 09:13 AM   #5
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Lossless would be great, but remember, even with lossless you're only gong to get a max of about 50% compression. (Of course, every bit does help, I understand. Especially if you're on dial-up or isdn or something.)

And the consolidate function IS fantastic, by the way.
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Old 04-09-2006, 09:41 AM   #6
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So if it could consolidate to wavepack or true audio, that would be a big plus?
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Old 04-09-2006, 10:17 AM   #7
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Definitely.
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:51 AM   #8
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Im not familar with Acid, Vegas, Live, so I don't know what I would be asking for if I voted for this. I kinda like Reapers D.I.Y approach, as long as you set things up nicely, and tidy up as you go (which Im trying to get into the habit of doing) it should work okay.

A couple of enhancements I would like to see are: 'Delete source file'...Ive just recorded a track, it's crap, and needs to go straight in the trash. And in the 'clean project directory' a 'Listen' or 'Play' button, like in Cakewalk.

Consolidate, it looks good, feels good, smells good, and Ill take Pipes word for it that its fantastic, but I don't know what the hell Im doing with it (Ill have to play around with it some more I guess)

Yeah, 'clean project folder' scares me too, here's what happens, I record a track, it's okay, but I think I can do better, so I remove it, and try again, I know it's still there in the project folder should I need to retrieve it,... but wait a minute, it's now also in the 'clean project folder' with a name like 14..01.wav together with a dozen others (scratches head, and closes folder) and promises self, will get better organized tomorrow....3 days later....'clean project folder' has grown considerablely in size (scratches head again, and closes folder)

I would like to hear how others around here, set things up, and save, and whatnot.

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Old 04-10-2006, 07:54 AM   #9
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WE have far FAR FAR better with the consolidate function. Check it out!

There already is a "clean project directory " but it scares me
Wow, I get more and more impressed.
I just tried the 'Consolidate' function and it's really great. I thought it is only for single tracks or clips, but it can actually be applied to the whole project (audio tracks only).
Has the "Clean Project Folder" command been added in 9.40 or was it there before? This app really is like easter: find all the hidden eggs
I usually create 1 folder per project, so cleaning it up after a recording session shouldn't be too scary.

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A couple of enhancements I would like to see are: 'Delete source file'...Ive just recorded a track, it's crap, and needs to go straight in the trash.
Yeah, a trash bin of sort would be cool. When you're cycle recording i.e. you won't keep all the takes usually. Save them first, comp your part (or choose the best take) and trash the rest.
For instance, it really looks like Reaper is being created by someone who knows what's really needed in the recording field, unlike some other apps which are around since a long while already.
Keep it coming

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Old 04-10-2006, 09:02 AM   #10
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I usually create 1 folder per project, so cleaning it up after a recording session shouldn't be too scary.
Yes, that's the key, to clean it up after each session.

brummm...brummm..
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