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This is video two out of four in which we learn everything we need to know to make our first audio recording.
Okay, so in this video, we will learn how to install and use the basic functions of Reaper, the DAW that we have selected for this feature.
Now, Reaper is a great DAW which comes with an unlimited evaluation period so you can use it for free, for as long as you like, until you decide whether you want to buy it or not.
Okay, so let’s take a look on how to install it and use the basic features.
To download Reaper, please go to reaper.fm or follow the link under the video. And go to download Reaper and select the version that you need.
So for me, I’m going with Mac OS X 64 bits, so let’s download that. So now that we’ve installed Reaper, let’s open it up and see what’s inside.
Now, let’s make sure that Reaper sees our audio interface.
To do that, let’s go to Reaper, Preferences, or we can use a key command which is Command + Comma, or for PC, it’s Ctrl + Comma. Go to Audio Device.
And here where it says Audio Device, we need to find the name of our audio interface. So for me, that’s SteinbrookUR22mark2.
Okay, so let’s talk about latency for a bit. So latency is the delay between the initial signal that you’re making and the signal you’re hearing back from your headphones or monitors.
Most of the modern audio interfaces, they allow direct monitoring. So, that means you’ll be hearing yourself without any delay and it’s great.
But if you wanna use reverbal compression during recording, that means that you’ll have to use software monitoring from your DAW.
Let’s take a look at the buffer. The smaller the buffer size, the less delay you will hear, but it also means that the computer will need more processing power.
And it’s okay if the session is brand new and you’ve just started but if you have a lot of tracks with a lot of plug-ins on, your computer might fail to perform properly.
And that means you’ll have to increase the buffer size. As you do, the latency will increase as well.
So in my opinion, everything between 512 samples is pretty tolerable but you’ll have to see for yourself and find the compromise in the particular session that you’re in.
But this is a new session and we don’t have any tracks or plug-ins yet, so the processing power is all ours. So we’ll select 64 and click apply and okay.
Right, we’ll need to make a new track. We go to Track, Insert New Track, or press Command + T or Ctrl + T for PC. So now we have a new and clean track.
All we have to do is make sure that it knows where the audio will be coming from.
So here it says, “UR mark two input one,” and this is exactly when I’m gonna plug in the microphone. Let’s select that. You might have something different written here.
Now we need to record the track so it knows that the signal will be coming here.
And last but not least is the monitoring. We need to click it on. Okay, record monitoring on.
If you’re using direct monitoring from your audio interface, you might wanna switch software monitoring off to avoid any latency at all.
Okay, so now we’re ready to record and set up our microphones. We will get to that in our next video.
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