Old 08-07-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
Mike Gascoigne
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 6
Default A 60 year old novice needs realistic advice

A long winded question to a simple ask.
Having been a PC user for 15 years I decided to use a little cash that came my way to buy a Mac. My basic computer skills are basic! I don't know technical terms, but once I've learnt a process I am usually sound. I have basic experience at digital recording using a Boss (something or other) but I have decided to use my new plaything (the mac) to record my musical creations on.
I have at Focusrite 18i8 interface and I have learnt in the past four days how to use Garageband which came free with my Mac.
However, I find that software clumsy, and to be frank.... lacking the basics. I spent 2 hours trying to work out how to "punch-in" to tracks I had previously recorded... only to find I'd been wasting my time! An Apple forum told me that that basic useful feature was not available on the new Garageband software!
My question, given my limited skills and lack of techno speak, will it be easy to upload Reaper to my Mac and then get it communicating with my Focusrite? I really just want to do basic 8 track recording, mic-ing drums with 5 separate drums. Thanks for reading this far! Comments are very welcome.
Mike Gascoigne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 02:59 PM   #2
bonesinc
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Posts: 18
Default

Hey Mike. Welcome.

It's very easy to get Reaper on your mac. It's just 1 file. My guess is that setting up your Focusrite will be just as easy. If your Focusrite works with GarageBand it'll likely work with Reaper too. Just give it a try. It'll probably cost you less then 10 minutes to find out whether it works or not. And I bet it does. :-)

Good luck!

Matt
bonesinc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 03:05 PM   #3
JimFichs
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: nyc
Posts: 35
Default

I wouldn't say it would be "easy" for a person who isn't technically inclined, but it's certainly do-able. You may have to do a little menu-diving and work with some settings to get where you want to go, but I also find that the initial setup is usually the biggest hurdle. Once everything is set, recording is pretty simple.

I don't know much about GarageBand, but Reaper is very capable. Hope it works out well for you!
JimFichs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2014, 12:56 AM   #4
Mike Gascoigne
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 6
Default

Thanks for the encouragement. I've just noticed that I have a 60 day free trial so I have nothing to lose. This forum idea is also great for complete novices like myself. Cheers Reaperpeople.
Mike Gascoigne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2014, 07:14 AM   #5
Serenitynow
Human being with feelings
 
Serenitynow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 596
Default

It's the most user (and company) responsive site fro any DAW. At least that's what I think! Good,helpful people here!
__________________
John
Serenitynow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2014, 07:25 AM   #6
TimOBrien
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 2,301
Default

Fairly easy and we're here to answer what questions we can.

(And some of us are as old as you, don't take it as a deterrent.)
__________________
iMac i5quad/12gbRAM/1Tb Glyph drive/1Tb samples drive > Motu828mkII ---- Still run my GatewayM520 2.8ghz XP laptop. Video editing, 3D work and audio with zero problems.
TimOBrien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2014, 08:18 AM   #7
DarkStar
Human being with feelings
 
DarkStar's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Surrey, UK
Posts: 18,188
Default

Pick one task that you are used to doing in the "real world" then work out, step-by-step, how do do that same task with Reaper and your computer.

If / when stuck, then just ask here about your specific problem (the sort of wording not to use is "Reaper does not record" as the chorus of answers will be "oh, yes it does"). Then we can give you some specific advice / guidelines.

Once you've got that task under your belt, pick another one, ... and so on.
__________________
DarkStar ... interesting, if true. . . . Inspired by ...
DarkStar is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2014, 03:20 PM   #8
Mike Gascoigne
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 6
Default

Again, thanks folks for your positive reassurances. I get the need for specifics when it comes to problems, and hopefully I can provide that, if not in the correct techno-phrase. e.g. I tend to catch buses, rather than use them when recording!
Mike Gascoigne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2014, 01:43 PM   #9
Mike Gascoigne
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 6
Default

Dark Star...
I took your advice, and it works like a dream. So intuitive, and I simply did one task at a time, repeated the process a couple of times, and then moved on to the next task. I was going to wait till my 60 days had expired, but I can tell already that Reaper will more than meet my needs, so I went ahead a purchased it.
Thanks again for your sound advice (no pun intended).
Mike Gascoigne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2014, 01:56 PM   #10
bonesinc
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Posts: 18
Default

Great that it's working out so well. Welcome to the community.

Matt
bonesinc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2014, 03:46 PM   #11
DarkStar
Human being with feelings
 
DarkStar's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Surrey, UK
Posts: 18,188
Default

Yep, good oh!
__________________
DarkStar ... interesting, if true. . . . Inspired by ...
DarkStar is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2014, 04:01 PM   #12
dea-man
Human being with feelings
 
dea-man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 6,148
Default

Welcome.

Anything you need to know, just ask.

Oh yeah, and don't forget to post some of your work.
__________________
Please check out my REAPER produced music here: http://soundcloud.com/dea-man
dea-man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2014, 08:10 PM   #13
Don Schenk
Human being with feelings
 
Don Schenk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 253
Default

Hey Mike,

Glad you're here. If you are 60, then you are a young thing. There are a couple of us here who are old f@rts compared to you. :-)

I've been a PC user for almost 30 years - DOS then various Windows. And I and swore up and down I would never own a Mac, because I couldn't buy parts and build my own. How silly!

For the past several months I kept borrowing my wife's Mac. About 3 weeks ago I bought one for myself. Shhh. Don't tell my friends. I haven't told told them yet. They will never let me live it down.

At any rate, take a look at this thread:
http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.p...ht=Kenny+Gioia

And get this...

http://www.groove3.com/str/reaper-4-explained.html

Your mysteries will be solved. Well worth the $35 bucks.

Enjoy.

:-Don
Don Schenk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2014, 11:41 PM   #14
bigtop
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 805
Default

Hey Mike,

I can support all the comments above.

Reaper is magic and despite all its functionality and depth, it remains a very tightly coded program with simplicity running through its architecture.

I'll bet that almost everyone who tries out Reaper ends up using it as their go to DAW. Then again, many of the Reaper users also keep running their other DAWs for certain things...each person's choice.

I certainly find that, on my Mac, I can run Reaper with my plugins etc without rinsing the CPU.

You will find the Reaper community to be one of the friendliest and helpful you could imagine.

Happy recording.
__________________
MacBook Air TC Studio Konnekt 48 Apollo Twin Mk 2 Quad
bigtop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2014, 03:19 PM   #15
Mike Gascoigne
Human being with feelings
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 6
Default General Thanks.

A big thanks to all of you who responded to my non-specific question.

I haven't had any time to really get going, but the experimental recordings I have done have taught me almost all the basics, and, when I come to mic up drums for the first time I'd really appreciate constructive criticism about levels etc. Although I don't have a weekend free until September, I hope once I'd recorded one of the songs I have written for the band I play with, some of you would cast an experienced ear over what I post on here. No point in me leaping forward if you guys can save me time and effort with your combined experience.
Bloody hell.... this a a friendly and helpful forum!
Mike Gascoigne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2014, 06:19 PM   #16
Kundalinguist
Human being with feelings
 
Kundalinguist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 4,588
Default

Kenny Gioia's Reaper tutorials on Groove3.com are an excellent resource for both beginners and pros. For $15.00, you can get a month of unlimited tutorial streaming to saturate your mind with all things Reaper. A massive kick-start to gaining command of the program.

Welcome to the Reaper community and I wish you all the best with your musical endeavors.
__________________
Success is just one more plugin away! And happiness is as close as your next upgrade.
Kundalinguist is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.