Old 07-28-2008, 08:42 PM   #1
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I have some very basic questions about DAWing. Tell me, when working in a DAW is it standard to lock every item? You know that little pad lock thingy in the corner. Should I love items to their present position? I know it's no big deal but I'm just trying to figure out how others operate.

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Old 07-29-2008, 12:21 AM   #2
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when working in a DAW is it standard to lock every item?
Not in my opinion.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:27 AM   #3
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Should I love items to their present position?
lol, total Freudian slip
love is not even close to lock in terms of typing...
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Aloha,

I tend to want to lock everything (in time) using the new individual item locks. A lot of my projects are live recordings that have to have the tracks and items stay in phase with each other. However, there is always a delay on the ambient channels which I will sometimes remove by shifting all the ambient items forward by the amount of the delay. Since my recordings are long (2.5 hours typical), I take advantage of Reapers ability to break the recordings into segments and so the ambient tracks are contained in multiple items.

To compensate for the delay I have to move each item on the ambient tracks separately. (I could delay the direct console tracks instead but there are many more of them than ambient and I need to be able to SEE the time alignment of the tracks throughout the recording).

So, what I do is lock everything with the individual item locks and then unlock each item (segment), move it and then re-lock it. I typically have to move 10 to 20 items and it takes about 1/2 hour to complete the process. Before the individual item locking capability this process was nearly impossible for me as I would accidentally move an item when everything was unlocked (and sometimes not notice that I had done so) and then have to start the process pretty much all over again.

Now, everything stays locked except when I need to move it.

I then go thru to process of applying envelopes and mixing down each cut, usually about 20 to 25 cuts per recording.

Does that give you any insight?
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:11 PM   #5
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LOL!!! Yeah I'm just noticing that. lol

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lol, total Freudian slip
love is not even close to lock in terms of typing...
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:18 PM   #6
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To compensate for the delay I have to move each item on the ambient tracks separately.
If relevant to that - I'm not entirely clear - I hope you are using Reaper's ripple editing options. I tend not to bother with locking as if ripple editing is correctly set, everything should stay in line automatically. And if I'm cutting stuff out I use the "delete selected area moving later items" option (or whatever it is) which again, makes everything including envelopes hold together.
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- I hope you are using Reaper's ripple editing options.
Nope...

But this is a good suggestion, providing it does not move any other tracks (which I MUST keep locked in any case to prevent accidental movement... as I accidentally done many times).
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:12 PM   #8
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Ok great. Ripple editing is still a mystery to me so I tread carefully. Not quite sure how it would be helpful to me. Talisman created a video about it on youtube. I guess I need to check that out again. I'm sure it would probably make life simpler for me, but i turned it off when it was interfering with something I was trying to do.

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If relevant to that - I'm not entirely clear - I hope you are using Reaper's ripple editing options. I tend not to bother with locking as if ripple editing is correctly set, everything should stay in line automatically. And if I'm cutting stuff out I use the "delete selected area moving later items" option (or whatever it is) which again, makes everything including envelopes hold together.
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:17 PM   #9
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I hope you are using Reaper's ripple editing options.
Works Great! This will save me some time. To test, I broke a demo track into multiple segments (items), locked them all with item-lock and then deleted some time from the first segment (With Ripple-Edit Single Track turned on). They stayed locked but all of them shifted forward by the amount I deleted in the first segment. I will go and try it on one of my live files next, should save me 1/2 hour in the overall 20 hours it takes for each recording mix-down.

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