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Old 06-11-2020, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default REALIVE: A live configuration for Reaper



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After years of development, here's a complete "Multi-Project" Environnement I've built.
It is based on:
  1. Reaper's tab feature
  2. Rearoute Loopback Feature
  3. SWS' RPL feature.

For those familiar with Digital Performer's Chunks functions, it pretty much behaves the same way but with REAPER's solid engine.
Disclaimer: For now I've only tried this on OSX but I'll soon get a PC to try to support it.


Description:
The goal of this is to provide a live backing track environment that is very flexible. To easily be able to have the computer follow the band instead of having confined to a rigid sequence.

You can easily:
  1. Make a full list of songs that are independent: No huge timeline of 10000 measures that can easily be broken by a tempo change somewhere and that makes the whole set loading "A long and painful task". Each list can obviously be saved, duplicated, renamed, savedAs, etc...
  2. Presets song switching: Using action markers one can preset switching from one song to the other in three ways:
    • 1- Go to the Next song and wait
    • 2- Go to the Next and play immediatly
    • 3- Wait the end of the measure, go to the next song and play.
      (Each of these switching actions can be performed with or without stopping the currently playing song. This allows for an easy seem-less segway between songs.)
  3. Reroute everything to any output of the audio interface: Each project relies on a template that separate your songs in busses (Click, Cues, Percs, SFX, Keyboards, Vocals, etc...)
  4. Every project makes use of Reaper's markers/region and empty items features: You first create all your markers for the song, then you hit the "generate structure track" button and all your regions and empty items are automatically created.
  5. Navigate through and pre-cue different sections of the songs while ALWAYS staying on the beat.
  6. Loop sections of songs
  7. Loop and solo the click (1 bar or only the last beat of the previous bar): This even makes it possible to skip beats and turn the whole thing around if somebody in the band missed a beat.
  8. Stop Markers: To preset a song's ending, one doesn't need to go into the project settings. You simply enable "Project Ending" Blue marker and move it to where you want the song to stop.
  9. Change the song's tempo on the fly: Using the tempo editing mode, one can alter the tempo by:
    • +/- 1BPM increments
    • Entering a tempo amount or offset
    • Tap Tempo
  10. Change the song's master pitch on the fly: Using the pitch editing mode, one can alter the pitch by:
    • +/- 1BPM increments
    • Entering a pitch amount or offset
    These tracks are not affected by the pitch edits:
    • SFX
    • Percs
    • SMPTE timecode
    • Click
    • Cues
  11. Imported new tracks are automatically sorted in their right folders: so that they are routed at the right place

I must give A LOT of credits to
Justin For the hidden Loopback function which is the backbone of everything.
MPL For the initial idea of the Playlist window
CFillion for many many many scripting concepts and explanations
Mespotine: I spend every day in your API documentation
X-Raym: For several scripting ideas and concepts
Lokasenna: For gmem related infos, and the gui post on this forum.
Blankfile : For the great "ILogic Next" theme.


YouTube Demo Video

This is a full configuration that will change your whole setup. I strongly advise to use this as a portable install that won't interfere with your regular install. It is not a DAW for recording and extensive editing but rather a live playback engine.

Main View:



Audio Routing Tab:



Project Tab List Menu:




Action Markers:



Change Tempo/Pitch:




Auto-Stop Marker:



Switch To Next Song Marker:



Project Title Window:



Large Region Window:



Smooth Seeking With Large Region Window:



Double Click to play/Stop: (If other project is playing then smooth seek)



Change Order Of Tabs: (When Saving with CMD-S, The List list is updated)
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Old 06-12-2020, 03:53 AM   #2
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Looks great (to me as someone who does not even exactly know what it can be used for.)

Is there a detailed documentation on what it can do and hot it is to be used and configured ?

If such is available I'd like to edit the sticky thread here and add some description and links.

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Old 06-12-2020, 07:00 AM   #3
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Just added a full description to the first post.
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Old 06-12-2020, 01:00 PM   #4
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GREAT !
OK a description / feature list, so I can include it in the sticky thread-

To allow anybody to use it a manual would be necessary.

Thanks.
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Old 06-16-2020, 08:46 AM   #5
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Eager to see it on windows.
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Old 06-16-2020, 09:00 AM   #6
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Thanks for sharing my friend, one day I might try it and see how and where it can be useful. Thanks for all efforts, the great presentation here and the youtube video.

Having all kind of different workflow styles for reaper is great, even if someone would not use it now, it might change in future. Great having all these options.

Now the looped recording workflow can be shared, if not done already.
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Old 06-16-2020, 01:01 PM   #7
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Eager to see it on windows.
Actually, I'd be curious to see what works and what doesn't. Have you tried to install it on window in a portable install?
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Old 06-18-2020, 09:21 AM   #8
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I tryed with a fresh portable intall.
Windows 10x64
Reaper 6.12
I load a template. I canīt find play list and several windows errors.
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Old 06-18-2020, 11:11 AM   #9
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Thanks for this report. First time I see it on windows. Yikes!

I think those issues are all related to Windows. I'll work on it and report back.
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Old 06-18-2020, 11:13 AM   #10
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Also make sure you have up to date versions of SWS & JS_API installed in this portable install.
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I update SWS to last beta, fewer errors, but they persist.
You have a very personalized version of Reaper. It is difficult for me to find everything.
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Old 06-19-2020, 06:09 AM   #12
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Yes It is a ďself containedĒ and very different than my usual Reaper studio setup. The reason being that when I use this live, it is used for very restrictive a function. Without anything to disturb. It does goes against Reaper, customized philosophy and feel.

If you type ďRealiveĒ in the action list, everything Is there. You use the Realive actions for the whole thing to work.
In that link you downloaded, there is a cheat sheet. For the my controlling stuff
Itís a good starting point

I will get my windows computer soon. In the meantime, please keep sending me screen capture as it will allow me to enable a fully working windows mode.
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:43 AM   #13
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Ok sorry was late on the post for this . Iíll do some deep testing for this . I play drums live and use reaper as a multitrack playback system . I use portable installs for Mac and pc for redundancy.
Great work ..
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Old 08-04-2020, 06:16 AM   #14
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Great Job on this.
The amazing thing about this is the fact we can now smooth seek between project tabs.. I'm not sure people know how blooding amazing this is.
I've only had a quick look atm , But this seriously will get a work out testing from me (especially the routing side)

ITs great because the projects can be independent instead of songs all in one project.

Again Great Job on this . I cant wait to put it through some testing .

I've used this on a win 10 machine.. Things all worked here on first trial ..
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Old 08-04-2020, 06:23 AM   #15
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For everyone who's wondering why this is useful ..

I'm a live drummer who plays for acts that require live playback of multiple stems, where we can change set list on the fly, stop songs, restart them and also have them smooth seek into next song (without gaps) all while having the ability to edit a song in a contained project(easier editing than one whole project with songs scattered across timeline) into a audio interface with multiple outs, so that our foh engineer can then mix those stems live .
Possibly the next thing would be to support redundancy rigs.. (2 reapers playing back at the same time , into something like a iconnect playaudio 12 which supports redundancy switching)
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Old 08-04-2020, 07:05 AM   #16
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Thanks for the kind words.
So it does work on Windows? The PC I was supposed to have never worked out so I still havenít try

Iím interested in hearing if you understood everything on the first try. Is it intuitive enough?
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Yes confirming it worked on windows 10 .

Easy for me to navigate and use as it fits my needs almost automatically .
I didnít jump into the audio routing yet .


I have had a lifestyle change so Iím not intensively testing it as such .
I pretty much backed up my preferences ,imported your prefs and it worked .
I then reimported my prefs back and my setup was as is.
A portable install is the best option though .

If you install latest reaper version with latest sws it works.

Iíll get into it on Sunday and try and create at least a half hour set of songs as I have to redo everything into seperate projects ..

Iíll run it with a soundcraft ui24r and post my reports here.
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Old 08-15-2020, 05:44 AM   #18
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Thanks a lot for the report.

There is a new version up with many enhancements. Try it out and let me know.
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