Old 08-14-2019, 06:52 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I have a project (four actually) that is about 2.5 hours long that was recorded during a live show. The project has eight individual tracks. I've sorted out the 12 songs we like, and now I would like to edit each song as an individual project. Is there an efficient way to take a time selection, and create a new project with source tracks only six minutes long instead of 2.5 hours?

I guess one way would be to export as stems, create a new project, and import into that. Is there a better way?

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Old 08-14-2019, 08:49 PM   #2
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you can try a few ways and decide what you like

one simple way is to save as, under a new name like Song 1
being sure to check the first two lower boxes...

Open that and split everything at the start of song 1 and the end of it
and then select and delete what you don't want, move the remainder to the start of the project and Save...
I would also glue each item to itself... and Save and then use the clean unused files action from the project..

An other way is to make a time selection over Song 1 items
Use Shift S to split at both ends of the time selection
Then you should see the item contents of the time selection remaining selected... so hit Control+C [copy] open a new project tab and in there hit Control+V for paste...
Then Save as that project as the song name
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:29 PM   #3
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Yea, save as a new project(s) and trim project to time selection (there's an action). Easiest way.

If they're all sharing files though, you'll need to use the copy media options at the bottom of the save as window (or glue them like hopi said).
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:43 AM   #4
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Thanks! My only concern is that since we only started and stopped the recording at the beginning and end of each set, each of the source files are 45–60 minutes long. I guess there’s no painless way to trim those down in REAPER?
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I guess there’s no painless way to trim those down in REAPER?
You mean cut stuff out to make them shorter? Sure, it's easy. You can use ripple editing and delete sections of the item or a number of other ways.
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:08 PM   #6
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depends on what painless is for you... LoL

but it is easy

after you trim away the unwanted parts and have saved as a new project doing the copy all media to project...

then just select each wav file, one at a time, and hit Glue...
It makes no sense at first but it is one of those reaperish things...
when you glue an item to itself, it makes it exist as just what you see on screen... the old trimmed away parts will be gone...

So then save the project again after doing all the glue stuff...

then there is an action to Clean all unused files from project...
see how that works out for your needs...

You should end up with each song as it's own project, with none of the extra minutes of the original files in the song project.
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Old 08-27-2019, 07:37 AM   #7
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Ah yes, that very common concept of destructive gluing.

That did the trick, thank you!

(Also if anyone runs across this and has trouble... you have to save the project before the files are recognized as unused.)
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Old 08-27-2019, 09:19 AM   #8
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If you want to do all the songs at the same time, you can make a region for all the songs, then render all the regions for all the tracks with proper naming etc. Then you’ll have the stems for everything in one pass.
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