Opus 1

I saved my composition as a MIDI file and loaded it into Reaper! I have now officially started using Reaper.

Here’s a quick list of everything I learnt today:

  • Reaper is much faster at loading EastWest’s VSTs than Studio One Prime. It might be worth using Reaper for the speed alone.
  • I thought Studio One Prime’s interface was overcomplicated until I began using Reaper. Reaper’s interface is terrifying.
  • Reaper’s interface is also quite ugly.
  • When I saved my composition as a MIDI file, all ASDR tweaks I’d made to its instruments were lost. But when I listened to it again on Reaper, I realised it actually sounded better without the changes. Lesson learnt: ASDR editing isn’t always necessary.
  • Studio One Prime wouldn’t let me listen to anything on it if it wasn’t the active window. So I couldn’t browse the internet and listen at the same time. Reaper lets me do it, though.
  • I’m using the 64-bit version of Reaper (I double-checked), but I can’t load the 64-bit version of EastWest’s PLAY into Reaper. Strange.
  • Reaper’s user guide is over 450 pages long. I wonder if anyone has ever finished reading it? I know I certainly never will.

I also spent some time looking up and following musicians (mainly composers) that I like on Twitter. One of these days, I’ll have to follow people and make playlists on SoundCloud and YouTube as well. I hate setting up new accounts, so I’ll probably procrastinate for a bit before I get round to it.

2 thoughts on “Opus 1

  1. lol yeah Reaper is pretty confusing at first but you get the hang of it once you start learning all of the terms and stuff. It’s a super fast DAW, that’s one of it’s major pros. Setting up the midi in it, for me at least, is one of it’s Cons: in the process of figuring out how to get my plug ins to work so I can do midi in it, that’s pretty much all I use it for at this point.


    • I had problems setting up plug-ins in Reaper, too. I wasted time trying to manually add folders under ‘VST plug-in settings’ before I gave in and clicked auto-detect. Then, it worked perfectly.

      It also took me a while to figure out that VSTs are added by clicking the FX button. I thought that FX stood for ‘effects’, so I thought it couldn’t have anything to do with virtual instruments. Studio One used separate windows for effects and instruments.

      And Reaper still won’t let me use the 64-bit version of EastWest’s PLAY, for some reason. Hmm.

      I didn’t know you used MIDI; all of your covers sound so natural. Do you use MIDI to test your arrangements before you record them with real instruments?


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