In this episode I cover the basics of editing using items, and the three different ripple modes. A number of other actions are briefly covered as well, such as cut copy and paste, adjusting track pan, soloing a track, and duplicating a track.
A Custom: Select and split item under edit or play cursor
Command+C Edit: Copy items/tracks/envelope points (depending on * focus) ignoring time selection
Command+X Edit: Cut items/tracks/envelope points (depending on focus) ignoring time selection
Command+V Item: Paste items/tracks
D Track: Duplicate tracks
Option+Left or Right Arrows Track: Nudge track pan left or right
F6 Track: Solo/unsolo tracks
F5 Track: Mute/unmute tracks
Option+P Options: Cycle ripple editing mode
Option+Shift+P OSARA: Report ripple editing mode
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if you’re following these tutorials along on the Mac, make sure you get the latest build of OSARA and update your key map.
In this third of a series of beginner tutorials, we finally get a bit of editing done using time selections. The context sensitive nature of Reaper is discussed along with some further navigational and editing techniques. These include selecting and moving between items, scrubbing, moving by beats or measures, making and refining time selections, previewing your edit and the implications of your zoom factor.
Keyboard Shortcuts Mentioned
Left Arrow View: Move cursor left one pixel
Right Arrow View: Move cursor right one pixel
Command+Left Arrow Item navigation: Select and move to previous item
Command+Right Arrow Item navigation: Select and move to next item
Page Up Move edit cursor back one measure
Page Down Move edit cursor forward one measure
Command+Page Up Move edit cursor back one beat
Command+Page Down Move edit cursor forward one beat
Delete OSARA: Remove items/tracks/contents of time selection/markers/envelope points (depending on focus)
[ Time selection: Set start point
] Time selection: Set end point
Option+[ Time selection: Nudge left edge left
Option+] Time selection: Nudge left edge right
Command+[ Time selection: Nudge right edge left
Command+] Time selection: Nudge right edge right
Option+Space Transport: Play (skip time selection)
Shift+Home Custom: Select from cursor to start of project
Shift+End Custom: Select from cursor to end of project
Option+Shift+- or NumPad- View: Zoom out horizontal
Option+Shift+= or NumPad +View: Zoom in horizontal
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This tutorial gives a basic overview of the conversion between the windows key map and the Mac key map. It covers the hierarchy of a Reaper project. How to add a track, and insert an audio file on it. There’s also a quick run down of the OSARA configuration dialog. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for things to cover in future tutorials.
In this Episode I’d like to give you a very brief introduction to the DAW, Reaper. It is an extremely powerful multi track audio editor that is cross platform, working on Mac and Windows. I will be concentrating on the Mac version however most of what is covered is also applicable to Windows.
You can find download links at the end of this post for Reaper and OSARA. Reaper is the application and OSARA is a plugin created by NVAccess which makes it more accessible – OSARA: Open Source Accessibility for the REAPER Application. I would also recommend installing an additional plugin called SWS which expands the functionality and usability of Reaper, link also below.
Whether you are on Windows or Mac, you will want to install all three, Reaper, OSARA, and SWS. To quickly check you have OSARA installed, hit the up or down arrow once you’ve opened Reaper, if VO reports “No Tracks” then your good to go.
Okay, so all installed? Cool, lets go. You can use VoiceOver to explore the interface, however almost everything you’ll need is available with keyboard shortcuts.
When you start Reaper for the first time, it will prompt you to set an audio device, go ahead and do this. If you don’t do this initially, you can access the preferences by pressing Cmd+P, and going to Devices in the tree view. Whilst in Preferences, I’d recommend going into Paths and setting a location for peak files to be saved.
F12 will toggle on and off keyboard shortcut help. This is an invaluable tool both when your new to Reaper or even when you’ve been using it for a while. When toggled on, Voice Over will report the action that is bound to whatever key/s you press. I recommend making liberal use of it.
The Actions List
Pressing F4 will bring up the Actions List. You’ll be placed into a search field that lets you filter the thousands of actions down to the one you’re looking for. Once you’ve done this, you can see the shortcut, or shortcuts that are assigned to it. If there’s not currently an action assigned, you can also add the shortcut from this dialog. The Import/Export button will allow you to import a another key map over your existing one, or save your own key map for a back up, or to share with others.
F12 Shortcut Help
F4 Show Action List
Shift+F1 Help: Mouse modifier keys and action shortcuts