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vomer
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Mar 9th, 2018 03:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've recently bought a Boss Katana and have downloaded Reaper to try recording some guitar tracks, from the Katana's USB out into my laptop. I don't have a soundcard/audio interface yet. I have some recording experience, I used to engineer in a small 8 track studio back in the 80's, which makes me a dinosaur when it comes to anything digital. So I have a million questions but I'm not going to launch into them all now, at least until I've watched all of Kenny Gioia's excellent youtube tutorials.

Reaper seems easy once you have grasped the basics, and I managed to record a couple of tracks of noodling just while I was learning how to press 'record'. I found out how to download a VST plugin for an acoustic guitar simulator called BodiLizer as I don't have an electro-acoustic, and that is passable with my Epiphone Sheraton even though it's more designed to improve piezos.

I'll see if I can get something recorded neatly enough to post.

I'm not very impressed with the reverb that comes with Reaper so I'll be looking out for another.

So, any fans of Reaper, any thoughts, tips, good plugins (especially reverb?)

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Mar 9th, 2018 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've used Reaper since I believe version 2. The price is right and I like their philosophy of un-hobbled evaluation.

I moved to it from an 8-track ADAT digital tape.

I don't record much these days. I'm playing in a couple of bands and don't have the time. I'm still using it to edit church sermons for website posting.

I agree with you that the stock reverb plugins are not that great, although I have not searched for an alternative.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Mar 9th, 2018 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've used Reaper for 10 years now or more, and just recently started branching out. I still use it about half the time. Maybe more.

Great lightweight DAW. Some of the stock plugins are just fine. Many, actually.

As far as reverb, I don't ever use what comes with Reaper. I actually hardly use their stock plugins either. I've found many other vendors that make great stuff that I prefer for tonality.

I guess you are looking for a be-all reverb? I would check out Valhalla vintage verb or Valhalla room. They make 50 dollar plugins(cheap) that sound great. The pro's use these.

Other than that, you can check out Waves Abbey Road Plates, Soundtoys little plate for plates - Acon digital verberate. If you need what Hollywood uses, then Altiverb convolution($$$)

If you decide to use just the basics of Reaper, it's very fast and pretty straight forward. It's hugely customizable though and can get quite deep.

vomer
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Mar 10th, 2018 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, I'll look into those.

vomer
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Mar 18th, 2018 03:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

I checked Valhalla's sound samples and on the first one I listened to it went something like this:

0:00 should I buy Valhalla
0:02 yes!

I've been away and haven't had a chance to explore it more fully, but it does seem great, thanks for the recommendation.

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Mar 18th, 2018 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

My Lexicon reverb died so I found this free one and although not that configurable, it works for me.
I'm using it on a very old 32 bit laptop at my house gig so I can't comment on 64 bit computers.
Looks like I'm late to the game for reverb advice but here it is anyway.
cheers

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Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Mar 18th, 2018 10:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I checked Valhalla's sound samples and on the first one I listened to it went something like this:

0:00 should I buy Valhalla
0:02 yes!

I've been away and haven't had a chance to explore it more fully, but it does seem great, thanks for the recommendation."

Lol.

Exactly, especially considering the whole $50 dollar thing!

Enjoy.

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Mar 19th, 2018 05:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've used the Anwida Soft back in my win 98/Sony Vegas days. Perfectly usable verb.

Aaron, any opinion on how Valhalla stacks up against the stock Dverb in Pro Tools? Which one floats yer boat, the plate, room, etc?

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 01:29 PM, Mar 19th, 2018)

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Mar 19th, 2018 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I actually like Dverb pretty well on the hall and plate. It's pretty darn nice.

Though I think I get a little more signature tones from Valhalla. I got room first and really like it but I really enjoy the Valhalla vintage verb better. It sort of does more of what a Lexicon unit would have done years ago.

I still don't like algo reverbs for actual spaces as much. I use Waves IR and oodles of impulse responses to get my more realistic sounds of rooms. Waves IR comes with a ton of free ones like the famous Cello/United studios.

reverendrob
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Mar 20th, 2018 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been pleased by the Little Plate when I've needed something for mix sweetening - I got it free in a TapeOp giveaway, and it's even better free.

But honestly I'm very, very pleased. It even responds well to automation lanes so I can ride it hardcore for some tracks.



Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Mar 20th, 2018 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Little Plate is a fantastic sounding plugin. I love it. It's on the warm side so I have less of that weird high end to dial out. The UAD EMT 140 is nice and all, but pretty bright. And I believe it was $300 bucks.

reverendrob
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Mar 22nd, 2018 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

The UAD stuff I'll never touch simply because I'm not buying hardware...to buy plugins.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Mar 22nd, 2018 01:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's a silly silly idea in this day and age, honestly.

They are overpriced anyway.

However, they also sound the best to me in many cases. All my opinion.

reverendrob
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Mar 22nd, 2018 06:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't use many, so not a big deal.

I'm still a hardware guy.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Mar 22nd, 2018 11:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's fine. I love hardware, too.

Fact is, to get all the sounds I need for the various genres and clients needs, I would need a large variety of hardware. Bang for buck is not in the hardwares favor.

The advantage of plugins is that I can have a Studer 800 deck with BASF 900 on one track, GP9 on another, 456, 250 etc.

A Neve console here, API there, Distressor, LA2a, 1176.

There are just too many advantages to the software now, especially for the money.

To each his own.

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