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Reaper Fast Start

with Kenneth Gioia

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  •   01 Class Introduction and Overview

  •   05 Menus, Themes, and Layouts


Class duration: 4h 39m

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About The Class

Discover the flexibility and ease of Reaper as your DAW.

With so many digital audio workstations to choose from, many engineers have tried out new platforms in the hopes of finding more flexibility suited to their workflows and production styles. Reaper has been gaining popularity for its support of multiple plug-in types, easy-to-use MIDI programming and audio automation - and its affordable price tag.

In this Fast Start, famed producer and educator Kenny Gioia will walk you through Reaper’s basic layout and format. He will cover:

  • Track layout, programming and automation
  • Virtual instruments and plug-in compatibility
  • Both audio and MIDI workflows for production
  • Basic recording and mixing techniques
  • File, track and clip organization
If you’ve been thinking about trying out Reaper as a DAW, this class will give you the basic skills you need to get right to work on one of the fastest growing DAW’s around.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction and Overview

  2. 02

    Setting Up a Project

  3. 03

    Tracks and the Mixer Window

  4. 04

    Toolbar Items

  5. 05

    Menus, Themes, and Layouts

  6. 06

    Reaper Menu and Setup Questions

  7. 07

    Setting up a MIDI Track

  8. 08

    Editing a MIDI Track

  9. 09

    MIDI Drum Programming

  10. 10

    Adding MIDI Layers

  11. 11

    Markers, Regions, and Groups

  12. 12

    Setting Up for Live Audio

  13. 13

    Adding Effects on Audio Tracks

  14. 14

    Grouping and Folders for Audio Tracks

  15. 15

    Click Track and Headphone Mixes

  16. 16

    Takes, Lanes, and Groups

  17. 17

    File Management


Meet Your Expert

Kenneth Gioia

Kenneth Gioia is a Multi-Platinum music producer, engineer, mixer and songwriter from New York City, who is best known for working on the #1 hits 'Sex and Candy' by Marcy’s Playground and 'Crush'. Kenneth has worked on record from Bayside, American Authors, Mandy Moore, Hall and Oates and Lee Ann Womack. Kenny is also a trusted educator and runs, where he offers tutorials on everything from mixing and engineering to platform-focused tutorials on Reaper, his DAW of choice.  ... read more

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  • Buckeye Pete

    June 2016

    Outstanding teacher. Kenny is by far the best of the Reaper instructor, and there are many good ones out there. He uses very understandable examples and presents in a fashion that the novice and expert can learn from. Great job Kenny.

  • user-603376


    March 2018

    Kenneth Gioia best teacher on Reaper. thanks so much for time to teach. Reaper is my primary daw since last year - great daw. Thanks Creative

  • Grae

    February 2016

    Mr. Gioia's "Kenny Mania" channel on YouTube has always been a TERRIFIC resource for my beginning to learn REAPER. That being said, his unique speech patterns always got old really quick. It's nothing against him, just a personal tick. Thankfully, Kenny is in top form during this course, and this is one of the most useful and feature-packed CL courses I've seen. Unless you're an absolute expert in REAPER already, there's plenty of information here to get you into becoming more familiar with my favorite DAW.

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