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Setting up a MIDI Track

Kenneth Gioia

Reaper Fast Start

Kenneth Gioia

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7. Setting up a MIDI Track

Lesson Info

Setting up a MIDI Track

all right. So? Well, this'll particularly when we're gonna do. Ah, many recording. So we start completely fresh with a whole new project, and we're gonna make a mini recording from beginning to end. All right, So I'm gonna show you some preferences along the way. That'll make things a little quicker. So it's not if I'm making a new track and we want to know the session tempo, so we'll go down here. I know it's so I'll take that in the first track. I want to do something. Name. It is gonna be a piano. I think it's gonna melody. So on that piano melody. Now we get to track ready for midi input. We're gonna go to input down here, Choose input Mini. And here is our meaning keyboard. Now going to take a step back to case you're MIDI Control isn't working because in Reaper, you need to tell it to recognize the controller just pulling in and doesn't necessary work. So you gonna go to your preferences, which I'm gonna go over here for preferences and go down here Too many devices and you'll se...

e the device will show up. But a lot of times. It shows that disabled. Just make sure you cook the one you want, Which for us is this one here and click enable input. This way you'll see it. So now what? The track showing up here will go to input, and normally it's affording toe audio, mono or stereo. But down here, we could choose. Mini will choose the control that I have sitting next to me, and for most, most of times you just choose all channels. We need to change the media channel for this. Now, if I go to record and play the keyboard you see level, it's important to note this one part right here. This button here, this is the monitoring button. By default, it's turned off. So if I had a mini instrument or a virtual instrument on this track, we wouldn't hear it monitoring through the track by default. It's turned off which there are times you need this. For instance, when I'm making my tutorials and I want to add some more audio to something we're talking spot, I don't need to hear it come back to my speakers. So those situations I go into recording this track and I would leave this button right here. Record monitoring off. If you see the little yellow tool tip, it says record monitoring off. You can see that you're not gonna hear what you're recording through the track. You're still hearing and playback, but while you're recording it, you're not gonna hear it the most of time. You're gonna wanna have it on so you could do it a few different ways. You can choose the modes by clicking it. This is record moting. Sorry, Record monitoring on. If you cook it again, it's tape automotive, which, um, we don't need to worry about right now. But you also right click it, which I just did here and choose it that way. Monitor input, monitoring, put tape, auto style work. Cook it again to be off, but we're gonna have we're gonna choose it to be on monitor input this. We can hear the sound as we're recording it now because the track shows up into fort like this with it being off. That's kind of paying to make new tracks along the way and keep changing them and change the input. Over here. Two million put on every single track would create. We're gonna make a bunch. So I like to do is change the default on a new project. So we go to our preferences and go down to track send defaults. And right over here we could choose the tracks in the fall. So we make a new track. We could choose to have it armed. So if we choose that every time you make a new track, it's automatically armed. So let's choose that as an option court arm. You can choose the input right here. Inputs. Mono audio will change into multi channel. No, we're gonna change it. Too many. Our focus, right, All channels. So now every time we make a new track, it's already recording put and already has our media put set up. But if you see the monitoring still turned off, we won't change that as well. So it's go back to preferences and go right here and you see the monitoring mode right here. You could choose monitor input, and I think that's all we need for now. That should be good. Okay, Now, after we make this one track, every truck we make in the future, smaller to be set up for us or he has the input set up already and monitoring mode, and we're already in record. So let's start with our first track, though. Where 95 beats per minute and we want to have a Metrodome because I want to play in time. I should warn you I'm not a very good keyboard player, so it may take a few times to get this right. I'll try to keep it as simple as possible. But because of that I need to click to keep me in time. So appears on Metro. No, if we choose it turned on, we hear a metrical. Now I'm gonna go to right click it as I mentioned in the previous one. If you're not sure of any settings just right, click. Um and they show up what I want to change in this one. You could change a whole bunch of things on the Metro. No, with sounds, all kinds of stuff. But I want to turn off one Metrodome during playback. What that's going to do is why we're in playback. We don't hear the Metrodome, but I want to record. We do, so that makes more sense for me. So I think we're ready to go. So let's see my piano settle. We're not ready to go on my thinking. We need to put an instrument on the track to hear, because right now we're just seeing Midi. And if you're really talented, you can record me without listening to what you're doing. But I'm not that talented. So we're gonna effects over here. I'm gonna go toe instruments, and we have a whole bunch of instruments to choose from. I'm gonna go down to piano One, which is called right here by sound magic. Now, this plug in is free. And just about everything I use, I should say, everything I'm going to use in these tutorials is gonna be free stuff that you could get. But just so you know, this company is giving this for free, so you could buy other products that are more advanced. So maybe don't complete take advantage of them. But this particular, this particular plugging is free. So now we play it way, have a piano sound

Class Description

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.


Buckeye Pete

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.


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


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.