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Question: Hello Justin. I am trying to automatically import audio to Reaper application with a different program, but I could not find a document about it. `reaper.exe filename.wav` has such a use, but it did not quite see my work. Can you inform me? Thank you.
Asked by Musa Kurt (88.238.10.x) on December 5 2020, 1:07pm
Reply on December 5 2020, 6:52pm:
    On windows, WM_DROPFILES is probably a more effective way of doing this...
Question: Do you like F1 cars & racing ?
Asked by Lewis (27.58.119.x) on December 5 2020, 6:21am
Reply on December 5 2020, 6:52pm:
    I used to be more interested in such things but now I am less so
Question: Sony VS. JBL! Which is better (according to your opinion) in sound quality? Some people love heavy bass, some people love sweetness more than bass. What about you??
Asked by Audiophile? Maybe! (117.234.79.x) on December 5 2020, 3:32am
Reply on December 5 2020, 6:52pm:
    No idea, I just use whatever I have around
Question: Do you know Carly Rae Jepsen? If yes, what's your favourite song of hers? If no, then you can start listening her from this LOVELY uplifting song. Also if you love cats, you will love the video of this music as well :D youtu.be/CnGjfxJqf6I
Asked by Kitty Kit-Kats 🐈 (27.58.99.x) on December 4 2020, 6:28am
Reply on December 4 2020, 1:39pm:
    I approve of cats, yes!
Question: What are some of your ideas if Reaper 7.0 comes to your mind?
Asked by David (74.108.16.x) on December 4 2020, 3:45am
Reply on December 4 2020, 1:40pm:
    We'll see but that's a long ways off
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Question: I want to learn to code for pleasure, but I want to learn something other than that "Hello World" crap. Any suggestions?
Asked by Mike (73.91.212.x) on December 4 2020, 1:29am
Reply on December 4 2020, 1:41pm:
    Hmm I think you need to find something that interests you. Hello World crap is how you learn the mechanics of it, but coding is the means to make things happen, so what are those things? :)
Question: Do you still actively use IRC?
Asked by Will (104.254.90.x) on December 2 2020, 9:17pm
Reply on December 3 2020, 3:22pm:
Question: I read you response to a linear algebra question from 2013 and was wondering if you had come across geometric algebra, which has received increased attention as a unifying approach for a range of different problem types. A good website on the topic is bivector.net/
Asked by John McG (14.201.52.x) on December 2 2020, 1:34pm
Reply on December 3 2020, 3:22pm:
    Ah hadn't seen that.
Question: I looked at it right now and its shape and I wondered: When will you have a plectrum in the shape of the Reaper-logo available as official merch? :D
Asked by Mespotine (2.247.251.x) on December 2 2020, 1:46am
Reply on December 3 2020, 3:22pm:
    We're so bad about merch, looking for someone to do a high quality merch store for us, anybody want that job? :)
Question: Thank you! A video of that would be really cool.
Asked by Michael Dean (98.127.48.x) on December 1 2020, 5:59pm
Reply on December 1 2020, 6:27pm:
    I'll put that on my todo list
Question: hey- so how do you set your daily moral compass? is it by a 'religous belief' system,or some other 'teaching' you learned along the way? ((personally, i took notes from the 10 commandments+7sins,but try to remain 'faithless' over 1 diety or another)) what say you?
Asked by 2020 (95.145.189.x) on December 1 2020, 5:44pm
Reply on December 1 2020, 6:32pm:
    You have to set those things daily, shiiit?! Some of those commandments seem a bit harsh and self-serving, e.g. the first? Anyway perhaps I am shaped by various philosophers and secular humanists, I'm look at you Vonnegut, applying the golden rule and just trying to be generally decent?
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Question: "Also available: Windows 32-bit - 12MB" SINCE WHEN? Are you soon getting rid of 32 bit reaper??
Asked by Human (27.58.21.x) on December 1 2020, 3:42pm
Reply on December 1 2020, 6:27pm:
    No, we'll keep making it for a long long time, but it does represent a small percentage of the downloads
Question: On your Super8 videos, can you explain how you're looping things? Is there a foot pedal? To what? What are you doing in Reaper? I really enjoy those videos and am curious.
Asked by Michael Dean (98.127.48.x) on December 1 2020, 9:17am
Reply on December 1 2020, 3:31pm (edited at December 1 2020, 3:32pm):
    I should make a video with screen capture showing it, but this is the general setup:
    • Reaper with Super8 on a track
    • Audio inputs from two sources (a mic and a guitar DI). Input 1 of super8 always gets the mic. Inputs 2-8 get the output of some FX which select the input, and whether there is distortion and delay on it (I can toggle these via MIDI controller buttons on both the Zoom R24 and the foot controller).
    • Super8 also gets a foot controller MIDI routed to it, and a foot controller button mapped to its "Play/record current" action.
    • The first 6 outputs of super8 all go to 6 tracks, the volume of which I can adjust via the (Zoom R24 MIDI controller) faders.
    • Outputs 7/8 of super8 go a pair of tracks which are setup in feedback (having a compressor, EQ, etc on it). One fader controls the output level, the other the feedback gain. The project has feedback routing enabled.
    • There is also a complex setup involving spectral hold, which I don't always use (to be documented later)
Question: What's the downsides of having long hair?
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on November 30 2020, 4:08pm
Reply on November 30 2020, 5:27pm:
    Society judges you differently, it takes longer to wash and more importantly dry, it's bulky and hotter in the summer, you run the risk of getting it caught in your tools, spokes, belay devices, etc?
Question: I notice you've useed the term "feature latch". Can you tell what the analogy exactly means?
Asked by fujimoto (150.95.210.x) on November 29 2020, 3:14am
Reply on November 29 2020, 3:48am:
    It refers to the fact that once you add a feature to a released version of software, you are stuck with supporting it for eternity (or at least, if you stop supporting it, you will piss off some percentage of your users). AKA feature-ratchet
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Question: You are obviously a skilled coder. Did you ever work for a company as a coder, or were you just completely an entrepreneur when you created Winamp?
Asked by Mike (73.91.212.x) on November 29 2020, 3:07am
Reply on November 29 2020, 3:47am:
    When writing Winamp it was really a project for fun and enjoyment! Then it turned into a business...
Question: What do you think of coding bootcamps? I completed one months ago but my natural curiosity is only beginning to take shape.
Asked by Andy (108.84.189.x) on November 28 2020, 11:59pm
Reply on November 29 2020, 1:38am:
    I have no experience with them so it's really hard for me to say! Perhaps any askjf readers who have can post in the comments here?
Question: Did you hear Tony Hsieh died in a house fire? How can we explain the universe when a person who gave away millions to help people dies by fire??? :(
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on November 28 2020, 4:39pm
Reply on November 28 2020, 8:26pm (edited at November 28 2020, 8:27pm):
    :( The Pope's op-ed in the NYT is a good place for us all to start.
Question: do you think dual screen laptop will be the future? can they replace traditional single screen with physical keyboard laptops? i mean, dual screen laptops will be very useful for literally everyone. For students, they can take handwritten notes using OneNote in there second display using stylus, while watching there lectures videos in first display. For musicians, they can bring a touch MIDI keyboard in there second screen while DAW will be in first screen. For graphic designers, they don't need any graphic tablet, they can do the drawing thing in second display. I mean, people can open either combined or separate apps in both displays. Maybe they can even replace physical DAW controllers and MIDI keyboards and we can just make music using the laptop only? If this type of laptop will come in future, will you purchase it for your personal use?
Asked by techno technical (27.58.113.x) on November 28 2020, 3:56pm
Reply on November 28 2020, 8:27pm:
    I dunno, one screen is usually enough for me (except when I want debugger output on the second)
Question: Which parts of Reaper influence the reaper.ini entry lastcwd? I have trouble using require in Lua scripts as the searched paths for Lua-modules are influenced by the path set in that reaper.ini entry and which features I should avoid for influencing that. Thnx
Asked by Mespotine (2.247.251.x) on November 28 2020, 12:40am
Reply on November 28 2020, 8:30pm:
    That's literally the last working directory, saved at exit, loaded on startup. We don't change it too many places, but some file browse dialogs end up changing it, I think? and a script could (via chdir())...
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