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Question: So, you said CoreAudio is better. If someone just make electronic music without any recording, would built-in CoreAudio sufficient for that person or they still need an audio interface for better quality? [permalink]
Asked by Puppy (117.197.7.x) on August 16 2018, 2:26pm
Reply on August 16 2018, 2:50pm:
    CoreAudio is just the way that applications interface with the hardware (whether it be the built-in output on a Macbook, or an ADAT interface)... To answer your question, there's no reason why you can't make awesome electronic music without buying any audio hardware, though mixing on headphones can be challenging, it's totally doable.

Question: i wonder, if CoreAudio is such a beast, why nobody hasn't replicated/ported it yet in linux instead of inventing crappy PulseAudio, ALSA...What do you think? [permalink]
Asked by Pooooooooooooooo (78.152.169.x) on August 16 2018, 6:57am
Reply on August 16 2018, 2:52pm:
    jack is roughly the equivalent of CoreAudio (and even more flexible). jack's API is probably better to program for, but CoreAudio does other things better (like just working without much setup, allowing different applications to use different samplerates/block sizes, etc).

Question: "No reasonable question unanswered since 2009!". So, have you left out some unreasonable question to answer? [permalink]
Asked by Hmmm. (117.197.3.x) on August 15 2018, 5:01pm
Reply on August 16 2018, 4:11am:
    I've deleted unreasonable, offensive or unintelligible questions, yeah...

Question: Is Windows' ASIO4ALL is as same as Mac's CoreAudio? [permalink]
Asked by Puppy (117.207.138.x) on August 15 2018, 4:45am
Reply on August 15 2018, 3:13pm:
    CoreAudio is superior to any audio system on Windows IMO.

Question: *Refer to Poooooony's Q&A* No, you can't cause pain by loud volume in REAPER since it automatically mutes the track if it goes beyond a particular dB, right Justin sir? ;) REAPER takes care of our ears, yay! [permalink]
Asked by Abhi (117.207.143.x) on August 15 2018, 3:04am
Reply on August 15 2018, 3:35am:
    You could disable that option first...

Question: Does performing music (with or without others) makes you a happier person? [permalink]
Asked by nixon (80.135.146.x) on August 14 2018, 11:11pm
Reply on August 14 2018, 11:23pm:
    Playing it definitely does. Performing it in front of other people is TBD (at the very least it at least counts as playing it :).

Question: Are there any functions in reascript, which can be dangerous for hardware, if not properly used? If so, can you name a few please? [permalink]
Asked by Poooooony (78.152.169.x) on August 13 2018, 2:35pm
Reply on August 13 2018, 2:44pm:
    For hardware? Don't think so. I suppose you could crank the volume up and cause people some pain though...

Question: Do you think this askjf.com page was a good idea after all..? (I'm checking out this page everyday, don't know why hah) [permalink]
Asked by MS from Sweden (77.218.249.x) on August 13 2018, 12:21pm
Reply on August 13 2018, 2:43pm:
    Not the worst idea, hours of entertainment...

Question: Which music streaming site is best in your opinion? Spotify? Apple Music? Or any other? [permalink]
Asked by James (146.185.158.x) on August 13 2018, 5:17am
Reply on August 13 2018, 2:43pm:
    Spotify is pretty nice, if you pay to not have ads.

Question: Why don't you implement a login here? So that we can register our names. For example, if I register 'JohnGold' as my name. Only I can use this name and no one. And you can also recognize that its me asking you, not anyone else with my name. [permalink]
Asked by Gold (46.101.16.x) on August 13 2018, 5:12am
Reply on August 13 2018, 2:43pm:
    You can recognize fakers by their IP addresses, but also meh

Question: Is it necessary to learn to play physical instruments or we can just make very good music electronically with a DAW and somce couple of instrument plugins? [permalink]
Asked by Maddy (220.158.145.x) on August 13 2018, 5:09am
Reply on August 13 2018, 2:42pm:
    It's certainly more fun to play physical instruments, but whatever works

Question: Are you teaching programming and music to your kids? So that after some couple of years, when you die of your old age, your kids will develop REAPER for us, instead of you abandoning this beautiful software ;) [permalink]
Asked by Ash! (45.55.32.x) on August 13 2018, 5:07am
Reply on August 13 2018, 2:42pm:
    I have no kids.

Question: If you had the funds to fund a single, achievable technology into existence, what would it be? [permalink]
Asked by Poofox (24.95.78.x) on August 13 2018, 4:57am
Reply on August 13 2018, 2:42pm:
    Probably cheap, clean, portable, carbon-neutral electricity generation? Having unlimited energy solves a lot of other problems, maybe?

Question: Beside English, how many and which languages do you know? [permalink]
Asked by Abhi (117.197.14.x) on August 13 2018, 3:57am
Reply on August 13 2018, 2:40pm:
    I speak some terrible French and Spanish, and even worse German.

Question: What's your home address, dear Justin? [permalink]
Asked by HiHi (172.250.71.x) on August 13 2018, 1:57am
Reply on August 13 2018, 2:30am:
    1 Butthole Way, ...

Question: What's your mobile number, dear Justin? [permalink]
Asked by HaHa (45.55.36.x) on August 12 2018, 12:18pm
Reply on August 12 2018, 1:36pm:
    not a chance

Question: Just wanted to recommend gitlab for Cockos. You can host it yourself at no price. Has a really useful issue tracker. [permalink]
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on August 11 2018, 11:44pm
Reply on August 12 2018, 1:36pm:
    thanks

Question: I'll continue in MS from Sweden's path: (removed) [permalink]
Asked by Abhi (59.97.206.x) on August 11 2018, 5:24am
Reply on August 11 2018, 11:52am:
    Not a question... and otherwise not particularly helpful

Question: I'll continue in Abhi's path: which features do you think Reaper is missing at the moment? :) [permalink]
Asked by MS from Sweden (77.218.248.x) on August 10 2018, 5:11pm
Reply on August 10 2018, 10:34pm:
    Writing metadata to mp3 files for one

Question: Is there something which REAPER can't do? [permalink]
Asked by Abhi (104.236.53.x) on August 10 2018, 6:41am
Reply on August 10 2018, 1:04pm:
    Probably plenty, but doing things is the user's job...
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