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Question: Could you add fade-out and fade-in modifiers to ReaVerb? [permalink]
Asked by Janne (213.152.162.x) on April 14 2017, 6:08pm
Reply on April 15 2017, 2:42am:
    see above

Question: What is your favorite genre of music? [permalink]
Asked by Landon (142.129.171.x) on April 13 2017, 10:42pm
Reply on April 15 2017, 2:43am:
    post-rock or psychedelic rock or something maybe? also all of radiohead.

Question: RE: UWP MIDI wrapper missing get device ID. I'm sure mr. Stammen will include it if an issue is opened on github. Ehehe. :) [permalink]
Asked by EvilDragon (141.138.47.x) on April 12 2017, 8:51am
Reply on April 12 2017, 1:54pm:
    It would be trivial for us to add, too...

Question: Did you watch Better Call Saul last night? Do you also like The Walking Dead? [permalink]
Asked by Mommy (99.173.156.x) on April 12 2017, 1:31am
Reply on April 12 2017, 1:36am:
    Just watched BCS now. I like it. The Walking Dead, I watched the first few seasons I think.

Question: Should people worry when you move to STL? Engineering wise, what's left to be done in your software ecosystem? [permalink]
Asked by Gio (94.70.0.x) on April 11 2017, 3:49pm
Reply on April 12 2017, 1:36am:
    You mean "if" we move to STL?

Question: Are we gonna see build-in animations in LICE/skinning engine someday? Why (technically speaking) you avoid vector graphics in REAPER? CPU usage can be one thing, other... Thanks! Have so much fun with WDL. :) [permalink]
Asked by Gio (79.130.163.x) on April 11 2017, 3:39pm
Reply on April 12 2017, 1:36am:

Question: You should place somewhere (probably on the box)... REAPER the epitome of Win32 programming. Does it bother you that some people do not understand the superiority of REAPER? [permalink]
Asked by Gio (79.130.175.x) on April 11 2017, 3:31pm
Reply on April 12 2017, 1:37am:
    Hah, I'm not sure if win32 is something to aspire be the epitome of... I have no qualms about superiority/perceived superiority of REAPER, I just like to use it myself, it's treated me well.

Question: Why REAPER has reached 12MB!? Actual code or C++ bloat? Hey, static linking is not an excuse. I hear DOOM4 is ~100MB executable, Chrome is a mammoth, what's wrong with C++, is it concerning? [permalink]
Asked by Gio (94.70.2.x) on April 11 2017, 3:18pm
Reply on April 12 2017, 1:38am:
    There's all kind of stuff in there.

Question: Here's a nice read, hopefully. How to utilize UWP MIDI improvements in W10 with a win32 wrapper API: tinyurl.com/mmfxcqe. Actual wrapper on github: tinyurl.com/he8k89b [permalink]
Asked by EvilDragon (141.136.235.x) on April 10 2017, 3:54pm
Reply on April 12 2017, 1:38am:
    Ah yeah, hopefully we can include that wrapper at some point. The wrapper is missing a few things though, like the ability to get device IDs...

Question: Is Reaper also the "backend" for another software? A subscriber of Reaper and a fan of yours, I want that software too if so. I hope you let me know, and Thank you sir [permalink]
Asked by Daniel (98.117.79.x) on April 10 2017, 6:06am
Reply on April 10 2017, 1:08pm:
    No, reaper is only reaper.

Question: So will WALTER stay at "more like 95% terrible" or...? :) [permalink]
Asked by Tinny (213.191.138.x) on April 9 2017, 8:22pm
Reply on April 9 2017, 8:46pm:
    Probably. Or maybe we'll make a better language for it that compiles to the same data structure...

Question: Have you ever suffered from prolonged burn out (weeks or more)? If so, how did you cope? What helped? [permalink]
Asked by atdt (66.108.10.x) on April 8 2017, 5:15am
Reply on April 9 2017, 8:07pm:
    Hmm nothing too long, but sometimes I'll take a step back and do boring housekeeping work for a while. Or mix it up otherwise. +++ath.

Question: Is there any cost to having a load of dummy tracks in a Reaper project? If tracks are deeply nested in folders, is it worth routing the child tracks directly to the parent buss instead of allowing them to trickle down through the folder structure? [permalink]
Asked by fmap (99.232.115.x) on April 8 2017, 1:04am
Reply on April 8 2017, 2:21am:
    A small cost but not huge. Though if the project is very minimal, the cost might be comparatively large, but once you have a real world project the cost is pretty reasonable. As far as track organization, I'd figure out what works best for you.

Question: What time do you usually go to bed? [permalink]
Asked by Vitali (212.87.13.x) on April 7 2017, 5:26pm
Reply on April 8 2017, 2:20am:
    Anywhere from 10:30pm to 12:30am, generally.

Question: Do you contribute to any open source project that was not started by you? Now or in the past [permalink]
Asked by asafonov (78.25.122.x) on April 1 2017, 5:21pm
Reply on April 2 2017, 3:49pm:
    I have but I don't regularly...

Question: Can I do this in reaper? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgUcAoncSuI [permalink]
Asked by Jimmm (50.84.190.x) on March 31 2017, 7:38pm
Reply on March 31 2017, 8:04pm:
    I've never tried but I'd imagine so.

Question: How many Reaper licenses are there worldwide? And also do you see a trend if the growth rate is increasing lately? I have a feeling that it does in my audio world. [permalink]
Asked by mlprod (155.4.132.x) on March 30 2017, 10:23pm
Reply on March 31 2017, 5:40pm:
    We don't disclose our sales stats, but we've seen steady growth throughout REAPER's development!

Question: Are you friends with "Mommy" in real life? [permalink]
Asked by Prizmaxic (65.73.206.x) on March 30 2017, 2:58pm
Reply on March 30 2017, 10:10pm:
    not that i know of

Question: I also really like "03 dont tell me." Your off-pitched vocals hurt your songs though. Are you against slightly tuning the vocals? I just listened to the album and tracks 3 and 4 are really good. Track 5 is not bad. I could listen to these melo songs for hours while surfing the Internet. You should either take your vocals seriously or just upload your projec [permalink]
Asked by Mommy (99.173.156.x) on March 29 2017, 2:12am
Reply on March 29 2017, 2:10pm:
    Why should I take vocals seriously? that's no fun

Question: Cheers for the answers Justin! Another question - how do you deal with going from -32768 to 32767 (one less than the negative side!?) with silence being a load of zeros, to -1.0 to 1.0 with silence being a load of 0.0s? [permalink]
Asked by Tommy G (82.132.226.x) on March 28 2017, 7:10am
Reply on March 28 2017, 1:31pm (edited at March 28 2017, 1:32pm):
    Have a look at WDL, specifically WDL/pcmfmtcvt.h:
    #define INT16_TO_float(out,in) { (out) = (float)(((double)in)/32768.0);  }
    You'll note that there is no +1.0 output possible from the conversion (since 32767 is the maximum input). This is normal.
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