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Question: I'm looking for a new PC. Should I only consider CPU performance (ie : https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php) to run live amp sims+a few synths+samples smoothly? What about single/multi-core performance? Btw, I have a good interface (RME). Thanks for you input! [permalink]
Asked by james (198.91.196.x) on July 11 2018, 2:56am
Reply on July 11 2018, 12:43pm:
    There are trade-offs between single and multiple core, something with a high single core performance and 4 cores these days would probably be ideal for synths/amp sims/etc. Motherboard and video card also matter if you're worried about keeping DPC latencies low... But I don't have any specific advice there.

Question: Why doesn't plugin developers make their plugins run on GPU instead of CPU? [permalink]
Asked by MS from Sweden (77.218.250.x) on July 10 2018, 12:02pm
Reply on July 10 2018, 12:51pm:
    That's a difficult thing, I think.

Question: Do you know, people can use VPN and can ask multiple questions to you consecutively? [permalink]
Asked by VPN!!! (104.236.195.x) on July 9 2018, 5:26am
Reply on July 10 2018, 3:22am:
    Yes, sure. Or a proxy. Or maybe other tricks.

Question: How many girlfriends you had before in your entire life? [permalink]
Asked by Romeo (117.207.140.x) on July 9 2018, 5:24am
Reply on July 10 2018, 3:23am:
    a few

Question: When you see a playhead moving that looks like 1px/1frame is this just the zoom playing tricks on you? I can't figure out how to move at 1px but still hit each step in time if that makes sense, any help with this? thanks. [permalink]
Asked by sam_lich (64.234.61.x) on July 7 2018, 2:06am
Reply on July 7 2018, 3:42am:
    Not sure what that question is, sorry!

Question: Have you played live with "decanted youth"? I really like the jam from July 3, 2018!!! [permalink]
Asked by Albi (177.245.59.x) on July 6 2018, 7:28pm
Reply on July 7 2018, 3:42am:
    Thanks! We've played twice before and we have another show next Friday. The previous shows are on youtube (and available as mp3s)... They're evolving, this show will be more like the jam than the previous shows, I'd think. :)

Question: If I were the developer of REAPER, and you were the user, would you ask me questions just like I am asking you? If yes, then what kind of questions? [permalink]
Asked by RoBot (59.92.92.x) on July 6 2018, 6:08pm
Reply on July 7 2018, 3:40am:
    Hmm probably not.

Question: Do you ever see yourself retiring from work, or would you miss making things too much? [permalink]
Asked by Will (50.84.190.x) on July 5 2018, 4:17pm
Reply on July 5 2018, 7:32pm:
    whenever I stop for too long now I end up in a bad mood, so I dunno.

Question: Are you secretly making your own operating system and will name it as "Cock OS" ?? [permalink]
Asked by OSes (104.131.176.x) on July 5 2018, 4:01am
Reply on July 5 2018, 12:55pm:
    No :)

Question: Sorry, if I am noob. What does 'upgrade' actually means? (like from REAPER 4 to 5). Is REAPER 5 modification of v4 or REAPER 5 made completely from scratch? (means, without modifying v4). Will REAPER 6 completely made from scratch too (without modifying v5)? [permalink]
Asked by Noob (117.242.98.x) on July 5 2018, 3:54am
Reply on July 5 2018, 12:54pm:
    REAPER v5 was derived from REAPER v4 which was derived from v3 etc etc.

Question: This is not a feature request, because it's too complex, but in many years I have always been thinking if a certain DAW feature would be possible to make at least in theory; would it be possible to make a plugin format, so that when making any processing using this format, the waveform (the "peaks") in the DAW would update it's shape in realtime. [...] [permalink]
Asked by MS from Sweden (77.218.250.x) on July 4 2018, 11:36pm
Reply on July 5 2018, 12:54pm:
    It would probably be too CPU-intensive to be usable, so you'd have to render/cache them.. so meh.

Question: Do you think just by 'human - yes', a bot can't post a question? Why not instead add an image scan captcha, just like many other websites have? [permalink]
Asked by Anti-bot (117.197.2.x) on July 4 2018, 2:01pm
Reply on July 4 2018, 3:22pm:
    It's surprisingly effective. Sophisticated bots tend to target specific web software packages, which this is not one of. If it become ineffective, I'll switch to recaptcha v2, since I had to update our various other things to that recently anwyay...

Question: Have you ever had neighbors with loud dogs that got on your nerves? [permalink]
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on July 4 2018, 12:50pm
Reply on July 4 2018, 3:21pm:
    I don't think so, I've had other noisy neighbors but noisy dogs haven't been a problem I don't think...

Question: If I make a DAW and all REAPER as well as other DAW users, switch to my DAW, will you still develop REAPER (just for yourself)? LOL ;) [permalink]
Asked by RePear (59.97.207.x) on July 4 2018, 4:24am
Reply on July 4 2018, 3:20pm (edited at July 4 2018, 5:53pm):
    If I've switched to your DAW (since you said all REAPER users switched), then I would no longer develop REAPER. But if for some reason everybody else switched and I still preferred REAPER (unlikely as it may be), then I would keep developing it if only for myself, yes.

Question: When we're talking about names. Actor Robert Sean Leonard (played Wilson in House MD)... I always found it funny that he doesn't have a real surname, just three regular names stringed together. Haha. [permalink]
Asked by Tinny (213.202.69.x) on July 3 2018, 8:18pm
Reply on July 3 2018, 8:20pm:
    I've been told you should be skeptical of people with first names for last names...

Question: ok.. so what is your middle name then jcf? [permalink]
Asked by fixerdave (88.105.181.x) on July 3 2018, 2:20pm
Reply on July 3 2018, 8:20pm:
    Cockos, of course.

Question: What is/are the difference(s) between quora.com and askjf.com? [permalink]
Asked by Curiosity (107.170.186.x) on July 3 2018, 6:08am
Reply on July 3 2018, 12:41pm:
    askjf only asks one person, me. so it's much less useful. Though it was first.

Question: If your name would be Adam Smith Kelly (weird name, I know), would the name of this website be 'askask.com'? [permalink]
Asked by Goldy (61.2.248.x) on July 3 2018, 6:06am
Reply on July 3 2018, 12:41pm:
    Yeah, or askak.com (askjf could've just as easily been askjcf.com).

Question: Do you code this fast? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hlb8YX2-W8 [permalink]
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on July 3 2018, 2:05am
Reply on July 3 2018, 12:43pm:
    I definitely don't do any 10 hour sessions anymore. Nor do I talk while I'm programming. ;)

Question: Could you describe how rpool's time properties (until/now) work? Thanks. [permalink]
Asked by Gio (79.131.89.x) on July 2 2018, 9:53pm
Reply on July 2 2018, 10:49pm:
    When you add a resource to the pool, you specify the time until which the owner owns it (so that if you request it before that time period, you're guaranteed nobody else took it).
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