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Question: Do you use WM_GETDLGCODE for making Tab button work in gfx window or some other way?
Asked by Pony (78.152.169.x) on February 5 2019, 2:11pm
Reply on February 10 2019, 2:41am:
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Question: When you opted for ICC for all platforms was it for performance or reliability reasons? If you don't mind to talk about ICC benefits from your experience would be appreciated since I always perceived it like the black sheep but these days something tells me to reevaluate my thinking about CPU dispatch. Thanks.
Asked by Gio (94.70.15.x) on February 5 2019, 12:15pm
Reply on February 10 2019, 2:39am:
    It seems to provide the most balanced performance across various CPUs (and doesn't require SSE2 for win32)...
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Question: when hosting a vst effect plugin, should I destroy the plugin window when user close it? Or should I hide it?
Asked by ruchira (123.231.87.x) on February 4 2019, 5:19pm
Reply on February 5 2019, 2:43am:
    You could hide it if you want, but effEditClose would probably save some memory/resources.
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Question: Given a cut of some dB at some frequency with some bandwidth using ReaEQ with a band of type "Band (alt 2)". What math formula could be used so that a cut with a band of type "Band" (the default) would have the same effect? Thanks!
Asked by amagalma (79.107.27.x) on January 30 2019, 8:27pm
Reply on February 2 2019, 3:47am:
    I dunno
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Question: Your thoughts on MIDI 2.0? :)
Asked by EvilDragon (141.138.35.x) on January 28 2019, 9:08pm
Reply on January 29 2019, 8:22pm:
    I haven't looked at it, but I absolutely *LOVE* all things MIDI, as you can tell!
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Question: If you don't mind, I'm wondering.. There are how many people in Cockos, only two? ( which I saw in the Cockos/Team site)
Asked by Magneto (104.36.68.x) on January 28 2019, 1:05am
Reply on January 28 2019, 5:44am:
    The team page is pretty accurate.
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Question: You wrote: "I'm in favor of [...] women's right to choose (within reason)". Since Democrats passed this in NY: tinyurl.com/y73ztydq do you think that this will lead to good and/or necessary things, that it helps humanity to progress, or that this is pure evil. Also did you ever held a freshly newborn?
Asked by questioner (62.214.88.x) on January 26 2019, 1:30pm
Reply on January 26 2019, 6:24pm:
    I think the NY bill is a good thing! As with anything it's hard to predict unintended consequences, but I think it is very likely that the benefits will outweigh the drawbacks. No, I haven't held a newborn.
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Question: Are you still into looping and super eighting? How is that going lately?
Asked by John (93.136.63.x) on January 25 2019, 4:18pm
Reply on January 26 2019, 6:23pm:
    I haven't done it in a while, feeling the need to return to it!
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Question: I love the YEY you made on Reaper. Do you feel like Reaper on Linux is a functional enough setup to recommend it to someone who wants a simple setup? I'd like to be able to just run Reaper on Linux Mint on a old computer to be able to make use of audio interfaces that don't work on OS X anymore? Thanks Justin
Asked by David Bonin (104.221.67.x) on January 22 2019, 8:19pm
Reply on January 22 2019, 11:49pm:
    Thanks! If you don't care much about 3rd party plug-ins, then REAPER on Linux is very functional!
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Question: From the Feature-Requests about rendering in the Reaper-forums, I noticed some hesitation on your side to add stuff like rendering a file and such. So my question, what is the reason behind this hesitation? Technical problems, UX-problems(passing the different fileformats is quite tricky, I think) or is it just uninteresting from a nerd-POV? ;)
Asked by mespotine (109.104.48.x) on January 20 2019, 11:19pm
Reply on January 21 2019, 4:53pm:
    Better to discuss this in the forums, mostly just too many inputs... Perhaps we could expose some of the project settings and then you could trigger the "render last settings" action...
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Question: Has GDI been implemented for Linux in WDL/swell? (I can't get it to work.)
Asked by Julian (192.160.102.x) on January 19 2019, 10:12pm
Reply on January 19 2019, 10:27pm:
    A subset, yes. For example cd WDL/eel2 && make && ./loose_eel scripts/gfx_test.eel
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Question: Is there a way to export projects from an iOS device to Reaper (Garageband, Cubasis, Auria, et cetera?) My buddy still uses a desktop and Reaper but I moved on to mobile only a few years ago. Was hoping for an easier way to share projects since we don't live nearby and there isn't a Reaper for iOS.
Asked by James (174.126.161.x) on January 17 2019, 8:27pm
Reply on January 18 2019, 3:53am:
    I don't know much about exporting things from iOS...
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Question: I am a fairly skilled coder from Atlanta who has a buyout offer for an app I have created. Actually, I have 2 offers. One is to sell a substantial portion of the app and go to Silicon Valley. The other is from a local university, which basically pays me a smaller salary but they pay for office space in the tech sector of Atlanta. Either offer makes me well off (however southern cost of living is way cheaper), but it seems all the super companies (including your Winamp) are in Silicon Valley. Which would you
Asked by Matt Parks (73.91.212.x) on January 14 2019, 3:21am
Reply on January 14 2019, 1:45pm (edited at January 14 2019, 1:46pm):
    Obviously the specifics of each offer would be the most important. Assuming they are roughly equivalent:

    If you're happy where you are living I'd stay there. I moved to SF when I sold Winamp, which was a good experience, but I wouldn't want to live there now.
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Question: At this point what's the major ``enemy'' in everyday development of REAPER?
Asked by Gio (79.130.178.x) on January 12 2019, 11:22pm
Reply on January 12 2019, 11:51pm:
    Something I enjoy the least is dealing with plug-in compatibility issues...
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Question: Did you used COM to lunch plugin in seperate process?
Asked by ruchira (123.231.120.x) on January 12 2019, 6:06am
Reply on January 12 2019, 2:42pm:
    No, we create a process manually and use WDL/shm_msgreply
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Question: When compiling audio related project, I have two options! static and dynamic CRT. which one should I use to get higher performance? Will I get SIMD boost automatically when using dynamic CRT?
Asked by Ruchira (123.231.127.x) on January 11 2019, 3:49am
Reply on January 11 2019, 1:17pm:
    I don't think it matters much in that context, but with recent MSVC compilers, a static CRT will use one of your precious FLS slots, of which there are not too many, which can be problematic if hosted in an application that hosts a lot of plug-ins.
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Question: Hey Justin, I'm your cousin Jesse. I'm going to UVM for Music Technology and Business and was hoping you could give me advice on where to find a good internship.
Asked by Jesse Leibman (76.19.85.x) on January 10 2019, 9:33pm
Reply on January 11 2019, 1:58am (edited at January 11 2019, 1:19pm):
    Hah, you can always email me -- I'll answer you here though since I assume you'd want the public answer. A) I don't know because I've never had one. I have a friend who runs a studio that takes interns, I'll ask him what his advice would be and I'll add it to this post.

    My friend replies:
      This is a tough question to answer without a lot more context and info.

      I think Jesse needs to first figure out what a "good internship" means for them. What do they want to learn? Is it important that they get paid? Does locality matter?

      Music technology and business seems like such a weird combination to me (I have no idea what Jesse is studying from the title alone-- is it microphones, synths, or phat beats, or how to get plays for people distrokid style...).

      Sorry if this wasn't much of an answer...
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Question: Hello JF - Happy New Year :) Any Decanted Youth gigs planned for January? I'm gonna be in NYC from the 20th (woohoo!), would be cool to come see you live :)
Asked by neverbeeninariot (138.32.176.x) on January 10 2019, 4:34pm
Reply on January 10 2019, 8:07pm:
    Next one is February 15th at Rocky Sullivan's in Brooklyn! Get ready for the cold, ugh. :)
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Question: Hi Justin. Can REAPER software be accessed by a third party application? Your expertise in this area would be very helpful. Thanks.
Asked by Joseph (50.192.91.x) on January 9 2019, 6:17pm
Reply on January 10 2019, 1:36am:
    Probably worth asking this in the developer forum (with more clarification on what you mean by "accessed")...
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Question: Hi Justin. Are you using a password manager like keepass or browser internal storing of passwords?
Asked by zacki (93.208.242.x) on January 7 2019, 9:43pm
Reply on January 7 2019, 10:16pm:
    I'll use browsers for some non-important passwords, but for the important stuff I use a outdoor paper book with pencil, which is labelled cryptically and only includes part of the information (the other part(s) are memorized). The often-used ones get memorized by nature, too...
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