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Question: do you have a middle name? I GOTTA know!!
Asked by wiggles (67.249.116.x) on February 25 2019, 4:32am
Reply on February 26 2019, 3:40am:
    Maybe I'm too exposed on the internet anyway, so I'll keep that one private?
Question: I gotta ask: what do you use the most on non-apple computers these days, Linux or Windows? And why?
Asked by Romero (93.35.68.x) on February 23 2019, 12:16am
Reply on February 23 2019, 12:26am (edited at February 23 2019, 12:27am):
    Linux. Because it's easier, and I never get any updating surprises. I tried to install WSL on my Windows laptop recently, it failed and gave me an error code that was no help at all. Fuck it.
Question: With Steinberg pushing hard for VST3 and dicontinuing VST2, do you think Reaper and other DAWs will end up dropping support for VST2 in the foreseeable future?
Asked by Goioz (93.35.68.x) on February 22 2019, 2:24pm
Reply on February 22 2019, 5:19pm:
    We certainly won’t.
Question: With you being so versed in the use and functionality of recording software. How do you rate your abilities at mixing and mastering? Do you ever get the itch to produce groups or mix other people's projects?
Asked by Prizmaxic (96.3.195.x) on February 21 2019, 9:06pm
Reply on February 21 2019, 10:14pm:
    Mediocre I guess? I would be a terrible producer, maybe a tolerable engineer...
Question: When will you post the first public alpha/beta of v6?
Asked by mlprod (155.4.132.x) on February 20 2019, 8:58pm
Reply on February 20 2019, 9:58pm:
    See rules above. Anyway, no plans really (though the 5.9x+dev series are effectively that).
Question: Have you ever met Kenny Gioia in person? (Those videos are great!)
Asked by schmoe (172.218.181.x) on February 20 2019, 12:34am
Reply on February 20 2019, 1:48am:
    You mean Christopher? Oh wait Kenny right yeah! He's even better in person.
Question: What's your opinion of Wine (the compatibility layer) and Wine-based Vst bridges on Linux? Could them represent a real productive solution to the lack of plugins, at least is some cases? Or does it make sense to use Linux+Wine at all?
Asked by Lurens (93.35.72.x) on February 19 2019, 9:26am
Reply on February 20 2019, 1:49am:
    WINE is great, but native is more satisfying.
Question: What's your take on .msi vs .exe?
Asked by fujimotos (153.248.50.x) on February 16 2019, 4:20am
Reply on February 16 2019, 2:21pm:
    I still use NSIS... ;) but I don't use Windows much these days.
Question: Could I swing by the office sometime?
Asked by Arie (68.193.24.x) on February 16 2019, 12:01am
Reply on February 16 2019, 3:46am:
    Nahhh we don't really do office visits :)
Question: Are you Satoshi Nakamoto? (Semi-serious question, though more likely he was Hal Finney.) Regardless, do you think about the fact that you DID help inspire Bitcoin? (by inventing peer-to-peer file sharing, which inspired BitTorrent, which inspired the name and part of the mechanism of Bitcoin).
Asked by Michael Dean (65.131.88.x) on February 13 2019, 7:07pm
Reply on February 14 2019, 1:46am:
    I am definitely not SN. I'm not sure if that chain of causality exists, but to the extent that it does, sorry to the planet!
Question: Should I use _beginthreadex instead of CreateThread ? (I'm using VS2013)
Asked by Ruchira (123.231.124.x) on February 13 2019, 3:36pm
Reply on February 13 2019, 3:39pm (edited at February 13 2019, 3:40pm):
    If you use any libc functions, and you don't want exiting the thread to leak, then yes! (= yes)
Question: 2 questions. First, is Waste still viable? 2nd. Did "Michael Bolton" really say "Cockos" in Office Space? lol. One of my fave movies, and that's the only word in it that made me think "huh?" I knew he mean "jackwad corporate tools" but I thought he said "cock hos. Tho online scripts (made by fans) do say "cockos." Oh, I talked up Reaper in this article: producelikeapro.com/blog/getting-s...
Asked by Michael Dean (98.127.53.x) on February 11 2019, 10:55pm
Reply on February 12 2019, 2:30pm:
    I'd imagine WASTE should still work, and if you can successfully exchange keys should be pretty safe to use (90% due to obscurity haha). As for the exact line in Office Space, it could be a number of things I guess.
Question: Why did you choose .fm (Federated States of Micronesia) as Reaper domain :) ?
Asked by Tobias (77.22.254.x) on February 11 2019, 7:29pm
Reply on February 11 2019, 10:46pm:
    Availability, and FM makes you think of music...
Question: Thank you. If you ever want to include one of 'em, I could use the BSD license instead of the BipCot NoGov License.... And make a version with less than 5000 tuning files, to make the size much smaller. Anyway, I loooooove Reaper. My last 4 albums are 100% Reaper (moved over from Cubase. yuck). And those albums use my microtonal synths a lot: biptunia.com/?page_id=114 Thank you for your service in everything. I'm a huge fan also of ShoutCast forever. 24/7 BipTunia ShoutCast RadioBip.com
Asked by Michael Dean (98.127.53.x) on February 11 2019, 1:28am
Reply on February 11 2019, 10:46pm:
    Thanks! I'm checking out those albums now...
Question: Would you like to include my microtonal VST syynths and sampler s in Reaper? biptunia.com/?page_id=2070
Asked by Michael Dean (98.127.53.x) on February 11 2019, 12:01am
Reply on February 11 2019, 1:13am:
    Very cool, but not at the moment. If we ever did we would want them to be LGPL or BSD licensed... :)
Question: What is the bitrate of a single player Ninjam on both inbound and outbound in addition to how much is the sample rate that Ninjam can handle?
Asked by David (108.27.244.x) on February 10 2019, 11:56pm
Reply on February 11 2019, 1:13am:
    NINJAM uses OGG Vorbis, by default at q=0.0, though perhaps at q=-.1 if a stereo stream, so that's variable bitrate. From memory it usually ends up being around 80kbps for a mono stream or 100kbps for a stereo but that's very rough and might be wrong. The samplerate should be adaptive to whatever Vorbis can take (192khz I think).
Question: Thank you!
Asked by Anon (46.208.237.x) on February 10 2019, 8:56pm
Reply on February 11 2019, 1:13am:
    No, thank you!
Question: I think I finally did it - I think I finally nailed my REAPER configuration. Justin - I have to thank you and congratulate you - you and your friends truly created a masterpiece. And as is the case with every masterpiece - one has to understand mastery before seeing the mastery. Nobody knows the future, but I think REAPER is here to stay for a very, very long time. I can only wish you the best in search for the music of your soul - because in the end, this is really the goal for us all. Thank you and long live the music!
Asked by John (93.139.37.x) on February 9 2019, 3:01am
Reply on February 10 2019, 2:43am:
    Yay hope you have fun and make stuff you dig!
Question: Still using Winamp on a day-to-day basis, after more than 20 years. Looking back, how do you feel about your time spent with Nullsoft and the creation of the venerable music player?
Asked by Danbutlongerbecausemynameistooshort (5.12.237.x) on February 7 2019, 7:28pm
Reply on February 10 2019, 2:42am:
    It was fun but I definitely enjoy making REAPER more ;)
Question: Is there a way you could explain WDL_Typedbuf member functions a little, or even the ones you would consider most useful for a custom multichanel double** buffer (meter values, audio data history)
Asked by Hannes (87.153.188.x) on February 7 2019, 3:20am
Reply on February 10 2019, 2:41am (edited at February 10 2019, 2:42am):
    Resize() and Get() are really all there is to it. For multidimensional it's probably easiest to use WDL_TypedBuf for a flat array and implement the other dimensions yourself.
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