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Question: Have you ever used Yubikey?
Asked by fujimotos (153.249.215.x) on June 28 2019, 11:08pm
Reply on June 29 2019, 1:32pm:
    I haven't
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Question: I would like to get ninjam much bigger than it is right now. Is there any ways I can help ninjam to get more popular than what it is before? I can probably get a younger crowd to use Ninjam and experiment with it.
Asked by David (108.21.205.x) on June 28 2019, 6:45pm
Reply on June 28 2019, 7:03pm:
    Pay people to use it!!! jk
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Question: In your reaper.fm website, in the download section, why we have to click on a down-arrow button to open the Linux experimental builds? Why not they are visible like Windows & Mac downloads?
Asked by Abhi (117.197.7.x) on June 27 2019, 3:27pm
Reply on June 28 2019, 1:41am:
    Because they are experimental.
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Question: Do you use inclusively just Rea-FX/JSFX when working on Music. (or 3rd party FX) ?- Just Reckon you should be f--k--g proud of these FX you have created ;) and the stash/community of JSFX is amazing! Do you have a favourite Rea/JS FX? that you can't resist, or admire heaps, even if you don't use it too often?
Asked by BeingAbeanHasBeen (49.196.174.x) on June 27 2019, 2:05pm
Reply on June 28 2019, 1:42am:
    These days I mostly just use reaeq reacomp and reaverb... Sometimes Super8 and General Dynamics.
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Question: Would u ever consider making a hardware instrument if it were with the right partners?
Asked by Kobie Berkhout (145.132.120.x) on June 26 2019, 5:57pm
Reply on June 28 2019, 1:43am:
    Nahhhh
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Question: What would you recommend for Pitch Detection? What do you use for ReaTune, for example? (Sorry for not emailing you, seems you haven`t answered since your inbox is full)
Asked by _mpl (46.72.98.x) on June 26 2019, 3:42pm
Reply on June 28 2019, 1:43am:
    I’ll email you but google probably will help more...
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Question: Have you heard of Loki (loki.network)? The architecture behind their upcoming messenger reminds me kinda of WASTE only on a grand scale and it uses crypto incentivized Service Nodes instead of users to route encrypted traffic.
Asked by Jason (73.57.212.x) on June 26 2019, 11:47am
Reply on June 26 2019, 2:47pm:
    I haven't but I'll take a look!
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Question: If extension for REAPER has 6 utilities with GUI (i'd say, they are pretty light-weight), some of them use chunk parsing and 1 of them interacts with JSFX for multi-track fx parameter processing, should i consider multi-threading in my code or not?
Asked by annoying_asker (107.170.186.x) on June 26 2019, 7:46am
Reply on June 26 2019, 2:46pm:
    REAPER's API is mostly single-threaded... If you need to offline processing to a background thread you can, and if you need to get inside the audio processing of REAPER you can (but for the latter you shouldn't create your own threads, just let REAPER call your plug-in from other threads)... so yeah that.
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Question: What effect does using folders and effects on folders as well as the master track have on multicore performance in Reaper? Does it make the tracks below use a single thread?
Asked by Nick (159.153.90.x) on June 25 2019, 9:59pm
Reply on June 25 2019, 11:32pm:
    Folders do not force the children to run single-core, however if anticipative FX is not used (e.g. tracks are record armed, or it is disabled), then a single core still needs to be able to run the longest dependency chain in a row in realtime. To the extent that things are parallelizable, though, they will be parallelized.
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Question: A good formula to map dB to slider and vice versa? Everything I have tried to far it "works" but it's not intuitive at all...
Asked by Gio (94.66.58.x) on June 25 2019, 6:56am
Reply on June 25 2019, 7:43pm:
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Question: What type of transport is your fav, what do you ride mostly, if any.. car, bike, bicycle, space shuttle, etc.. ?
Asked by Pony (78.152.169.x) on June 25 2019, 6:30am
Reply on June 25 2019, 3:04pm:
    Running is my favorite, followed by walking. They aren’t the most efficient, though, so bicycles are good for longer and/or more time sensitive journeys. Trains are often nice when too long to reasonably do on bicycle (bringing a bike on the train a plus)... but anything over about a 4 hour train ride is probably better suited to air travel.
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Question: when is the 10 years anniversary of the site, did it pass already? and congrats :D
Asked by Emmmm (128.0.250.x) on June 24 2019, 7:55pm
Reply on June 24 2019, 11:08pm:
    7/24 or so, so another month! Thanks!
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Question: "Suggested topics: programming, music, sleep, coffee, running, bike, cars(?), excursion/travel, hiking(?), food(?), cooking(?), llama (:P), singing(?), dancing(?), photography(?), painting(?), sports(?) etc." Any more to write? :D
Asked by Abhi (103.194.224.x) on June 24 2019, 8:47am
Reply on June 24 2019, 12:20pm (edited at June 24 2019, 12:21pm):
    Hah cars not so much anymore... Sports, not really either. I'm not much of a dancer either, except maybe when I'm playing bass.
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Question: What kind of design decisions in REAPER do you regret?
Asked by Markus (181.29.171.x) on June 24 2019, 4:33am
Reply on June 24 2019, 12:19pm:
    Various small things -- making reaper_midi.dll not monolithic in reaper.exe, using double time positions in many places, etc.
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Question: Remember Surfing with the Alien? Canned drums was it not? Album was as good or better than later high-dollar studio albums. Ever thought of REAPER as a Fast Tracker II style application? Need JSFX and samples to be stored internal to the RPP. Install REAPER. Play a RPP, or new file format, 'foobar.rppmod' that guarantees there are no external dependencies. Mod-style. Sonar kick. 20 inches? 18 inches?
Asked by JoeDudeNameDropper (173.239.232.x) on June 23 2019, 4:47pm
Reply on June 23 2019, 11:18pm:
    Can't say I ever listened to that album
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Question: I just purchased my first license after a couple years of satisfied use.. I am totally happy with 'being legal' now however I have to admit I was a bit deterred at first because my license is only valid until the end of 6.xx, which made me wonder if the stats on your end show a slowdown of purchases when REAPER is at the end of it's version cycle as it is at the moment?
Asked by Sean (201.244.42.x) on June 22 2019, 4:48pm
Reply on June 22 2019, 9:33pm (edited at June 22 2019, 9:36pm):
    We’re at the end?!!?! No, I think most people are buying a license for the software they are using, not trying to snipe a license under the best possible circumstances. The 60 day evaluation period is to evaluate, once that’s up if you’re still using and waiting to try to get a better deal, then you’re not being honest. (I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt about it taking years for you to purchase your license ;).
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Question: Maybe, a silly question - If you were never been a programmer, and hence, no REAPER software would be there, then in which DAW you would be making music today? (Sony ACID was your former DAW, right? But that is too out-dated now)
Asked by Abhi (103.61.88.x) on June 17 2019, 6:36pm
Reply on June 18 2019, 2:54am:
    Thankfully that's just a hypothetical! I haven't used anything else in so long, I have no idea! Maybe Ardour?
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Question: What is the full form of appstore? Application Store or Apple Store?
Asked by Abhi (117.197.13.x) on June 16 2019, 3:29pm
Reply on June 16 2019, 9:48pm:
    appreciation store?
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Question: Do you use unit tests of some kind for REAPER? I mean are there any measurements for not breaking things? Talent aside.
Asked by Gio (94.66.58.x) on June 16 2019, 9:24am
Reply on June 16 2019, 9:47pm:
    Not exactly, the scope would be too wide IMO. But we do try to test thoroughly when changing things, and keep complex changes in public development builds for a long time to catch regressions. Even then though they sometimes do sneak through to releases, usually (but not always) in non-critical ways.
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Question: What do you prefer - buying low to mid range, affordable device (smartphone, laptop or anything) every year OR buying a high-end expensive device once per 5 or even 10 years? (in short, which is better - using a budget smartphone and replacing it every year or using a flagship high-end smartphone and use it for 5 years). I guess, you buy high-end devices and replace them every year, right? :P
Asked by Abhi (103.194.226.x) on June 14 2019, 8:00am
Reply on June 14 2019, 1:34pm:
    Usually mid-range and try to make them last as long as possible (though in the case of my phone I did go higher end but I'm going to try to make it last as long as possible). In general I feel bad replacing things with new things... my main computer at home/travel is a mid-2014 RMBP, and the studio is a far older Q9400 desktop, I'll keep it this way as long as I can I think.
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