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Question: How likely would it be to add SuperCollider to Reaper(a programming language for music)? Could this be done as extension somehow? What do you thin about SC?
Asked by Mespotine (195.37.187.x) on July 31 2019, 4:15pm
Reply on August 1 2019, 6:30pm:
    Unlikely for us to do it, someone else might be able to maybe?
Question: Do you use Python in your every day's work? What is your opinion on it?
Asked by zabukowski (93.143.13.x) on July 31 2019, 3:46pm
Reply on August 1 2019, 6:30pm:
    I don't, it's not my cup of tea
Question: Do you agree with the philosophy that you get what you give?
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on July 31 2019, 3:15pm
Reply on August 1 2019, 6:30pm:
    Not sure... I do think that creating value takes work.
Question: hi, is slack a good choice for a few friends sharing reaper files and projects? is there a file size limit? dave
Asked by fixerdave (92.6.191.x) on July 31 2019, 1:24pm
Reply on August 1 2019, 6:31pm:
    Hmm probably better off using something like dropbox/google drives... slack seems more communication-focused.
Question: Have you thought of uploading your REAPER projects so they could be sampled. Your stuff is a gold mine. You have a good clean organic sound but you refuse to add structure to your songs! I'm currently listening to "decanted youth 02" and it has so much potential but you wont even play with a metronome.
Asked by Mommy (38.132.118.x) on July 30 2019, 11:52pm
Reply on July 31 2019, 9:13am:
    Those are live jams, playing with a click is no fun. I have thought about uploading the stems to archive.org eventually, it’s currently a few TB...
Question: Is it possible to make swell windows transparent on macOS? I have tried setAlphaValue:someNumber, setOpaque:NO, setBackgroundColor:[NSColor clearColor], but the windows only fade to opaque white.
Asked by Julian (185.220.101.x) on July 30 2019, 9:34pm
Reply on July 31 2019, 9:14am:
    Might need to mod the NSWindow as opposed to the contentView?
Question: Hopefully you don't have spam filters on support mail by cockos?
Asked by John (93.142.66.x) on July 30 2019, 9:22pm
Reply on July 31 2019, 9:14am:
    Gmail does some filtering for us but usually we try to see everything...
Question: Why REAPER's logo/icon looks like toffee or candy? It looks delicious, though ;)
Asked by Abhi (117.207.136.x) on July 30 2019, 12:38pm
Reply on July 30 2019, 3:59pm:
    Eye of the beholder?
Question: Hi! Is the source code for ReaPitch something you would make available?
Asked by daxliniere (82.35.81.x) on July 30 2019, 12:19am
Reply on July 30 2019, 4:00pm:
    Maybe, why?
Question: Thank you, for the quick reply, and for doing it that way.
Asked by Michael W. Dean (98.127.48.x) on July 29 2019, 5:27pm
Reply on July 30 2019, 4:00pm:
    My pleasure!
Question: Advice on making the jump from learning C to building useful applications? Seems like most of the learning resources i’ve seen just cover how the language works but not so much on linking, compiling, libraries, architecture etc. Where did you learn those things?
Asked by esmo (97.115.136.x) on July 28 2019, 6:31pm
Reply on July 30 2019, 4:03pm (edited at July 30 2019, 4:04pm):
    Find a small something you need made for yourself and make that, maybe? It doesn't have to be big/fancy.. here's a program I made in 1994 or so, when I was ~16, compiled for DOS with Turbo C. It allowed users of a Novell network to send emails (via shared files on the network share) to eachother (we did not have the internet readily available at that point). It was a mess but could be easily be compiled at the time just by compiling each of "chkmail.c" "readmail.c" or "sendmail.c" (each c file would include mails.c in order to reuse some common code). (side note: the @XY@ syntax for coloring output was the style of the Wildcat BBS system, ot which a friend who was a sysop introduced me)
Question: According to wikipedia, while you were developing winamp, in 1998 winamp expended the id3v1 tag list by about 100 tags. these include some frankly bizarre genre names. i was particularly wondering about the name "Negerpunk", do you know who came up with that genre name and what is it supposed to be? google does not seem to know.
Asked by tino (79.254.8.x) on July 27 2019, 3:43pm
Reply on July 27 2019, 10:53pm (edited at July 27 2019, 10:57pm):
    I don't have a specific memory of that, but I do remember extending the id3v1 list (side note: not a polite thing to do, as id3v1 wasn't mine to extend) -- I remember getting a big list of requests from IRC (probably efnet #mpeg3 but guessing there), and adding a few of my own (or one at least, Primus). Whether it was my inattention to detail or naivete of youth, I'm sorry that something offensive ended up in there. :(
Question: Not that you would, but if you abandoned Reaper, and shut off all your servers, and no one else picked up development, would registered installs still work as registered? Or would they eventually give the nag forever? Also, same question please regarding installing on a new computer, if we saved the install file and used our serial number.
Asked by Michael W. Dean (98.127.48.x) on July 27 2019, 11:48am
Reply on July 27 2019, 10:50pm (edited at July 27 2019, 10:51pm):
    If you take a reaper installer and an license key file and go install it on a non-internet-connected computer, and set the clock to whatever date you want in the future, it should all work perfectly (or as perfectly as it would otherwise, anyway).
Question: Do you ever wish you were more like Elon Musk?
Asked by Ian Alastair (213.205.240.x) on July 26 2019, 10:54pm
Reply on July 27 2019, 10:49pm:
Question: When you look at developers who spend 20-30 years in the profession, who do not attain financial independence early (like yourself), what advice do you have for them (assuming they have family obligations of some sort already)?
Asked by FProt (203.33.154.x) on July 26 2019, 12:27am
Reply on July 26 2019, 7:41am:
    Shrug, I dunno, everybody has different things they are good at?
Question: found article on 1 russian site about Winamp, where one of 2 versions says, that Dmitriy Boldyrev, who was developing MacAmp player at that time, persuaded You to make something similar, but for Windows (WinAmp). true/fake?
Asked by Pony (78.152.169.x) on July 25 2019, 10:43am
Reply on July 26 2019, 7:40am:
    Dmitry was my friend, who made MacAmp first. To say he would persuaded me would be a bit much, but I did see MacAmp and immediately desired to make something similar for Windows. He didn’t write any of it, though. Eventually he got a job in Seattle, got very into rave culture (apparently), and I didn’t hear from him until much later (under impersonal terms), and since then he’s made all kinds of outrageous claims. Sigh.
Question: Are you happy in life? Are you taking care of you mental health and well being? You've come a long way since the light hearted days of Winamp 1.006!
Asked by Peter (87.224.9.x) on July 25 2019, 10:00am
Reply on July 26 2019, 7:36am:
    Yes, considering. There are a lot of things to be unhappy about.
Question: Read that you use Slack. Have you heard of Matrix (matrix.org)? Thought that might be something for you.
Asked by fladd (92.110.122.x) on July 24 2019, 7:41pm
Reply on July 26 2019, 7:35am:
    I haven’t, maybe I’ll take a look, though slack works well enough not to bother
Question: Yesterday, I tried to open old REAPER projects, like of 2016, 14 projects, most of them were just ideas, but the projects are not opening. It gives error "There was an error parsing the specified project" :( I tried to find the solution on internet, and in one website, someone wrote that REAPER has a serious bug. Is it true? Are my old projects lost forever? Do you know anything about this error? I am worrying about my new projects now.
Asked by Abhi (104.131.188.x) on July 23 2019, 2:32pm
Reply on July 24 2019, 8:43am:
    Send a .rpp file to support at cockos dot com and we’ll have a look.
Question: can you please explain cockos meaning? :D
Asked by Emmm (46.199.196.x) on July 22 2019, 3:01pm
Reply on July 24 2019, 8:43am:
    look on here some more and you might find it
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