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Question: In retrospect what would you have done differently with Winamp? Is there something you never got to do that you wish you have during its development?
Asked by Sengor (159.196.230.x) on May 29 2021, 2:58pm
Reply on May 30 2021, 2:19am:
    Hmm good question.

    As far as the program itself goes I was pretty happy with it, and while I could probably judge the code very harshly now, having an extra couple of decades of experience, it definitely did enough things right to be useful.

    Relating to the personal and business side of it -- there are a number of relatively minor things, the details which are likely not worth mentioning, that I do sometimes wish I had done differently. When I was 20 I definitely didn't know how much I didn't know. Now I at least know the lower bound...
Question: Do you ever see Reaper being forked/rebuilt in a different direction? Maybe changing things that, for backwards compatibility's sake, are stuck a certain way because of early decisions? Vector graphics & GPU acceleration? Even if it won't happen, do you ever wish you could start the project over with your 15 years of additional wisdom?
Asked by Eric (75.15.159.x) on May 26 2021, 8:19pm
Reply on May 26 2021, 10:21pm:
    Forked, no. Improved, yes. It's evolved a _ton_ since 2005.
Question: Owl Stretching Time
Asked by Owl City (27.58.66.x) on May 25 2021, 2:57pm
Reply on May 26 2021, 10:22pm:
    Grammatically I agree
Question: I'm in love with Reaplay. Thanks for that, Justin. Just wondering, why there isn't a "Repeat Song" option. I know my workaround, but I'd rather prefer having that good old option available.
Asked by Kambrica (191.113.26.x) on May 24 2021, 3:49pm
Reply on May 24 2021, 11:23pm:
    That was a later Winamp feature I imagine... ;) and I don't encourage overlistening to single songs... albums on repeat are cool though.
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Question: Why is REAPER's MIDI editor a library (rather than being 'baked' in the main code)?
Asked by wasereb4 (79.246.84.x) on May 21 2021, 1:36am
Reply on May 21 2021, 12:56pm:
    Legacy decision from making the initial MIDI support a plug-in. Probably a bad decision, but shrug.
Question: Is there a problem with different Items with same FXID in their chunk? Can I ask related to Reaper specifics infos here? Srry if no.
Asked by daniellumertz (200.146.247.x) on May 17 2021, 7:23am
Reply on May 17 2021, 2:03pm:
    Email or forum for these questions is probably better -- but in general REAPER won't have an issue with duplicate FXIDs, though it's better to create new ones when duplicating FX, and some other scripts/extensions may rely on them being unique.
Question: I've been trying at least a couple times to contact you, Schwa and Ollie through forum PM and email (support@cockos.com) with zero feedback. Are you having issues or do you simply hate me? :)
Asked by Mabian (95.245.177.x) on May 15 2021, 9:23am
Reply on May 15 2021, 1:11pm:
    When emailing it's better to email with the issue itself, rather than "I've tried contacting you via the forums"... but anyway email me at justin@ with the specifics.
Question: reaplay is bad ass and has totaly improved my life. thanks
Asked by del159 (207.148.176.x) on May 14 2021, 5:02pm
Reply on May 15 2021, 1:11pm:
Question: What's the most insane, radical, futuristic idea you seriously consider developing for Reaper?
Asked by Poofox (24.8.34.x) on May 13 2021, 12:14am
Reply on May 13 2021, 12:34pm:
    Uhh I dunno
Question: Did You ever tried to write a book of some kind ?
Asked by Pooooooooooooooooooooooooony (198.16.66.x) on May 10 2021, 7:21pm
Reply on May 10 2021, 10:07pm:
    Nope, I've thought it might be fun to try by just writing and writing and seeing what kind of mess I could make would be, but have never dared.
Question: I wan't do debug my VST plugin while Reaper is scanning it. Since separate process is now used for scanning, i am not sure how to attach to it with debugger (VS2019). Any ideas?
Asked by zabukowski (89.142.56.x) on May 10 2021, 1:56pm
Reply on May 10 2021, 10:06pm:
    Set vst_scan=1 in the [reaper] section of reaper.ini
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Question: Hey Justin, have a look at these guitars. They look beautiful aren't they? ritter-instruments.com/instrument...., ritter-instruments.com/instrument...., ritter-instruments.com/instrument....
Asked by guitarguy (82.207.238.x) on May 4 2021, 9:37pm
Reply on May 5 2021, 3:43pm:
Question: Any thoughts on decentralized AI, cloud computing and streaming (i.e SingularityNET, Akash Network, Theta)? Future or fad?
Asked by Ryan (154.5.58.x) on May 3 2021, 10:31am
Reply on May 3 2021, 10:19pm:
    Not really? We'll see?
Question: How will affect REAPER binaries/plugins/VST a hypothetical C++ ABI break for Win/Linux/macOS (sooner or later it's coming)? In this kind of scenario does REAPER have an advantage for not using the std:: (Standard Template Debt) or will be a major disaster regardless?
Asked by Gio (94.70.2.x) on May 2 2021, 1:09am
Reply on May 3 2021, 3:25am (edited at May 3 2021, 3:26am):
    Hmm I don't see a C++ ABI break for existing architectures happening
Question: Hi Justin, love your work (reaper nd winamp)! I recently found a designer who reuized as concept the basic reaper plugins and it looked so beautiful and much more clean, any chance a view option could be implemanted? Here's the designersite I found:behance.net/gallery/101780783/Fanc...
Asked by Jack G (82.113.99.x) on May 1 2021, 12:10pm
Reply on May 1 2021, 4:25pm:
    Low priority for me I guess
Question: I am developing sws function for tcp/mcp key input(volume, pan, sends - with arrow keys or any). To draw focus rect on element and to get mouse position I made a simple "walter" parser for version but for reaper version 4 (that was couple years ago).But version 6 is more huge and comlicated now. Any chance to get walter parser open source?
Asked by LazyFish (77.111.247.x) on April 29 2021, 7:57pm
Reply on May 1 2021, 1:20am:
    Hmm not sure I completely follow but send me an email (justin at cockos) rather than here if you like :)
Question: What was the most entertaining bug you ever had on REAPER?
Asked by yoo its joon (79.70.101.x) on April 28 2021, 12:28am
Reply on April 29 2021, 11:40am:
    I'm almost most impressed by the ones that are the oldest... but I can't remember any right now
Question: Do you see the poetry is this knockout or do you still think MMA is too brutal? youtube.com/watch?v=YkR0mnR1s5s&ab...
Asked by Mommy (185.232.22.x) on April 27 2021, 9:34pm
Reply on April 29 2021, 11:40am:
    Do I have to watch it?
Question: How certain were you dropping out of uni was the right thing to do? Did you have a backup plan or just do it on an intuitive level?
Asked by Leo Hyams (197.245.81.x) on April 27 2021, 12:00pm
Reply on April 29 2021, 11:40am:
    At the time, I wasn't sure at all, but it felt like the right thing to do at the moment (emotionally).
Question: Do you think there's a need for improvement in the area of audio storage? e.g. a new filesystem that stores audio in continuous blocks
Asked by Gio (94.70.2.x) on April 26 2021, 5:55pm
Reply on April 29 2021, 11:40am:
    Not really?
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