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Question: C++98 or latest? Which one you prefer and why?
Asked by ruchira (123.231.110.x) on June 5 2021, 7:05pm
Reply on June 7 2021, 12:52pm:
    Still using old stuff here but whatever works
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Question: Why is the playback head lagging (not smooth, even a little blinking) in R. especially in the midi editor ? Strange for a DAW that is so powerful.. I've missed something for sure :) Looking forward to reading you Justin ! Best,
Asked by Arlequin (212.224.226.x) on June 5 2021, 2:18pm
Reply on June 7 2021, 12:52pm:
    Probably just prioritizing audio threads over UI etc? Would need to know more about the OS etc
Question: what's your favourite keyboard synth you own
Asked by neovich (60.241.237.x) on June 5 2021, 7:55am
Reply on June 7 2021, 12:52pm:
    I have a Nord Stage II which is never-ending in its possibilities.
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Question: Windows 11 is coming. Be ready. Huhaha.
Asked by Mr. Gates (27.58.94.x) on June 3 2021, 1:46pm
Reply on June 4 2021, 2:17am:
    Oh great. If I had to use Windows, I'd probably choose Win7...
Question: What do you think about this? youtube.com/watch?v=73masMqvagM
Asked by Kambrica (191.113.4.x) on June 2 2021, 4:45am
Reply on June 2 2021, 7:14pm:
    It's alright I guess?
Question: if software requires .net in order to install, does this imply it may be more bloated or not run as efficiently as software that doesnt require it ?
Asked by EcBaPr (119.18.1.x) on June 1 2021, 1:03pm
Reply on June 2 2021, 7:15pm:
    It's definitely not the most efficient nor least bloated way to make something, but it doesn't necessarily mean much (it's definitely possible to do worse without .net)! There can be lots of factors and specifics to consider
Question: How to learn piano, guitar & drums without having actual piano, guitar & drums?
Asked by Argh (27.58.127.x) on May 31 2021, 3:44pm
Reply on June 1 2021, 1:00pm:
    I'm still working on learning those _with_ having the instruments...
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?
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