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Question: Hello Justin Frankel, using the REAPER API, I should be able to fully remote control REAPER app from another C++ compiled app running on the same OS and who is replacing my mouse and my keyboard by code, right? What is missing with C? Using C with REAPER API do I need to compile a C++ project? Thank you! Best.
Asked by Arlequin (212.224.232.x) on July 28 2022, 11:51am
Reply on July 29 2022, 1:11am:
    Not really, the C/C++ API is designed to be used in-process, which means you would need to write a reaper extension DLL to control. You could make that DLL communicate with another app via whatever mechanism you like. Or you could skip the extension DLL and control REAPER via OSC or http calls via the web interface...
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Question: Why Reaper is not free(open source) software?
Asked by Reaper (95.7.140.x) on July 27 2022, 12:51pm
Reply on July 29 2022, 1:11am:
    Because we like writing it ourselves!
Question: hello- is there any particular issue,or problem,either in life,or code,that you have struggled to solve over the years?
Asked by 2022 (95.148.58.x) on July 27 2022, 11:23am
Reply on July 29 2022, 1:12am:
    I'm sure there are but apparently they aren't important enough to keep track of
Question: Hello Justin Frankel, how are you ? I'd like to know your thoughts about that : github.com/carbon-language/carbon-langis it promising or can we ignore it ? Best.
Asked by Arlequin (212.224.230.x) on July 26 2022, 11:10am
Reply on July 27 2022, 3:36am:
    No real thoughts! We'll see I guess?
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Question: I found an interesting bug in Winamp. Streaming an MP3 over the network using Windows File Sharing. I rebooted the host of the MP3. Winamp just keeps repeating a loop 1 second long. Is this how you designed it?
Asked by Jesse (173.63.46.x) on July 25 2022, 9:07pm
Reply on July 25 2022, 10:40pm:
    Probably not, but I haven't looked at that code in more than 15 years. Are you using DirectSound output? could be its buffer repeating as it underruns.
Question: Is it easier developing for Windows or Mac?
Asked by jstaguy (45.149.173.x) on July 25 2022, 5:31am
Reply on July 25 2022, 10:41pm:
    Depends on what you're doing, I guess? In general Windows is more of a pain but has better documentation.
Question: I graduated in 2020 with a degree in music business and after two years of struggling to make that career work, I've decided to pivot into software development instead. I do have a deep understanding of music tech, so I may be able to use that to my advantage in finding a job, but I'm open to any type of coding. If I were your theoretical dumbass nephew and told you this, what advice would you give me to help my career change be successful?
Asked by Steven (24.166.214.x) on July 24 2022, 6:46am
Reply on July 25 2022, 10:41pm:
    If you can make things you want to use, that's my sweet spot... but other than that I have no idea
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Question: hey - are you,or are you not,a person?
Asked by 2022 (95.148.58.x) on July 23 2022, 2:53pm
Reply on July 23 2022, 4:45pm:
    Pretty sure I'm a person, but how do I check?
Question: Does the future of consumer-grade computers lie in x86-64 or ARM64? Does it even matter?
Asked by archipelago (72.111.43.x) on July 22 2022, 1:49am
Reply on July 22 2022, 6:54pm:
    don't think it matters much, golden age of processing power :)
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Question: Is there a way to optimize Media Explorer's performance when reading extremely large databases from network? I compared it with Soundly which uses binary database files, and even though Media Explorer does db scanning quicker, searching existing databases is enourmously slower than Soundly.
Asked by nikolalkc (88.172.223.x) on July 21 2022, 9:11pm
Reply on July 22 2022, 6:55pm:
    hmm reading or searching? searching should all be in RAM, there might be room to optimize, how many items we talking?
Question: Do you think there is a point at which reaper has too many options and tickboxes? And if yes, how close to that point do you think reaper is now?
Asked by mlprod (90.235.13.x) on July 21 2022, 12:25pm
Reply on July 21 2022, 2:42pm:
    Most of the options have a good reason, but there are probably some that are 15 years old which have since been made irrelevant and could be phased out. But the most recent one I added, which controls whether spacebar in plug-in edit fields controls the transport, seems like a good option to offer people. :)
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Question: are you for or against buying your home (instead of renting) provided normal paycheck salary kind of thing. Also are you a fan of airbnb's or you prefer hotels for vacations, thanks!
Asked by Randiom (185.252.223.x) on July 21 2022, 11:52am
Reply on July 21 2022, 2:44pm:
    I don't have a moral stance on this, but people/corporations buying real estate and renting it out and trying to maximize their returns when renting places out seems pretty awful. I like airbnbs but don't like what it does to rental markets, so what we try to do is stay in guest houses attached to the main house where someone lives. Seems like a reasonable compromise.
Question: I just wanted to tell you that Winamp was the greatest thing (still using 5.666 on my old Win7 machine). I wish it was still in development. Most awesome media player. Thanks for your hard work.
Asked by Frank (67.81.218.x) on July 20 2022, 12:25pm
Reply on July 20 2022, 8:55pm:
    hah thanks
Question: What feature are you missing in reaper?
Asked by Chris (77.64.160.x) on July 20 2022, 10:38am
Reply on July 20 2022, 8:54pm:
    Not many these days
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Question: How do you find inspiration in music?
Asked by GabrielM (187.86.79.x) on July 19 2022, 7:20pm
Reply on July 20 2022, 8:54pm:
    I'm wandering through it, never seem to be satisfied with where I am, always want to see what's coming next
Question: In one question you mentioned that you do not plan to have kids. Could you clarify the reason for that and your stance on marriage?
Asked by nikolalkc (88.172.223.x) on July 19 2022, 5:27pm
Reply on July 19 2022, 5:58pm:
    I don't want kids and there are enough people in the world. I don't have a stance on marriage.
Question: I noticed, that the default 6.x theme uses a file called xx mcp_send_knob_stack.png in the folder /150 but mcp_send_knob_stack.png(without xx in the beginning) in /200 and the main-image-folder. Is there a reason for this or is it rather a bug?
Asked by Mespotine (146.0.126.x) on July 19 2022, 1:21pm
Reply on July 19 2022, 5:58pm:
    This would probably be better discussed by email
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Question: I plan to make a reference-doc for the theme.images(where to find them and where they are used) and would like to include the original images into them so people see immediately, which image I'm referring to. Would it be ok, if I add them to the docs (I thought, I better ask, before I accidentally infringe copyrights using them...)
Asked by Mespotine (212.122.61.x) on July 18 2022, 4:49pm
Reply on July 18 2022, 8:39pm:
    yep that's cool
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Question: Tell the things you like and things you dislike about REAPER?
Asked by Abhi (106.212.157.x) on July 18 2022, 3:11pm
Reply on July 18 2022, 8:09pm:
    One of the things I really like is that you can defer making decisions until you need to make them. You can just start doing things and then sort out the details later. What do I dislike? If I had something I'd probably have fixed it by now, I'm sure there are plenty of things that aren't ideal but meh
Question: A very strange question but... If you die today, what happens to Reaper?
Asked by GabrielM (187.86.75.x) on July 17 2022, 4:51pm
Reply on July 17 2022, 11:13pm:
    It's been asked before, the changes would probably be far, far, less significant than if some other DAW were acquired by some conglomerate. Mostly I'd get to stop adding new bugs.
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