d gauss wrote:
... when you "render fx as new take," you effectively freeze the track. but... the original unaffected take is still just a click away. how is this useful in my world and perhaps yours? i do a bunch of mixing/overdubbing for other people. we send reaper projects back and forth. one of us may not have a specific plug in/vsti that the other person does. "apply fx as new take" and there's no worries.
I understand that, it's just that in my world, I don't use virtual instruments at all. So while I knew the concept, I didn't know how it worked in practice. This wasn't for a recording session, it was for a science project. I wanted to see how closely the MIDI and rendered audio lined up in time so I wanted to end up with the audio and MIDI tracks side by side rather than superimposed so I could line the cursor up with the start of the MIDI note and see how much later than that the audio began. Turned out to be about 1.5 ms which is close enough for science and rock'n'roll.
What I did discover was that when I made the "frozen" track wide enough, I saw the MIDI and audio takes stacked, so I could have just measured off that track.
Steve, I was looking at that Render/freeze screen under the Track menu, and that's where I was finding too many things that I didn't know or understand, and, initially, missed the pull-down menu at the top where you can tell it to render just the selected item (or track) and I worked long enough so that I think it rendered all the tracks in the open project. And I also missed where it put them, and I'm still looking so I can delete them. Since I didn't designate a place, it's probably in the Reaper Media folder.
Maybe I was seeing things, but I'm sure that somewhere in my hunting around, I saw something that specifically stated that the rendered file would go to a new track, and that's what I was trying to find again.
And now that you have my interest in alternate takes, is there a way, from the track GUI, to separate the takes and treat them as individual files or objects? When I saw the three takes (I did the "render fx" thing twice because I didn't understand what I was seeing on the track afterward unti I took it apart), stacked up, I tried to drag the audio take to another track and that didn't work. If I knew where Reaper put the rendered file and knew what it the file name was, I could have imported that to a new track, but that's still a couple more steps than I was dreaming of.
Oh, well, when I'm king, I'll design a DAW that works the way I think I want it to work, and people will ask me "Why did you do it that way?"
Anyway, mission was accomplished, and hopefully I'll remember enough of what I learned this time around so that I'll know what to do if I need to do it again. Thanks.