I'll tackle your first inquiry while I'm here. Yes, Reaper will copy and paste channel strip settings with everything intact, including plugins and settings. Right click on the track and select "Duplicate track". You can also save this track as a "track template", which will give you access to this custom track layout for all future projects. Again, this is available in the track's right click menu.To add a track FROM a template, right click in a blank area of the tcp, or select "Track" from the main menu, and select "Insert track from template" from the sub-menu.For saving the whole mixer, I save all my settings - tracks, folders, names, routing, fx, volumes, pans, etc as a project template. You can also save "fx chains" from one project's track, and import them into a track in another project.Reaper will also save all my global config settings as a file, which I can then import into Reaper on another computer. Themes, templates, etc are all instantly available on any computer running Reaper. (I haven't tried this "cross platform" yet. I'll try that tomorrow and post my results.)
Hi Jim, Thanks so much for sharing your time with us. Much appreciated.
Yes the "save FX Chain" is close, but is pretty clunky in comparison to Nuendo. It won't save all the channel info such as fader level, sends, pans. It only saves and loads the inserted fx. Also if there are already fx on the strip it will merely paste the new fx chain below those, rather than replacing them. not to mention it takes several more clicks than Nuendo to just save the fx.
You mention saving the entire project as a template which most DAWS can do. But what I'm talking about is the ability to save just the mixer set-up, or portions there of... I'll explain my workflow to illustrate what I mean and why it's so useful:
When setting up to produce an EP/Album I'll create a template with al the tracks I figure I'll need (Drums - 12 tracks, bass-1 Track, rtm gtrs- 2 tracks yadda) all my efx buses, subgroups etc. ... then I'll save as a template.. I'll then create projects for each song from this template.
Come tracking date I'll generally track at least the rhythm section in the same config for each song... (I'll have the same track layouts in each song on the album.) (doing mostly low-budget stuff so I need to shave time)
So here is the crux:
Then, come mix time I'll get the drums and bass rocking the way I like on the first song, select all the drum and bass channels, right click and hit "save selected channels". I can then open the next song, select the drum and bass channels and "load selected channels" and my drum and bass mix from the first song will replace all settings with the new ones,.. with all the pluggins and their settings, sends, pans, faders, etc.. (Before anybody freaks this may just be a starting point or a reference for continuity... each mix may or may not share)
To do this in Reaper I would need to go through each channel and save the fx chain separately, write down all the faders, sends etc... then import them all one at a time into the next song... Massive time suck in comparison!
Then as mixing progresses I might like a vocal on one song and want to copy that to another song... pc of cake!
BUT this is not the same as "duplicate track", or "save the project as a template" (which Nuendo does as well) ...
I hope this is a little clearer.. It can be tough communicating this stuff.
This feature really needs to implemented.
I suppose I should head over to cockos forum and make a feature request?