Hey I was recommended to get reaper to run GPO 4 and Im fairly new to this and was wondering if someone could give me some instructions on how to get gpo 4 working properly with reaper and get me started. Thanks
1. Ensure that your audio device/sound card/keyboard are set up under Options > Preferences > Audio Device and Options > Preferences > MIDI Devices (so that both the audio and MIDI come from and go to the right places).
2. Add the folder where your Aria VSTi (.dll) file is installed to the VST path under Options > Preferences > Plug-ins > VST.
You'll particularly want to set the intial tempo (BPM) and Time Signature (these can be changed throughout the piece), and the Timebase to one of the "Beats" options
Best to set the Project Start Measure to zero and not have bar 1 start at the very beggining.
Go back to the project area and set your cursor on the start of bar 1 ... come back to the Project Settings tab and click on "Subtract Cursor Position" to set the project start time so that the playback timer shows zero seconds as bar 1 starts.
5. Now you want a track to hold the Aria player ... In the project area click on Insert > Virtual Instrument on new track - select the Aria VSTi.
One new track is created with a green FX button (from which you can access the Aria playe if it is not already open) and a number of other windows ... one will say "Buidl routing confirmation" - click yes to this to create a number of tracks which receive the audio out from Aria.
6. Now you need some tracks to hold MID data to be sent to Aria ... in the project area click on the green FX button on the track holdng the Aria VST (should be track #1).
There should be a dialog called "FX: Track 1 ..." ... select the Options > "Build 16 channels of MIDI routing to this track - 16 new tracks should be created.
You can check out the routing on each track from its "IO" button. All the MIDI tracks send their data to the VST track, which sends it to Aria, and then receives the audio outputs back from Aria, sending to the corresponding audio tracks.
7. Set up the instruments you require in Aria, choosing suitable MIDI inputs channels and audio outputs for each (I assume your familiar with this already).
8. Create MIDI items for each instrument on the MIDI track corresponding to its Midi channel the project area ... click on the track then Insert New MIDI item ... double click on the MIDI item to edit it.
Hopefully that'll get you started ... let us know how you get on.
Excellent, Peter- That looks clear and concise, should help a lot of people starting out with Reaper.
And you went for a great deal, donnynoir, getting Reaper. On your other thread I was recommending Sonar, like maybe the Home Studio version, but it would have cost three times as much. By the time I had a look at Reaper, I'd been using Cakewalk/Sonar products for so long, I couldn't wrap my head around such a totally different program, so I was impatient with it. But coming at it fresh like you are will give you a chance to become a fan of Reaper, I'm sure.
The navigation video alone with vastly improve your workflow in Reaper, at least it did for me. Plus, it had some navigation features that I had not thought of before that are really great.
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