Your ready to add another layer to this REAPER example project. In this video, Brian Block will show you how to set your recording path, map your track to a channel, arm your track for recording, monitor your performance, and set up the metronome so that you can record your music accurately and at an optimal level.
- [Voiceover] Our project is set up to record from our chosen device, and we are ready to add some more layers to this piece. Before we begin, we should set this project up to save our recorded media in the appropriate folder. Since I can't know the path to your desktop or wherever you save the exercise files, we'll have to quickly set this up. So we'll go up to Project Settings under the File menu, and hit the Media tab, and then under Path to save media files, let's Browse to the Media folder within Chapter Two and Three, and then hit Open.
Okay, so now our recordings will live with the rest of the media for this example. And I'll hit okay. Now the first thing we need to do is create another track. We don't wanna replace what's already here, so we need a new track to add an instrument. I'm gonna actually select the last track in the list, so that my new track appears below it. And I'll hit Command + T, or Control + T on a PC to make a new track. Okay, now that we've got our new track, I'm gonna double click here and name it Guitar and then hit return.
It's helpful to name your tracks before you start recording, because the name of the file that's created kind of depends on the name of the track. If you don't name it, then a number will be assigned to it. Not a big deal if that happens, but it's nice to have the name of the track in the file name. If you don't wanna do that, you can customize the naming conventions of saved audio files by going up to Preferences, Recording, and then changing the file name format for recorded files. From this list of wild cards, you can choose how REAPER will automatically name your recorded media files.
You can select track, tracknumber, month, monthname, day, hour, that kind of thing. And you can see an example of your newly chosen naming conventions underneath. I'm just gonna cancel this. Now we need to make sure that this track is hooked up to the right channel. Since I have my duet device hooked up to my computer, I'm going to choose from this input list here on my track the channel that my guitar is plugged into. Here it is right here. I know to choose from the list of mono channels, because I'm not using an instrument with a stereo output.
If I was, then I could choose from the stereo options, and REAPER would create a stereo recording. Okay, so now that our channel is set up, let's check our levels. I'm gonna press this red button here on my track to arm this track for recording. That just means that it's reading the input and it's ready to record. Now we can check my levels. You'll want a nice, loud level to record with. I like to keep it around minus 60 B without going over. Let's check out the Mixer in the Docker, and we can see our levels more accurately.
If you don't see your Mixer, go to View and Mixer. You can also just press Command + M or Control + M on a PC to bring up the Mixer automatically. Now I'm just gonna adjust my volume on my instrument to make sure I've got a nice, hot level for recording. As long as you're in the yellow, you're in good shape. If you start seeing red or the Peak Light comes on, you need to decrease the volume of your instrument or the input level on your recording device. Let me show you what that looks like.
That's called peaking, and it will cause digital distortion. Always avoid peaking. I can just turn the Peak Light off here by clicking on it, and I'll just turn down my instrument. Now I wanna be able to hear my guitar during recording, so let's turn on Monitoring. Monitoring is available in three states, Off, which it is now, On, if I click it once, (guitar music) now I can hear myself playing guitar. I'll be able to do so as long as the track is armed for recording.
The other mode is Auto if I click it one more time, which means that Monitoring will automatically turn on when I start recording. Click it once again to turn it off. I'm gonna leave it in the On position, because I wanna hear my guitar while the track is armed. Now I've got a little bit of a beat to work with here, but I wanna make sure I'm right on the money. So in addition to hearing the music, I'm also gonna enable the Metronome by clicking on it here in the Toolbar. I can make some adjustments to the Metronome by right clicking on it.
Let's leave the BPM and Time Signature alone. They currently match the Project Settings. You can see those down here in the Transport, as well. I like to have my metronome nice and loud, so I'm gonna turn it up a bit here. I also wanna have a count-in, which is already checked. This will give me as many measures as I want of metronome before recording actually begins. This is useful if you're recording on your own and need a few moments to get your instrument ready. I'll keep it set at two measures. That should be plenty of time for me to grab my guitar.
I'm also gonna make sure that it will play during playback and recording, and it's already set up. All right, and I'll just close this window. Okay, we've set up our channel, we've checked our levels, our track is armed to record, and we are monitoring our inputs, and we've set up our metronome to play during playback and recording. Okay, I just need to pick a spot to record, and I'm gonna start right here where the music begins. If you're recording from the beginning, you can just make sure that your play head is at the beginning of the project using the transport or by hitting the Home key like this.
Let me get that back to where it was. I'm gonna start my guitar riff when the drums come in right here. I have snapping turned on, so my play head will snap to the nearest beat. When you're ready, hit Record in the Transport, or you can hit Command + R or Control + R on a PC. (metronome ticking) (rock music) Okay, now that I'm done with my riff and I've pressed Stop, REAPER is gonna prompt me to save the recording, which I'll do.
If I had recorded multiple tracks at once, you'd see them in this list, and I could choose to save some and not others. But in this case, I'll just hit Save All. Why don't we take a listen back? (metronome ticking) I'll just turn the metronome off. (rock music) Okay, that sounds pretty good for a first take, and now you know how to record live audio in REAPER 5.
- Working with menus, windows, tracks, and templates
- Setting up inputs
- Recording audio and MIDI
- Importing media
- Making notes with markers
- Splitting and trimming
- Fading and crossfading
- Adding effects
- Using automation
- Mixing down and exporting a REAPER project