Reaper Takes, Jakerock style:
from another DAW like Cubase, the way that reaper displays your takes
can be super confusing...
I came up with this little workaround that ends up displaying the takes in a more traditional (Cubase-like) fashion.
Here we go....
RECORDRecord a mess of takes. (Literally)
eveything on the track and "explode all takes to new tracks"
Heres what happens:
ARRANGENow, you can leave things as they are... Or can arrange by take number...
MUTE ORIGINAL TRACK / CREATE NEW TRACK
have to make a place to implode the tracks back to takes... Mute the source
of the takes (Track 1) then make a new track (Track 2).
HIGHLIGHT TIME SELECTIONNow we are going to make all of the exploded takes equal length. Make a time selection that fully encompasses (with a little extra) the items on the tracks.
SELECT EMPTY TRACK / INSERT SILENCE MACRO
select the empty track at the top, and "Insert Empty Item."
Select the next track and go right down the line and do this for every
take that you exploded.
To make this easier, I have made this simple macro... All you have to do is hit "I" for each track... super fast.
SELECT ALLThen you marquee select (rt click+drag to lasso) all of the tracks you have exploded AND the track that you created and put the empty item on.
Nice and tidy! All the takes have their own "lanes" and are arranged the way that you want them...
If you practice this a few times and understand what is going on, it doesnt take much time at all...