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Accessible Audio and MIDI Production with the Reaper DAW and OSARA

ReaProducer - Accessible Audio Production with Reaper Garth Humphreys

    • Education

Accessible Audio and MIDI Production with the Reaper DAW and OSARA

    Prerequisites for Screen Reader Users

    Prerequisites for Screen Reader Users

    This is the first in a series of episodes - Ten Typical Tasks with Scott.  The content was originally recorded for I See Music for their Accessible DAW Comparison webinar on 30th October 2020. Concept and transitions by Slau Halatyn. If you found these demos helpful and fancy buying Scott a coffee, donations sent to https://paypal.me/ScottChesworth will reach him. All feedback welcome, feel free to drop a line to scottchesworth@gmail.com. Hope it's useful!
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    • 4 min
    Creating a New Project

    Creating a New Project

    The second in the series from Scott which walks through creating and saving a new project in Reaper.
    If you found this demo helpful and fancy buying Scott a coffee, donations sent to https://paypal.me/ScottChesworth will reach him. All feedback welcome, feel free to drop Scott a line on scottchesworth@gmail.com. Hope it's useful!

    • 4 min
    Creating and Working With Tracks

    Creating and Working With Tracks

    If you found this demo helpful and fancy buying Scott a coffee, donations sent to https://paypal.me/ScottChesworth will reach him. All feedback welcome, feel free to drop him a line on scottchesworth@gmail.com. 
    You can also support the ongong cost  of hosting this material by donating to https://paypal.me/AudioPizza
    Hope it's useful!

    • 9 min
    Tour of the Most Often Used Windows

    Tour of the Most Often Used Windows

    If you found this demo helpful and fancy buying Scott a coffee, donations sent to https://paypal.me/ScottChesworth will reach him. All feedback welcome, feel free to drop him a line on scottchesworth@gmail.com. 
    You can also support the ongong cost  of hosting this material by donating to https://paypal.me/AudioPizza
    Hope it's useful!

    • 14 min
    Installing Reaper with OSARA & SWS

    Installing Reaper with OSARA & SWS

    In this Episode I’d like to give you a very brief introduction to the DAW, Reaper. It is an extremely powerful multi track audio editor that is cross platform, working on Mac and Windows. I will be concentrating on the Mac version however most of what is covered is also applicable to Windows. You can find download links at the end of this post for Reaper and OSARA. Reaper is the application and OSARA is a plugin which makes it more accessible - OSARA: Open Source Accessibility for the REAPER Application. I would also recommend installing an additional plugin called SWS which expands the functionality and usability of Reaper, link also below.
    Whether you are on Windows or Mac, you will want to install all three, Reaper, OSARA, and SWS. To quickly check you have OSARA installed, hit the up or down arrow once you’ve opened Reaper, if VO reports “No Tracks” then your good to go.
    Okay, so all installed? Cool, lets go. You can use VoiceOver to explore the interface, however almost everything you’ll need is available with keyboard shortcuts.
    When you start Reaper for the first time, it will prompt you to set an audio device, go ahead and do this. If you don’t do this initially, you can access the preferences by pressing Cmd+P, and going to Devices in the tree view. Whilst in Preferences, I’d recommend going into Paths and setting a location for peak files to be saved.
    Shortcut Help F12 will toggle on and off keyboard shortcut help. This is an invaluable tool both when your new to Reaper or even when you’ve been using it for a while. When toggled on, Voice Over will report the action that is bound to whatever key/s you press. I recommend making liberal use of it.
    The Actions List Pressing F4 will bring up the Actions List. You’ll be placed into a search field that lets you filter the thousands of actions down to the one you’re looking for. Once you’ve done this, you can see the shortcut, or shortcuts that are assigned to it. If there’s not currently an action assigned, you can also add the shortcut from this dialog. The Import/Export button will allow you to import a another key map over your existing one, or save your own key map for a back up, or to share with others.
    Keyboard Shortcuts Command+P Preferences F12 Shortcut Help F4 Show Action List Shift+F1 Help: Mouse modifier keys and action shortcuts Links Reaper
    OSARA
    SWS Extension

    • 17 min
    Reaper Basics, Tracks, Media & OSARA Configuration

    Reaper Basics, Tracks, Media & OSARA Configuration

    This tutorial gives a basic overview of the conversion between the windows key map and the Mac key map. It covers the hierarchy of a Reaper project. How to add a track, and insert an audio file on it. There’s also a quick run down of the OSARA configuration dialog. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for things to cover in future tutorials.
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    Keyboard Shortcuts CmD+Opt+Shift+P or Cmd+F12 Open OSARA Preferences CMD+T insert and name track Cmd+I Insert media files… Space Play/Stop Ctrl+Space Play/Pause Cmd+Shift+J Report edit/play cursor position Measures and Beats Cmd+Shift+J, J Report edit/play cursor position Time Cmd+Home Go to start of project Cmd+End Go to end of project

    • 11 min

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