crimsonwarlock wrote: ↑
Sun May 19, 2019 3:23 am
You seemed to have missed the very first sentence in my opening post
However, setting something up to sketch things out inside reaper is a serious possibility. Because I do have a LOT of experience there (including reaper-scripting) I'm still looking in that direction as well.
I've always build my projects with track templates (I have lots of them) but I'm in the process of building a (rather big) project template for working on new ideas quickly. I'll see how that works out.
i would argue against a 'large' template for getting ideas down quickly. i try to stick to a Portastudio mindframe when sketching...maybe 8 tracks. If it grows, it grows, but i try to stick to just a few sound sources when i'm trying to write a song or else i'm A/Bing the fundamental of two bass parts for a whole day...
i'm not sure if you can record audio into it, but maybe Playtime would work to stay inside Reaper but use a clip launcher for sketching? Overall, though, i find clip launchers only useful if i stay in the same time sig while writing. Once i change (which happens often) the session view becomes a mess and it also screws up the arrangement view. So it really only gets me started before i have to go back to the same linear workflow.
i honestly think your answer is more about streamlining your workflow in Reaper, since you apparently like it and also (most importantly) know it well. So you can kind of disregard everything i type below.
i use Live, and it's been a great tool for getting work actually done. i don't
make loop-based or experimental or EDM or anything...there are just a lot of choices made by the designers to be purposefully limiting in certain areas, and i find this helps to get the program out of my way so i can start actually making music. i can't think of any DAW that does this better (and i've tried Logic, Ardour, Reaper, T7/Waveform, Studio One, Bitwig...). However, it also makes a lot of people frustrated who need that extra functionality, particularly for mixing. It's also...very expensive.
i've been trying to get into Reaper for two years now because, on paper, it just looks incredible and solves a lot of problems i have with other DAWs, but i just don't get it. When i get in there, nothing happens. There's just too much going on in there for me, too many tools, too many options, and it doesn't like a lot of plugins i need to get specific things done (and that work flawlessly in other DAWs). It seems odd that i don't gel with other DAWs when i mostly bypass Live's most defining creative feature (the session view), but my point is, DAWs have much deeper elements involved in their workflow and their helpfulness to useers than what might be immediately noticeable.