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#650254 - 04/06/21 12:41 AM [PowerTracks Pro Audio] 2021 Overhaul
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Hi to all,
I am in the process of overhauling my home music studio and am facing some software choices.
I know that many of you use alternative software to Power Tracks Pro Audio(PTPA).
I am in the process of evaluating Reaper in this regard.
My questions are as follows:
- what can these suites do that PTPA can't?
- how long has it taken you to gain enough proficiency in Reaper (or StudioOne etc) to be able to produce music with it?
- I am finding Reaper to be a huge step backwards in its capcity to manage MIDI (or at least in the ease of use of the programme). DId you have a similar experience?
Thanks,
Marc


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#650450 - 04/07/21 04:30 AM [PowerTracks Pro Audio] Re: 2021 Overhaul [Re: mglinert]
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Others can use VST3, for one.
Then again they don't have Realdrums.

As far as MIDI in Reaper; it doesn't have some of the features PT has due to PT starting back when MIDI was all it did.
I do kind of like how you can create a 4 bar MIDI and just drag the end of it to cause it to loop for as many bars as you want in Reaper. Faster than Copy/Paste sometimes.
But you'll miss things like the Data Filter, dedicated MIDI track functions, etc.

They are all different, otherwise there would only need to be just one <grin>
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#650463 - 04/07/21 05:52 AM [PowerTracks Pro Audio] Re: 2021 Overhaul [Re: rharv]
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To the OP(mglinert) and rharv.
although i started on Powertraks in days of yore, and yes the midi features were/are extensive; i must be fair.
reapers midi features are now extensive.
it would take a couple of days just to view all the midi vids at reaper.fm

sorry to the op , but it would take a looong time for me to list all the features.
thus just go to the vids labelled "midi & virtual instruments" at reaper.fm , and clik on it. a slew of midi vids will appear.
it will take you a couple of days to view all the extensive features and tips by kenny who is a grammy winner.
he really knows his stuff.

heres just one of many relating to just midi data filter. <<note rharv.
(also look at the reaps stash and js midi util plug ins sometime.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GId0W5402BI

there is just a slew of grrreat vids on reaper on you tube, as there are on pg's grrreat products.
in fact in my own song projects i often mix both pg plug ins,
and reaper plug ins.
my main programs i use are biab/rb/reaper all the way.

ps. go carefully through the reaper stash sometime, there are little utility nuggets to be found and features; just like one would find cool features deep down in biab and rb and powertraks. frankly mglinert i dont think its one daw versus another all are usefull.


best
oldmuso


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#650679 - 04/08/21 01:25 PM [PowerTracks Pro Audio] Re: 2021 Overhaul [Re: mglinert]
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Many thanks for these responses.
On the particular Copy/Paste comment Rharv you can tell PTPA to copy a selection of MIDI bars as many times as you like in the 'Paste' window, but I'm sure you knew that!
I've got a lot of catching up to do...stayed too long with the same setup.
I don't know what VST1 and 2 are, never mind 3!
I'm making (slow) progress with Reaper. Very friendly and helpful forum there too.
I take the point about all the DAWS being different - so far I've looked at StudioOne and Reaper.
Marc
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#650691 - 04/08/21 04:14 PM [PowerTracks Pro Audio] Re: 2021 Overhaul [Re: mglinert]
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Yes, Reaper has a learning curve, but as you noticed their support/forum is very helpful, much like here.

As someone else mentioned; watch some videos; Reaper can do most things, but it is a different approach.
And there are lots of videos.

I usually use RB/PT as long as I can because of familiarity/comfort, but I will move to Reaper when needed.
I also discovered you can open a RB/PT project, and then open a Reaper project and simply drag the desired tracks from one to the other (as long as Tempo/Key match) and keep moving.



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