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Question: Have you watched the movie 'Interstellar (2014)'? If yes, then what's your reviews about it?
Asked by Abhijeet (117.207.139.x) on February 22 2018, 4:02pm
Reply on February 23 2018, 10:07pm:
    I much preferred Dunkirk. I didn't hate Interstellar, but I thought it was a bit weak.
Question: Favorite "Nevermind" track ?
Asked by Will (50.84.190.x) on February 22 2018, 3:31pm
Reply on February 23 2018, 10:09pm:
    Hmm tough to have favorites, but maybe Lounge Act or On A Plain. Great album.
Question: Justin! You are a great person, how is everything going with your life? Huge respect and love!
Asked by Georgy (172.250.71.x) on February 20 2018, 7:15am
Reply on February 21 2018, 2:05am:
    Aww thank you! Everything with me is about as good as it could be, considering...
Question: Will winamp ever be back and good again. I love winamp. Thanks. From biloxi
Asked by Matt KD5LOH (99.203.86.x) on February 17 2018, 10:35pm
Reply on February 18 2018, 12:09am:
    I'm in no position to tell.. ;)
Question: does the reaper plugin build of licecap work?
Asked by oli larkin (161.112.12.x) on February 15 2018, 4:17pm
Reply on February 16 2018, 1:55am (edited at February 16 2018, 1:56am):
    You tell me! At one point the idea was that it would be nice to use the video encoder and audio output to generate .webm/etc... but then decided it was easier to record .lcf with standalone licecap, and save REAPER's output and then render to .webm later.
Question: any solution? stackoverflow.com/questions/227019...
Asked by ruchira (123.231.121.x) on February 15 2018, 3:56am
Reply on February 15 2018, 1:59pm:
    I wouldn't depend on the linker to achieve the outcome you want, let the user add the appropriate files to their project...
Question: Considering the recent demise of Cakewalk, is there anything in place to ensure the continued availability and development of Reaper should the unthinkable happen to Justin?
Asked by BobF (184.157.18.x) on February 15 2018, 2:24am
Reply on February 15 2018, 1:59pm:
    You're asking Justin here, so you should say "you". There's nothing in place other than an immortal corporation with other employees...
Question: Re: I haven't used the API but I will this weekend. So, if I understand correctly the allocation happens within the host and my plugin should do its internal buffering by taking account the length and nch? Thanks.
Asked by Gio (79.130.191.x) on February 8 2018, 6:47pm
Reply on February 8 2018, 10:31pm:
    The allocation is by the caller... so if you're a plug-in getting called with that structure as a parameter, then you can use ->samples. If you're a plug-in calling GetSamples() or something, you'd want to allocate space yourself somewhere.
Question: Is there a guaranteed allocation size of ReaSample *sample in PCM_source_transfer_t?
Asked by Gio (79.130.191.x) on February 8 2018, 3:06pm
Reply on February 8 2018, 3:40pm (edited at February 8 2018, 3:41pm):
    samples must point to a buffer of at least nch*length items.
Question: any docs/info in the wilds about videoprocessor.h?
Asked by oli larkin (92.1.238.x) on February 8 2018, 1:59am
Reply on February 8 2018, 3:40pm:
    Hmm not much
Question: Are you familiar with the music of Aidan Baker? If not, you should check him out. He's pretty prolific but I think you may like his song 'Chainsaw'
Asked by Silver (69.120.228.x) on February 7 2018, 4:56am
Reply on February 7 2018, 2:27pm:
    Thanks! Having a listen.
Question: Thanks! I think I don't understand the meaning of "is raised". Is the window set to currently or always on top of others? If its the former why we do call gdk_window_set_keep_above(). If the latter why on_deactivate() is called within GDK_FOCUS_CHANGE (which makes my window not obey "always on top") ?
Asked by proxy (153.92.127.x) on February 3 2018, 8:59am
Reply on February 3 2018, 1:50pm:
    It's not meant to be similar to WS_EX_TOPMOST -- it's primarily designed for internal use to keep modal windows above various other windows.
Question: Have you ever heard about Alan Kay (Alan Turing Award winner)? Do you have an opinion about him?
Asked by audioCL (191.115.213.x) on February 2 2018, 10:20pm
Reply on February 3 2018, 1:39am:
    Yeah I'm familiar with and respect his work, but I don't have much of an opinion.
Question: Hi Justin. Is this a typo? github.com/justinfrankel/WDL/blob/...Shouldn't that be !h->m_israised ? If not a typo I don't quite understand (sorry needed a quick answer)
Asked by proxy (158.58.175.x) on February 2 2018, 5:56am
Reply on February 2 2018, 1:54pm:
    Not a typo -- it lowers a raised window temporarily when the application is deactivated (it will raise it again on activation).
Question: Are you waiting for GTA 6 or any other video game, badly?
Asked by Abhijeet Singh (117.241.169.x) on February 1 2018, 9:32am
Reply on February 2 2018, 1:54pm:
Question: What if Gibson (or any other) company give you $50 million for acquiring REAPER. Will you sell them your DAW and enjoy the money for rest of your life without doing anything?
Asked by Abhijeet Singh (59.97.205.x) on January 31 2018, 9:14am
Reply on February 1 2018, 2:08am:
    Haha definitely not. Which isn't to say there isn't a price -- but I doubt there is a price that anybody would be willing to pay that I would accept.
Question: Who is your idol?
Asked by Revizneid (27.74.185.x) on January 31 2018, 1:48am
Reply on February 1 2018, 2:09am:
    Hmmm there are number of people whom I respect, but I'm not sure I have any idols...
Question: Did you know people are still hacking on WinAMP to make it better? getwacup.com/
Asked by Will (50.84.190.x) on January 29 2018, 10:58pm
Reply on January 30 2018, 5:00pm:
    Yeah, it’s too bad that the core of it isn’t open source, though...
Question: I really want to get into programming/scripting in Reaper. I have some experience with max/msp but not much other programming experience (eager to learn though!). I was wondering how much of those concepts from MAX will apply to JSFX and what are some important differences to be aware of going in. Any resources you would recommend?
Asked by cairca (69.120.228.x) on January 29 2018, 9:59pm
Reply on January 30 2018, 5:02pm:
    I don’t know much about Max so hard to say. In Reaper there are two main separate sections for scripting — jsfx, which is essentially like writing a VST in script (often used for real-time audio and/or MIDI processing), or ReaScript which is primarily used for writing things that run in the UI thread, which works out to a higher level function.
Question: I understand you develope your software on a PC. Do you think windows 10 is ok? Or is windows 7 or xp preferrable?
Asked by Ulf Enhörning (192.176.237.x) on January 29 2018, 3:26pm
Reply on January 30 2018, 5:03pm:
    These days I mostly use macOS and Linux, but I do also work on Win7 and Win10. I prefer Win7 to Win10 in almost every way, aside from it being out of date...
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