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Question: You said you used Vegas & probably Ardour. Since, you are a developer of REAPER. Don't you use other DAWs, just to take ideas, features & tools from them? So that REAPER can give more or as much as other DAWs give? I guess, every software development companies do this, with their rival softwares.
Asked by Curiosity (117.222.220.x) on April 1 2018, 2:08pm
Reply on April 1 2018, 2:16pm:
    Nah, but there's no shortage of other people asking for features that they've used elsewhere. Most of my process is just making things I want to use, and using them. Using other DAWs would be tedious work.
Question: If you weren't a developer of REAPER. And if REAPER was never invented. Then which DAW you were using now? (Just being curious :P)
Asked by Curiosity (117.222.220.x) on March 31 2018, 2:44pm
Reply on March 31 2018, 9:06pm (edited at March 31 2018, 9:07pm):
    Before I used REAPER the last thing I used was Vegas.. so maybe Acid Pro 7 or something? But that's been 12+ years so really I have no idea. Ardour?
Question: How old was you when you learned programming the first time?
Asked by Milss (77.20.159.x) on March 30 2018, 11:02pm
Reply on March 30 2018, 11:04pm:
    BASIC on my older brothers' Atari 800XL when I was maybe 8 or so?
Question: what do you think of Ableton Link? have you ever tried or curious about it?
Asked by deee (79.168.107.x) on March 30 2018, 4:07pm
Reply on March 30 2018, 9:46pm:
    I'm familiar with it and it definitely looks interesting/fun, we've looked at adding support but never gotten around to it.
Question: Do aliens (living beings other than in Earth) exists? Just forget those scary Hollywood movies for now. And think, that Earth can't be just a single habitable planet in this (observable) universe (which is even much bigger than 91 billion light years).
Asked by Abhijeet (117.207.143.x) on March 30 2018, 5:02am
Reply on March 30 2018, 9:47pm:
    Sure, they probably exist or have existed, but they're unfortunately probably really, really, REALLY, REALLY far away (and as a result, maybe their transmissions won't get here for millions of years too?)...
Question: What age did you learn how to implement discrete fourier transforms? Do you remember where you learned? Do you have a favorite book that explains it?
Asked by magicmoose (64.195.215.x) on March 28 2018, 4:49pm
Reply on March 28 2018, 9:07pm:
    Hmm for DFT probably 18 or 19 or something, but for FFT, err, let me go look that up. ;)
Question: After REAPER v5.99, will you create another update and name it v5.991? Or you make an upgrade to v6.00?
Asked by Fustin Jrankel (117.241.170.x) on March 28 2018, 4:51am
Reply on March 28 2018, 3:19pm:
    We don't have specific version plans, we might go to 6.0 before 5.99, or we might get to 5.99 and 5.991, anything could happen!
Question: Which is better (or best)? Evernote or MS OneNote?
Asked by Confused Person (117.207.139.x) on March 27 2018, 1:43pm
Reply on March 27 2018, 10:31pm:
    I've never used either, I use the iphone notes app though sometimes...
Question: I just saw "you" on Forensic Files [c3:e26] "Install Winamp", You're famous!
Asked by thatguy (71.51.102.x) on March 27 2018, 1:41pm
Reply on March 27 2018, 10:34pm:
    Hmm which season/episode? season 3 doesn't have 26 episodes?
Question: Will list 5 reasons you don't want kids?
Asked by Will (50.84.190.x) on March 26 2018, 1:49pm
Reply on March 26 2018, 4:31pm (edited at March 26 2018, 5:20pm):
    7 billion people is plenty, and I have no desire -- that's two but what more do you need?

    (Edit: I also originally said "Oh sure, the burden is on me to list reasons why I don't want them, why don't you ask people who do want them to list the reasons they do?" but my wife thought I was being too irritable, sorry).
Question: Have you heard about Brave browser? What do you think about idea of micropayments for the content instead of ads?
Asked by asafonov (109.172.101.x) on March 25 2018, 10:56am
Reply on March 25 2018, 10:59pm:
    Nope... Micropayments, hmm I dunno. I'd like to be able to decide whether to pay after I've read something rather than before? :)
Question: what do you think of bitcoin?
Asked by btcguy (24.5.71.x) on March 23 2018, 2:41pm
Reply on March 23 2018, 9:23pm:
    Interesting concept, but in practice it is a ridiculous waste of energy and of people's time. I have a bet with a friend that it'll be less than $2,000 for a BTC by June. I might not win, but it's closer to that now than it was when I made the bet ;)
Question: How you see reaper after 10 years from now ?
Asked by Danny (197.52.47.x) on March 23 2018, 10:44am
Reply on March 23 2018, 9:22pm:
    The same-ish I would think? but better.
Question: what do you think of libsodium
Asked by mark (12.176.89.x) on March 23 2018, 12:03am
Reply on March 23 2018, 9:21pm:
    Haven't used it, but looks good!
Question: Will reaper ever be a web app, rewritten in Javascript/WebAssembly?
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on March 22 2018, 3:24am
Reply on March 22 2018, 12:47pm (edited at March 22 2018, 12:48pm):
    It am pretty sure that it will never be rewritten, but it is definitely possible that it could get cross-compiled to that as an additional target at some point.
Question: When will you marry, and probably, have kids?
Asked by Human Being with (117.241.169.x) on March 21 2018, 2:01pm
Reply on March 21 2018, 2:06pm (edited at March 21 2018, 2:07pm):
    Approximately 13 years ago, and not, respectively.
Question: is there anything in WDL that will help me watching file for changes?
Asked by olilarkin (92.12.227.x) on March 19 2018, 9:57pm
Reply on March 19 2018, 10:10pm:
    you'd be better of emailing...
Question: Would you ever work on virtual singing software?
Asked by Will (172.58.3.x) on March 19 2018, 4:17pm
Reply on March 19 2018, 6:45pm:
    You mean like a VSTi that makes human voice singing sounds? I dunno, maybe? Unlikely?
Question: Have you watched any Jordan Peterson lectures? Maps Of Meaning and the Personality series are great!
Asked by Ryan (23.16.24.x) on March 18 2018, 12:48pm
Reply on March 19 2018, 1:52am:
    I haven't, thank you for the recommendation!
Question: Will there be an AAC render option for windows users inside Reaper anywhere near in the future? Do you have an alternative on how I can export/render my Songs as AAC out of Reaper? Thanks and by the way: REAPER is awesome :)
Asked by Tobias (77.22.254.x) on March 17 2018, 6:00pm
Reply on March 17 2018, 9:54pm:
    When AAC is no longer patent encumbered...
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