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Question: What's the inspiration behind the names 'Cockos' & 'Reaper'? (In short - why have you name them like that?) [permalink]
Asked by Inspire (61.2.249.x) on June 26 2018, 8:57am
Reply on June 26 2018, 2:30pm:
    Cockos is a stupid name which if you research you'll find, but REAPER is about reaping great harvest.

Question: Have any idea why Twelfth root of two (chromatic scale) is preferred opposed to just split an octave into 12 parts (semitone=(1/12)*2*f1) [permalink]
Asked by actondev (171.33.234.x) on June 25 2018, 8:59pm
Reply on June 25 2018, 10:15pm (edited at June 25 2018, 10:16pm):
    That would sound terrible, I'd imagine, because you want certain notes to resonate with each other (and if you split the octave linearly they would not).

Question: Do you have any idea on how dee plugin(winamp dsp) improve bass? Is it generates odd harmonics? [permalink]
Asked by ruchira (43.250.243.x) on June 25 2018, 7:45am
Reply on June 25 2018, 10:16pm:
    No idea. I think there's a JSFX that looks for zero crossings and then generates sub-bass by generating a sine-wave at half of that frequency.

Question: Why are you giving your Rea plugins to people for free? Well, you can just charge, like $10 for it? ;) [permalink]
Asked by Curiosity (104.131.188.x) on June 23 2018, 12:21pm
Reply on June 23 2018, 1:13pm:
    Many years ago we figured people might say "oh I should be using REAPER anyway". Not a huge priority for us, though.

Question: Do Cockos company have Headquarter somewhere or is your home, HQ of Cockos? [permalink]
Asked by Name (117.197.11.x) on June 23 2018, 3:04am
Reply on June 23 2018, 1:13pm:
    Cockos is geographically distributed but we have a test studio in Brooklyn.

Question: Have you listened NIN's Bad Witch album? What do you think about it? [permalink]
Asked by Poony (78.152.169.x) on June 22 2018, 12:54pm
Reply on June 23 2018, 1:12pm:
    I think the only NIN album I've listened to since the 90s is Pretty Hate Machine (which holds up rather well!).

Question: Would you consider migrating the Cockos forum to a modern , mobile-friendly software like Xenforo? [permalink]
Asked by Keith (75.23.198.x) on June 22 2018, 11:11am
Reply on June 22 2018, 12:34pm:
    Possibly, but in general I don't look forward to that sort of thing ;)

Question: Why the company 'Ashampoo' named like that? Do you think because they don't like shampoos? [permalink]
Asked by Unknown (59.97.204.x) on June 22 2018, 8:04am
Reply on June 22 2018, 12:35pm:
    Hah no idea.

Question: Ah! I am still curious, after REAPER v5.99, what will you do. Because you are updating REAPER too fast. Maybe, after v5.99, there will be v5.99.1 or v5.991 XD [permalink]
Asked by Curiosity (104.236.74.x) on June 22 2018, 7:36am
Reply on June 22 2018, 12:35pm:
    We'll see!

Question: (re Windows GUI's below) OK, I choose compatible and efficient. What would you suggest? [permalink]
Asked by dän (1.136.107.x) on June 22 2018, 4:18am
Reply on June 22 2018, 12:36pm:
    Plain win32 is one way... The learning curve is rough, though. A minimal example of this that we've open sourced is "SnapEase" (on cockos.com).

Question: Is it true that Windows 10 is completely free, legally and can be download from Microsoft website for free? (With just limitation of watermark?) [permalink]
Asked by Doors (117.197.13.x) on June 21 2018, 4:45pm
Reply on June 21 2018, 10:39pm:
    I haven't heard that, but that doesn't mean it isn't true?

Question: Will you ever implement touch screen features in REAPER? [permalink]
Asked by Touchscreen (117.207.143.x) on June 21 2018, 2:07pm
Reply on June 21 2018, 10:40pm:
    There are some, but in general and IMO touch screens for editing suck.

Question: Can you suggest me a best daw for android, if you know? Unfortunately, lots of great mobile saws are in iOS, mainly, not on Android. (Just, curious, REAPER for Android & iOS?) [permalink]
Asked by Frustrated Being (59.89.122.x) on June 20 2018, 4:42pm
Reply on June 21 2018, 1:43am:
    No idea...

Question: don't know why, but previous post isn't complete and instead of code line it shows box = "n". =)), but i won't annoy you anymore, thanks. [permalink]
Asked by Poooooooooony (94.230.192.x) on June 19 2018, 7:02pm
Reply on June 21 2018, 1:43am:
    Maybe it was filtering some HTML thing or something? anyway

Question: is in EEL2 something similar to string.gsub? and i was disappointed, that there's no simple concatenation in 1 line like (..) in Lua, for example single line in Lua: local box = "n" will be much cluttered in EEL2, isn't it? But i wanted only to ask, if you have [permalink]
Asked by Pooooooooony (94.230.192.x) on June 19 2018, 5:57pm
Reply on June 19 2018, 6:13pm:
    Ah gsub would be handy, yeah.

    You can use sprintf() to concatenate multiple things, e.g.
    str = sprintf(#,"%s%s%s", a, b, c);
    Different syntax, yes, but also quite handy once you get used to it.

Question: I'm starting with C++ and am wondering about the best way to easily make useful, optimised, compatible (with different versions) GUIs in Windows? [permalink]
Asked by dän (155.143.123.x) on June 19 2018, 12:01pm
Reply on June 19 2018, 12:20pm:
    Hmm I dunno, I'd say: compatible, efficient, easy-to-write: choose at most 2... the way we do it is a bit of a pain... :/

Question: Do you plan someday in future to improve work with strings in EEL2? it's a pain in comparison with Lua [permalink]
Asked by Poooooooony (78.152.169.x) on June 19 2018, 10:27am
Reply on June 19 2018, 12:19pm:
    Hmm any suggestions?

Question: I use Linux Mint, but i wonder, what Linux distributive is the best/most efficient for REAPER and audio recording in general for you? [permalink]
Asked by Poooooony (78.152.169.x) on June 19 2018, 9:20am
Reply on June 19 2018, 12:19pm:
    I'd imagine they're all pretty similar? Just use a realtime kernel...

Question: Which programming language you love the best? And how many and which programming languages you use currently? [permalink]
Asked by Programmer (59.92.95.x) on June 18 2018, 10:54am
Reply on June 18 2018, 4:30pm:
    As far as languages I use regularly, C/C++, EEL2, and PHP are the most often used. Also Lua a bit, and occasional assembly. Writing JSFX and video processors in EEL2 is probably the most fun. ;)

Question: "If It Breaks, Kenny (Gioia) Broke It" ... what does it means? :O [permalink]
Asked by Longer Name (104.131.75.x) on June 18 2018, 10:52am
Reply on June 18 2018, 4:29pm:
    There was a bug we fixed for kenny, and you never know if one person's bug is another's feature.
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