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Question: What's the inspiration behind the names 'Cockos' & 'Reaper'? (In short - why have you name them like that?)
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)
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?
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? ;)
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?
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?
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?
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?
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
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?
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?)
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?
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?)
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.
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
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?
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
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?
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?
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
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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