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Question: Hi Justin! Would you please consider adding a Chinese Forum to "REAPER Non-English Speaking User Forums"? Lots of my friends are using RP, and I think they would be very cheerful to see it! ; )
Asked by Moy Walker (103.65.40.x) on October 19 2018, 4:50am
Reply on October 19 2018, 11:48pm:
    It's tricky because when adding a foreign language forum, you usually want to have a few trusted forum users who speak the language and who are willing to function as moderators. Without that it's risky... :/
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Question: A bit quiet in here the last days, no?
Asked by wasereb4 (94.134.90.x) on October 18 2018, 2:55am
Reply on October 18 2018, 3:36pm:
    Not unusually so, I'd think.
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Question: What do you think about the return of Winamp?
Asked by Sam Black (192.56.11.x) on October 15 2018, 9:50pm
Reply on October 15 2018, 10:28pm:
    I've long since stopped caring about what happens to it ;) I've spent more than twice as long working on REAPER than I did on Winamp. And I use REAPER every day.
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Question: Have you consider AppImage for Linux builds?
Asked by Gio (79.131.92.x) on October 14 2018, 1:45pm
Reply on October 14 2018, 11:38pm:
    I haven't looked at that yet...
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Question: Your favorite candy bar, cereal, and icecream?
Asked by Martin (87.220.81.x) on October 13 2018, 3:49pm
Reply on October 14 2018, 11:38pm:
    Hmm snickers is pretty good, not sure I have a favorite. Cereal, I've been in to muesli lately. Ice cream: soft serve.
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Question: I was curious to know if exists somewhere the source code for the wasabi framework. At the time of winamp3 i was so glad it was tentatively cross-platform
Asked by Leonardo (93.34.1.x) on October 11 2018, 8:11am
Reply on October 11 2018, 11:58am:
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Question: Will REAPER installer's size ever cross 50 MB? Or even, 20-30 MB in future? Are there legacy codes in REAPER?
Asked by Abhi (117.197.6.x) on October 10 2018, 9:49am
Reply on October 10 2018, 1:59pm:
    Maybe? Not sure what you mean about legacy codes, but there's definitely a lot of stuff that we'd like to remove but are stuck with, hah. "feature latch".
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Question: Are you familiar with Halt And Catch Fire? If so, thoughts?
Asked by Lokasenna (198.48.166.x) on October 9 2018, 4:27pm
Reply on October 9 2018, 8:45pm:
    I've tried to watch it a couple of times and failed
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Question: If you do that, please have a look at the latest mod of baby sequencer here then: stash.reaper.fm/v/20869/seq%20mega...I've created a full-blown sequencer configuration for REAPER and this mod is quite useful in real-life scenarios. Hard to explain, you have to play with it all in real projects to get the sense what and how. For example, I currently have special macros for my project only that will record disable for recording into sequencer etc...lots of things to consider, but oh the fun...
Asked by John (78.1.184.x) on October 7 2018, 3:47pm
Reply on October 9 2018, 8:47pm:
    noted
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Question: Is there something in REAPER you regret having implemented the way you did because later on you wanted to change it but it's difficult/impossible for not breaking things etc.?
Asked by wasereb4 (94.134.90.x) on October 4 2018, 3:19am
Reply on October 4 2018, 1:00pm:
    Tons of things, sure. Sometimes they get overhauled (the way regions were stored originally was as a pair of markers, ugh), other times not (MIDI items/editors/etc).
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Question: Do you know Haiku OS?
Asked by Nixon (80.135.146.x) on October 3 2018, 7:33am
Reply on October 3 2018, 2:05pm:
    I haven't used it but I'm familiar with its existence (via BeOS)...
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Question: Super8 is a beautiful thing I'm trying to start using. In tandem with baby sequencer you can practically create music on the go. With the right configuration I think it's the best sequencer combo on the market. Yes, even better than live. Good job on that and thanks for sharing. Not a question, I know - but this sequencing stuff is pretty inspiring
Asked by John (78.0.253.x) on October 2 2018, 7:51pm
Reply on October 3 2018, 2:05pm:
    Ah I've not used it with sequencer_baby, that's interesting. Maybe we could make them sync up via a special back-channel...
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Question: Re q=4346s: You're right,it's (mostly) straightforward. Swell rocks,even theming works! My Q: CoreMIDI has MIDISend() which is,if Im not mistaken,able to send outside of any callback (in the main thread). Jack doesn't seem to have an equivalent. I would use Jacks ringbuffers to pass data to process() (see tinyurl.com/y9sdedsz How would u do it?
Asked by User (62.214.88.x) on October 2 2018, 6:22pm
Reply on October 2 2018, 6:37pm:
    I'd probably be lazy and use a mutex-protected queue of messages, but that'd effectively be the same thing...
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Question: In the homepage of reaper.fm, down below 'New in Version 5' -> 'Video', is that you playing the guitar, right behind the drummer in a gif image?
Asked by Abhi (59.92.92.x) on October 2 2018, 1:15pm
Reply on October 2 2018, 1:20pm (edited at October 2 2018, 1:21pm):
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Question: What do you make of the whole Linux CoC situation?
Asked by Esmo (104.128.136.x) on October 2 2018, 5:43am
Reply on October 2 2018, 1:30pm (edited at October 2 2018, 1:35pm):
    I just read the code of conduct -- it seems fine. I don't get the criticism, most of it makes very little sense based on the actual code.
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Question: In regards to the first question - what's the most complicated thing you ever created in REAPER and actually used to create an art piece? Not code wise, feature wise.
Asked by John (78.0.253.x) on October 1 2018, 8:21pm
Reply on October 1 2018, 10:30pm:
    I use the Super8 JSFX a lot! In fact I'm uploading yet another youtube video of a practice. Not sure if it's the most complicated but it's something.
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Question: If you were presented with 100% customized REAPER rig - how fast would you be able to use it in regards to your own setup? I guess you would too have a learning curve - that's kinda scary and cool at the same time, lol
Asked by John (93.141.30.x) on October 1 2018, 8:19pm
Reply on October 1 2018, 10:28pm (edited at October 1 2018, 10:29pm):
    Depends on if I'm allowed to reset key bindings and menus back to normal haha. I do sometimes use other peoples setups, and it's a bit like trying to type on a foreign keyboard -- some things work, others definitely do not!
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Question: What are your thoughts: on the Mr.Robot TV Show? (If you have seen it)
Asked by Bean (49.196.162.x) on October 1 2018, 5:49pm
Reply on October 1 2018, 10:30pm:
    First season was A+, after that A- (still good but hard to follow the first). Really good production and music and design throughout.
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Question: Re: flipped coordinates in swell: 1) If not flipped, right/bottom are outside rect. If flipped, which are outside? 2) How is ScreenToClient calculated? Relative to the flipped or to the actual left/top?
Asked by Julian (192.42.116.x) on September 28 2018, 6:38pm
Reply on September 29 2018, 9:39pm:
    This would be better asked via email or forums, I'll check the forums for that.
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Question: Is it possible to use a reaper.array as parameter type or return type in a ReaScript API function that is provided by a C++ extension? If yes, how is the size of the array passed between script and extension?
Asked by Julian (197.231.221.x) on September 28 2018, 5:34pm
Reply on September 29 2018, 9:39pm:
    See forum posts.
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