Just moving into the DAW world after many years on a standalone.
Q1. What would you typically do with areas of tracks that contain no useful sound but are still "live"?
For instance in the track I'm working on I basically sit down and play a few different guitar bits in various places, lots of space in between, and keep the thing recording all the time. There's doubtless some low level signal noise there... that's not the issue, I can control that via envelope. In the standalone world I would ruthlessly edit every bit of "blank" recorded space out as I was always fighting for disk space. No such problem here. What do you do?
Q2. If I do chop things up and have tracks starting at different spots in a song, how would I import all these tracks /wav files so they start at the same spot, so someone else could mix them without needing instructions on lining them up?
Q3. In standalone world, I could put (say) a reverb on an auxillary bus and apply different amounts of the same reverb to different tracks. I never really had to get into how this was routed as it was an "automatic" feature of the machine I had. How would I do something similar in Reaper? I'm sure I don't need to pull up the same plug in multiple times and tinker with the settings? Or do I?
Q4. Do you ever keep an eye on CPU usage? I was quite surprised when I checked with 14 audio tracks and MIDI drums split over 16 tracks, with 2 or 3 plug ins on each of the audio tracks, that the CPU usage was either 1, 2 or 3% at most. Obviously this isn't a problem as it's a beast of a computer, it's more curiousity - how many tracks / plugs do you manage to record, all playing at the same time (ie. with the plug ins active).
Q5. I've heard reference to "freezing" tracks with the effect recorded, as a way to minimise CPU drain. I get the concept, and I can see how to do it via recording a track + effect on another track in real time - but is that what people are talking about, or is there some other method I should know about?
That should do for now... I expect more will arise!
Must say that I'm loving the DAW world... everything is soooo much easier.. So far, anyway!