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    Guys can we have some techniques to master tracks in Reaper. Many users have been using Reaper to master their tracks. If we can have any tutorial on it would be amazing.

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    If I'm not mistaken the only way to do any sort of "Mastering" in reaper is to use the master bus. If you have a bunch of songs to master you would need to render them and then start a new project and insert each mixdown as a separate track to check the flow from one track to the next.

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    It's not necessary to use the master bus, though there are occasions where you would.

    If you have a set of, say, six songs to master, then one way of doing it in Reaper (and any other DAW for that matter) is to load them all up as separate tracks, all running in parallel. That way you can compare relative levels quite easily (using track mute and solo), and apply compression or whatever on individual tracks to raise volumes so that you end up with consistent and cohesive levels (i.e. quiet songs sound quiet, louder ones sound loud and so on). If you discover you need to apply a global fix of some sort (e.g. adjusting the EQ on all tracks), then you can do this with an insert on the master bus.
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    Well said. That makes a lot more sense than my explanation.

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    Thanks guys but you mean to say once I have done mixing and made my songs it into a WAV then I need to load all my songs on each track of the mixer and the adjust the levels and stuff and make sure each levels are similar.

    But according to the different songs might require different EQ and FX settings I hope thats not a problem.

    As far as adding compression and stuff what else can we do to enhance the song in Reaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khushalbhadra View Post
    But according to the different songs might require different EQ and FX settings I hope thats not a problem.

    As far as adding compression and stuff what else can we do to enhance the song in Reaper.

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    As far as using FX and EQ, I would assume you would just add them as inserts into each track.

    After "]compression and stuff" it should already be enhanced IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfahey86 View Post
    As far as using FX and EQ, I would assume you would just add them as inserts into each track.
    FX like reverb, etc....are usually not inserted into tracks, but instead , used as SENDS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAMI View Post
    FX like reverb, etc....are usually not inserted into tracks, but instead , used as SENDS.
    Is that so you can use the same reverb for all of the tracks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfahey86 View Post
    Is that so you can use the same reverb for all of the tracks?
    Yes, exactly. Not that you have to use the same reverb on all the tracks. But the option is there.

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    It goes back to my post.

    If you are using Reaper for mastering, and you want to do something specific to a track, then use the plugin as an insert on that track, even if it is a plugin that you would otherwise use via a send.

    If, on the other hand, you want to apply an effect globally, use that plugin as an insert on the output.

    If you want to use the same effect on all tracks, but to varying degrees, then use a send.
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