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    The Videos on Reaper's page are excellent. Kenny uses a Mac for demo but it's easy to follow for Windows. There is also a forum full of answers there. Don't be intimidated by the bazillion things Reaper offers, recording and mixing only requires a few easy steps.
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    WurWulf,

    If you are building track individually, then you really don't need 8 or 16 inputs. I don't know that I would sell the R8 because those things are SO handy if you just want to quickly record an idea, plus they are portable. Besides my R24, I've got an H4n that I used to carry with me on trips, in case mood hit me. I usually either track my guitar from a mic and amp (for electric) or through a old PODxt. Bass usually goes direct. If I had a drummer, it would be mics all the way, but since its just me, lately its been MT PowerDrumkit, my Alesis SR18 or some sample tracks I got with my R24.

    I've done live jam sessions with 8 channels on the Zoom. Usually 3 drum mics, bass mic, 3 guitar mics and a PA feed for vocals. Its always a fluid situation, so I have to adapt as things happen.
    This was from a few years back... Dropbox - Sams Barn Shuffle.mp3 - Simplify your life.

    Don't let Reaper scare you. Its really very logical once you get your inputs and outputs set up. Create a track, arm for recording and hit the button. Spend a few days with it and you'll start to feel right at home. Any multichannel DAW is going to look intimidating at first. Heck, you can find some stems here on HR, download them and pull them into Reaper just to play with. Also, the versions you downloaded isn't a trial, its the full monty! They don't give you a crippled version to try out.

    BTW, I used to travel through your neck of the woods monthly, heading down to Spartanburg SC. I miss stopping at the Farmers Market on I-40 to grab peaches for the folks back home. I bought a nice Princeton type amp from John Schuske at The Amp Shop. I also stopped in the Guitar Trader a few times just to browse. There seems to be lots of music around there and in Greenville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalismanRich View Post
    WurWulf,

    If you are building track individually, then you really don't need 8 or 16 inputs. I don't know that I would sell the R8 because those things are SO handy if you just want to quickly record an idea, plus they are portable. Besides my R24, I've got an H4n that I used to carry with me on trips, in case mood hit me. I usually either track my guitar from a mic and amp (for electric) or through a old PODxt. Bass usually goes direct. If I had a drummer, it would be mics all the way, but since its just me, lately its been MT PowerDrumkit, my Alesis SR18 or some sample tracks I got with my R24.

    I've done live jam sessions with 8 channels on the Zoom. Usually 3 drum mics, bass mic, 3 guitar mics and a PA feed for vocals. Its always a fluid situation, so I have to adapt as things happen.
    This was from a few years back... Dropbox - Sams Barn Shuffle.mp3 - Simplify your life.

    Don't let Reaper scare you. Its really very logical once you get your inputs and outputs set up. Create a track, arm for recording and hit the button. Spend a few days with it and you'll start to feel right at home. Any multichannel DAW is going to look intimidating at first. Heck, you can find some stems here on HR, download them and pull them into Reaper just to play with. Also, the versions you downloaded isn't a trial, its the full monty! They don't give you a crippled version to try out.

    BTW, I used to travel through your neck of the woods monthly, heading down to Spartanburg SC. I miss stopping at the Farmers Market on I-40 to grab peaches for the folks back home. I bought a nice Princeton type amp from John Schuske at The Amp Shop. I also stopped in the Guitar Trader a few times just to browse. There seems to be lots of music around there and in Greenville.
    Sorry I dropped off the radar for a couple of days I do that when I'm working on a project and this recording set up is more of a project than I thought it would be but I'm up to the task. I've never been to or heard of the Guitar Trader I'll have to check it out but have only heard good things about The Amp Shop. I do most my own repairs/maintenance on my amps and guitars. I do anything on guitars except structural damage and fret replacement. I had a nice little business going before the pandemic hit I was doing set-ops and mods I'm kind of known for upgrading Asian Guitars. Anyway on to recording.
    I must admit that Reaper Has me siting at attention however it's not got me running with my tail between my legs I have come across another snag when I bought this last laptop I had recording in mind but did not know what to look for and bought it because it had 1TB HDD paid no attention to the 4GB of RAM or the drives 5400 rpm. Now I am learning a bit more about computers I'm trying to decide between HDD and SSD. I also think I will try my hand at building a desk top this time I believe I can get more bang for my buck and I have a friend that has been making a living repairing computers the last 25 or 30 years if I have a problem. I could just ask him but if I do it for myself I'll actually learn what I'm doing and why. So bare with me my new friends and again thank you so much for taking your time and sharing your knowledge there's some awesome folks on this forum. I will be back

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    I don't know what your laptop has, but I just upgraded my ex-wife's 10 yr old laptop to 8gb from 4 for $25. I just put a 500GB SSD in my new laptop for $79. For simple mixing, I've done it on an old I3 laptop with a 5400RPM drive. I don't use a lot of VSTs, so Reaper ran just fine. I haven't built a desktop in over 10 yrs, but they really aren't that hard to build. I would suggest that you have your buddy there to walk you through the process, just to increase the chances of things booting up perfectly the first time. Simple things like having a proper fan can make a big difference.

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    Okay I'm back with another question. I was given a new laptop that the motherboard fried I can replace the motherboard install 2 16GB RAM for 32 GB, and swap the HDD for a 1TB SSD for $350 or for another $100 I can go to a 2TB NAND 3D SSD. I have a fresh copy of Windows 10 Pro so the only program that will be installed is whatever DAW I decide on I am setting between Reaper and Studio One Artist. In my mind this will be a great recording computer but I'm not a computer tech by any means and am looking at it from a novice eye. Do you feel this will be adequate for recording or should I just build a more powerful desktop?
    Again thank you so much for letting me bounce these questions off of you and giving your input it is invaluable to me.

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    memory and fast large storage are the keys for successful music - rarely the most swish and sizzling processors. I now keep my samples on a big external drive to free up the laptop. Sampler packages can be simply huge, so lots of storage is now pretty vital.

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    Installing more RAM = good.

    I would be inclined not t6o go too big on the intenal SSD, but instead go for 1tb, and then get a larger external drive on which to store your data. That way if the laptop goes belly-up you haven't lost your data. Or if you decide to change computers later, you can plug the external drive into the new computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    memory and fast large storage are the keys for successful music - rarely the most swish and sizzling processors. I now keep my samples on a big external drive to free up the laptop. Sampler packages can be simply huge, so lots of storage is now pretty vital.
    Now, as y'all know, I am good with valve, not so good with 'puters but I read! And I remember a discussion between several of the top computer men in the audio industry and they all said a fast processor is the most important part in an audio PC, especially for low latency.

    I would say 16G of ram is easily enough for home recording use (4/8k video work excepted!) and save money on that SSD, 1/2 a gig is plenty IMHO. These things sap batteries and get hot. My old HP i3 ran noticeably warmer when I doubled the ram to 8G...if I COULD put 32 gig in there I would not be able to have it on me lap!

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    There have been some really useful articles over the past year or so and the way the software works now means that processor speed isn't the real key. Have a watch of this video - puts the problem into perspective.

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    One good thing about the newer RAM designs is that the power requirements have dropped. When DDR first came out, it ran at 2.5-3v. The DDR3 memory I put in my Asus is only 1.35v, and the new DDR4 stuff is running between 1 and 1.2v. Lower power means less heat and longer battery life. Its too bad that they aren't 1 for 1 replacements. Its like CPU sockets, they keep changing the pinout.

    I remember the days when I was buying 5.25" floppy drives and had to build a power supply with 12V 1.25A voltage rectifiers, one for each drive. I think the 40MB SCSI drive took 3A on the 12 and 5V lines. I would buy linear power supply boards at the surplus electronics store.

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