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    I record on a Zoom R16...8 tracks...
    Right now I'm using Audacity to mix...very cumbersome and slow...
    The Zoom is supposed to work with Cubase...but I just cannot figure Cubase out....I've gone thru videos...cubase help...forums etc...I can't do a dame thing in Cubase...

    I do have "some" familiarity with Reaper...I can function very basically with it...

    What I want to do...
    Connect my R16 with USB to my PC....Open Reaper and set up my 8 tracks...then play the R16 into Reaper with Reaper recording....
    Then I should be able to use my faders on the R16 to do a basic mix....at least that's how it's supposed to work using Cubase...

    Then with Reaper I can render that to a stereo or mono file...

    Can anyone talk me thru getting the R16 talking to Reaper...???

    Be advised I am NOT very experienced with this equipment....I can do basic stuff...

    Many thanks in advance for your time...

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    sounds like audacity would work better and easier for you if you cant figure out cubase

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    Mr Average...you have a good point...and my compliments to all those who can use Cubbase very well....just doesn't work for me...
    Right now I have 7 tracks open in Reaper that I transferred from my R16 to my PC...and I can work with those...

    I'm just looking for a little help getting the R16 to input into Reaper and record the tracks from there...

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    lets see now
    audacity works but you say it is slow
    cubase is too confusing
    and you cant get tracks into reaper

    why not try sonar its free
    or one of the other free ones
    else use what works
    at least for now until you can figure out one you like better

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    I looked up the R16 whose specifications say "8-in/2-out USB audio interface for Macintosh/Windows computers". Presumably there will be installation instructions for setting it up as an interface.

    Once that has been done, it is relatively straightforward to set up Reaper.

    The steps would be:

    1 Set the R16 as the input device for Reaper.
    2 Create 8 tracks in Reaper, and set the inputs of these to be channels 1 to 8 respectively.
    3 Then start recordng.

    4 The next part is to set up the R16 as a control surface within Reaper. Someone else will need to advise on that because I don't use control surfaces. I work totally in the box.

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    There are two distinct workflows with R16 + DAW:

    1. Record into standalone R16, import tracks to DAW for further processing + mixing
    2. Record into DAW, using R16 as the audio interface (and control surface)

    It's not entirely clear which one it is here, but talking about transfer sounds to me like 1). Sorry if this obvious, but for one, the R16 only works as a control surface in audio-interface mode, so you'll need to switch from transfer-mode to audio-interface after transfering to be able to use its sliders. And once there, you'll need to set it up as a Mackie control surface in the DAW, that's not going to happen automatically. I don't have experience with Reaper, but here's a fairly detailed walkthrough: Cockos Incorporated Forums - View Single Post - Zoom R16 as controller for Reaper

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    Thanks Turre....This looks like just what I needed...

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    From memory, somebody gave me some files from his R16, and I loaded them in to Cubase one by one and all was fine.

    The trouble with Cubase and all the others, to be honest, is that you've not given it time - they are all very similar and then very different in other ways. Cubase is sophisticated and complex, but the basic functions are very straightforward - IF you give it the time.

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    I've struggled with Cubase on and off for almost a year...went thru videos...PDF on how to do this and that....Cubase just doesn't make any sense to me...
    I can do some stuff with Reaper...I got some good info from Turre....I think I can make this work...

    Many thanks to all...

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    BTW if Audacity has been your first acquintance for working on audio on a computer, you'll want to unlearn most of what you learned there when moving to an actual DAW like Reaper, Cubase or whatever. Audacity is a fine piece of software for certain type of audio editing but the whole paradigm is entirely different and if you try to things the way you did it in Audacity, the DAW is going to fight back and appear confusing as hell because it's not the way they're supposed to be used. Been there

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