Creating Custom Actions in Reaper – RT11

Custom actions are incredibly useful, and this Reaper tutorial shows you how to create them. A custom action allows you to string together a number of actions and combine them so that with the press of one keystroke, a number of actions can be performed at once.
I found that when editing podcasts, I was often dropping the end marker of a time selection, then moving back to a point prior to the time selection and pressing the keystroke to play, skipping time selection. This previews the edit. I decided to combine these keystrokes into one action, and in this tutorial I show you the process so you can create similar custom actions, that assist you with your own workflow.
You can create a custom action by entering the action list with F4, and moving to the first “New” button. Press this and it will bring up a dialog to create a new custom action. In this dialog, you will find two tables, an edit field for the action name, an edit field for the filter and a couple of check boxes.
You need to create a list of actions in the second table from those in the first table. Use the filter text box to narrow down the list of available actions in the first table. find the action you want to add and on Mac, use VO+Shift+Spacebar, Spacebar. On Windows With NVDA, use the Insert+Numpad Enter. This will add actions to the second table, and your custom action. Once you have all the desired actions in the second table, and a name for your action, click the Okay button.
All that is left now is to add a keyboard shortcut to invoke your command. Your new custom action should be already selected in the actions dialog, so find the “Add” button, click this, than type the desired command followed by the Enter key.
With this you’re done and ready to be that much more efficient with Reaper.

Audio Editing with Time Selections in Reaper with OSARA – RT03

if you’re following these tutorials along on the Mac, make sure you get the latest build of OSARA and update your key map.

In this third of a series of beginner tutorials, we finally get a bit of editing done using time selections. The context sensitive nature of Reaper is discussed along with some further navigational and editing techniques. These include selecting and moving between items, scrubbing, moving by beats or measures, making and refining time selections, previewing your edit and the implications of your zoom factor.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Left Arrow View: Move cursor left one pixel
  • Right Arrow View: Move cursor right one pixel
  • Command+Left Arrow Item navigation: Select and move to previous item
  • Command+Right Arrow Item navigation: Select and move to next item
  • Page Up Move edit cursor back one measure
  • Page Down Move edit cursor forward one measure
  • Command+Page Up Move edit cursor back one beat
  • Command+Page Down Move edit cursor forward one beat
  • Delete OSARA: Remove items/tracks/contents of time selection/markers/envelope points (depending on focus)
  • [ Time selection: Set start point
  • ] Time selection: Set end point
  • Option+[ Time selection: Nudge left edge left
  • Option+] Time selection: Nudge left edge right
  • Command+[ Time selection: Nudge right edge left
  • Command+] Time selection: Nudge right edge right
  • Option+Space Transport: Play (skip time selection)
  • Shift+Home Custom: Select from cursor to start of project
  • Shift+End Custom: Select from cursor to end of project
  • Option+Shift+- or NumPad- View: Zoom out horizontal
  • Option+Shift+= or NumPad +View: Zoom in horizontal