Save file to somewhere safe that you can remember!
If you’re using reaper to program drums using piano roll you can rename the notes to make it easier to find the kick, snare etc.
This file is based on the mappings of Cakewalks Session Drummer 2 – it’s a cheap alternative to a lot o drum samplers.
It could probably be adapted to be used with other drum samplers/vst as well.
To load you need to go into piano roll.
Highlight the midi file see below – double click on midi item.
In piano roll look for File – Customise note names – Load note names from file
Locate the downloaded file and click it.
Once loaded the keyboard on the piano roll should now look like the image below.
Video on how to import audio loop into Reaper and use tempo to stretch and shrink drum loop.
Loop used is available to download for free here www.free4allbackingtracks.com
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Importing a loop into Reaper is a pretty simple thing to do.
Go to ‘Insert’ – ‘Media File’ – locate your loop.
In the video I’ve made sure that the tempo matches the loop I’m about to use – this will then allow us to speed up or slow it down.
If you are going to use more than one loop then it is best that they are all the same tempo and you import them first before you alter the tempo.
You can stretch slow down your loop as much as you want but it can start to sound a bit draggy if you go to far with lowering the tempo.
When creating a backing track for your own composition getting the drums can be a difficult thing at times.
Where do you start?
There are a lot of software programs out there some stand alone and some vst.
Standalone means a program in its own right.
VST is a program that needs a host(another program)
Without getting too complicated let’s look at a couple of ideas.
1. A program that allows you to loop an audio file.
2. A program that allows you to arrange loops.
The first option could be to use a program like Audacity.
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
- Record live audio.
- Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
- Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
- Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
- Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
Let’s look at this option first as it’s the simplest.
Download Audacity from here Click
Now download this file: [wpfilebase tag=file id=3 tpl=filebrowser /] – Right click and save as
Make sure you download above file to somewhere you can remember.
Start up Audacity.
Below the screen you’ll see.
Look for File on the menu bar at the top.
Click File then ‘Import’ – ‘Audio’
Locate your file on your hard drive – the loop you downloaded earlier and click it.
You’ll then get the screen below.
You can choose any of the two options I’ve just used the fastest option but it may be safer for you to use the second option just in case.
Once you’ve opened the loop you’ll see the screen below.
To loop the track you can use ‘Loop Play’
Find ‘Transport’ drop and choose ‘Loop Play’ – the loop will now start to play.
Alternatively press ‘Shift and Space’ at the sametime.
This is a simple way of created a drum to play along with but it’s not ideal.
To get more creative we can add another loop.
Download [wpfilebase tag=file id=4 tpl=filebrowser /]
Right click and save as
Click File then ‘Import’ – ‘Audio’
Locate your new loop and it will load into a new track. As below.
You should now have two tracks the first track being the loop you loaded earlier, the second track the one you just loaded.
Click on the part where the red arrow is pointing.
The track will change colour, with the loop now highlighted.
Using the shortcut ‘CTRL C’ we can copy this loop. – If you’re not comfortable using shortcuts go to ‘Edit’ – ‘Copy’
Click on track one,
Now track one should be highlighted.
Find ‘k’ on your keyboard – and press it. This will take you to the end of your 1st loop.
‘CTRL P’ to paste and you should now have the new loop at the end of your 1st loop. – You can also go to ‘Edit’ and ‘Paste’.
Now click on track 2 – new loop.
Or press ‘Home’
Now press play – you should hear two different drum beats.
If not something went wrong.
If you do then congratulations you’ve created a simple drum beat.
You could loop play this or add more by following the instructions above.
If you need more loops then go here – More Loops
This is not a perfect solution and could be quite time-consuming but it’s a start.
My next few articles will show you how to use Reaper to create drums either using loops or midi and vst.