Sunday, 7 October 2012

Installing your DAW

When I first started out, I was so ignorant about PC audio issues that I didn't even know which driver my PC had.  This led to at least a day of me hitting play on REAPER's transport bar, wondering why I couldn't hear the metronome tick.

Even after I figured out which driver my PC had, through trial-and-error on REAPER'S preferences page, I didn't realise that using a driver like ASIO4ALL would help bypass the issue of latency.  If you have set up REAPER or another Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)  and have got as far as playing an instrument via your MIDI, but have an annoying delay (or 'lag') between you hitting the keys / pads and the sound coming out - that's latency.  The less latency = the smaller the delay.  There are other things you can do to reduce latency, but setting up the ASIO4ALL is probably the best way to begin.
'Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) is a computer sound card driver protocol for digital audio specified by Steinberg, providing a low-latency and high fidelity interface between a software application and a computer's sound card.  Whereas Microsoft’s DirectSound is commonly used as an intermediary signal path for non-professional users, ASIO allows musicians and sound engineers to access external hardware directly.' (Wikipedia, 2012)

This video shows you how to install both REAPER and ASIO4ALL succinctly.  Whilst the tutorial is two years old, the download and installation steps are still the same.  The only difference is the edition of REAPER being used.

Download REAPER here.

Download ASIO4ALL here.



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