Audio Editing Basics with Reaper
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Audio Editing Basics with Reaper

Audio editing and recording made easy, for absolute beginners. Create your own audio content fast, for free!
3.7 (133 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
7,931 students enrolled
Created by Pedro Gonzalez
Last updated 1/2015
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn to edit and record audio easily in Reaper, a professional audio editor free to use.
View Curriculum
  • Absolutely none. You just need a computer, headphones/speakers and an internet connection

Course Description

Learn the basic techniques to edit and record voiceovers, narrations, live music and ambient sounds in your computer, from the beginning. Solve your audio production problems with this introductory course.

Begin to Make Great Audio Content with Reaper

  • Installation and configuration explained
  • Basic editing operations in detail
  • Configure your PC or Mac for audio production
  • Productivity tips
  • One-click recording setup
  • Improve your recordings with audio effects

Your Intro to Audio Production

Learning audio editing and recording is a life-time art, but you don't have time to waste. With this basics course, you can be in charge of your audio content and quality from day one. Reaper is a fully professional software, but so intuitive and easy that my students enjoy working with it from the first minute. I have removed the technical side of audio production to make the basics as easy as possible.

This is an introductory course for musicians, actors, teachers and anyone who needs to record his own audio. Aimed at non technical users, you will learn the basics of Reaper, an all-pourpose audio editor that you can use for free with no time limit.

Content and Overview

In just ten lessons you will download, configure and use Reaper to make and edit your own recordings, improve the audio quality using effects, etc. Audio materials and links will be available for practise and to extend your learning.

The course is divided in four sections, following the natural order of your learning. In the first section you will learn how to download and install Reaper in your computer, depending if you are in Windows or Mac. You will perform a sound check and learn how to solve the possible problems that could arise during configuration. I will be available in the comments section and also in office hours to respond to your doubts. The first section ends with an overview of Reaper's User Interface, so you can get familiar with it.

The second section is about Audio Editing. You will learn how to import audio, cut, copy, paste, etc, mass-edit operations and shortcuts. Also how to organize your projects and the best formats to render your audio sessions.

Then during the third section you will setup your computer and other hardware ready to record audio into Reaper. Depending on your system, some techniques are described to improve the audio quality and performance of the computer.

In the fourth section you will learn what Audio Effects are, the most common plugin formats and how to use them in the recordings you just made. You will learn to remove background noise or change it's tonal colour through EQ, and also to add some Reverb to improve the acoustics.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for anyone that needs to edit and record audio at home. It is designed for beginners with no experience in audio production. It is also a good introduction to Reaper DAW. If you are already an advanced audio producer, this course may be too basic for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
10 Lectures
The Basics
3 Lectures 16:47

Why choose Reaper for audio editing and recording?

  • It's free to use for unlimited time
  • Easy to use
  • Fully professional
  • For Windows and Mac

This video guides you installing Reaper in your computer

Download and Install Reaper

Check your computer audio settings for better audio playback, editing and recording. Learn to solve any problems that could arise during Reaper setup.

Audio Setup

This video describes the main components of Reaper user interface, and key concepts like:

  • Editing area vs. Mixing panel
  • Tracks and header controls
  • Timeline and zoom controls
  • Menu Bar
  • Main Toolbar functions
Interface Overview
3 Lectures 22:44

Learn the basic and most audio editing functions in Reaper:

  • Copy and Paste
  • Move
  • Cut and Glue
  • Fold and Unfold
  • Fade in and Fade out
  • Shortcuts for fast editing
  • Group edit techniques

Download live recording of Brahms Cello Sonata nr1 used in the video to practice editing.

Basic Editing Techniques

Learn the best workflow to keep your projects organized and clean for later use. Best way to save your editings and recordings

Save Project

Do you want to listen to your music in your car, home audio or send it via internet? You need to 'render' your project. Learn how to do it in this video.

Render Project
2 Lectures 20:30

Start recording with Reaper right now! Make simple recordings and properly configure your audio settings, depending on your hardware and equipment.

Recording Setup

Go to this website to download Asio4All.

  • Install and configure Asio4All for real-time audio.
  • Record using the Metronome.
  • Create a template to start new recordings faster than ever.
For Better Recordings
2 Lectures 15:11

Audio effects are essential to improve the quality of your recordings. Learn to use them in Reaper and start using the most common audio effect of all: EQ

Effects I: EQ

Finish your audio recording with a subtle touch of reverberation to make it more natural and alive. Learn the different types of reverberation used in audio production and how to use them. To follow this Lecture you will need to download some impulse responses, go grab them:







Effects II: Reverb
About the Instructor
Pedro Gonzalez
3.7 Average rating
133 Reviews
7,931 Students
1 Course
Music teacher

I have been a music teacher for the last 20 years. I got a Degree in Music Performance and a Master in Music Education. I have worked as a trombonist in a symphonic orchestra, as a wind band and jazz big band conductor, composer and arranger, as session keyboardist, and also music technology clinician. I teach music theory and software at the Professional Music School of Almoradi, in Spain. My tutorials are first designed to help my own students, but I hope they will be useful to you too. What (and how) I will teach you about music and software is the result of my experience with students of all levels and ages. I intend to make working with audio and music scores an easy task for everyone. Whether you need to record and edit audio, midi, make scores or transcriptions, learn music theory or how to listen to a symphony, you found the right place. Let's go!