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This course has a tentative length of 8-10 weeks, and is therefore a full length course.

Reaper is so powerful and has so many different applications that one course couldn't possibly teach it all. While not even Audio Ins and Outs and Reaper Advanced combined could claim to do that, Reaper advanced will reinforce the Reaper skill you already have and teach you how to apply your knowledge in different ways to achieve better, more distinctive mixes in less time.

What will the course cover?

Critical listening.

The first part of the course will teach you how to listen not so much to what the audio consists of but how the audio sounds.

You will learn how to identify

  • spectral, panning and other stereo imaging problems.
  • Over-compression.
  • The characteristic sound of different effects.
  • Different wave forms by sound, e.g. square, saw and triangle, as well as their uses in modern music.

Optimization and project management.

This part of the course will show you how to install a large batch of scripts for Reaper, which will give you increased functionality, with more actions and plug-ins. We will also cover preference tweaks and, most importantly of all, the power of sub-projects, a feature that has only become available within the last year. With this feature you can non-destructively glue items and condense many tracks into one track, while still being able to change anything about any of the tracks your subproject comprises.

You will also learn that Reaper has more than one way to pan a track and its default might have undesired consequences for your audio.

SWS Advanced

Reaconsole is just the start of what SWS can do. By the end of this section:

the DJs and mashup artists among you will easily be able to pitch items up and down by as little as a cent with a key-stroke, instead of the 10 cents you get by default, allowing you even more precise control over rate and pitch. Timing is everything!

You will be able to compare multiple versions of a mix, no matter how many tracks and how many effects in the time it takes to press a button.

You will have even more automation options at your finger-tips with the envelope processor and LFO generator. Don't know what an LFO is? Don't worry we'll cover that.

Lastly, you can explore an alternative way to create complex routing between tracks.

Multi-band Processing

Reaper let's you have lots of tracks, lots of items on those tracks, whether they overlap or not, with effects on all of them, but each of those tracks also has up to 64 channels doing nothing. Use them for multi-band effects processing!

Don't have a frequency selective transient shaper, turn your full-range transient shaper into one. Don't know what a transient shaper is? don't worry we'll cover that two. They're pretty cool.

Don't have a multi-band compressor with side-chain capability, just use reacomp with multi-band processing.

Trying to increase the pitch of something but can't do it without artifacts in the sibilants, then don't pitch shift the sibilants, just the lows and mids, or maybe just the mids.

Effects Parameter Modulation

Imagine creating a wawa effect for a guitar or bass that got higher the louder you played. Imagine increasing the wet signal from a delay whenever the rest of your mix quietened down or got louder. Imagine having the volume of your voice modulate a sine wave to create R2D2-like effects. Imagine using a compressor as a ducker, but making sure that, if the voice-over got really loud, the music wouldn't be ducked too aggressively. All this, and more, is possible with parameter modulation, where parameters can be linked together, modulated by an LFO or by the volume of anything else in your mix, whether it's audible or not.

Convolution Reverb

This section of the course will delve into the power of convolution reverb, both as a tool for applying the most convincing reverbs to your audio and also for emulating microphones, speakers and other, more exotic effects. Whether you want to give an instrument a distinctive character or spice up a drum loop, or whether you want to create ethereal pads or horrific soundscapes, convolution reverb has something for you. It is the Swiss army knife of effects.

You will learn:

  • What an impulse response is.
  • What different types of impulse responses are used for and how to pick which one will produce what effect.
  • How to create your own impulse responses.

The course will be full of exercises and demonstrations, which will not only illustrate the concepts listed above, but also should serve as mixing tips to help you with future audio work. As with all CAVI's courses, comprehensive written materials, as well as audio materials where appropriate, will be provided.

Let Us Know If You Are Interested.

As a long-course, the price when paying out of pocket will be $150.

If you are interested, please email caviinstructors @ (Remove the spaces around the @), or fill out the contact form on


A knowledge of Reaper consistent with what has been taught in the last two semesters of audio fundamentals, the Osara short course or Audio Ins and Outs will be required.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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