Last time, I wrote about using Project Templates to speed up your Reaper workflow. Today, I’m going to talk about another feature I’ve been waiting for since I started using it: Render presets.
Like many of you, I record the message each week, do a little editing, then need to export a couple versions of the finished product: Our info center still needs to burn CD copies of the message each week, and we need an MP3 to upload to the web. In the past, setting that up required a trip to the Render dialog box, and the changing of quite a few variables. Today, in version 4, it’s as easy as picking a drop down. Here’s how it works.
The first thing we did was create a few project templates to give us the track settings, routing and basic render settings for our normal weekends. You can read more about creating those templates in my previous post.
Once that’s all done, I record the service, do the editing I need to for the podcast, then create a time-range selection to mark my in and out times. Alternately, you could move the track into a blank project if you want to, but I’ve found it’s just easier to keep it all in the weekend project (and all the editing is non-destructive anyway).
I’ll open up the Render menu (using a custom shortcut I created; Option-Command-R), and enter the title of the file. You’ll also notice that in v. 4 the file name window is now separated from the path window. I really like this feature as it is much simpler to find and edit. As our project template pre-loads the Podcast settings, I simply add this to the Render Queue.
Next, I re-open the Render menu and prepare for the CD file. To select the template, I click on Presets, then Options & Format, and my preset, CD AIFF. You can see that the options for the format all change, and the file will now be rendered as an AIFF file. Since our naming conventions are the same for both, I didn’t need to change that. Add to Render Queue and you’re set. Finally, I open the Render Queue—again with a custom keyboard shortcut—and hit Render All. Reaper goes to work rendering the files in both MP3 and AIFF formats.
To create a render preset, simply set up a render with the options you want, then go to the preset button, choose your category and click “Save preset…” Note that you must add the file to the render queue or render it directly from the render dialog for the preset to be saved. I’m not sure why this is, but closing the dialog box without adding the file to the render queue will cause the preset to be lost.
Set it up one weekend, and from that point forward, all you have to do is select the preset and you’re all set.
Do you have any neat time-saving Reaper tricks?