Using VSTs with REAPER

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VST instruments (VSTi) can be used with REAPER by following these steps:

  1. Create a new track.
  2. Click on "fx" to open the FX window.
  3. Click on "Add". REAPER will scan the VST directory listed in "Preferences (Ctrl+P) > FX Plug-ins > VST plug-ins" and display a list of the available plugins.
  4. Select a plugin and click "OK". REAPER will load the selected plugin into the FX chain.
  5. Close the FX window.
  6. Right-click on the Record button and select a MIDI input (MIDI devices are set in "Preferences > Audio > MIDI").
  7. Record-arm the track by clicking on the Record button.
  8. Click on the speaker icon to select Input monitoring.
  9. Play something from your MIDI keyboard to make sure you are receiving MIDI correctly.
  10. Press the Record button on the transport to start recording.
  11. When you have finished recording, press the Stop button. A window will pop-up asking if you wish to save or delete the recording.
  12. Assuming you've just recorded an awesome take, select "Save all".
  13. Click the Record button to dis-arm the track.
  14. Press Play to listen to your recording.
  15. Repeat at will.

To use a VST effect, follow steps 1 to 5 of the same procedure. If you wish to use VST effects on an existing track, omit step 1.

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