Layering Guitar with Virtual Instruments - Fast, Efficient Techniques in Reaper

Guitar Lesson

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In this lesson I show you fast, efficient, music production techniques to layer a recorded guitar part in Reaper with virtual instruments to create a larger, more dramatic sound.
Guitar Lesson Objectives:
  1. ​Understand how to setup Reaper to use user-contributed scripts
  2. Apply a Drums-to-MIDI script on a recorded guitar part to detect note attacks and volumes
  3. Layer virtual instruments over recorded guitar to create larger, more dramatic sound
  4. Understand the use of multi-timbral virtual instruments players like East West Play, to facilitate creative experimentation of layering
Ok, got it - just take me to the exercises for this lesson!

The music industry is evolving. While some genres of music have become stagnant, electronic music has exploded in its innovative uses of music production. Some say guitar is getting left behind in the current music evolution, but I think guitar can play a front and center role in any type of music, be it EDM, orchestral, film scores, etc.

So this lesson shows you how to take a recorded guitar part - say some melody you dreamed up - and layer it with virtual instruments to create a larger, more dramatic sound.

The positive side effect of experimenting with layering is that it can lead you in all sorts of directions you wouldn't have otherwise gone in, and can spark ideas for you to further develop.

The lesson assumes you have some basic understanding of Reaper, which lately is my Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) of choice, thanks to its insane degree of customizability and expandability. Along those lines, I will show you in this lesson how user-contributed scripts can help create very fast and efficient workflows for music production.


Exercises in this Production Tips Guitar Lesson

Layering Guitar with Virtual Instruments - Setting up Reaper

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In this first part of the lesson, we will get Reaper set up to make use of some very useful user-contributed Reaper scripts

Layering Guitar with Virtual Instruments - Converting Note Attacks to MIDI

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In this part of the lesson, I will show you how to use a Reaper script to detect guitar note attacks to be used for a layered, virtual instrument.

Layering Guitar with Virtual Instruments - Applying Guitar Timing, Dynamics to MIDI Track

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In this third part of the lesson, I will show you how to quickly apply the detected timing and volume of a recorded guitar part to a virtual instrument MIDI track.

Layering Guitar with Virtual Instruments - Layer upon Layer...

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In this final part of the Layering Guitar with Virtual Instruments in Reaper lesson, we will finally get to the fun part - layering our guitar melody to create a more dramatic sound!