Glenn Fricker is one of YouTube’s most well known audio engineers and educators, with millions and millions of views on his recording and mixing tutorials. Glenn has been professionally recording since 1997, and in 2004 he won “Album of The Year” in Unrestrained Magazine. Over the last 20 years, Glenn has worked with artists from all over the world in a variety of genres, from death metal to pop punk.
Currently residing in his second self-built studio, Glenn places an emphasis on human performance and live drums. He tends to reject modern recording crutches like pitch correction, over-mastering, and time alignment. His unique approach, personality, and skills have garnered him a worldwide following of over three hundred thousand!
In this lesson, Glenn shows you how to set up the metronome in Reaper!
Reaper’s metronome is one of the most customizable of any DAW. You can easily enable/disable it by clicking its icon in Edit window, and open up the metronome settings by right-clicking the icon. From here, you can take a deep dive into the metronome’s customizability.
For instance, you can change the beat pattern, change the volume of both primary and secondary beats, change the tone of the metronome, or even load your own sample! It’s super flexible.
You can even turn the metronome off for yourself while leaving it on for the artists you’re recording. You do this by clicking the I/O button from the settings window and selecting which channels you want to send the click to.
Reaper always gives us the choice of using a Click Source rather than the Metronome. A Click Source is an editable click track rather than a constant metronome, which you can create from the Insert menu. This is really useful for dropping the metronome out in parts of the song where it isn’t essential!