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Cockos Reaper Power Tips – Live Record Output From One Track to Another, Hotkey A Track Template

Tip 1: How to Record Live from One Track To Another

Say you are doing a live performance pass and tweaking random parameters on the fly that you don’t want to record as automation. Here is how you do it:

  • Make a Send from the Source Track to a New Track by dragging from the track’s Send button to the Destination track you wish to Record on.

SND RCV button in Cockos Reaper

SND RCV button in Cockos Reaper


  • Arm the destination track for recording.
  • Right-click on the arm record button and set it to Record Output then (presumably) Record Output (stereo).


Cockos Reaper Record Output

Tip 2: How to Setup a Keyboard Shortcut to Insert A Track from a Track Template and Why that’s Awesome

Create your track setup in just the way you like it. This could even include the track color, the track image, or a synth with a specific patch loaded up!

Cockos Reaper Custom Track

Cockos Reaper Custom Track Design can be saved as a track template

Save it as a track template. Now you can assign it to a hotkey using one of the following options:

In the action list, assign a keyboard shortcut or midi CC to:

To open a prompt to select a track with the mouse, choose:
“Track: Insert track from template”

To prompt for a slot number:
“SWS/S&M: Resources – Import tracks from template, prompt for slot”

To insert the last template with no prompt:
“SWS/S&M: Resources – Import tracks from template, last slot”

To insert the numbered slot with no prompt:
“SWS/S&M: Resources – Import tracks from template, slot 01”
“SWS/S&M: Resources – Import tracks from template, slot 02”
“SWS/S&M: Resources – Import tracks from template, slot 03”
“SWS/S&M: Resources – Import tracks from template, slot 04”

Slot numbers derive from the template names in alphabetic/numeric order. You will need the SWS extensions for all but the first option.

It will look like this

Cockos Reaper - Action List

There are some limitations to this trick but with a cool peripheral like Stream Deck you could assign inserting a track, with a synth and a patch to a single button press!

The Elgato Stream Deck makes hotkeys fun!

stream deck

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