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Reaper cue sync script

Reaper script


Hi guys! Back from my cave with something for all of you.

I’ve developed a small script for us Reaper music composers that should make our lives a little easier. I’ve been looking for this kind of functionality for a long time and I’ve never found one that does exactly what I want or even close. So I decided to make my own.

This all started when I saw Digital Performer 8 and the way it helps when you need to figure out the tempo for a cue to hit sync points. It does it by using markers. I LOVE that feature. Now, of course, I am not going to be purchasing a $500 DAW for that one thing. Also, Digital Performer seems great, but for some reason, the demo I installed had very small fonts on my screens, almost unreadable. And I am happy with Reaper. And happier on every new update and feature. It’s just missing this one thing for me (and maybe Streamers, Punchers and notation for Sync points in the notation view… but who’s counting?).

So, while this is a very limited script (for now), it’s good enough to be useful. It basically calculates a series of tempo candidates for a specific cue using the markers as sync points.

As a preparation, you have to set the markers to be time-based and the project Frame Rate matching your video file (both actions can be performed in File–>Project Settings). Then, you add your sync points with your first one being your Music In sync point (VERY IMPORTANT!).



After this, you run the script and enter your target tempo (a ballpark figure) and the subdivision (do you want to have your sync points on the downbeat? 8th notes? 16ths? etc.).



After you do that, you hit OK and get a list of the best possible candidates.



For each tempo, you get two pieces of information; The number of hits and the Total Error. Hits are the places where the tempo subdivision that you chose is 2 frames or closer to the actual sync point. Total Error is the sum of the offsets between the sync points and the desired subdivision.

With that information, you can select your best candidate and place it at your initial marker, which should be your Music In marker.

You can also watch me explain this in the YouTube video below



Finally, you can download the script from here (Right Click, Save As)

To use the script, you need to load it from Reaper’s Action window. You can then assign a shortcut to it.

Keep an eye on the blog for future updates to the script. I’ll try to implement some new stuff in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy it.

I go back to my cave now to continue working on my music.

Best wishes,
Mauro

Hard at work

Hard at work

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Hi! Long time, no see!

First of all, happy new year! After a quick summer vacation, I am back at my composer desk, hard at work.

At the moment I am writing tracks that I aim to upload as a showreel of the type of music that I can compose, as that section is still very much empty on the website. In light of this, there is very little updates for the time being. I am hoping to be finished with all of these tracks by sometime next month. They are small pieces but as always, the devil is in the details.

I will be back soon with some fresh music for your ears.

Best wishes,
Mauro

Trailer Breakdown – October 2016

A breakdown of movie trailers for October 2016

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Ok, so the idea here is to provide a small breakdown of the 10 most popular movie trailers of the past month and go over the different styles and instrumentations in them, maybe analyze the trends, etc. I do this for myself (and have been doing it for some time now, somewhat in the style of Hit Songs Deconstructed but much lighter in the amount of data). I thought it would be cool to share it every month, so here we go.

First, a list of the 10 most watched movie trailers as it stands on YouTube today (November 1st, 2016)

1. “Dangal” – 3:26 – 27,374,977 views
2. “Befikre” – 2:41 – 26,499,081 views
3. “Power Rangers” – 2:30 – 19,331,575 views
4. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” – 1:49 – 16,816,071 views
5. “The Boss Baby” – 1:58 – 16,325,789 views
6. “Wajah Tum Ho” – 2:44 – 16,151,040 views
7. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” – 2:38 – 14,794,975 views
8. “Logan” – 1:47 – 14,735,622 views
9. “Kaabil” – 2:22 – 14,702,880 views
10. “Ishq Junoon” – 1:36 – 8,201,685 views

Average length: 2 minutes and 21 seconds.

“Dangal”

This trailer consists of 3 sections.

Lengths:
First section: 1:09
Second section: 1:20
Third section: 0:36

Most prominent instrumentation:
Section 1: Trumpet
Section 2: Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Section 3: Voice, Acoustic Guitar and Percussion

“Befikre”

This trailer consists of a single song with several breaks for character dialogues that are not underscored.

The most prominent instrumentation is synth and a Pungi flute (a traditional Indian folk music instrument) as well as vocals later, as the trailer progresses.

“Power Rangers”

This trailer consists of 2 sections.

Lengths:
First Section: 0:54
Second Section: 1:27

Most prominent instrumentation:
Section 1: Source music, more specifically Halsey’s “I Walk the Line”. Piano and female vocals.
Section 2: Electric Guitar, Strings, Synth, Orchestral Percussion.

The main theme of the Power Ranger series can be heard played by a low synth at the beginning and ending of the trailer.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

This particular trailer consists of a single section with orchestral music.

The most prominent instruments as the trailer advances are an Organ, Synths and a driven Percussion. As the trailer reaches it’s climax, it underscores very softly a conversation with a synth and then ends with percussion and a haunting boy soprano voice.

The Boss Baby

Source music for this particular trailer. In this case, it is “Stuck In The Middle With You” by Stealers Wheel. Acoustic guitar, Electric Slide Guitar, Drums and Male vocals. The song is cut to fit the trailer.

“Wajah Tum Ho”

Source music for this one as well. “Wajah Tum Ho” by Mithoon being the prominent one in the trailer. It features piano, female vocals, percussion and an R&B style.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

This is a traditional orchestral score (of course, Star Wars!). It starts with a hint of a traditional Star Wars theme, which is the Force Theme at the beginning. After that, we get some driving strings with an Ostinato that takes us through the entire trailer. Lower strings and brass come in, as well as a small hint of the Imperial March theme. Then we get a break and it comes back with a lot of percussion and synths before reaching the climax.

“Logan”

More source music. This time it is Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”. Beautiful song and fits the trailer and what seems to be the theme of the movie very nicely. The instrumentation is Guitar and Voice at the beginning, but percussion (which is not in the original song) is added for intensity towards the end.

“Kaabil”

Traditional Indian music for this trailer at the first section, I think. I haven’t been able to pinpoint the original song. After the first section we get a more hybrid track with some orchestral percussion but it is not significant.

“Ishq Junoon”

More contemporary music (can you tell I prefer trailers with a more orchestral edge?). One section, Electric Guitar, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano and Male vocals towards the end. One section.

Personal conclusions for the past month:

As we’ve been seeing more and more, source music is being used to replace the traditional trailer music that we’ve been accustomed. For the first time in I don’t know how long I haven’t heard the Horns of Doom in any of the trailers. Thank goodness.

I might just ignore trailers with source music in the next breakdown, as I feel that my main interest is in the analysis of custom tailored pieces.

An interesting fact is that the trailers that are scored from start to finish do not contain any breaks in the songs. They were properly underscored and thus the music did not need to stop to allow the people on screen to say their lines. The two fully orchestral scores (Pirates and Star Wars) had only one break, near the end before reaching a more climactic section, and the Power Rangers one had only one break two after the traditional scoring begin, near the end as well.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. I promise I will be streaming sometime soon, I haven’t gotten around to it as I am quite busy at the moment composing some custom tracks for a client. I think I might be free next week to do it on Monday or Tuesday. Stay tuned for that by following me on Twitter

Have a great week!
-M

Officially A Published Author!

Officially A Published Author!

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Hello friends! I wanted to share with you that I am, as of a few days ago, officially a published author! The book is related to something that I’ve had the chance to explore during the past few years with my guitar students. It is not entirely related to my composition and engraving skills, but I wanted to share this anyway because having this published gives me a tremendous joy.

I hope those interested can get a kick out of it. I leave the sample and the link right below.

I am also looking into starting a streaming channel on Twitch for music composition. I am thinking of going in for 2-3 hours every Monday and share a bit of my process with those that are interested. I will be letting you know on twitter (you can follow my account here) if I go online this Monday, which is looking very likely.

Have a great weekend!
-M

Hi and welcome!

Hi and welcome!

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Hi! Thank you for checking in on my new website! My name is Mauro, I am a musician from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I am a guitar player, originally. I started playing guitar when I was 11 years old. Music has been with me since then and for the last 18 years. I studied Guitar Performance and obtained a BFA on it, and have been working with music ever since. I’ve had vast experience in all areas of music, but mainly in transcriptions and compositions for small clients.

In this blog I hope to provide some high quality content regarding these two areas of the discipline, tutorials, insights, etc. Also, I will be sharing a bit of my day to day, working with music and exploring this amazing art form.

I’m very excited to have this beautiful new website. Thanks for checking it out.

I’ll catch you next time.
-M