Reaper DAW File Management Tips for Work Flow Efficiency

In case of remix which are very common, you will be saving the several remixes here if necessary. Just include “remix1” in the session/project file name.

c.) mixdowns – you will save your high resolution mixdowns here (e.g. 24-bit/48KHz)

d.) masters– if the song has some completed masters (after mastering process), save it here.

Configure Reaper to save to Organized Folders

By default, Reaper will automatically saved all recorded tracks to “My Documents” folder named as “REAPER Media”. To change this to your organized folders, follow the steps below:

1.) Launch Reaper.
2.) Open your project files.
3.) To make Reaper automatically saved recorded tracks to your organized “tracking folder”, go to File – Project Settings.
4.) Go to Media tab.
5.) In the Path to save media, browse to the tracking folder of your project. For example:

Save media path

Save media path

Click OK to apply the settings

Best practices in naming Track/Recorded Files

By default, Reaper will save files using this file name format:

I recommend the following work flow when tracking audio in your project:

1.) In Reaper, go to Insert – Insert New Track.
2.) Assign a track name to that newly inserted track. For example, I would add a bass guitar track to the song, see screenshot below:

Newly added track in Reaper

Newly added track in Reaper

3.) Thus, when you finally hit the record button and start tracking and then saving the file. It will contain the name of the track (which is a bass guitar track) in the saved files. This is highly important in efficient file management using Reaper.

Content last updated on July 29, 2012