import cd audio files using reaper

import CD audio files using Reaper. tutorial #2

Either you’re in a need to quickly drop some SFX or royalty free music tracks from a CD library, or just out of pure evil rip a song from a CD you like – in this tutorial I’ll show you quick and easy way to import CD audio files using Reaper, a digital audio workstation powerful enough to put grandpa ProTool to retirement, yet cheap enough for you to just go on their site and order a piece right away.

Let us go and rip… Sorry… Import CD audio files using Reaper right now!

Step #0. Download, install & launch Reaper.

Once again I assume you know how to download and install a piece of software from the internet. Also I hope you have Reaper opened and running by now as well as a CD of your choice sitting in the CD-ROM waiting for its contents to be ripped out.

Step #1. Set project sample rate.

You should always set your project’s sample and bit rate to settings that will correspond later use of all the media items imported. This will save your machine from the need to do real time sample rate conversions once you import an ill-sampled file @ 44.1kHz into a video project running @ 48kHz.

Let’s imagine we’ll be using our audio files from CD in a project for radio spot, thus setting a sample rate of 44100Hz will be perfection. And we’ll leave bit depth @ 16 bit.

To set sample rate navigate to “File” drop down menu, choose “Project Settings” and under “Project Settings” tab make sure your “Project sample rate” is 44100Hz.project settings dialog in Reaper daw

Step #2. Set project bit rate.

While you’re in “Project settings” dialog jump to “Media” tab and set WAV bit depth to 16 bit PCM. This is maximum dynamic range an audio CD can handle, thus all *.cda files are stored @ 16 bit there. There’s no point in increasing it because of the reasons we won’t discuss here just to save your time

Since you’re here, you can also specify audio format for your to be imported songs. Do this by choosing one of the options from the “Audio format for new recordings” drop down menu.

project settings dialog in Reaper DAW

Step #3. Save your project.

Let’s save our project by choosing “Save project” from the “File” drop down menu. Once “Save project” dialog opens, type the name and choose your preferred directory to save the project.

For your own convenience you should check two of the three checkboxes at the bottom of the window.

First one being ”Create subdirectory for project”. This will make Reaper create a folder named the same as your project in the directory you chose just so you can have all associated files in one place.

Second one being the third one – “Move all media into project directory”. This will let Reaper know you want to move every file you choose to import into that project folder Reaper will create because of the first checkbox checked. This prevents media files from being lost and helps to keep everything necessary to the project in one place so you don’t have to search all over your machine once you decide to change something years later. save project as dialog in Reaper DAW

Step #4. Create an empty track.

Next create a new audio track by navigating to “Track” and choosing “Insert New Track” from the drop down menu. This will be the track where all your imported sound files land. You can name the track if you want by clicking dark grey area next to red “record arm” circle on that track. insert new track drop down menu

Step #5. Import CD audio files using Reaper.

Now head to “Import” drop down menu and choose “Media File…” there. Choose your CD-ROM in newly opened “Import file into project” window.

You should be able to see all the CD audio files your CD holds. You can select one of them, several or all of them – it’s up to you. Once you’re done deciding, click “Open”. import audio CD file into reaper

A “Copying File…” progress window will pop up so you can observe the process and know when it’s finished. copying file from CD to computer

Step #6. Save the project once again!

It’s always a good practice to save you project once n a while, so just head to “File” and click on “Save Project”.

Congratulations! You now know a great way to rip / import CD audio files using Reaper.

If you’re just importing SFX – bye bye then! But if you’re ripping songs from various CDs with intention to later do a “mix-tape” for your loved one, you might need bring all the songs back on a new audio CD.


Thanks for watching. I hope this was helpful. Comment, ask, suggest and share all over the internets! Bye!

Oh, and in case you dig foreign English accents, here’s a video version of this tutorial on how to import CD audio files using Reaper:

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