Saving Work While in the Inspiration Lab
You will need to bring your own external storage device large enough to store all the audio files that will be used by your REAPER project. Audio files can take up megabytes or even gigabytes of space. See the General Technology Skills guide for more information on this.
Wiping your Data When Done
Allow time before the end of your booking for large file transfers. This may take 30 (or more) minutes.
After saving your files on your USB (recommended), external hard drive, or cloud storage, and you are sure you have saved your work, use the “Delete All Work Files” icon on the desktop to ensure that your files and personal information are erased before the next person uses the computer.
To clear your infromation, double click the icon, then confirm by clicking "yes".
Introduction to REAPER in VPL's Inspiration Lab
The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software.
REAPER (Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording) is software for importing or recording audio, working with MIDI, and editing and mastering songs, podcasts, or other audio projects. It is DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, and one of the programs available to use at VPL's Inspiration Lab:
The lab has 12 high-performance desktop computers providing:
- Microsoft Photo Gallery (basic photo editing)
- Adobe Photoshop (advanced photo editing)
- Microsoft Movie Maker (basic video creation)
- Adobe PremierePro (advanced video creation)
- Audacity (basic audio creation)
- REAPER (advanced audio creation)
- Sigil (basic epublishing)
- Adobe InDesign (advanced epublishing)
REAPER has basic functions, but also many advanced features. REAPER, in its most basic sense, acts like an “old fashioned” multi-track tape recorder. But, instead of using multiple ribbons of magnetic tape, it uses multiple digital audio files.
You may have heard of "multi-tracking", and programs such as Pro Tools or Logic. These are also programs that let you record many audio signals/images and play them back all at the same time (much the way many albums used to be made with multi-track tape recorders). REAPER can record one track at a time, or many tracks at a time, depending on project requirements.
Booking Inspiration Lab Equipment
The Inspiration Lab has specialised software, studio space, and equipment to help you create and experiment with traditional and digital media. Studios, equipment, and computers within the Inspiration Lab are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library.
The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours (although the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library).
Recording studios, Digitization Stations, and Creation Stations can be booked for maximum of 3 hours per day. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the full booking instructions.
We recommend you begin saving your project or work at least 30 minutes before the end of your session. This is in case you have large files to transfer or you want to burn your work to a disc.