BIG changes ahead!

The website is no longer focusing on a single product, but will carry several products, all of them for the X32 or M32 digital mixing consoles.

X32RAM stands for X/M32 Resources – Automation – Management

The first program/product – X32ReaperAutoMate – is shown below:

X32ReaperAutoMate* is the first world-class mixing automation system specifically designed for the Behringer X32 and Midas M32 series consoles, using REAPER™. With it’s robust, integrated, full-featured transport system, you will experience the freedom of mixing out of the box using the control surface and audio engines of these consoles – no plug-ins required!

* X32ReaperAutoMate is original software written by Patrick-Gilles Maillot (pg@x32ram.com).

Why You Need X32ReaperAutoMate

A very good question to ask yourself is “Do I really need this software?”   If you own or operate either an X32 or M32 console and play DAW tracks back through it for any purpose, then the answer is a resounding “YES!” 

You’ve made a sizable investment in your console.  Now, up your game with the missing link between the console and Reaper!

Don’t waste the potential of your console by using it as a control surface to write automation envelopes in Reaper!  Use the wonderful palate of it’s audio engines!

It’s called “AutoMate” because not only does it add world-class Automation and transport controls to Reaper sessions, it also “Mates” the console to Reaper in a way never before possible, so you can concentrate on mixing, not mousing around on the computer.  X32AutoMate is essential for modern workflow requirements!

In the old days of 2″ 24 track analog tape machines, we would put the tape machine in the “machine room” away from the control room, and isolated.  The only thing on the desk beside the console, was the remote control for the multitrack.  Like those professional production environments, X32AutoMate puts transport controls on the User Assign buttons so you do not have to touch your computer to do the following operations:

Transport Controls

  1. Play/Pause
  2. Stop
  3. Record
  4. Return to Zero (RtZ)
  5. Go to End (GtE)
  6. Scrub to Beat
  7. Scrub to Measure
  8. Scrub to/from Marker
  9. Scrub to Item
  10. Add/Delete Marker
  11. Loop Begin/End
  12. Reaper Repeat Mode On/Off
  13. Monitor Mixdown Track (exclusive feature)
  14. Solo-In-Place (exclusive feature)

Automation Controls

  1. Automation On/Off
  2. Automation Read/Write Mode
  3. Save Initial Scene (how you want the console setup at T=00:00 (RtZ) (exclusive feature)
  4. Channel Eraser (up to 2 channels can be erased with new automation recorded simultaneously) (exclusive feature)
  5. Suspend Automation (up to 2 channels can have their automation momentarily suspended) (exclusive feature)
  6. Mixdown Mode (prepares console for Mixdown)

Additional Features and Functions

  1. Autofind X32 or M32
  2. Unlimited Scene Save and Recall: Your X/M32 has 100 Scenes.  There is no such limitation with X32ReaperAutoMate!
  3. Autosave function: You set the interval between automatic saves in the .ini file.  A life saver in case of crashes or power loss.
  4. New Mix Option: To clear automation and optionally clear Initial Scene (good for special version mixes with the same audio settings)
  5. Load Scene Option on User Interface (good for loading your default mixing Scene (or any other Scene) from the console)
  6. Reaper Track Mapping of Track Name, LED Display Color, and Icon (exclusive feature)
  7. Configurable Screen Saver (exclusive feature): A real comfort when mixing in darker environments.  The lights on the console dim when nothing is touched.  Fully configurable
  8. Sends-On-Faders Timeout (exclusive feature):  How many times have you been in SoF mode and forgot about it, thus putting channels on buses, or even worse because you were so focused you forgot?  Sends-on-Faders Timeout automatically turns SoF mode Off after the timeout period set in the .ini file.  This one feature alone has saved many sessions from disaster!
  9. Window color background choice for matching with your environment
  10. Transport and Time can be displayed with the X32 or M32 L/R scribble, sync’ed with REAPER. L/R color and blinking state reflect transport and automation (exclusive feature)
  11. X32 and M32 FW 4.0 and beyond compatible

X32ReaperAutoMate handles all the transport functions while you’re setting up and automating your mix.  When it’s time to record, simply arm your Reaper stereo mixdown track, and press Record on the Transport.  The mix will play back with, or without automation per the On/Off button setting.

Practical Applications

Before I go any further, let me point on one very important fact: No matter if you are using Reaper or the X-Live card for recording, you can record your console setup and mixing moves during a live show for automated mixdown of the tracks later!  Audio is recorded pre-fader, but you can take the automation file and apply it to those tracks in the studio.  This has never been possible before.

Virtual Soundchecks

OK, you’re running late and the band wants to get out of there and go to dinner.  You’ll be eating behind the desk tonight, but fortunately you’ll have one hand free because you don’t need to use the mouse!  Start X32ReaperAutoMate, connect, and the transport controls are right at your fingertips.  Put the laptop behind you, out of the way – you won’t be looking at it for awhile.

The band didn’t give you enough time of course.  They did a few minutes and split.  Now you have to make adjustments from your DAW tracks.  This is the part you dread because you have to go back and forth between the computer and the console.  But, now the transport controls are at your fingertips.  Need to mark and move between marks?  Got it!  Need to create a loop and turn on Repeat in Reaper (and delete the loop and turn it off later)? Got it!  All those things you need to do with a mouse are on the transport in the ASSIGN section of your choice!  When you have everything setup, save the Scene in your X32 (optional), but be sure and save it in X32ReaperAutoMate too.  Now for the cool part:

You record the entire show along with automation, with a press of the Record button.  After the show, you save Scenes to the X32 and your mixdown file in X32ReaperAutomate (saving Scenes in the console is entirely optional).  Later, the band wants a mix of the show.  You recall your saved file in X32ReaperAutoMate, and start mixing with full automation!  And, your starting point is right where you left off, with full EQ, Dynamics and FX and all mixing moves you made during the show!  The mix is fully adjustable and editable too.  It just doesn’t get any easier!

Sound Companies

For all the reasons above, professional sound companies need to have X32ReaperAutoMate on all their machines along with Reaper.  You could find yourself with a new revenue stream by recording and professionally mixing artists you supply sound for.  Given the fact that your engineers have mixed these shows dozens of times, the recorded automation is going to be very close to the final production mix.

Theater/Theme Park Productions

When executing productions that playback either pre-recorded stereo mixes/tracks (and you can use X32ReaperAutoMate for those sub/mixes) mixed with live inputs, the timing of the show is tied to the playback of the tracks.  Typically, the engineer loads Scenes (or the scenes are loaded by MIDI commands) at appropriate times along the timeline of the show.  Simply automate those scene changes, and concentrate on the live inputs!  After you tweak the mix to perfection with X32ReaperAutoMate, your productions will play back with precision that you could never get with a manual mix and without the hassle of external MIDI devices.

Your production will be repeatable and consistent, show after show.  Save and Load functions allow an unlimited number of variations on the same show.

You never really know that your MIDI connections are not working, until they fail on you….

House of Worship

Many HoWs record services and provide them to the congregation members after mixing.   X32AutoMate is just what you need!  Your job just got easier!

Home and Commercial Recording Studios

The usefulness of X32ReaperAutoMate in the studio is obvious.  Whether cutting tracks, or mixing them down, the transport controls alone are worth the price of the product.  With X32ReaperAutoMate, it is possible to achieve mixing precision that rivals any of the large-format consoles costing thousands of dollars more than the X/M32!

And now the latest version has added Automation Suspend mode, which allows you to temporarily disable up to 2 tracks of automation while the automation is running.  This is very useful when you want to drop a new performance into a production that has already been completed, and hear the production mix playback with automation except on the channels you are using for recording.  For example, you love the mix but you want to record a new bass track.  You can play back your perfect mix and see just how that new track fits in with the rest of the production.  When you’re finished dropping in the new track, turn Automation Suspend mode off.

Self-Produced Recording Artists

People like me who have lots of professional mixing experience would rather work with a console than a mouse and keyboard.  Plus, dealing with plug-ins, licenses, dongles, etc., can be rather bothersome.  Now, nothing at all is stopping you from applying whatever plug-ins you want in Reaper while mixing in the X32.  But as anyone who is familiar with the X32 knows, you can get as good a mix as any bigtime studio.  But here’s something you might not have considered: X32ReaperAutoMate not only saves you money on studio mixing fees, it also assists you with important functions like creating Stems packages for your customers!  You simply Solo the tracks you want recorded and run the song with Automation On, and record to a stereo mixdown track. You now have a stem that is faithful to the entire released track.  Couldn’t be easier.

Record Here, Mix There

Have Laptop, Will Travel….

If you’re working at a venue or HoW with your own laptop, you can take the laptop back and mix your recorded Reaper tracks on your own studio X32.  If you are working with a fixed-installation computer system, just upload the venue’s X32AutoMate files in the cloud so can mix in the studio later.  Even if you didn’t record automation at the venue, at mixdown time in the studio, you will be starting right where you left off with the console set exactly how you saved it at the venue.

Now it’s possible to share mixing data along with a Reaper project!  X32ReaperAutoMate is a collaborator’s dream product!

With X32ReaperAutoMate, Educators can create example mixes for their students to study.

The possibilities are limited only by your imagination….

The last thing that I want to leave you with is this: X32ReaperAutoMate is premium software that will make you money.  It pays for itself on your first mix!  This is just the beginning – new features are being added continuously.

Don’t take my word for it – download your evaluation copy today! 

You may contact me at mj@x32ram.com

MJ Klein, User Advocate and World-Wide Evangelist for X32ReaperAutoMate

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