By default in REAPER, you have to click and drag a little bit to insert a MIDI note into the MIDI editor. Double-clicking also works, but this will also move the playback cursor, which is not always ideal.
The process usually looks like this:
I honestly find this very slow and frustrating
I much prefer to just simply click to insert a note like this:
This is especially useful if you do a lot of drum programming like me. Being able to simply click and insert a note makes the process way faster.
Luckily, it’s very simple to change! 👍
How to insert MIDI notes in one click
- Go to Preferences > Mouse Modifiers, Context: MIDI Piano Roll | Left Click
- Double-click on Default action. Select Insert note > Just insert
- Press OK, and now you should be able to insert notes in the MIDI editor in just one click.
How do I unselect notes now?
Now, you may wonder, "how do I unselect notes now?" 🤔
You can simply press Alt/Opt + Click anywhere in an empty field of the MIDI editor; this will unselect all notes.
This is one of the settings I often recommend people to change, especially if they do a lot of drum programming where you have to insert tons of notes.
👇 Here are some other things I recommend people to change: