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Why REAPER is not saving your project settings

Ever wondered why certain project settings don't seem to stay enabled or disabled? 🤔

Maybe you've added your own custom metronome sounds, disabled the "show multiple rows in mixer" option, disabled the grid, enabled "clickable folders in mixer," and so on.

But every time you start a new project, these settings aren't there, forcing you to set them up again.

The solution is straightforward: you need to save these settings as the project default.

Here’s how to do that 💪

How to save REAPER project settings as default

First, open up a blank REAPER project.

Then I recommend just going through and enabling, disabling or setting things that would work well for your general use.

For example:

  • If you never use the grid, disable it.
  • If you don't like envelopes following items, disable that.
  • If you prefer to set global automation to trim/read instead of none, do so.
  • If you like to start your projects with 1/16 grid, 140bpm, 6/4, change it to that.
  • If you want a custom metronome sound, import and set it.
  • If you dislike the "show multiple rows in mixer" option, disable it.

And many more things! Pretty much anything that you can enable, disable and set per project can be set as a default 👍

After making these changes,

Navigate to File > Project Settings and click on "Set as project default."

Done! From now on, every new project you open will have your preferred settings!

Remember, this will only apply to future projects. Unfortunately, if you open old projects, their settings will remain as they were.

Psst, want some metronome sounds? 🤫

If you are like me and you don’t love REAPER’s metronome sound, I put together a package with a bunch of Metronome sounds you can import into REAPER.

Check it out! → Metronome sounds for REAPER DAW

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