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  1. 47 points
    One year ago, we had the opportunity to breathe new life into Cakewalk. Today, as Cakewalk by BandLab, we reflect upon our journey this past year and some notable achievements: Delivering a free professional DAW for all - cost is no longer a barrier to advanced music production! Regular updates delivering significant stability and performance enhancements 3rd party integration, including élastique, ARA and VST support enhancements, and many new features, including: Integrated industry standard élastique pro time/pitch stretching AudioSnap enhancements Advanced multi-track piano-roll MIDI editing and event filtering VST compatibility and plug-in management improvements and optimizations Updated UI themes Publish stems and mixes to BandLab cloud directly from Cakewalk Other exciting developments are underway that we’ll be sharing soon! But by far the most rewarding part of the journey has been the support of a vibrant and growing community of new users and long time supporters, who have made a home in our new discussion forums. Whether you’re a long time Cakewalk user or just getting started, we hope you’ve had a chance to dig in and make some great music with CbB. Your voices, support and enthusiasm have been instrumental to the success of Cakewalk by BandLab. In celebration of our first anniversary milestone, we’ll award one lucky member of our community a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 audio interface. With 8 mic/line combo inputs, the 18i20 is a great choice for recording the whole band, or miking up a full drum set. We used an 18i20 to record some performances at NAMM this year, and we want you to have one, too! To enter the contest, simply participate in this poll to select which feature area you would like us to focus on next. There’s no wrong answer but we’d love to hear what you think! Participation in the poll is open to all Cakewalk by BandLab users. If you haven’t done so already, you can: Sign up for a BandLab account Connect to the Forum with your BandLab account Then take the poll to help inform our next steps! The competition ends May 8, 2019. The winner will be randomly selected and notified via email by May 15, 2019. Please see complete terms and conditions. With gratitude, The Bakers and all at BandLab
  2. 12 points
    Guys, I just noticed the thread is being locked, but stepping in here to give my two cents and hopefully a final word on this thread. Though in the history of the internet (or humanity!) there has never been a situation in which the words "Calm down" ever succeeded in calming things down 😂, I just want to make an honest plea that we try and keep the forum friendly, because it could overshadow the importance of why threads like this are posted in the first place. --- The original comment from @Davydh was that this video was sad to see, and I 100% agree. Any time a user is disappointed by, or has experienced disappointment whilst using one of our products/platforms/services, no matter what the reason or cause, our fault or not - it's disappointing and I am personally sad to have been part of that in some way - even more so if we are personally responsible. I'm happy for people to disagree with my opinion, but hopefully being someone who is directly affected by it means it has some weight - I think it's worth going on record to say my thoughts are that there wasn't any negative intent from Scott at @ChernobylStudios - his video was one of passion, frustration and disappointment, but that's very different to actively trying to disparage the company out of ill intent. I want to go on record too to stress that in all the communication I have seen from Scott with us (as BandLab), he has consistently been passionate, respectful, detailed and always wanting to make things better with suggestions that would benefit all users, not just himself. Since our relaunch, as he correctly pointed out, we have not had yet a policy in which we could compensate creators like himself - he spoke in his livestream of truly loving Cakewalk, caring about it and wanting it to succeed, and I think the proof is in the pudding in the videos he had personally spent the time creating (uncompensated) over the last 12 months since we took over. I sincerely doubt he would actively spend hours of his own personal time creating content that helps people all around the world with a sinister motive down the road. For what he has contributed positively to the CbB community around the world, I don't think it is controversial at all to say that I am grateful and appreciative. Do I wish the cancellation video & subsequent livestream wasn't public? Of course! As someone within the company, the only thing I'd love to see out there is flowers and rainbows (and I am thankful for all of you who have been part of this, spreading the word positively across the internet), but I'm equally a firm believer that every user should be entitled to voice his/her opinion and thoughts in the same way we can do anywhere else on the internet - praise always makes one happier, but criticism is more often than not what makes us better. --- To be clear, the facts of the matter are that he seems to have had a serious issue with VST settings not saving and resetting whilst using CbB and this is a real dealbreaker for us. This is incredibly concerning, and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at your glass) we, and our extended testing team, have not been able to reproduce this on any of our devices/tests/attempts to do so. From what he described in his video, it sounds like it is not to do with VST2->VST3 persistence, so if it is really the case that something within our code is causing VST settings not to save, this is a big deal and I want to stress to everyone here that this isn't something we take lightly. We are doing everything we can to figure this out and address it as we do with every serious bug report. As per @Morten Saether's post above, this post is also an active call for anyone who has experienced this before and can replicate it to get in touch so that we can try and figure out what is causing it and ensure it doesn't happen again to any other user. --- Finally, it's also important for me to emphasise that just because CbB is free does not mean we take things less seriously or that you should expect any less from us. The way the team lives, breathes and is set up is as if it were a $1000 product that people paid for. My point of view is that anybody who uses a professional product is investing their own personal time, and frankly for a product like a DAW, the time they spend on it is ultimately worth far more than how would have paid for it outright if it was a $400 boxed product - this is a responsibility we take seriously and we are always trying to figure out ways we can support the CbB users better now it has grown so much larger than it was before. Thank you again to everybody for your support and for caring enough about CbB to speak up and to continue to be part of this community. We continue to do everything we can to make the product better - feedback from you guys is why this forum (and CbB itself) exists in the first place. How I wish we could get things done faster. If only there were more than 24 hours in the day! Yours, Meng
  3. 10 points
    I am a long time Cakewalk Platinum User who paid for the lifetime updates before the transition to Bandlab. Still working well for me. So far so good! Thanks to keep Cakewalk alive and well!
  4. 9 points
    I'm not sure if people are aware of this being available again... I've only just become aware of it myself. @cclarry mentioned the product on the old forum back in 2015: http://forum.cakewalk.com/O-Deus-Audio-releases-ASIO-Link-Pro-v24-m3283843.aspx, however when I tried to purchase it about a year ago, I found that I couldn't because the original developer had sadly passed away... and now the original website has gone. "This ASIO driver extends your audio interface ASIO driver and adds windows audio with no additional latency. It also allows you to use your ASIO driver from more than one application with the inbuilt multi-client support, and you can even send ASIO audio over the network. The driver is great value for money for people who need to monitor or record from windows audio or just want to jam with their favourite tunes. Features: Extremely high performance for Pro Audio apps. Zero added ASIO latency. 64 IN + 64 OUT virtual ASIO channels. 32 IN + 32 OUT WDM audio channels. 16 IN + 16 OUT network audio channels. Multi-client mode means ASIO for up to 25 apps. Works without internal WDM or ASIO audio resampling. Record lossless 8 channel audio to FLAC file. Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Route audio to/from WDM/MME/DirectSound/WASAPI and LAN/NET." This effectively allows you to use more than one ASIO interface at the same time in CbB (even ones on an external networked PC), allowing up to 64 input/output channels. At the moment I've no idea how this affects latency, but I guess if it's lots of inputs you need then it's likely it's a whole band you're recording and this will be less of a concern. I can also see it being really useful for making tutorial videos. The good news is, it now looks like the developer's nephew has authorised it to be released for free with a patch to remove the registration/authorisation: https://give.academy/posts/2018/03/02/AsioLinkPro/ You can download it here: https://give.academy/downloads/2018/03/03/ODeusASIOLinkPro/
  5. 9 points
    Well, it is worth noting that Albion ONE has weakness, too. These are just my 5 cents worth, but for the sake of perspective: 1) I really don't much like the brass patches in Albion ONE and almost never use them. There are some nice bits and pieces here and there, but overall the brass is rather synthy and never struck me as overly detailed or realistic. This is particularly true of the high brass, which is quite unconvincing to my ears. The mid brass is okay, and mid brass legato patch has a nice vibe to it, but the note range is more restricted than I'd like. 2) The strings are really nice, beautifully recorded onto 2" tape, and then converted to digital. So they have a real gloss to their sound. But they offer one specific kind of sound, and so if you are looking to summon a more intimate vibe, or work with divisi stuff or similar, you won't have much luck with Albion ONE. Basically, there is an Albion sound that is very particular to this library, and beyond changing the mic mix (which has limited effect, in my experience) you're stuck with that sound. I don't mind, as it suits me perfectly, but others might feel different about it. Also, the vibrato is not overly...vibrato-ish. Applying vibrato does make a difference, and it's quite nice -- but its more of an additional layer of texture added over the string than a real sense of the players applying deliberate vibrato. It works, but I find it has to be used judiciously, or the strings start to sound a bit synthy. 3) The Albion ONE string legato patches are very subdued in terms of legato transitions. The transitions are there, but not nearly as dramatic or swoopy as others, and there is no portamento. They also don't break the legatos out by individual sections (violins, cello, etc), but are broken out as simply Strings High, Mid and Low, and they use a lot of stacked octaves and similar. They work fine, but if you want more flexibility and tonal options, these are not the patches you want to use. 4) The Darwin Percussion patches have some nice sounds, but I have always found them hard to use, as the calibration between velocity layers is rather twitchy and abrupt. The sounds are big and boomy and resonant (except the high sticks), and all the percussion patches are really of one flavour: big, intense movie trailer thunder. Which is fine and useful, but limited in range. I'm not really into that sort of Zimmer-esque tribal, storm-drum routine, so aside from the Easter Island hits (which are deeep, thrumming booms that I often employ on transitions), I don't fire up the Darwin Percussion all that much, as I prefer to use more classical percussion. 5) In all honesty, I never use the Brunel Loops, and likely never will. They are fine, and when I've poked around that section of Albion ONE I have found some fun sounds and useful loops. But that kind of music is not where my current interests lie, so the Brunel Loops are not a huge factor to me. Basically, I like Albion ONE a lot because certain parts of it are perfectly suited to my tastes and the kind of music I want to do, and so they have become central to my working template. But other parts are not and don't see any significant use. It's clearly a well made and professional product with real polish, and it works as advertised. And even the weaker parts of the library can be coaxed into producing great music, judging by the demos on the Spitfire site. They do sound amazing, and I have no doubt that with proper care its possible to evoke all that from Albion ONE. But it won't be for everyone, and how much use you get out of Albion ONE will depend on how much it's baked in sound and overall patch design suits your tastes and working style. I figured I should mention all this, as it is always nice to know as much as possible about a product - both good and bad - before spending a few hundred bucks on it. It would be great if companies made demo versions of their big libraries available to try, as I hate dropping money on a library that sounds great in theory but doesn't turn out to be what I was looking for. I'm pretty sure we've all had that experience. Rob
  6. 9 points
    I started with Twelve Tones System's Cakewalk for MS DOS. It was just a MIDI sequencer. Audio was synced to one track of the tape recorder using a noisy clock signal. Those were the times! 😂 Keep the good work!
  7. 8 points
    I'm sure some of you are aware of this, but for those who don't, PluginBoutique are offering Acon's Acoustica 6 Basic Edition for free: https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/3-Studio-Tools/48-Audio-Editor/1956-Acoustica-6-Basic-Edition Using scook's excellent ToolEditor (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eiVH_I1clbbRtWFh4-3Mo7HANjCxR8SwqHJtYXy19gw/pub ), you can add this to your tools editor to edit audio within CbB: The settings for the ToolEditor are as follows:
  8. 7 points
    Well, not literally. I didn't actually die. Saw it up close, though, and through the haze of excruciating pain I accepted that possibility as a welcome relief. But for the fourth time, medical technology brought me back. Looks like the book of my life has at least one more chapter to go before it concludes. Whatever the contents of that chapter may be, I'm confident that the subject of what's the best delay plugin isn't gonna be in it.
  9. 7 points
    This is exactly the reason why I have begun to unzip most plugin installers with "innounp.exe" and then install only the wanted items by hand!!! I have enough of all this (for me) unused AAX stuff, Windows menus (with useless uninstaller and web page links...), 32-bit Vsts, and so on ... In addition I experienced that many uninstallers are unreliable, i.e. they leave rubbish behind (so it's better to do it by hand!). I also prefer to install the documentation files in one single place, because it is a mess with all those plugin providers: They have a lot of phantasy to install their docus in so many different places that you never find them! And VST3 it is a real chaos: Some copy the vst3s barely into the main folder, some under a "provider" subfolder, ... Frankly, I prefer the old way plugins were delivered: With a simple zip file! But today there are not many providers doing it in such a user friendly way!!! Based on my experience it is also much simpler to install the plugins on multiple systems by hand, than with those cluttered installers! Many even do not remember the directory and install settings when you do an update. Each time you have to select the same things (very stupid). But now I am much happier as I have found the solution with innounp. I put then the contents into a zip file (only the things I need) for history and for the other systems, very nice!
  10. 7 points
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  11. 6 points
    I've given this a quick test... The great news is that it is indeed latency free. The CPU usage is increased only very slightly, but my projects play exactly as before and are still happily working with a buffer of 64 (1.5ms). I didn't try recording, but playing a piano VSTi through it showed absolutely no change in latency. The bad news is that you can only select one "real" ASIO interface, so additional interfaces have to be selected as WDM and routed to the ASIOLink ASIO driver like ASIO4ALL does. I've not worked out how to select WASAPI instead yet, but it does claim to support it. It's not really a big deal though for recording whole bands, and it does mean you don't need to swap drivers/modes all the time. And unlike ASIO4ALL, you can save & recall your routing configurations. What I've not tried yet is using other interfaces with ASIO on another PC and using the network interface. I'm only set up for WiFi in my studio at the moment, so I don't think that would be a fair test. If/when I get the chance to try it out, I'll post my findings...
  12. 6 points
    Already done did...and got a GREAT price! I used all three on this Track ( a shameless plug - in)
  13. 6 points
    Here: https://tonelib.net/gfx-overview/
  14. 5 points
    Youlean Loudness Meter v2.2.3 released https://youlean.co/download-youlean-loudness-meter/ A new update is up in the cloud! This one is not exciting at all, but it brings some important fixes. If everything is good with this version I will start working on some really exciting new features. Can't wait... Changelog: Fixed graph not correctly updated in some cases if using Time Code mode Fixed input gain not retaining value if global settings are used Fixed input gain does not modify the output anymore Fixed crash in TwistedWave with AU Fixed drag and drop info does not display correctly in TwistedWave Fixed wrong end position when doing drag and drop in Time Code mode Fixed crash with drag and drop on macOS Mojave if you have not allowed the permission to use audio Fixed graph not zooming correctly with mouse wheel if GUI scaling is not at 100% If you cancel drag and drop the graph is not reset anymore Animations are now a bit slower on macOS Removed halo around the dynamic graph
  15. 5 points
    I checked this out. Here's my quick analysis/review... Positives: Nice little Multiband Saturator that let's you add character or do tone shaping. The ability ability to tune the bands works well and that you can mute individual channels is nice. The A/B/C/D/E saturation flavors offer a nice variety Issues: the global Bypass button didn't work Cakewalk isn't seeing the VST3 version - but the VST2 version works fine. The Would be Nice department: If you could A/B settings (not to be confused with the A/B/C,etc saturation flavors) so you could compare settings without having to save a preset. Conclusion: Nice sounding versatile plugin! Will get more use out of this one than the last couple of 'character' plugins I purchased. Is it worth the $34.99 regular price? While YMMV I'd say yes. At the current sale price of $5 - definitely, a no brainer!
  16. 5 points
    The Lovely Lady and I are celebrating the 14th Birthday of us today.
  17. 5 points
    There has been an extreme influx of new members for the last 24 hours and all it took was the possibility to win a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 audio interface. Why didn’t anyone come up with that idea before?
  18. 4 points
    The former is now open source. The last beta can be downloaded for PC, Mac and Linux here: https://surge-synthesizer.github.io/#downloads
  19. 4 points
    There's also a 25% discount on Groove Monkee products using this discount code: dfq25 And you can find more discount codes at: http://www.digifreq.com/digifreq/deals.asp -- Scott R. Garrigus - http://www.garrigus.com * Cakewalk SONAR Video Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/user/ScottGarrigus?sub_confirmation=1 * Author of the Cakewalk Sonar and Sony Sound Forge Power book series: http://garrigus.com/?PowerBooks * Publisher of the DigiFreq music recording newsletter: http://www.digifreq.com/ * Publisher of the NewTechReview consumer tech newsletter: http://www.newtechreview.com/
  20. 4 points
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  21. 4 points
    Oh to be 6 years younger again. How many more plugins I'd own is mind boggling.
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  24. 4 points
    I have been with cakewalk since the DOS days of 2.0.....so a long time fogey user here:)….keep up the great work Cakewalk....
  25. 4 points
    Great-looking theme! The ProChannel elements especially look fantastic.