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  1. 45 points
    Will be playing catch up tomorrow...zillions of emails to go through...
  2. 43 points
    I'm back...today will be catch up for me and back to regular posting tomorrow! GREAT TO BE HOME!
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    [UPDATE 22-Apr-2021: Cakewalk 2021.04 Early Access 2 is now available] We're pleased to announce Early Access for 2021.04! This release integrates BandLab library access directly within Cakewalk, introduces a new Tempo track and Tempo Inspector, PC2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier ProChannel module, automation enhancements, Arranger enhancements, lots of other enhancements and optimizations, and over 60 bug fixes. We'd love for you to check it out before we drop the official public version. Please note that Early Access installers are update installers, which only update from a specific version. To install the 2021.04 Early Access build, you must be on the latest public release of 2021.01. Download Cakewalk 2021.04 EA installer Should you need to revert to the 2021.01 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.01 Rollback installer. If you haven't already done so, please read about the Early Access Program before participating. Please keep responses specific to problems or comments on this release. Unrelated bugs or feature requests should be posted in other threads or the feature request channel. Thanks again for your participation! The Bakers 2021.04 Highlights New features Note: Screenshots may not reflect actual UI in latest build. Integrated BandLab library access The 2021.04 release introduces a major update to BandLab integration, with support for downloads and uploads and tracking revision state directly from within Cakewalk. Subsequent uploads to BandLab of a modified project are automatically tracked as revisions to the parent project. There is also support for importing clips and MIDI tracks from BandLab projects. The brand new Library view (File > Browse BandLab Projects) now allows you to navigate your projects on BandLab and set revision and song properties directly from within Cakewalk . Here are some of the benefits of BandLab library integration in Cakewalk: Easily publish Cakewalk projects, stems and mixes to your BandLab library Quickly open BandLab projects in Cakewalk Collaborate easily by sharing audio tracks via the BandLab cloud Bring projects started on mobile into Cakewalk for VST effects and advanced editing Fly in vocals or other parts for a Cakewalk project from iOS and Android Curate your music as playlists that you can play anywhere from your mobile device To publish the current project to your BandLab library, select File > Publish to BandLab or choose Export | BandLab from the export module on the toolbar. When publishing to BandLab, a project may be uploaded as a new project, or as a revision to an existing BandLab project. BandLab projects always point to the latest revision. Use the Upload Settings to pick the combination of project assets you wish to upload to the BandLab project. Tracks and buses are mixed down prior to uploading to BandLab. To open a BandLab project, select File > Browse BandLab Projects. You may open as a new Cakewalk project or import into an existing project. Note that revisions are only tracked if you open as a new Cakewalk project. Use the Download Settings options to select the types of assets from the BandLab project you wish to download and open. Note: The Help button in the Browse BandLab Projects dialog box will not launch the correct help topic until Cakewalk 2021.04 has been officially released. IMPORTANT: Cakewalk is no longer compatible with projects downloaded via BandLab Assistant. As of version 2021.04, BandLab Assistant should no longer be used for project integration. If you have multiple BandLab user accounts and would like to sign in as a different user, select Help > Sign Out from BandLab, then select Help > Sign In to BandLab to sign in with a different account. Tempo track The new envelope based Tempo track replaces the Tempo view and provides an overview of the project tempo. In the Tempo track, tempo changes are represented by envelope shapes. You edit the project’s tempo map the same way you edit automation envelopes. If a project has a single fixed tempo, the Tempo track shows a straight horizontal line. You create tempo changes by adding envelope nodes and editing their values. You can expand the Tempo track to give yourself more room to work, and adjust the range of values for the Tempo track. To show the Tempo track, do one of the following: Click the Track view View menu and select Tempo Track Show/Hide Select Views > Tempo or press ALT+SHIFT+5 (this also opens the Tempo Inspector) The Tempo track automatically zooms vertically to fit the tempo range each time the tempo envelope is modified. To zoom vertically, drag up/down in the tempo scale with the left mouse button To scroll vertically, drag in the tempo scale with the right mouse button To auto-zoom to fit the envelope, double-click the tempo scale The new Project > Offset Tempo Map command lets you speed up or slow down the entire tempo map. For additional options, right-click the Tempo track. Tip: There is a new workspace named Tempo that has a layout suitable for tempo editing. Note: Your old custom workspaces have no knowledge of the new Tempo track, so you must resave the workspaces if you want to store the state of the Tempo track. Tempo Inspector The Tempo Inspector shows a list of all tempo changes defined in the project’s tempo map, and allows you to edit each tempo change BPM, time position, and curve type. To show/hide the Tempo Inspector, click the Show/Hide Tempo Inspector button at the top of the Inspector pane. To show both the Tempo Inspector and Tempo track, select Views > Tempo or press ALT+SHIFT+5. PC2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier ProChannel module PC2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier is meticulously modeled after a legendary vintage electro-optical tube compressor. This compressor, known for its automatic gain control characteristics, delivers vintage sound with incredibly warm and rich compression. It is revered by audio engineers worldwide for its trademark sound, and has been used on countless hit records since the late 1960s. It is one of the true classics in the audio recording industry. Enhancements Loop current arrangement You can now loop the current arrangement indefinitely by enabling the Loop Enable/Disable button in the Arranger Inspector. Plug-in menu improvements Plug-in menus have been greatly enhanced to make it easier and faster to find and select plug-ins: Plug-in menus show color coded plug-in types (DX/VST2/VST3/32 bit) Large plug-in menus can now show over 1,000 plug-ins Multiple columns appear when applicable Clearer fonts Supports mouse wheel scrolling Supports keyboard navigation: HOME / END PAGE UP / PAGE DOWN Press any alpha-numeric key to go to the first plug-in beginning with that character; press the same character again to go to the next plug-in, etc. Improved automation envelope UI The appearance of automation envelopes has been updated: Automation envelopes are slightly thinner Nodes are smaller and no longer have a gradient Selected nodes are larger and outlined Ghosted envelopes no longer show nodes Show values on automation envelopes You can now optionally show values on envelopes. To show/hide values on automation envelopes, click the Track view View menu and select Display > Show Values on Envelopes. Track Manager preset support The Track Manager dialog box now has support for per-project presets. This is useful if you have a large project and you want to hide all other tracks apart from a certain group of tracks. For example, on a rock project you could have a "Drums only" or "Guitars" preset; on an orchestral project, you may wish to have a "Strings Section" preset that hides all tracks apart from your strings tracks. Note: Tracks within the Tracks Manager presets are "opted-out" - i.e. it remembers which tracks you want to hide, rather than which tracks you want to show (to avoid not being able to see newly created tracks). To open the Track Manager, click the Track view Tracks menu and select Track Manager or press the H key. Convert MIDI continuous controller (CC) events to/from automation envelopes You can convert back and forth between MIDI continuous controller (CC) events and automation envelopes. The existing Track view Clips > Convert MIDI Controllers To Envelopes command lets you convert all CC events on all selected tracks to automation envelopes. You now also have finer control with the ability to convert an individual CC type on a Piano Roll controller lane. You can also convert MIDI automation envelopes back to CC events. You can also choose to convert only a selected part of your CC events / automation envelope and back again. Converting MIDI controllers to envelopes: In the Piano Roll view Controller pane, click the name/label of the CC type that you want to convert to an envelope. Right-click the highlighted CC name/label and select Convert MIDI to Envelopes. Cakewalk converts the Piano Roll view controller data to a Track view envelope that controls the same parameter. Converting envelopes to MIDI controllers: This can be useful, for example, if you want to use the Transform tool in the Piano Roll view Controller pane. In the Clips pane, show the envelope that you want to convert to MIDI controller events. Select the time range that contain the controller data you want to convert, or clear the selection if you want to convert the entire envelope. Right-click envelope and select Convert to MIDI Events. Conversion uses the current Snap to Grid setting as a resolution for discrete CC events: If Snap is off, the resolution is the last selected snap setting If Snap is not set to a musical value (e.g. samples), the resolution is 1/32nd note UI theme compatibility checker IMPORTANT: The Inspector header has a new Show/Hide Tempo Inspector button . In addition to the new button, the other header buttons have been resized. Custom user themes must be updated in order to show the header buttons properly. When you select a theme in Edit > Preferences > Customization - Themes, or launch Cakewalk with an old custom user theme active, Cakewalk checks to make sure the custom theme is compatible with the current version of Cakewalk. A user theme is considered incompatible if Cakewalk contains new or resized UI elements that have not been updated in the theme. If the selected theme needs to be updated, Cakewalk will show a Custom Theme Incompatibility warning, and ask if you want to continue to use the theme: If you click Yes, some UI elements might be corrupted until the theme is updated and resaved in Theme Editor. If you click No, Cakewalk will revert to the factory Mercury theme. Behavior changes Disable Arranger Preview if project does not support it To reinforce that Arranger Preview is not supported in projects that contain video, ReWire synths, and active Region FX, Arranger Preview is now disabled in such projects. Optimizations High resolution Plug-in Automation improvements Plug-in automation envelopes were previously being decimated at a uniform 50 msec interval. The automation rendering process has been redesigned to render at a much higher resolution of (default = 5 msec) and also make automation sample accurate (for VST3). For VST2 (or VST3 plug-ins that do not support sample accurate automation) the rendering will be buffer accurate. These improvements allows for much tighter sync when automating plug-in parameters synced to rhythm even at higher latencies. The higher resolution rendering also makes automating filter sweeps audibly smoother and without aliasing artifacts. The decimation interval can be changed via the audio configuration property AutomationDecimationMsec (2-30) in preferences. Accurate automation writing via MIDI remote control Writing automation for plug-in parameters automated via MIDI remote control is more accurate and curves should be smoothly represented. Bug fixes Stability Crash loading custom plug-in layouts Multichannel WAV files from Behringer X32 mixer crash on import to 24 bit Crash on close of attached project Crash when adding some plug-ins from track template Crash when writing plug-in automation on top of existing automation User reported crash with AmpleSound Cloudrum Crash drag exporting MIDI to browser Dragging a MIDI clip to Kontakt causes crash Crash after moving Arranger Section AmpleSound VST3 plug-ins crash when trying to play attached MIDI file Crash swapping Sections in attached project UI FX Chain assigned controls not working after project reopen Aim Assist is not visible when moving the mouse in the Piano Roll time ruler Drag move of Step Sequencer clip crops unexpectedly Clip outlines in the Piano Roll are practically invisible in the Tungsten theme Dimmed envelopes difficult to see in Tungsten Hide Muted Clips in Piano Roll does not hide MIDI CCs Ripple Edit turns off unexpectedly after bouncing clip. SHIFT-drag of split point causes other clips to crop unexpectedly Drawing error when changing sample rate Velocity of muted and hidden clips can be edited within Piano Roll Unexpected behavior when adding notes in Piano Roll when muted clips are hidden Scrollbar in Piano Roll track list no longer working Drag drop move MIDI selection doesn't shrink the destination clip to the events extent Reassign Control menu does not use Choose Parameter Choose parameters dialog does not show for effects on instrument tracks Context Menu for Select Module causes module to disappear Drag and Drop of MIDI file creates unexpected extra MIDI clip MIDI Ports from synths should not be exposed to their own inputs Plug-ins Insert effect not working for audio clips Systems with high plug-in counts can fail to show all plug-ins 2021.01 Update exposes internal Style Dial parameters VST plug-in automation rendering is not accurate Cakewalk incorrectly reporting sample rate to VST2 plug-in after project sample rate is changed Dragging an effect from one track to another goes to the wrong index Nomad Factory FX included with SONAR Platinum do not show as assignable parameters in FX Chains When Custom Layout does not contain plug-in, MRU fails to load Plug-in Menu MRU shows duplicate entries when plug-ins are loaded from different places Cakewalk loses keystrokes when plug-in hosted by Waves StudioRack has focus Plug-in automation written via MIDI control not writing as expected Arranger Arranger section without data copy operations fail. Arranger inspector: Prevent moving a section against itself Arrangement playback timer does not match project playback timer Show/Hide Arranger should show shortcut in Track View View menu Articulation Maps Articulation Chase Notes/CC does not respect order of events within the articulation Error changing articulation event to keyaft event in event list Modifying Section Length changes project Time Signature Unexpectedly Move section with overwrite & leading notes sometimes fails to move the correct part of the clip Misc. Changing tempo during playback causes synth audio to cut out Convert MIDI to Envelopes not working for multiple lanes with different channels Punch in recording occurs late with Aux or synth tracks Quantize can quantize MIDI behind frozen instrument tracks Save / Save As .mid file should ignore selection - only Export should use selection Save As MIDI using selection after doing Export as MIDI with selection Incorrect folder behavior when inserting a synth Add Track for Split Instrument Tracks does not respect track count Bounce to Clip(s) not always deleting original clips after bounce Sign-in view fails on Windows 7
  4. 35 points
    [Updated 24-Jun-2021] We're pleased to announce Early Access for 2021.06! This release introduces improved input/output port naming, improved dropout management, several Arranger enhancements, Tempo track grid lines, shape smoothing options when using the Freehand tool on envelope shapes, improved VST3 support, lots of other enhancements and optimizations, and over 25 bug fixes. We'd love for you to check it out before we drop the official public version. Please note that Early Access installers are update installers, which only update from a specific version. To install the 2021.06 Early Access build, you must be on the latest public release of 2021.04. Download Cakewalk 2021.06 EA installer Should you need to revert to the 2021.04 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.04 Rollback installer. If you haven't already done so, please read about the Early Access Program before participating. Please keep responses specific to problems or comments on this release. Unrelated bugs or feature requests should be posted in other threads or the feature request channel. Thanks again for your participation! The Bakers 2021.06 Highlights New features Improved input/output port naming for hardware and software ports In Cakewalk all ports are grouped into stereo pairs of channels. In order to make it easier to associate these pairs with the physical channels exposed by the hardware or virtual instrument, the port naming conventions have been improved. Audio and soft synth input and output ports now include a channel number prefix before the port name. Additionally, port names now always show the actual names of the referenced channels. (previously only the first channel name would be shown). Since many instruments have different names for channels or even dynamic names, the channel index can be used to identify a specific instrument output more easily. When using user defined device names (Use friendly names to represent audio drivers) you can now specify both the left and right channels in the stereo pair by using the pipe symbol “|” to delimit the channel names. For example, entering a friendly name of “Guitar|Voice” may show 1: Guitar, 2: Voice, 1+2: Guitar + Voice in the menus. Port names have been shortened to skip the device vendor name for greater legibility in the Track view, Console view and Inspector. The tooltip for the name will show the full form of the name. Port names are no longer compacted. With the smarter port naming, in most cases there should be no need to use friendly names to shorten the strings, unless you wish to use instrument names for the ports. Edit Filter values and MIDI channels are no longer compacted, which makes it easier to read parameter names in most cases. In the Console view Hardware Outs section, hardware out names now show channel indexes as well as channel names in ASIO mode. Sends now show shortened port names and use port numbering when applicable. Improved dropout management In version 2019.09 we introduced Dropout Analytics to allow diagnosing and resolving common causes of audio dropouts. While dropout messages may be useful to diagnose the cause of problems, they can be intrusive to workflow when small audio interruptions are inconsequential, such as when editing projects, loading and saving sessions, etc. In this release we manage dropouts more intelligently throughout the application by masking certain categories of dropout notifications when they are less important. The following dropout codes are considered maskable since they are caused by CPU load issues, while other dropouts are caused by system events that cannot be resumed from easily: Dropout code 1: Audio processing took longer than the buffers allotted time slice. Dropout code 3: Driver did not request audio buffers for over DropoutMsec milliseconds. Possible driver overload. Dropouts are masked in the following scenarios The application is idling (transport is not running) Performing various editing operations Performing real time bounce/export/freeze (rendered data will be free of glitches even if the audio playback contains glitches, as long as you are not rendering external hardware inserts) Playing back using the Play List view Opening and closing views Opening and closing documents Operating screen sets Mix Recall Handling dropouts during playback and recording Under normal conditions, Cakewalk always stops playback or recording if too many late buffers are encountered while playing. However there may be circumstances where a dropout that stops playback is disruptive, such as when doing an unattended recording or playing back in a live scenario. To handle these cases, a new MaskDropoutDetection option in Edit > Preferences > Audio - Configuration File can be used to suppress dropouts. Setting this value to True will activate dropout masking during playback and recording. When activated, Cakewalk will continue playback and recording after it encounters a maskable dropout. This can prevent unwanted interruption of playback or a lost take while recording. Notes: If the dropouts are extreme, recorded audio may contain glitches. Please follow the normal dropout diagnosis procedure for minimizing dropouts. The Play List view will always ignore dropouts irrespective of this setting. Only CPU load related dropouts are masked. Other dropouts such as driver requested stops or disk underruns will still cause playback to stop. Create new arrangement based on existing arrangement You can now quickly create a new arrangement by selecting sections in an existing arrangement. To do so, select the desired sections in the Arranger Inspector’s Arrangements pane, then right-click in the Arrangements pane and select New Arrangement From Selection. Insert committed arrangement at the Now Time You can now insert a committed arrangement into the existing project at the Now Time. To do so, right-click the Commit Arrangement to Project button in the Arranger Inspector and select Insert Committed Arrangement. Sections for the inserted arrangement are added to new Arranger track. Any other existing Arranger tracks, sections and arrangements remain unaffected. Any existing events after the Now Time will be shifted over to make room for the inserted arrangement. As with the Commit Arrangement to Project command, holding down the SHIFT key while selecting the command will cause the events under the arrangement sections to be copied as linked clips. Optional grid lines in the Tempo track To show grid lines in the Tempo track, right-click in the Tempo track and select Show Grid Lines. Specify shape smoothing behavior when using the Freehand tool on automation envelopes You can specify how shape smoothing works when using the Freehand tool on envelope shapes. To do so, click the Track view Options menu, point to Freehand Smoothing, then select one of the following options: Smooth. Uses the existing fit-to-curve functionality. This is the default setting. As Drawn (Linear). Joins the nodes up with linear shapes. As Drawn (Jumps). Leaves the nodes as is, making them jump shapes. Replace synth on a single Instrument track When inserting a multi-output soft synth with the Instrument Track Per Output option enabled, Cakewalk creates multiple Instrument tracks that share a single instance of the soft synth. You can now replace the soft synth on an individual Instrument track without affecting other Instrument tracks that share the same soft synth instance. To do so, right-click the Instrument track strip and select Replace Synth for This Track Only. Note Names in the Piano Roll view persist per track When assigning a custom Note Name setting in the Piano Roll view (right-click the piano keyboard or note label pane), the setting now persists on a per track basis. Closing and re-opening the Piano Roll view remembers the last setting used for each track. The settings are with the project. Articulation Map Editor: optional time offset and duration override for ‘New Note’ transforms In the Articulation Map Editor, you can now offset the start time and override the duration of New Note output events in the Transform Existing MIDI Events section. Time Offset (T). A positive time delay in MBT that will be applied to the new note. Duration Override (D). A replacement duration for the new note. If left at 0:00:000, the new note will inherit the duration of the original note. Reorder multiple tracks simultaneously You can reorder multiple tracks simultaneously by dragging in the Track pane. To do so, select the tracks that you want to reorder, then drag any selected track. Restrictions: You can’t move the selection on or before tracks within the selection (i.e. in effect trying to move it onto itself) You can’t move a selection containing track folders into a track folder (nested folders are currently not supported) If a track folder is selected (whether or not all the tracks within the folder are selected or not), the whole track folder is moved, unless you are moving selected tracks from within a single track folder out of the track folder. ‘Duplicate Selected Clip(s) as Linked Clips’ command To duplicate the selected clip(s) as linked clips, press CTRL+SHIFT+D. Improved VST3 support Support for VST3’s new MIDI CC learn functionality. This is used by any VST3 plug-ins that utilize MIDI learn from CCs. VST audio buses (inputs/outputs) are now disabled by default and enabled on demand based on which tracks utilize the buses. With instruments that have many outputs this can save memory and CPU. Added support for IPlugInterfaceSupport and IProcessContextRequirements and IComponentHandlerBusActivation Misc. enhancements ALT+mouse wheel now zooms in the Piano Roll view Drum Grid pane Improved font rendering in new menus Behavior changes Insert Tempo Change dialog defaults to ‘Change the Most Recent Tempo’ The Insert Tempo Change dialog box defaults to Change the Most Recent Tempo, unless clicking the Insert Tempo Change button in the Tempo Inspector, in which case it defaults to Insert a New Tempo. Optimizations Improved app startup time when using WASAPI driver mode With some multichannel audio devices, app startup could be very slow in earlier versions while Cakewalk tried to evaluate the number of output channels. This information is now cached to allow the app to start up quickly. Bug fixes Stability Cakewalk crashes if AWS is down Crash in CCmdAddTempoTrackTempo after wiping tracks UI ASIO Input and output port names and indexes are incorrect if preceding audio devices deselected in preferences Adding Time Signature change from Meter/Key view causes Now Time to jump unexpectedly When no markers are selected, clicking empty space in the Markers view shows Lock unexpectedly Unexpected behavior in localized Kind of Event dialog (Event List) Clip Fade Attenuation not drawing as expected Tempo track Tempo track does not respond to commas for decimals Delete Hole not working with Tempo track Undo of Cut/Delete loses Tempo track selection "No change" tempo entries being removed REGRESSION: Nudging MIDI notes with absolute time not respecting tempo changes Extract tempo using Melodyne, AudioSnap & Fit To Improvisation should not use "smooth shapes" Arranger Commit Arrangement losing tempo entries Incorrect Arranger section numbering when inserting sections in the Inspector Buses are selected unexpectedly after moving Arranger section Articulation Maps Reassigning an articulation using the Choose dialog not working Misc. Track templates ignore phase settings MIDI input ports not assigned correctly after saving as track template Undo of delete instrument track not working with drum maps in project Drag Moving a MIDI clip crops it Strips menu in Console view hides Instrument tracks unexpectedly with MIDI tracks Process > Slide produces unexpected results with envelopes Exclusive Solo does not initially work as expected after export Automation to MIDI controllers: Incorrect conversion for pitch wheel Spurious dropouts on project load/close/bounce Known issues The following issues are known and will be addressed before the public release: Incorrect font sizes in Articulation Maps dialogs. A small number of users have reported seeing unreadable text in plug-in menus. We are currently investigating and hope to release a fix soon. In the meantime, we have made a temporary workaround available. If you are experiencing this problem, add the following variable in Cakewalk.ini (Edit > Preferences > File - Initialization File). EnableStandardTextLayouts=1 To disable again, set the variable to EnableStandardTextLayouts=0 or delete the variable.
  5. 31 points
    I'm ba-ack!!! Will be playing catch up and back to regular posting by tomorrow! SOOOOOOOOOOOOO Happy that's over!
  6. 29 points
    Merry Christmas from California to all my fellow plugin addicts! It's been a bummer of year but I'm hoping that everyone has a Merry Christmas (or had a Happy Chanukah)! Best regards ...Steven
  7. 29 points
    [CLOSED] 2020.10 Early Access installer now available! [UPDATE 30-Oct-2020: Cakewalk 2020.10 Early Access 3 is now available] We're pleased to announce Early Access for 2020.10! This release introduces Articulation Maps, which are a universal way to deal with expressions/articulations in VST instruments or hardware MIDI instruments. Other enhancements include in-app activation/refresh, ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker when converting audio to MIDI or performing tempo extraction, Clips pane drawing and scrolling optimizations, project template enhancements, and much more, including over 40 bug fixes. Please note that the ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker is a pre-release feature and will only be visible if you are running a beta of the upcoming Melodyne 5 release. We'd love for you to check it out before we drop the official public version. This time we're also providing an easy rollback installer should you need to quickly revert to the last public release for any reason. Please note that Early Access installers are update installers, which only update from a specific version. To install the 2020.10 Early Access build, you must be on the latest public release of 2020.09. The 2020.10 Early Access build can be downloaded and installed from within Cakewalk by going to Help > Check for Updates, then clicking the Download Now link in the "Early Access Available" toast notification. Download Cakewalk 2020.10 EA installer Should you need to revert to the 2020.09 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2020.09 Rollback installer. If you haven't already done so, please read about the Early Access Program before participating. Thanks again for your participation! The Bakers 2020.10 Highlights New features Articulation Maps Articulation maps are a universal way to deal with expressions/articulations in VST instruments or hardware MIDI instruments that may be controlled by various methods including: Note “key switches” The velocity of a note Control change events Grouping of patches across different MIDI channels (e.g. legato strings patch on ch 1, pizzicato patch on ch 2, etc.) If you work with sample libraries and virtual instruments, articulation maps are sure to improve your MIDI and articulation/keyswitch workflow. Recreating a convincing performance with sample libraries and virtual instruments can be a difficult task. The process is made somewhat easier if the sampled instrument includes a range of performance articulations, which is commonly controlled via “keyswitches”. These are used to trigger different sample layers that contain the various performance options. Cakewalk's support for articulation maps make it easy to work with articulations and keyswitches. Articulation maps provide a much simpler way of switching articulations, without having to manually edit MIDI events in the track. All articulations appear neatly at the top of the PRV instead of spread across the Notes pane, which helps you to better visualize and edit the articulations and keyswitches. When recording, you can focus on the actual performance — getting the right notes, rather than building expression into the performance — then use articulations to add expression after the basic performance has been recorded. Adding articulations as part of the editing process is often easier than trying to play keyswitches in live via your keyboard. Articulations do either, or both, of the following: Trigger new MIDI events (create ‘MIDI Events’ in the Articulation Map Editor) Alter existing MIDI events (create ‘MIDI Transforms’ in the Articulation Map Editor) Articulations that are added to MIDI and Instrument tracks are automatically applied during playback. Cakewalk includes a few general-purpose articulation maps that let you experiment with the feature. You can create your own articulation maps, or download maps for orchestra libraries and virtual instruments. Cakewalk can import Cubase expression maps, so you can get started quickly by downloading maps for popular instrument libraries such as Vienna Symphonic Library, Garritan, Kontakt, etc. For detailed info, see the attached PDF. Articulation Maps.pdf In-app activation You can now activate Cakewalk directly from within the app, without requiring BandLab Assistant. Cakewalk must be activate once every 6 months. When starting Cakewalk for the first time, if the app has not yet been activated via BandLab assistant, you will be presented with a BandLab sign-in dialog box. After signing in, Cakewalk will automatically activate itself. You must use your BandLab user name in the sign-in prompt, not your email address. Please note that sign-in is completely optional and only used to activate Cakewalk independently from BandLab Assistant. Sign-in currently does not support Single sign-on. If you do not have your BandLab username and password, please use BandLab Assistant to perform activation. Activation will occur automatically when launching the app if it is in the “grace period”, the period that begins when you see the timeout toast notification asking you to sign in to BandLab to activate soon. Under normal circumstances, activation will require no manual user intervention going forward, beyond the initial sign-in. Note that an Internet connection is required for performing activation as described above but not required for general Cakewalk usage. Offline activation is also an option, which requires use of BandLab Assistant to submit an offline activation request. You can force an activation refresh with the Help > Refresh Activation command. ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker (pre-release) When converting audio to MIDI by dragging an audio clip to a MIDI track, or performing tempo extraction by dragging an audio clip to the time ruler, you can now select the desired algorithm. Note: The algorithm picker will only work on Melodyne 5 and higher. VST instruments can use custom instrument definitions Some VST instruments do not expose their patch list, either because they are emulating a hardware device and solely rely on MIDI bank select/program changes, or in the case of library hosts such as Kontakt, they have no fixed list of instruments - in other words its up to the user to choose their instrument mapping. You can now use any instrument definition with a VSTi from a new drop-down menu in the Patch Browser dialog box (click Patch Browser in the Inspector). If < default for instrument > is selected, then the patches are retrieved from the VSTi as normal, otherwise the patch list is taken from the selected instrument definition. Enhancements Application memory footprint has been reduced (dynamic VST Plug-in Buffer sizes) In prior versions of Cakewalk, cached plug-in buffers would be allocated at a size of 32K samples irrespective of the audio buffer size. This gets quite expensive when you have a project with hundreds of plug-ins especially with plug-ins having multiple inputs and outputs. Plug-in buffer sizes are now dynamically adjusted to be based on the audio buffer size rather than an arbitrary max limit. This makes a big difference in projects running at low latency buffers. Relative resizing of selected tracks You can resize all selected tracks to the same size, or by a relative amount, by using the following modifiers: SHIFT+drag resizes all selected tracks to the same size CTRL+drag resizes all selected tracks by the same amount relative to their current size ARA updates Cakewalk supports the latest ARA SDK from Celemony. Adjust split point on a single Take lane If you have several clips in a track with a common split point, the Move Split Point tool always moves all the split points together. To move only the split point on a single lane, hold down the ALT key when using the Move Split Point tool. CTRL-click Duplicate Track button to specify settings To specify settings when duplicating a track, hold down the CTRL key and click the Duplicate Track button . Allow track FX bin to be bypassed via control surfaces rather than just individual FX In addition to individual effects, entire track FX Racks can now be bypassed via control surfaces. Passing an FX index of -1 (65535) will bypass the entire track FX Rack. The Mackie Control surface has been updated to use M1+Select button to toggle track FX Rack bypass. Update installer has option to launch Cakewalk When installing an update from within Cakewalk, you can now choose to automatically launch Cakewalk after the installation completes. New Project File dialog improvements The New Project File dialog box (File > New) now lets you specify folder paths, tempo, meter, bit depth, and sample rate settings for the -- No Tracks or Buses -- option (previously named -- Blank Project --). File Stats improvements When starting a new project from a project template, the File Stats window in the Notes Browser now start the Editing Time and Revision counters at 0. To reset the file stats, right-click in the File Stats window and select Reset File Stats. Early Access Notifications Cakewalk now presents a toast notification when an Early Access build is available. Early Access builds are completely optional, providing access to the next version of Cakewalk before its official release. There's a good chance you're reading this as a result of an Early Access toast! Optimizations Clips pane drawing and scrolling optimizations Major optimizations to clips view drawing to eliminate redundant drawing of clips. Projects with tracks containing many Take lanes with muted clips now draw and scroll more than 20x faster. Scrolling with Display Muted Takes In Parent Track enabled now has almost similar performance to having that option disabled. Waveform drawing is now optimized for faster drawing. Note: The Display Muted Takes In Parent Track option now defaults to OFF for new installations. Bus pane optimizations Drawing and mouse handling in the Bus pane has been optimized to prevent audio glitches and late buffers Bug fixes Stability Crash on insert of Track Template Crash on Delete Hole of project Crash closing project after loading track template containing VST3 synth User reported crash when looping audio clip User Reported Crash with the Play List Crash when displaying dropout toast message Intermittent crashes in Arranger Track nullptr crash in Staff view Adding ProChannel Track Compressor on surround bus crashes UI CTRL-click Duplicate Track button should bring up duplicate track dialog Hidden Clips can be edited in Track view Mute Tool operates on hidden clips in Track Select Tool selecting invisible muted clips when Display Muted Clips In Parent Track is unchecked Scrolling view left while dragging note causes PRV to fail to Snap By Center on Now Time with Keyboard Zoom only works if Mouse Zoom is set to Now Time Sluggish Scrolling in project Enable/Disable Read Automation shortcut not working Replace Synth can fail to rename track Unexpected changes to track input when using MIDI transformation synths Hiding icons in Synth Rack causes alignment error Enabling MIDI Out on some synths causes all synths to appear in MIDI Input picker Arranger Section Rename can unexpectedly run into Browser F2 Rename on Section Headers does not always work Section Rename could occasionally hang the application Section menus would occasionally not dismiss resulting in multiple menus being displayed Setting now time in arranger during playback doesn't respect the Set Time During Playback click behavior Clicking away from Rename of Section causes Windows "ping" Arranger not automatically fixing overlapping sections in some circumstances ALT+mouse wheel zoom unavailable in Arranger track Misc. Moving mouse over Bus pane causes audio glitches and late buffers ARA projects redundantly saving document controller state for deleted items in undo history Projects created using Cyrillic characters in the audio file names, fail to load on a system using a different language pack Cannot enter the "ö" character using a non-English keyboard layout in Lyrics View Ripple Paste not always working after cut Clip fails to split during existing fade if Auto Crossfades is enabled. Slow Cakewalk startup time when using MackieControl.dll Export Audio doesn't work when exporting from a surround bus Improve handling for "Blank Project" in File > New
  8. 25 points
    Well...again I'm out for about a month... Back to Kentucky! Isn't life grand! One good thing is that I'll be spending the first week in October in Myrtle Beach! See ya when I get back!
  9. 25 points
  10. 24 points
    INTRODUCING THE GEM MOD (Roland Dimension D clone) Overloud releases the Gem Mod, a new plug-in of the Gems series, inspired to the legendary Dimension* 320 modulation unit. The plug-in is FREE for 7 days starting TODAY. Only 1000 free licenses/day will be delivered! REDEEM A FREE COPY AN ICONIC MODULATION UNIT The Dimension unit offers a very soft and organic modulation. It was the go-to unit for vocals in the 80s and 90s but it can also be used on a full mix to increase the space perception without adding reverb. Its input section has a very musical harmonic generation when pushed into saturation. BEYOND THE ORIGINAL HARDWARE The Gem Mod plug-in allows to extend the original tone capabilities by adding many features not available on the analog unit, like: Envelope controlled parameter: all the main parameters can be dynamically controlled by the input envelope. Input Saturation: You can push into saturation the input stage of the unit to drive their super-musical harmonic generation. Custom LFO shapes: you can experiment with LFO shapes different than the original, to change the motion of the modulation, or add resonances to transform the chorus into a flanger. Stereo width control: you can change the amount of the stereo width, from mono to double the original width. REDEEM A FREE COPY The giveaway ends on Sep 27th Overload GEM MOD 1000 free licenses per day for the next 7 days!
  11. 23 points
    Just some notes from "experience"... Don't "Jump" right away....sometimes the best deals come AFTER the initial "Black Friday" offers...as it get's closer to Black Friday, and especially because it takes a few to compare "all the vendors prices" to get them posted! I'll usually post the FIRST one I see, and then go back and adjust if I find lower prices somewhere else! Some even come in AFTER the Black Friday sales because "they already roped those customers, and now they're after MORE! And some of the best deals come between Black Friday and New Years...so you just never really know! Budget wisely! Don't buy "just because it's cheap"! Plan on things that you really "need" and not "want" ( OK...a few wants maybe, preferably AFTER the MAIN "needs" have been met) Patience in this game is a virtue, but sometimes he who hesitates is lost..so keep these adages in mind...if it's "not suppose to be that price" JUMP immediately, and let it shake out. They'll either fulfill the order, or refund your money. You're only out time...so it's worth it... Black Friday is OVERWHELMING...so PREPARE a week or more BEFOREHAND! Get yourself "mentally and financially (ha) prepared"! Make a list of "needs" and then "wants" and then wait until the offers come in! It's also helpful to "save throughout the year" for Black Friday so you ARE financially prepared, and not living in "regret"! Just some thoughts that I thought I would share...and feel free to add your own to the list!
  12. 22 points
    After 2020 which was so tough for many of us in many different areas I wish all the best, health for you all and your families, great music creations, nice deals for us but also many sold software for developers.
  13. 21 points
    Husker has pretty well summed up my experience (over MANY years) with IK, and my analysis of IK is well known in this forum! While the products are great, the business model is abismal at best. The HUGE saving grace for IK is.... THE GROUP BUYS... If not for the Group Buys, and the fact that the products are decent, they would have already been ditched! THAT being said, my hat is REALLY, TRULY, off to Pete, who has been a STELLAR representative of IK! I can't begin to applaud him enough for his help to MANY of us here on this forum! He truly is ANOTHER of the reasons that I continue to buy IK Products, and I say that will all sincerity!
  14. 21 points
    Komplete 36,000+ sounds Komplete Ultimate 67,000+ sounds Omnisphere 9223 presets UVI Vintage Vault 10,000+ presets Arturia V Collection 8,000+presets (without expansions) etc. etc. Have you auditioned all the presets in the virtual instruments and synths you own? If you did, do you have a photographic memory to be able to call up the best ones for your music? How do you know when you buy something new that you don't already own something you like better?
  15. 20 points
    [EDIT: Apparently, this offer has expired.] You can get UJAM Groovemate ONE for free on Plugin Boutique with the code: GPC-Groovemate It's a basic percussion VST that retails for $19.00 USD. https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/1-Instruments/64-Virtual-Instrument/7575-Groovemate-ONE
  16. 20 points
    Wishing everyone a nice Invictus Sol, and prayers for a better next year!
  17. 19 points
    I have to say...even though I had just about everything except the new stuff (SampleTron II and Resonator, and now the Tascam Tape Collection) this was a SPECTACULAR group buy! It doesn't get any better than that! For a newb this would have been a GOLD MINE! HATS OFF TO IK!!!
  18. 19 points
    [UPDATE 22-Sep-2021: version 2021.09 has been released] We're pleased to announce Early Access for 2021.09! This release introduces enhanced audio file export, including batch exporting, filename tokens, and a completely redesigned Export Audio dialog box, improved AudioSnap transient detection, lots of other enhancements and optimizations, and several bug fixes. This is a huge update with major enhancements to audio export workflow, as well as improvements to AudioSnap transient detection, so we'd love to for you to check it out and offer feedback before we drop the official public version. Please note that Early Access installers are update installers, which only update from a specific version. To install the 2021.09 Early Access build, you must be on the latest public release of 2021.06. Download Cakewalk 2021.09 EA installer Should you need to revert to the 2021.06 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.06 Rollback installer. If you haven't already done so, please read about the Early Access Program before participating. Please keep responses specific to problems or comments on this release. Unrelated bugs or feature requests should be posted in other threads or the feature request channel. Thanks again for your participation! The Bakers Update September 5 2021: 2021.09 Early Access build 27.09.0.114 Bug fixes Fixed a regression with exporting task queues when the task was created with no selection made, leading to an empty exported file. Export toast notification now respects the Show Toast Notifications setting in Edit > Preferences > Customization - Display. Update September 4 2021: 2021.09 Early Access build 27.09.0.112 Bug fixes Bouncing or exporting audio in real time could cause a crash or unexpected behavior in some projects due to a race condition. Update September 3 2021: 2021.09 Early Access build 27.09.0.111 Export Audio dialog changes In the What to Export section, Track Folders has been added as a source category. This setting exports the tracks in each of the selected track folders as heard through the entire mix, as separate files. This provides yet another convenient way to export stems without modifying the source project. In the Format section, the Bounce Buffer Size settings only applies when Render in Real-time is disabled. The playback latency buffer size is used when Render in Real-time is enabled. Clicking the blank space in a section header no longer expands/collapses the panel. In the filename tag pop-up panel, the DATE 1-5 buttons have been streamlined to 3 buttons (plus custom): YYYYMMDD MMDDYYYY DDMMYYYY Improved handling of aux tracks and sidechains when exporting or soloing tracks When exporting with source category Tracks, sidechain or aux track sends or outputs are now properly included in the export for the track containing the sidechain. The same applies to aux tracks. Please note that it is still necessary for the sending tracks to be included in the tracks exported. When soloing a track that contains a sidechain plugin, any sends from other tracks in the project are now automatically included, similarly to how it behaves with sends to aux tracks. Bug fixes File export and bounce MIDI data sent to soft synths was not rendered properly when exporting the entire project if the now time was non zero When using a bounce buffer size higher than the playback buffer size, the buffer size was incorrectly computed when using mono plugins leading to missing data in the bounce. Sidechains are not rendered when fast bouncing with Bounce/Export source category is set to Tracks. Aux tracks are not rendered with export as Tracks. Collapsed filename summary not updating after recalling task. Tooltips hidden in Export Audio dialog if toast notification is visible. Tooltip can hide Overwrite Existing File prompt in Export Audio dialog. Bounce Buffer Size cannot be set to zero by manual entry. Tracks in selection are excluded from bounce/export unexpectedly. Step Sequencer clips render incorrectly with fast bounce (Render in Real-time disabled). Misc. Unable to copy/paste multiple Arranger tracks between projects. Modal message boxes do not always disable the main app window. Export video does not include audio. Should you need to revert to the 2021.06 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.06 Rollback installer. Update August 27 2021: 2021.09 Early Access build 27.09.0.099 Bug fixes File export File export with Split Mono channel format no longer working Cannot run task with Tracks Through Entire Mix source category Subsequent export complete toast notifications not showing after dismissing Settings not recalled correctly when using DSD format Sample Rate should not be editable when format is DSD Cancel button in Export Audio dialog unresponsive during task execution Misc. Controls in Offset Tempo Map dialog are not legible Effect bin menus have dark background Cannot copy special selection with tempos from SONAR to Cakewalk Should you need to revert to the 2021.06 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.06 Rollback installer. 2021.09 Highlights New export audio features Improved AudioSnap transient detection Misc. enhancements Bug fixes New export audio features The Export Audio feature has been greatly improved and optimized to handle the most demanding rendering tasks. Highlights: An intuitive new UI with collapsible panels to make it easier to get to the most commonly used features,. Task queues for export automation. Complete control over output file names using tag based file name presets. New additional export categories available: "Tracks Through Entire Mix" for track stems, exports the audio from each chosen track as heard through the main output. This is a useful way to create track stems as heard through master effects. "Arranger sections" allows you to export each individual arrangement section as a separate audio file. Export uses significantly less memory and runs faster by eliminating making an extra copy of the project in memory. Support for setting the export buffer size independently from the audio driver buffer size. Setting a higher export buffer size can significantly speed up export operations. (Max size is 350 msec). Convenient access to select and mute or solo tracks directly from the export UI. Set export time ranges or export entire project directly from the export UI. Automatic effects tail flushing is now part of export/bounce to prevent left over effects tails from leaking into exports or being heard. New default Export Audio Files folder setting in Edit > Preferences > File - Folder Locations. Toast notification on export completion with link to the completed render. More details: Related settings are organized into collapsible panels. The size, position and expanded state of each section is remembered once you close the dialog. The task queue allows you to create multiple export tasks and run them all as a batch. A task in the export queue contains the set of export settings including the mix settings, export file name, selection, location, and the time range. The export queue is saved in the project and can be recalled and re-executed. Any prompts appear at the time of adding the task, so you can run the whole queue without any user intervention. To batch export all tasks in the task queue, click Run Tasks. To export a single job with the current export settings, click Export. Filename and location are shown as two separate fields. Filename is the name of the file you want your exported audio to be called, and location is the directory where it should be saved. When you first open the dialog, the location will be set to the default location as specified in Edit > Preferences > File - Folder Locations under Export Audio Files. The default is \Audio Exports under the current project directory, where the current project folder is indicated by the %PROJECTFOLDER% environment variable. You can change the export directory by clicking on the browse location button , and this location will be remembered for the duration of the project’s session. You can change the global export location for all projects with the Export Audio Files path in Edit > Preferences > File - Folder Locations. Filename tokens. Filenames now support substitution tags for common project and export properties. You can type tags directly into the filename edit box, or use the filename builder pop-up to add them for you. You can still type while this pop-up is showing, so you can mix literal characters with tags, or use backspace to correct any mistakes. Filename presets let you save and recall custom filename formats. The filename itself now supports both literal characters and substitution tags (“tokens”). Substitution tags replace tags within the filename with common project and export properties. Each tag is contained within curly brackets. You can type in the tags directly into the filename edit box, or use the filename builder pop-up to add them for you. It’s worth mentioning that you can still type while this pop-up is showing, so you can mix literal characters with tags, or use backspace to correct any mistakes. A preview of the first audio export filename is shown below the filename edit box. The filename builder pop-up also support filename presets, so you can easily recall a formatted filename by selecting it from the drop-down. As with all Cakewalk presets, you can save new presets, replace existing ones, or delete one’s you don’t want. Export presets can now store a default filename. In addition to arrangements, individual Arranger sections are available as an export category. This allows you to export each individual section as a separate audio file. Under Format, the Bounce Buffer Size (ms) setting is used to specify the audio buffer size that will be used during export. A larger buffer size will speed up the export process, but will use more memory. Specifying zero will use the current playback buffer size. Tracks Through Entire Mix has been added as a new source category under What to Export. It exports individual tracks including all downstream bus effects and automation. The result is the same as if you solo one track at a time during export. When exporting multiple files as MP3 or Windows Media Advanced Streaming (WMA) format, the Export Options dialog box has a new Use These Settings for All option that lets you apply the same settings to all files instead of prompting for each file. Export works on the current project selection. The What to Export panel contains a fly-out project selection editor. This allows you to modify the current track selection and the mute and solo status of each track and bus, without exiting the Export Audio dialog box. This is especially convenient if you if you want to create several tasks, each with a different selection, or if you want to export multiple stems. Simply solo the tracks that you want to include in the stem, then add as a new task. A track that is checked means it’s included in the selection. If all the tracks are unchecked, that means there is no selection, and all tracks will be available. Changing the project selection changes which source items are available. A note about selection and the Tracks export category: When the source category is Tracks, the project selection has a special meaning: Having a project selection means there is also a time selection. So if you have tracks selected in your project selection, then all the tracks chosen in your audio source will be exported at exactly the length of the selection. In other words, the length of each tracks’ audio file will be the same. If you have nothing selected in your project, then no specific export time range has been set, and the length of each tracks’ audio file will be the length of each individual track. To the right of the What to export drop-down is a search filter, which lets you search for a particular track, bus, arrangement, section, or Mix Recall preset, should you have a large number of sources to search through. Tip: To quickly select all/none in the source list, hold down CTRL+SHIFT and click any checkbox. To select all, press CTRL+A. To check/uncheck the selected sources, press SPACEBAR. The Range panel specifies the time range to be exported. The drop-down provides the following choices: Entire Project = The entire length of the project. Time Selection = A specified time selection. The Start and End edit boxes allow you to manually enter the start and end times of the export range. Clicking the button to the left of the Start label will toggle between musical and absolute time. The buttons to the right of the Start and End edit boxes will allow you to choose a time based on defined project landmarks, such as the beginning of the project, the now time, or marker locations. Loop Range = The current loop region. Only available if Loop is enabled. Punch Range = The current punch region. Only available if Punch is enabled. Batch exporting audio files using task queues Using the Export button is fine if you have a single export. But what if you want to tweak your project and export again, or you want several different types of exports? You may want a task for exporting your stems, another task for exporting individual tracks, and another for exporting your final mix as a stereo file. You can now create multiple export tasks, such as stems or different file formats, and add them to an export queue. A task in the export queue contains the set of export settings including the mix settings, filename, location, selection, and the time range. You can add as many export tasks as you like, and run all export tasks as a batch without any user intervention. The task queue is per project and is saved with the project. Adding a task to the queue To create a task, simply go through the normal process of defining your export, then instead of clicking the Export button, click the Add Task to Queue button . This adds a task with the current settings to the task queue. If you are exporting multiple files as part of a task, a list of the filenames will be shown in a confirmation prompt. Any further prompts required for additional format settings will also be shown at this time… that way, you won’t get any prompts when you actually run the task. Once you’ve confirmed any prompts, enter a name for your new task. Simply type the name of the task in, and press ENTER. Tip: The name of the task can also be used in your filename by using the {taskname} tag. Repeat the above steps for any additional tasks you need. To the right of the task name you’ll see the number of files to be exported by each task, an estimated size (if it’s a wave file), and a summary of the file format. Editing tasks in the task queue You can update tasks that you already added to a task queue. To update an existing task: Do one of the following: Double-click on the task within the task list. Click the task’s menu button , then select Recall Task Settings. The task’s settings are recalled in the Export Audio dialog box. Make any desired edits to the current export settings. Click the task’s menu button , then select Update Task with Current Settings. The task is updated with the current settings. All other tasks in the task queue remain unchanged. Renaming a task To rename a task, do one of the following: Right-click the task and select Rename. Click the task’s menu button , then select Rename. Duplicating a task To duplicate an existing task: Do one of the following: Double-click on the task within the task list. Click the task’s menu button , then select Recall Task Settings. This recalls all the task settings in the Export Audio dialog box. [Optional] Make any desired edits to the current export settings. Click Add Task to Queue. Deleting tasks To delete a single task, right-click the task and select Delete, or click the task’s menu button , then select Delete. To delete multiple tasks, select the tasks that you want to delete (Tip: press CTRL+A to select all tasks), then right-click any selected task and select Delete. The task(s) is removed from the task queue. Executing task queue export To execute all checked tasks in the queue, click the Run Tasks button. The tasks in the queue are exported one after another. The status of each task is updated as the queue is executing, and a summary is shown in the task queue header. Once a task is completed, the task is unchecked. Checking a task resets it. Clicking on the Run Tasks button resets all checked tasks before executing each task. While the queue is running, the Run Tasks button changes to a Cancel button, which allows you to cancel the execution of the task queue at any time. The checked status of a task persists when opening/closing the Export Audio dialog box, and with the project. Resetting a completed task Tasks are automatically unchecked on successful completion. To reset a task so it will execute again the next time you click Run Tasks, simply check the task. Canceling an in-progress queue export While the queue is running, the Run Tasks button changes to a Cancel button, which allows you to cancel the execution of the task queue at any time. Opening a task’s export location To open a task’s export location, click the task’s menu button , then select Open Export Location. Using export filename tags and presets You can now use “tokens” to define filenames for exported audio files. Tokens allow you to use placeholder tags that automatically extract the corresponding information (such as the project name, artist, sample rate, bit depth, current date or time, etc.) from a project and adds it to the resulting filename. For example, instead of manually typing the project name and date into the filename edit box, you can enter the following: {projectname}_{d} This will automatically use the project’s name and the current date. Each token is enclosed by curly brackets (aka braces) e.g. {d}. Adding filename tags To enter a tag, do one of the following: Open the Tags panel and click a tag. You can still type while this pop-up is showing, so you can mix literal characters with tags, or use backspace to correct any mistakes. Type in the tags directly into the filename edit box. Be sure to enclose each token by curly brackets (aka braces) e.g. {d}. Tokens are case sensitive. A preview of the first audio export filename is shown below the filename edit box. To see all tokens that can be used to specify the filename, click the Build Filename Using Tags button to open the Tags pop-up panel. To add a tag, click a tag button, or manually type the tag in the filename edit box. Below are some common tokens: Project name = {projectname} or {P} Name field in Notes Browser = {notesname} or {N} Artist field in Notes Browser = {notesartist} or {A} Sample rate = {samplerate} or {sr} Bit depth = {bitdepth} or {bd} Channel format = {channelformat} or {cf} Track name = {trackname} or {T} Track number = {tracknumber} or {t} Date = {d} Tempo = {tempo} or {b} Meter / time signature = {meter} or {m} Key = {key} or {k} Task = {taskname} or {TN} Press the Build Filename Using Tags button to display all available tokens. Most tags have a long token and a short token. For example, the project name token can be {projectname} or {P}. Each tag’s tooltip shows its full and abbreviated tokens. To always use abbreviated tokens when you click a tag, select Use Abbreviated Tokens in the filename builder pop-up panel. You can freely use either format. Tokens can be combined as in the examples below: {notesartist}_{notesname}_{d} {notesartist}_{notesname}_{samplerate}_{bitdepth}_{channelformat}_{d=Ymd} You can combine tokens and regular text, as in the following example: Client Name_{samplerate}Hz_{bitdepth}b_{channelformat}_{d=Ymd} Saving filename presets You can save your custom export filename format as a preset in the filename tag panel. To open the filename tag panel, click the Build Filename Using Tags button next to the filename edit box. To save the current filename as a preset, type a name in the Presets combobox, then click the drop-down menu and select Save Preset. To delete a preset, select the preset in the Presets combobox, then click the drop-down menu and select Delete Preset. By using filename tokens to define a naming scheme and saving the filename format as a preset, you can reuse the presets in any project without having to manually type a filename. Note: The public 2021.09 release will include several factory filename presets. Misc. export enhancements Default ‘Export Audio Files’ folder A new Export Audio Files folder path has been added to Edit > Preferences > File - Folder Locations. This path is used as the default location when you open the Export Audio dialog box. The default path is %PROJECTFOLDER%\Audio Export, which is an \Audio Exports subfolder in the current project directory. The current project folder is indicated by the %PROJECTFOLDER% environment variable. Tip: If you change the folder path in the Export Audio dialog box, you can restore the %PROJECTFOLDER%\Audio Export path by opening Edit > Preferences > File - Folder Locations and clicking OK or Apply. Toast notification with link to open export location Upon completion of a single export job via the Export button, a toast notification appears with a link to open the export location in Windows Explorer. Updated Bounce to Track(s) dialog box The Bounce to Tracks(s) dialog box has been redesigned similar to the Export Audio dialog box. Improved AudioSnap transient detection The transient detection algorithm has been greatly improved to more accurately detect audio transients in a variety of source material. Transients are useful when using audio snap and are also used for time stretching as well as when snapping to the transient pool. The AudioSnap transient detection method can now be specified in Edit > Preferences > Project - AudioSnap under Transient Detection. There are three methods: Magnitude Spectral (default for legacy projects) Multi-Resolution (default for new projects) Multi-Resolution is the new default transient detection method for new projects, and Spectral and Magnitude are the older legacy modes. The Multi-Resolution transient detection algorithm provides improved transient analysis that works well with most audio source material. The detection mode is stored in the project and older projects will continue to use Spectral until changed via Edit > Preferences > Project - AudioSnap. NOTE: The new transient analysis will not be used by default on previously saved projects. You must explicitly pick the Multi-Resolution algorithm from Edit > Preferences > Project - AudioSnap before this will take effect for that project. Once you resave the project with this change it will continue to use the new algorithm for all audio. When the detection method is changed, you will be prompted that project audio waveforms will be recomputed. After regeneration of the waveforms are complete, the new transients will be visible when switching the edit filter to Transients. The default transient threshold (available in the AudioSnap palette) is different for each transient detector mode. Note that any edited transients are retained when switching the transient detector mode. Misc. enhancements Mackie Control revspread VPot DataType On the Mackie Control surface, a VPot’s datatype defines the type of control being edited and how it should be displayed on the VPot LED halo. Currently, the Mackie Control surface supports a spread DataType for the LEDs that surround the VPots. The LEDs start in the middle for small values, then "spread" around the VPot for larger values. With certain parameter types, such as an equalizer "Q" setting, where a small Q value means a large spread, and a large Q value means a narrow spread, the VPots show the opposite in the LED spread, which is confusing. To address this, the Mackie Control surface now supports a new revspread VPot DataType that can be assigned in MackieControl.ini (C:\Program Files\Cakewalk\Shared Surfaces). With the revspread VPot DataType, high values show a narrow LED spread, and low values show a wide LED spread. This doesn't affect the actual numerical value being shown, just the way the LEDs spread around the VPot. For details, see the instructions in MackieControl.ini. Allow multiple MIDI files to be dragged into a project simultaneously You can now import multiple MIDI files into a project by dragging from Windows or the Media Browser. By default, multiple tracks are created. To import back-to-back instead, hold down CTRL+SHIFT when dragging the MIDI files into a project. Bug fixes Stability Crash Freezing Track with synth in project Crash when bouncing with sidechain FX UI Aim Assist draws incorrectly after collapsing/expanding MultiDock Arm Tracks command arms hidden audio track in Instrument tracks Aim Assist can appear unexpectedly when turned off Selection module does not automatically update display after setting display times to SMPTE Misc. Process slide not sliding some track envelopes Paste Special behaves unexpectedly when combining Paste to One Track and Paste Into Existing Clips When the Snap module set to Measure or any value below that in the list, the Snap Value drop box fails to turn snap on/off Save Copy As MIDI interferes with project cwp save Last File 1-4 key bindings are all linked unexpectedly
  19. 19 points
    Early access builds are always post beta testing so are relatively stable. However the main reason for the EA program is to get wider testing and feedback on any changes so that if necessary we can address them. That said regressions are always possible due to the huge differences in workflows. EA is intended for users who are interested in getting an early look at features and offering feedback. That said if you are risk averse or are in the middle of a production don't install EA builds. In case anyone isn't aware we make it really easy to roll back to the last release so its fairly risk free in any case. Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm and great feedback to help us make this an even better product.
  20. 19 points
    I created a spreadsheet of all the products in the group buy. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQJOiit3wKhbyN87OdguckZzYDo_xz3PYDM2fanVWsyiDCXGzB3Ys3iWYhsDRiTog8fX3G3CYAJPVKA/pub?gid=0&single=true&output=csv Load it into a spreadsheet app like Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, or Apple Numbers (it's saved as a CSV file). Turn on filtering on the first row. I found it useful to be able to filter based on category and price (yes, I rounded up), exclude the ones I already have, and plan out my purchases and freebie picks (and prioritize them). Here's what it looks like for me: I hope others can make use of it. Edit: Updated spreadsheet. Fixed price/category for AmpliTube SVX 2 (was upgrade price).
  21. 19 points
    Mode audio and waves gift Until July 26, 2021. https://www.waves.com/account/oneknob-filter-free?utm_campaign=modeaudio-july-2021
  22. 19 points
    I swear, this group is like an AA meeting where everyone brings alcohol to the meetings.
  23. 18 points
    [UPDATE 4-Oct-2021: Cakewalk 2021.09 Update 1 (build 27.09.0.145) now available] We're pleased to announce the 2021.09 release! This release includes enhanced audio file export, batch exporting, filename tokens, completely redesigned Export Audio and bounce dialogs, improved AudioSnap transient detection, several bug fixes and lots of other enhancements and optimizations, all in keeping with our goal of making Cakewalk as reliable and enjoyable as possible. Please note that in order to automatically keep your activation status up to date, Cakewalk will renew your activation status whenever a new version of the application is installed and run for the first time, and when you sign in to BandLab from within Cakewalk. If you have never signed in to BandLab from within Cakewalk, you will be prompted once to sign in. Thanks, The Bakers For new feature details, see New Features. Should you need to revert to the 2021.06 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.06 Rollback installer. Update Oct 4 2021: 2021.09 Update 1 (build 27.09.0.145) Bug fixes Stability: S-Gear 2 VST3 plug-in crashes when inserted Intermittent crash when closing Arranger section context menu Exporting audio with plug-ins on a surround bus can hang the export while flushing plug-in buffers In rare cases certain plug-ins could hang export while flushing plug-in buffers Export: MP3 Export Options dialog does not show recalled task settings MP3 Export Options dialog should default to 256 kbps Changes to Notes Browser tab are not reflected in the ID3 MP3 Export Options dialog until Cakewalk restart Export as MIDI exporting whole project if selection at time zero Windows notification sound when opening Export Audio dialog in some projects Export Audio dialog uses default project sample rate instead of actual project sample rate Large bounce buffer sizes cause flatline audio when exporting or bouncing clips with 96K or higher sample rates Export task fails with no meaningful message if drive or path is invalid Export with External encoder was not functional Warn if duplicate filenames in export task queue Expand width of file overwrite prompt when exporting multiple files and make the list scrollable Export as MIDI File should not show audio track warning message Misc.: Bounce to Track(s) dialog forces render sample rate to 44100 always Bounce to Track(s) should always use project sample rate to prevent unnecessary sample rate conversion Bounce to Clips unexpectedly uses bounce buffer size from Export Audio dialog 2021.09 Highlights New export audio features Improved AudioSnap transient detection Misc. enhancements Bug fixes New export audio features The Export Audio feature has been greatly improved and optimized to handle the most demanding rendering tasks. Highlights: An intuitive new UI with collapsible panels to make it easier to get to the most commonly used features,. Task queues for export automation. Complete control over output file names using tag based file name presets. New additional export categories available: "Tracks Through Entire Mix" for track stems, exports the audio from each chosen track as heard through the main output. This is a useful way to create track stems as heard through master effects. "Track Folders" for any non-empty track folders. "Arranger sections" allows you to export each individual arrangement section as a separate audio file. Export uses significantly less memory and runs faster by eliminating making an extra copy of the project in memory. Support for setting the export buffer size independently from the audio driver buffer size. (can speed up export times) Convenient access to select and mute or solo tracks directly from the export UI. Set export time ranges or export entire project directly from the export UI. Automatic effects tail flushing is now part of export/bounce to prevent left over effects tails from leaking into exports or being heard. New default Export Audio Files folder setting in Edit > Preferences > File - Folder Locations. Toast notification on export completion with link to the completed render. More details: Related settings are organized into collapsible panels. The size, position and expanded state of each section is remembered once you close the dialog. The task queue allows you to create multiple export tasks and run them all as a batch. A task in the export queue contains the set of export settings including the mix settings, export file name, selection, location, and the time range. The export queue is saved in the project and can be recalled and re-executed. Any prompts appear at the time of adding the task, so you can run the whole queue without any user intervention. To batch export all tasks in the task queue, click Run Tasks. To export a single job with the current export settings, click Export. Filename and location are shown as two separate fields. Filename is the name of the file you want your exported audio to be called, and location is the directory where it should be saved. When you first open the dialog, the location will be set to the default location as specified in Edit > Preferences > File - Folder Locations under Export Audio Files. The default is \Audio Exports under the current project directory, where the current project folder is indicated by the %PROJECTFOLDER% environment variable. You can change the export directory by clicking on the browse location button , and this location will be remembered for the duration of the project’s session. You can change the global export location for all projects with the Export Audio Files path in Edit > Preferences > File - Folder Locations. Filename tokens. Filenames now support substitution tags for common project and export properties. You can type tags directly into the filename edit box, or use the filename builder pop-up to add them for you. You can still type while this pop-up is showing, so you can mix literal characters with tags, or use backspace to correct any mistakes. Filename presets let you save and recall custom filename formats. The filename itself now supports both literal characters and substitution tags (“tokens”). Substitution tags replace tags within the filename with common project and export properties. Each tag is contained within curly brackets. You can type in the tags directly into the filename edit box, or use the filename builder pop-up to add them for you. It’s worth mentioning that you can still type while this pop-up is showing, so you can mix literal characters with tags, or use backspace to correct any mistakes. A preview of the first audio export filename is shown below the filename edit box. The filename builder pop-up also support filename presets, so you can easily recall a formatted filename by selecting it from the drop-down. As with all Cakewalk presets, you can save new presets, replace existing ones, or delete one’s you don’t want. Export presets can now store a default filename. In the What to Export section, Track Folders has been added as a source category. This setting exports the tracks in each of the selected track folders as heard through the entire mix, as separate files. This provides yet another convenient way to export stems without modifying the source project. In addition to arrangements, individual Arranger sections are available as an export category. This allows you to export each individual section as a separate audio file. Under Format, the Bounce Buffer Size (ms) setting is used to specify the audio buffer size that will be used during export. This value defaults to use the current playback buffer size and can be changed to a max size of 350 ms. While small buffer sizes are useful to minimize latency, they add to CPU load and can slow down export operations significantly. A larger buffer size can speed up the export process in large projects by allowing the CPU to process data more efficiently. Caution: Some plugins can be unstable or crash with large buffer sizes so use this with caution. Depending on the plugins used, we recommend using moderate sizes like 50-100 msec rather than higher sizes. Also if you are using plugin automation, large buffer sizes will not sound smooth if you are using plugins that do not support sample accurate automation. The Bounce Buffer Size settings only applies when Render in Real-time is disabled. The playback latency buffer size is used when Render in Real-time is enabled. Tracks Through Entire Mix has been added as a new source category under What to Export. It exports individual tracks including all downstream bus effects and automation. The result is the same as if you solo one track at a time during export. When exporting multiple files as MP3 or Windows Media Advanced Streaming (WMA) format, the Export Options dialog box has a new Use These Settings for All option that lets you apply the same settings to all files instead of prompting for each file. Export works on the current project selection. The What to Export panel contains a fly-out project selection editor. This allows you to modify the current track selection and the mute and solo status of each track and bus, without exiting the Export Audio dialog box. This is especially convenient if you if you want to create several tasks, each with a different selection, or if you want to export multiple stems. Simply solo the tracks that you want to include in the stem, then add as a new task. A track that is checked means it’s included in the selection. If all the tracks are unchecked, that means there is no selection, and all tracks will be available. Changing the project selection changes which source items are available. A note about selection and the Tracks export category: When the source category is Tracks, the project selection has a special meaning: Having a project selection means there is also a time selection. So if you have tracks selected in your project selection, then all the tracks chosen in your audio source will be exported at exactly the length of the selection. In other words, the length of each tracks’ audio file will be the same. If you have nothing selected in your project, then no specific export time range has been set, and the length of each tracks’ audio file will be the length of each individual track. To the right of the What to export drop-down is a search filter, which lets you search for a particular track, bus, arrangement, section, or Mix Recall preset, should you have a large number of sources to search through. Tip: To quickly select all/none in the source list, hold down CTRL+SHIFT and click any checkbox. To select all, press CTRL+A. To check/uncheck the selected sources, press SPACEBAR. The Range panel specifies the time range to be exported. The drop-down provides the following choices: Entire Project = The entire length of the project. Time Selection = A specified time selection. The Start and End edit boxes allow you to manually enter the start and end times of the export range. Clicking the button to the left of the Start label will toggle between musical and absolute time. The buttons to the right of the Start and End edit boxes will allow you to choose a time based on defined project landmarks, such as the beginning of the project, the now time, or marker locations. Set Time Selection to Loop Range = Set the time selection to the current loop region. Set Time Selection to Punch Range = Set the time selection to the current punch region. Note: The 2021.09 installer will delete the old factory export presets and replace them with new and updated presets. If you have overwritten the factory preset names, those presets will be replaced. Other custom export presets will not be affected. Batch exporting audio files using task queues Using the Export button is fine if you have a single export. But what if you want to tweak your project and export again, or you want several different types of exports? You may want a task for exporting your stems, another task for exporting individual tracks, and another for exporting your final mix as a stereo file. You can now create multiple export tasks, such as stems or different file formats, and add them to an export queue. A task in the export queue contains the set of export settings including the mix settings, filename, location, selection, and the time range. You can add as many export tasks as you like, and run all export tasks as a batch without any user intervention. The task queue is per project and is saved with the project. Adding a task to the queue To create a task, simply go through the normal process of defining your export, then instead of clicking the Export button, click the Add Task to Queue button . This adds a task with the current settings to the task queue. If you are exporting multiple files as part of a task, a list of the filenames will be shown in a confirmation prompt. Any further prompts required for additional format settings will also be shown at this time… that way, you won’t get any prompts when you actually run the task. Once you’ve confirmed any prompts, enter a name for your new task. Simply type the name of the task in, and press ENTER. Tip: The name of the task can also be used in your filename by using the {taskname} tag. Repeat the above steps for any additional tasks you need. To the right of the task name you’ll see the number of files to be exported by each task, an estimated size (if it’s a wave file), and a summary of the file format. Editing tasks in the task queue You can update tasks that you already added to a task queue. To update an existing task: Do one of the following: Double-click on the task within the task list. Click the task’s menu button , then select Recall Task Settings. The task’s settings are recalled in the Export Audio dialog box. Make any desired edits to the current export settings. Click the task’s menu button , then select Update Task with Current Settings. The task is updated with the current settings. All other tasks in the task queue remain unchanged. Renaming a task To rename a task, do one of the following: Right-click the task and select Rename. Click the task’s menu button , then select Rename. Duplicating a task To duplicate an existing task: Do one of the following: Double-click on the task within the task list. Click the task’s menu button , then select Recall Task Settings. This recalls all the task settings in the Export Audio dialog box. [Optional] Make any desired edits to the current export settings. Click Add Task to Queue. Deleting tasks To delete a single task, right-click the task and select Delete, or click the task’s menu button , then select Delete. To delete multiple tasks, select the tasks that you want to delete (Tip: press CTRL+A to select all tasks), then right-click any selected task and select Delete. The task(s) is removed from the task queue. Executing task queue export To execute all checked tasks in the queue, click the Run Tasks button. The tasks in the queue are exported one after another. The status of each task is updated as the queue is executing, and a summary is shown in the task queue header. Once a task is completed, the task is unchecked. Checking a task resets it. Clicking on the Run Tasks button resets all checked tasks before executing each task. While the queue is running, the Run Tasks button changes to a Cancel button, which allows you to cancel the execution of the task queue at any time. The checked status of a task persists when opening/closing the Export Audio dialog box, and with the project. Resetting a completed task Tasks are automatically unchecked on successful completion. To reset a task so it will execute again the next time you click Run Tasks, simply check the task. Canceling an in-progress queue export While the queue is running, the Run Tasks button changes to a Cancel button, which allows you to cancel the execution of the task queue at any time. Opening a task’s export location To open a task’s export location, click the task’s menu button , then select Open Export Location. Using export filename tags and presets You can now use “tokens” to define filenames for exported audio files. Tokens allow you to use placeholder tags that automatically extract the corresponding information (such as the project name, artist, sample rate, bit depth, current date or time, etc.) from a project and adds it to the resulting filename. For example, instead of manually typing the project name and date into the filename edit box, you can enter the following: {projectname}_{d} This will automatically use the project’s name and the current date. Each token is enclosed by curly brackets (aka braces) e.g. {d}. Adding filename tags To enter a tag, do one of the following: Open the Tags panel and click a tag. You can still type while this pop-up is showing, so you can mix literal characters with tags, or use backspace to correct any mistakes. Type in the tags directly into the filename edit box. Be sure to enclose each token by curly brackets (aka braces) e.g. {d}. Tokens are case sensitive. A preview of the first audio export filename is shown below the filename edit box. To see all tokens that can be used to specify the filename, click the Build Filename Using Tags button to open the Tags pop-up panel. To add a tag, click a tag button, or manually type the tag in the filename edit box. Below are some common tokens: Project name = {projectname} or {P} Name field in Notes Browser = {notesname} or {N} Artist field in Notes Browser = {notesartist} or {A} Sample rate = {samplerate} or {sr} Bit depth = {bitdepth} or {bd} Channel format = {channelformat} or {cf} Track name = {trackname} or {T} Track number = {tracknumber} or {t} Date = {d} Tempo = {tempo} or {b} Meter / time signature = {meter} or {m} Key = {key} or {k} Task = {taskname} or {TN} Press the Build Filename Using Tags button to display all available tokens. Most tags have a long token and a short token. For example, the project name token can be {projectname} or {P}. Each tag’s tooltip shows its full and abbreviated tokens. To always use abbreviated tokens when you click a tag, select Use Abbreviated Tokens in the filename builder pop-up panel. You can freely use either format. Tokens can be combined as in the examples below: {notesartist}_{notesname}_{d} {notesartist}_{notesname}_{samplerate}_{bitdepth}_{channelformat}_{d=Ymd} You can combine tokens and regular text, as in the following example: Client Name_{samplerate}Hz_{bitdepth}b_{channelformat}_{d=Ymd} Saving filename presets You can save your custom export filename format as a preset in the filename tag panel. To open the filename tag panel, click the Build Filename Using Tags button next to the filename edit box. To save the current filename as a preset, type a name in the Presets combobox, then press ENTER or click the Create Preset button . To delete a preset, select the preset in the Presets combobox, then click the drop-down menu and select Delete Preset. By using filename tokens to define a naming scheme and saving the filename format as a preset, you can reuse the presets in any project without having to manually type a filename. Misc. export enhancements Improved support for exporting track stems Creating per track mixdowns commonly called track stems is a common post production requirement when exporting projects to audio. There are several convenient improvements to aid with the process of exporting stems without modifying the source project: Use Tracks Through Entire Mix in the What to Export section to quickly exports the audio from each chosen track as heard through the main output. This is a useful way to create track stems as heard through master effects. Aux track and sidechain track dependencies are now automatically included when exporting individual tracks as well as when soloing such tracks. Use Track Folders in the What to Export section, to export the tracks in each of the selected track folders as heard through the entire mix, as separate files. Use the fly-out project selection editor in the What to Export panel to modify the current track selection or set the mute and solo status of each track and bus, without exiting the Export Audio dialog box. This is a convenient way to create export tasks for stems. Simply solo the tracks that you want to include in the stem, then add as a new task. Improved handling of aux tracks and sidechains when exporting or soloing tracks When exporting with source category Tracks, sidechain or aux track sends or outputs are now properly included in the export for the track containing the sidechain. The same applies to aux tracks. When soloing a track that contains a sidechain plugin, any sends from other tracks in the project are now automatically included, similarly to how it behaves with sends to aux tracks. Automatic effects tails flushing during bounce Many VST plug-ins do not properly flush their effects tails via reset state transitions. In some cases, exporting multiple clips or arrangements could result in tails unexpectedly appearing in the export/bounce. To address this, Cakewalk now automatically flushes effects tails during export/bounce operations to prevent left over effects tails from leaking into exports or being heard. By default, tails are flushed until a threshold of -70dB is reached or 20 seconds of silence is detected, whichever occurs first. The dB threshold and max duration can be changed via the following variables in Edit > Preferences > Audio - Configuration File: BounceFlushTailsMaxDurationSec=n (0 to 60; default is 20; set to 0 to disable tails flushing) Effects tails maximum flush length while bouncing (seconds). BounceFlushTailsThresholdDb=n (-120 to -40; default is -70) Effects tails flush gain threshold while bouncing (dB). On export, the audio engine will first hard flush any effects tails from all active plug-ins referenced in the project, including track/bus effects, clip effects, effects chains, ProChannel as well as instruments. Flushing tails is done both pre and post bounce/export in order to prevent unwanted tails from sounding after a bounce or appearing in exports after playing a project. Effects tails flushing is done in efficiently using parallel processing when the multi processing engine is enabled and is normally very fast. Flushing progress is shown on the toolbar during the bounce. If you wish to disable this, set BounceFlushTailsMaxDurationSec to zero. Default ‘Export Audio Files’ folder A new Export Audio Files folder path has been added to Edit > Preferences > File - Folder Locations. This path is used as the default location when you open the Export Audio dialog box. The default path is %PROJECTFOLDER%\Audio Export, which is an \Audio Exports subfolder in the current project directory. The current project folder is indicated by the %PROJECTFOLDER% environment variable. Tip: If you change the folder path in the Export Audio dialog box, you can restore the %PROJECTFOLDER%\Audio Export path by opening Edit > Preferences > File - Folder Locations and clicking OK or Apply. There is also a new content location preset in the Media Browser to jump directly to the Project Audio Export Folder. This preset always takes you to %PROJECTFOLDER%\Audio Export. Toast notification with link to open export location Upon completion of a single export job via the Export button, a toast notification appears with a link to open the export location in Windows Explorer. If the toast notification has been closed you can reopen the project audio folder again by selecting the media browser content location preset Project Audio Export Folder. Updated Bounce to Track(s) dialog box The Bounce to Tracks(s) dialog box has been redesigned similar to the Export Audio dialog box. Improved AudioSnap transient detection The transient detection algorithm has been greatly improved to more accurately detect audio transients in a variety of source material. Transients are useful when using audio snap and are also used for time stretching as well as when snapping to the transient pool. The AudioSnap transient detection method can now be specified in Edit > Preferences > Project - AudioSnap under Transient Detection. There are three methods: Magnitude Spectral (default for legacy projects) Multi-Resolution (default for new projects) Multi-Resolution is the new default transient detection method for new projects, and Spectral and Magnitude are the older legacy modes. The Multi-Resolution transient detection algorithm provides improved transient analysis that works well with most audio source material. The detection mode is stored in the project and older projects will continue to use Spectral until changed via Edit > Preferences > Project - AudioSnap. Note: The new transient analysis will not be used by default on previously saved projects. You must explicitly pick the Multi-Resolution algorithm from Edit > Preferences > Project - AudioSnap before this will take effect for that project. Once you resave the project with this change it will continue to use the new algorithm for all audio. When the detection method is changed, you will be prompted that project audio waveforms will be recomputed. After regeneration of the waveforms are complete, the new transients will be visible when switching the edit filter to Transients. The default transient threshold (available in the AudioSnap palette) is different for each transient detector mode. Note that any edited transients are retained when switching the transient detector mode. Misc. enhancements Mackie Control revspread VPot DataType On the Mackie Control surface, a VPot’s datatype defines the type of control being edited and how it should be displayed on the VPot LED halo. Currently, the Mackie Control surface supports a spread DataType for the LEDs that surround the VPots. The LEDs start in the middle for small values, then "spread" around the VPot for larger values. With certain parameter types, such as an equalizer "Q" setting, where a small Q value means a large spread, and a large Q value means a narrow spread, the VPots show the opposite in the LED spread, which is confusing. To address this, the Mackie Control surface now supports a new revspread VPot DataType that can be assigned in MackieControl.ini (C:\Program Files\Cakewalk\Shared Surfaces). With the revspread VPot DataType, high values show a narrow LED spread, and low values show a wide LED spread. This doesn't affect the actual numerical value being shown, just the way the LEDs spread around the VPot. For details, see the instructions in MackieControl.ini. Allow multiple MIDI files to be dragged into a project simultaneously You can now import multiple MIDI files into a project by dragging from Windows or the Media Browser. By default, multiple tracks are created. To import back-to-back instead, hold down CTRL+SHIFT when dragging the MIDI files into a project. ASIO driver compatibility checking Some ASIO drivers, such as Realtek ASIO, ASIO4All and Generic Low Latency ASIO Driver, are known to be incompatible with Cakewalk and can lead to instability or crashes. Cakewalk will now detect use of known incompatible ASIO drivers and warn the user to switch to a different native ASIO driver or WASAPI Shared mode for a better experience. Note: This warning doesn't prevent you from using these drivers. If you need to use them for some reason you can still select and use them. Bug fixes Stability Crash Freezing Track with synth in project Crash when bouncing with sidechain FX Crash exporting user project as OMF Crash when cloning track with synth envelopes UI Aim Assist draws incorrectly after collapsing/expanding MultiDock Arm Tracks command arms hidden audio track in Instrument tracks Aim Assist can appear unexpectedly when turned off Selection module does not automatically update display after setting display times to SMPTE Misc. Process slide not sliding some track envelopes Paste Special behaves unexpectedly when combining Paste to One Track and Paste Into Existing Clips When the Snap module set to Measure or any value below that in the list, the Snap Value drop box fails to turn snap on/off Save Copy As MIDI interferes with project cwp save Last File 1-4 key bindings are all linked unexpectedly Unable to copy/paste multiple Arranger tracks between projects Modal message boxes do not always disable the main app window Cannot copy special selection with tempos from SONAR to Cakewalk Latest release notes are here. See prior release notes. Check out all new features released to date.
  24. 18 points
    Best wishes to all from the Detroit. It's been a thud of a year but I know so many folks that lost much more than most. Grateful for this awesome forum, the helpful and humorous, and the engine behind the spending, King Larry.
  25. 18 points
    Download from your account at https://www.pluginboutique.com/myaccount (available now!). 2.2.0 (available now December 10th 2020): Bass mode • Generate bass lines adapted to your current scale and chords. • More than 100 bass lines in many genres (Funk, House, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Synthwave, Trance, Urban) • 7 new bass sounds (Bass Guitar, Chorus Bass, FM Bass, Jazz bass, Retro Bass, Saw Bass, Tight Bass) Melody mode • Generate melody lines adapted to your current scale and chords. • More than 100 melody lines to choose from. • New keyswitch for live-switching between melody parts. Playback • New re-trigger and follow behaviours when switching chords before the end of an expression pattern. • Quantize and Swing - Align played notes on a grid or apply a global swing of various note lengths. • Enhanced Progression Editing • Ability to create groups of chords • Ability to customise all playback parameters per group UI • Quick Navigation - Switch between the various screens from the quick navigation menu or use keyboard shortcuts to navigate even faster. • Update the expression selectors to accommodate new playback modes. • Increase the size of copy/move icons when dragging chords. • Add notifications when dragging chords outside Scaler while bind or perform mode are active. Other improvements • Reduce playback interruptions when switching parameters live. • Sustain MIDI CC message can now be consumed internally or passed through. • Prevent a crash when loading user chordsets. • Prevent a crash when using Keys-Lock. • Prevent a crash when creating a chord from an empty pattern in Pad View. • Add 16 beats chord duration. • Syncing between Scaler instances now conserves Humanize settings. • Prevent notes from being cut-off when using Keys-Lock - Chord Notes or Chord Extension profiles. • Prevent the fretboard view from triggering keyswitch. • Overall stability and performances improvements. .
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  27. 17 points
    [UPDATE 6-Aug-2021: Cakewalk 2021.06 Update 3 (build 27.06.0.058) now available] We're pleased to announce the 2021.06 release! This release introduces improved input/output port naming, improved dropout management, several Arranger enhancements, Tempo track grid lines, shape smoothing options when using the Freehand tool on envelope shapes, improved VST3 support, lots of other enhancements and optimizations, and over 25 bug fixes, all in keeping with our goal of making Cakewalk as reliable and enjoyable as possible. Please note that in order to automatically keep your activation status up to date, Cakewalk will renew your activation status whenever a new version of the application is installed and run for the first time, and when you sign in to BandLab from within Cakewalk. If you have never signed in to BandLab from within Cakewalk, you will be prompted once to sign in. Thanks, The Bakers For new feature details, see New Features. Should you need to revert to the 2021.04 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.04 Rollback installer. Update August 6 2021: 2021.06 Update 3 (build 27.06.0.058) Bug fixes In-app Google authentication not working Projects with tracks containing embedded synths in the FX rack can hang on load if aux tracks are also present Pressing spacebar/play fails to start project in Play List Should you need to revert to the 2021.06 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.06 Rollback installer. Update July 29 2021: 2021.06 Update 2 (build 27.06.0.057) "Modern Standby" support and improved Power Management Added support for "Modern Standby" a new power management feature introduced in Windows 10 build 2004. Modern Standby mode is supported by some PC's (typically modern laptops). Modern standby is different from the traditional sleep modes and has to be specially handled by the application in order to suspend and resume hardware properly. Improved handling for resuming from a sleep state in Windows. Cakewalk will additionally reload the driver if necessary, if the driver requests a restart or it stops responding. Suspend and resume are properly handled when a dialog box is open. Handle VST instruments that change output counts If a VST instrument changes its output count, ports in projects previously saved with the instrument could become offset by the change in outputs. This could cause projects to stop playing through other virtual instruments until their instrument track inputs were reassigned. Cakewalk will now detect change in outputs on opening a project and automatically reassign ports appropriately with no user intervention required. Bug fixes Fixed crash when exporting single track with "-" in track name and filename Intermittent crash when adding new articulation trigger event Wedge Force Matcha plug-in hangs on changing presets in 2021.06 release Projects saved with older version of Omnisphere open with input ports assigned to incorrect instruments SPACEBAR does not start playback when using Vienna Ensemble Pro in host mode SHIFT+right-click toggle for Inline Piano Roll causes unexpected lasso selection Regression: New projects from templates are flagged as dirty in version 2021.06 Extra Synth Instances inserted when adding all synth audio outputs for Split Instrument Track Alt+T shortcut in Track view View menu cut off slightly Arranger sections are not focused immediately after a drag/draw operation (F2 to rename fails) Nudging a fully selected MIDI clip nudges notes, not the whole clip Should you need to revert to the 2021.06 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.06 Rollback installer. Update July 13 2021: 2021.06 Update 1 (build 27.06.0.053) Enhancements for input and output port names When using Friendly Names for audio devices (Edit > Preferences > Audio - Devices) , use the vertical bar character (|) to separate left/right/stereo channel names. When using Friendly Names, menus only show L/R/S descriptors and not channel numbers. (Channels can be named using the vertical bar character in the friendly name). Channel numbers are only shown in the port menu and not in the actual port name field to make the readout more compact. The full name is always shown in the tooltip. Channel numbers in menus are separated from the port name, using a columnar layout. You can choose to display the port channel information as a prefix or suffix to the port names shown in the menu. Set this via the Display Channels as Prefix in Port Menus option in Edit > Preferences > Customization - Display. Port names and tooltips for sends and aux tracks have been improved. Finer choices for tempo decimation The TempoImportDecimationResolution Cakewalk.ini variable affects how tempo envelope shapes are preserved when opening Cakewalk 2021.04 (and later) projects in earlier versions. The TempoMapDecimationResolution variable specifies the minimum time resolution for each tempo map entry when creating tempo envelope curves and lines. Both these variables can now be set to values smaller than 60 ticks. The values are as follows: 1 = 240 ticks (16th Note) 2 = 120 ticks (32nd Note) 3 = 60 ticks (64th Note) 4 = 30 ticks (128th Note) 5 = 15 ticks (256th Note) 6 = 12 ticks (320th Note) 7 = 6 ticks (640th Note) 8 = 3 ticks (1280th Note) Cakewalk responds to PC sleep / wakeup The audio engine stops if/when Windows tells Cakewalk it is about to suspend/hibernate. If Cakewalk receives a Wakeup notification (i.e. you've awakened from suspend or hibernate), it will restart the audio engine. Note: Some audio drivers may not respond properly to a wakeup notification, which will cause the audio engine to fail to restart. Bug fixes Not all horizontal grid lines showing on Tempo track when using Tempo Track Show/Hide Tempo Track Show/Hide shortcut (ALT+T) is not shown in Track view View menu Display All Times as SMPTE does not persist as expected Extra tempo node added at end when inserting tempo after last tempo node Synth port numbers appear unexpectedly after using Replace Synth Spacing in Input picker inconsistent for inputs above 9 In ASIO mode, the input port menu reported the number of stereo channels rather than the actual hardware channel count In-app Update fails to launch if user path has Unicode characters Should you need to revert to the 2021.06 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.06 Rollback installer. 2021.06 Highlights New features Improved input/output port naming for hardware and software ports In Cakewalk all ports are grouped into stereo pairs of channels. In order to make it easier to associate these pairs with the physical channels exposed by the hardware or virtual instrument, the port naming conventions have been improved. Audio and soft synth input and output ports now include a channel number prefix before the port name. Additionally, port names now always show the actual names of the referenced channels. (previously only the first channel name would be shown). Since many instruments have different names for channels or even dynamic names, the channel index can be used to identify a specific instrument output more easily. When using user defined device names (Use friendly names to represent audio drivers) you can now specify both the left and right channels in the stereo pair by using the pipe symbol “|” to delimit the channel names. For example, entering a friendly name of “Guitar|Voice” may show 1: Guitar, 2: Voice, 1+2: Guitar + Voice in the menus. Input/output prefixes are not shown in port names when using friendly driver names. Port names have been shortened to skip the device vendor name for greater legibility in the Track view, Console view and Inspector. The tooltip for the name will show the full form of the name. Port names are no longer compacted. With the smarter port naming, in most cases there should be no need to use friendly names to shorten the strings, unless you wish to use instrument names for the ports. Edit Filter values and MIDI channels are no longer compacted, which makes it easier to read parameter names in most cases. In the Console view Hardware Outs section, hardware out names now show channel indexes as well as channel names in ASIO mode. Sends now show shortened port names and use port numbering when applicable. Improved dropout management In version 2019.09 we introduced Dropout Analytics to allow diagnosing and resolving common causes of audio dropouts. While dropout messages may be useful to diagnose the cause of problems, they can be intrusive to workflow when small audio interruptions are inconsequential, such as when editing projects, loading and saving sessions, etc. In this release we manage dropouts more intelligently throughout the application by masking certain categories of dropout notifications when they are less important. The following dropout codes are considered maskable since they are caused by CPU load issues, while other dropouts are caused by system events that cannot be resumed from easily: Dropout code 1: Audio processing took longer than the buffers allotted time slice. Dropout code 3: Driver did not request audio buffers for over DropoutMsec milliseconds. Possible driver overload. Dropouts are masked in the following scenarios The application is idling (transport is not running) Performing various editing operations Performing real time bounce/export/freeze (rendered data will be free of glitches even if the audio playback contains glitches, as long as you are not rendering external hardware inserts) Playing back using the Play List view Opening and closing views Opening and closing documents Operating screen sets Mix Recall Handling dropouts during playback and recording Under normal conditions, Cakewalk always stops playback or recording if too many late buffers are encountered while playing. However there may be circumstances where a dropout that stops playback is disruptive, such as when doing an unattended recording or playing back in a live scenario. To handle these cases, a new MaskDropoutDetection option in Edit > Preferences > Audio - Configuration File can be used to suppress dropouts. Setting this value to True will activate dropout masking during playback and recording. When activated, Cakewalk will continue playback and recording after it encounters a maskable dropout. This can prevent unwanted interruption of playback or a lost take while recording. Notes: If the dropouts are extreme, recorded audio may contain glitches. Please follow the normal dropout diagnosis procedure for minimizing dropouts. The Play List view will always ignore dropouts irrespective of this setting. Only CPU load related dropouts are masked. Other dropouts such as driver requested stops or disk underruns will still cause playback to stop. Create new arrangement based on existing arrangement You can now quickly create a new arrangement by selecting sections in an existing arrangement. To do so, select the desired sections in the Arranger Inspector’s Arrangements pane, then right-click in the Arrangements pane and select New Arrangement From Selection. Insert committed arrangement at the Now Time You can now insert a committed arrangement into the existing project at the Now Time. To do so, right-click the Commit Arrangement to Project button in the Arranger Inspector and select Insert Committed Arrangement. Sections for the inserted arrangement are added to new Arranger track. Any other existing Arranger tracks, sections and arrangements remain unaffected. Any existing events after the Now Time will be shifted over to make room for the inserted arrangement. As with the Commit Arrangement to Project command, holding down the SHIFT key while selecting the command will cause the events under the arrangement sections to be copied as linked clips. Optional grid lines in the Tempo track To show grid lines in the Tempo track, right-click in the Tempo track and select Show Grid Lines. Specify shape smoothing behavior when using the Freehand tool on automation envelopes You can specify how shape smoothing works when using the Freehand tool on envelope shapes. To do so, click the Track view Options menu, point to Freehand Smoothing, then select one of the following options: Smooth. Uses the existing fit-to-curve functionality. This is the default setting. As Drawn (Linear). Joins the nodes up with linear shapes. As Drawn (Jumps). Leaves the nodes as is, making them jump shapes. Replace synth on a single Instrument track When inserting a multi-output soft synth with the Instrument Track Per Output option enabled, Cakewalk creates multiple Instrument tracks that share a single instance of the soft synth. You can now replace the soft synth on an individual Instrument track without affecting other Instrument tracks that share the same soft synth instance. To do so, right-click the Instrument track strip and select Replace Synth for This Track Only. Replace Synth now handles output port mismatch When replacing a synth with a different synth that has fewer outputs, you can now replace with multiple instances of the new synth in order to account for the extra outputs. Note Names in the Piano Roll view persist per track When assigning a custom Note Names setting in the Piano Roll view (right-click the piano keyboard or note label pane), the setting now persists on a per track basis. Closing and re-opening the Piano Roll view remembers the last setting used for each track. The settings are with the project. Articulation Map Editor: optional time offset and duration override for ‘New Note’ transforms In the Articulation Map Editor, you can now offset the start time and override the duration of New Note output events in the Transform Existing MIDI Events section. Time Offset (T). A positive time delay in MBT that will be applied to the new note. Duration Override (D). A replacement duration for the new note. If left at 0:00:000, the new note will inherit the duration of the original note. Reorder multiple tracks simultaneously You can reorder multiple tracks simultaneously by dragging in the Track pane. To do so, select the tracks that you want to reorder, then drag any selected track. Restrictions: You can’t move the selection on or before tracks within the selection (i.e. trying to move it onto itself) You can’t move a selection containing track folders into a track folder (nested folders are currently not supported) If a track folder is selected (whether or not all the tracks within the folder are selected), the whole track folder is moved, unless you are moving selected tracks from within a single track folder out of the track folder. ‘Duplicate Selected Clip(s) as Linked Clips’ command To duplicate the selected clip(s) as linked clips, press CTRL+SHIFT+D. Improved VST3 support Support for VST3’s new MIDI CC learn functionality. This is used by any VST3 plug-ins that utilize MIDI learn from CCs. VST audio buses (inputs/outputs) are now disabled by default and enabled on demand based on which tracks utilize the buses. With instruments that have many outputs this can save memory and CPU. Added support for IPlugInterfaceSupport and IProcessContextRequirements and IComponentHandlerBusActivation Misc. enhancements ALT+mouse wheel now zooms in the Piano Roll view Drum Grid pane Improved font rendering in new menus Behavior changes Insert Tempo Change dialog defaults to ‘Change the Most Recent Tempo’ The Insert Tempo Change dialog box defaults to Change the Most Recent Tempo, unless clicking the Insert Tempo Change button in the Tempo Inspector, in which case it defaults to Insert a New Tempo. Optimizations Improved app startup time when using WASAPI driver mode With some multichannel audio devices, app startup could be very slow in earlier versions while Cakewalk tried to evaluate the number of output channels. This information is now cached to allow the app to start up quickly. Bug fixes Stability Cakewalk crashes if AWS is down Crash in CCmdAddTempoTrackTempo after wiping tracks UI ASIO Input and output port names and indexes are incorrect if preceding audio devices deselected in preferences Adding Time Signature change from Meter/Key view causes Now Time to jump unexpectedly When no markers are selected, clicking empty space in the Markers view shows Lock unexpectedly Unexpected behavior in localized Kind of Event dialog (Event List) Clip Fade Attenuation not drawing as expected Tempo track Tempo track does not respond to commas for decimals Delete Hole not working with Tempo track Undo of Cut/Delete loses Tempo track selection "No change" tempo entries being removed REGRESSION: Nudging MIDI notes with absolute time not respecting tempo changes Extract tempo using Melodyne, AudioSnap & Fit To Improvisation should not use "smooth shapes" Arranger Commit Arrangement losing tempo entries Incorrect Arranger section numbering when inserting sections in the Inspector Buses are selected unexpectedly after moving Arranger section Articulation Maps Reassigning an articulation using the Choose dialog not working Sign-in Sign-in using Google authorization with device verification may not work in some locales Misc. Track templates ignore phase settings MIDI input ports not assigned correctly after saving as track template Undo of delete instrument track not working with drum maps in project Drag Moving a MIDI clip crops it Strips menu in Console view hides Instrument tracks unexpectedly with MIDI tracks Process > Slide produces unexpected results with envelopes Exclusive Solo does not initially work as expected after export Automation to MIDI controllers: Incorrect conversion for pitch wheel Spurious dropouts on project load/close/bounce Dropout (12) after creating Region FX clip with stereo then mono FX in bin Saving MIDI File loses last controller event Control surfaces not supporting Aux Sends ARA plug-ins losing transport sync HUD Add Track should not remember previous instrument count Some plug-in posted Windows messages are lost when using Piano Roll Zoom In/Out Vertical controls Known issues Incorrect font sizes in Articulation Maps dialogs. A small number of users have reported seeing unreadable text in plug-in menus. We are currently investigating and hope to release a fix soon. In the meantime, we have made a temporary workaround available. If you are experiencing this problem, add the following variable in Cakewalk.ini (Edit > Preferences > File - Initialization File). EnableStandardTextLayouts=1 To disable again, set the variable to EnableStandardTextLayouts=0 or delete the variable. Latest release notes are here. See prior release notes. Check out all new features released to date.
  28. 17 points
    with code jenz8q4h https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/2-Effects/16-EQ/3104-entropy-EQ-#a_aid=605d605c4aba7
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    Merry Christmas to all from Santiago, Chile. I wish you all a great time with your loved ones and a much better 2021.
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    [Updated 25-Nov-2020] Version 2020.11 Update 1 (build 26.11.0.099) now available! We're pleased to announce the 2020.11 Update 1 release! This release introduces Articulation Maps, which are a universal way to deal with expressions/articulations in VST instruments or hardware MIDI instruments. Other enhancements include in-app activation/refresh, ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker when converting audio to MIDI or performing tempo extraction, Clips pane drawing and scrolling optimizations, project template enhancements, and much more, including over 50 bug fixes, all in keeping with our goal of making Cakewalk as reliable and enjoyable as possible. Thanks, The Bakers For new feature details, see New Features. Should you need to revert to the 2020.09 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2020.09 Rollback installer. Update Nov 25 2020: 2020.11 Update 1 (build 26.11.0.099) Note: If you are using a non-English version of 2020.11 Update 1 (build 26.11.0.098) and experience blank articulation map menu commands, please download and run the Cakewalk 2020.09 Rollback installer, then reinstall 2020.11 Update 1 (Help > Check for Updates). Enhancements: Extract Keyswitch Articulations You can now extract key-switches that already exist in a MIDI track and convert them to articulations. To extract keyswitches: Make sure the target articulation map has already been added to the project. Open the Piano Roll view for the track that contains the keyswitches. Right-click the left side of the Articulations pane, point to Extract Keyswitch Articulations, then select the target articulation map. Cakewalk will attempt to match events within the MIDI track to any articulations in the selected articulation map. The following rules apply: It will only extract generated MIDI events, not transforms. It will only extract key-switches based on Notes, Control Change, or Program Change events. When matching an articulation that generates multiple events, it will only match events if they are in the same MIDI clip. Replace an existing articulation map with a newer version Cakewalk now allows you to replace an existing articulation map with a newer/updated version of the same map. When a newer version of an articulation map is imported into a project, it is added as a new map instead of replacing the original map. To replace the old map with the new version, right-click the old map in the Articulation Map Editor’s Articulation Maps in Project section, then point to Replace with and select the new map. The Replace with submenu lists all other articulation maps currently within the project. Bug fixes Stability: App can hang on startup at the splash screen when checking for updates with unstable internet connection. Crash or failure to load a new sample in Drum Replacer. Crash when committing an arrangement containing sections from multiple Arranger tracks. Crash could occur when closing the app. Sporadic crash when Display Muted Takes in Parent Track is enabled. Fixed user reported crash on export audio. Fixed rare user reported crash after recording audio. Fixed rare user reported crash on export when VS100 requests a synth parameter. Fixed rare user reported crash when opening Arranger or Articulation Map dialogs. "Catastrophic failure" error could occur if a project contained an invalid arrangement section when attempting to export audio. Plug-ins: Track Names shown in plug-ins are truncated or show invalid characters after 2020.11 update. This was reported in Console One plug-ins, Izotope Neutron and Waves CLA Mix Hub. Waves CLA Mix Hub displays “Channel name contains illegal characters …” message on opening or saving projects in 2020.11 release. Tempo based effects and instruments were not being properly initialized when residing within the ProChannel or FX Chains. For example, Sonitus: FX Delay fails to get Host Tempo when in FX Chains. Articulation Maps: Articulations selected unexpectedly with lasso select when Select Track Articulations with Clips is disabled. Articulation maps fail to import if the map contains special characters such as “ as part of the map/group/articulation name. Insert Time not working correctly with articulations. Articulation map dialogs do not hide folders if their subfolders do not contain files that match the search filter. Apply articulations by group applies more than one group of articulations. Articulation Map Library does not refresh automatically after exporting a map to the library folder. Articulation resize fails if the Snap to Grid setting causes the section end to be snapped beyond the start of the next articulation section. Browse For Folder dialog box can open on incorrect display when importing articulations from a directory. Clicking on an empty space in the Clips pane selects articulations. Deleting an articulation from one track swaps to showing the articulations on another track. UI: Unable to resize an Arranger section in an inactive track to the left if there are sections to the left in the active Arranger track. Creating an Arranger section with a start time < 0 deletes other sections. Enable MIDI Output check box was missing from Insert Synth Options dialog when opened from the Synth Rack. Renaming a Patch Point fails to update the send name in the track strip of the Track view. Drag move of composite clip in track folders not working. Mouse cursor can change unexpectedly when hovering outside of a modal dialog. When clicking a note name in the Piano Roll Drum Grid to select all notes of that pitch, pressing the DELETE key does not delete the selected notes. Misc.: Export as Standard MIDI file did not respect the current track selection. Only allow refreshing activation state if an app update download isn't already underway. Don't show duplicate toasts when checking for updates. In-app updater: Download manager should prefer the update installer if installed version >= last public release and less than latest public release. 2020.11 Highlights Articulation Maps Articulation maps are a universal way to deal with expressions/articulations in VST instruments or hardware MIDI instruments that may be controlled by various methods including: Note “key switches” The velocity of a note Control change events Grouping of patches across different MIDI channels (e.g. legato strings patch on ch 1, pizzicato patch on ch 2, etc.) If you work with sample libraries and virtual instruments, articulation maps are sure to improve your MIDI and articulation/keyswitch workflow. Recreating a convincing performance with sample libraries and virtual instruments can be a difficult task. The process is made somewhat easier if the sampled instrument includes a range of performance articulations, which is commonly controlled via “keyswitches”. These are used to trigger different sample layers that contain the various performance options. Cakewalk's support for articulation maps make it easy to work with articulations and keyswitches. Articulation maps provide a much simpler way of switching articulations, without having to manually edit MIDI events in the track. All articulations appear neatly at the top of the PRV instead of spread across the Notes pane, which helps you to better visualize and edit the articulations and keyswitches. When recording, you can focus on the actual performance — getting the right notes, rather than building expression into the performance — then use articulations to add expression after the basic performance has been recorded. Adding articulations as part of the editing process is often easier than trying to play keyswitches in live via your keyboard. Articulations do either, or both, of the following: Trigger new MIDI events (create ‘MIDI Events’ in the Articulation Map Editor) Alter existing MIDI events (create ‘MIDI Transforms’ in the Articulation Map Editor) Articulations that are added to MIDI and Instrument tracks are automatically applied during playback. Cakewalk includes a few general-purpose articulation maps that let you experiment with the feature. You can create your own articulation maps, or download maps for orchestra libraries and virtual instruments. Cakewalk can import Cubase expression maps, so you can get started quickly by downloading maps for popular instrument libraries such as Vienna Symphonic Library, Garritan, Kontakt, etc. In-app activation You can now activate Cakewalk directly from within the app, without requiring BandLab Assistant. Cakewalk must be activate once every 6 months. When starting Cakewalk for the first time, if the app has not yet been activated via BandLab assistant, you will be presented with a BandLab sign-in dialog box. After signing in, Cakewalk will automatically activate itself. You must use your BandLab user name in the sign-in prompt, not your email address. Please note that sign-in is completely optional and only used to activate Cakewalk independently from BandLab Assistant. Sign-in currently does not support Single sign-on. If you do not have your BandLab username and password, please use BandLab Assistant to perform activation. Activation will occur automatically when launching the app if it is in the “grace period”, the period that begins when you see the timeout toast notification asking you to sign in to BandLab to activate soon. Under normal circumstances, activation will require no manual user intervention going forward, beyond the initial sign-in. Note that an Internet connection is required for performing activation as described above but not required for general Cakewalk usage. Offline activation is also an option, which requires use of BandLab Assistant to submit an offline activation request. You can force an activation refresh with the Help > Refresh Activation command. ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker (pre-release) When converting audio to MIDI by dragging an audio clip to a MIDI track, or performing tempo extraction by dragging an audio clip to the time ruler, you can now select the desired algorithm. Note: The algorithm picker is a pre-release feature and will only be visible if you are running Melodyne 5 and higher. VST instruments can use custom instrument definitions Some VST instruments do not expose their patch list, either because they are emulating a hardware device and solely rely on MIDI bank select/program changes, or in the case of library hosts such as Kontakt, they have no fixed list of instruments - in other words its up to the user to choose their instrument mapping. You can now use any instrument definition with a VSTi from a new drop-down menu in the Patch Browser dialog box (click Patch Browser in the Inspector). If < default for instrument > is selected, then the patches are retrieved from the VSTi as normal, otherwise the patch list is taken from the selected instrument definition. Piano Roll view enhancements Piano Roll view Note drawing now automatically switches direction as necessary during the gesture (left to right or right to left). Open Piano Roll view when double-clicking white space on a MIDI or Instrument track. VST enhancements Updated to VST3 SDK 3.7.0 Support MIDI CCs via VST3 MIDI output (must also be supported by the plug-in itself; allows generative MIDI out VST3 plug-ins such as the Reason Rack plug-in to send MIDI CCs to Cakewalk) Support channel aftertouch sent from VST3 plugins Misc. enhancements Application memory footprint has been reduced (dynamic VST Plug-in Buffer sizes) In prior versions of Cakewalk, cached plug-in buffers would be allocated at a size of 32K samples irrespective of the audio buffer size. This gets quite expensive when you have a project with hundreds of plug-ins especially with plug-ins having multiple inputs and outputs. Plug-in buffer sizes are now dynamically adjusted to be based on the audio buffer size rather than an arbitrary max limit. This makes a big difference in projects running at low latency buffers. Support for mono only ASIO input devices Cakewalk now supports ASIO devices with a single mono input, such as the iRig Pro. Relative resizing of selected tracks You can resize all selected tracks to the same size, or by a relative amount, by using the following modifiers: SHIFT+drag resizes all selected tracks to the same size CTRL+drag resizes all selected tracks by the same amount relative to their current size ARA updates Cakewalk supports the latest ARA SDK from Celemony. Adjust split point on a single Take lane If you have several clips in a track with a common split point, the Move Split Point tool always moves all the split points together. To move only the split point on a single lane, hold down the ALT key when using the Move Split Point tool. CTRL-click Duplicate Track button to specify settings To specify settings when duplicating a track, hold down the CTRL key and click the Duplicate Track button . Allow track FX bin to be bypassed via control surfaces rather than just individual FX In addition to individual effects, entire track FX Racks can now be bypassed via control surfaces. Passing an FX index of -1 (65535) will bypass the entire track FX Rack. The Mackie Control surface has been updated to use M1+Select button to toggle track FX Rack bypass. Update installer has option to launch Cakewalk When installing an update from within Cakewalk, you can now choose to automatically relaunch Cakewalk after the installation completes. New Project File dialog improvements The New Project File dialog box (File > New) now lets you specify folder paths, tempo, meter, bit depth, and sample rate settings for the -- No Tracks or Buses -- option (previously named -- Blank Project --). File Stats improvements When starting a new project from a project template, the File Stats window in the Notes Browser now start the Editing Time and Revision counters at 0. To reset the file stats, right-click in the File Stats window and select Reset File Stats. Early Access Notifications Cakewalk now presents a toast notification when an Early Access build is available. Early Access builds are completely optional, providing access to the next version of Cakewalk before its official release. Optimizations Clips pane drawing and scrolling optimizations Major optimizations to clips view drawing to eliminate redundant drawing of clips. Projects with tracks containing many Take lanes with muted clips now draw and scroll more than 20x faster. Scrolling with Display Muted Takes In Parent Track enabled now has almost similar performance to having that option disabled. Waveform drawing is now optimized for faster drawing. Note: The Display Muted Takes In Parent Track option now defaults to OFF for new installations. Bus pane optimizations Drawing and mouse handling in the Bus pane has been optimized to prevent audio glitches and late buffers Bug fixes Stability Crash on insert of Track Template Crash on Delete Hole of project Crash closing project after loading track template containing VST3 synth Crash when loading project with Melodyne via Play List Crash when deleting Vienna Synchron User reported crash when looping audio clip User Reported Crash with the Play List Random crashes with dead pointers when step recording Crash when displaying dropout toast message Intermittent crashes in Arranger Track nullptr crash in Staff view Adding ProChannel Track Compressor on surround bus crashes UI CTRL-click Duplicate Track button should bring up Duplicate Track(s) dialog Hidden Clips can be edited in Track view Mute Tool operates on hidden clips in Track Select Tool selecting invisible muted clips when Display Muted Clips In Parent Track is unchecked Scrolling view left while dragging note causes PRV to fail to Snap By Center on Now Time with Keyboard Zoom only works if Mouse Zoom is set to Now Time Sluggish Scrolling in project Enable/Disable Read Automation shortcut not working Replace Synth can fail to rename track Unexpected changes to track input when using MIDI transformation synths Hiding icons in Synth Rack causes alignment error Enabling MIDI Out on some synths causes all synths to appear in MIDI Input picker Track view would steal focus back after clicking on an Arranger section Disallow Step Record during playback Add performance warning when disabling Only for Inputs in Project option in Preferences > Project - Record Arranger Section Rename can unexpectedly run into Browser F2 Rename on Section Headers does not always work Section Rename could occasionally hang the application Section menus would occasionally not dismiss resulting in multiple menus being displayed Setting now time in arranger during playback doesn't respect the Set Time During Playback click behavior Clicking away from Rename of section causes Windows "ping" Arranger not automatically fixing overlapping sections in some circumstances ALT+mouse wheel zoom unavailable in Arranger track Arranger picker fails to open after clicking away from menu Arranger menu commands could sometimes fail to execute Arranger section move should include data during playback Arranger section move is now blocked during record Arranger labels now support Unicode characters Misc. Moving mouse over Bus pane causes audio glitches and late buffers ARA projects redundantly saving document controller state for deleted items in undo history Projects created using Cyrillic characters in the audio file names, fail to load on a system using a different language pack Cannot enter the "ö" character using a non-English keyboard layout in Lyrics view Ripple Paste not always working after cut Clip fails to split during existing fade if Auto Crossfades is enabled Slow Cakewalk startup time when using MackieControl.dll Export Audio doesn't work when exporting from a surround bus Improve handling for "Blank Project" in File > New Step Record can glitch with instruments that have long tails when Auto Advance is enabled Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record causes wave file creation when adding certain VST3 plug-ins Temporary files for Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record can be created in wrong folder Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record causes Instrument track audio to fail to record Setting multiple tracks to the same input can cause record to fail if Allow Arm Changes during Playback/Record is enabled When Automation lanes are visible in the Bus pane, the drop target for reordering gets interfered with causing misplacement BandLab Login can appear on incorrect monitor Latest release notes are here. See prior release notes. Check out all new features released to date.
  32. 16 points
    Studio One 5.4 introduces a statistics tool in the plugin manager. This will tell you how frequently you use your plugins. It will tell you those you have never used. 😲 I deem this against the ethos of the deals forum.
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    [UPDATE 17-May-2021: Cakewalk 2021.04 Update 1 (build 27.04.0.175) now available] We're pleased to announce the 2021.04 release! This release integrates BandLab library access directly within Cakewalk, introduces a new Tempo track and Tempo Inspector, PC2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier ProChannel module, automation enhancements, Arranger enhancements, lots of other enhancements and optimizations, and over 80 bug fixes, all in keeping with our goal of making Cakewalk as reliable and enjoyable as possible. Please note that in order to automatically keep your activation status up to date, Cakewalk will renew your activation status whenever a new version of the application is installed and run for the first time, and when you sign in to BandLab from within Cakewalk. If you have never signed in to BandLab from within Cakewalk, you will be prompted once to sign in. Thanks, The Bakers For new feature details, see New Features. Should you need to revert to the 2021.01 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.01 Rollback installer. Update May 17 2021: 2021.04 Update 1 (build 27.04.0.175) Automatic activation refresh Cakewalk will now auto check and renew your activation status whenever a new version of the application is installed and run for the first time. It will also do this when you sign in to BandLab from within Cakewalk. You will see a "Cakewalk activation has been refreshed" message on starting the application for the first time. If you were not signed in to BandLab, you will be prompted to sign in, after which it will auto renew the activation status. Note that you must have an active internet connection for the automatic renewal process to work. As long as you stay logged in to BandLab within Cakewalk, and use Cakewalk occasionally, it will automatically stay activated with no further user intervention required. Improved error detection Using a DAW with many plug-ins can sometimes result in stability issues and crashes. It can be a difficult to troubleshoot issues like this. To assist, we have made several improvements to our error handling. Enhanced error detection is now integrated into the DAW. This feature is opt-in for now and may be enabled by adding the ExceptionHandlingSeverity value to the Cakewalk.ini initialization file. We appreciate users helping make Cakewalk better by reporting crashes to us as well as plug-in vendors when necessary. To control the error detection sensitivity, you can now add a new ExceptionHandlingSeverity value in Preferences > File - Initialization File. Valid values for this setting are: 1 - Unhandled errors are caught (default) 3 - All access violations are detected and unhandled exceptions are caught 5 - Unhandled errors and heap corruption is detected 7 - Unhandled errors, all access violations and heap corruption errors are caught (this is the strictest error detection mode) The error detection dialog has been redesigned and now has links to the crash dump file as well as a link to log an error report with Cakewalk directly. In addition to the crash dump file, a text log of relevant data specific to the session is also listed. Please include the log file as well as the dump file when submitting errors. The error detection dialog has a direct link to log an issue with customer service. We encourage you to report issues and include relevant information about the crash including the log and dump file. When applicable, the crash dialog allows you the option of continuing after a crash. Please note that the behavior after resuming is not guaranteed and is provided as a last resort to access project information when a crash occurs. It should only be used in cases where the crash is known to be continuable. If you have enabled ExceptionHandlingSeverity, to go back to the default value you can delete this variable. To troubleshoot problems that may arise when using plugins we recommend users set this value to 7 which provides the highest error detection capabilities. Bug fixes Recording: Recorded audio clips placed late on timeline by the ASIO record latency. Punch recording writes wave file data past the end of the punch region. Punch Recorded clips punched out too early in projects containing containing synths. Punch in recording occurs late with Aux or synth tracks. Last take punches out too early when loop and punch out regions coincide. Various improvements to punch and loop recording. BandLab integration: Instrument tracks upload to BandLab as separate audio and MIDI tracks when frozen. Track Mute state does not persist when uploading to BandLab. Revision description not setting project notes when downloading a revision. Browse BandLab Projects dialog does not display Unicode double byte characters. Tempo track: Process > Fit to Time supports Tempo track when Tempo Map is selected under Modify by Changing. Tempo track tempo not being set by New Project dialog. Tempo nodes are selected when selecting an Arranger section, even if Arranger Exclude is enabled on the Tempo track. Loading pre Tempo track projects by default will not attempt to create envelope shapes from the tempo map. Tempo node delete can delete selected clips. Deleting Arranger section clears the tempo envelope. Tempo nodes being added past the end of the project when loading older projects. Offset Tempo Map doesn't respect time selection. Default envelope shape for tempo track should be Jump (when using Clear All). Delete Hole and Ripple Edit don't work with Tempo track. Arranger Tracks: Deleting multiple Arranger sections doesn't work after changing section colors. Unexpected behavior with overlap threshold when not using Split MIDI Notes / Non-Destructive MIDI Editing. Articulation Maps: Articulation selected unexpectedly in some cases. Selecting a clip with articulations should partially select articulations outside the clip extents. Unexpected behavior using CTRL + right button drag articulation selection. Cut & paste articulation can cause overlapped articulations. UI: Misc. menu issues on multi-monitor systems when the monitors have significantly different resolution/scale settings: Menus not appearing. Menus appearing on the wrong monitor. Incorrectly sized menus Track view no longer visible in Keyboard Shortcut category dropdown. Piano Roll view Aim Assist line slightly off when left is scrolled beyond zero. Staff view not updating after nudging nodes. Misc.: Preferences > File - Initialization File saves a blank Cakewalk.ini entry which prevents adding new options. Note: Custom user themes saved in the public release of 2021.04 or Update 1 Early Access should be updated and resaved in Theme Editor after installing 2021.04 Update 1. Specifically, the following items should be updated: Meter/Key view: Insert Delete Properties 2021.04 Highlights Integrated BandLab library access The 2021.04 release introduces a major update to BandLab integration, with support for downloads and uploads and tracking revision state directly from within Cakewalk. Subsequent uploads to BandLab of a modified project are automatically tracked as revisions to the parent project. There is also support for importing clips and MIDI tracks from BandLab projects. The brand new Library view (File > Browse BandLab Projects) now allows you to navigate your projects on BandLab and set revision and song properties directly from within Cakewalk . Here are some of the benefits of BandLab library integration in Cakewalk: Easily publish Cakewalk projects, stems and mixes to your BandLab library Quickly open BandLab projects in Cakewalk Collaborate easily by sharing audio tracks via the BandLab cloud Bring projects started on mobile into Cakewalk for VST effects and advanced editing Fly in vocals or other parts for a Cakewalk project from iOS and Android Curate your music as playlists that you can play anywhere from your mobile device To publish the current project to your BandLab library, select File > Publish to BandLab or choose Export | BandLab from the export module on the toolbar. When publishing to BandLab, a project may be uploaded as a new project, or as a revision to an existing BandLab project. BandLab projects always point to the latest revision. Use the Upload Settings to pick the combination of project assets you wish to upload to the BandLab project. Tracks and buses are mixed down prior to uploading to BandLab. To open a BandLab project, select File > Browse BandLab Projects. You may open as a new Cakewalk project or import into an existing project. Note that revisions are only tracked if you open as a new Cakewalk project. Use the Download Settings options to select the types of assets from the BandLab project you wish to download and open. IMPORTANT: Cakewalk is no longer compatible with projects downloaded via BandLab Assistant. As of version 2021.04, BandLab Assistant should no longer be used for project integration. If you have multiple BandLab user accounts and would like to sign in as a different user, select Help > Sign Out from BandLab, then select Help > Sign In to BandLab to sign in with a different account. Tempo track The new envelope based Tempo track replaces the Tempo view and provides an overview of the project tempo. In the Tempo track, tempo changes are represented by envelope shapes. You edit the project’s tempo map the same way you edit automation envelopes. If a project has a single fixed tempo, the Tempo track shows a straight horizontal line. You create tempo changes by adding envelope nodes and editing their values. You can expand the Tempo track to give yourself more room to work, and adjust the range of values for the Tempo track. To show the Tempo track, do one of the following: Click the Track view View menu and select Tempo Track Show/Hide Select Views > Tempo or press ALT+SHIFT+5 (this also opens the Tempo Inspector) The Tempo track automatically zooms vertically to fit the tempo range each time the tempo envelope is modified. To zoom vertically, drag up/down in the tempo scale with the left mouse button To scroll vertically, drag in the tempo scale with the right mouse button To auto-zoom to fit the envelope, double-click the tempo scale The new Project > Offset Tempo Map command lets you speed up or slow down the entire tempo map. For additional options, right-click the Tempo track. Tip: There is a new workspace named Tempo that has a layout suitable for tempo editing. Note: Your old custom workspaces have no knowledge of the new Tempo track, so you must resave the workspaces if you want to store the state of the Tempo track. Tempo Inspector The Tempo Inspector shows a list of all tempo changes defined in the project’s tempo map, and allows you to edit each tempo change BPM, time position, and curve type. To show/hide the Tempo Inspector, click the Show/Hide Tempo Inspector button at the top of the Inspector pane. To show both the Tempo Inspector and Tempo track, select Views > Tempo or press ALT+SHIFT+5. PC2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier ProChannel module PC2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier is meticulously modeled after a legendary vintage electro-optical tube compressor. This compressor, known for its automatic gain control characteristics, delivers vintage sound with incredibly warm and rich compression. It is revered by audio engineers worldwide for its trademark sound, and has been used on countless hit records since the late 1960s. It is one of the true classics in the audio recording industry. Enhancements Loop current arrangement You can now loop the current arrangement indefinitely by enabling the Loop Enable/Disable button in the Arranger Inspector. Plug-in menu improvements Plug-in menus have been greatly enhanced to make it easier and faster to find and select plug-ins: Plug-in menus show color coded plug-in types (DX/VST2/VST3/32 bit) Large plug-in menus can now show over 1,000 plug-ins Multiple columns appear when applicable Clearer fonts Supports mouse wheel scrolling Supports keyboard navigation: HOME / END PAGE UP / PAGE DOWN Press any alpha-numeric key to go to the first plug-in beginning with that character; press the same character again to go to the next plug-in, etc. Improved automation envelope UI The appearance of automation envelopes has been updated: Automation envelopes are slightly thinner Nodes are smaller and no longer have a gradient Selected nodes are larger and outlined Ghosted envelopes no longer show nodes Show values on automation envelopes You can now optionally show values on envelopes. To show/hide values on automation envelopes, click the Track view View menu and select Display > Show Values on Envelopes. Track Manager preset support The Track Manager dialog box now has support for per-project presets. This is useful if you have a large project and you want to hide all other tracks apart from a certain group of tracks. For example, on a rock project you could have a "Drums only" or "Guitars" preset; on an orchestral project, you may wish to have a "Strings Section" preset that hides all tracks apart from your strings tracks. Note: Tracks within the Tracks Manager presets are "opted-out" - i.e. it remembers which tracks you want to hide, rather than which tracks you want to show (to avoid not being able to see newly created tracks). To open the Track Manager, click the Track view Tracks menu and select Track Manager or press the H key. Convert MIDI continuous controller (CC) events to/from automation envelopes You can convert back and forth between MIDI continuous controller (CC) events and automation envelopes. The existing Track view Clips > Convert MIDI Controllers To Envelopes command lets you convert all CC events on all selected tracks to automation envelopes. You now also have finer control with the ability to convert an individual CC type on a Piano Roll controller lane. You can also convert MIDI automation envelopes back to CC events. You can also choose to convert only a selected part of your CC events / automation envelope and back again. Converting MIDI controllers to envelopes: In the Piano Roll view Controller pane, click the name/label of the CC type that you want to convert to an envelope. Right-click the highlighted CC name/label and select Convert MIDI to Envelopes. Cakewalk converts the Piano Roll view controller data to a Track view envelope that controls the same parameter. Converting envelopes to MIDI controllers: This can be useful, for example, if you want to use the Transform tool in the Piano Roll view Controller pane. In the Clips pane, show the envelope that you want to convert to MIDI controller events. Select the time range that contain the controller data you want to convert, or clear the selection if you want to convert the entire envelope. Right-click envelope and select Convert to MIDI Events. Conversion uses the current Snap to Grid setting as a resolution for discrete CC events: If Snap is off, the resolution is the last selected snap setting If Snap is not set to a musical value (e.g. samples), the resolution is 1/32nd note Waveform outlines You can now optionally show waveform outlines in the Clips pane. To show/hide waveform outlines, click the Track view View menu and select Display > Show Waveform Outlines. Known issue: Waveform outline may not display correctly wherever there are tempo changes or clip mute regions, resulting in incomplete waveform outlines and/or vertical lines. The number of tempo changes, muted clip regions, zoom level and vertical waveform size all affect the severity of the issue. This will be fixed before the final release. UI theme compatibility checker IMPORTANT: The Inspector header has a new Show/Hide Tempo Inspector button . In addition to the new button, the other header buttons have been resized. Custom user themes must be updated in order to show the header buttons properly. When you select a theme in Edit > Preferences > Customization - Themes, or launch Cakewalk with an old custom user theme active, Cakewalk checks to make sure the custom theme is compatible with the current version of Cakewalk. A user theme is considered incompatible if Cakewalk contains new or resized UI elements that have not been updated in the theme. If the selected theme needs to be updated, Cakewalk will show a Custom Theme Incompatibility warning, and ask if you want to continue to use the theme: If you click Yes, some UI elements might be corrupted until the theme is updated and resaved in Theme Editor. If you click No, Cakewalk will revert to the factory Mercury theme. Improved plug-in exception handling / crash reporting NOTE: Plug-in crashes should always be first reported to the manufacturer's support channels to allow them to diagnose these issues. There are several improvements to error reporting to help diagnose plug-in or application crashes: Cakewalk now distinguishes between plug-in and application crashes and will list the plug-in name where available in the crash dialog. For easier reporting , the crash dump file when generated is now displayed as a hyperlink allowing you to click to open the location of the file. The application also intercepts and reports errors that would previously result in the application silently shutting down. You will now get a dump file where possible and the ability to save your current work in these scenarios. For more information about crash reporting, click here. Behavior changes Disable Arranger Preview if project does not support it To reinforce that Arranger Preview is not supported in projects that contain video, ReWire synths, and active Region FX, Arranger Preview is now disabled in such projects. Optimizations High resolution plug-in automation improvements Plug-in automation envelopes were previously being decimated at a uniform 50 msec interval. The automation rendering process has been redesigned to render at a much higher resolution of (default = 5 msec) and also make automation sample accurate (for VST3). For VST2 (or VST3 plug-ins that do not support sample accurate automation) the rendering will be buffer accurate. These improvements allows for much tighter sync when automating plug-in parameters synced to rhythm even at higher latencies. The higher resolution rendering also makes automating filter sweeps audibly smoother and without aliasing artifacts. The decimation interval can be changed via the audio configuration property AutomationDecimationMsec (2-30) in preferences. Accurate automation writing via MIDI remote control Writing automation for plug-in parameters automated via MIDI remote control is more accurate and curves should be smoothly represented. Windows 10 high DPI rendering option (experimental feature) Note: This feature is experimental, so please report back if you notice any improvements or problems when using it. This feature will only benefit users with high DPI displays such as 4K monitors, and may not be noticeable unless your Windows display scaling setting is > 100%. Cakewalk 2021.04 introduces a new experimental Cakewalk.ini variable that enables improved high DPI rendering on Windows 10 build 1809 (October 2018) and above. When enabled, the rendering quality of text and other GDI-based primitives automatically improve when the window is displayed on a high-DPI monitor. All Cakewalk UI is potentially affected, including menus and dialogs, but plug-in windows are created without high DPI rendering improvements to avoid UI issues. To enable Windows 10 DPI awareness, add the following variable in Cakewalk.ini (Edit > Preferences > File - Initialization File). EnableWin10DPIAwareness=1 To disable again, set the variable to EnableWin10DPIAwareness=0. Bug fixes Stability Crash loading custom plug-in layouts Multichannel WAV files from Behringer X32 mixer crash on import to 24 bit Crash on close of attached project Crash when adding some plug-ins from track template Crash when writing plug-in automation on top of existing automation User reported crash with AmpleSound Cloudrum Crash drag exporting MIDI to browser Dragging a MIDI clip to Kontakt causes crash Crash after moving Arranger Section AmpleSound VST3 plug-ins crash when trying to play attached MIDI file Crash swapping Sections in attached project Null Pointer Crash splitting Section UI FX Chain assigned controls not working after project reopen Aim Assist is not visible when moving the mouse in the Piano Roll time ruler Drag move of Step Sequencer clip crops unexpectedly Clip outlines in the Piano Roll are practically invisible in the Tungsten theme Dimmed envelopes difficult to see in Tungsten Hide Muted Clips in Piano Roll does not hide MIDI CCs Ripple Edit turns off unexpectedly after bouncing clip SHIFT-drag of split point causes other clips to crop unexpectedly Drawing error when changing sample rate Velocity of muted and hidden clips can be edited within Piano Roll Unexpected behavior when adding notes in Piano Roll when muted clips are hidden Scrollbar in Piano Roll track list no longer working Drag drop move MIDI selection doesn't shrink the destination clip to the events extent Reassign Control menu does not use Choose Parameter Choose parameters dialog does not show for effects on instrument tracks Context Menu for Select Module causes module to disappear Drag and Drop of MIDI file creates unexpected extra MIDI clip MIDI Ports from synths should not be exposed to their own inputs Regression: Unable to move punch point ends on timeline Cut/Copy/Paste does not work with envelopes when nodes are lasso selected Changing the Track's output MIDI channel does not update Arpeggiator UI Keyboard Shortcut for Record Arm does not work for Synth Audio Output tracks Quick Group engage of Console Emulator fails to load modules as expected Clip gain waveform preview incorrect when tempo changes are involved Unable to use UP/DOWN keys to move to audio tracks after opening/closing a plug-in window Automation Latch Write Automation becomes stuck when quick grouping Quick-group latch automation results in overwrite automation faders until saving and re-opening the project Envelope related time selection issues SHIFT+drag multiple envelope nodes not respecting horizontal lock Node not pasted when copying multiple nodes including Jump shapes ESC to cancel drag multiple envelope nodes clears the node selection Plug-ins Insert effect not working for audio clips Systems with high plug-in counts can fail to show all plug-ins 2021.01 Update exposes internal Style Dial parameters VST plug-in automation rendering is not accurate Cakewalk incorrectly reporting sample rate to VST2 plug-in after project sample rate is changed Dragging an effect from one track to another goes to the wrong index Nomad Factory FX included with SONAR Platinum do not show as assignable parameters in FX Chains When Custom Layout does not contain plug-in, MRU fails to load Plug-in Menu MRU shows duplicate entries when plug-ins are loaded from different places Cakewalk loses keystrokes when plug-in hosted by Waves StudioRack has focus Plug-in automation written via MIDI control not writing as expected Arranger Arranger section without data copy operations fail. Arranger inspector: Prevent moving a section against itself Arrangement playback timer does not match project playback timer Show/Hide Arranger should show shortcut in Track View View menu Copy of Arranger section not working as expected in some projects Deleting section with Overlap Threshold enabled deletes markers unexpectedly Articulation Maps Articulation Chase Notes/CC does not respect order of events within the articulation Error changing articulation event to keyaft event in event list Modifying Section Length changes project Time Signature Unexpectedly Move section with overwrite & leading notes sometimes fails to move the correct part of the clip Misc. Changing tempo during playback causes synth audio to cut out Convert MIDI to Envelopes not working for multiple lanes with different channels Punch in recording occurs late with Aux or synth tracks Quantize can quantize MIDI behind frozen instrument tracks Save / Save As .mid file should ignore selection - only Export should use selection Save As MIDI using selection after doing Export as MIDI with selection Incorrect folder behavior when inserting a synth Add Track for Split Instrument Tracks does not respect track count Bounce to Clip(s) not always deleting original clips after bounce Changing Preview Bus in Browser is not respected by files played previously Bounce to clip(s) not working with Arpeggiator if MIDI event channel doesn't match Arpeggiator MIDI Channel Track templates cause project image in Browser to disappear unexpectedly Regression: Adding synth tracks when current track is in a folder causes tracks to be incorrectly created Sign-in view fails on Windows 7 Latest release notes are here. See prior release notes. Check out all new features released to date.
  35. 16 points
    Ok...found out some information. He's alive, but in the hospital and not well. But I was told that he will contact us when he gets out of the Hospital... So that's good news!
  36. 16 points
    [Updated to build 93] This hotfix addresses a few problems users have reported since 2021.01 was released and also includes some new fixes and optimizations. The following issues are addressed: Projects containing certain plug-ins fail to open in 2021.01 release. We received reports that some SoundToys plugins cause projects to fail to load Crash inserting Kuasa plugin Deleting an articulation occasionally splits it into two smaller but invisible articulations Show/Hide Articulation Pane in PRV does nothing if there are no articulations on the track Ripple All not working when deleting from Arranger Inspector Adding a new articulation event should default to velocity 100 Fixed bitmap memory leak in when editing using audio snap that could cause blank screen VST3 Host Bypass does not work with plugins that report it as non-automatable Automation write not working with certain VST2 plugins until envelope was created Freezing a synth could cause synth automation on all tracks to get orphaned MMCSS now assigns all threads to the same MMCSS task groups for better efficiency. MMCSS thread limit has been increased to 128 to handle high number of cores. [Requires reboot after install to take effect] Increased contrast of PRV clip outlines so they are visible regardless of current theme. Arranger: Fix for trailing notes being incorrectly picked up by a section. Ripple All not working when deleting from Arranger Inspector - additional fix for handling del key in the inspector. Ripple Edit delete Section with overlapping notes at the end not working Skip non automatable parameters in choose parameter dialog Updated CWAF tool latest known version number string to "27.13.0.xxx". Ripple edit delete using section overlaps crops the clip at the end of the left sections MMCSS threads not properly unregistered on engine termination MMCSS threads could exceed quota with repeated changes to preferences CbB no longer attempts to set ASIO thread priority when MMCSS is not enabled Plugin Load balancing threads were not being released Remove unexpected dropout message when creating or loading new projects Unexpected sample rate conversion message when bouncing audio Add Instrument Track not putting audio track in folder / unable to remove from folder Thanks for your support testing this hotfix. In particular, please test ASIO with MMCSS enabled (and disabled) since there are some specific optimizations to the audio engine in this area that should make it more efficient. You will need to reboot your PC after installing this update to test this properly. If you are still seeing any issues after installing this hotfix please report them in the main 2021.01 feedback thread to keep reports centralized. Please note that this is an early access release - we should officially release this sometime next week after collecting more feedback. Download the 2021.01 hotfix (build 93) Should you need to revert to the 2020.11 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2020.11 Rollback installer. To install, download and run the hotfix installer. Note: If you are running Waves plugins, you may need to reboot your PC prior to running the installer if you receive an error that sndfile.dll is locked.
  37. 16 points
    We're pleased to announce Early Access for 2021.01! This release introduces Arranger enhancements, SSO (Single Sign-On) for activation, import and export improvements, optimizations, and over 40 bug fixes. We'd love for you to check it out before we drop the official public version. Please note that Early Access installers are update installers, which only update from a specific version. To install the 2021.01 Early Access build, you must be on the latest public release of 2020.11. The 2021.01 Early Access build can be downloaded and installed from within Cakewalk by going to Help > Check for Updates, then clicking the Download Now link in the "Early Access Available" toast notification. Download Cakewalk 2021.01 EA installer Should you need to revert to the 2020.11 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2020.11 Rollback installer. If you haven't already done so, please read about the Early Access Program before participating. Please keep responses specific to problems or comments on this release. Unrelated bugs or feature requests should be posted in other threads or the feature request channel. Thanks again for your participation! The Bakers 2021.01 Highlights New features Arranger section inclusion of outlying MIDI notes When dragging sections or committing arrangements, Cakewalk has logic for dealing with leading/trailing MIDI notes that overlap section boundaries. In the following example, section 2 is selected. The underlying MIDI clip contains note events that start slightly before section 2 and end slightly after section 2. By default, selecting section 2 will ignore the portions of overlapping note events that fall outside the section boundaries. Cakewalk now lets you optionally include the full duration of overlapping note events. Notes that overlap section boundaries: Leading/trailing notes are often created in the following scenarios: The recorded performance is unquantized and notes appear slightly earlier than the section start. When using a sound with a slow attack, and the notes have to be played early to make up for the attack time. Leading notes as part of a lead-in phrase, or droned notes that overlap with the section boundaries. You can specify the threshold that determines which overlapping note events are included when moving sections. To do so, click the Track view MIDI menu and point to Arranger Section Event Overlap Threshold, then select one of the following options: Off. Ignore overlapping notes. Note value (Whole – 1/256 Triplet). Only include notes that overhang by a duration equal to or less than the selected value. Any Overlap. Include overlapping notes of any duration. When overlapping notes fall within the threshold set, those notes are included in the section move/copy and the clip start/end is automatically resized (slip-edited) to accommodate the notes. The moved notes are also removed from the neighboring sections. This requires Non-destructive Editing to be enabled, and works best with Split MIDI Note enabled. The Arranger Section Event Overlap Threshold setting affects all arranger drag operations, delete, commit arrangement, and Duplicate from the section context menu. Absolute time in Arranger tracks The time base format for each Arranger track can be set to either Musical or Absolute. The time base format determines what happens to sections when you change the project tempo. To toggle between musical and absolute time, click the icon to the left of the Arranger track name in the Track view: Musical . A section’s M:B:T position stays constant, and its absolute position shifts. Absolute . A section’s absolute position stays constant, and its M:B:T position shifts. Absolute time is useful for scoring to film/video. The Arranger track tooltip shows time as H:M:S:F and samples. When committing an arrangement, the following rules apply: If all the sections came from absolute time Arranger tracks, the committed arrangement track will be absolute. If the sections came from musical Arranger tracks (or a mixture of musical/absolute), the committed arrangement track will be musical. SSO (Single Sign-On) for Cakewalk activation Cakewalk supports SSO (Single Sign-On) for activation, which allows you to log in via any service supported by BandLab as your sign-in authority. Google, Facebook, Apple ID, mobile phone and BandLab user/password credentials are currently supported. SSO is only used for Cakewalk activation, and under normal circumstances you will only need to sign in once. Cakewalk will attempt to refresh your activation status silently and automatically on occasion during start up. Use the SSO login as you have done with your BandLab account in the past. Note that BandLab Assistant is still required for requesting offline activation of Cakewalk on computers that don’t have an Internet connection. Enhancements Cancel VST scan You can now cancel an in-progress VST scan with the new Cancel Scan button in Edit > Preferences > File - VST Settings or via the Cancel option in the VST Scan toast notification. The next scan operation will resume where the canceled scan left off, starting with the plug-in it was last scanning. If the last scanned plug-in was a shell plug-in (such as Waves WaveShell), the scan will resume from he first plug-in in the shell). Auto termination of VST scan Shutting down Cakewalk will now automatically terminate any scan in progress. This allows in-app updates to work properly even if a scan was in progress when the app was shut down to perform a new install. Zoom to Fit Project Horizontally shortcut The new Zoom to Fit Project Horizontally key binding zooms to fit the entire project in the Clips pane, without affecting the height of tracks. The default keyboard shortcut is CTRL+ALT+F. Improved selection with Arranger sections If there are gaps between a range of selected sections, the unselected clips remain unselected. You can now unselect fully selected clips from a selection and they will not be moved with the section. Cutting Arranger section deletes hole Cutting an Arranger section with Ripple Edit enabled now deletes the hole to make it consistent with the Delete command. Clicking on an articulation section now triggers keyswitch events Clicking on an articulation (without modifiers), or changing an articulation’s type or MIDI channel now sends any triggered MIDI events associated with the articulation. Control Bar Select module changes Four new buttons have been added to the Control Bar’s Select module in Large mode: Select Track Envelopes with Clips . When enabled, selecting a clip will also select any overlapping track envelopes. Select Track Articulations with Clips . When enabled, selecting a clip will also select any overlapping track articulations. Select Events with Sections . Enable/disable automatic selection of track events when selecting Arranger sections. By default, clicking an Arranger section also selects underlying track events. Clicking again de-selects track events, while retaining selection of the section. Select Sections with Time Ruler . When enabled, making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections. Right-click or keep the mouse button pressed for a brief moment specify if sections should be selected in all Arranger tracks, or only the active Arranger track: Select Sections with Time Ruler (Active Arranger Track). Making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections in the active Arranger track. Select Sections with Time Ruler (All Arranger Tracks). Making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections in all Arranger tracks. The four buttons are linked to the corresponding menu items within the Track view Options menu, and work in exactly the same way. The previous Large mode for the Select module is now the Medium mode. Moving clips between lanes on the same track obeys Auto Crossfade setting Moving clips between Takes lanes on the same track now obeys the Auto Crossfade setting. Insert Instrument track behavior When selected from the track context menu, the Insert Instrument command now inserts the instrument before the current track rather than after the last track. The Add Track button and Insert > Soft Synth command will continue to append after the last track. Similarly, the Append Instrument Track command in the track context menu will append the new per-output instrument track directly below the current track. Selecting Append Instrument Track from the Synth Rack context menu will continue to append after the last track. Phase/Interleave buttons on Instrument tracks Phase and Interleave buttons are now available in the Track view and Inspector for Instrument tracks. Tip: You can show and hide controls in track and bus strips in the Track view, and even create presets for your favorite control layouts. To show or hide the Phase and Mono/Stereo Interleave buttons in the Track view, open the Track Control Manager and specify the visibility of the Interleave/Phase group. Option to only use external MIDI inputs MIDI track’s that have their Input control assigned to All Inputs receive MIDI data from both external (i.e. hardware) inputs and any soft synth outputs from other tracks. When inserting a soft synth, Cakewalk defaults to enabling MIDI output if it is supported by the synth. As a result, MIDI output from Instrument tracks may be inadvertently played/recorded on all other MIDI tracks if the tracks are armed for recording or have MIDI Input Echo enabled. To address this, MIDI tracks now have a new All External Inputs input option, which only appears when at least one soft synth with a MIDI output is present in the project. All External Inputs means any MIDI input that isn’t an output from a soft synth, such as hardware MIDI ports and virtual controllers. In earlier versions, switching the active MIDI track would normally select All Inputs. This behavior has changed to: If the track previously included soft synth outputs in its inputs, then it will show as All Inputs. If the track previously only had hardware inputs, then it will show as All External Inputs. Export to Standard MIDI File respects selection Export to Standard MIDI File (File > Export > Standard MIDI File) now respects the selection. If there is no selection, the whole project is exported. Updated LAME MP3 encoder The integrated LAME MP3 encoder has been updated to version 3.100. This includes bug fixes and stability improvements to MP3 encoding and also speeds up the encoding process. Additionally, Cakewalk has been updated to now handle discarding padding samples when importing MP3 files. i.e imported MP files will not contain extra data at the beginning of the file. Updated libsndfile encoders The libsndfile library used for import and export of various audio formats has been updated to version 1.0.30. This fixes numerous issues with handling BWF, Wave64, AIFF, FLAC and Ogg files. Optimizations Dynamic plug-in parameter optimizations Cakewalk 2021.01 introduces improvements in responsiveness and memory footprint when loading and editing projects with lots of tracks and high parameter count plug-ins. In previous versions of Cakewalk, plug-in automation parameters for all listed plug-ins were always created up front. This could result in a significant performance and memory hit when using plug-ins that expose hundreds or thousands of parameters, especially in projects that contains many tracks. Internal parameter objects are now created on demand when a parameter is actually used, either by modifying a parameter or by creating an automation envelope for it. A track’s Edit Filter menu no longer lists hundreds of parameters for plug-ins but instead only shows in-use parameters. To select other parameters in the Edit Filter menu, point to the plug-in name and select Choose Parameter to open the Choose Plug-in Parameter dialog box. Improved handling of ProChannel automation Automating the ProChannel Enable parameter would previously only work if the ProChannel UI was visible. ProChannel bypass automation is now UI independent and also buffer accurate. ProChannel bypass will also properly enable/disable with automation during fast bounce and freeze operations. Bug fixes Stability Crash when running onboarding more than once Crash when attempting to load new sample in Drum Replacer Hang on project load while VST scan is running Redo of crop then move of Articulation crashes Automation crash on project close UI Step Sequencer Clips intermittently fail to show notes Step Sequencer Beat Counter fails to repeat on Groove clip repetitions PRV does not display repetitions of Step Sequencer loops Track names show incorrectly in plug-ins after 2020.11 update Transport fails to roll with Realtime Bounce when freezing Cursor moves unexpected after cancel of Kind in Event List After deleting last event in Event List, selection should go to previous event Assignable parameters not created for FX Chains on project load Project Editing Time displays inconsistently in File Stats Arranger Ripple Edit Cut not shifting Arranger sections as expected Section/Arrangement titles missing in 2020.11 Articulation Maps Allow drag move/copy of multiple articulations Mouse cursor gets moved/stuck on articulation events in Event List Scaling PitchWheel events gives incorrect results Automation Cannot bounce or freeze ProChannel Enable automation unless it is done in realtime Selection becomes stuck unexpectedly when selecting envelopes Bus envelopes from multiple buses not copied correctly in duplicate clips/arranger operations Toggling track interleave causes plug-in automation to lose sync ProChannel automation cannot be reassigned to plug-in automation in tracks Automation read/write not being acknowledged for newly created FX parameters Copying and pasting FX automation envelopes create orphaned envelopes until parameters pre-created FX Chain Input/Output Gain envelopes controlling incorrect parameter in FX Chain UI Synth Rack automation not shown when changing synth parameters Misc. Allow adding of additional per-output instrument tracks via Synth Rack context menu Add Track inconsistent Insert Track behavior Projects with multiple instances of plug-ins with high parameter counts become very sluggish trying to close/remove instances UseGlobalSnapForStaffView variable stops working after opening older project Imported .wav file has clicks from time stretch Drum Maps are saved unexpectedly with Track Templates VST Scan does not close with the app Control Surface Refresh value does not change as expected below 25ms
  38. 16 points
    I've spent the better part of a month creating Cubase track icons for various things. I figured I would give them away to anyone who wishes to have them. I've included VSTs from Air, Arturia, Native Instruments, Reaktor Ensembles, Steinberg, KV 331, Izotope, U-He, UVI, etc. I also created icons for every Kontakt Library in Komplete Ultimate, as well as third party libraries from 8Dio, Cinematic Studio, East West, Ethera, Orange Tree Samples, Sample Logic, XLN, etc. They are free to anyone who wants them, and can be downloaded here: Link
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    I wish you all a peaceful, creative, and healthy holiday. All the best from Norway.
  41. 15 points
    Usable on any plugin other than one you would actually want....
  42. 15 points
    Mission impossible.
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    Check You Plugin Collective Account https://focusrite.com/en
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    Merry merry, merry ones. All the merrier we will be next year. Yowza.
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    Merry Christmas from the beautiful city of York. Thanks so much for all the help and (especially Larry!) the deals!
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    Nice thought - best wishes to you all from Sunny Spain 🇪🇸 Here’s to a massive improvement in 2021!
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    Hi folks! Cakewalk now has Articulation Maps, and they are super useful! I explain how in this video WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/owkYPMuhcQo
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    I'm sorry to spam this forum, but I thought it should get to you all as soon as it was up. This forum is the very first thing I talk about. While it usually takes me a few weeks to make a video, I did this all yesterday and today as I wanted to get something up to plug my VI:Control post. The sound isn't that great, but I don't have time to mess with it. The hard part was to print up all that money with Tiger's picture on it. Hope you like this. It's a tribute to all of you as well as King Larry!
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