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  1. If your going to use amp sims then you better buy a better audio interface that is capable of a very low round trip latency. And your computer will also need to be capable of supporting very low buffer settings without drop outs. See the very bottom line on this dialog box- "Total Roundtrip"- that has to be below 6ms for most people to not through your playing off time. One solution is to blend the playback with the direct sound.
  2. Holy cow. How old is that Saffire 6? The download page doesn't even mention which version of windows the driver is for? And maybe the issue is related to the fact it was made for USB 1.1 and not 2.0 https://customer.focusrite.com/en/support/downloads?brand=Focusrite&product_by_range=410&download_type=all Yes a new interface might be a good idea. The Mackie will not have good drivers either. I know, I had that mixer. I had to re-read the entire post as I have lost track of the original issue. You should try my tutorial on getting started and see if that works. It's very basic but I explain step by step how to use a downloaded midi file to make a project. Go to my site found in my signature and look for the Cakewalk tutorials on midi.
  3. I think people get totally confused about latency and where it matters. If you use direct monitoring it doesn't matter what buffer size etc you use. You will hear your input synced perfectly with the output. DO NOT TURN ON INPUT ECHO on new audio tracks your about to record. Use direct monitoring. RTL only matters if you are trying to listen to what you are inputting AFTER it has passed through your system. There will always be latency if you do this. And ya,, with a top notch system and interface you can get that way down to something like 2.5 ms but there will always be latency. Most run of the mill systems ( Computers/ audio interfaces) run at more like 8ms to as high as 30 ms. I have a pretty basic system and my RTL is at best 12ms so that is unusable for monitoring as I overdub. I use direct monitoring and therefore I'm listening at zero latency ( or very close). Now all this above is related to recording audio. Midi is different. Midi latency can be caused once again by the entire system. I find it's important to use a good midi driver that comes with most of the better controllers. I had terrible latency all of sudden a while ago and it turned out the issue was caused by W10 update overwriting my Roland midi driver with a generic midi driver. I re installed the Roland midi driver and the latency was gone. The other times I will experience midi latency is when I have certain effects like the LP multi band active. The latency goes away the minute I bypass all my effects. So I'm in the habit of making sure I by pass all my effects before I try and overdub midi parts with my midi keyboard or my midi drums. As far as I can tell midi latency has little to do with audio settings. There is for sure still some latency which will be caused by the system. I can hear just a bit of echo if I listen to my midi drums brain mixed with a VST drum output. So once again I use direct monitoring when playing drums and only monitor the brain while tracking. On a top notch system it might not be as noticeable but on mine it is. Someday I'll purchase a better interface like RME but for now I get by fine with a Focusrite or my Tascam.
  4. I have been following your other thread and you are asking very good questions and taking the time to learn about the complicated world of DAW recording. Audio interfaces always will have the direct monitoring feature. This is a feature that allows you to monitor your input source directly before it passes through the A/D convertors so therefore the sound is direct analog and has zero latency. This is mixed in your monitors/ headphones with the playback from your computer via the ASIO audio / USB / D/A convertors which your DAW will automatically adjust for latency so that your overdubbed tracks are perfectly in snyc with the already recorded material in your DAW. You can have issues if you have VST effects that use a " look ahead" buffer. It is best to perform all overdubbing ( tracking) with all effects bypassed to eliminate this issue. You can also have issues with latency if you try and overdub tracks while listening the the sound of the output of the DAW instead of the input. The output of any DAW will have some amount of latency depending on the quality of the system. Input of interface A/D convertors add latency The system of your USB and computer add latency Your DAW can add latency and if there is a lot of effects it can grow. Your buffer and sample rate settings can change the amount of latency Then the USB going out and the D/A convertors sending to the monitors can add even more latency. So direct monitoring solves all this and then a good ASIO driver that correctly reports to your DAW what it's latency is so the DAW can correct this is also important.
  5. Good sounding electric Guitar is possibly one of the more elusive sounds to capture and there might just be as many ways to accomplish this as there are brands of guitars and amps. Easiest method by far is to mike up a great sounding guitar/ amp combo using a SM 57 or equivalent. Any audio interface with a mike input set at the proper input gain will record more or less the sound of that amp. Best to wear headphones to play along with the backing tracks so they don't bleed into the new track. This is a very easy recording process that is worth the time it takes to get it to work properly. Electric guitars respond best when interfaced with a proper pre amp gain structure. DI sound typically can sound thin or wet noodle. So feeding a wet noodle tone into a A/D converter is not going to ever sound like feeding it into a hi voltage tube pre amp. Think about it,, Some people like the sound of processed wet noodle guitar, each to their own. Most of us want that tube amp overdrive that only a good amp delivers. There are some excellent guitar pre amps as well but expecting a A/D in the box emulator to sound the same as hardware??? close but no banana.
  6. Mabey a screen shot of my preference settings will help. This is not my main system but just substitute Focusrite for M Audio.
  7. You insert 2 stereo busses. One is for the drums/ percussion the other is any other synths like bass, piano etc. So you pan one bus hard left and to other hard right. It's a simple matter of sending the drums to the left buss and all other instruments to the right. You could even have a bunch of sub busses if you so desire and just by panning each buss create a custom split track wave file. I like this because sometimes we do want a full stereo track and all I need to do is un-pan the busses. These backing tracks also get used as our bed tracks for recording full albums too. In my tutorials I show how to get at the master buss in the buss pane https://sites.google.com/view/cactus-studios/part-1-midi-and-cakewalk To insert a new buss just right click in the buss pane to open the dialog. You can name the buss anything you want. Make sure it's output is going to the Master buss.
  8. See the little button that say's instrument? Try that, If your acoustic guitar has a built in pre amp then you need to lower the gain structure substantially from what a mikes or electric guitars level would be . Your running a pre amp through a pre amp. I'm not sure if the Solo has input meters on the front anymore.. Do the rings around the gain knobs change colour still?
  9. There is possibly 10 ways to do this- this is my way. Use" Insert midi track." just right click in the Track Pane. If the VST is the only one inserted the track will automatically assign the output. If not change it.
  10. This is the reason that I would never choose the TTS-1 for customizing midi tracks into realistic tracks with full processing applied. Much easier to separate midi tracks from the instruments and treat the VST track like any other audio track. Simply open the midi file in Cakewalk which will lay out all your midi tracks from channel 1-16 and assign them to the TTS-1. ( if you have everything unchecked in the midi output options in preferences) Now if it was me!! I'd track by track assign my instruments to better sounding VST's. A lot of them are already included with CbB. And you can then either purchase or dig around for the many free VST's. You can use some of the sounds of the TTS_1 if you cannot find a replacement but here's an example of working with free and cheap. Insert the SI drums with only the " First synth Audio output" checked. Don't check any other boxes. This will create a instrument track for the VST. Now choose a kit you like the sound of. Bonus- you now have a compressor and reverb which are pretty decent. Now simply change the output of the TTS-1 drum track to go to the SI drums instead and you will instantly see what I'm talking about.. . Now for the bass you can try the SI bass and repeat above steps. If you had Dim Pro there is a killer acoustic bass in there which might be what your after for Jazz. Many multi instrument VST's have basses. For Piano you can grab the demo of Addictive Keys from XLN audio. https://www.xlnaudio.com/products/addictive_keys If you have $14 to spare Xpand!2 from air is stellar at things like woodwinds and brass. It's always on sale at vendors like Plugin Boutique Check out the free section here while you shopping,,- I have a lot of this stuff and it's top notch. https://www.pluginboutique.com/products/1560
  11. OK I forgot about that. That must be why I have all the XLN pianos. I have the Mark II etc. It was that deal via Focusrite. And yes the RED VST collection is one I use a lot after I say a guy using them exclusively on a digital console system. I had just wrote them off as yet more eq's and compressors to learn about but they just plain work they way I want them to work so I now use them as my "go to". I mention this fact in my how to shop for an interface blurb. Never rule out the freebies that come with some interfaces. There's a lot of added value sometimes. To the OP- my name is said just like you say Beer or Deer! When I tell people my name they always say " Oh like the Tracktor!" Thanks for taking the time to listen to my music. It's just my hobbie and I don't really do much with it once created. I enjoy the process of creating something that I like. Sorry I don't really have any pianos featured, they are just part of the background of most of my music. I use a lot of Wurly's on my backing tracks. The this one is the MArk II https://www.soundclick.com/music/songInfo.cfm?songID=13626058
  12. Seems you are attempting to master an album in a abnormal way. that is fine but there is still no real need to print effects to the “ songs”. normal mastering involves adding whatever processes are needed and exporting the track. The processing will be applied to the exported track. Then if this required changes you simply Edit them and then re export. Your method would seem to have no way to undo the damage. you might want to look at using a wave editor for mastering. They are designed for this task and the work flow is easier than using a daw
  13. You just leave it alone. Add the effects you want to the bin or Pro Channel and leave them alone. There's no reason these days to "print" effects to a track. This allows for future fine tuning as you move along.
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