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Todd Groemling

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  1. If this already exists, please point me to where and how to enable it. Meanwhile, maybe a compressor or limiter would help me get my audio levels within a track better aligned. But my music frequently goes from quieter passages to louder ones and my current m.o. is to record a lot of takes within a track, then frequently, manually adjust gain (and pan) on individual clips or on the track itself . So it would be a useful, workflow enhancement to have an automation setting option, that a user could make a default, which displays a dB grid and pan grid within each of these scenarios: a take lane, for the whole track and on a selected clip. Then a user could click on a grid line and the level would snap to it vs. require the zooming in and out to see levels/settings selected or available, along with the up-and-down cursoring to try and find the desired level to try/apply.
  2. @Lord Tim I appreciate your input. I didn't realize I could extract the plugins, since I never had a reason to do so. But I was able to extract them and it appears that TH2 Producer and z3TA+ are part of the FX chain. So I tried pointing Cakewalk via the VST Settings to folders with those in them, but still no luck. I was thinking that means I need Cakewalk Support to resolve this. However, when I started actually paying more attention to this, it does seem like TH2 Producer is the weak link. Fortunately, the extracted TH2 Producer does list what preset is used, so I was able to insert TH3 and, when added to the Z3TA+ FX, I'm now hearing FX. So I'm much closer to the original FX Chain. That's a long-winded way of saying, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
  3. Thank you @reginaldStjohn I will try contacting Support. I am still hoping someone else has experienced this already and knows what to do.
  4. On my 'old' computer, which runs Win 10 Home, but has RAM limitations, I have some old .Fxc files (FX Presets) that I use for supplemental FX for guitar audio. They still work on that old computer. See one of the FX in the screenshot. I think these FX files have been around for at least 10 years and date back to at least SONAR. Regardless, I rely on them quite a bit, so I want to use these FX on my new computer, which also has Win 10 Home and the latest version of Cakewalk. However, even though I have the VST Settings on the new computer pointing to where the .Fxc files are located, and even though Cakewalk lets me add them to a track via Insert FX Chain Preset, not only can the FX not be heard, but the guitar cannot. and the fader shows no dB activity. Meanwhile, when I select bypass the FX on the track, I can still hear the original audio AND see dB activity. NOTE: I have tried to add the FX to a new track and even a project file I created today to test this. No luck. I don't see what program 'owns' the FX files. I presume they are Cakewalk FX, but maybe they are Guitar Rig 4 files, since once upon a time that came with older versions of Cakewalk. I even used Cakewalk Command Center to install Cakewalk Platinum on my new computer, but the .Fxc FX still don't work. So, I am trying to understand if I need to reinstall the FX. If so, where? How? Is there some crucial folder I didn't copy over from my old compute that has needed data or files? Any suggestions?
  5. @Light Grenade Thank you! I will look into Track folders. Meanwhile, what's frustrating to me is Track Manager should be live up to its name...and allow users to see all tracks AND organize them there, then, let's say, the user has finalized the folders and #s or locations, the user can just live in the Track View. I just like how the Track Manager can or should be a smaller footprint to just see high-level track info.
  6. @OutrageProductions Thank you for alerting me to the Arranger track. I knew it exists, but I've never used it. I attribute that in part to Cakewalk not properly explaining its function back it was introduced. I thought it was a way to move sections vs. designate what they are. But I will look into it. Maybe the Arranger track/function does both things in red?
  7. I think the requests below are pretty easy to do in comparison to, say, enhancements pertaining to audio or MIDI functionality. In my world, such 'enhancements' are well-named as Quick Hits. How about it? 1) Allow colors for marker names 2) Maybe even have the whole row of a marker vs. just the Name of the marker have a highlight color...but only when/if the user chooses that. Otherwise, at least allow the Name of the marker to be a color chosen by the user. Rationale: Let a a user see where certain sections start (Chorus, Verse, Solo). Meanwhile, I use markers not just for those low-hanging song sections, but also to remind myself what to work on, what to review or not forget about. e.g., Put solo here? Extend this part? Add background vocal This means I can have a lot markers in a project until I reach the final version. Until then, I need the Markers menu to be a more efficient assistant and note pad to guide me. I kinda think others do, too. 3) Please, let those of us users whose eyes aren't as great as they used to be, or as others, choose the font size of the Marker menu...separate from the font size(s) of any other menu.
  8. Why is there a Track Manager if it does not include some key, no-brainer features? a) Allow a user to quickly modify track order. Ideally by click on a track and dragging it like can be done in the Track View OR by simply changing the track # and automatically moving down the track that was at the track # selected - Yes, I'm aware I can click and drag a track up or down in the track view, but that's not efficient, especially when the project flow is a lot of tracks. b) How about letting a user click on multiple tracks and desiginate them as a group, let the user choose the track # for the 1st one selected, and then putting the remaining tracks selected in the track locations below the 1st track selected? Therefore, they are not just a group, but are physically located together.
  9. @murat k. I appreciate the feedback. I essentiallly do what you say. But I shouldn't have to. Every improvement should be to make the process simpler, quicker, and more intuitive. Cakewalk needs to fix this....and can. It's time.
  10. @sjoens Thank you for the response. Unfortunately, I have clicked on a clip to bring it into focus and sometimes Slide just isn't available. It happened again tonight. I had to use Nudge.
  11. Dear Calkewalk, Why is Slide not always available? Instead, sometimes my only option to simulataneously move some clips forward or backward is Nudge or Cut and Paste. Neither one makes my workflow efficient. It actually makes me want to scream. Note: This appears to occur sometimes when I'm using Step Sequencer clilps and it's possible they may have been slip edited. Regardless, that shouldn't be an excuse why you won't allow me to choose Slide to move any clip(s) forward or backward. Please educate me on how to help be more efficient and/or consider enhancing your functionality to never prevent users from selecting Slide. Your friend, Todd
  12. The Windows mangifier just isn't set up to work well within a DAW. Besides, if the functionality I'm requesting is within Cakewalk or is added to it, then custom setting(s) like this that each user chooses would make everyone's workflow so much more efficient. The # of times I need to check a pan or gain setting multipled by the # of extra clicks it takes to see what I need is just...not cool. Put another way, what you prpose means at least an extra 3 clicks every time I want to check a setting. So, by Cakewalk allowing a user to customize the size of the pan and gain settings, that would eliminate the need for extra clicks and workarounds. True, efficient, user-friendly workflows don't require workarounds, because once a user can customize one or more settings, the user no longer has to think about the issue...since there's no longer an issue.
  13. I would love to see a magnifying glass tool that is specific to Cakewalk, so I could choose a specific area to enlarge.
  14. @msmcleod I'm not understanding how your suggestion resolves my concern. All I see is that makes the waveform larger or smaller. That doesn't help me read the volume and pan settings so I can make small tweaks to them , in hopes of improving the mix.
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