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  1. Aha! no I didn't even realise that was a thing! So I Just did that and got soft piano, no sign of other plugins yet, but I'm sure you've put me on the right track. I feel a bit stupid but it was hiding in plain view! Cheers!!!!
  2. Hi I'm back after a long lay off, and I thought I'd revisit this, as there are many Spitfire plugins I like. I'm still stuck though. I have Labs and I load it, I get "organic textures" which is fine. see shot. But I also downloaded Soft Piano which I want. I know its under the "Labs" group. But Cakewalk cant find it as I said before. Paths seen by Plugin manager suggest its all there! c:\program files\common files\vst3\LABS (64 Bit).vst3 also at; c:\program files\cakewalk\vstplugins\LABS (64 Bit).dll and it originally downloaded from Spitfire to; C:\Users\Richard\Spitfire\Spitfire Audio - LABS this is where the presets are held. Odd thing is I did nothing different here. First one I downloaded was BBC Symphony Orchestra, and I didnt have to configure anything, Cakewalk seemed happy to find it. Next The "Labs" organic textures ( birdsong) downloaded and I didnt have to do anything. But try as I might I cant get Cakewalk to load the other "Labs" plugins. Ideas anyone? Rich
  3. I have problems with automation, especially on midi tracks. Simple is best for me, I operate on a very simple level!
  4. I chose the simplest method, this seems ok so; If you want your project to be shorter then select all (cntr-a) and select the time range in the ruler you want to delete and then hit delete. Thanks
  5. Hi all, I have a short song I've recorded, I need to lose a few bars of music at the end, to shorten it still further. How do I do this? I looked it up but got confused.( for a change). Oddly enough I deleted the tracks with music on them but somehow they persisted when I exported to MP3.
  6. I feel your pain! But there are lots of folks here who always try to help, so I'll keep trying and will get it sorted I am sure. ( Unless I throw my toys out of the pram again!)ðŸĪŠ
  7. Glad I'm not alone! I counted to ten today and started looking at this again. I did some screenshots, and you can see the paths that cakewalk uses to locate the VST BBC Orchestra, which all works okay. But the LABS path is the same and this works too for the effects patches but it cant find the soft piano. I can see the "soft piano" patch there, as shown in screenshot 4, so the question seems to be; how do I point cakewalk at that path? Do I need to drill right down to the .dll or just give it a folder path?
  8. I've done three downloads now. Altered paths, fannied around, asked for help, ( got help. Thanks) and still nothing to show for it. I'm getting fed up now. To be honest, as I've said before, I just want to write songs and record them, I've spent forever on this and I'm no further forward. I'll come back to it when I've cooled off a bit. My existing piano plugin will work, ( addictive keys is more than ok so I can survive without spending precious time sorting Spitfire) But PLEASE don't think I don't appreciate all the advice from people who; know more than me are more patient than me are more polite than me are willing to spend time helping me, despite my whingeing. But honestly, its really doing my t**ts in now. I need a break, I have songs to record. Sorry. Thanks again, when I finally suss it out I will post another thankyou.
  9. Yes me too in terms of the Discover see shot of screen. Not sure where your drop down of the VST3's comes from, is this in cakewalk?
  10. Yes but I have installed it, see screenshot. It just doesn't show up in LABS?
  11. I did this, see screenshot, but all I get is the LABS plugin I already have, there are no other choices to be seen?
  12. Nope, still not fixed. I'm pulling my hair out and at my age I cant afford to do that! So; I re-downloaded the Spitfire App and ran the installer. I changed their suggested path from C/users/me/spitfire/spitfire audio. Changed this to C:/ program files/common files/ vst plugins. I think thats what the forum advice was? I added this path to the plugin manager. I rescanned. I now open a new project to try things out, and I still only can see "LABS" but its the one I've always had, not the piano download, i.e. the wind and birdsong effects. No sign at all of "soft piano" But its on my PC obviously. Grrr Ideas anyone?
  13. Labs seems to be in; VST Instruments at c:\program files\cakewalk\vstplugins\LABS (64 Bit).dll and also in VST 3 Instruments at c:\program files\common files\vst3\LABS (64 Bit).vst3 in the plug in manager list. no idea what this means if anything. Just a duplication? Anyway I definitely downloaded the soft piano, from their site I gave the download path in my first post above. But the LABS plugin seems only to refer to some ambient sounds I downloaded a few weeks ago, NOT the soft piano I downloaded a couple of days ago;; of that there is no sign even though its downloaded. TBH, All of this drives me nuts. 😠
  14. All, There's a lot of info and advice here; for me to process it and work through it will take time as I am pretty crap at tech stuff. So if I don't respond quickly and say thanks its because I am stuck for time but this is exactly what I am looking for and I will sort it ! Just didn't want anyone to think I am not grateful for all of the effort in trying to help out, you'll know when I work through this as I'll come back with another dumb question!🙂
  15. Thanks for all your trouble I'll look at this tomorrow and I'm sure the penny will drop, cheers all!
  16. Hi I downloaded the Spitfire soft piano plugin, it sends it to c:/users/richard/spitfire/spitfire audio. But cakewalk cant see it; The plugins seem to live in program files and I know I need to use the VST plugin manager to point cakewalk in the right direction but thats the limit of my feeble knowledge. I always have this hassle with plugins... any help out there?
  17. Sorry, ignore this, I kept searching and sussed how to do this, temp view, insert temp change, simple when you know how!
  18. Hi all, I'm back to writing songs again after a Hiatus, ( writers block, "my songs suck", why do I bother etc!) but I snapped out of it and I am writing an instrumental which goes from a sort of sad bit to an upbeat louder section. Its 100 BPM for the quiet intro on Piano and then in come drums but they need to be at 130BPM. but if I change the BPM all of the Midi stuff follows it and I end up with one time of 100 BPM or one of 130BPM instead of a change from 100 to 130. I'm sure this is a simple problem, but as some will know, I'm a simple person and find all this tricky. And i did look it up but the answers were not what I needed? Richie
  19. I didn't understand the difference. Now I do thanks. I'll check this out.
  20. Aha! I didn't know melodyne did that. I dont have a bass, my tiny "studio" is full up and more guitars would trigger a Divorce. Thanks all.
  21. Okay, I downloaded ample bass P lite. Have to say Sounds ok especially for free! To those with patience here's my question; it works ok using the mouse, I get the bass notes on to the track. But my guitar wont trigger it. Now often I use a plug in like TH-U for my rock guitar sounds all works fine, I click on the + sign and add the effect from the VST drop down menu. Simples. But not this. I've messed around for a long time trying various things but I reckon this is filed under the head slap Duh! category. Can someone save me an hour or two and tell me why it isn't working? ( To those of a short fuse disposition just make a cup of tea and count to 10! I even try my own patience with questions like this)
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