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Sridhar Raghavan

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  1. msmcleod I check project settings for the audio and everything seemed fine. So I decided to import some audio into that audio track and mute the track. Now the Arrangement is looping properly!!! Individual Segments in the list view (left, top view) play once and gets back to its start. Do not run away! Assume that this the expected behavior -- as Loop is not selected in the area above the Timeline. Thanks for the tips.. Will remember and write myself a short note on all these. Thanks Sri.
  2. msmcloud Our mails crossed. Good catch. I was playing the MIDI file to my external synth. So I di not check the status/setting of the audio engine. Will check/fix that now. Sri.
  3. msmcleod/Glen Could it be the way I created the Project is causing the problem? I selected Empty Project, but I noticed that it said CWT (rather than CWP). I will try again creating an empty project with a MIDI and Audio Tracks. Then Open the midi file and run the steps from there on. Sri.
  4. msmcleod Thanks for the tip. I did add an audio track and tried. It still does not loop. Below I am trying to loop the arranger section icv2. Track 17, the last one is the new Audio Track. Thanks for any additional guidance. Sri.
  5. Glenn But, for me, Arranger Sections are not looping. a) Individually when I select and play. (whether the above time line Loop is enabled or not) b) Similarly when I play an Arrangement of all the arranger sections, with Loop Enabled. Left Side Bottom. In both the case, Playing continues beyond the end of the last Arranger section, and does not loop return back to the first. Is there some configuration parameter I am missing to set? Also, Is there any specific way I need to get the MIDI file loaded into the Project? I know if I import MIDI, the Markers do not come through. If open MIDI Markers come through. I cannot recall whether it was possible to insert a Midi file - I think Insert Midi menu item is disabled. Thanks Sri.
  6. Thank you Glenn. Yes it works for me now. I was not doing CNTRL-A to select all the markers. I found that note while I was searching more. Very Foresighted of Cakewalk. I am all SET on this... br Sri.
  7. Context: a) I have generated a seed MIDi File for Korg Style Creation. (I mention it though this is not important). b) It has several markers 40+ (this is important) c) I can select a region between two markers -- Clicking in the top region of the timeline (Big Vertical Down Arrow) between two markers and get that region selected. d) Right Click and and Create an Arranger Section. (Create Sections From Markers) Menu has both the "Sections" and "Markers" in Plural. But I get only one Arranger Section Created!! by design? or is it a bug? Question See the Screenshot below. a) How do I get to create Arranger Sections for all the Region/Sections between the Markers? Has anyone Created a Macro or is there a System Macro? b) Clearly you can see why I want to automate this.. 40+ markers!! it is obviously tedious, and, ideally systems should spare users of such tedium (a very important System Design Principle, at least what I hold and taught all my students!). c) I would add that Cakewalk is thoughtfully and partially addressing it through automation scripts capability. Wish there was a built-in menu or built-in script for this. I have played with Cal Scripts and created a few, but not sure if it is possible to create one for this needs scenario. d) I will preempt digression into a possible design rational discussion. As arguments that mass users do not need these, is actually a facetious argument!! The System Design Principle I advocate has been my driving Philosophy for all Products & Technology Businesses I have led over decades. Thanks in advance. Sri.
  8. Thanks for these Interesting exchanges. Just reading but do no have anything significant to add. I see references to SONAR Home Studio 6. What is its relationship to Cakewalk Free Version (I am using). Is that a paid version, a past discontinued one, or the one that is current with on-going roadmaps? Sri.
  9. Promidi If you wish to insert beats, then use ticks instead of measures. To work out the number of ticks, use the formula (Ticks per Quarter-Note) multiplied by the number of beats required. The project’s Ticks per Quarter-Note (this is a per project setting) is found in Preferences - Project - Clock (Advanced) > Clock Yes. I already mentioned that in my note. For Fine grained Ticks/Frames have to be used.. just changes the Units for thinking. Not an easy arithmetic to do on the fly. I also created a small handy HTML app to do the translations from one Unit to the Other. Faster and reliable over doing it mentally. Sri.
  10. Thanks McCleod for the precise steps and the fast response. Perfect for my needs. a) I was looking for this in the Edit Menu! And it is under Project Menu. Noted that only Integral Measures can be inserted.. cannot do M B T string, especially n-Beats. For Fine grained Ticks/Frames have to be used.. just changes the Units for thinking. Not an easy arithmetic to do on the fly. Seconds are also Integers. Would be nice to have it in Milliseconds or in ) 0.1 increments (though I understand that minimum time resolution is limited by TPQN). b) I also checked out the Delete. Selected a Region on the Time Line. The region is highlighted on all the tracks. Edit->Delete remains silent. But Edit->Delete Special with Hole Checked does the job. Similarly with Edit->Cut/Special. c) Is there a Remove measures counterpart for Add Measures? So cut/delete can be done precisely to the left or the right of the Cursor Line? Instead of having to precisely select the region. d) Would be nice to see "add/delete measures region" item, with the above additional expressive ability to the Context Menu or be able to add as part of Customization. Certainly it would be an optional Frill.
  11. All Preface I am creating Style Files for Korg PA600 using MIDI (instead of using the On board Sequencer, which is a tedious and unreliable to my taste, and I cannot use my Laptop Big Monitors, and for so many other reasons.. and yes there are many..) Consider that all the tracks are MIDI. I know the issues when Audio is also mixed with MIDI. I will keep that out for now. This has implications also for the arranger, automation tracks etc. Just assume that expanding/shrinking regions will add allied empty region (for expand), and cut out the allied in case of shrink. Somehow I feel that this may be too basic MIDI editing and would be nicely supported in Cakewalk.. I am thinking Select a Vertical Slice spanning all the tracks (how), Copy, Paste Special with "Slide Over Old To Make Room", for example... Or Macro/Scripts? One of you is going to say quickly "How do you miss this?" Thanks in advance Sri. Discussion Sorry for starting this topic without thorough diligence on searching for the past posts on this topic. Since this capability is critical for me and I want to get it right and do it most productively and reliably I am starting this topic. Hopefully the thread can be closed fast with tips from the in-the-know long timers and developers. See the screenshot below for reference. You see a highlighted region on the Time Ruler. The cursor head is on Measure 3. How do I a) Say add two (or N) measures here at the Cursor, so everything in the right is properly pushed out. b) Another variation of this, is how to expand the Highlighted region by "N" measures? c) Another way to look at this, is how to Move the Starting Marker or the End Marker of that region to Shrink/Expand the region. The operation is not "just Moving the Markers' but is an expand/shrink the region using the Markers as hooks.
  12. I can easily imagine that changing the current procedures (described above), so that a marker can be deleted without having to select the marker (by holding the left click button down to delete) might accidentally introduce what could be called a "regression bug." To be clear, what you call my "defense of the status quo" was not merely for the sake of just keeping the status quo. In my view things should not be kept, changed, or removed simply for their own sake independent of consequences, functionality, etc. User 905133 Thanks for your above additional clarification, bounding what your were saying and arresting the extra interpretations. a) I agree that Selecting an Object and Visually indicating what is in Focus is a MUST, before users actions are passed on to it for execution. b) My main objection is for the In-Focus object to receive Keystroke inputs and executing them in a "occluded" manner. By this I mean the following: i) The System is not indicating to the user, that it CAN and WILL take keystrokes and execute them without user being made aware, or taking for granted that the user is fully aware. ii) It should show through common sense methods, what key strokes are "alive and admitted" for action and what are not. For example left click, right click, double click, popup/hover panels etc. ii) The current implementation is not doing this even once! So new users have no way to become aware of it, learn and evolve. (Reading DOC should not be required for such things, and that is what Intuitive means in an axiomatic sense). ii) I do not have any issue at all with supporting power users, through accelerators even if "arguable" as not good methods. This is consistent UI best practices, allows normal communication mechanisms may be skipped (so power users are not slowed down) through [easy to do] configurations. Sri.
  13. Sailor55/Daniel I love that Panel and was arguing that it be expanded for System-User communication and actions. So I am with you and not suggesting that they be removed, at all. Sri.
  14. Usr 095133, canopus, smcleod, Kevin Walsh /All I truly appreciate your diligence, thoughts and comments on this conversation. I was a bit digressed on other things to respond promptly. It makes this, especially to Kevin's comments, a very useful conversation. I do hope there are many others, may be shy to post their thoughts, find some tips for productivity and joy of using Cakewalk. I am also seeing lots of other valuable thoughts here, especially resonating with my original post's suggestions. Usr 095133, I see your passion and expertise reflected in your meticulous sharing your thoughts. You have made arguments in defense of the current status, through various analogies. I will discuss those point by point a little later. However, I am intrigued that you put all your might justifying the current implementation as "par excellence" (my paraphrasing what you intend to say). As a long term professional immersed in this (a lot of things to say, so I will skip and leave it to fill it with your ken), I find it very difficult to resonate with your bulls-eye assertion of your argument. Essentially, you are saying Leave things as they are .. as changing it will lead to less than optimal Usage and User Productivity. In my technical parlance, I would say this (rather exaggerating and stretching to make a point) that your point of view is tantamount to system saying "Read My Mind" and if you (whatever type of user you are) are unable to do so, you are rather Dumb. br Sri.
  15. All, Preface: This is a UI practice observation and I am hoping to get the rational/history behind from the long timers and developers. When you take the cursor to/near a marker, you get a Double Vertical Line, with left and right pointing arrows on both the sides, and letter M appearing to the right above. (I thought I had captured the screen shot with that Graphic. But it does not show up as you can see below. Any tips on how to capture it on the Screen Shot?) While keeping the Cursor on it, press delete.. the marker gets deleted. It is an interesting UI but I would have never found this behavior on my own.. except after reading some frustrating post threads on this topic from few years ago. Why not support the Normal UI Practice? Curious Show Visually that the Marker Has Focus, with right mouse click providing for the actions like: Delete, Move (that is what that complex Graphic does), Rename etc. Also provide Left Click, Double Click actions. May be complex Graphic is providing Visual Feedback?? Probably but quite not. Left Mouse click does not do anything. Right Mouse Click brings up Marker Rename panel!! The fact that holding the Left Mouse on it, you can click Delete - does delete the marker. Was this intended or a bug turned into a feature? What other keys may be pressed for other actions?? (hopefully non-destructive). I already noticed that pressing T brings up a pop up panel, though I have not checked out the options there. Question: Is this UI paradigm an isolated instance or there are more such instances ?? Hope you can share some of the useful ones here.. Thanks, Sri.
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