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  1. You can do this in staff view, just use Step Record. It lets you specify the kind of tuplet you want. If you know the Event List value, you can also just set that. for example, if my memory serves me, eighth-not triplets come out as 40 (regular eighth-notes are 60).
  2. Been following this thread with interest. It's great to get such expert opinions on this rather mysterious subject. I'm currently trying to improve my orchestral mixes, which is really tricky. For a compressor, I've been putting the Sonitus on the mix or master bus. I find that the Vintage Neve or Complete Mix presets seem to work best for me, but in trying to make my own settings, I have not been able to do anything that helps (although I have had great success making it much worse). What did help was this: I took the Vintage Neve preset, changed "type" from normal to vintage, and put the TCR button on. Amazingly, these small changes resulted in noticeable improvement. I have no idea why, but it did help. Just thought I'd share that.
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    Ah, I gotcha. Little things like that might not seem like much to most users, but for those of us doing orchestration, they mean a lot. Hopefully the developers can help us out a little here...
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    Jerry, I work exactly as you do. What I do is: I made keyboard shortcuts for Length, Velocity and Transposition. So, I just lasso the note or notes in staff view, hit L, T or V, and up pops the appropriate process. I also use Event List a lot, as you do. I find this a fast and easy workflow. Hope that helps.
  5. Dan, if you are really interested in doing music on Linux, I suggest you check out the Reaper Forum. There is a native Linux version of Reaper in development. Folks have it up and running, and there is a ton of helpful info on how to make it work. Some folks are even using Windows vsti's on it. Won't work for me yet, as it can't handle my orchestral libraries, but many are finding it superior to windows. There's a drummer who used to post here a lot who is now totally doing Linux. He goes by the name of Glenbo. Also a guy named Jack Winter, who has done a ton of work on this. https://forum.cockos.com/forumdisplay.php?s=77f9496f8a3ed4b21b4e7e303e1cf480&f=52
  6. If you rely on the sounds bundled with your DAW you are limiting yourself to just those sounds. Better to get in the habit of finding sounds you like, not just those you have because they came with the software. Unless they are really world-class sounds. Any sounds bundled with DAWS or notation programs are just beginning points. something to play with until you get the stuff you really need.
  7. Without closing the new piece, open the other one. Just highlight, copy and paste from there. Make sure you are actually in the new piece and on the right track and at the right time. I had to fool with it a bit to make sure I had the right piece open when pasting, but it's pretty straightforward.
  8. Interesting remarks. Some of the libraries I use are totally dry, so reverb is necessary or they sound dead. A concert hall is configured to create reverberations, and allow everyone to hear the music regardless of where they are sitting. If there is another way to produce this effect without reverb, I am not aware of it. With a library like East West Symphonic Orchestra, the samples already have reverb baked in. You can get away without adding any. But most sample libraries do need some reverb. I will try your suggestion of a cut at 350hz, that may help. I am making slow progress. Artificial panning is the source of some of my troubles, as well as lack of EQ. There are all kinds of opinions on whether to use it for orchestral music (same for compression). As in most things related to computers and music, good results can be achieved in many different ways. I have shied away from EQ as it's so difficult, but I am now taking the time to study it more. I contacted the creator of Cinematic Strings, who gave me a good tip on a couple simple adjustments to make that library sound better. He also advised me to stop using CC7 and 11 for volume adjustments. Not sure how I'm going to deal with that one, however. Thanks for your suggestions.
  9. You may need to add the Dim Pro scan path to Cakewalk's plug-in tool. Basically, you click the add button, do a search, locate where the Dim Pro is hiding, and add it to the scan path. Then re-scan your plug-ins.
  10. Very nice piece, Tim. That violin is pretty good. I have heard stuff done with nothing but Garritan P/O that sounded incredible, so you're right, you don't necessarily need high-level libraries. I only consider what I have to be mid-level. I still use some Garritan, too. Especially woodwinds and harp.
  11. A quick question: What level should I set the volume knob for the BX5a monitors? Halfway? I'm pretty sure I need the subwoofer. The woofers in the BX5a's are just 5". I read that below 6" you need a sub. By the way, I found this article helpful: https://ask.audio/articles/7-mistakes-to-avoid-when-setting-up-studio-monitors
  12. Thanks Rob. I have the BX5a speakers, which do not have any freq or eq knobs, just a volume knob. I may experiment with wall placement as you suggested. Right now, they are on little stands I made, about 11" high, including foam pads. They are about 4.5" from the wall, but the tweeters stick up above a shelf. The bass however are lower than the shelf, so they can benefit from the reflections. I just discovered that I had the subwoofer crossover set very low. This may be another casualty of recent cleaning and failure to ensure the settings were not changed. Unless I was stupid enough to actually set it that low. Anyway, I am looking at starting over, basically, with this mix. first task is to set up the speaker system correctly. I now have more separation between left and right. I need to research how to set the sub crossover now. I know that 80 is often a starting point, but for studio monitoring I probably need something different. I do think I need the sub, these little guys just don't have enough bass. Just keeping you folks informed, so you know I haven't given up. although it's tempting.
  13. Thanks very much for that, Tezza, it was very informative. I just made the discovery that I have my monitors too close together (about 20 inches, should be 3 feet - I must have forgotten about that specification when I moved stuff recently. It sucks getting old). So, I'm going to fix that, experiment with the crossover on the subwoofer and see how it goes. I may also have to look into room treatment, as has been suggested by many here and elsewhere. Supposedly also there's a way you crawl around on the floor, looking for the right spot for the sub. I may have to relocate my baby grand (anybody need one?).
  14. Actually, I did start out using the M-Audio speakers alone, but their lack of bass frustrated me, so I grabbed the Mackie sub when it was on sale. I probably should have just bought better studio monitors. you may be on to something there, Rob. I have yet to try adjusting the sub's crossover setting, and hopefully that will help.
  15. Thank you Jerry for chiming in on this. Unfortunately, I don't think I will ever attain the level of expertise you and others have. I am only interested in making modest improvements in my music, so that people will be able to get it. Maybe the Jedi Masters, as someone else here put it, will not be able to listen as it doesn't come up to their standards, and for that I apologize. I don't have the energy or time (not to mention the ability to sit in a chair for hours; pain level limits that), to produce perfect mockups. Though I admire and envy those who do. I have made some modest improvements, mostly by realizing that in manually panning my string libraries, I am losing much of the signal. I have also moved the basses in more to where they are more resonant. The reason I was panning everything is that I use different libraries, and some of them have widely varying seating plans. But I have hit upon a scheme that allows me to use them mostly in their native positions, with the exception of the pizz. basses, as they are from the Vienna Special Edition library, which is not pre-panned. So they have to panned. but Vienna has power panning, where you can pan without losing signal. We'll see how it goes. While music comes naturally to me, as to all here, the other stuff does not. I can be a real dufus when it comes to the technical side of things. And I'm not getting any younger. any improvements from here on out are going to be incremental. Addendum: re: my speaker setup, they are not computer speakers, but a three-way system with M-Audio BX5 monitors and a Mackie sub. I meant "computer speakers" in the sense that thye are connected to my computer. although the way my music sounds now, I can understand why someone would think they are just computer speakers. I promise, it is going to get better. But keep in mind, better is a relative term.
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