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Marcus Curtis

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  1. Out of all of these you mention Distrokid is the best for a number of reasons. I have used CD baby but they closed their online store down back in march of this year. Anyone that has CD's should check to make sure that CD Baby is still selling them. They are also going to get rid of their download cards. They will still honor the ones that are out there for now. They still make CD's and band merchandise and they still do music distribution. This caused a great deal of headaches for me. First CD baby's website is hard to navigate and it is a bit confusing. I spent hours trying to update the music I had in their store only to discover that the music is no longer in their stores. The website still had the music and artwork listed, but said updates were needed. After getting a call from tech support I discovered that I had to re-upload my music because when they closed the store the took all the music out of their server even though it was listed as still being there. They don't really seem to know what they are doing. They seem to justify this by saying we sent out emails to everyone telling them what we are going to do. That much is probably true, But I deleted the email and never opened it because it probably came bundled with the endless advertisements they would send trying to get me to buy their custom merchandise and upgrade my music distribution. So anyone who still has a CD baby Account needs to check to make sure their music is still there. If your music or CD was only on CD baby it is probably no longer available. After doing some online reading I discovered that the founders of CD baby and Tunecore are no longer with the company. This is according to a few articles I read. In those articles both founders of those companies recommended Distrokid. I created an account with Distrokid and the difference was huge. First CD baby charges per album or song on it's distribution service. I think it's about 30 bucks a year per album for the basic service and $79.00 for the Delux distribution. Distrokid charges about 20 bucks a year and that is for all your music and full distribution. You can upload as much music as you want and it's unlimited. They get your music everywhere. My music is on Amazon, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, iHeart Radio, YouTube, Spotify, and the list goes on. You can even choose which venues you want your music to be available. Distrokid offers 3 account types. I went with a 35.00 a year account because it allows me to upload music from one more artist. You can even upload cover songs and split the commission among artist who wrote the song you recorded. The 79 dollar per year account on Distrokid makes you a record label and you can upload music from many independent artist. So all you really need is the Basic account. The cool thing about all this is Distrokid registers your music with YouTube. If anyone uses your music in a YouTube video Distrokid will get YouTube to put ads on that video and you get the ad revenue for it. This is a great way to monetize your videos if you have not yet reached the stats required for video monetization. Instead of getting paid from YouTube you are getting paid from Distrokid. All you got to do is put about 5 seconds of one of your songs in the video. You can even do it at the end if you want.
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    Video editing

    Scook is right, I have imported video into Cakewalk so I could work on the audio portion of the video. This is a great feature for music producing music videos. That is really all it is good for. If your looking for a free video editor check out DaVinci Resolved 16. There is a paid version and a free version. The free version is pretty amazing.
  3. I figured out how to use hardware as a control surface using the Mackie control protocol. When I set up a control surface I had to select Mackie control and I had to enable it on the mixer. I could find nothing about this on YouTube. So I made a video so others can find out about this information. This reminds me of the V-studio days when Roland made special hardware to control Cakewalk remotely. Everything works great now. I realize I asked a question that was very hard to answer and unless you owned this mixer you would not know how to configure it using Cakewalk. This was a puzzle for me. I am glad it is now solved.
  4. Been a long time user of Cakewalk. recently I have been stumped on a pretty hard problem...well at least for me its hard Currently I am using a Behringer X32 producer with Cakewalk. The USB card on the mixer has 32 channels in and 32 channels out for recording at one time. I have no issues with the mixer as an audio interface. Everything works fine in that department. I have the latest firmware update. I have a USB cable going to a 2.0 connection. I also downloaded the Behringer app which allows me to control the mixer from the PC. The app uses an Ethernet connection and it is not affected by the USB connection. (RTP midi) I want to setup The Behringer X32 as a controller surface. This will allow me to control all the functions of Cakewalk from the mixer itself. This feature is built in the Behringer mixer and it is turned on through a button called DAW remote. The problem is I can't get the button to come on and I can't get the feature to work. I know that midi goes to the mixer via USB because I was able to set up a generic midi controller and make some of the mixer controls learn Cakewalk functions. This way of using a control interface is very limiting. The DAW remote button allows you to use 8 channels to control the DAW. This is way better then using a mouse. There is a Mackie control function within Cakewalk that is suppose to work with the mixer. So I set up a controller based on that and I can not get it to work. I poured through the Behringer manual and as far as I can tell everything is configured right. Are there any Behringer users out there that got this to work. I am mainly a guitar player so all this midi stuff is a bit over my head. Thank You
  5. Cakewalk by Bandlab is so much better than Sonar Platinum. I love all the new features and Bandlab did an awesome job with this program. Every time I get into a DAW discussion I tell everyone about Cakewalk. I really appreciate what Bandlab has done.
  6. I have been using Cakewalk since the 1990s. Bandlab has done an excellent job. Many thanks for preserving this software. I have used other DAW applications from a few other companies, but Cakewalk has always been my favorite. While you are considering what to update next it would be great if you updated some of the features that originally came with Sonar but were not included in the Bandlab version. For example, instruments like Session Drummer and Rapture. There are probably many new people who have not used or experienced these instruments. As a music instructor, I recommend Cakewalk to all my students. But I don't provide them with things like Session Drummer because I don't want to engage in piracy. Instead, I recommend other free drum apps, but session drummer is better than the free ones that are available. Thank You for all you have done. It is much appreciated.
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