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Dave G

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  1. I'm trying to figure out in some of my projects whether the notes on my Piano Roll View appear rounded on the corners or squared off. Here's an example: I think I like the notes better squared off, as it's easier to see their placement on the gridlines. Is there a function/setting in the DAW that dictates how the notes look as such in the PRV? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Thank you for your input on this, Chappel. I'm currently trying out the AD2 Demo, and I'm quite pleased so far. However, it seems as though some of my key mapping is missing. I can sample every preset in the AD2 browser screen, but on my DAW Piano Roll, I'm only able to play some drum pieces (usually kick drum, sometimes the snare and a few cymbals). Some presets play more notes on the PRV, and some play only a few. Also, on the AD2 browser screen, some of the visual drum kit's pieces are greyed out. This is quite troublesome, because I compose entirely in the Piano Roll. I can't compose if my drum sounds are 95% absent. Are you familiar with this issue? Or are some of these keys missing because it's a demo?
  3. I just noticed that Addictive Drums 2 is on sale this week! I'm highly interested in purchasing a custom AD2 pack, but I have a few questions first. 1) How easy is the install/registration process? Does this involve registering and installing multiple services just to use AD2? (I've seen this strategy before and it doesn't please me.) 2) What is the value for my money? I find the package(s) details/verbiage a bit confusing. How many *actual* drum kits are bundled in each package? Are those "presets" (what are presets?) or actual kits? 3) For one who composes mostly rock, pop, ballads, and alternative, what AD2 drum paks would you consider most sufficiently cover such mainstream genres across the board? (After all, I'm competing with Session Drummer 3 and SI-Drum Kit.) In the meantime, I'm going to install the AD2 Trial just to get a look. Thanks in advance.
  4. I would really like an answer from some of the more knowledgeable people here to explain this to me and further educate, if possible. Perhaps this post should be moved to the Q&A? Please advise.
  5. As I still struggle to continue to learn the Cakewalk interface, I feel confused about the Synth Rack and synth management. Basically, I'm seeking clarity on the purpose of the Synth Rack and how to properly manage/organize my variety of synths being used. For each Track I add/remove, the Synth Rack updates accordingly by adding/removing the corresponding synths. However, in a recent review of my many projects in progress, in some cases the synths listed in the Rack don't match the number of Tracks present. What I'd like to do is establish the habit of properly managing my synths and make sure every instance is accounted for (and properly deleted when not needed). But this isn't always happening. I feel like the Synth Rack is making things more complicated, or I'm overthinking. Furthermore, it pains me that I have a hard time explaining my dilemma when there are so many variables... So these are my questions: 1) What is the purpose and benefit of the Synth Rack? Can I continue to add/remove Tracks and ignore Synth Rack usage entirely? 2) I fail to understand why the Synth Rack works (or doesn't) the way it does. What would cause it to not correspond to my number of Tracks synths present? In regards to replacing the synth in a Track: 3) Somewhat related: How do I convert a MIDI track to a Simple Instrument track? 4) I'm unclear on how to properly replace a synth in a Track. When I drag a synth from the Browser, it goes into the Track's FX Bin. Why would it do this and what purpose does that serve? Any clarity and guidance are appreciated. Thanks!
  6. Occasionally, I'll hear a song on the radio where the audio slowly transitions from muffled ("other room" technique) to clear. This usually occurs in the intro of the song. I guess one example I have is "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. The intro features a muffled stringed guitar, and then a clear one comes in after. But what I'm looking for is an intro that smoothly goes from muffled to clear. An even better example is "Say So" by Doja Cat. This effect happens during the 8-second intro, and again at 3:45. How do I create this effect? Thank you in advance.
  7. I just saw this thread and your latter paragraph caught my attention. Per the "More good news"... Are you noting that TTS-1 and the Studio Instruments Suite have become available for individual/stand-alone download? I'm not seeing them here on the BandLab Assistant screen (as you mentioned). Please clarify where these are, as I'm curious! Thank you in advance.
  8. Thanks for the responses, everyone, and for being patient with my questions! I read both of Craig's articles, and I'm hoping for a little deeper explanation. So, the TTS-1 can produce 16 simultaneous sounds from one instance of the synth in the Rack. But It also allows for four audio outputs. Per the screenshot below, I've created a sample scenario using one TTS-1 instance (see Synth Rack) and 3 TTS-1 audio tracks to one Output track. Each Track has its own designated channel # and Patch selected in their drop-down menus (not in the TTS-1 synth itself). The Input drop-down in each Track is set to "None" ("Omni" appears when I highlight that Track). The Output drop-down in each Track points to the same "Output synth" instance, as it should. (I think what's confusing me is the "1 TTS track", "16 channels", "4 outputs" equation...) So, in layman's terms, please: Are there specific benefits of a "MIDI Source"+"Synth Audio" track (& an output track) over a "Simple Instrument" track? Can it be said that the "literal" definition of an audio output is simply the Audio Output track of the DAW? Why would one choose four Audio Outputs / Audio Output tracks vs. one? Thanks again.
  9. I would like to know, along the same lines, what about Cakewalk Z3ta? How does that match up in your opinions? Do you feel TTS-1, Z3ta, and Xpand!2 are still relevant?
  10. After having dropped from the DAW scene for a few years, I'm trying to relearn and refresh my knowledge of the TTS-1 synth and how to properly utilize it. I'd appreciate answers to the following (...sometimes hard to find in a Google search or in my current documentation): [Preface: I don't use external instruments. All my work is done within my PC.] 1) What are the specific advantages of inserting a TTS-1 track as a "MIDI track" over a "Simple Instrument track"? Is it a matter of CPU resources or ease of workflow? Does it matter? 2) In the TTS-1 Synth options window, how do I know whether to choose "MIDI Source", "First Synth / All Synth Audio" output options? 3) That being asked, what is the simple/literal definition of an "audio output"? Why are there four for TTS-1, and what difference does it make versus already having 16 channels? Just seeking clarification, as I'm having trouble understanding all the nuances. I'm trying to make sense of this in my head before I end up creating projects in bad technique. Thank you in advance!
  11. I just learned about the plug-in called Xpand!2. I'm surprised I've never heard of it before, and I'm kind of curious. Can anyone give me their opinions on Xpand!2, and how does it compare to TTS-1? Thoughts are appreciated! Thank you in advance.
  12. In reference to drawing in the PRV, I noticed I had to hide the Controller Pane first. This gave me access to the Controller drop-down just above the vertical keyboard. (To me, however, the Controllers in the PRV method work better as a visual than as an editor.) I split the Instrument track as you instructed. Then I attempted to draw the pitch bend on the new MIDI track. After I'd done that, I lost audio on playback again. This time, however, was because I decided to delete the instrument track, leaving the MIDI+Automation tracks on their own. (There was no audio left to play?) I created a new Instrument track again (Cakewalk Sound Center -> Les Paul Guitar Solo), split it, drew the wheel bend on the MIDI track's Automation lane. It played just fine, however, node editing in that small space feels extremely tight and cumbersome. See screenshot below, as I believe this represents the "proper" method. I do believe I've learned a few things here. I guess I'm just frustrated that I'm finding this so difficult. I would assume that once this is done, I'm to leave the original Instrument tracks there? Is there any way to create this controller without having to split all tracks I do this on? (Also, when I tried creating an Automation Lane for RPN, I couldn't figure out how to enter a custom value. And it doesn't appear in the Event list.)
  13. Thank you for the response. Would you please elaborate on the second paragraph for me? Wheel events are not available nor documented for the track view, only Volume and Pan. This is also indicated by the numeric meter there which seems to just go from 0 upwards. (I just searched YouTube for literally an hour not finding an instruction for this.) Also, what you suggested about inserting wheel events via "CC data in the Piano Roll View". Piano Roll View, there's a Controller Pane beneath that, where I normally draw wheel events. How would a CC event create that, and where? Thanks again. 😊
  14. I wish to create bend/portamento on adjacent notes in Cakewalk Sound Center. I set an RPN event (seems # doesn't matter) in the beginning of the track. Then I draw a pitch bend wheel at the end of the first note going from 0 down to the pitch of the second note. Just then, when I play the track...I lose audio. What the...? When I change the Sound Center instrument, it plays fine on the CSC synth window keyboard. But when I play the track again, no audio. How nutty, this is frustrating. Cakewalk Sound Center is a signficant part of my instrument library. I'd love to be able to get pitch bend to work there. Any suggestions to the above issue? Thanks in advance.
  15. Thank you for the prompt response. 😊 I thought I saw this done somehow though. For example, I've seen video tutorials where an instrument track had several separate parts, each one with a label on top. How's that done? I'm surprised this isn't documented anywhere. This function is to help visually identify different parts of the song, as opposed to all the notation in one long continuous track. That's what I want to do. Does this make sense?
  16. Is there any way to separate my MIDI notation into parts/clips on the Piano Roll? Per the attached image, I have a two-measure part with a few sample chords. Is there any way to create separate instruments parts like this one, or is each track a part in itself? And maybe name the parts? And what's the purpose of the little MIDI notation icon in the right corner of the part? Surely there's a way to do this? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  17. I wish to customize my Cakewalk user interface to my liking and have it remain permanently. I would like this adjustment to apply to the interface itself, new tracks, and existing tracks. I just want the UI to stay as I adjust it (window sizes, layout, module configuration, button/control settings, etc.) Do I have to create a Lens for this to happen? Or is a project template enough? What method would be enough to consistently keep my interface in the same state? Any clarification is appreciated. Thanks!
  18. The notes are overlapping. I'm able to slightly get in working in TTS using a Synth Lead instrument. The thing is you can still hear the beginning of the second note. It's not a smooth slide.
  19. EDIT: Please delete this thread. Issue solved by changing the Widget Filter from Custom to All. I inserted a Simple TTS-1 MIDI instrument track. I quickly realized that I cannot change the track's Channel number...anywhere. Where is my Channel widget button? How do I select/change channel numbers for my MIDI track? Thanks in advance. Screenshot attached.
  20. I did discover one more thing per the visual example I posted above, but on a new instance of this I just created: The pitch bend occurs perfectly on that first note. However, the second note is slightly louder than the first. This is a TTS-1 Synth Lead instrument that has a sustain, and I confirmed the Velocity is the same level on both notes. Thoughts please?
  21. PORTAMENTO IN TTS-1: I'm trying to create a Portamento effect between two notes. I'm using an instrument from the Synth Lead category. What's happening is that the first note will slide into the next note as expected, but rather than a smooth slide, you can still hear that second note trigger. In the TTS-1 instrument's Edit window, I have the [MONO], [PORTAMENTO], and [TIME] values set accordingly. The notes are overlapped; I tried a tiny overlap and a slightly longer overlap, but both to the same result. What am I doing wrong in not achieving a smooth slide? Any guidance is appreciated. Thanks! PORTAMENTO IN CAKEWALK SOUND CENTER: I'm trying to achieve Portamento in the same fashion as above, but via MIDI CC events: CC #5 Portamento Time: N/A CC #65 Portamento Switch: On (65 >) But no Portamento effect occurs. What am I missing? Thank you on both!
  22. EDIT: As of this morning, I noticed that when I load Cakewalk, when initially I thought the audio wasn't playing at all, it actually takes a few seconds for the ASIO4ALL driver to kick in. So the audio will be heard if I wait a few seconds. Either way, starting yesterday, the driver is acting erratically for no reason whatsoever. Any ideas? Thanks again.
  23. Thank you both for the concise explanation. I seem to understand that a wheel controller set to +8,191 increases by two semitones/notes. And RPN 1,536 allows the wheel to produce a full octave bend (12 semitones/notes). I tested this by drawing a C4 note with a wheel +8,191 (two-note bend) at measure 2 resetting the wheel to 0 at measure 3, and drawing a straight D4 note (two notes up, per C4) at measure 3.5. Screenshot attached. Remaining questions: Is RPN only required if my bend Wheel requires more than two semitones/notes (+8,191 >)? Does RPN 1,536 (12 semitones/notes) completely override the max bend Wheel setting of two semitones/notes? Can one do a pitch bend of more than an octave if desired? Thanks again.
  24. I'm using the latest ASIO4ALL driver in Cakewalk by BandLab, and it's been working fine until today. No relevant settings have been changed to cause any issues. When I start up Cakewalk, I get no audio from my tracks. So, I go into Edit -> Preferences, then Audio Devices. While this Forum post is open, my Output Driver reads "ASIO4ALL v2 Not Connected 1". Otherwise, when exclusive, it will read "Connected", but as stated, no audio at all. But when I click [OK] or [Apply]...the audio works again. But the problem is, I have to do this [OK]/[Apply] process in the Preferences -> Audio Devices menu every time I start up Cakewalk now. Then I get to hear audio (until next startup). I tried reinstalling the ASIO4ALL driver, but this doesn't resolve the issue. This is absolutely goofy behavior and extremely frustrating. Please advise? Thanks in advance.
  25. I'm trying to learn the basics of drawing a pitch bend in the PRV controller pane and exactly how RPN (Pitch Bend Sensitivity) affects this. I'd like clarification on how the pitch bend works, how far up/down it goes, what the values mean, and how the RPN affects pitch bend. Here are a few observations: 1) I load an RPN controller into the Controller Pane. The meter goes from 0 - 16,383. 2) I load a Wheel controller into the Controller Pane. The meter goes from -8,192 - 0 - 8,191. I've tried Google searching and YouTube'ing for literally an hour, but still confused. What I've learned was that the Wheel controller offers a range of four notes/semitones (2 up, 2 down from 0). But I don't exactly know what RPN adjustment represents. My questions: 1) What do the RPN and Wheel values equate to in regards to notes/semitones? 2) As an example, how would I draw a pitch bend/figure the values from a) one note to another and b) the same note on another octave? 3) How does the RPN affect pitch bend? 4) How do I know the Wheel value I've reached accurately represents the target note? Attached is a sample image with both events going to approximately 4,096. Any guidance is appreciated. Thanks! EDIT: The RPN controller doesn't seem to work in SoundCenter, but it is very pronounced in TTS-1.
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