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  1. TTS-1 is really the only solution in the box for opening up multi-timbral General Midi (GM) song files...

    And it usually does that quite well. However, I would use other sound sources if I was creating something from scratch though...

    AIR Xpand!2 is a good budget  starting point for sketching a new composition. Quite a variety of instruments, and the quality usually exceeds that of TTS-1.  It even offers 4 part multi-timbral use. Not GM, though. But insert 4 instances, and you have 16 channels of MIDI to work with.

  2. 3 hours ago, InstrEd said:

    I think you might do as others and just add StudioOne 5 to your arsenal.  Now that Notation is built-in I will probably get it but on  "Black Friday".
    No rush at the moment. I'm still learning version 4.   Stinks getting older and having brain-farts. 😆 

    Agreed. I think I will finish the learning v4 from the courses I bought for that, before upgrading to v5. Patience is a virtue!

  3. 6 hours ago, Zo said:

    When i recall how much i paid thinking i made a good deal 😓

    notice guyz that you get sampes and sources that i use in other sample based or capable synths , it s cool, for exemple in padshop or skylight from NI ;) 

    Yes, the 10GB extra samples are not locked to Iris 2. Use them anywhere!

  4. 16 hours ago, Christian Jones said:

    Sounds a lot like what you get from Absynth. Is that what most of Iris does, ethereal/ambient stuff? 

    That's a lot of what Luftrum, the sound designer does. This was just an example of his work and it shows off nicely the capability of spectral filtering, which is Iris unique skill set.

    But you can make any type of sounds that your samples will accommodate, plus the standard analog oscillator waveforms are included: sine, saw, triangle, square, pulse, and noise. You have four wave slots to work with so you could mix and match osc and samples to make a hybrid of your samples and standard osc.

    Plus in addition to the core factory presets, Iris 2 comes with a 10 GB sample library (without presets) that you can use any way you want to create your own sounds. It's an interesting sound design toolbox. 😁

  5. 47 minutes ago, chris.r said:

    Hopefully there will be no loss of order history.

    Check your email for 'sent from' "jrrshop.com - sales".

    I did and everything that I have bought from them has been successfully registered with the vendors.

    But I really hope that Plugin Boutique doesn't ever go away. I have a crap ton of installer instructions and download links in there... 😁

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  6. You have to de-authorize an activation from your old machine with the vendor using their process BEFORE uninstalling or decommissioning the old install on the previous machine. Process varies by vendor. This frees up the used number of activations with the vendor.

    But then you will have to run the plugin installer again from scratch on the new machine and authorize it all over again. No copying files and registry keys... if only it were that simple!

  7. On 7/8/2020 at 8:01 AM, James Foxall said:

    I am able to run v4 and v5 on my machine so it appears that the upgrade does not replace the previous version.

    I loaded a big project in v5 and it ran just fine. I need to dig because nothing obvious has changed...

    They install side by side so no loss of DAW.

    But back up copies of your v4 projects because once saved in v5, they cannot be used in v4 again.

  8. On 7/7/2020 at 10:58 PM, Starship Krupa said:

    So what the OP should try, if he has access, is install a version of SONAR that has Rapture or just use Rapture if he already has it?

    In a pinch, if he has a Cakewalk, Inc. login, I believe it may still be possible to obtain the free version of SONAR Home Studio that was given away as magware (Computer Music, I think) a few years back. I did so myself about a year ago; believe it or not my sole aim was to get my hands on the 2,000 page pdf SONAR manual.

    However, in the process I also got a nice handful of useful plug-ins, the Project5 DXi processors and Rapture Session. Which of course work a treat in modern day Cakewalk.

    Just to be clear, Rapture and Rapture Session/Pro are completely different products. The fist Rapture (classic) was available in Sonar 7 thru X1 as an LE version (the full version was available for sale as a standalone), and then the full version was bundled with X2 thru Platinum.

    Rapture Pro was a completely reworked product that combined Dimension Pro and Rapture. It was never bundled with Sonar, but the Rapture Session was. Session was intended to be a step up freebie that would import your Dimension Pro, Rapture (classic), and Sound Center presets. Session is still a nice player/librarian for those sounds.

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  9. 19 hours ago, Starship Krupa said:

    I understand that Sound Center was an old 32-bit synth that was later replaced by 64-bit Rapture, so depending on what license(s) you own, if you go the canonical route of installing the latest version of SONAR you paid for, then installing the newest version of Cakewalk by BandLab, you should end up with a version of Rapture (either Session or Pro) that will play your Sound Center content without incurring the overhead of the 32-bit wrapper.

    Check this out:


    I believe Rapture Session was included to replace the aging Sound Center...

  10. 27 minutes ago, Cakewalk User said:

    The mistake Linux fans make is in assuming cost is a barrier, when the reality is that the ecosystem and convenience of competing platforms is more than worth the $99 for a Windows Home license, or whatever (even cheaper) markup the OEM adds to put it on their machines. 

    Average person doesn't care if they can see the code. They just know that software they bought for $300 15 years ago on Windows, while software from 7 years ago would have you running an equally old distro to function in most cases (or hunt down tons of dependencies, or recompile, etc.).

    The alleged benefits aren't worth limiting yourself. 

    Plus, Apple has stepped in to fill the void that Linux gave away to it, with OS X. 


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  11. The easiest thing would probably be to just run the installer for Sonar X3 and use the selective install (I forgot the exact name, advanced or something) so that you can set it for just  the  plugins you want, and not the Sonar application.

    That way you can avoid uninstalling and reinstalling CbB.

  12. One thing in this discussion that is not entirely clear to me is whether you are trying to record a MIDI track, or the audio output from the drum VST to an audio track?

    Both are possible, but the recording methods are each unique in their approach.

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  13. I have the whole AIR collection. There is a lot of value in there. It was once an exclusive for Pro Tools users, but now available as  VST and AU plugins.

    Obviously needs a facelift, but for the price hard to quibble over details...

    Buy them piecemeal, or as collections, which is the best bang for the buck!


  14. On 7/4/2020 at 2:32 PM, Starship Krupa said:

    Not like "I hear some slapback on this, let's see, about 75mS, 20% feedback...." More like, "I'd like to blow the mind of someone listening to this on a good sound system in the dark. Let's see what happens if I put Fracture on it and start twiddling knobs."

    Yup! Exactly! 🤣🤣🤣


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  15. On 7/2/2020 at 3:58 AM, Starship Krupa said:

    I have been chinscratching the past few days about Sonivox Vocalizer Pro for $10 and this seems like a good excuse to just get it. The thing is I want an actual real vocoder, and I have read at least one review that said that it wasn't one, that it was a really cool vocal processor that could get vocoder-ish sounds.

    Also, Sonivox are kind of....ugh. I've downloaded the trial for it, and for this hugely complex processor, what's missing? A manual. So far I can't find any documentation for it. It looks pretty powerful but what good is it if it just sits there like an alien artifact? The point in paying for a commercial vocoder is to get something I don't have to be a wizard to figure out.

    iZotope VocalSynth 2 is 75% off for $49 at PluginBoutique. https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/2-Effects/54-Vocal-Processing/4413-VocalSynth-2

    Of course Waves Morphoder is on sale for $29.99 but not at PB. https://www.waves.com/plugins/morphoder

    And the TAL Vocoder is still a free download. https://tal-software.com/products/tal-vocoder

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  16. I think that for that price everyone should get a copy. Nice sounding hybrid synth, that comes with a large preset library.

    But it's no longer "The Next Generation in Synthesis".

    Interface needs a facelift, and a scalable one at that. But otherwise it's still a very good sound tool. 👍

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  17. 13 hours ago, Starship Krupa said:

    Glitchmachines, makers of fine tools for sound design and EDM production, have a free bundle that includes a couple of plug-ins that do very strange things to audio. Fracture (buffer effect) and Hysteresis (delay effect).

    I ran across those a few years ago. 😁

    Very cool for experimental sounds. It's amazing how you can mangle sounds with them. For example, just try running a drum track through them. You can get some very weird spacey effects. Also try with some normal instrument sounds and you can get some very unpredictable results.

    Fun stuff!

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  18. 19 hours ago, telecode 101 said:

    i think i will end up getting one of the AAS things that are on sale. i like the warm analogue sound of them.

    Good idea! I decided to grab another sound pack for Chromaphone for $19. Was planning to do that anyway. Thanks for reminding me that the sale was still on!

    Will take a look at the Reason Rack plugin for free.

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  19. On 6/28/2020 at 1:36 AM, Hillmy said:

    I see 2 Cakewalk products. One in the XCHANGE Instrument bundle and one in the Producer bundle. Will we still be able to register them?

    I have always wondered about that. Since Gibson shut down Cakewalk, I don't believe that it's been possible to register legacy Cakewalk products. BandLab has not released anything but the DAW to this point.

  20. 2 hours ago, User 905133 said:

    I have AD2 on account (waiting to get some kits, etc.)  so I haven't faced the re-authorization issue.  Maybe someone know, does that need to be done just with Windows upgrades?  I have had issues with Pace iLok and uninstalled it along with software that uses it.  However, please correct me if I am wrong, it seemed like  Pace/iLok and/or the software that uses that protection scheme needs to log in every time the software is boot.  In fact, one software package tried to sync to the corporate servers frequently (i.e., while using the software).  I opted out of that "feature." but the software still tried and failed.

    If XLN requires re-authorization once in a while, to me that seems far less intrusive.  I suppose I will have to download a kit to find out. 

    The issue with XLN is that if your Windows machine ID changes, then it looks like you are using a different computer that has not been activated with XLN yet. Usually a quick fix, Nothing running in the background like some other protection schemes. Just the XLN Installer that you run on demand.

    But you will need to sign in to your XLN Audio account on the web to adjust your computer activations.

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