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  1. Try deleting Bandlab Assistant then reinstalling the latest version if you are having problems with it. That has fixed these issues for me in the past.
  2. I have used this one with great results: Samsung SSD 860 EVO 2TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0786QNSBD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1 I also use this one, for about double the price, which is even better in terms of specs and reviews: Samsung 970 EVO SSD 2TB - M.2 NVMe https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C8Y31G1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  3. I use an Asrock Z390 Taichi which works great with an Intel Core i9-9900K. It has Thunderbolt and 3 M.2 slots. A great combo and the MOBO is $229. vs $289., at least on Amazon.
  4. "I did not look at MIDI channel on the track, but why would it be different than 1? I did not type in Ch2 or anything." 1. Sometimes it just gets switched so do look at it. 2. Also, I assume you have all the latest MOTIF XS drivers from this site: https://usa.yamaha.com/support/updates/index.html?c=music_production&k=motif+xs 3. Have you tried just using the Firewire or MIDI DIN ins and outs instead of USB? Those two trials might tell you if its just the MOTIF's USB interface or some other problem. Good luck and Happy Holidays
  5. Absolutely. It's seamless. There is nobody I have heard of (on this forum or elsewhere ) who has ever regretted going from SONAR (any version) to Cakewalk by BandLab. Do It!
  6. For the ability to have three M.2 drives (OS, Audio and Samples), I've am having a very good experience with 2 different ASRock Taichi MOBO's -- an X299 and a Z390. Multiple SATA connections available at the same time. Using Thunderbolt Presonus Quantum on both flawlessly.
  7. Check the output selected for the track(s). Maybe you have it set to a mono rather than a stereo output of your soundcard (sorry, interface - I'm a geezer). Check the output selected for the bus you are routing your track(s) to. Same issue - be sure its routed to a stereo output of your interface.
  8. Like Promidi, I am always connected to the internet on my DAW. I had the CWBL activation message show up for the first time recently and simply opened Bandlab Assistant, let it update itself, logged in and all was well. It might not hurt to uninstall then reinstall either or both BA and CWBL if that doesn't work.
  9. Before I track vocals (with VST monitoring), I just do a rough instrumental mix (with all the desired FX) and then I archive everything except that rough mix and the vocal track I am going to record. Then there's no FX load to worry about except the one(s) on my vocal track and/or bus. That way I can dial my ASIO buffer down as low as possible and get rid of most latency issues I think a muted track with FX still places a load on the CPU, whereas archived tracks do not. (When I do this I don't think about PDC so I can't answer that part of your question.)
  10. You're not taking about "Auto-Track Zoom" are you, "shift-z" under the track view "View" menu? Is that not working for you?
  11. I mix all tracks - routed through various sub-buses to the Master Bus - down to a single stereo track. Then I insert mastering plug-ins in the FX bin of that track and export it through a stereo hardware out - several times with tweaks to the FX as needed.
  12. The only time I use SONAR is to view 2 project versions simultaneously on 2 different monitors to compare settings, levels etc. - SONAR on the left, Cakewalk on the right. Pretty handy, but I have to remember never to save the version open in SONAR of I may lose some of the new bells and whistles.
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