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William W. Saunders, Jr.

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  1. ASRock Taichi MOBOs have three M.2 slots. Thunderbolt too. I have an X299 and a Z390, one at home and one in my studio. I have M.2 NVME SSDs for OS, Audio and Samples in both. Both boards and all 6 SSD's are working great for me.
  2. This can happen if your clip already has an un-rendered region effect applied to it. So you can try "render region FX" or "remove region FX" or possibly, as the previous answer says, try bouncing the clip.
  3. I don't have this problem either, but in the event you are automating effect sends, you aren't going to be able to cut off the tail of a reverb by silencing the send. You have to automate the reverb bus volume if you want to do that.
  4. I find there are some limits to manipulating the scroll bars at the bottom and side to zoom in on the clip. What seems to allow a deeper zoom is to press Cntrl and use the scroll wheel.
  5. Hi All, I've been wearing my Cakewalk/BL shirt so much that it is getting a bit ragged. Any chance of us being able to buy some new ones? Wouldn't mind buying another mug or two as well. Thanks, Bill
  6. I'm not sure an external drive will ever give you the speed of an internal drive of the same type. I think some of the sample vendors recommend against it, but this may be old information because it comes from an old guy. I would recommend getting a Samsung internal SATA SSD like your EVO 850. I also suggest that you splurge for the biggest one you can afford if you are serious about using your DAW in the long run. (Prices continue to drop on SSD's as you have surely noticed.) I recently had to go from 1 to 2TB for my Audio Drive and 2 to 4 TB for my Samples Drive, just because everything adds up. Good luck
  7. Brilliant insights, wisdom and suggestions, all. Thank you.
  8. Thanks, everyone. I'll keep mastering all my own stuff, as I enjoy it and I enjoy the results (never had the intention to stop doing that). I'm just curious to see if someone else could take my mix and do something with it unexpected and exciting or at least inspiring. So if anyone knows someone skilled who might do this inexpensively, please let me know. Ciao, Bill
  9. Thanks, ya'll. Excellent points, I can totally agree with all of them. Witnesseth that: @sidney & krupa: I've been recording and "mastering" (of some sort) since hooking 2-track Sony reel-to-reel decks together in 1972. So I am definitely on the "learn-to-master-it-yourself" and "get-the-right-tools" side of the spectrum. @treesha & krupa: I do my mastering now in Cakewalk using Ozone 9 in the Music Production Suite 3 (and Vers. 8 and 7 before it) to master and export my mixes to Soundforge, examine and trim them there. The tools are great, the Mastering Assistant is indeed a great starting point to understand what my mixes need and how to tune them. I really do like what I'm coming up with. But I'm almost done with an album length project and am wondering if hearing my mixes mastered differently would teach me anything. Thanks to this forum and to the people who have kept Cakewalk going and progressing all these years. I'm a 25-year user and abuser of this great program. It's really hard to believe - at any price. Aloha, Bill
  10. I've always mastered my own tracks in Cakewalk and SoundForge but I'm considering trying an on-line service like CDBaby to see what the difference would be. Does anyone have any experience doing this and any recommendations? I never did try LANDR when that free offer came out a few years back. How do they rate? Thanks, Bill
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. "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
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