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William W. Saunders, Jr.

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  1. Slightly fluctuating levels (+/- 3 dB) while tracking shouldn't be a problem. Like he said, freeze soft synth tracks and also commit external hardware synths tracks to audio as well. Then the only fluctuations should be random and non-synchronous modulation from your FX, again likely no more than +/- 3 dB. Slightly fluctuating levels (+/- 3 dB) while mixing down shouldn't be a problem either. You can always use compressors and limiters to avoid more extreme volume fluctuations that mess with the relative levels you are seeking. Finally, as long as you have left good headroom, there shouldn't be any problems mastering your mix with 3rd party FX that have decent dynamic processors - or even the ones available in Cakewalk. Good luck.
  2. Try going into Preferences>Playback and Recording and checking the box near the top of the page that's labeled "Suspend Audio Engine When Cakewalk Is Not in Focus." To quote the online help: "This option allows other software to access device drivers. When this option is checked, other software can access device drivers when Cakewalk is not the focus of Windows." If that doesn't work, you might try downloading Audacity (free) https://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/ and using that to listen to mp3's, *.wav files, etc. You might have more control over drivers that way.
  3. I just have to reiterate here what a great DAW we have in Cakewalk, what a great forum this is and what a great bunch of exceptionally knowledgeable users and Cakewalk staff who continue to offer wisdom and assistance . Thank you, thank you, thank you
  4. Hi Bob, Thanks for the tip. I have the original Quantum 26x32 and just bought the 26x26 for another studio. Still building my new DAW for that studio and waiting for the Thunderbolt 3 card so haven't tried the 26x26 yet. One question: Doesn't disabling C-States in the BIOS take care of this or do those Windows updates ignore/disable that setting? I have always done that and haven't had any trouble with click and pops. Then again, I don't run my 26x32 at 32 samples! Thanks, Bill
  5. Thanks, Bob. I will keep this in mind for future reference. In this case I got a blue scree with a VR code and an Microsoft error message that when, I looked it up on Microsoft's website as directed, said something to the effect of "You are overclocking"! LOL. Barely, I'm running my i7 7820X at 4300, max Turbo speed.
  6. The problem is that, without some kind of sync, your pre-fab keyboard accompaniment is running oblivious to the clock/tempo/measures/beats of CW. Maybe you can sync CW to the keyboard which must have some kind of internal MIDI sync that can send out with its MIDI data. However, if you are just recording the audio of the accompaniment, that wont work. In other words, some folks above were suggesting you sync your keyboard to CW. Instead maybe you can sync CW to your keyboard's internal clock. Its obviously got one if it can sync to itself. The question is whether it can output its clock info with MIDI from the accompaniment. Maybe tell us the type and model of keyboard you are using (I assume its a Casio 3000 - but which model?) and the other details of your setup.
  7. I play jazz, world, fusion and some singer-songwriter ballads ala Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, etc. I mix my tracks to about -6dB, normalize so the peaks are at -.5 db and then master using Ozone 9 with EQ to taste, compressor (settings vary according to the dynamics in the mix), dynamic EQ (to smooth things out) and the "Maximizer" limiter. I try to end up with about -14 dB RMS with peaks limited to -.3 dB. Bottom line, most of my mastered tracks are right around -14 dB RMS and their loudness is comparable to other similar music on CD or MP3. The track profile looks like this (its a 7.5 min. song so its a bit squeezed in this window).
  8. My crashes (which aren't happening anymore) occured when I tried to do anything with Kontakt 6 inside CW and went straight to a blue screen telling me a fatal error had occurred and checking for info to send Microsoft.
  9. Thanks, Bob. After spending way too much time trying to diagnose, I decided to restore from a 6 month old Acronis Backup. Things seem to be working so far.
  10. Thanks, Bob. I too have used Kontakt, including Kontakt 6, for a long time with no issues. Not sure why this suddenly started happening. I have installed and applied all WIN 10 and NI updates and uninstalled and reinstalled latest versions of Kontakt 6 (using Native Access) and Cakewalk. Just seems to be a strange glitch in my system. All my other VST's work fine
  11. Every time I open a Cakewalk project with Kontakt 6 in it, I get a crash/ bluescreen. This strange behavior started happening a couple of months ago when I was editing an instrument in Kontakt 6. Initially I could open projects, I just couldn't mess with the Kontakt 6 settings. I got so frustrated that I uninstalled Kontakt 6 and reverted to Kontakt 5. Everything worked fine. Today I figured CW has been updated, there have been a couple of WIN 10 updates, so maybe it will work now. No luck. Now the projects won't even open. So I had to uninstall it again and now everything is fine. I tried checking out the NI website support for help but they are overwhelmed and have closed down most support options. Does anyone have any idea as to how I might fix this? Thanks, Bill PS: I tried this in both CW and SONAR - same result.
  12. You always need to tell us at least your computer setup (MOBO, CPU, RAM, OS,) your sound device, etc. Otherwise no one will have a clue as to how to help you. BTW: Asio4all is not a recommended option and is likely the cause of your problem but unless you tell us more, no one will be able to help.
  13. FYI - I have a "Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant" Firewire card that works fine. The driver is an old one from Microsoft: Driver Date: 6/21/2006. Driver version: 10.0.18362.1 I guess yours is VIA using a different driver ? Good luck.
  14. 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.
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