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William W. Saunders, Jr.

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  1. Ahh, I hadn't considered that since I haven't been using those.
  2. MIDI just goes one place - to the output(s) you assign it to. Its simply digital instructions to your MIDI devices, soft-synths and MIDI-automatable units. It doesn't get amplified or processed or messed with unless you have MIDI FX in your FX bin, in which case it make a pit stop there and is tweaked before heading to your output. Otherwise it doesn't go through any gain staging, busses or other manipulation.
  3. What synth/soft synth is your MIDI feeding to make the sound that is too loud?
  4. Because it has been striving since the last century to be free and to get the respect it deserves. It's finally free, and it will never be captured again.
  5. Hi Dominic: Welcome to the forum. It always helps if you include you systems specs, including processor, motherboard, RAM specs, etc. Also, let us know what buffer settings you are using: Under "Driver Settings" - Buffers in Playback Queue and Buffer Size; and under "Sync and Caching" - Playback and Recording I/O Buffer Size. Those all may be factors but no one can help if they don't know how you have those parameters set. Otherwise, 1. First, I would suggest that you try turning off "Suspend Audio Engine When Cakewalk is Not In Focus." 2. Do you have any other programs running in the background that use that audio interface? If so, close them. 3. Did you disable all USB power saving? If not, do it in Control Panel > Power Options > Edit Plan Settings > Change Advanced Power Settings > USB Settings > USB Selective Suspend Settings: Disabled 4. Do you have another audio interface or soundcard enabled? If so disable it. 5. Did you download and install the latest driver and firmware from this website? https://www.steinberg.net/en/support/downloads_hardware/downloads_ur242.html If not, do it. 6. Also, did you see the note on that website that says: "Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver The TOOLS for UR come with a Yamaha Steinberg USB driver component included. However, a newer version of the driver for your USB audio interface might be available on this page ( https://www.steinberg.net/en/support/downloads_hardware/yamaha_steinberg_usb_driver.html ). The driver component can be updated separately in this case." Good luck, Bill
  6. I agree. I do too, largely because of the ease of inputting metadata and saving it for tracks within the Nero "compilation." You can then update those tracks later with new versions of your wave files and still keep the metadata you entered for the earlier version, as long as the name of the file is the same..
  7. How are you getting your guitar signal into Cakewalk? What are you plugging it into and what kind of input is it? That is probably where the problem lies, not in Cakewalk.
  8. CD Architect is controlled by MAGIX. Unfortunately, my version 5.2 which came with Sound Forge no longer can be activated, although MAGIX will take you through the steps to do so. At then end, however, it says my version is 5.4 and says my serial number/product key don't match that version. I have gotten no help from support. But, yes, it is a good program. Windows Media Player will do the job quite nicely. Just click on the "Burn" tab on the right and drag those wave files into the "Burn List." Then click on "Start Burn."
  9. I agree, but don't let DeeringAmps hear this sacrilege.
  10. I agree that sending a clean guitar signal to Cakewalk to record and a separate guitar signal to your amp (using a splitter cable or some other means) will give you the monitoring grit you need for inspiration as well as a nice clean signal you can manipulate later. You can even record the amp with a mic simultaneously on another track. I also agree that setting relatively low gain levels going into Cakewalk gives you the best chance as getting the sound you want, especially if you are recording at 24-bits. Brandon, you ask: "Do you find you get a lot of unwanted noise when you normalise from a low level of gain?" No more so than if you have a lot of gain going in. In digital recording at 24-bits you can increase volume significantly and the only noise you are going to notice is what your guitar, amp and background noise are producing. You'll get that same relative noise level (plus possible problems with overload) if you try recording "hot" level going into Cakewalk. Years ago I was initially disappointed when recording some of my outboard gear using SPDIF outs that levels were so low and that the waveform in Cakewalk track view was so tiny, but it has really never presented a problem, even after applying gain increase of 20 dB or more . Better way too soft than even slightly too loud in my book.
  11. Freezing and unfreezing tracks as you edit is really quite quick and easy
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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