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  1. Yes, it's very often flaky for me. Last week half of it broke up into the underlying code and I couldn't access the buttons to select/do things. It was like that no matter how many times I restarted it. I left it for a day or so and then it worked.
  2. I had to zap my PC today as it got its Win10 knickers in a twist- badly. It fixed Windows failing to start up but removed all my apps. I'm attempting to download Cakewalk again via the Bandlab Assistant but all it says is 'Downloading... (0/1)' and actually nothing at all is happening. Does anyone know of a better way to reinstall my Cakewalk? And how do I regain all the addons I bought that used to sit on my Sonar account? Are they lost forever? Where do I get Zeta from? 😩
  3. That's my post above. Suddenly I'm logged on as my old self. ??????????????????
  4. Yes, agreed. Something odd there. I subscribed to SOS for years but gave up a while ago as I found I was finding less and less articles relevant to me.
  5. I wonder if anyone has bought XO? 😴 I use AD2 all the time and wish XLN would nurture it a bit more. 😩
  6. I'm composing my own 'yacht rock' song and I'm liking the feel of this track by Young Gun Silver Fox: I'd like to use an opening figure like the quacking synth used here, but I can't find anything like it in Halion Sonic or SampleTank. Has anyone idea what a patch like this might be called? Presumably a 'Synth Lead' of some sort. (Sorry, I'm a guitarist not a keyboard player and have no idea of the conventions when it comes to synths!) Thanks!
  7. Technical notes and lyrics here: Here.
  8. It seems to be on this list: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eiVH_I1clbbRtWFh4-3Mo7HANjCxR8SwqHJtYXy19gw/pub
  9. I used to keep altering a misleading Wiki page which left out a very key event in a certain Victorian's life, and someone kept altering it back to suppress the facts. We played ping pong for a while then I gave up. I'm sure the other party was a descendant of the Victorian person in the entry who wished to whitewash their legacy. An example of how and why Wiki can be abused and be unreliable.
  10. Lou Reed. Marianne Faithfull. I can name many others who can't sing for toffees, some who virtually 'talk' instead. What they all have in common though is that they understood that, but still wanted to express themselves musically. So they worked on sculpting what noises they could make into being 'quirky' and making songs and music that suited that matched their limited warbling abilities. I played in bands for years and always got shirty with individuals I felt could sing, say, backing vocals, but claimed "I can't sing." This was almost always code for "I don't want to embarrass myself" and "I can't be bothered to try". I would then go on to give them a few tips and force them to darn well contribute, like others in the band. Capitalise on what you can do, and do it with verve and commitment. That will come through in the delivery and be picked up by the listener, who isn't expecting Pararotti - it's pop/rock and almost anything goes. If, however, you sing reticently, that will also be picked up by the listener and they'll be distracted from the lyrics and won't want to stay with it.
  11. I can't hear anything 'dirty' or 'gritty' in this snippet. 🤫 As for EQ, how I would adjust it would depend entirely on the context of the vocal.
  12. Thanks Joad. Yes, a Hammond B3, but courtesy of SampleTank3! Cheers Steve, much appreciated!
  13. Good article. I just added my 2p's worth in the discussion.
  14. Nice work guys! I love this. Yes, a bit of Beatles, Badfinger and I was also reminded of The Idle Race. (Or as they say in Brum where they hail from, 'The Oidle Royce'). Superbly arranged, produced and engineered. Well, darn top drawer all round really. 😎
  15. Wow, what a great version. Love the vocals, what a timbre and vibrato!! Love the guitar sounds. Superbly engineered and produced. 🏆
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