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  1. John was trying to help. No need to be rude.
  2. @John Maar - Ha! I've had the Dim Pro Expansion Packs installed for years, but I never noticed the Virtual B3, since there is a whole "Organ" section listed in the presets. As a non-keyboard player, my organ needs are meager, and these sounds are more than adequate for me. Thanks for the tip!
  3. @David McMillen - Since you say you're a newbie, I highly recommend you start with SI-Drums, which comes with CbB (separate I think, but free). Mess around with it to get an idea of how MIDI drums work. When you're ready you can buy or try some of the drum programs mentioned by the others in this thread. Be aware that MIDI drums consist of two major parts: the drums themselves (samples), and the MIDI "instructions" which tell the samples what, when and how to play. The MIDI parts can be store-bought loops, or you can create them with a keyboard MIDI controller. Most MIDI drum packages come with both drums and loops, and if you don't understand drum maps, use them together instead of purchasing separately. Good luck!
  4. @Blogospherianman @twelvetone; @reginaldStjohn @tonemangler Thanks guys. I'm still struggling with this bass track. Every time I listen I hear another timing problem. I used Melodyne to quantize the whole track (in bite-size sections), and that worked OK in a general way, but it left some sloppiness. So I went back to transient-stretching with Audiosnap and I'm in the process of manually tightening it up. If it weren't for Covid we'd just get together and do it over until we got it right, and in the end it would be better than what we're gonna end up with this way. But that's life and death in the new millennium.
  5. I found some anomalies in Melodyne's behavior, too, but it definitely works better for this that Audiosnap. Thanks!
  6. @tonemangler: Thanks for that. I had high hopes for Audiosnap, and I completely forgot about Melodyne. I feel like Audiosnap would have worked for me if I could occasionally add my own transient marker. But when I came to a spot where the timing was off and there was no marker, it seemed there was nothing I could do.
  7. I've got a bass guitar track that is not rhythmically solid. He is playing eight to the bar at 155bpm. A very high percentage of the notes are off by a tiny amount, but the MIDI drums are, of course, bang on, so the incorrect timing on the bass is noticeable. I've never used Audiosnap, but this is a long-distance collaboration and I don't know if I can get the guy to play his part again. I have tried many settings -- threshold, resolution, stretch method, manual editing, quantize (note durations, audio snap beats, etc) different amounts of "swing" and have come pretty close to "fixing" this track, but something always goes wrong, Like there is an extra transient detected that I can't get rid of, or a transient is missing. When I play back sections where these things occur it sounds worse than when I started. Note that if I could get this working I wouldn't mind editing the whole three minutes manually, nor would I mind if the track ends up "perfect," i.e. mechanical sounding. The song won't suffer. Is there a clear tutorial somewhere on how to do this? It seems to me that anyone who's tried to edit a track for timing must have run into the same glitches. I have been at this for a few hours now, and I would welcome any tips or ideas.
  8. Weird that it would do this, but in your case it's the proverbial gift horse. Don't look it in the mouth.
  9. One of my first jobs in audio was an 8-hour voice session, recording to mono 1/4-inch tape, in Japanese, a language I don't speak or understand. Luckily the producer told me where the outtakes were, where to cut, and so on. But over many years of voiceover recording to tape I learned a few things, and if I had to do it again I'd probably mimic the same methods I used in the old days. Make sure the narrator understands the importance of working the microphone. Most of the time, she needs to place herself in the same spot exactly, all the time, to keep the sound consistent throughout the recording. Have a printed script for you that's the same as the narrator's. Have a code word for when a word or phrase needs to be re-done. The word in common use when I was doing it was "pickup." The narrator would stop, say "pickup," then countdown "3 - 2 - 1 ..." then start again. When this would happen I'd make a note (on paper or directly onto my script) of where it took place in hours, minutes and seconds. I would never stop the tape, because that would break the spell. These notes would be (sort of) accurate when it came time to edit. With a DAW, your notes could be frame accurate if you wanted them to be. You could even just press "M" when a pickup occurs and type in what happened while the narrator continues reading. Record a minute of silence in the room with the mic on and nobody around. You can insert this silence here and there when the editing creates an unnatural-sounding pause. I've only ever used four DAWs, but I haven't seen one with the clip-based timelines or other VO-specific functions you're looking for. Still, I applaud your efforts to make a modern workflow for the new millennium 😀. Best of luck!
  10. Do you mean you want to buy Microsoft Windows 7? Or are you looking for a version of Cakewalk by Bandlab that will run on Windows 7? SONAR is gone, but CbB is completely free and only comes in one version. Download Bandlab Assistant and use it to get CbB. It will probably run on Windows 7-64, but if it doesn't you have nothing to lose. (Cuz it's FREE!)
  11. Don't forget to set your grid to whole measures, so you don't accidentally select an unwanted duration.
  12. I've only scored one 30 minute film in Cakewalk, but I can confirm all your problems and frustrations. I tried converting to a couple of different video formats (in Vegas) and ended up creating an .avi file. This worked, but of course it had to be converted back to a .mov at the end. I think any DAW worth the name has to be able to do film scoring. But having a video track that won't accept modern formats doesn't make sense to me.
  13. Ya got me there. I don't think I've ever had to do that, but I'm gonna guess if you open the take lanes under your MIDI track you'll figure it out.
  14. The only sure-fire way I have found is to switch the cursor to the "Select" tool and drag it across the track, making sure you've selected everything that's showing (everything you want, that is). Then Bounce to Clips. Every other selection method sometimes fails. Of course, you'll forget to switch back to the Smart Tool when you're done, but that will be made apparent soon enough. 🙃
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