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  1. Is it possible you moved a USB-connected device to a different USB port on your computer? If so, please respond, and I will detail some steps for you to help with that. (it is a bit of typing, so it would save my fingers to know whether or not one or more of your USB devices ended up in different USB port(s). Thanks) Bob Bone
  2. Try going to Edit > Preferences , and check the paths for Files > Folder Locations, to make sure they are still valid, and edit them as needed.
  3. If you use Battery, it should also have that -6 dB parameter you can adjust, if memory serves. Bob Bone
  4. Kewl - I had no way to know. Glad some piece of it was helpful. Rock on, Sir. Bob Bone
  5. They all use SATA III, which maxes out at around 500 MB/second. Seek times will be faster than on a HDD drive. Bob Bone
  6. The clipping may not occur on the individual track you are recording with peaks hitting -1 dBFS, but that is almost certainly going to be too hot for many of your plugins to process properly - particularly those that emulate analog gear - as those plugins are designed to work best with an input level at 0 dB VU (which is an average, and they calibrate most VU Meters to -18 dBFS, using a 1k pure sine wave). In addition, if you start running your tracks to various buses, that feed additional busses, you will end up with the signal clipping, eventually. I think it far better to record at lower levels, so that there is a good bit of headroom left for mastering. I believe you would end up with a cleaner and better sound, by lowering your recording levels right from the start, and then if too quiet, simply raising the speaker volume would get it loud enough for your listening, while keeping enough room for a proper mix and master. Don't take my word for it - do a little digging on the internet, and while there are numerous opinions on what a proper recording level is, I would bet you wouldn't find much, if any, guidance that would suggest recording with peaks hitting -1 dBFS. For whatever the worth, I set track gain at or near 0 dB VU, with no peaks louder than -6 dBFS. That gives me an average level that leaves me around 18 dB of headroom, with room for sharp transients to get up to, but not exceding, -6 dBFS. I also have a limiter on the Master Bus set to -1dBFS, to prevent speaker or ear damage. I also make sure that each plugin is gain-neutral , meaning the output volume of any plugin is adjusted to it matches its input gain, through either makeup-gain or gain reduction. I try to run all the way through each channel and its plugins, at that 0 dB VU target, except drums - which I use a target of somwhere between -18 dBFS and maybe -14 dBFS, with no drum peaks above -6 dBFS. Best of luck to you, in any case. Bob Bone
  7. I suggest using the midi track fader associated with the loaded Gentleman instrument, to bring its volume down (check the actual dBFS level shown on its audio track(s), for the actual gain level, because the midi track fader is using midi volume (0-127), rather than the audio gain level shown in the Peak Meter for its audio tracks. For the instrument that is too quiet, I would just use that instrument's associated track's Gain knob, to add some gain there, again observing the Peak dBFS shown on the audio track(s) for that instrument. If you have two audio tracks for that instrument (left mono and right mono), you can select both tracks, then hold CTRL while adjusting the Gain, to move the Gain knob for both tracks at the same time, as that will make both tracks move in the identical amount. The reason I suggest using the midi track volume to bring an instrument down in volume, rather than the Gain knob for the associated audio track(s), is because the Kontakt default volume setting is -6 dBFS, which is still quite loud for recording purposes, and the Gain knob may not allow enough gain reduction to get you to whatever level you prefer to record at. (I use -18 dBFS for sharp-transient instruments, like drums, and a VU Meter setting of 0 dB VU and a peak dBFS of no louder than -6 dBFS). Bob Bone
  8. Wow - you bring Kontakt instruments in at 0? I cannot imagine being that hot on input. How could you not end up clipping? Bob Bone
  9. Kewl - yeah, because the Kontakt default is to set each instrument up to a -6 dB level, which is usually WAY too hot for recording, you can take advantage of its default checked parameter telling each instrument to respond to standard controllers for volume and pan, by adjusting the instrument volume using the midi track fader, stops it from making the volume jump back to that default -6 dB level. It will just stay on whatever level you set on the midi track fader. The only thing with that, is that the scale on the midi track fader is from 0-127 - the midi scale, and that doesn't correspond to a dBFS value, so to get around that, try the following steps: 1) As soon as a Kontakt instrument gets loaded, drop its midi track fader to zero. 2) Alternate between moving the midi track fader up, and playing some notes on that instrument, so that you move up into the range you like to record at (for me that is around - 18 dBFS. (so as you play some notes, every time you move that fader up, look at the associated audio track(s) for that instrument, to see the peak. Doing it the above way, keeps the volume from being insanely loud to begin with, (even if you have a limiter on your Master Bus to prevent speaker or ear damage), and only takes a few seconds to do. After you do this a few times, you will get a feel for approximately where the midi track fader needs to be to result in a peak of around -18 dBFS, or whatever you generally use. If you use VU Meters instead, shoot for around 0 dB VU, which is usually calibrated to be at -18 dBFS - but if you use VU Meters for gain staging, there are a couple considerations: 1) make sure nothing peaks (on the Peak meter) above -6 dBFS, and also, if you have an instrument with sharp transients (like drums), you are better off setting that instrument using the Peak Meter (dBFS) , because the slow reaction of VU Meters could result in clipping. Bob Bone
  10. Not to mention the candy they include with orders. Nice touch
  11. Yeah, but I think you can avoid having to even go into the instrument, by simply adjusting the midi track fader for the instrument. Bob Bone
  12. Kewl - just wondering. Strange symptoms. I have 4 of the M-Audio sustain pedals, and 4 different brands of midi controllers, and some of the pedals work 'backwards' than intended - because in the industry, there are two different polarities used between Yamaha pedals and Roland pedals, and for years and years, it would piss people off, because we would plug a pedal in, only to find the notes getting sustained when the pedal was not pressed, and the notes would release when the pedals would be pressed. The keyboard manufacturers eventually programmed their products to hold some combo of keys down when turning on the keyboard, to flip its idea of when the sustain pedal would sustain or release, and the pedal manufacturers generally also provide a little switch on the side or more often, on the bottom of the sustain pedals, that also flip the polarity - to switch the sustain/release to the other way - and this has allowed life to continue for keyboard players, the world over. On my M-Audio sustain pedals, there is such a switch on the bottom - have you tried switching that and plugging the pedal back into your keyboard? Bob Bone
  13. Is the pedal plugged into an Expression pedal port, instead of a Sustain pedal port? Bob Bone
  14. That would have done it, I would think - it justnever came up in the discussions between Sweetwater/Cakewalk Support/Nektar, to change anything called Global ID. and not sure if changing something like that would be possible. At the time, they had just said that both identical controllers would broadcast identical information. Once Sweetwater decided to overnight me a replacement controller of a different model, I never went back to revisit that situation. (That was AWESOME by Sweetwater to have done that, by the way - they essentially 'fronted' me a new midi controller, ahead of my shipping the other one back to them - which was made even MORE awesome because I had a gig days later, so them doing that reallyreallyreallyreallyREALLY helped me out). I will do a litle digging into the notion of Global ID - thanks for your post. Bob Bone
  15. DOH! (and, yup) I might be tempted to continue to use an interface who's company closed its doors. I still use orphaned software, as long as it works, but only for recording, and not for live performance, just to play it safe on something causing me to have to abandon the evening and leave both audience and venue disappointed and pissed off - because of me using orphaned gear or software. Bob Bone
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