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  1. You can solo the audio track(s) for the Kontakt instrument you want to hear by itself, rather than soloing the midi track for that instrument). Bob Bone
  2. @Starise - on your earlier question about possibly upgrading from Home to Pro - there is really nothing much with Pro, for non-business use, that would be of any real benefit to upgrading for. Just hang on to the license for some new build - I picked up these licenses, simply because they were for $39, and that is quite a bit bit cheaper than the regular price for Home. Bob Bone
  3. Exactly - I do trust PC World, however, and have been a subscriber for years, and I can verify that one of the licenses I bought from this $39 deal, did in fact work properly. (I bought 3 licenses, and have only used one of the three, thus far). I wouldn't even think about buying a discounted license from Amazon or Ebay, or most other unknown sites, though. Bob Bone
  4. I am actually quite happy with my purchase of multiple Windows 10 Professional full retail version licenses, from PC World. I have been a subscriber of theirs, for many years, and I completely trust the integrity of their site, and purchases made. I don't consider myself as "falling for this one" - I consider myself very happy with their content, and certainly with this deal. If you think a deal offered by another site is a better deal, well, good luck - truly. I just thought this was a great deal, and I had immediate use for two of the multiple licenses I purchased. Best of luck with anybody who finds a better deal from some other site, and of course, from THIS site. Bob Bone
  5. Well, one never knows - all I knew, was that I would have felt REALLY horrified, if the deal I had repeatedly promoted, had resulted in a bunch of folks getting SUPER pissed, that they could not use those purchased license - ME being one of them. So, yeah, I am QUITE relieved to find that it worked perfectly, after all, and it just needed to be done per Windows internal logic, on its determination of whether or not an installed version of Windows 10 was legitimate, or not. All good, indeed. A fantastic deal, truly. I now own 3 extra licenses for future needs for installation and authentication, of Windows 10 Profeesional, from this PC World deal. I am so relieved that this all worked. WHEW! Bob Bone
  6. UPDATE - I had warned of my purchased license failing to be seen by Windows, as a valid license. That greatly concerned me, because I had started this thread, and a bunch of folks purchased the Windows 10 Professional retail license. Sooooooo, it turns out everything us FINE, after all. (Yay) I had done some digging into it, and saw that, for clean installs of Windows 10, it might take some amount of time for Windows to decide that the clean install was not authenticated, and it is only at THAT point, and thereafter, that Windows 10 will allow one of these purchased Win 10 Pro licenses can be entered. Sure enough, last night, Windows 10 put up a notification, that when opened, said that the installed Win 10 was not authenticated, and at the bottom of that window, there were two links: 1) purchase license, and 2) enter a different Product Key. THIS time, my purchased license, from this PC World deal, worked like a champ, and I am now showing as an authenticated version of Windows 10 Professional, and all is well. Bob Bone
  7. I suggest you scroll back up, and find the screenshot I made, of those steps a Microsoft Answers had posted, on getting a license code to work, that was flagged as invalid. Save that screenshot with wherever you have your purchased licenses saved, and that way, you will have those steps handy, should you find yourself in the situation I warned about. Here to make that easier: Screenshot of steps I found to work around Windows license issues with valid licenses being detected as invalid
  8. So, that sounds like that newly purchased Win 10 Pro license is still good, for use with some other computer build. It is not explained very well, regarding folks having existing licenses associated with their Microsoft Live email accounts. I will try to get mine working, and post my adventure, later tonight, following my MRI, and hopefully happy pills dosage adjustment.
  9. Thanks for the wishes for feeling better. I did a clean install, setting it up in the Media Creation Tool to load the USB drive as such, HOWEVER, because the Microsoft Live ID had a digital license for Windows 10 Home associated with it, when I was doing the setup process on the new computer build, with the brand new M.2 drive, it never asked me for a product key, and at the end of the setup, it had loaded it with Windows 10 Home, because of the digital license, and after that, it will not recognize the newly purchased Windows 10 Pro license I bought. Potential good news 0 I found a Microsoft Answers post, where they gave some steps to correct the issue, and allow for upgrading to Windows 10 Pro to fix the above situation. Those steps listed were The above steps worked for another responder, in that thread, so perhaps those would work. I will try them later on, after I get back. It seems that is some generic key, so it could be used by anyone in the situation I found myself in. I could just leave it as an activated Windows 10 Home, but I am both stubborn, and an idiot, so I want to make SURE these purchased licenses DO work, since I started this whole thread, and may have talked a bunch of folks into purchasing these licenses. Bob Bone
  10. I will try to figure out the issue and post back, but it will be several hours, as I am currently in excruciating pain in my neck and shoulders (woke up Friday with a knot in my neck, the size of a golf ball, and while the knot dissipated since then, the pain remains, so am going to be heading down to the emergency room, to get an MRI of my neck - I have a bunch of herniated discs in my lower back and neck, and have degenerative disc disease, so this may be new herniation). Anyways - I will try to post back as soon as feasible, and when I I have this issue figured out. Bob Bone
  11. The old pre-10 licenses were still doing free upgrades to 10, at least for a while, not sure what the OEM rules were for that. These licenses from PC World's deal are for full retail 10 Pro licenses.
  12. Uh Oh - I just tried to use 2 different Windows 10 Pro keys that I purchased from this deal, and I am not yet sure what the issue is, but trying to upgrade one PC with Windows 10, to the Pro, neither one of two different keys worked. I will contacting PC World in a few moments. Here is the error message I received: "The product key you entered didn't work. Check the product key and try again, or enter a different one (0x800f0805)" Bob Bone
  13. But that is for a full retail license, not OEM. Bob Bone
  14. I just emailed the product keys to myself, and they are safe, as long as Yahoo is in business.
  15. UPDATE - August 05 - this deal is STILL being offered by PC World - I just snagged 3 more licenses, (2 last night, and 1 this morning), because of friends that bought pre-loaded new PC's from stores, only to find out the hard way, that they came with OEM versions of Windows 10, that do not allow for transfer to a different computer. So - now, they can use these $39 licenses, instead of the $199 it would have cost for them to buy a license elsewhere. Wahoo! (2 of the 3 I just got are for friends, and I am keeping the 3rd for myself, plus I had gotten one for me, back in early July) Anyways, it looks like this sale runs through the whole month of August - REALLY a good deal. The purchase generates a full retail license key for Windows 10 Professional. I suggest NOT adding on the 2 optional add-ons, which are for 2-year access to download, and the other is for a prepared DVD to be sent. The reason I suggested skipping the add-on purchases, are because that 2-year download access is not to download Windows 10, it is to purchase 2-year download access to download the two files for which the purchase gives download links that are good for either 30 or 60 days. Those two downloadable files are 1) the Windows 10 Install Guide PDF, and 2) the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. When you purchase the Windows 10 Pro license here, you use the Media Creation Tool to prepare a copy of Window 10 Pro, on either a USB drive or DVD, and then during installation, you would use the purchased license. Enjoy, I still am Bob Bone
  16. Well, thanks, first of all. Also, I had some help with the recording of the guitar, bass, and bass pedal parts, fom two friends of mine. Both of them played EXCEPTIONALLY well, and that helped me a lot. A would like to add a couple of notes - 1) The bass player owns an actual, real, 40+ year old set of the original Moog Taurus bass pedals. which is what comes thundering in, for this song, with the famous Mellotron strings sound, in the guitar solo. So, we were able to track those bass pedals, which are amazingly still working, though the contact points sometimes did not fire, and required a couple of retakes. But, we got them. 2) I have worked hard to gather up a collection of Kontakt libraries, and software emulations, of almost every keyboard Tony Banks ever used, in their entire history of concerts and on albums, so when you hear, in this snippet, that wonderful synth lead tone, that is pretty much THE sound Tony used on the Seconds Out album, which was an ARP Pro Soloist. Same thing for the organ - I have a really spot on emulation of the Hammond L-122 organ, with Leslie speaker, as well as the RMI Electra piano, and the Mellotron. Here is a another tiny little part of a song - the intro and pre-vocals full band for The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. I played this using a Kontakt library of the RMI Electra piano, and I added a little phaser. While this one has real drums, it is not yet mixed, whatsoever, and the whole song WILL get posted, but this should give you an idea of how closely I was able to replicate the sounds: Cover of Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Intro and some pre-verse full band Bob Bone
  17. I didn't start out to be evil - it kind of snuck up on me. It has its upsides, though - minions, henchmen, the whole Bwa Ha Ha evil laugh, I have my 'lair', but then there are the long hours..... I am working hard to finish entering all the drum MIDI data, by hand, and editing velocities and such, for particular rolls/fills, to match the original live recording from Seconds Out, that this cover is coming from. I really want to share it here, but that evilnessicity in me prevents it. (that is evil-speak for me wanting to get the drums finished, and the song mixed/mastered first). By the way, it is no small feat, to try to transcribe one of the most epic live performance of any song on the planet, ever. For sure, Phil is trashing away on the skins, and the 2nd drummer for this song is likely Chester Thompson, however Bill Bruford also played on that tour, which is what freed Phil up to front the band, after Peter Gabriel left. I dimly recall seeing that on Seconds Out, Bruford is playing only on Cinema Show, but I am not sure that is accurate, though I have zero evidence to refute that. Anyways - today's adventures include working on helping my friend's son, and the son's friend, swap their hard drives around, into 2 different motherboards, and that is always a joy. They are coming at 3 PM to pick them up, and I can jump back into editing Firth, once that happens. I will try to convince my evil self to relent, and get Firth finished and posted, but that whole evil personna also includes a lack of empathy.....hee hee la la la Bob Bone
  18. Howdy - I am absolutely STUNNED, in a good way, at how gorgeous the Kontakt Studio Drummer - Session Kit drum library drum samples sound. Just amazing. Please note: This snippet is a work in progress - I am still adding MIDI drum parts, and have done ZERO mixing, yet. I am sharing it, because of how impressed I am with the sounds from the Kontakt Studio Drummer drum library. I promise to post the completed cover, once it is finished and mixed/mastered. So, this is a super tiny snippet of my cover of the Genesis Firth of Fifth live version, from their Seconds Out album. I promise to post the whole thing, when I get it finished. I am currently working on the drum parts, which after running through 5 real drummers, who all bailed, I just went ahead and started adding all the drums using MIDI, and the Kontakt Studio Drummer - Session Kit, for the sample library for the drum sounds. In the cover version of the song, friends recorded the bass, guitar, and bass pedal parts (the bass player has, and used for this, an actual working, 40+ year old real set of Moog Taurus bass pedals, and when the whole, completed, cover version gets posted by me when completed, you will get to hear those, plus the fabulous and bone-shaking thunder of those pedals, coupled with the Mellotron strings). I am playing the keyboard synth lead here, and you cannot hear it very well, also the organ chords underneath the synth solo. The drums you hear, in this snippet, are all done with MIDI - entered, and edited, using the Cakewalk Step Sequencer. I picked this snippet, because this is where I am in the song - adding the MIDI drum parts, and because I am so amazed at how well that Kontakt Studio Drummer library sounds. If anybody has that drum library - it comes with Komplete 12 - shoot me a message, with an email (don't post your email here in this open thread), and I will happily share the custom Cakewalk drum map and project template, and track template, that I built for that drum library - I have them uploaded into a shared folder on Dropbox. So, I hope folks enjoy this tiny snippet, and the wonderful sounds of the Kontakt drum library. Unmixed cover version of Genesis - Firth of Fifth Seconds Out live version - small snippet in keyboard solo Bob Bone
  19. For whatever the worth, I used to own a Native Instruments audio interface - 20 years ago, and used it for a good 10 years, then gave it to a friend of mine, and this thing is still running strong - built like a tank, and rock solid performance, even though it does not go to 192 K sample rate (I will likely never want to go beyond the 48k I use now). All I can tell you is that, at least in the past, the one Native Instruments audio interface I ever owned, was FABULOUS, at doing its job, without fail, EVER. Hopefully, they still build them like that, should you end up getting a newer NI model interface. I have another friend with a Presonus USB 96, and that too, runs like a champ, without fail. My 10+ year old Presonus AudioBox 1818 VSL, with its 8 ports, ALSO still runs like a champ, so my guess is that most of the available audio interfaces, in the $120 and up, USD, pricing category, are going to work pretty well, and all of them should have tons of reviews out there, to help narrow the choices. If you ever get a computer that supports Thunderbolt 3, I can tell you that the interfaces that have a Thunderbolt 3 connection port are BLAZING fast. I have a UAD Arrow Thunderbolt 3 interface, connected to my laptop, and couldn't be happier. Presonus now makes a brand new Quantum 2626 Thunderbolt 3 interface, for either $499 or $599 USD (cannot remember which of those 2 prices), that has 8 ports, and a friend bought one of those, a couple months back, and it is AMAZING. But, you need explicit Thunderbolt 3 support on your motherboard, to use a Thunderbolt 3 audio interface. My desktop usually has my Yamaha Steinberg UR-22 audio interface, unless I am recording drums, then I connect up the AudioBox 1818 VSL, and its expansion unit, for a total of 16 mic/line inputs. That too, is a fine audio interface (the UR-22) - nothing fancy, but never fails, and I have it connected and on, 24x7, for months at a time. Fire Wire is something to stay clear of - I don't believe they make that anymore, though I could be wrong). Good hunting, Bob Bone
  20. Well, existing VST2 plugins will continue to work, for years, and while I am saddened by some 32-bit plugins I loved, mostly freeware, that just either do not run, or are unstable in 64-bit hosts (even with Bit-Bridge or J-Bridge), I am actually enjoying a very stable environment, with 64-bit VST 2 AND VST 3 running in Windows 10. (for many years now). Cakewalk by Bandlab, by default, hides VST 2 plugins that have a VST 3 version, and things work quite well for me. Yes, somtimes some company's VST 3 plugin(s) don't work right, and we all have to revert to the VST 2 versions, until they patch the issues, but that doesn't happen too often. For any 32-bit VST 2 plugins I still want to use, I place those in a J-Bridge Candidates folder, then run J-Bridge, outside of CbB, with J-Bridge configured to put the resulting wrapped plugin into a J-Bridged Plugins folder that lives in my C:\\Program Files (x86)\VST32 folder for 32-bit plugins, and ONLY that J-Bridged Plugins folder, from my 32-bit plugins, gets added to the search path for VST 2 plugins. This is a simple management approach, that lets me use ONLY those 32-bit plugins I have both bridged with J-Bridge, and have tested, Additionally, with the CbB Preferences > File > Initialization File parameter added, called VSTPlugInNameFormat, I can control how the Browser Pane plugin names are displayed. Here is the documentation blurb on its values and results: Per the help guide, the Cakewalk.ini can be configured with the below setting to determine how plugin names are displayed. VSTPlugInNameFormat= <0 - 3> Integer 0 This variable specifies how VST plug-in names are formatted in the Browser, FX Rack context menus, and anywhere else VST plug-in names are displayed. The values are as follows: 0 = VST Name 1 = DLL Name 2 = VST Name (DLL Name) 3 = DLL Name (VST Name) I currently use the '0' setting, so it displays plugins using the VST name, which also shows the J-Bridged 32-bit plugins as, for example: This way, I always know if I am about to insert a J-Bridged 32-bit plugin. Also, in the above screenshot, all of the goldish colored plugins are VST2 plugins, while the Crromaphone plugin is a VST3 plugin. And, if ever not sure, clicking once on a plugin, results in a display of that plugin's type VST2 OR VST3) appearing at the bottom of the list of plugins in the Browser Pane. Bob Bone
  21. Windows Update only recently decided it was ready for that update to be available for installation for my desktop, while my laptop was offered it several weeks ago. It may yet show up in the coming days, or weeks. Bob Bone
  22. UPDATE - I tried setting up a custom kit, to try to route each cymbal to its own audio output channel, and it ONLY has OH and Room mics available for the cymbals, so this does not seem feasible to me. I gave up trying, and just have the OH and Room mics set up in my templates for SSD drum kits. Bob Bone
  23. I am still waking up, so still looking at the image, and your comments. I am wondering why you have the Smart Tool set to 547 Ticks, (mine is set to 1/4 note), and your Snap to Grid is set to 1/1 (mine is set to 1/8th note). I am not sure why you have your Snap To Grid set to the "Whole" choice, from the drop-down list (That is what results in the 1/1 that you are using). That seems like an odd choice to me, as with it set to 1/1, you can only position the Now Marker to the first beat of any measure. Because I have my Snap to Grid set to 1/8th note, when I am positioning the Now Marker, I can click either on a beat, or halfway in between any beat. So, I can position the Now Marker in between the 2nd and 3rd beats of a measure, and if off by a tiny amount, it will take me to that 480 tick (1/8th note, in ticks) place between those two beats, or, if I want to Here is a screenshot of my Smart Tool and Snap to Grid, as they are currently set: I will take a closer look at your issue, at around noon - as I have to shower and get ready for a doctor appt, and it is an hour drive each way to his office, plus the appt time itself... Bob Bone
  24. Glad you got it sorted out - for future reference, or anyone else running into the "where did it go" issue: I just finished the install of Valhalla Supermassive, and in the install script, the folder it defaults to, for VST2 installation, is: C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST2 - (it allows this path to be modified, which I did) And, it installs its VST3 version, in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3 folder Bob Bone
  25. Thanks, earlier today, I found I needed to bounce to clip(s), and then my CAL script would properly replace the old note numbered entered, with the new note number entered, for all occurrences of the old note number in the selected MIDI data. Since I have more drum editing to do, I did the Bounce to Clip on each set of Step Sequencer data, then ran my CAL script, and then went back to convert each bounced clip back to Step Sequencer data/clip. I edit drum data in Step Sequencer, so that is why did it this way. Bob Bone
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