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Robert Bone

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  1. The location name is the name of your computer, and is not a folder name. Your computer has a name of Jon-PC. When you Deactivate a license, it returns to your account as available. At the top of the iLOK Manager software, there is a tab called View, and you can view all available licenses - meaning ones that are available for Activation. As users, we are not supposed to physically do anything with the actual license, so wherever they actually store something is not something we have to deal with. It all comes down to using the iLOK manager app to control Activation and Deactivation using the software. Choosing the right items to view is a little strange until you get the hang of it. Bob Bone
  2. I go through the Deactivation of: Composer Cloud Plus, UVI Synth Legacy, Eventide Blackhole, and EW SSL FX Global Pack - MULTIPLE times in any given month, and that makes those licenses available to be associated with other computers I have - usually my laptop. Once the license(s) are Deactivated on my desktop computer, I then launch the iLOK Manager software on the laptop, and then Activate those licenses on the laptop. This process can be repeated as many times as I want, and over the past year I have done this DOZENS of times, back and forth, from desktop to cloud to laptop, and then from laptop back to cloud and back to desktop. The only time this process pisses me off, is when I have forgotten to deactivate the licenses on the desktop, then drive off into the sunset with my laptop, for a remote recording session, because unless those licenses are in the cloud, (from being deactivated on the desktop), the iLOK software will not allow me to Activate the licenses to associate them with the laptop. It just means my driving back to the house and making sure to do the Deactivation, and then I have no issues with doing the Activation on the laptop. Bob Bone
  3. I did that to myself, too - moved to a different computer without deactivating my licenses on the old computer. I ended up sending an email to support, though I do not recall if it was to Pace ILOK support or EastWest - (might have sent Help Me messages to both - it has been 3 years since I did that). Anyways, for software using the ILOK licensing unless it has changed, some licenses were required to live on a dongle, which sucked royally, while newer licenses were more likely to be activated using ILOK software in an installed app on the computer it was licensed to, and if you wanted to use the software on another different computer, that was permitted, however you would have to deactivate the licenses on the first computer, which then returned the licensing back to your account in the 'cloud', and then you could activate that license from the 2nd computer, which would then assign the license to that specific computer. You could go back and forth however many times you wanted - and I ran like that for several years, with my EastWest Composer Cloud and Composer Cloud Plus subscriptions - so that I could move from my main recording desktop, to a mobile laptop, and have access to all of the Composer Cloud libraries on whichever computer I was using for a given session. Bob Bone
  4. I concur, ABACAB - that was why I took a stab at asking if it was that sort of wah wah sound that seemed layered with the discernible piano chords I seemed to be hearing at those specified times. Without confirmation from the OP, I am not sure how much time and effort I will put in on the task of helping to locate a MAYBE sound. Hopefully, the OP will confirm or further explain the target sound. I am certainly happy to help, but without additional engagement from the OP on nailing down which sound is the target of the search, well.....I am following this post, so if the OP responds again, I will see it and hopefully be able to better assist. Bob Bone
  5. The TX816W is a mighty fine freeware program, for sure. I am not sure what sorts of sample libraries or sounds are available for that, however. If it meets your nees, WAY kewl. As far as commercially available sampler software and libraries go, Native Instruments makes Kontakt, which is in my opinion the best sampler available, and it has a huge number of sounds/libraries available for it, both through Native Instruments and through 3rd party commercial libraries, AND there are a large number of free sample libraries available for Kontakt, too. Kontakt can be bought separately, or can be bought in a bundled fashion, in their Komplete bundles (multiple flavors of additional separate synths and different combinations of included sample libraries). You can also download a FREE Kontakt Player from Native Instruments, which gives you a set of good quality sampled instruments for you to hopefully fall in love with and then maybe you would buy into the full-fledged product. The sampled instruments that come with the free Kontakt Player are quite good - there just aren't that many of them, but there are enough to give you a good idea of what its capabilities are - and they are quite impressive. Please note that you would not be able to download the free Kontakt Player and then be able to buy some Kontakt formatted libraries and be able to play them through the free Kontakt Player. You would at that point need to buy the full-fledged Kontakt to play additional commercial libraries. Another choice would be the EastWest Play sample engine - similar to Kontakt. I personally like Kontakt better, and currently have both installed on a couple of my computers, but I am letting my subscription to the EastWest Composer Cloud Plus libraries lapse later this month, because that set of libraries (about 1 TB huge number of instruments), costs about $500 a year, and I only ended up using a small handful of its included instruments. They have a cheaper subscription package, called simply Composer Cloud, and it runs about $29 a month for access to its libraries. The Composer Cloud Plus libraries are recorded at 48k sample rate, with 5 different mic positions, while the regular Composer Cloud libraries are samples at 44.1k with I believe 2 mic positions. Both sound good - I just have upgraded my Kontakt through having their Komplete bundle since Komplete 2 (now on Komplete 12 Ultimate), and once you own Kontakt and whatever libraries you end up with, you will always be able to play them - rather than having to keep paying for the EastWest rolling subscription model. (EastWest libraries CAN be purchased in smaller chunks of groups of libraries, but you do not get anywhere near the bang for the buck that you do with Kontakt). Anyways, I hope I have given you some helpful info. I DO suggest you try the free Kontakt Player (they also have a free Reaktor player, and a free Guitar Rig Player) give those a shot, and see if you like them, and go from there. Bob Bone
  6. I didn't forget - I spent some time yesterday, and have not yet found it yet, but will look some more tonight and if needed, tomorrow. Bob Bone
  7. Do you mean that sort of Wah Wah sound? If so, I will take a listen and see if I can locate it for you within the Dim Pro sounds. If that is not the one you are looking for, please let me know, so I don't invest a bunch of time into looking for the wrong sound. Bob Bone
  8. I know you are looking for more inputs than this, but I have multiple audio interfaces, and for my laptop, I use an UAD Apollo Arrow, which is a Thunderbolt 3 interface - FANTASTIC little interface. Bob Bone
  9. I randomly experienced this issue about a year ago, never resolved it, using EastWest Gypsy Violin. It would play back perfectly when the project was first loaded, and then after that, it was hit or miss on whether or not the notes would be super abbreviated. No key switches were used, it would just decide to lop off almost the entire note's duration, for the whole track. Bob Bone
  10. And the Cakewalk community has spent the last year sharing and helping each other, and LOVING that Cakewalk has not only survived, it has flourished, with constant and productive stability and feature enhancements. I think THAT is maybe the best news of all, thus far. Bob Bone
  11. I certainly do not understand the ins and outs of DPC latency (much at all). My earlier post relayed my own experience, where nasty latency spikes instantly went away, on my Dell laptop, which had a battery pack that was beginning to get long in the tooth, the moment I removed that battery pack, and the ACPI drivers were either disabled or did not load (cannot recall which). I ran that laptop for about a year without out its battery pack, and as long as it stayed plugged in, everything ran wonderfully, with an ASIO Buffer Size of 128. This was approximately 85 performances over that year-long period, in addition to rehearsals with the band, and practice at home, plus my working on Sonar projects in between everything else. Bob Bone
  12. YAY! I was wondering why your Kontakt 5 went away, by the way, as the installation of Kontakt 6 would not disturb your previous Kontakt 5 install. I would like to add that I wish they would have given Kontakt 6 the actual name Kontakt 6, instead of just Kontakt. (minor annoyance to my personal sense of versioning, and not an actual problem). VERY happy you are back to being able to access your Kontakt 5 instances now. Bob Bone
  13. I think it is an issue with a Kontakt version upgrade, rather than an inter-release update - I suspect this is what you meant when you referred to "major update". If so, yes, changing from Kontakt 5 to Kontakt 6 would be a completely different VST to Cakewalk. Bob Bone
  14. I don't think Kontakt versioning issues in Cakewalk occur with inter-release versions of Kontakt, only when going from any flavor of Kontakt 5, to Kontakt 6. When I installed Kontakt 6, it also did not get rid of my Kontakt 5 modules, so I am not sure why yours would not be there anymore. In any case, I would think if you install any Kontakt 5 version, it should fix the issues. Your project date in your screen shot of the Project Scope would be consistent with some flavor of Kontakt 5 - 2018. Bob Bone
  15. I had an issue with the latency spiking on a laptop - I removed the battery pack, and just kept it plugged in while using it for music performance/production. This instantly resolved ACPI issues I was having, though it did leave me exposed to instantly shutting down if the power connector got bumped too much, or disconnected. I ran for well over a year in this fashion. Might be worth a shot. By the way - not related, but seeing you are running a laptop, this jumped into my head - lots of folks have issues when their WiFi is enabled, and they either temporarily turn WiFi off using, usually, some sort of function key on some laptops, or a hardware switch - and if neither is present, they would temporarily disable the WiFi drivers in Device Manager, right before starting a Cakewalk session, and would enable the WiFi again after finishing their Cakewalk session. Bob Bone
  16. Question - do you have any effects loaded into your projects, that use Look-Ahead processing, such as a convolution reverb, or a Linear Phase type of effect? If so, you shouldn't use those during recording - those kinds of effects are meant to be used AFTER you finish recording, and have moved on to the mixing stage of your project. Please conduct a simple test, with this project - hit the letter 'E' on your computer keyboard, which will toggle Off/On the processing of any loaded effects in the project. If, when you have hit the letter 'E', to bypass the effects, your dropouts go away, then that is a clear indication that one or more of your effects are causing your audio issues with the ASIO Buffer Size set to its current size. You will either want to temporarily swap out those kinds of effects (convolution reverb or linear phase types), or record with the effects bypassed, but doing the swap out is what I would recommend. After you move on to mixing, and crank up your ASIO Buffer Size to either 1024 or 2048, THEN you can swap back in any convolution reverb or linear phase effects. Generally speaking, you want a pretty small ASIO Buffer Size when recording, to keep latency down - I run at 128 most times, and though I could and sometimes run smaller, 128 is a reasonable balance between latency and CPU usage. On the other hand, once I finish the recording phase of a project, and move on to mixing, it is THEN that I adjust my ASIO Buffer Size - all the way up to either 1024 or 2048, and that allows me to THEN be able to use convolution reverb and Linear Phase type effects, which NEED large ASIO Buffer Sizes to work properly. So, recording - buffer set to 128 - Mixing - buffer set to 1024 or 2048. And, hitting 'E' again will turn your effects processing back on, by the way. The 'E' key simply toggles on or off the effects processing. Bob Bone
  17. The Local On/Off midi parameter controls whether or not the external synthesizer's 'engine' reacts to any notes pressed on its keyboard. If Local is On, then when you press a note, the synth engine will see that and produce sound (if the note pressed is within the playable range of the sound). Local Off severs the synth engine from the notes on its keyboard being pressed. It does NOT stop midi data from being transmitted through a MIDI Out port, if connected, or through a USB connection to a computer, if that is how the external keyboard is connected. If you have an external synth connected to where the DAW sees it, and Local = On, then for every note pressed on the external synth's keyboard, the synth engine will see that note event, and will produce a sound (if a playable note for that loaded preset, and the synth's audio outputs are connected to speakers or headphones), AND the external synth will ALSO send that midi event data to the DAW, which may also send that back through a midi out port or through a USB connection, if the synth is designated as a midi output device. When you have Local On you may end up having the synth engine attempt to produce sound TWICE for every single note played on its keyboard - once from it having local control between its keyboard and its synth engine, and another note coming back from the DAW. Generally speaking, IF you plan on using the audio outputs of an external synth, then you would want to turn Local to OFF, to prevent that note-doubling. Bob Bone -
  18. I fully concur with scook, and I too suggest you work with 64-bit plugins whenever possible, because 32-bit plugins need bridging software to run in a 64-bit DAW, and many 32-bit plugins are simply not stable in that mode of running, and can frequently crash, or otherwise not work correctly. If you need to run a 32-bit plugin and the included, and automatic, BitBridge bridging software results are problematic, you might consider the purchase of a license for a 3-rd party commercial bridging program, called J-Bridge, which runs about $20. You may experience better stability with some 32-bit plugins, while others may still crash or behave erratically. (there are no guarantees either bridging software will make any particular 32-bit plugin run properly, or even run at all, in a 64-bit environment). Bob Bone
  19. I suggest you first start with the steps I had supplied in my earlier example, get one soft synth playing and recording midi data and then playing it back, before you start getting more complicated. (Please also note that my steps were but a single example of doing this, and that there are additional/alternative ways of this, and other things, with Cakewalk, but the steps I had outlined do work, and are a reasonable place to start). Bob Bone
  20. A lot of it is simply connecting the dots kinds of actions, if working with audio only, you would simply insert the appropriate audio tracks needed, and then set up the Inputs for each audio track (like which input from your audio interface. For midi, you have to have either a stereo audio track, or a left and a right mono audio track, and you need a midi track, and you need a soft synth - with a preset loaded, and then you play connect the dots, routing the midi data that will be generated on the midi track, to connect it to the soft synth, and connecting the routing on the audio track(s), to pick up the audio output from the soft synth. Lastly, you bring your midi track into focus (which sets the midi input echo on), if working with a soft synth, which will let you hear whatever you are playing on your midi input device (like a midi controller or an external synth that is being used to generate midi note data). For hearing your audio track input (like a guitar or mic that is plugged into your audio interface), you want to turn the input echo on to 'On' and then you should be able to hear your guitar or mic in either your headphones or main speakers, and you should see the audio meters on the audio track(s) move, as well as your master track's audio meters. Bob Bone
  21. In the example steps I supplied earlier, you don't worry about tracks until step 4, read through all of the steps I provided, PRIOR to starting to follow them. The steps I laid out cover: 1) Declare Midi devices in preferences 2) Load a soft synth into the synth rack, specifying NO tracks be created at that time 3) Load a preset (sound) into the soft synth 4) Insert stereo audio track OR two mono audio tracks 5) Route signal from soft synth to the audio track(s) 6) Insert midi track 7) Bring midi track into focus 8)-Route midi data from midi track to the soft synth 9) Tip on leaving midi track input set to None or Omni 10) Bring midi track into focus and play notes on your midi device Follow the steps in my earlier example, after first reading through them. In this post, I am just recapping the substance of the steps from my earlier post. Bob Bone
  22. Your Akai LPK25 is a midi controller, and has nothing to do with ASIO4ALL, which is an audio driver - really a software wrapper around I believe the WDM drivers of Windows, and it basically pretends you have a real ASIO driver, but your CPU has to work really hard to convert analog signal to digital data, and back to analog again, frequently causing audio performance issues. I am wondering if you have the ASIO4ALL driver being used for Windows sounds and Windows audio output, while also trying to use it in Cakewalk. If this is the case, you can try changing the Windows audio driver to something else, and see if that clears it up for you. I would also suggest that if you do not currently have a dedicated audio interface, I HIGHLY recommend you consider picking one up - it will give you much better performance in dealing with streaming audio - which is what you are doing when working with music projects in Cakewalk. You can get a decent USB 2 or now possibly a USB 3 class of audio interface, with a couple of combo mic/line inputs, for $150 or less - with interfaces having more ins and outs and other features running up to a whole lot more - but to get started, $150(ish) would get you into something that would work well. An audio interface would handle the task of converting analog signal to digital data, and also the reverse - digital data back to analog signal, using internal circuitry for the conversions, rather than dumping all of that work on your poor CPU. Bob Bone
  23. For whatever the worth, I have built up a pretty good set of legacy synth sounds, mostly as sample libraries, some as VST plugins, and sound packs for plugins. I have: Arturia V Collection, which has pretty good emulations of: Minimoog, ARP 2600, Modular Moog, Fairlight CMI, Synclavier, Prophet 10, Yamaha CS-80, Buchla Easel, Jupiter 8, DX-7, Solina, Oberheim Matrix-12, Oberheim SEM, Hohner Clavinet, a Rhodes, and several organs. Native Instruments Komplete 11 Ultimate, which includes Kontakt, and FM8 (and a bunch of other stuff). Kontakt is one of, if not THE, best samplers out there, with all kinds of available commercial AND freeware libraries, of all sorts of legacy synths. FM8 is a frequency-modulation synth, and can directly read and process ANY of the DX-* type of SYSEX banks of sounds. I have something like 18,000 Yamaha DX-7, DX-9, etc., factory sounds, all of which can be played through FM8. (these SYSEX banks are freely available, and I have sent them to several different folks over the years - if interested shoot me a message). For Kontakt, the factory-included Retro Machines MKII library includes various Taurus sounds, Mellotron sounds, a bunch of Moog sounds, OB sounds, Crumar Orchestrator, string machines, ARP Quadra, etc., and DSF makes a bunch of libraries for Kontakt - such as a huge set of sounds from the various hardware Proteus synths, as well as the EMU libraries.... I also have a great Roland D50 library, just TONS of stuff out there. UVI makes a Legacy library for like $50, for their Workstation synth engine, with a bunch of legacy sounds, and I believe they are the makers of a Retro II library (or something like that) - with another 30 - I think - synths represented. Korg has a Legacy series with a few synths available. I bought the M1 soft synth from that series, and it includes every factory released sound and sound expansion card they made, AND all the sounds of the T1. For VST plugins, I have emulations for things like the Taurus MK1 bass pedals, the ASP Pro Soloist, and the RMI Electra, and there all all kinds of freeware synths that have remarkable analog sounds. SO - there are lots and lots of available options for picking up legacy synth emulations and sample libraries, for just about everything that has been made as a commercial synth. If you are looking for anything specific, perhaps one of us can help you to locate it. (Edited to add that the newest Arturia V Collection - version 7, adds 3 new synths, including a Mellotron emulation that is pretty good) Bob Bone
  24. Well on the Touch Pad on the laptop, I click on the little + or - to zoom in our out. After 3 or 4 clicks it just auto-zooms either all the way in or all the way out, like it has a mind of its own Bob Bone
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