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  1. Hi, thanks for the reply. I set it to follow tempo using the audiosnap palette. Is that not the best way to do this? I must admit I remain wholly confused about how to adjust clips from various sources so thay they line up and play in time with one another. It's ok using pre-loaded groove clips but as soon as I want to do the same thing using my own music I just can't get it to do the obvious.
  2. 1. I wanted to try to use a bass loop lifted from an audio track and line it up and manipulate it so that it will play in time with a midi drum loop. 2. I pasted the midi drum loop into Track 1 and set the project tempo to 85bpm. 3. Pasted the audio clip into Track 2. Managed to get audio transients to show in the audio clip and moved them around manually so the bass (audio) plays in sync with the drums (midi). 4. Duplicated the bass clip so that it plays for as long as I want it to under the drums. 5. Bounced the adjusted audio clip. 6. Adjusted the project tempo to 120 and both tracks adjust. The audio (bass) track adjusts but it doesn't play in time with the drums anymore. What I am I doing wrong?
  3. EDT

    One big wish

    It would be really great if the existing capabilities in Cakewalk could be streamlined to provide a really user-friendly and intuitive audio and midi loop creator and time and pitch stretching tool. There appears to be the basis of this in the loop construction window but it far from easy to manipulate audio. I actually can't even work out what showing slices does or how to use them (comparing with Ableton where markers are easily created, deleted, moved, and audio automatically adjusts to fit the correct tempo (and pitch if required)). Maybe I'm just missing something but I've been over it many times and it'still a mystery to me.
  4. Thank you - bouncing to clip seems to work to enable the transients.
  5. Hi, this is similar to a problem I had the other day but it appears to now be affecting all Cakewalk projects. The audio is showing in the VU meters in a project but no audio is coming through the speakers or headphones. I have made sure my Master track output is for the speakers but nothing. I have tested the audio in Windows and everything is fine and it is working in another DAW just not with Cakewalk. Is there a re-set I can do to fix this? Sorry: my bad. For some reason whilst the master track itself wasn't muted, the speakers were muted in the master track.
  6. Hi, I am trying to edit a short piece of audio but I can't get the Audiosnap palette to switch on, nor can I get the audio transients to show in the clip despite switching the edit box to audio transients. Initially I had opened a new project using the "basic" option (one audio, one midi track). The audio track on opening didn't even permit choosing audio transients so I created another audio track and dragged the clip to there. The option to view audio transients exists but they aren't showing. Is there something else I need to do to change this?
  7. Hi all, I have been working on a project this morning and it has autosaved several copies to the project folder but, having exported the audio to create a final FLAC mix, the audio within the Cakewalk project is no longer audible. The console view VU meters are showing audio being played but no sound is reaching the speakers/headphones. I can't therefore do anything more to edit the project I have undone any muted tracks and checked the outputs from each track go to the Master and Master outputs to speakers. I should note all my other projects are ok (and Ableton also works fine) it's just this one project which I have been working on for a few hours today. I haven't to my knowledge changed any of the sound settings on my laptop. Notably the first version of this project I saved (before all the autosaves and later manual saves) plays fine but that doesn't have any of the additional tracks and work I have put in today. Is there a way I can do something within this particular project to correct this? EDIT: I have a second monitor attached to my laptop by HDMI cable. Routing the Master output to the HDMI makes the sound audible but then re-selecting the laptop speakers sends it inaudible again. Not sure how sorry, but this seems to have something to do with the audio settings on the laptop. In Cakewalk it is still showing the Master outputting to the HDMI, but the sound is coming back through the headphones attached to the laptop.... No idea either! I have tried this on other projects and it is fine switching between the HDMI output and the speakers output. Is this something to do with how this particular project has autosaved perhaps? Thank you for your assistance.
  8. Thank you - that seems to have worked. Thanks for your help!
  9. Hmm,..still no luck with this. I have copied the contents of the downloaded folders to the program files/Cakewalk/vstplugins folder but it still doesn't show up when I scan or go into the VST Manager. Same problem with TAL-Bassline. Oddly, Dexed/DX7 is fine and is visible in the same folder (program files/Cakewalk/vstplugins) which I have copied the others to.
  10. Hi, I have downloaded Dexed/DX7 and also TX16Wx which have come up when scanning for VSTs. But the Awesome Piano I have downloaded (it has a .mse name) won't show up when scanning. I have tried moving the folders extracted from the zip file into the common files folder and to the VST2 and VST3 folder but to no avail. Is it simply that .mse files aren't compatible with Cakewalk?
  11. Thanks David, I didn't know that about blank projects or the tempo settings. I thought there was a global tempo setting which would alter the whole project. All I was doing was loading the pre-recorded one shots in fact, from Cakewalk and then pasting them as beats 2,3 and 4 of a bar but changing the project tempo only changed beat 1.
  12. That's what I need Jim, thanks for the constructive response.
  13. Yes I believe from some very kind in depth replies that there are some hidden/extra features which can be used for this - I did download Melodyne but I see it's only a trial version unless paid for and it seems to need me to be on the internet every time I want to use it, which I am not. I rarely have the internet on when I am using Cakewalk. However, that really gets to the nub of my difficulties and the reason for my suggestion. Why would anyone look at vocal correction when looking to tidy up/match tempos for drum tracks? It's a bit of a stretch (pardon the pun). Equally, I today worked out how to do some crossfades between tracks which helped to smooth out the transitions between them. Great. But that was only after some searching and reading on here, to find the crossfade option is hidden in a menu under "Process - Apply Effect". I only come at this from a musical point of view but it seems a bit obscure to describe a crossfade as an effect, even if that is from an IT perspective how it operates. Coming back to the original suggestion, I think if I were to select/highlight two tracks or clips and then a task wizard box came up offering the 2/3/4 most likely tools a user is likely to want in that situation if would speed things up immensely. If the thing I'm trying to do is more unusual, then fine I'm sure it can be hidden away in a menu somewhere....but preferably one menu, not a range of different ones in different parts of the screen or when right clicking. It's probably just a question of layout more than anything.
  14. I am also trying to create some different tracks using some of the inbuilt samples and loops. I created a new blank project, but the Snap to Grid settings have carried over automatically from another completely different project. Is there something I can do to stop it doing that? I always want to start with a blank page. For some strange reason, I also want to change the project tempo from 100 to 120, but when I do that in the top/middle all it does is alter the length of the first kick beat in the track not the others. I have the four beats highlighted. No idea why this is happening...help?
  15. I'm guessing, but is that to facilitate a looser more human feel? Any tips on how that fits with the quantize function(s) (there appear to be more than one quantize function)?
  16. It's certainly something I would like to see for timing, marrying up audio drum loops with new midi drums which I overdub. I'll give an example: 1. I use old (yes, I know my issue...!) hardware drum machines and sometimes record the audio from them as I love the samples in them. I generally don't use the midi outputs from them as they are early midi and not very friendly. 2. I then wish to add a track 2, with some midi drums, fills, percussion (for example) or beef up the kick drum by creating a short clip which I can then expand as a groove clip. 3. However they rarely play in time. I often have some dead audio space at the start of track one from the drum machine, so that won't line up automatically with the "grid". 4. I am sure the old hardware drum machine may lose/gain time or simply as a factor in how I have programmed it - usually a four bar segment which loops - it does not match with how the midi drums are timed. I am sure Cakewalk has all the features to identify the 'transients' (think that's the right word) in the audio drum track and then line them up with the midi drums but I rarely seem to get it right. It would be nice to be able to select two tracks, hit a "Timing" button, task wizard comes up with option to marry up either audio with midi or vice versa, click and done. I know a lot of people will say it already is that easy, but I'm not finding it necessarily works that easily for me and it's something I want to do quickly on almost every project I work on. Anyway, it's just an idea as I believe Cakewalk is certainly sophisticated enough to do this, it's just getting to it which I am having some trouble with. Cheers EDT
  17. Sorry, I just saw the reply from Dr Steve..
  18. Hi Chuck. Forgive my idiocy(!) but what is the custom module? The only place I can see "Custom" is on the top right hand side where it comes up with a few things (Save, Import, Preferences etc). Or do I need to set Cakewalk up or open it up in a different way? Thanks for your help. E
  19. What does setting the snap to "extreme" do? Surely it doesn't make a difference if there is a grid as the grid doesn't move. Is it relevant only if using the thing to snsp to some other reference points? Sorry...confused!
  20. Thanks all for the tips. I will have a look at the various plug ins (I had forgotten about Audacity!!) I'm reluctant to re-record as the original sound of the CP-30 i had going through a phaser effect sounds dreamy 🙂. But as you say I might have to bite the bullet and re-do with a midi piano plus effects.
  21. Is this a bug I need to sort somehow? My project just crashed and crashed by laptop completely. When I reopened it most.of the tracks now show no waveforms just flat lines then a random bit of waveform here and there. It appears to play ok so the audio must be there. How can I fix this?
  22. There are actually more passages with a bit of clipping than I thought. I might just have to EQ them carefully and disguise it somehow.
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