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  1. 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.
  2. That's what I need Jim, thanks for the constructive response.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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)?
  6. 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
  7. Sorry, I just saw the reply from Dr Steve..
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. Hi Gswitz, not sure I could manage the editing to do that, but I will give it a thought.
  14. Hi, I have a track I am finishing off and the main instrument within it is my old Yamaha CP-30 which I recorded into an audio track however I recorded it a bit too "hot" and there are a few notes, not many - maybe 10 or 12- which are slightly distorted and I was wondering if there is anything in Cakewalk which I can use to edit them out without actually deleting the audio. I would probably try and record it again, but I have since sold the CP-30.
  15. I have just encountered a new problem. I am using the TTS-1 synth but the input echo doesn't allow me to hear what I am playing during recording. It works before recording when the input echo button is on, but as soon as I press record it doesn't work. The midi track records the notes I am playing, I just can't hear what I am playing. Yes, I have tried muting all the other tracks and I have checked that the TTS-1 track is the only one armed and with input echo switched on. I have also used the SI-Bass and SI-Strings just now on the same project and have not had the same problem with them, so it appears it is something within either the TTS-1 or the record function in Cakewalk which I need to change? Please help....I need to get this track finished once and for all!
  16. Or even have a set up button so you can choose to have task wizards by default instead of menus and have all the menus discretely hidden under one menu button just in case.
  17. Yes basicaly it does. But also just to simplify the options and jargon too. There are menus all over the place in Cakewalk some of which purport to do the same things but come up with different things, which could conceivably be replaced with task wizards (as I now know they are called!)
  18. I am using a Cakewalk drum loop from SI-Drums. I had created a groove clip from it and all was fine until a couple of minutes ago when: 1. It now carries on playing for about another 10 seconds after the loop ceases to show any notes in the track. 2. I inserted a separate midi track into which I wanted to drop some drum fills from the sample midi loops from the Cakewalk media browser. These wouldn't play despite being in a separate track. 3. Freezing and unfreezing the SI-Drums track affects the separate midi track inserted for the drum fills. Not sure why this would be...I haven't linked these tracks in any way. Any ideas? EDT
  19. In fact I have found another way to do this....I split the atom.... Sorry...I split the clip into three sections on separate tracks to effectively overlay the sections which were slightly too long. Thanks again.
  20. I should add, I don't even want to edit the vocal sample in any way at all, other than to simply play a bit faster so it plays in time with the drum loop. Is this not possible?
  21. Track 1: imported (mainly) vocal harmony sample about 12 seconds long Track 2: midi drum loop from Cakewalk Trying to tie the two together so the vocal sample follows the tempo of the drums.... Tried the quantize tool in Melodyne. It asks me to use the SI-Drum Track as the reference but then doesn't do anything to alter the timing of the notes in the vocal sample. I take it what I am expecting is too much and I need to physically change the position of each note in the vocal sample individually? [Rhetorical question: if what I am asking Melodyne to do automatically is too difficult, then what is the point of the quantize tool?]
  22. Thank you again Mark! The second video is certainly in depth but then still doesn't explain the jargon and there are still interminable menus and options which use further jargon which I get the feeling I would need to have a two day course on to learn what they mean. Conversely, I don't need to know what they mean if the software would simply ask me a question or two about what it is I want to achieve rather than giving me menus of options which mean nothing to the untrained eye. Some of the points touched on in the second video make this apparent - the nomenclature is esoteric. I almost already feel like I will never understand Audiosnap. There must be a better way of presenting Audiosnap to idiots like me - maybe even splitting it into different functions - use easier to understand workflows, set out into steps 1 -3 for instance, then "Finished?" rather than "Render". However, I also appreciate that those trained in how this all works would probably want to retain the menus, jargon and interfaces they are familiar with. Maybe the programmers could add a new form of project lens which would have simpleton buttons and pop up boxes to ask the user what they want to achieve when they select two tracks out of the six tracks in the project for example. By the way thank you for your tip on Vocal Sync and possibly using that with guitars. I have a project which that may well come in very useful on.
  23. Pursuant to the above, I have installed Drum Replacer and Melodyne (trial version, didn't realise it was a separate paid software). Not sure how Drum Replacer is supposed to work. Again I have looked at YouTube for instructions but I still can't see how it operates in a user friendly way although I can see from the videos how useful it might be for a number of things. First, I couldn't find it - I know this will sound off hand but for me it isn't a form of "FX" - even that might technically be how it works - it is an editing tool. However, I eventually found it under the Region FX menu. I then looked through the menu options and clicked through them but still don't really know what they mean other than the "open editor" option (self- explanatory, even to me that one is). I tried to replace the audio kick and snare with the bundled samples but they played out of time compared to the original audio. Nowhere can I see any instruction as to how to change it or how it works. The adjustable bits (threshold, dyn(?)) mean nothing unless one already understands what the jargon means. I should add - I always work offline as I don't like the internet running in the background, so maybe I am missing whatever the help module might tell me whilst I'm using Cakewalk. I would love to use this and fully believe it would be helpful, but I am increasingly pulling my hair out at the lack of my knowledge of some of the Cakewalk functions to those of us who are not experienced audio engineers or haven't been using previous versions of DAWs for many years. Anyway I shall go back to YouTube and search out some more instruction videos for now! Thanks for your help so far.
  24. I have been trying to get to grips with more advanced audio editing functions but ultimately I often find myself not knowing what function it is I need and then have to search through quite traditional menus. It would be interested to know if there could be some more user friendly outcome based rather than process based pop up menus. e.g. if I want to match tempos/line up two tracks (I am struggling with this!) I select both tracks could it not just ask me in simpleton terms whether I want to do that, or x, y or z and then the software does the job behind the scenes (as it has all the tools to do it). Or rather than all the menus at the top and then the separate menus in the project itself. Could it be configured to have a simple "Timing" button and then it does the trick? This is just one example. Just an idea...I'm not a computer person really just a musician. EDT
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