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  1. I think it's time to give up and just reinsert the plugins again. I think I didn't change the presets on these instruments and I can get the volume and efx info from the old audio output that's not working. The MIDI is there and I just have to appease Cakewalk as quickly as possible and get back to work. I do like your search ideas and will try them both out. Thanks again.
  2. Thanks bitflipper, I did a couple of quick guesses as to where it might be looking but apparently they weren't the right locations. I'll try again tomorrow. Is the problem really that Cakewalk has a project which previously found a Kontakt version 5 or 6 before and now that location has changed? Shouldn't the fact that Cakewalk can insert either version of these plugins currently because they've been scanned be enough to open the old project? I'm not sure I understand why moving a plugin's location would cause this error. I can insert either version of Kontakt with the old plugin with no problem. My only concern is if I changed any settings of the plugin and don't have a configuration saved for that tune. Another example is that I have a similar problem when I load an old project with a FabFilter vst or Amplitude 4 vst. The 'vst missing' error message pops up when loading but as soon as the project is finished loaded I can simply insert either plugin with no problem. My question is what confuses Cakewalk into believing a plugin is missing when it can obviously load the same plugin it griped about? Is it the current plugin's location? The current version of the plugin? The alignment of the planets? If I couldn't successfully insert Kontakt, FabFilter, Amplitude 4 or whatever without the 'missing plugin' message I would believe there was truly a problem on my side. The fact that they all load with no problem with new projects or after old projects are loaded confuses me. I would think the Cakewalk/Bandlab crew would have some kind of tools to help straighten problems like this out. What can they see inside a project that we can't? I tried a Projectscope utility mentioned in another post but it didn't have the information needed. Thanks again.
  3. Thanks bitflipper, I'll look into that as a possible solution. I believe I know where the vsts were located before. In fact, they might not have even moved. I can guess where Kontakt might have been located before pretty easily. I've never used symbolic links before so I'll have to research this. Alternatively I could simple copy the two Kontakt .dll files for 5.8 and 6.6 to every location Cakewalk is currently searching for vst files. That wouldn't be too difficult. I don't think they've changed recently. My hunch is it's the Kontakt locations and not the vst library locations that's causing the problem. I've mentioned in other post how much I dislike Kontakt for several reasons. Starting with the horrible interface it just seems like a terrible tool to be an industry standard. I try to use any other plugin I can if I can avoid using Kontakt these days so it doesn't come back to haunt me. I only seem to have these kind of problems with Kontakt. Thanks again.
  4. I've seen this problem before and I know many other people have had the same issues. I've got a Cakewalk project that's two years old that I want to remix. Over the past two years I believe I moved the vst folders and probably have reinstalled Kontakt again for whatever reasons. I was probably only using version 5.8 on this project at the time and not version 6. Bandlab is currently updated with the latest version. Now I have Kontakt version 5.8.1 and version 6.6.0 installed. Everything works fine on new projects using either of the installed versions. I recall having vst errors with Kontakt in the past or else it loaded but there was no sound. The easiest solution seemed to be to reload a new Kontakt synth plugin with the same library and redirect the old MIDI to the new plugin. I would then delete the old Kontakt synth plugin. I couldn't be sure I had the same plugin settings if I didn't have a configuration file saved to reload. It was a slight pain but it got me up and running again quickly. This two year old project has about 90 tracks and a lot of them are Kontakt plugins. I don't want to jump through hoops getting this running again if I can avoid it. I can insert a new Kontakt plugin and use the same library as I did two years before and it works fine. So the problem doesn't seem to be with the Kontakt plugins I used before not working or being 'found'. It seem that Cakewalk is now confused and associating the plugin to a previous folder location or Kontakt version or perhaps something else. Does anyone know how to make this movie have a happy ending? Thanks.
  5. I'm finally going to remove the partitioned 4 TB non-SSD drive from this PC and replace it with two SSD drives (2 TB and 4 TB). One will have my Cakewalk projects and the larger one will have my VST's. This should greatly improve the performance, right?
  6. I now know that this problem started when I began using a new MODU audio interface instead of my PreSonus device. I switched back to the Audiobox USB 96 and everything is fine again. Later I have to figure out what's causing the problem when using the MODU. Hopefully it's a setting I can configure.
  7. I recently bought an Acer Swift 3 to bring on vacations and installed Cakewalk just for fun. I thought I might be able to do a simple demo song if inspired while away. I installed a few vst's like ezDrummer, Evolution 12, Kontakt Factory Library and Calliope and hit the road. Cakewalk seems to work fine but the only Driver Mode that seems to work is MME (32-bit). The other modes either are silent, give error messages, or sound bad. I didn't bring any of my audio interfaces to keep it simple so I just plugged a cheap keyboard my children use into the USB to see if it would work. It works fine but there's a big latency problem. My question is could the latency be improved with a better driver/driver mode installed or by changing something else? At home I use a M-Audio Keystation which works fine but with my faster desk top machines. I can't test that keyboard until I get home. This laptop is running Win 10: If the problem is the cheap keyboard I'm using or the laptop's weak processing power then I'll give up for now. If there's something I could do to improve the latency while I'm away I'd try it. I'm not very good at just relaxing on vacations... Thanks.
  8. Thanks David Baay for your help. I tried the same tune with the copy/paste exercise on my newer Win 10 machine (this problem is on an older Win 7 machine) and it worked fine this morning. Rah! I thought that was great and did an update on the Win 7 version thinking that would fix it but alas, still the strange glitch sound after the pastes. I'll A/B the Cakewalk settings on both machines later to see if there's something amiss there. Again, it's been working fine for two years until a couple of week ago when it got in a bad mood for some reason. Could be the Ukraine situation. DAW's can be funny that way. Win 7 problem PC is now using this version: Thanks again. I'll let you know if I sort this out.
  9. For the last two years I've enjoyed making many quick arrangement changes in a song by turning on ripple edit and copying and pasting my verse, chorus, bridge, or solo sections anywhere I wanted in the tune. Each section (verse, chorus, etc...) was bookmarked and all the bookmarks were on the downbeat because I would always Ctrl-PgDn to that exact time before creating the bookmark. It's worked great for me and I could quickly move stuff around to try new arrangements. I tried Bandlab's arranger but I thought this way was easier. To make a short story long, my latest song was working fine with this technique until two weeks ago when I started hearing glitches on the transition to the paste section. Before it didn't matter whether I had tracks frozen or not and everything sounded great. I moved stuff around freely. I was so amazed it was so easy to move things around and always hear everything sound perfect on the downbeat. It almost felt like cheating creating a song this way. Now when I do the paste I hear a little sound glitch or slight delay or something that doesn't make the transition clean or perfect. All the old edits from the last two months sound perfect in the same tune I'm not trying to rearrange. It's only the new copy/pastes. I've soloed tracks and analyzed it up the whazoo but I can't figure out why my usual tricks aren't working. I haven't updated Cakewalk in a long time (i always wait for the dust to settle!) so I don't think that's the problem. I read a recent rant on this forum about ripple edit so that makes me take pause. Is there some setting I might have mucked up that would cause this behavior? It could be related to this one song. I tried a version I had saved from two weeks ago and it's still screwed up. I can try to see if I can copy/paste on older songs to see if this current song is the culprit but I just wanted to know if anyone had any thoughts on why this might be happening. Thanks.
  10. Thanks sjoens for that suggestion. Because the prices are so reasonable these days I think I'm going to go with the M4 knowing I can always switch to something else later. When I see the pictures of their monitoring meters they look like what I want to view when recording. The PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 has been a drag for a couple of years https://motu.com/en-us/products/m-series/m4/ Thanks for everyone's thoughts. I'm sure in a few months there will be new fun toys to consider.
  11. "Are those meters better than the M4?" - This was for Will_Kaydo. Also, thanks David for your reply. I'm tempted to order the M4. Looks like what I want.
  12. Are those meters better than the M4?
  13. Thanks for your reply Will_Kaydo. Your idea might be a bit overkill for my innocent setup. I'm always just using one mike or guitar input whilst recording by myself these days. Maybe one day in the future your solution will make sense. Thanks.
  14. I'm looking for a new USB audio interface and I'd like one with LED input meters. My PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 sounds fine but I don't love the feel of it. It also has an annoying input volume 'feature' which makes the sound go up slowly then jump dramatically around 3 o'clock. I was considering getting the PreSonus Sudio 24c but would like to consider others first. If anyone has a recommendation I'd like to hear it before I purchase. https://www.presonus.com/products/Studio-24c The MOTU M4 looks nice. Anyone tried that?: https://motu.com/en-us/products/m-series/m4/ Thanks. PS: Some links with other choices: https://www.musicradar.com/news/the-best-audio-interfaces https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/best-usb-audio-interfaces/
  15. Hello scook, Thanks for your helpful reply. Apparently my new motherboard only has one more slot available so I believe my best option is to remove the old non-SSD drive and put in two new SSD drives. If M.2 is not an advantage that will save some money. I'll put in a 4 TB for vst plugins (which constantly expand) and a 2 TB or 3 TB drive for my Cakewalk project folders. That should provide the best performance because the Cakewalk program, installed vst's, and Cakewalk project folders will all be on 3 new physical SSD drives. Does this make sense? Expanding the RAM is easy and I can do that later. I just want to make sure I get the hard drive part right. The CPU is the fastest I could find these days. Thanks.
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