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  1. @Starship Krupa, Excellent thoughts. Having the Cakewalk Reference Manual in HTML format likely would work for those devices that support HTML but I'm not sure all e-readers do. One of the reasons I suggest EPUB is because the specification supports intelligent page reformatting which allows each page to be reformatted based on display size and resolution. It also follows handicap ease-of-access visual recommendations for those with visual problems. One of the issues I have with pdf files is the page formats are fixed at emulating a standard sheet of paper. Page formatting "breaks down" when you increase font size or otherwise magnify the page for viewing.
  2. Cakewalk by Bandlab (CbB) requires activation through contact with the Bandlab website over the internet at least once every six months. In between those times internet access is not required. Another consideration is program updates have been released about every two months. Each update has included many stability and reported issues fixes. Internet access is needed for the BandLab Assistant to manage activation and updates. The BandLab Assistant (BA) desktop download manager does not need to run all the time but you do need to run it periodically so updates can be applied and activation kept current. Perhaps connecting to the internet and running BandLab Assistant once a month is a reasonable option?
  3. I am in the process of setting up a new computer with 64 bit Windows 10 build 1909 installed on a M2 256GB primary drive. I added a 4 TB hard disk that I partitioned into two 2 TB secondary drives. My hope is to install as little as possible on the primary drive. However I'm not comfortable using soft links. Are there alternative ways to install CbB that minimize the amount of space used on the primary drive?
  4. Another excellent video. Thanks for taking time to demonstrate why you suggest -12db RMS for an average track gain setting.
  5. @Zhi Ying(Geroniny), Thanks for your response. I'm looking forward to hearing your music once you post a link in the "Songs" forum section: https://discuss.cakewalk.com/index.php?/forum/30-songs/
  6. Another possibility is to use a patch player like Sforzando. It is an insert VSTi that plays soundfonts or acidized wave files . https://www.plogue.com/products/sforzando.html Here is a link to many free patches: https://www.plogue.com/products/sforzando-banks.html
  7. You might want to give the Creative Sauce video tutorial a view. or
  8. @Freyja Grimaude-ValensI'm not understanding your suggestion can you clarify or elaborate in more detail? Maybe you can can post a screen shot of how the GUI presently looks and a mock up of how the GUI should look after your request is implemented?
  9. When it's "hidden", someone finds it and asks what's this then it is much easier to reply "a function that is no longer supported". When it's out in the open, more people will ask what is this . When the response is "a function that is not longer supported" then more questions like "Why not?", "Why not take it away?" or "Why not hide it?" are asked. If you want to leave the functionality available to those that know how to use it and make practical use of it this way sort of hits the sweet spot. By the way, Reaper supports Lua and Python scripts and there are some online classes that will guide a person in how to write scripts. I took one of those classes out of curiosity. When I first asked about Sonar's scripting capabilities in the old forum a few members told me CAL existed. In the hands of a creative programmer that has a burning desire for a new function CAL makes sense but for a non creative person like me, not so much.
  10. The CA-2A maybe present but excluded in Cakewalk by BandLab. Try navigating to Utilities > Cakewalk Plug-in Manager. Select the "Show Excluded" button on the bottom left. Look in the "VST Audio Effects (VST)" and "VST 3 Audio Effects (VST3)" sections. Use the "Enable Plug-in" button to enable any excluded plug-in you desire. Here is a link to a YouTube video that provides step-by-step: https://youtu.be/CNX2TzX4nAs
  11. What player are you using to host your virtual instruments? Some players, the TTS-1 included with Cakewalk by BandLab for example, are polyphonic and multi-timbrel so they can receive multiple midi channels, play multiple instruments and have multiple outputs. However many players accept midi from one channel, play one instrument and have one mono or stereo output.
  12. Colin, I assume you have V-Vocal as a result of a prior Sonar product. Do you know if V-Vocal is available on its own?
  13. PG Music released the 2020 edition of Band-in-a-Box for Windows earlier today (11-30-2019). Some features everyone might like include: New tempo and pitch shifting software. Multi-riff feature allows multi generations of instruments at the same time. Almost all RealDrums have notation transcription. Equalize tempo wizard allows varying song tempo to be adjusted to a fixed tempo. New harmony wizard. New content includes 202 RealTracks including choir vocals, More midi only styles and 15 midi SuperTracks. RealBand features essentially follow the Band-in-a-Box features however it remains a 32 bit program. The DAW plug-in has been enhanced with additional settings, auto harmonize wizard and ability to read or write more settings with the Band-in-a-Box program. New for 2020 is the Loops-With-Style PAK 1. Per the website: New release sale prices last until December 31, 2019. https://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.packages.htm
  14. Thanks Steve. I've not explored the custom module yet . I had removed the custom module from the control bar and forgot it.
  15. Here are four suggestions regarding the excellent Cakewalk Reference Guide that will make the guide more user friendly. Please add a "like" if you agree. Edit the file name so the file name includes the release it matches. Presently the file name is "Cakewalk Reference Guide.PDF". For example if this suggestion was followed the former "Cakewalk Reference Guide 09-19.PDF" would be replaced by "Cakewalk Reference Guide 11-19.PDF" . This provides a visual cue to the guide user that the guide they have is, or is not, current. Add an option to the newest Cakewalk Reference Guide to each release download. Add an option to allow the user to store the Cakewalk Reference Guide to a specific location. Publish the Cakewalk Reference Guide in the open source EPUB format so the guide will automatically resize and reformat itself to the viewing device screen size and resolution. This will allow easy viewing on smart phones, tablets, netbooks and e-readers in addition to computer displays. Here is a link to the EPUB Community Group: https://www.w3.org/publishing/groups/epub3-cg/ This was first suggested April, 2019: https://discuss.cakewalk.com/index.php?/topic/2860-reference-guide-pdf-now-available/page/3/&tab=comments#
  16. In this forum thread, https://discuss.cakewalk.com/index.php?/topic/8858-clarification-on-transport-‘return-to-zero’-control/ Chief Developer Noel Borthwick responds How do you create a new button on the control bar? How do you assign a task to the new button?
  17. Jim Fogle

    ez drummer

    If you're looking for something that's kinda' like EZ Dummer then try MT Power Brum Kit: https://www.powerdrumkit.com/ If you want something that emulates drum machines try some of the ones listed here: https://blog.landr.com/free-vst-plugins-drums/ Finally note that ToonTrack has EZ Drummer 2 on sale for $99 US while some of the online retailers MAY have it even cheaper: https://www.toontrack.com/product/ezdrummer-2/?msclkid=87210086ebf01c3626ee5d647a8bba8a
  18. First, welcome to the forum and to Cakewalk by BandLab or CbB for short. I should mention I know more about Cakewalk by BandLab than I do about BandLab itself. That is because I have been using predecessors to Cakewalk for many years but have not investigated BandLab much so I am not very familiar with the online product. One difference between BandLab's online product and CbB is BandLab is an online service while CbB is offline. As an online product BandLab is bound to the internet so if there is no internet there is no product to play with. But, when there is an internet connection you can access BandLab using any device with a Chrome browser. Likewise all files are stored online or in the cloud. If you do not have an internet connection you can not access your files. Cakewalk by BandLab exists on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 64 bit laptop or desktop computers as a standalone program. As a standalone program the internet is not needed. Files are stored offline and in storage maintained by your computer. The BandLab Assistant facilitates file transfers between the internet and the standalone program to provide a method to authorize and update the program. If I remember correctly BandLab is limited to 12 tracks. Cakewalk by BandLab has no built-in track limit. That's all I can think of right now. I'll let some other users chime in.
  19. GarageBand is Apple's entry level DAW while Logic Pro is Apple's professional grade DAW. The former Cakewalk followed the same model by offering Music Creator or Home Studio as their entry level DAW and Sonar as their professional grade DAW. However in the transition, the entry level DAW was abandoned while the professional grade DAW was relabeled from Sonar to Cakewalk . If we assume for a moment that Apple's way of doing things makes sense then the question becomes, "short of adding an entry level DAW, how can Cakewalk by BandLab be easy enough for a novice to use while retaining the features professional grade requires? The answer appears to be by enabling features so users can enable and learn at their own pace. That is almost exactly what workspaces accomplishes.
  20. Google Chinese to English translation: Thanks!
  21. Thanks for the links. Both reads are interesting. Not having access to GarageBand or logic because I have a pc, duh, it's fascinating to read about "the other side" of the computer world. I believe the Rolling Stone article includes an inaccuracy though. While acknowledging GarageBand was included as one part of a software package the article states the software package was free. The software package originally cost $19 US. But who's counting. Both articles tout the same three GarageBand strong points ease-of-use, loops and included with every Apple computer. Well, Cakewalk by BandLab's GUI appears to be easier to use with the change from lens to workspaces. The BandLab Assistant features midi and audio loops. Finally, Cakewalk by BandLab is available for the cost of an email address and the time to download. Apple and pc differ greatly in one respect. Apple supplies the hardware and operating system software. Apple also has power to allow or dismiss what connects or goes inside its computers . Meanwhile the pc world has two operating systems, Windows and Linux, residing on Intel and AMD cpu platforms and a multitude of hardware vendors. The pc world is inherently more complex because of its diversity.
  22. EA is shorthand for Cakewalk by BandLab's early access program. Cakewalk by BandLab provides details and access of the next release one to two weeks prior to releasing the product to the general public. This initiative lets those that want the latest and greatest an opportunity to test a release and provide feedback. You can learn more about the early access program here: https://discuss.cakewalk.com/index.php?/forum/36-early-access-program-new/ The newest release, 2019.11, was released this week after being in the early release program since November 20.
  23. I think the answer depends somewhat on your projects and your workflow. If you have 100 tracks and 1000 edits on each track, never freeze a track or consolidate audio, are using many cpu intensive effects or virtual instruments then the computer may not work as you desire. I main issue I encounter on this computer is high cpu spikes cause the power supply fan to shift into high speed. A secondary issue is the cursor changes to a hourglass longer than I'd like sometimes but it isn't totally unexpected. As always it's a toss-up between money (to purchase high specification computer) versus performance. This computer is vintage 2012.
  24. Hi Jerry, I'm sorry but I don't know the answer to your question. There's a good chance many of the folks viewing this video don't know the answer since the video maybe the first experience the viewers have with comping. Your question likely will receive more views and have a better chance of receiving an answer in the Q & A forum section here: https://discuss.cakewalk.com/index.php?/forum/12-qa/
  25. Can Cakewalk by BandLab do this? Highlight a selection of the project up to and including the complete project and then enter a time and the highlighted section shrinks or expands to that time. Example 1: I want the instrumental break to last for no more than thirty seconds. I highlight the instrumental break section of the song, enter thirty seconds, hit preview, like it and done. Example 2: My client wants various music beds of exactly 15, 20, 30, or 60 seconds. Again, highlight a section, enter the time, preview, like it and done.
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