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Sam Stalos

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  1. Sure enough. Win 10 published a new build (Version 1903 build 18362.900) and everything now works. I did make a dump file but decided not to send it in having been through this before. I'm sure Cakewalk has enough bugs to fix without absorbing Microsoft's load. I just wanted to document the consistency of this problem for those who get caught by the next Win 10 update .
  2. Previously used .cwp files in Cakewalk now lock up after just 23 seconds of playback or recording after updating to version 26.05.0.039 of Cakewalk and updating Win 10 to build OS 18362.900 of Win 10 version 1903. I am running on Xeon processors working at 3.07 GHZ with 12 Gig of RAM. After Cakewalk abruptly locks up, I cannot shut it down via the Red X at the top right corner or open the File Menu to Close properly. In fact, no menus will open once Cakewalk freezes. I have to use Task Manager in Win 10 to close Cakewalk. As expected, once Cakewalk is shutdown via Task Manager, it will not open again; but when I try to shut down the computer I encounter another problem. Following the shutdown of Cakewalk, I cannot shutdown Win 10 via a Left click on their Start Icon on the bottom left. In fact, no menus appear via a left click on that Start icon, not even the obnoxious thumbnail listing of all the programs available on the computer. I can however exit Win 10 via a Right Click on the Search Bar adjacent to the Start Icon. Both Win 10 and Cakewalk by Bandlab were updated this week of July 1, 2020. Prior to updating, Cakewalk by Bandlab had been working fine for many months, but I have seen this phenomenon before, and it always seem to be linked to concomitant updating. Trying to research and fix the issues during the in-between-re-update-time is a total loss, and I have learned to sit back and wait for subsequent fixes to come down the pipe weeks later. But then, how is this a productive tool for composing music? Deadlines and commitments are abandoned, which makes the use of such unreliable tools a fools choice. Why did this updating stumble not occur with earlier versions of Sonar and Windows software, or did it and I just didn't notice? It makes Cakewalk as a midi sequencer on an orange screen under DOS seem like an advantage. At one time Microsoft published that it was possible to simply go back to an earlier version of Win 10 under their Settings Menu, but I see that this option has been removed. To combat the updating issue, I have learned to keep my DAW offline. But eventually, when pressured by Microsoft, and when seeing new updates available from BandLab, I give in and update both programs at the same time, hoping they have worked out their mutual bugs. But this time, they have not. I can open and use Sibelius on the same computer without any problems, and have done so after this last updating fiasco. There is some responsibility toward fixing this problem on my part, which is to report these bugs when they occur... and to recognize that it is impossible for software developers to consider every possible configuration of hardware that now exists, especially in the PC world. I tried adopting the Apple approach about 12 years ago, but what an expensive joke that was. And so I am registering my official "bug report" at this time. It would help to know that I am not alone, or insane, or unreasonable, and that COVD-19 hasn't mutated to a version that eats magnetic code on the SSD disk in my computer. Please advise.
  3. Thanks to David Baay and 905133 for responding, and thanks to 905133 for catching my mistake. Take the rest of the day off. Everything is working fine now. The Widget Filter, eh? When you step away from this technology for several years, the jargon fades, and I needed an expert to bring me back into the game. If you hover the cursor over most panels/buttons/menus headings in the Track View of Cakewalk's layout, a brief description of the function of that button/menu will appear in the "Help Module" panel on the right side of Track view. But nothing appears when the cursor hovers over the Widget Filter, not that I would have understood the meaning of "All, Custom, Mix, FX or I/O." Your clarity and experience were much needed. Thank you again.
  4. Midi assignment problem. I have two different .cwp songs using Band Lab’s Cakewalk (BLC-latest update as of 12/3/2019), but I am achieving different results with each song when trying to use an external midi sampler (EMU-Virtuoso 2000.) Both songs are on the same computer using the same BLC software. The Midi Preference settings for both songs are shown in the attached photos, where the 2495 Audiophile card (Delta AP Midi) is included and routed to Emu's Virtuoso sampler, which is assigned to Channel 1. See midiTrack27.png, midiTrack28.png and midiTrack5.png. The settings are identical for both songs. I can’t remember how I configured the first .cwp song, the one that works perfectly and created with an earlier version of Sonar -- what small, obscure button I pushed, what small menu I unchecked/checked. In the first song, the one created in an earlier version of Sonar, the midi output from BLC to my 2496 Audiophile card (Delta AP MIDI) in Win 10 (using the 24-bit version of the Win 7 driver), assigns Channel 1 to the legacy sampler (EMU’s Virtuoso 2000). The Virtuoso hardware is assigned to Channel 1 via the Preferences menu shown in MidiTrack5.png. The Virtuoso hardware comes with an instrument definition file, which BLC uses to categorize the hundreds of different samples in the Virtuoso hardware via a series of dropdown menus in the Track View, i.e. patches and banks, as shown in midiTrack21.png thru midiTrack22, 23 and 24.png Everything in this first song works just as anticipated, and operates just as it did in an earlier version of Sonar on Win 7. This first song continues to perform flawlessly in BLC. But that second song, the one I just recently created in BLC... The second song (.cwp file), with all the same parameters and menu settings as above, does not show the same series of drop-down menus in the Track View. See the comparison of the drop-down tracks for the first song in midiTrack8a.png and the second song in midiTrack2a.png. What magic button did I fail to push to make the Midi Track output menus of this second song stop proliferating as in the first song, so that Channel 1 becomes assigned to the Virtuoso hardware? The Input drop-down menus of both songs are identical: None (checked). The first midi Output menus for both songs are identical and read: Delta AP Midi (checked). But that’s where the similarity ends. In the second song, there is no further proliferation of the Output menus which would allow me to designate Channel 1 as going to the Virtuoso sampler. In the second song, the one not working correctly, I can see that the BLC midi output reaches the Virtuoso hardware. There’s a midi input light on the hardware that blinks with each midi note that arrives, and it’s blinking correctly. And for some reason it is locked onto a piano sample by default, and I’m unable to change that assignment. In the second song, under the Insert menu, a selection of the Bank/Patch Change menu shows Output 1 and Channel 1, Bank Select Method set to "Normal," nothing in the Bank slot, and an Acoustic Grand Piano selected in the Patch slot. I can change the Bank slot to one of the Virtuoso Banks, click Okay, but it won’t hold this new setting. If you come back to the same menu, it has reset itself. The Virtuoso hardware uses the “Normal” bank selection method, and this selection appears in all the subsequent menus and settings in BLC. The Add Instrument menu under the Insert Menu only shows the Cakewalk TTS-1 software and does not allow me to alter that selection. There are a series of detailed instructions on midi assignments at BLC’s Cakewalk Documentation website starting at www.cakewalk.com/Documentation?product=Cakewalk&language=3&help=0x200B8, which I’ve read and re-read. No luck. Other than cloning the first song, eliminating everything but the midi track each time I want to assign midi to this Virtuoso sampler, what are my options? What am I missing? Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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