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  1. Variorum

    CAL program editor

    Notepad++ is my favorite multi-purpose editor, but there's also a free editor (here) designed specifically for CAL that's pretty useful. You can add it to Cakewalk's Utilities menu using @scook's tools (here)
  2. Don't mean to sound snooty, but I wish developers would take the time to write plug-ins in the native language of DAWs (C/C++) rather than taking the easy way and coding in C# and hoping everything bridges correctly...
  3. This is a little late, but I checked my Ample Guitar LP (VST3) and had the same problem with Midi input not being recognized. I had version 3.1. Checked Ample Sound's site and there was a new version available (3.6) Updating to that version fixed the problem.
  4. Make sure you're showing all the track controls by selecting "All" as shown.
  5. To the 3 people that downloaded the plug-in, you might have noticed a problem with the Solo and Mute buttons. Stupid mistake on my part. I really should consider doing a little regression testing when I make a tiny, supposedly harmless change to the code 🙄 Anyway, a corrected version is on the site.
  6. I think that was a 4 week course that had a different focus each week... and it was only available for those four weeks. I missed it
  7. If your E-Mu ever goes belly up, Newegg still sells PCI-E Firewire cards with the TI chipset for about $25. I have a couple... they work fine.
  8. Hey @Max Arwood! I wouldn't recommend buying the FW-1884. There are better, new (or used but newer) alternatives on the market if you want a Control Surface. The FW-1884 requires a Firewire card with a Texas Instruments chipset, and you have to jump through some hoops to get everything working on a Windows 10 machine. It also helps if you have some electronics skills. There are a few Service Bulletins issued by Tascam that recommend minor changes to the innards to correct/avoid common problems. That said, for someone with an electronics background, the FW-1884 is just old enough that it's possible to maintain and upgrade. ...and the shipping costs will kill you. The thing is a beast!
  9. No need for the the original Control Surface plug-in, but if you ever do need it, or any other information about the FW1884, @DeeringAmps has the definitive site (here) for everything related to it. By intuitive, I mean things do what you would expect them to; Pan knobs pan, Faders fade, Mute buttons mute, etc. Any key combinations I use are noted in the instructions. Basic stuff like Shift + Rewind moves to the beginning of the project, little red REC button + a strip Select button arms a track for Record... When you're in ACT mode, the plug-in that has the focus is the one you'll be controlling. It's a good idea to keep the GUI open while you're figuring it out because it will tell you what the current plug-in is and what parameters are currently mapped to the controls. You can, of course, use ACT learn to remap any control. The sonar_note_1_00 doc is good to read over to get an overall idea of how the surface can be used in Cakewalk, but I've simplified/omitted/changed a lot of the more complex button combos and things because they don't really apply to the latest version of Cakewalk. The Tascam plug-in was written about 15 years ago 😬 That said, if there's a function that would be handy, I can always add it in... Remember that the Surface Controller plug-in only works when you're in COMPUTER mode ( the left-most button at the top right of the surface)
  10. I put the post in Cakewalk by BandLab 'cause I wasn't paying attention... I use my FW1884 pretty much the same way. 98% of the work is done directly in CbB (I like mice), but I'll use it for mixing and mastering when I just want to strap on the headphones, loop a section, and tweak adjustments. It's also handy for those times when I need to adjust multiple controls at once like volume and expression on a track, or expression and filter frequency on the EQ. Having ACT enabled now makes that a lot more flexible. Remember, you can also switch the FW1884 to MIDI CTRL mode and use Midi Learn in CbB to link any control on the surface to almost any control in the DAW (make sure you've enabled one of the Virtual Ports for all of the controls on the FW1884 via the FW1884 Panel Midi Programming tab). You don't get bi-directional controls (moving faders) in MIDI CTRL mode, but it's still really useful for parameters that can't be mapped to ACT (i.e. Track Parameters). Once you've played around with it for a while, you may find a lot of cool things you can do flipping between normal mode, ACT mode, and MIDI CTRL mode. The GUI isn't totally interactive... all of the illuminated buttons and faders reflect the control surface state (and moving the faders in the GUI moves the faders on the Surface and CbB... a pretty useless feature 😋 ) but most of the GUI controls don't do anything if you click them. They are, however, real controls so I'll eventually make them work. The idea was to also make a generic controller that could be run on a separate touch-enabled PC or tablet. One day... Installation is easy. It works the same way as MidiFX. Just unzip the folder anywhere and run Install.bat to register the DLL, then it will show up in CbB's Control Surface list. There are no hoops to jump through, unlike installing the main FW-1884 Driver 😬.
  11. Ugh! I'm an idiot... I thought I was posting this in Instruments and Effects 🙄 Any chance one of the nice admins could move it for me?
  12. Well, I finished it... a huge amount of work that may benefit 3 or 4 people on Earth 😋 This can replace the original Tascam provided plug-in. It supports WAI and ACT, and has a much cooler UI! ACT Mode allows you to assign the 8 Strip Faders and 8 Strip Rotaries to ACT enabled controls in CbB. The 3 Rotaries and 4 Buttons in the EQ section can be toggled between full-time ACT controls or dedicated ProChannel EQ controls. The UI Control labels will update according to the Surface Mode and/or the plugin currently being controlled. Almost all of the buttons on the left side of the surface can be assigned a CbB command by right-clicking the button. ALT/CMD, SHIFT, and CTRL cannot be re-assigned. I've put a paltry set of instructions on the website (and in the included ReadMe file). Hopefully it's reasonably intuitive to use. I didn't implement some of the functionality of the original plug-in because it was either outdated, or because it was something I never used 😁 I'll still be making a few changes to it in the future, so if there's something you (3 or 4 people) want implemented, let me know. Let me know if you decide to try it. If you have any problems or questions, posting them here will probably get a quicker response than using the Viramor forum (nobody uses that thing 😜) You can download it here.
  13. No, pretty sure the best you can do is import it as a stereo file. You'll just get one track identical to the MP3. If it's a very simple mix (i.e. Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums) you can try one of the online stem producing apps like https://ezstems.com/ or you can download and install Spleeter (which is what the online services use). Even if it works reasonably well, the quality won't be nearly as good as the original, though.
  14. Ķ, ķ (k-cedilla) is the 17th letter of the Latvian alphabet. In Latvian, it has the IPA value /c/. In ISO 9, Ķ is the official Latin transliteration of the Cyrillic letter Қ. Somehow, you entered a Unicode character (\u0137), or the site changed it for you... weird. This is from the page HTML: For Bold text use Markers Module (or Trac\u0137View track name) The process for intentionally doing that from the keyboard is pretty complex; hard to do by accident: "To insert a Unicode character, type the character code, press ALT, and then press X. For example, to type a dollar symbol ($), type 0024, press ALT, and then press X. For more Unicode character codes, see Unicode character code charts by script."
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