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  1. Agreed. With the software (and hardware) protections on modern PC's, the majority of infections are likely caused ultimately by human error; either carelessly downloading software from unverified sources, clicking links or opening attachments in emails, or following the instructions of "Roger" (with a heavy Indian accent) who calls and says he's from "Microsoft Tech Support" and needs to access your machine via a link on "AnyDesk.com". I have an older mother and I've seen all of these first-hand 😬
  2. Or do what I did... Piece together an old Pentium 4 based machine, plug in your old Yamaha SW1000XG card, skirt the edge of legality and download an "official" version of Windows XP, spend hours scrubbing it for viruses and rootkits, install MidiOX and set it up to auto-start with a configuration that forwards midi traffic from the ports to the sound engine, only run it in the winter because it doubles as a space heater, and POOF! A really nice XG/GM sound source. Totally worth it!
  3. You should have the Channel Tools effect that came with X3. Pan controls for each channel are at the bottom right. If you really want two separate left and right mono tracks, from the menu buttons select Tracks->Bounce to track(s) and select Split Mono as the Format.
  4. I saw this here... it may be what's causing the problem. It also suggests a solution. A more permanent fix would require knowing exactly what midi data was being sent by the keyboard. "The VPC1 utilizes a 3-sensor keyboard action that has been developed to recreate the expressive touch of a concert grand piano. However, some virtual instrument hosts and sequencing software may not interpret these triple-sensor key events correctly, potentially resulting in prematurely cut or unintentionally repeated notes, especially when playing non-piano sounds. The VPC1 incorporates a 2-sensor compatibility mode, providing a work-around for such symptoms, albeit at the expense of reduced expression and keyboard responsiveness. To enable the VPC1's 2-sensor compatibility mode (while the VPC1 is turned on): 1. Press and hold the power button. 2. Press the bottommost (bass end) black key (A#0). The 2-sensor mode setting will be applied to all memories globally, and will remain active even after the VPC1 is turned off. To restore 3-sensor mode, repeat the steps above."
  5. RIFF (Wav) files have a chunk limit of 4GB, but other formats such as FLAC don't. FLAC is lossless, and Cakewalk will happily import it. There are command line based methods to automatically convert and concatenate Wav files such as this from here: ffmpeg -f concat -i mylist.txt -c:a flac output-ffmpeg.flac Where mylist.txt is: file '/path/to/file1.wav' file '/path/to/file2.wav' file '/path/to/file3.wav' If this is something you have to do a lot, I might be able to write a little GUI based utility to make it easier...
  6. I didn't know Cakewalk warned when choosing ASIO4ALL... Good! Glad you're working... (That was a flurry of help messages 😁)
  7. Nope... I don't know why you'd get that message. Maybe @scook can help with that. Unless you have ASIO4ALL installed and Cakewalk thinks you're choosing it?
  8. The driver download page is here, but I think the ASIO drivers should already be installed. Check the Preferences page:
  9. Cakewalk should work fine with WASAPI, but the 2i2 has ASIO drivers available. You may want to switch to ASIO if you've already installed them. All DAW's work best with ASIO drivers πŸ˜€
  10. Just because I love beating a dead horse πŸ˜‰ If you change a couple words in this sentence, I think it would apply perfectly to the VST interface: "MIDI is a technical standard that describes a communications protocol, digital interface, and electrical connectors that connect a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers, and related audio devices for playing, editing, and recording music." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDI I'd like VST to go this route. (No horses were harmed in the writing of this post πŸ˜‹)
  11. I've always had a hard time believing a company can own an interface. If there were actual code libraries involved that were created by a company, that represents a real product, but VST is just an interface, a collection of function definitions that need to be included in/supported by a DAW and a plugin. It's essentially a standard, not a 'product'. It's a standard that's supported (by real code) in a majority of DAWs, plugins, and other audio software. Unfortunately, it's that ubiquity that makes it almost impossible for a new standard to catch on. If that standard was close enough to allow an easy transition for existing software, Steinberg would almost certainly sue. I don't expect anything to change in the near future, I just wish... πŸ™‚
  12. The actual discontinuation of support for VST2 plugins only applies to Steinberg products (i.e. Cubase). I would think that virtually all other DAW manufacturers will continue to recognize VST2 plugins until there just aren't that many left in circulation. <rant on> It bothers me a lot that a private company controls a standard as ubiquitous as the (VST) audio plugin interface. Why isn't this an open standard supported by an independent group? I don't think that I'm the only one annoyed by some of the decisions made by Steinberg in the past, like initially crippling Midi support in the VST3 interface (they eventually backed off on that). VST is just an interface! There is no required code behind it. Steinberg should relinquish control of it, or a new 'open' standard should be developed... Fat chance that will catch on, though πŸ˜’ Ok, all done. <rant off>
  13. Recommending that to a newbie is like giving a bottle of vodka and the keys to the Ferrari to your teenage son... 😬
  14. Oh sure... blame the poor devs... 😁
  15. Mike will give you a hint here... These are still present because the Style Dials use them.
  16. Style Dials run on top of Cakewalk VST's. Sonitus plugins are DirectX based.
  17. Yeah, I like to have it on... except when I'm using my Distorted Trash Can or Drunk Karaoke Singer VSTs πŸ˜†
  18. I think he just means that if you click on note C5 in the PRV and then move your mouse up to C6, you get to hear every note along the way. I'm pretty sure there's no way to turn off note preview when you click in the PRV. @scook's solution of muting the track is probably the only way to silence it. I've never had a problem with it, but it would probably be an easy task to add an option to one of the PRV menus to enable/disable the preview (?) (I think OP meant to say glissando rather than crescendo 😁)
  19. Hmmm... I have to admit that I haven't used FX Chains much (or at all really), but after spending a while playing around with them in the Pro Channel, I'm having a hard time finding a reason to justify opening up the PC API for dedicated modules. We already have the ability to add any VST (or several in one chain) as a PC module and control multiple parameters with the 6 knobs and buttons available, including adjusting multiple parameters with a single knob or button with variable ranges. If you need to access the VST directly, it just takes a couple clicks at most. You can even customize the bitmaps! If anything, I think I'd rather just have a little more flexibility to add more controls to the FX Chain GUI, but for the actual purpose of a PC control, just having the half dozen customizable controls available is probably enough for fine tuning a mix... Just my opinion πŸ˜‡
  20. That stability may be why the API isn't public. If you get a bunch of knuckleheads (ahem πŸ™„) writing faulty PC plugins, then Cakewalk starts locking up/crashing and the users complain about the lack of stability and blame it on the fact that free software is buggy and Brand X DAW is so much better... They'd probably want to implement a QC procedure on any plugins and that takes time and costs $$$ Still be nice to have it available, though... all of my code is perfect and never crashes 😎
  21. I think the API for the Pro Channel interface is proprietary... if it's been published, I haven't seen it. I'd guess that companies like Boz and Softube requested the docs or had a partnership of sorts to develop their plug-ins. But if it were to become available... 😁
  22. Just as an aside, in this video, the guy is testing Behringer's ASIO Driver for the Zenyx family devices (available here) with the UMC22. Apparently the ASIO driver works with the UMC22 even down to a pretty respectable latency. Might be worth a try if you want to keep the UMC22 as a backup interface.
  23. Here's an updated version of CSMultiCompander called... CSMultiCompanderV2! The same functionality is available, but it uses a Spline Curve instead of the sliders... should be more intuitive. It's a different component than the original version, so any previous presets you've saved won't apply to this one. It's also effectively a replacement for CSResponseCurve since it contains the same functionality (better, actually... fixed some minor issues) When it's in Velocity adjustment mode, hitting keys on your Midi device will display an indicator of the velocity in the window (just for @ZincT 😁) Get it here.
  24. NP... It could do a lot more with a little work, but I really have no idea what would be useful. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  25. I whipped up a little Articulation Map Editor that should solve your Transpose problem πŸ™‚ It's a hidden page (not available from the main page) because I'm lazy. Get it here. Excerpt from website... The only functionality included in this version is Transposing Note events. This covers Articulation Maps that control key-switches. Select the Articulation Map you want to modify in the Articulation Maps panel. All Groups contained in the map will be displayed in the Groups panel. Click to select one or more Groups to modify. You can use standard Windows controls (i.e. Hold Ctrl to select/deselect multiple items and hold Shift to select a range). Set the amount to transpose each note/key using the numeric control on the right. The range is +/-48, which is 4 octaves up or down. Click modify to start the process. The first time an Articulation Map is modified, the program will save a copy with the added extension β€œ.orig” in the same folder, just in case. A message box will pop up to confirm the operation. If the selected transposition causes any note range to go out of bounds ( less than β€˜0’ or more than β€˜127’), the program will notify you of the specific articulations that would fail and abort the entire modification operation without changing the file. If this occurs, you may need to modify the articulations individually in Cakewalk.
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