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  1. Ahhh, me now thinks I made a bad choice back in the day deciding on the Delta 1010 and blowing off the Echo Layla, as this is just proof positive that Event is willing to go the extra mile for customer support. M-Audio said enough is enough, 20 years of FREE support is ENOUGH refused to certify the M-Power drivers for Win 10. That was really the only problem, and it was an easy enough hack, but having to hack along with my hacking my Edirol PCR MIDI Keyboard Controller I thought, hmm, maybe enough is enough, in computer years this stuff is ancient dinosour tech, and all these hacks I'm doing are goobering up Windows Registry which slows the system down I've been using these products for over a dacade+ with great service so maybe it's time I man up a couple bucks for newer more modern toys. And I'm really glad and very happy I did. Not only did Focusrite prove that "OH YES YOU CAN" get super low latency out of a USB 2 audio interface, and Novation proved how much easier, faster, and more "intelligent" a a newer tech MIDI keyboard controller can be with Novation's "AutoMap" which is pretty good at searching, finding, and setting and MAPPING itself up to VST and VSTi plugins, every time I open a DAW project in CbB. It's also intelligent enough to recognize Mackie MCU protocol and ignore everything my Behringer X-Touch DAW controller is Mapped to, and head straight for mapping out most 3rd VSTi instruments, and VST audio FX. Not a perfect job mapping in CbB, but it does most of the work and SUPER EASY to create and modify any MIDI maps and it will remember them there after. The old trusty and beloved Edirol PCR, which I still use on my Mac/ Protools machine is nothing short of being a serious PITA to map and Heaven HELP the FOOLS who don't SAVE the MIDI MAPS to a SAFE PLACE and never forget where you saved them, or sooner or later you will be DOING IT AGAIN. ðŸ˜Ą Oh yeah, the dreaded and scary Windows Update program, it's always a tad hard on the nerves, but it really is a "condition" that's kinda like a necessary evil that can and WILL turn into serious problems if you wait too long, and go into it blindly and don't prepare for it by making SURE all your drivers are up to date. And that's something the Windows updater isn't exactly stellar at doing, and I've found that's the #1 cause of the proverbial "Shit hitting the fan" during major updates. 😏 But there are a few 3rd party apps that are very good at it, such as my favorite WinZip Driver Updater does a very good job. There is a free version, which is a PITA because it starts up and checks for new driver versions every time you boot up into Windows, which really slows boot times down, and will annoy you with popup adds until you buy it. But THAT'S the price of FREE. 😜 However, it's one of the best $25 (us) I ever spent, considering it does a MUCH more through job then the Windows updater does, and what can take you HOURS to do yourself in mere minutes. As well as save you the hassles of the dreaded " BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH." It also not only speeds up the time it takes major quarterly Windows updates complete, it's extra insurance that they do, OR successfully roll back if the don't. 👍 I think v2004 is definitely quickest, easiest and smoothest update yet, and many bugs fixed/removed and an improvement in functionality. I also recommend using Win 10 Pro so you can schedule updates, and keep an eye out for MS's "Patch Tuesday" policies and manually update, or chose to hold on Wed, or Thursday to have the time make sure nothing is causing problems. If so you can roll back anything that's not a mandatory security patch.. Yeah I know, nobody like to take out the garbage either, but if you don't you gotta keep living with the garbage. And all these things, once taken care of makes everything you do with your computer run smoother and more efficiently with a clean uncluttered Windows Registry and current up to date drivers are really essential for a smooth running DAW. 😊
  2. Wow Echo Layla, now there's a blast from the past, LoL. Are you still running Windows 2000 or X Pee? That was a SERIOUS contender for reasonably priced (lower end) multi channel audio interfaces, that were still rather costly for us non rock star money making recording enthusiasts. I opted for it's slightly less expensive main competitor The M-Audio Delta 1010. My main motivation was because the payments for financing the Delta 1010 with a new AKG 414 + a very nice shiny new Focusrite ISA mic preamp to go alone with the AKG 414 + Teletronix LA2A Line Level Amplifier I had purchased the year before, and the new deal was more closely aligned to to my financial "comfortable zone". My original goal was to make double payments and pay them all off in 6 months instead of a year, but an unforeseen Teamsters Union strike put a kink in that plan. It only lasted 2 weeks but that set back my financial plans & stability back 6 months, so I had to occasionally limit my beer and weed consumption from time to time in order to make my payments on time, which I wasn't in the least happy about, but it was doable and well worth the effort. I still managed to keep the everyone in the household reasonably happy and comfortable and to pay my loan off in 9 months without the added expenses of ending up in divorce court. 😏 And that's when life turned GOOD! Much thanks to Cakewalk releasing the ground breaking/recording universe changing SONAR 4 Producer. My dreams of actually recording 8 tracks of audio at a time into a computer with confidence had FINALLY BECOME A REALITY! ðŸ˜Ū After a few months of enjoying that, I toyed with the idea of selling my Tascam DA88's, and almost did until I upgraded Windows 2000 to XP, my new found confidence and reality took a SHARP TURN for the worse. ðŸ˜Ą In those days, there was no such things as simply checking a box with you mouse and rolling back your OS to a previous version. In those days, there was no such thing of "Cloning" your hard drives and you had to find your own drivers and install them yourself. In those days it took about WEEK to meticulously and very carefully rebuilding, tweaking and reconfiguration to upgrade a computer workstation for recording, and another week to get it back to the way it used to work as expected. So to make a long story shorter, had to wrestle with Win XP for a couple of months before I finally found the time to reinstall Win 2000. And I ran Win 2K up until Cakewalk and all 3rd party vendors stopped supporting it which was about a year or less before Win. Vista was released. I skipped Vista entirely and used XP until the stable x64 bit version was released, and rebranded WINDOWS 7 Pro x64. And then life became, very, VERY GOOD again with a GIANT LEAP FOREWARD into the wonderful and extra powerful universe of x64 computing for all software taking the MANY advantages of x64 bit, and the ability of running XP (mode) in the background in x32 bit on a VM (Virtual Machine) for all my older favorite software that didn't/couldn't. I used to love my Delta 1010's PCI cards and was kind of heart broken when M-Audio dropped driver support after Windows 7, and would have been more then willing to purchase and replace my 20 year old Delta 1010 PCI cards with the newer, faster, more better PCIe card slots instead of dropping the PCI line entirely and opting for USB interfacing which took a while for computer tech to catch up to get past the latency issues in the USB well into USB v2. Gone but not forgotten, I donated my 2 Delta 1010's to my buddy Frank's kids Win 7 based home recording studio which just crapped out last year. Being perfectly happy and happier with performance Cakewalk's CA2A clone of the Teletronix LA2A, I traded my Teletronix for a 2006 Honda CRV 4 years ago that still looks and runs 100% GREAT. Well so does the LA2A, but it can only be used on one mono track at a time. Cakewalk's CA2A can be used on as many tracks as I want, in mono or stereo, and being I have a very POWERUL AMD FX 8370 8 core computer/workstation that has no problems running and supporting Cakewalk's "Input Monitoring" I can run not only ProChannel, but ANY FX plugin I want in "real-time" whilst recording... As in 2x more audio FX plugins then I could run with Windows 7 then I CAN with Windows 10. Pro. ðŸĪŠðŸĪŠ And am I the only one here who appreciates the difference in performance, functionality, and sound quality from VST2 to VST3 audio FX plugins? How MUCH EASIER & FASTER it it to use Melodyne with Cakewalk's ARA support? I clearly and obviously noticed the differences simply by updating/ comparing my older Waves v9 plugins to the current v11. Waves v9 plugins still work & sound great of course, but v11 sound & PERFORM ðŸ˜ŪðŸ˜ŪðŸ˜ŪðŸ˜Ū AWESOME! And also if you love Melodyne v4, you are in for some really TASTY TREATS with v5. The boyz & girls at Celemony got BUSY with some GREAT results. And so I shall close my "Why it's always a great idea to keep abreast of modern tech" rant, I should also like to point out one more thing. As much as I love my Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB gen 2 audio interface.. As long as you DO NOT have preexisting DAW projects recorded over 24 bit/48 k/Hz, I have to say in all honesty the difference in price of the Behringer U-Phoria UMC1820 should be the clear choice winner for those on a tight budget. 24 bit/48k/Hz is the industry standard, and Behringer ADA8200 does not support bit depths and sample rates higher then that. And in reality, with today's modern high powere multi core computer tech there is no real reason to record any faster sample rate then that. Back in the days of single core 32 bit CPU's that ran under 2 g/Hz and buss speeds under 1000 m/Hz the only way to achieve lower recording latency was to crank UP the sample rate speed. There has been an ongoing argument for decades over whether us humans can actually "hear" the difference between recording made 24/48 and 24/96. I have conducted and been to and thru more than a few double blind tests in top notch professional recording studio ENVIROMENTS, and it's been proven every single time NO HUMAN BEING can tell actually the difference with their EARS. I have used, tested, and compared Behringer's ADA8200 hooked up to my 18i20 via ADAT and got rock solid EXCELLENT results at 24 bit/48k/Hz with the 18i20 used as a timing master with the ADA8200 slaved to it running a very negligible 2ms lower latency then using the ADA8200 as master with the Scarlett as a slave. And YES if you listen carefully you can actually hear the difference between the Focusrite preamps and Behringer's Midas preamps, however it might not be as easy as you would think to verbalize or put into words what the difference is you hear. Personally I prefer the sound of the Focusrite preamps, but the only real answer as to why is, because they sound very familiar, I'm "used" to hearing them sound the way they do... ?... ðŸĪ” But the difference isn't as great as it is listening and comparing them through Sony MDR 7506 or Sennheiser HD280 Pro headphones or the VAST difference between any and all near field monitors that are accurate enough to tell the differences. 🙆‍♂ïļ
  3. No paying for piano movers & it never needs tuning, unless of course you want to change "Temperaments" then of course you are free to do so. I've been using Focusrite Scarlett 18i20's for years now, from gen 1 and currently using gen 2 as my main USB audio interface and they have been pretty much bullet proof. So has my Novation Impulse 61 MIDI keyboard controller. And believe me, their are quite a few very high quality audio FX plugins offered in Focusrite's "Plugin Collective" for free that I would not like to live without. So many you could actually save money by purchasing a Scarlett 2x2 USB audio interface and throwing it in the garbage just to keep the bundled plugins and software. ðŸĪĢ It's probably the 2nd BEST VALUE on the planet. Second only to CbB of course, which has not only been my absolute hands down "GO TO" favorite DAW for a couple of decades now, everything you hear in this piece, with the exception of XLN Audio's Addictive Drums 2 and Keys using "Modern Upright" piano samples is included in CbB. I had gotten Addictive Drums 1 and 2 free years ago with a SONAR Update. I got Addictive Keys "Studio Grand" free upgrading my Focusrite Scarlett from 1st gen to gen 2, and got AK's "Modern Upright" sample pack with my Novation Impulse 61. As much as I'd recommend the Novation Impulse 61 as a great feeling and playing all around excellent MIDI keyboard, DAW, and plugin controller, it only has 61 semi weighted keys which almost but doesn't really suit many concert pianists insistence on weighted keys typically found on acoustic pianos, not to mention only 61 keys which is over 2 octaves short, and only has access to one foot pedal. This is a raw unfinished, unmastered mix uploaded into Bandlab's "Mix Editor" in multi tracks. Feel free to analyze each track, remix, delete, replace or what ever to any track(s), and make it your own. The piano track was recorded using AK's "Modern Upright" https://www.bandlab.com/band/band6873043074588134/a-salty-dog-31725dca-ac6a28a7
  4. It's also worth noting that a fully licensed XLN Addictive Keys is available as a free download in the Focusrite "Plug In Collective" with a choice of one out several different sampled pianos. The Steinway Grand, Modern Upright, Mark One [Rhodes] Electric Pianos etc. can all be purchased separately for expansion. Each one of these Sample Packs has a very large selection of different choices of microphone and preamp setups, what types of mic was used, and various very high quality FX built into it's user interface for detailed editing and setup. Many presets, all editable and fully customizable to your liking. You can even dial in & choose how much "Pedal" noise you want to leak into your piano recordings. It's available for free to all registered users of Focusrite audio interfaces and Novation MIDI keyboard controllers with a choice of 1 free sample pack included Addictive Keys download. I would obviously recommend the "Studio Grand" sample collection for the type of recording you have described, as the Steinway Model D concert grand piano is contained in part of it.
  5. I've been running 2020.07 fairly hard for over a week now, with no issues. I was about to report an annoying issue with 2020.05 about getting a "CANNOT FIND FILE" dialog box after freezing Synth tracks, which was weird because I didn't notice any files missing, nor did it have any noticeable effect. ðŸĪ·ðŸžâ€â™‚ïļ However that hasn't happen with 2020.07
  6. I believe Waves hasn't supported the "free" the Studio Rack since v8 or v9 when development stopped, it had always been problematic, all listed in their Support FAQ, and no they won't respond to any unsupported/outdated products any more then Bandlab will support SONAR 6 PE. 😉
  7. ðŸ˜ē Please tell me Betty Boop isn't SHANK'in on Olive Oil with Popeye at one of my Dance Parties! 😂ðŸ‘Ŋ‍♂ïļðŸ‘Ŋ‍♀ïļ Nah, it isn't so.. Things are not always what they look like, LoL.. SHOW MORE
  8. AMD is a no brainer for me.
  9. This is my test drive mix using the new 2020.04 release of Cakewalk by Bandlab.. 💗 I can't think of a better way to test drive then mix one of my favorite, not quite finished Steely Dan tunes I've been working on. FM, and there's no static at all. Rarely if EVER have I ever selected a plugin "preset" and thought it needs no tweaking. I've always thought of presets as a really cool way to get me close to what I want, but I think this is the first time I think in my entire history of recording and mixing that I EVER got this close to what I want with the new ENORMOUS selection of KILLER ProChannel module presets included in CbB v2020.04. This is also the first time in years that I used NO 3rd party plugins. This mix is 100% Cakewalk & Sonitus audio FX plugins that are included with Cakewalk by Bandlab. FM, and there's no static at all.
  10. I have absolutely no problems with Waves plugins running in CbB on my computer. However I DO periodically check for updates for both Waves Central, and the plugins themselves. This is VITALLY important if you are running and mixing older VST2 versions of Waves plugins with the newer VST3 Version 10 and trying to run them at the same time in a DAW project.. And ALWAYS manually RESCAN all VST plugins in Cakewalk anytime ANY plugin is UPDATED. There has been a NEW CRITICAL RELEASE update 11.0.58 for Waves Central. 1.) Make sure you are running the latest version of Waves Central INSTALLED. 2.) Check for AND UPDATE ALL Waves plugins even if they are no longer supported for "version" updates. 3.) Open Cakewalk by Bandlab and rescan ALL VST plugins. If that doesn't stop your problems, MANUALLY uninstall and reinstall any Waves plugins that are causing the crash. If you aren't sure which plugins are causing the problems, uninstall & reinstall ALL OF THEM.
  11. LOVE the new ARRANGER track and how MUCH EASIER it makes my life. 😁 When we were in limbo after Gibson shut down SONAR I started researching what DAW I liked good enough to go thru the trouble of the dreaded learning curve required to get me up to speed, navigation, and familiarity of which I'm used to working in Cakewalk as a power use on a Windows 10 computer. No small task after a couple of decades of since the game changed using SONAR as my primary source WHIP since version 8.5 reigned in on stability, SONAR 4 Producer when the Skylight ProChannel UI became comfortable & ROCK SOLID and up until the final release of demise of SPLAT. ðŸ˜Ģ After careful consideration of at least a month of digging in deep thru trail and error of several DAWs, I concluded because of their foreword thinking and thoughtful approaches to innovation, Presonus Studio ONE was the only DAW I considered a distant second to SPLAT. And Studio ONE's Arranger Tabs is most likely the ONLY functionality that attracted me to Presonus Studio ONE that I always wished SONAR/CbB could do. And so in my opinion, adding the Arranger track is probably the BIGGEST leap foreword for my personal workflow since SONAR 4 Producer for making my life easier. Not to undermine any other improvements and most generous support provided by Bandlab since. They've ALL BEEN GOOD! Thanks for continuing Cakewalk's tradition of adding something for EVERYBODY'S workflow enhancements. 🙏
  12. Steev

    Cabin Fever Blues

    Hope everyone is doing well and adjusting to the New World Order. Hang in there, all things must pass. I had taken the extra spare time to upload a series of blues jams to Bandlab.com to keep me occupied and keep my chops up uploading one every day for the week. They are all Multi-tracked for anybody who would like to use, add to, or remove tracks, and can be bent, spindled, and mutilated any way you choose, or not, only rules I have is stay safe & have some FUN.. 🙏 Cabin Fever Blues (day 6)
  13. He was a such great influence to so many. Bill Withers has passed way on the 30th of March. He was 82. 🙏 Just The Two Of Us
  14. EVERYTIME you update or upgrade Waves plugins or Waves Central, you MUST Re Scan your VST folders.
  15. That's most likely a Windows Security issue caused by Windows recognizing Waves Plugins are changing your systems config settings, and asking you if it's OK to do. Check "YES", and be sure to run a VST scan and everything will run fine.
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