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  1. I have a midi project (attached). Track 3 contains the melody or lead for the song. The original patch for the track 3 was a clean guitar. I want to change it to something with a little more body. So I deleted the set patch event in the event list. I then auditioned several patches by setting them in the arranger dropdown. THis seems to work OK during playback. However if I start the track from the beginning, it reverts to the original plinky guitar. How can I make it stick to the patch I set? AND does anyone know of a way to get a better guitar tone out of any of the built in synths or free VSTs? Thanks Every Breath You Take.cwp
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    Midi won't play

    Thank you John. I will try it tomorrow. ps - Is there a way to communicate with you privately?
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    My Posts

    Thank you sjoens.
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    Midi won't play

    Suppose I import a midi file. I plays and runs just fine. Then I import a different midi file. I SEEMS to play OK but no sound comes out of the speakers. What should I be looking for? No changes to preferences or other settings. instrument is GS Wavetable Synth. Thanks
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    My Posts

    If I search on my username, it only finds posts where my name is in the body of the message or the title. If I click on my name the selection you mention is not among the choices?
  6. Well, let’s see . . . in the preferences dialog, it shows I have 3 output options, the Microsoft GSSynth, a Yamaha synth, and a Roland synth. I would like to explore all three of them and see which has the best tones. Also, I am sometimes using Cakewalk as an intermediate step to porting a file over to another software and I want to get the patches set for general midi compatibility. Do you know the answer to my question?
  7. What do you have to do to make use of the Microsoft GS Wavetable synth? If I open a *.mid file and set the outputs to this instrument, the file will play but there is no sound from the speakers. If I : 1. Open a blank project and add a TTS-1 track 2. Then add an instrument track 3. Then import the same midi file it still will not play with the outputs set for the GS Wavetable Synth 4. BUT if I set the outputs to the TTS-1, THEN it will play. What am I missing? File is attached. gentlywp.mid
  8. Whenever I start the new version of cakewalk, it also opens a signin window for bandlab. Is there a way to stop this? It is VERY annoying. Thanks
  9. Thanks to all of you who have responded. For everyone who doesn’t understand why I recorded the metronome, here is the answer. It was a Learning Exercise. I figured if I could do it with a simple click track, then I could also do it with a more complex recording imported via mp3. Ultimately, I want to be able to align an audio track to the measure markers on the screen and match it to midi tracks that were either there first or were added later. And the entire project follows the tempo established or changed on the toolbar. Sorry if I left out any critical information.
  10. Forgive me for trying to illustrate my point with some outlandish discussion. . . . Hey everybody, I just found some wonderful new software that does everything I always wanted. The only drawback is that it doesn’t follow the usual windows conventions. The X to close a window is now located in the middle of the bottom margin of the frame. Oh, and to make the speakers work you have to click and drag the orange duck from the right side to the lower left side of the screen. And, although the software is free you need to buy a $200 thingamajig that includes a whatchamacallit to make it seem more familiar. . . . My apologies. Sure Cakewalk is feature rich and a wonderful piece of work. If it wasn’t I wouldn’t be using it (since the DOS days, although I did set it aside for about 25 years). People who have been using computers for a long time come to expect things to work in a certain way and when they don’t follow the usual pattern, it becomes very frustrating. The program could be much more pleasing to use if they hired a good interface designer, or as I am suggesting, provide us with the ability to fix it ourselves. And while I’m at it, it would be helpful if they would scrap all the old Sonar documentation that is no longer relevant or even correct. Thanks for listening to my rant.
  11. Yes I have, but 9 buttons is not enough for me. For example, almost every VCR transport button set has a "Go to beginning" button. Cakewalk has one but it is a little tiny button under the big one where it should be. I want to customize that set and set it up the way it should be. I also want to set up a set of zoom buttons similar to audacity. In essence I want to be able to create my own toolbar that sits under the standard one and spans across the entire console. Thanks for your interest.
  12. Yes, that is exactly what I am hoping for. WP was and still is the best word processor on the market largely because of features like this. Come on bandlab. You can do better.
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    Custom toolbars

    Tecknot, yes that is my point and why I requested a better system for customizing. I keep hoping it will get better.
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    Custom toolbars

    Kurre, for some reason the forum is NOT notifying me when there is a reply to my posts. I just discovered there were replies the other night.
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    My Posts

    Thank you scook.
  16. Thank you reginald. I guessed it was something to do with the metronome being converted to audio. To answer your question, my end goal is to get midi tracks , audio tracks, and a click track to all sync up together and have their tempo be easily adjustable via the project tempo setting. I have read several posts and docs about how to do this but so far the trick has eluded me. If you know an easy way (groove?) to do this could you attempt to explain it to me in kindergarten terms? I would really appreciate it. I do know how to timestretch audio by dragging the end of the selection, but that is about as far as I’ve gotten. Again, thanks.
  17. Hi there. I started with an empty project and OPENED a midi file. As expected the midi will follow the tempo setting provided in the timing window of the toolbar. I then created a click track using the technique outlined here. https://discuss.cakewalk.com/index.php?/topic/1741-recording-the-metronome This worked OK and the new metronome track syncs up well with the midi tracks. HOWEVER, if I change the tempo, the midi tracks behave properly but the Metronome track actually changes the number of measures and no longer matches the midi tracks. What gives?
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    Custom toolbars

    Thank you. But sorry no, this is not what I want. I would like to create a full blown toolbar with a couple dozen buttons with icons similar to what Sonar used to offer.
  19. The old Cakewalk 3 had a feature where you could mark the beats in an audio file and then adjust the measures to match the beats, sort of like a reverse quantize. Is this possible in the current version? I have read the instructions here Cakewalk - Knowledge Base - Finding the Tempo of an Audio Clip, but this technique can be difficult if the audio track is long or doesn't start exactly on the downbeat, etc. Thanks
  20. I would very much like the ability to create custom toolbars similar to that provided by WordPerfect. Start with a blank toolbar and add my own buttons. These could be standard buttons or custom buttons created by me to run macros built by me. The toolbar would be dockable near the top of the screen under the main menu. Some buttons I would include would be : Zoom to project limits Zoom to selection Zoom In Zoom Out Cut/Copy/ Paste Delete & Drop Hole Add/Delete Markers Set punch in/out Save Export Normalize Open various Views Etc. I know some of these are already available on various parts of the screen, but they are scattered and not very well positioned for easy access. I also know there is a limited ability to create a toolbar/toolbox but it is limited to 9 buttons and is not very attractive. Thanks
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    My Posts

    Is there a way to easily locate "My Posts" in the forum?
  22. OKNigel, I expanded the tracks but they only show the first 2 dropdowns. To see all 5 I had to switch the workspace to Advanced. I tried to modify the Basic workspace to show all 5 but couldn’t find the right setting. Is this possible? After setting the midi channel it works as it should except . . . When playback is started, it reverts to the original volume until I click on the fader. Then it switches to the fader setting. This seems like a bug?
  23. If you look at the event view you will see the events on track 1 are on channel 1 and the events on track 2 are on channel 7. Does cakewalk ignore these settings? How do I set a track to a specific channel? And thanks for your help.
  24. I created a midi file by exporting a score from Musescore3. After loading it into cakewalk I had 2 tracks, one for lead guitar on channel 1 and one for rhythm guitar on channel 7. I set each track to output to my Kurzweil PC3 keyboard. Then opened the Event View for each track and deleted all events that were not on the channel for the track. Then set the patch in the event view for each track. Everything seems to work and play OK except both track faders only operate track 1. How can I get the track 2 fader to work on track 2? The midi file is attached. Thank you for any help. Git_Goin.mid
  25. I tried several times tonight to open the piano roll view to edit some midi data. Each time the view tab indicated I had a multi-track view. This seemed to be the case regardless of how many tracks were selected at the time. How can I get it open with just one specific track, and, if it IS showing multi tracks, how can I tell which tracks it is showing? Thanks
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