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  1. You need to open the Browser. A few ways: 1) The double-arrow pointing to the left 2) b on the keyboard 3) Views -> Browser
  2. It is the [Workspace] setting. Select Track Control Manager and you can see which selections enable/disable things.
  3. Could be you need to reinstall Cakewalk.
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    Save or Save As

    There has to be a good reason to use Save As. For example, you want to do your piece of music in straight 4/4 time, and you also want to do it with a swing 6/8 time. Every time you use Save As you save everything, and are wasting even more space. And have all these "old" copies of the project to delete using File Explorer. What you would do: You get all your notes in using Straight44 in the name. Then you use Save As using Swing68 in the name. Now you can modify. Instead: Use Utilities -> Clean Audio Folder. It defaults to the correct folder. Click Find. It Finds all the "replaced" audio files from the tracks. The files are named after the track names and are numbered sequentially. You can select individual tracks and use Play to listen in case you are worried about a version of a specific track. You can delete them one-by-one after checking or whatever. You can delete all the old copies in one go.
  5. On the envelope. This example is with volume on a MIDI track, but an envelope is an envelope. Right-click on horizontal part of envelope Currently Linear Select Fast Curve Drag node Where the line is vertical, drag the node. (In this case the bottom node.) Now the curve has a bit of horizontalness 😀 and can be right-clicked.
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    The last time I had bits missing like that it was the hard drive that was on its way out. Made icons disappear from the toolbar.
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    So you get the transport module, but instead of looking like this: it looks like this: Look here to take screenshots.
  8. Right-click the horizontal parts and select Jump, Slow Curve, etc. Then move the nodes up and down.
  9. Cakewalk uses whatever codecs Windows has. The problem is probably damaged/zero-lenght files when downloaded by Bnadlab Assistant, as @scook says.
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    Questions about using/installing Cakewalk go in Q&A. Questions about instruments and effects go in Instruments and Effects. So this was the correct place for your question. 😀
  11. When you installed it you must have selected VST, whether or not you installed the standalone version. It should be in a folder that is already in Cakewalk's scan path list. If Cakewalk isn't set for auto scanning, you will have to scan manually: Edit -> Preferences -> File -> VST Settings -> Scan Options -> Scan Then: Top-right corner Click on PlugIns and select Sort by Manufacturer Click on the little keyboard Click on the plus sign next to Native Instruments Drag and drop Kontakt onto the left pane In the dialog select MIDI Source and First Audio Output Click on the icon as seen in track 2 here. (It will say Kontakt, not SI-Bass Guitar) In Kontakt select an instrument from the left pane You can preview the sound by clicking on the keyboard at the bottom of Kontakt
  12. Some plug-ins seem to lie to Cakewalk about the number of outputs.
  13. Not with a simple instrument track. With a split track, in Inspector or Console, the audio track has this: Mono: Stereo:
  14. See the little icon next to the track number. Sort of looks like a keyboard. That is a simple instrument track. The track can contain MIDI data, MIDI automation, audio automation, audio data. In this example track 2 is the instrument-audio, track 3 is the MIDI data. MIDI track icon is a DIN connector, used to connect MIDI devices to each other. Instrument-audio icon is a tiny DIN connector next to the keyboard icon, showing that MIDI data is fed to the instrument. They each have the relevant data and automation. If it is a simple instrument track you enter the MIDI notes into it. And monitor/process the audio on it. In the 2nd example you enter the MIDI notes onto the MIDI track and monitor/process the audio on the instrument-audio track.
  15. Not multi-timbral, you need an instance (copy) for each instrument. For each instrument: When you add the instrument, in the dialog, select Simple Instrument Track. (This has MIDI data and the audio in one track, all set up and routed correctly for you.) After adding, select the instrument and articulation (style of playing) you want. Then rename the track the same as the instrument. While getting started, if you want clarinet Sustain Vibrato and Staccato add 2 instances, one of each. When you are happy getting things going you can learn about switching articulations.
  16. 1) Nobody said it was multi-timbral. Very little is. 2) I would have a look, but with my PC, if I shut down I have to remove all traces of Spitfire and start from scratch. Includes LABS. 3) Ditto.
  17. Thanks. You have 2 audio outputs selected. I suspect that audio is being routed through the one that has no speakers attached. You have FaceRig listed as an option, RealTek Digital, RealTek Speakers, and 2 CABLE options. Where are your speakers actually connected? Select only that option. If plugged into the headphone jack, select RealTek Speakers. Also, until your projects get resource heavy, change Playback and Recording - Driver Mode to WASAPI Shared. That way you will still get Windows notifications and the like. Now give it another test for sound output. If not lucky: Start a new project, selecting the Basic template. Arm the MIDI track for recording - the red circle button. On the control bar, next to the time display, above the symbol of a metronome are the Metronome During Playback and Metronome During Record buttons. Enable Metronme During Record. Press Record, the button with the red dot in the transport controls. You should hear the metronome. (It can be quite soft depending on your volume settings.) If you don't hear the metronome, give us a screenshot of Inspector. Views -> Inspector. Also, press d tom open the Console view, press Shift-d to make it full-screen. Give us screenshots of the 2 faders on the left and the 3 faders on the right. If you can't see the faders on the right (Master, Metronome and Preview) in the screenshot below, click and drag to the left the left-most of the thin vertical strip. Once you have done that, there is still one more thin strip. If you click and drag that you will see a final fader that controls the output to the selected output device.
  18. Thanks. Need : Devices - Output Drivers Playback and Recording - Driver Mode Screenshots is better.
  19. You need a synth per track. If you want 3 MIDI tracks playing 3 different LABS instruments you must add 3 LABS synths. Opening the MIDI file probably inserted a TTS-1. This is a multi-timbral synth - can play up to 16 instruments. But LABS is one instrument at a time. You want the Soft Piano - insert an instance of LABS, then use the drop-down to select the Soft-Piano. You also want the LABS Strings? Add another copy of LABS, use the drop-down and select Strings. Try this way: Decide which instruments you want. Add them, one by one, choosing First Audio Output for each, no MIDI Source. Then, one by one, point the relevant MIDI tracks to them.
  20. For a start, let us see Devices, Driver Settings and Playback and Recording under Edit -> Preferences -> Audio.
  21. Do what you did with this project with all of them. Using simple instrument tracks has advantages - only one track with MIDI, audio, both MIDI and audio automation. But, if you use separate MIDI and instrument-data tracks, when you do a safe open everything is there except the synth. You can then add a new synth and quickly fix the routing. Also, simple instrument tracks are no good if you add synths that have multi-channel outputs. Such as drums, where you can have separate auio tracks for kick, snare, hihat, toms, etc., so you can process them differently. Just a bit of info. Always install both VST3 and VST2. If you have problems with a project, do what you have done with the project that now works. Disable VST3, enable VST2, replace in project. Copy data.
  22. You could also put a dab of superglue onto a thin metal rod, aim it carefully down the shaft of the socket, give it a moment to dry, and pull it out.
  23. I presume you are talking about one of their synthesisers. You cannot add a MIDI track and think you can route it to any synth/instrument that you have. You must first add the synth to the project, and only then you can route a MIDI track to it. There is more than one way to add a synth/instrument, but this is the closest to what you describe: Create a new blank project. From the Browser drag the TAL synthesiser to the track pane. In the dialog, select MIDI source and First Synth Audio Output. You will have an instrument-audio track and a MIDI track. Click on the MIDI track. Open the Inspector. (Views -> Inspector.) Look right at the bottom of the left-hand channel strip. O (output) will be routed to the synth. Whichever one you added. (The name can be abbreviated a bit, but you will recognise it.) If you want to route the MIDI to a different synth/instrument add it to the project. Then you can route the MIDI track to it. By the way, when you add things to an audio track, you add effects. Reverbs, equalisers, compressors and the like. They go onto audio tracks that already have audio in them to change the audio.
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