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Jon White

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  1. Was Sonar stable as an audio engine? See if Cakewalk is the same.
  2. Great ideas, all. It creates "NTOSKernel" (or close, my spelling and caps may be wrong) in the top 3 list of resource burdens in LatMon. The other two are, of course, NVIDIA resources. Wish I had another brand of vid card, frankly.
  3. Although I will say that it was only Cake/Sonar that manifested the problems. Latency Monitor helped show the situation. That situation did not seem to make Sequoia, Nuendo or Reaper fail. Just our baby.
  4. Just one thing I've found in my little corner of the world: disabling my CD/DVD device on two of my music computers has dropped latency and dumb stuff dramaticaly.
  5. No, the point was that these performances are mainly heard directly by the audience.
  6. We have to come to grips with the instability of Cakewalk. Only then can it move forward. Finding a million things that might fix audio glitches while other programs work fine is contrary to wise thinking. All of them work better in terms of audio stabiity.
  7. I grew up listening to every genre you could find at Oberlin College's Finney Chapel. From Dizzy to folks no one here would believe (classical artist prodigies and intelligent rock gods -- although the night a certain complex artist named Patti rocked a deliberate urination out on stage, that was tested). I was privileged with fun at studios once in college and since have loved recording. My first Cakewalk was in DOS, I always joke. I have a conviction. It is that not one performance I've ever seen and relished and absorbed with human being had compression on the stage image. Sure, various artists in rock and fusion may have had pedals and such compressing their stuff, and various house mixes of more modern music may have had something going on like compression, too. But the stage, at least in classical, delivered the instruments without compression and the inclinations behind it. It was open air and truth in conveyance. I'd minimize compression in classical as an imperative, and I challenge it as the future in any music once we humans morph a bit more into nature.
  8. I did a resource monitor after noting some heavy hard disk (non-ssd) loading and droputs in Cake, and saw that it was reading every muted audio track during playback. Each take lane was being read by the drive. Why is that? Isn't that a bit of a waste?
  9. Every convention we have now was once formed on a "new day" in the past. Let your ear bring you new days, and put whatever you like wherever you like, based on the audible result and your personal flair. Heck, compressors across the board can all have different sounds due to varied phasing and frequency responses, so go for what you think sounds great. It could be a new day. (For demonstration of what various compressor plugins do to parameters other than compression, try Plugin Doctor. Load 'em up and see their frequence and phase character, and other things. It's vegetable soup -- potpourri.
  10. C'mon, man, check all of your settings. What software is playing it as a wav file? People come here asking the most unresearched questions.
  11. Try Reaper or something. If no issues, there you have the state of things.
  12. Very cool, Mark. I'm always impressed with what blossoms to be the intelligence here. I'll erase my comment, knowing that you just tilted a bit to the pedantic!
  13. There you have Cakewalk in its current state -- a seemingly bad audio engine design that can glitch beyond that seen in any other DAW of note. Don't let defense of Cakewalk and ideas on tweaking ASIO settings distract you from the point (your settings are fine -- in fact, you should be able to use even smaller buffer size). Adjusting to higher buffer to chase at the problem ignores that it doesn't happen with other software and asks you to effectively compromise. Cake just doesn't handle audio well at times (many times and configs).
  14. Hi Frank! Great tool, Addictive Drums 2. Make sure on install you chose to include the VST2 plugin on that setup list. Then make sure it's going to a directory that you have entered as a scanned directory within Cakewalk. I have a subdirectory "VST Instruments" as well as "VST Plugins" in my Cakewalk directory. Make sure the VST setup in Cake has whatever one you are using listed, then rescan. From then on it should show up in your list of soft synths. If it's not there, it's not getting scanned. Should work wonderfully.
  15. I wish THIS worked. I can in no way get two input tracks to mix to one single track, no matter what I try. I've panned L-R (two tracks), selected them and tried every combination of settings and it ALWAYs creates as many tracks as I start with.
  16. Okay, I sent the panned mono tracks to a bus and then bounced that bus to a stereo track. Great. In ProTools you can drag two clips/tracks into a new stereo track and they stack up as found. Was hoping for the kind of graphic editing here. Any chance? Thank you!
  17. So frustrating. How can I combine two mono tracks to one stereo. Drummer sent me his overhead mics in two mono tracks. Can't bounce two of them panned opposite to one track. Argghhhh! Any help is very appreciated. Jonas
  18. Hi. It really depends upon how hard you drive a particular CPU. I lightly overclock most of the time on my video post system, and always do fine with normal fan cooling. Audio systems don't need superperformance in general. One other thing that helps my video system is the NVidia CUDA design structure. That makes having huge processing power in the CPU somewhat of a moot point. The GPU power takes care of things. SDD write performance these days makes it even nicer, although 4K calls for even more transfer efficiency if you don't like the waits.
  19. Somewhat lightheartedly I mused that it sounds like a "trial mode" reminder on a plugin or something.
  20. In my opinion this is worth asking. None of us know everything about it all, and I won't claim to or imply that I do, either. In my research, though, for the best decision on a PC to do video and audio processing on a fairly high level (I hate waiting), I've found that under the surface of the "Ryzen is the stuff!" cheers that I hear from every single tech at Micro Center and wherever, there is an assertion that it is in multi-core capability that that processor shines versus overal processing power. Those pointing that out clearly state that if your application is not written to utilize this aspect, Intel probably "wins". I don't mean a mere 4 cores, either. BUT, then if one compares benchmarks one finds that the percentage gaps may not be so dramatic that it matters. Both brands/approaches kick butt. CPU support for audio processing applications has been done pretty well for 15 years now, I feel. I'm watching interest to see how multi-multi-core (my fun term) capability will be adapted to by clever modern coding in the near future to give, if the claim is true, those Ryzens a track to race on. They seem to use more power to get the job done, too, and create more heat, according to articles I've read. Noel might have insights on whether Cakewalk feels this is valid and whether they have plans to exploit whatever it offers. That being said, my studio uses the Waves server approach to manage plugin loading (separate server via ethernet -- Super Rack, Sound Grid stuff) to relieve the DAW system from plugin loading. But you know, these days it really, for me, is a luxury. I have Pro Tools projects that do just fine with an older 4-core Intel system and have many plugins involved (although I strategize carefully with groups and bus inserts and whatnot). What a fun day we occupy.
  21. I have found that select all has to be done on the project.
  22. The external keyboard should work just fine. You may have to go into MIDI settings, though, and choose it as your input device. On the audio dropout, as long as it is only that, and not that you LOSE your audio driver functionality, it may be fine. Plug your keyboard in with Cakewalk not loaded and reboot, then open Cake and go to MIDI settings and choose that controller as your primary controller. Then, when you load a soft-synth, make sure that the track has that controller assigned (should be default if you selected only it as a viable device) and on OMNI or Channel 1. It should be fine. It should play the SI stuff fine. Yes, breverb is a plugin for audio processing, and not a soft synth. Also, if Arturia has a general MIDI driver, install that. Might only use the generic Windows driver and work fine.
  23. Oh, where to start ... ? Your Microlab board is what is called a "controller". It sends MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) commands to other devices and triggers them to do various things. In using it with a DAW, you'll use it as a MIDI Input device as you see it has been designated. It will trigger "soft synths" (digital instrument programs) in your PC. Arturia makes some great ones, by the way, emulating historic synthesizers, pianos and organs. So, after doing a VST scan in your preferences menu, see what VST instruments you have listed. If none, find some you like and install. You will then call one up in a track "Insert | Soft Synth". Your MIDI Input device should be assigned to it in order to play it. You monitor the track and there it should be. Your Arturia's MIDI signals will be triggering the sounds. Those commands will show up in the track when you record, designating pitch and time and duration and strike velocity. There is a lot to learn, but there are lots of videos and help available. Your audio dropout might just correspond to a USB interrupt glitch when the PC changes its status upon plugging the device in. Make sure to consider getting a DAW-compatible audio device, as your built-in soundcard will most likely not be up to the task. Use WDM or ASIO audio drivers when at all possible.
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