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  1. Also be sure to turn off any real time virus scanning on folders or drives that contain samples.
  2. I learned a lot by watching that entire vid. I have several takeaways. Using expression maps requires a lot of thoughtful and detailed work to create useable templates. You don't just snap your fingers and magic happens. The "high hill" that I assumed the programmers would need to climb to incorporate expression maps is really a "mountain". That means it is important to wait patiently for progress to happen.
  3. This is another request for expression maps in Cakewalk from an owner of TwelveTone Cakewalk.
  4. I do own some VSL Synchron libraries. But the VSL site says that Synchron based libraries are not compatible with Vienna Instruments Pro. Am I correct?
  5. I love Cakewalk. Used it back in Twelvetone days and rediscovered it after retiring. Returning after 15 or so years to the much richer vst sample library world has been quite a treat. I've now reached the level of work in orchestral libraries where articulations are used constantly. I've researched and tried using drum maps as a means of selecting artics but it is kludgy and not straightforward to implement. And I've watched with some envy vids of expression maps being used in Cubase and other daws. Expression maps could be the feature that would pull me away from Cakewalk. So I'm seeking suggestions from a Cakewalk user who has an effective process to control orchestral articulations that somewhat mimics expression maps. As Thomas Jefferson asks in Hamilton "What'd I miss?" Thanks
  6. In piano roll, drawing in modulation or expression curves, I'd like to hear how the instrument is responding in real time. Am I drawing a mp or a mf or a ff? I watched a tutorial In Cubase there is a note expression panel. You select notes that you want to affect. You open the "note expression panel" and select CC. You draw in your data and while you are drawing the instrument plays and responds to your CC data. It seems to be a very efficient way to input CC data, especially for those of us whose keyboard skills are lacking. No way I can play and control CC at the same time, so drawing in after playing is my only option. Skip to 4:00, as he says "It's magic".
  7. I've been getting up to speed in Scaler2. The 2 parts of this tutorial really prep you to explore the new progressions section. Not an overly edited video, just thoughtful sharing of info from someone who seems to know chord theory.
  8. Worth a watch if you have Scaler, it uses Scaler 1 but all applies to Scaler 2. And gives you solid background for new Scaler2 modal features. This tutorial really stuck concepts into my mind. It is long but worth the time. Uses Scaler to demo some basic but deep and detailed chord theory. And for more modal theory.
  9. Thanks, I'll try the Playback Quantitize. I think Scaler 2 has saved me a lot of money. Now I've been spending most of my time with my owned libraries, discovering tons of new paths for composition. And not spending time pondering purchase of new libraries with the hope that they will kick start new ideas.
  10. Thanks for the quick and objective reply.
  11. I'd like to use Cakewalk step recording and Scaler2 to create ostinato patterns easily. I can route Scaler2 midi to a target Midi track by assigning midi track input to Scaler2. And successfully record Scaler2 output, with single note key press in Scaler2 producing multiple note chords or chord assigned single notes in the target midi track. But step recording seems to grab it's input directly from the midi controller keyboard rather than the input that is associated with the target midi track. My goal is the results I get in the previous successful Scaler2 recording, but processed by the step recorder . What I end up with is the step recorder processing the keys I am pressing on the midi controller, as though Scaler wasn't involved. I have not yet explored using an external midi router app. I can capture midi in Scaler2, but those notes are not tidily laid out as 1/16s with identical note duration. Just wondered if anyone else has wandered the step recording path and might be able to offer some insights. Thanks
  12. Just bumping this discussion. I'm seeking an "expression map" workflow for managing EastWest articulations. These articulations are not keyswitched.
  13. And looks like you are on the early access 2020.04 So I think I answered my previous question. Thanks for taking the time to put together the gif.
  14. Which version of Cakewalk are you using? When I attempt to duplicate your gif actions, When first adding Kontakt as an instrument, on the left hand side I am offered Instrument Track per Output with Stereo Audio Outputs but on right hand side of same window I am not offered Number of Tracks to Create, and Limit Tracks to And I am not offered APPEND instrument track in Cakewalk dropdown after adding instrument in Kontakt.
  15. I don't have a frame of reference re other Daws. Been using Cakewalk for 20 yrs. Haven't had the need to put big money into others. I'm a hobbyist not making income from music.
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