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  1. Jack Stoner

    Windows 10’s May 2019 Update

    I installed the 1903 version, Wednesday. No problems that I know of. Some add-ons may have to be reauthorized which happens on most major upgrades. I checked my Isotope Product Portal and it showed all my Isotope products still activated. However my PC is relatively recent hardware. i7 6700K CPU, 16GB Ram, SSD, etc. Some of the Win 10 updates are not "kind" to older hardware and won't even be offered to some.
  2. From another recent thread, I recently sold off some high end equipment and "downgraded" my MOTU to a 4pre. It works as good as the MOTU 896Mk3 Hybrid I sold with one exception, there is no mute switch for the monitor speakers like there was with the MOTU 896Mk3 Hybrid or other interface units I've had over the years. Nothing can be muted in their CueMix control program to mute it either. This was confirmed by MOTU support. The only way, in the unit, is to rotate the digital encoder monitor volume control to "off". As its a digital encoder control it takes several complete turns of that control - a hassle. Fortunately, I found an old "Nanopatch" control unit that I forgot I even had. Its just the thing. It has a (push button) switch to mute and even a volume control. Its placed between the 4pre outputs and the monitor speakers.
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    MOTU 4pre - No Monitor Mute Switch

    MOTU support told me there was no way; no switch or nothing in the CueMix program to do it. I don't want to mute everything - I want headphone audio - just control (mute) the monitor speakers when desired. The added Nanopatch unit between the L/R Monitor (Line) outs and the speakers works OK. It even has a volume control, so I don't have to mess with the volume control (encoder) on the front panel. I have it set for a loud signal and control it with the volume control in the Nanopatch. If I want to mute I press the "mute" switch. It is, however, an extra piece of hardware to get around what MOTU forgot.
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    Can't update BIOS on AsRock Z97 Pro 4

    The ASRock procedure lists two different ways to flash from a USB stick. Have you tried both ways? FWIW I had an ASRock board on one of my builds. Didn't have any problems with BIOS update. It was a "gamer" motherboard.
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    Focusrite - UGH!

    I was going to close my recording studio and sold off most of my equipment. Can't quit... I have paying Karaoke customers that want to record CD projects. I had a bad experience with a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, both hardware and the control/configuration program and trashed it (the estimate to repair was within $45 of what I paid for it and that did not include shipping costs bothways which would make it more that I paid for it). Fast forward about 7 years and with the new Scarlett line and good ratings I found a new Scarlett 18i6 on sale and bought it. Bad move, the "simpler" control program still sucks as I was on my own to figure out how to set it up so I could get direct monitoring and playback from Sonar audio (couldn't get both without changing control program configuration). To add, 4ms was the best recording latency I could get that seemed to be reliable. To seal the deal, the 18i6 would hang up and have to be repowered to work. It was sent back for refund... I'm now looking at another MOTU.
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    Focusrite - UGH!

    CD project mixed and mastered (with Ozone 5) and delivered to a happy client.
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    Focusrite - UGH!

    The session went well today. Recorded 12 (Karaoke) songs for the singer today. The client is my best customer as this is the 8th CD project I've done for him.
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    Focusrite - UGH!

    The 4pre came in from Sweetwater yesterday. All set and ready for a recording session, Friday. Latency is half what the 18i6 2nd Gen was.
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    Focusrite - UGH!

    I ordered a 4Pre. 4 preamps are all I need. Previously, I had an MOTU 896Mk3 Hybrid. I went back to a familiar product. I don't have Thunderbolt so I couldn't go with one of those.
  10. I purchased a used Nano Kontrol 2 from e-bay. I don't have it yet but how do I use it with Cakewalk? Can I use Mackie Mode? or another device? I don't see Nano Kontrol listed.
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    Korg Nano Kontrol 2 Control Surface

    Got the NonoKONTROL2 and it sets up and works perfectly Thanks again. Jack
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    Korg Nano Kontrol 2 Control Surface

    OK, Thanks.
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    Korg Nano Kontrol 2 Control Surface

    I installed the msmcleod Mackie control (thanks for this). Which do I use with the NanoKontrol2? I see the extras noted in the PDF file (Mackie Control 1, 2, 3 or the XT or C4 subsets).
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    Korg Nano Kontrol 2 Control Surface

    Wow! Thank you. Looks like I'll be OK with the unit. Another plus for the Sonar Forum Also found this on Sweetwater: Follow these instructions to set up your NanoKontrol2 with Sonar. 1. Hold the set marker and rec buttons while connecting the USB cable from your computer. 2. Open the MIDI device window in Sonar, then select nanoKONTROL2 for Input and Output. 3. Open the Controllers/Surfaces window, then select Mackie Control for Control Surface. 4. Select nanoKONTROL2 for the MIDI In/Out ports used. Jack
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    Closing Studio

    At 81 I've decided to close my home recording studio. I don't know what the new forum policy is but here is a link to what I'm selling. Jack
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    Closing Studio

    I'm still playing Pedal Steel Guitar in a weekly show and at Cowboy Church. Just giving up the studio.
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    I'm trying Windows 10 again.

    Going from Win 7/8.1 to Win 10 the first thing I noticed was slightly lower latency. The only "tweaks" I have are Fast Startup is turned off (I have an SSD and its fast bootup) , the power plan is set to High Performance and I never "turn off" (sleep) the PC. The monitor is "turned off" after 2 hours. I disable the internet (NIC) when doing any recording or mixing.
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    Behringer x touch overlay

    The motorized faders on my X-Touch are "dead" quiet. Not noisy like they were on a BCF 2000 that I had. (e-mail sent with overlay). Jack
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    CD Production

    I do my own CD production. I have a bank of 5 USB connected CD/DVD burners that will burn at 8X speed. I use Nero BurningRom and the "DAO" (Disc at Once) option to make Red Book audio CD's that also contain Disc Title, Artist and song titles. It will also burn the ISRC codes on to discs. Nero BurningRom is the only program I've found that will burn to multiple drives at the same time. All the others will only burn to one drive at a time. I burn at 8X to ensure the disc will play in almost all audio CD players. Older players will skip or not play at all if burned at higher speeds and this is an issue with most SATA interface CD/DVD burners as the lowest audio CD burning speed capability for them is 16X. Some of the commercial CD duplicator companies use high speed duplicators (burners) and that can be a problem, too. I worked 7 years with Tommy Cash (in Florida) and one year he brought copies of a new CD with him. He had them made at a Nashville duplicator but he was getting complaints about skipping discs and as it turned out the company burned them with high speed duplicators. I made him 100 with my burned at 8X and there were no complaints. I also use ink jet printable CD-R's and print labels directly on the discs with a Primera Bravo CD/DVD printer.
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    Behringer x touch overlay

    I have a graphic file of the overlay. PM me with your e-mail and I will send it to you. I printed it out on "card" stock and then laminated it. Its stuck down on my X-Touch with double sided tape at spots. Not the neatest way to do it but it works.
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    BandLab Assistant updated to 5.0.3

    I had to manually download the 5.3 version, too
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    Duplicating an audio track.

    You can do that two ways (or at least how I do it). 1. Copy the entire track and paste it into a new track. 2. Bounce the track to a new track.
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    I did the update, this morning, and after the update completed it took me to a page that described what the new update added/did.
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    Cutoff date for old forum?

    This may not be the place to post this, but I just can't get into the new forum. Its not that I can't handle "change". I've done that all my working career having been in computer maintenance and support and "change" is one thing that we constantly had. If it wasn't different hardware, it was software or procedures. Just seems to be too many sections.