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  1. I also think that will work. So, some MIDI message (f.e. some CC) which looped back as a Control Surface message (f.e. Generic Surface), with this messages assigned to Stop command. It is not going to be extremely accurate in time...
  2. There is no complex ready to use preset for Korg Nano. While it has more buttons, faders and knobs, all of them are tiny and except buttons do not sync automatically. That you know from A300, but do not expect the same device quality... The list of good integrated controllers is small: * special original support: Roland VS-700, A-X00; Naktar Impact; Presonus Faderport (old one); Alphatrack * AZ Controller: Behringer X-Touch Mini, BCR2000, X-Touch Compact (audio feedback only, not good for general use) * MCU module: Mackie MCU Pro, Behringer X-Touch (big one) and other devices with complete MCU emulation (more or less Presonus and ICon). No ACT Learn. All other controllers are working throw MCU module. The number of available controls is way less then on MCU (over 100!), so the result is more like "somehow works" then "integrated". Simple controllers can work with Calewalk ACT or Generic Controller. But in this case there is no feedback at all and available set of operations is limited. It can take some time to learn X-Touch Mini operations, I mean memorizing all modes and switches. But once you have learned that, I bet that is the most usable with Cakewalk controller in that form factor for today. With some extra effort you also can adopt what the contoller is doing, from simple changes (encoder resolution, executed command) up to complicated tasks (everything available for Control Surfaces).
  3. X-Touch Mini will do the job. It works as "ACT Learn" and can control almost everything else. It has no motorized faders, but unlike other "mini" controllers it has endless encoders and so always in sync with parameters. WARNING: make a backup of ACT XML files before using ACT with any other controller, in case you do not want to loose your A300 mappings ! http://www.azslow.com/index.php/topic,377.0.html
  4. That approach can be used even more sophisticated way. I have not ported the code to CbB (at least not yet), but the following works: http://www.azslow.com/index.php/topic,423.0.html So a mouse can be the cheapest and smallest wireless transport controller (and it can work without charging for a month or more...). And a keyboard can be the cheapest wireless button controller (with 102 buttons) 😉
  5. Connection is normally as stable as local network configuration (which is easy to configure wrong). "Deep integration" is a personal thing (in range of Control Surfaces support in CbB, f.e. content editing is not really supported). F.e. http://www.azslow.com/index.php/topic,295.0.html
  6. Have you opened its GUI (f.e. from Utilities Menu) and set "Disable handshake" option? When everything is correct, there should be no more "Connecting..." (even without any device attached). I do not remember exactly, at least some Mackie devices can think that the connection no longer exist and so there is no reason to work when there is no heartbeat. But I think that was HUI, not MC. Some of us are more programmers then musicians (I mean professional programmer and hobby musicians). I am a one of such kind 😉
  7. Replace mackiecontrol.dll with the one from https://github.com/msmcleod/Cakewalk-Control-Surface-SDK/tree/master/Bin/x64 That is a mod from msmcleod, more advanced then my own (since I do not have any mackie device). It has "disabled handshake" setting, once set you will not longer see "Connecting". If you ever hit the limit with what you can do in using Mackie plug-in, you can dive into AZ Controller programming. But I guess you do not need that long way 😉
  8. Can you mention: which buffer you try to set (ASIO or "MIDI preparation"), what is the value of different one, which VSTi/DX are you using, do you have tones of CC on that track and can it be indirect MIDI loop (not always visible)? All that can be relevant. "MIDI preparation" buffer is a kind of magic like. There are serious problems in MIDI DX concept in general and I guess some long term problems in its implementation. Sometimes bigger is worse, sometimes opposite. ASIO better keep lower, especially when you have many CC. Design mistake in VST2 (yes, no one is perfect), more precisely the fact Steinberg has described that part not well, followed Ableton (and in my tests Cakewalk) have interpreted that part wrong, as the consequence the rest of the world had to adopt. The number of CCes can also influence internal buffers inside particular plug-ins. In general it is not a good idea to draw them "smooth" (when possible). And so on... 😁
  9. My point is that DPC latency can be influenced by background activity. May be good optimized for audio PC/Notebook is rock solid when MS updates its drivers... but I have hard time to believe that is always the case 😉 So during update/startup/malware checks/telemetry collection/(100 more tasks) I observe high DPC. But that does not bother me much as long as after all that is done I can use my notebook without latency and clicks (while not really optimizing it for audio). With MSI I also have failed to change the mode to major components. But many "tiny" devices, like mentioned in the linked post, could be switched. That "un-share" interrupts, also for major components. I guess the effect is system specific, but share interrupts was never good. In the worse case there is simply no difference in DPC, but since there is no known negative sides (as long as the device/driver is able to work at all), why not set it just because that is possible.
  10. There are many reports in the Internet about "DELL latency" and ACPI in particular. I also have DELL (older XPS) and it also reports "no go" in Latency Monitor, sometimes from ACPI, sometimes from Wdf, etc. When started at bad time... I mean to conclude that is really persistent, completely update the computer and wait till MS has finished all pending tasks. Can take a while (hours) when connected to the internet and several reboots. Once the system is finally "idle" (no pending tasks, almost 0 CPU use), take it offline. Wait for a while and then start Lantecy Monitor, without doing anything else (not starting any application). If you still have problems in such environment, there is something seriously wrong. If there is no problems when completely idle but there are problems when you start applications, that is a different case. As I wrote, if I start Latency Monitor without "preparation", the picture is bad. But I can easily keep the buffer 64 without any glitches when I need that (RME+REAPER). I do not think ACPI has troubles by itself (as most MS own drivers), something should "helping" it to do this. That something can be hard to find. But disabling all background programs you do not need and unused/not important devices can eliminate the trouble. Even if there is no logical correlation, modern computers are complicated devices with hundreds of components. And all these components are "fighting" for some shared resources. One of the tricks I was not aware until recently: https://forums.guru3d.com/threads/windows-line-based-vs-message-signaled-based-interrupts.378044/
  11. How they explain that? Do they think if you attach your notebook (all these keyboards do not need special drivers) the keyboard will break? I do not expect the service I have 15km from me (all possible keyboard, can attach everything, they have computer with software for testing and normal grand to compare with...). But I have thought there must be some minimum service in all local shops... There is no reason for them to exist otherwise, in the world of Internet.
  12. On the positive side, that keyboard was the primary reason to use Cakewalk.
  13. LOL. I know what is possible to do just with 2 buttons (or pedals), especially if there are keys in addition. Or with 3 buttons and one encoder (a dedicated mouse, as a DAW controller). I also have "one encoder" variation of Roland keyboard. And I can use any normal knob as encoder or "instant control" (without the need to sync first). But the discussion has started with Keylab 49, with hardware encoders. I mean that is in different league. F.e. encoders configured as: Jogger, track selection, current track volume and pan. But well, GX61 + X-Touch Mini can be nice combination. With combined price equal to LX61 😉 Unfortunately, when I was shopping for a small keyboard, I have failed to play anything except Yamaha synth keys and Roland MIDI keys (I have checked all available at that times devices, thanks to the shop in the near which had them all). Yamaha produce no MIDI keyboards, so I had no choice...
  14. Note that GX61 has no DAW controls except transport buttons. And while LX has out of the box integration, I do not know how people can be happy with normal sliders and knobs when using it with a DAW. I mean for tweaking just one plug-in for long time, f.e. play some instrument, that is convenient and "hardware" like. But after switching plug-ins, controls should be moved "in position" first. That was too annoying for me. So while I have tried to use VS-20 (as surface) and M-Audio Keystation Pro (tons of knobs), I have found myself using just buttons (which are always "in sync") and faders to adjust levels (good as long as the number of tracks is under 8). I am rather happy with X-Touch Mini now. Just because it has encoders, so I do not have to think when I want adjust something instead of setting "from scratch". I have understood that with Peavey Studiomix, but I have bought it used with all controls "aged" to the point it is useless (encoders do not report the direction correctly, faders are moving "by themselves", etc.). Next attempt was Novation Nocturn, but it has bad encoders (hard to move, low resolution, partially double/wrong triggering... the last is compensated by Novation Automap, but when hardware is bad the software can not fix it).
  15. Steinberg has not introduced any common instrument/preset selection methods. So each plug-in is using build-in preset selection method, sometimes MIDI assignable but not always. VSTs can save presets, so like preset which you can select in the Cakewalk part of VST window. But Cakewalk (as most if not all other DAWs) has just flat list per plug-in and there is no pre-made list. That is not practical in case of 1000s presets. That is why NI NKS is so popular. They have introduced (as usual proprietary) extended preset declaration method. And as a major player attracted many plug-in producers to provide corresponding lists (other lists are make by users). Resulting preset selection works fine (sure, just on NI own keyboards...). Another movement in that direction was AKAI VIP (without extra extension). For the question which buttons are assignable. That is controller specific. Most keyboards/controllers dedicate arrow buttons for internal operations (only). See the documentation for particular device (they always mention which controls are assignable and which not).
  16. Can CAL script execute commands? And if yes, can it do sequences with significant delays?
  17. Not sure how relevant the answers about quality are in case you can not hear yourself... EQ is definitively not something "if you put a good one the result is magically better" 😉 From technical point of view, ProChannel EQ looks good and as other PC modules is faster/simpler to use in Cakewalk. The only negative aspect is portability. You can not "save preset" and use it in another DAW, which is a big advantage of all free plug-ins (since everyone can download and install them in any DAW). Commercially speaking ProChannel modules was not developed as "free". Cakewalk (when it was a company) was asking significant money for ProChannel features and that was not so long time ago.
  18. Not with standard plug-ins. The problem is not only the sequence but also the delays between commands. F.e. the sequence you mention will not work reliably in case there is no significant (for computer) delays. You can use AZ Controller (I can give you hints for that, delays are a bit tricky there). Or try your luck with some MIDI manipulation tools. As the signal source you can use anything which somehow produce MIDI. F.e. a dedicated boards like Behringer BCF1010, many guitar processors which are able to output MIDI signals when operated or just pedals connected to MIDI keyboard. I have used middle and left pedals of my DP, distinguishing between "long" and "short" presses as well as simultaneous presses that provides more then just 2 commands... But in case you have "extra" pedal on keyboard/DP, you can just use build-in Cakewalk MIDI assignments (keys are sending commands when pedal is pressed). You can not trigger sequences this way, but you can assign corresponding commands to nears keys (C,D,E) so it will be fast.
  19. It depends from what you expect it is able to control and how. Mackie functionality in Cakewalk is documented, but devices usually do not have all Mackie controls. So only a part of functionality can be used. Cakewalk Mackie implementation has some quirks with "compatible" devices, but there are mods which solve that (take one from msmcleod 😉). In general, controlling plug-ins with Mackie is going to be rather disappointing experience. In addition to normal knobs on devices you mention (so there will no automatical catch for current values when you switch controlling target), Mackie plug-in requires manual file editing for mappings (no ACT Dynamic mapping support). For mostly buttons use case, like transport, solo, etc. and/or fixes set of strips (the project has up to 8 tracks) such devices can be fine. As an App you can try TouchDAW and some Apple only staff. The same limitation for plug-ins, but everything is always synced. Also you can overwrite automations with "touch sensitive" faders. Or you can try TouchOSC with custom made preset. TouchOSC is not extremely stable for me, but in such case you can redefine functionality, control plug-ins with ACT Dynamic Map, etc. Prices for apps are around $5, so it can be worse to get TouchOSC just to check Mackie functionality in Cakewalk. Wired alternative is Behringer X-Touch Mini. It can control almost everything supported by Cakewalk, does not cost much, does not take much space and always "in sync" (encoders), you can tune what it does for you (which commands are activated) and how it does that (f.e. encoders resolution).
  20. Behringer produce different audio interface solutions (electronically). Some are more advanced (and so more expensive) then other. No mistake here. And common... the whole discussion remind me about "20Hz-20HZ headphones for $1". $40 interface is not the same as $60 (especially when produced by the same company), and it is not the same as $120, $200, $500, $700...
  21. Can you open a text file in MS Word (or other word processor)? Yes. Can you add a PICTURE of a text there? Yes Do you see the text in picture with original formatting? Yes. Can you save the result as TXT? A kind of... you normally loose the picture. Cakewalk automatically ORC "the text" in picture and put characters into the TEXT file. Extra feature! Can you restore original picture from the resulting TXT file? NO. There is no way to describe a picture in the text. An envelope consist of "control points" and "curve segment types". SMF files do not support them. SMF: Standard MIDI Files. Standard means there is a definition what is inside. There can be different "MIDI file" format, with automation, audio support, something else support. CWP can be perceived as such format. But you want use SMF with features not included into SMF. That is not possible, by definition of SMF. Nothing to "fix" or "improve". ----- You may ask for explicit conversion of envelopes into CC during editing, so without saving to MIDI. But CC lines editing in Cakewalk is good. Simply edit/draw CC if you want to use Cakewalk as a MIDI editor. Also do not use Audio, Envelopes, VSTi presets, separate tracks with the same MIDI channel, more then 16 tracks, etc. That does not fit into pure MIDI.
  22. There is not much to re-visit. Full features DAW is not limited by MIDI files. Inside the part which "does not fit" into MIDI files are audio and envelopes. It can happened something in that part produce MIDI messages, but in general it is not possible not reconstruct original feature from resulting events. In fact you should say "thanks" for automatic saving instrument settings and MIDI envelopes into MIDI file, and automatic conversion of the instrument settings during import. That is not a must, there are DAWs which will not convert that at all (leaving instrument settings as binary events in the MIDI stream and completely ignoring any dynamic MIDI processing on MIDI export).
  23. Sorry, I had no offensive intentions The problem is that many beginners read posts with "low latency" verbatim. And then wonder why they do not get 3ms with under $100 interface. The big part of this thread is about latency (there is no reason to even try ASIO4ALL otherwise, WDM/WASAPI always works way more stable). I am not a pro and I understand you. Most of the time I use 10ms+ interfaces which are permanently connected to my comp and gear and have no problems. But if I want hear myself throw the DAW without dry signal mixed in, that is no go. Also no go for e-drums (throw soft). For many soft amps (which have big latency on there own) that is inconvenient. Quantum is not extra expensive, but it requires quite expensive computer to deliver minimum latency. RME is "a bit" more expensive then Quantum, but works with any hardware. There are also ZOOM (UAC) for $200 and several under $200 interfaces. I mean low latency does not mean expensive, just not "the cheapest on the market"...
  24. "Extremely low" latency has Presonus Quantum under extreme settings (only). (1-2ms) "Low" latency have some interfaces with extreme settings and RME with normal settings. (3-5ms) "Good" latency have most interfaces with dedicated ASIO drivers. (6-9ms) Other interfaces have "Reasonable" latency, can be achieved by WASAPI, ASIO4ALL and sometimes WDM/KS. There are cases when WASAPI is on the level of dedicated ASIO (when the later is not specially optimised). (10-15ms, with a bit of luck can be down to "good", but I have not observed "low" range reports. Note that reported by the DAW numbers in these modes are not real). For testing latency, use WASAPI exclusive. WASAPI shared normally has significant latency penalty.
  25. ASIO is just a protocol. It is simple and so it can be made effective without big effort. Recently MS has improved other APIs. After reading observations that some interfaces work more stable and with lower latency using other methods, I have checked myself with interfaces I have. Surprise, my "archaic" M-Audio Firewire in fact deliver not worse latency with other APIs (while in this particular case not better). So ASIO is no longer "a must", for entry level devices ASIO4ALL is recommended just as a compatibility solutions, in case software has troubles using other APIs effectively. BTW recent Realtek chips have own ASIO drivers. The performance and latency are reasonable (let say not worse then for cheap dedicated interfaces). Those chips which do not have it work with WASAPI not worse then ASIO4ALL. And so even in that case it is not required.
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