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  1. 6 hours ago, Gswitz said:

    So this shows that through this process, most of the audio was retained. This defends that the RME UCX will send the higher frequency content to your speakers.

    If you were questioning whether my speakers do a good job up there... haha... not worth testing. 🙂 I have cheapie charlies... but I'm sure you can find speakers that attempt it anyway.

    As an interesting aside, while the first and final spectral analysis bits are almost identical, at one moment you see a tiny jump at 40 (otherwise quiet between 20k and 40k like the original). So, not perfect null test as I said. Something funny in there.

    No other gear or interface in the middle. Out of the RME UCX on channels 1 and 2, in on channels 5 and 6. No pres on those channels.

    Because that final 40 was after slowing it back down, I suspect something to do with the loop construction view slowing algorithm. Who knows what. 🙂

    I have to apologize. I have used the word "driver", but I had to explicitly write "speaker driver". My fault.

    Thanks for making the test. So, RME works fine with high frequencies, recording them correctly and delivering them correctly to the output.

    My point was about the next step, what happens with these frequencies in your or my  "cheapie charlies" or super "high end" towers? They can be discarded prior speaker drivers or try to drive them. In the last case, they will produce some distortion. Is it "aliasing" as in digital domain or other kind of noise? I have not seen plausible test results so far. But I have seen a test with general conclusion "there is audible distortion" (which is sometimes used as a prove for "better sound" in "high end", when used with 96kHz source... so in reality the sound, while really different, is just worse...).

    Returning to the topic. If we mix in 96kHz and send output without LPF to our monitors, can we fall into the same "trap" as "high end" lovers? So we listed the mix with some extra audible distortion produced by monitors from existing (and may be even real world correct) high frequencies?

     

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  2. Mackie is a separate surface plug-in. Instantiate it and point to port 3. In the configuration disable handshake. If Code really sends Mackie transport, it should work.

    You still can use something else for other ports. Note that Mackie plug-in completely block specified port MIDI, so do not point it to normal ports. Also it sends feedback, that can trigger MIDI loops if configured incorrectly (on the keyboard side or setting wrong output port for Mackie plug-in).

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  3. Since no one has mentioned that... Audio interfaces can work at 96kHZ or more, so with 48kHz waves, for input and output. But most (exceptions?) drivers physically can not reproduce more the 21kHz. The result is the same as with audio interfaces working at lower rates: analog chain can have LPF so what can not work is cut or follow "lets hope the user knows what he does" scenario. I can not find the links now, but I have seen some tests in the Internet. The same kind as in this thread videos, but checking what really comes out of monitors/headphones when the signal includes over limit frequencies.


  4. I may be see it wrong... But if everything in a project is 48kHz and there is just "saving" into 96kHz... I expect all frequencies above 24kHz should be strictly zero... no? 🙄

    I mean it is like using 64 bit depth for recording (from 24 fixed point interface > maximum resolution of any interface), does not make sense at all.

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  5. Check you have no "MIDI loops". So Keyboard->Cakewalk->(Something)->Cakewalk->(Something) and so on. It can loop throw "MIDI out" of some synth, external software loopback device or  (rare) not properly configured MIDI keyboard.

    MIDI configuration in Cakewalk and projects could be "bugged" when you have attached Code 61, especially if you have connected/disconnected it (and/or Oxygen) to different USB ports or/when Cakewalk was running. In such case cleanup MIDI devices in Windows Device manager and delete MIDI related .INI of Cakewalk (in Windows Explorer search for TTSSEQ.INI in %appdata%).


  6. I draw the curve such a way that I can control resulting velocity. I mean if your finger can (predictable) produce 30/70/100/127, it can "adopt" to concrete synth.

    F.e. on my tiny AKAI I had to rise lower velocities, so 1-50 is translated to ~30-60. Then 50-110 is translated to 60-120, 110-127 to 120-127. I have hard time to control lower part, so I "compress" it. Middle I can control fine. For full velocity I have to hit too hard, so I compress it again.

    Try to hit a key the way you think it should produce pp,p,mf,f,ff. Then put the points which have corresponding MIDI velocity, instead of what the keyboard sends in that case. Then "connect" these points smoothly.

    BTW NI M32 I could test recently had worse mini keys in respect to velocity for me. Arturia and Akai mini keys was connected in parallel, so that was synth and my momentary feeling unrelated. I have M-Audio 88 Pro, nothing can be done with velocity to make it "good" (not with build-in curves, not with MFX), but MFX can make it less horrible. So do not expect perfect result, sometimes software can not "fix" hardware.


  7. You are welcome.

    MIDI should be converted, effects as well. Copy to different folder, with all audio, is required to keep the original project untouched after you start edit it with REAPER.

    In some cases I have decided a bus match the spirit of "a folder" in REAPER. But sometimes that is unclear. In most cases simply "re-arranging" tracks after conversion should not change the sound since routing is converted explicitly.

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  8. 12 minutes ago, User 905133 said:

    Apologies for not looking for the manual to see if it has midi outs.  You are right, though.  I should have looked for the manual first. 😞

    I always first use Google and switch to images. The back panel of any device is normally immediately visible. I also do not start with manuals 😀


  9. OP has mentioned controllers in question: "M-Audio Keystation 32"  Why suggest MIDI outs? 😮

    Identical keyboards work in general. MIDI devices are identified by number (at least MS write so), so it is technically possible open several identical keyboards, as long as Windows see them (and I guess it see them). So claiming there is "no way" is strange.

    But one problem is going to persist, even if that is done: Windows can re-arrange MIDI devices, and there will really no way to find which was "the first" and which was "the second" last time. USB devices have complete connection path, but I do not know any method to map MIDI device id (at least in old MS MIDI API) to possibly existing USB device ID.


  10. If you have MIDI I/O and configured it, pointed Mackie Control and disabled handshake, with some luck it should work. Is it not working yet?

    I mean you do not have to reinstall/clean/delete if it works 😉

    I do not have the device, may be you should do something on the device or in KK to enable Mackie mode.

    Making "normal" integration using native MIDI mode of KK is not difficult. But I do not have the device and no one with device has done that yet (for Cakewalk).

    BTW you have payed for keyboard ~$200. If you have Melodyne Studio, you have payed even more. And any half way good acoustic  instrument is much more. So I do not understand your comment about $80, I think unlike many other good reasons, such money are absolutely irrelevant when choosing the DAW...


  11. These two devices serve completely different purpose. One is primary for steering specific channel strip, other is primary for controlling 16 levels.

    FederPort16 when comparing to MCU + XT:

    pro: is cheaper, is smaller

    cons: has less controls (less buttons and just one encoder). So some foreseen for MCU functions are emulated with button combinations (note that MCU already has 4 modifier buttons). Do not expect absolute integration as with Studio One, it is more like "fallback to MCU for compatibility with other DAWs" then MCU clone.

     

    Spend $5 for TouchDAW and try it with a tablet. Real Mackie (like) device will be "real" and more stable, but functionality will be the same. So you can kind of test before buy.

    You can not be wrong with Softube, Mackie, Presonus or X-Touch Mini. But it can happened they do not do what you want or you do not like the size/controls feeling/etc. In case you can, visit some place where you can physically touch particular device (or use delivery service with free return policy), even disconnected.

    F.e. I could not predict I hate Novation knobs, X-Touch knobs are a bit "hard", NI knobs have no raster, etc. before I have really touched all of them. Even in case something does what you want, if you hate touching it you probably will hate using it.

     

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  12. Note: theoretical  only (I do not have any of these keyboards).

    The confusion comes from different implementations in different series and different Komplete Kontrol software. In general, DAW integration (of all kind) for all NI keyboards is done in the software. The hardware (the keyboard) communicates with NI driver/software special/proprietary way.

    * S-xx MK1 was supporting Mackie transport from the beginning (but "Disable handshake" was already needed)

    * S-xx MK2 WAS NOT supporting Mackie or any other MIDI based DAW integration (they was using OSC)

    * A-xx WAS NOT supporting Mackie at the beginning

    Starting from KK 2.1.3, NI has returned MIDI based DAW control (at least for) S-xx MK2 and A-xx. Primary "protocol" is NOT Mackie. And so other DAWs deep integration modules are not Mackie. But NI has also implemented some part of Mackie, at least many users had success with transport.

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    You should have "Komplete Kontrol A DAW" as INPUT and OUTPUT. And it should be enabled in the Cakewalk MIDI devices and then assigned to Control Surface Module (f.e. Mackie Control, with "Disable handshake").

    These MIDI IO are provided by software (more precisely by NIHostIntegrationAgent service). If you do not have them (both), you need to solve that first (reinstall Komplete Kontrol, cleanup Windows MIDI devices, cleanup Cakewalk MIDI INI file, etc.).


  13. Cakewalk does not internally support MMC for controlling transport from surface. That can be configured, but the same way as other messages.

    ACT MIDI supports 8 buttons (+1 to switch function of these 8). So you can assign transport buttons to these "buttons" and configure them to do transport actions (what buttons do is configurable in the options tab). User manual and related videos explain how to do this. But you can configure 8+1 buttons in total, not more.

    Generic Surface supports transport and additional controls (including buttons). But it does not support arbitrary commands and control banks.

    Both does not support feedback (button LEDs, encoder rings, fader movement, etc.).

    If your device supports Mackie mode, you can try to use it with Mackie module. The functionality depends from the level at which device emulate Mackie.

    If all that can not do what you want, for one or another reason, you can use AZ Controller. Configuring it for your needs can take some time. That depends from the device and required functionality.  If you have simple device without feedback and just want strip controls + transport buttons, that will take just several minutes with Startup preset. If you have complicated device with feedback and/or want tricky functionality, that can take weeks. To get an idea what can take weeks, check the documentation for preset created by one (smart) user: http://www.azslow.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=301.0;attach=429

     


  14. You can start by checking USB (and other devices) power options, but to get general picture check latency. There are many guides, my own is http://www.azslow.com/index.php/topic,395.0.html Search Latency Monitor spoiler. Here you will find names/links to some utilities. F.e. throttlestop will show you current frequencies and C states distribution.

    Also check what is working in background, Windows is "smart" and can start some activity when it think the system is "idle". I have bad luck, APM staff on DELL notebooks can hang for several ms. But disabling all extra activity and disconnecting from the net allow using it with relatively low buffers.

    You can also find guides how to enable "Ultimate Performance" plan. Note that in the standard "High Performance" plan many power saving options are still on (not only for CPU). And standard windows configuration does not show you all options in power plans (see the link toward the end of my list).

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  15. Do you mean "ACT Learn"? It was broken for decade... I am not sure how A300 could work for you, if it was the only surface that could be some luck. But once you use more then one surface (so f.e.  A300 and AZ Controller), both mapping files are in use (one is "generic" and another has mapping per surface). And that has no chance to work as long as one of them (usually per surface) is broken (once it is broken it will be broken till fixed).

    Use AZ ACT Fix.  It can detect problems in these files and sometimes fix them.  And it can make backups / restores when something can not be repaired.

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  16. Custom mapping is an alternative to ACT learn. The result is the same, just "learning" is different. msmcleod has Mackie devices and continues development, f.e. see

     

    If you want write volume automations and/or want display on controller, devices with touch sensitive fader(s) is the way to go. So Mackie (compatible) or single strip (with one fader).  You can try the functionality for cheap, f.e. with TouchDAW on Android/iPad tablet (if your computer is not completely offline).

    Otherwise you can be good served with Mini or BCR-2000  (depending from the number of parameters you want control directly without switching layouts and available space on the desk).

    BTW I forgot to mention Softube Console 1. It has native Cakewalk integration (but target Softube/UA plug-ins only).

     

     

     

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  17. 13 minutes ago, msmcleod said:

    The Synth rack is supported as of 2012.11.

     https://discuss.cakewalk.com/index.php?/topic/8792-20191112-feature-overview-updated-06-jan-2020/&tab=comments#comment-78992

    You can use my C4Mapper utility as an alternative to editing the .ini file:

    http://msmcleod.co.uk/cakewalk/C4Mapper.zip

    Thanks for correction, I have overseen that change!

    BTW is it also possible select "related" synth for current track? I am still using not always working "hack" for that in AZ Controller (which it turn is based on bug in instrument tracks...).

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  18. Intel is "stuck" with current technology for a while. Till your friend is going to use advantages of current top mobos immediately, I do not think it is wise to  make investment into the "future" (the next generation can bring new USB/thunderbolt standards and current trend is making all new incompatible with "old"). There is some "basic" level of bios tuning which is nice to have for audio PC and exists on gaming boards (but not on "office" boards). Top end adds last percents in overclocking, multiple graphic cards compatibilities, third M2 (while even the second is already limited on 24 lines CPUs, so all current except X and server CPUs) and fancy light (with build-in LEDs and extenders). F.e. that can be effectively useless for a system with one M2, one graphic card and not overclocked (btw overclocking above automatic turbo mode is not really working on normal i9, it start consume above 200W under specific load just with default settings...).

    I have considered ~€200 Z390 MSI Mobo, i9 and middle range M2 (Evo Plus). I am happy so far, but I have not managed to tune it down to some (rumored?) system latency numbers. It works fine without any tuning under low load, with lowest settings my audio interfaces support (48 samples by 48kHz, 3.1ms RTL). In case of big real-time load and top end latency requirements (under 2ms) more effort should be made to select exact MoBo, Memory and all relevant settings. In such case simpler solution is contact Studiocat (Jim) and get proved as working for the purpose complete system.

    I do not need extra internal disk for the moment, but I will try to avoid any HDD inside my home computer in the future. I mean I prefer 3x 2TB SSD instead of one 6TB HDD, when possible. Price difference still exists, but it is no longer factor 10. SSD is silent, HDD is not.

    Do not forget about powerful while silent PSU and cooling. After many "iterations" (at work), I have considered PSU+Cooling approximately as expensive as MoBo+RAM for home.

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  19. If that is BM-800 which can be bought in Germany for €25 (€13 in China), including stand, pop filter, cables and USB audio "adapter" (or phantom power adapter)... you probably can get better result by using a mic in your mobile phone.

    My noob tip: record e-guitar instead. If not an option, use some acoustic guitar pickup.  At least you do not need studio like environment in this case (== special room without noise and reflections) to get "studio like" sound.

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  20. Transport and faders should work in Mackie mode using Cakewalk Mackie surface module, set "Disable handshake" in the module configuration.

    Pads was thought more for performance, so can be used the same way as keys. Alternatively they can be assigned to mimic some Mackie buttons (on the keyboard side) or assigned to arbitrary DAW operations using ACT MIDI (Generic surface or AZ Controller).


  21. VS-700. Original surface module. Device itself is discontinued and does not support Windows 10 (driver can be installed with tricky workarounds only).

    MCU Pro and complete clones (like Behringer X-Touch, big one). Cakewalk surface module (Mackie). Does not support Synth steering, Plug-in mapping in a dedicated text file (no ACT Learn). With feedback/faders touch/display support.

    Faderport Classic/Alphatrack/Roland MIDI keyboards/Nektar MIDI keyboard (except Panorama). All have original surface modules, but they was not updated for years and can be problematic.

    Behringer BCR2000 and X-Touch Mini. AZ Controller surface module. Almost on the limit what can be done theoretically with control surface in CbB using encoders and buttons (feedback, double-precision encoders, ACT Learn, jogging, etc.).

    Any simple controller with 8 faders, 8 knobs and 8+1 buttons. Cakewalk surface module (ACT MIDI). Easy and flexible in configuration.

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    That was more then three, but the list is almost complete ;)

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