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  1. If everything on your iLok works except PCM effects, have you tried to refresh/activate/deactivate them individually in the ILok License Manager? Failing that, how about reinstalling PCM Effects? Also, I don't know what you mean by "It not iLok because it works on Samplitude" when earlier you mention the error message in Samplitude.
  2. Looks like you have Live Synth Pro installed. If it's working correctly, can't you use that as your soundfont player?
  3. Once you unzip the download file, it's a DLL file. No installer needed. In Cakewalk, go to Preferences- VST Settings - VST Scan paths to find your VST folders (Where your VST files are located). Just copy the virgin choir dll file to a VST folder and restart Cakewalk. It should recognize it after that.
  4. Is Bandlab considered social media? Okay, you got me, lol! But I only use it to install Cakewalk.
  5. Ken, I'm a happy Cakewalk by Bandlab user, and don't have any social media accounts. NONE. Bandlab products require an installer that downloads/installs the programs. That's it. Nothing to do with social media. Many audio software developers have similar installers/program managers (Steinberg, Native Instruments, Toontrack, XLN Audio, Izotope, Waves, just to name a few).
  6. So you DIDN'T try running the Toontrack Product Manager again to make sure EZD is still properly installed? You need to do this first. None of the other fixes will do anything if the installation isn't there or has gotten corrupted.
  7. This video covers importing a MIDI file into Cakewalk and using TTS1 (a soft synth) to create an audio file, IOW the middle portion of what you are asking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY5kh6geRZo You will need to find a tutorial on how to create a MIDI file from MuseScore, then follow the vid above and substitute EW Hollywood Orch for TTS1. Hope this will at least get you started.
  8. So this is a realtek (onboard) sound card? These rarely come with decent ASIO drivers (when they do at all). Solid audio drivers are CRUCIAL for DAW use, regardless of how powerful your system may be. If you haven't already, try the free ASIO4ALL drivers. These are sort of a last resort and can sometimes work well with onboard sound cards when all else fails. http://www.asio4all.org/
  9. It does install on your PC. It is perfectly safe, and will identify the processes by rank of highest latencies and also indicate hard pagefaults. In most cases it will also find the drivers and processes responsible for executing them. Bottom line, it highlights the processes on your system that could be causing your issues. You mentioned that DAW optimization guide, but I'm not clear on if you did the tweaks. Some of them are rather crucial (like adjusting power/USB management) regardless of whether or not it's a dedicated DAW. IOW, you should go ahead do the tweaks. They won't negatively impact hurt your other tasks.
  10. Have you run latencymon to determine what process(es) might be causing the dropouts? https://www.resplendence.com/latencymon How about Win 10 system tweaks for DAW use? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FAHqrphv9k
  11. Disabling the antivirus is advisable when you're seeing strange glitches or your downloads are corrupt. I'd leave AV on when extracting (I don't recall it ever creating a problem, but of course, if the extracting bombs, just disable AV and try again). IIRC, you have to download all five parts before extracting since they are essentially one package. Do this: - DL all five parts. - Extract Part 1. It will unzip all of them.
  12. Yep, five parts. It's been awhile since I downloaded it, but I don't remember any problems. Of course, as always, a successful download depends on your ISP connection and system. Assuming you have a reasonably fast ISP connection, I'd just let it do it's thing and the test is extracting the compressed parts. If it goes well, you're golden. If it gives you errors, then the download is likely corrupt. If that happens, I'd disable any bg processes (ie. anti-virus) and try again.
  13. There are a number of excellent nylon guitar VST libraries out there. I'd be surprised if the best of them didn't do hammer ons/offs... Of course, you should evaluate them for yourself. Some of my fave devs: https://indiginus.com/Renaxxance.html https://www.orangetreesamples.com/products/evolution-modern-nylon https://www.amplesound.net/en/pro-pd.asp?id=8 https://www.ilyaefimov.com/products/acoustic-guitars/nylon-guitar.html#review
  14. A few tips: - Try switching to a different USB port. - If there are dedicated drivers, do a reinstall. - The "Nuclear Option": I haven't seen this issue in a while, but on occasion USB devices would stop working and the only fix was clearing out USB traces from the registry with a utility like USB Oblivion. Then re-attach the USB device and have it "recognized" by Windows again. Of course after doing this you'll need to reinstall all of your USB devices.
  15. To get the best deal, just wait for Native Instruments' regular summer (around June) or Winter (Black Friday) sales. If I recall, the prices are as much as 50% off. Alternatively, you can purchase secondhand, but of course there's some risk involved, and even with a legit sale, Kontakt is usually snatched up pretty fast.
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