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  1. Please link any and all covers of Toto's "Africa". I'll start with a few of my favorites. These represent a spectrum of very different interpretations, which just goes to show how great a song it is.
  2. I have to take issue with his claim that Hans Zimmer made the ostinato popular. That goes back at least to Gustav Host's Mars. I'm also not a big fan of ostinatos. They are to orchestration what the arpeggiator is to electronic music, a cheap crutch for lazy composers. But yeh, I do like this guy's style of presentation. Also be sure to check out everything by Spitfire's Christian Hensen.
  3. When that happens, open Task Manager and see if there is a zombie instance of the executable. "Zombie" is the term for a process that's still running but has no user interface and no way to interact with it. If you see cakewalk.exe in the task list, kill the process there and save having to reboot. When this happens it's because CW has been unable to completely shut down because something external to CW (e.g. the audio driver) has become unresponsive.
  4. In my experience, the "audio engine" is not fragile. It's actually quite robust. If there is ever an issue with a specific plugin, it's going to be with the VST interface and how it's been implemented by the plugin vendor. Sometimes, changes need to be made to CW to accommodate the peculiarities of a particular plugin. There have also been times when the plugin itself was buggy or did not conform to the VST spec. But those have nothing to do with the "audio engine".
  5. A large percentage of CW users are Kontakt users. More than a few use it almost exclusively for their virtual instruments. I use Kontakt in almost every project that's not a simple audio recording, and have done so since c. 2005. I'd urge you to cough up the dough for full Kontakt. Using the free player will restrict you to only those instruments that are compatible with it, and they are nearly always much more expensive due to licensing costs that developers pay to Native Instruments. Full Kontakt opens up the huge world of Kontakt instruments that are not compatible with the player, and therefore far less expensive.
  6. HD280 Pro, then. Good for editing, also good for vocal tracking, and they're cheap. I would never use them to kick back and listen for pleasure, as they have no low end. But that's what makes them good for editing and tracking. That and their very good isolation. ATM-H50 is also a good choice for editing, just don't be fooled by their hyped bass. Also inexpensive. Either of these can be had for under $100. FWIW, I've had both of the above for many years, during which the Audio Technicas have broken twice, while the Sennheisers are still like new. Nowadays both have been retired for editing duties, replaced by Sennheiser HD-558s. These are open-back, though, so may not be suitable if you need to be quiet or if others in your household refuse to be. But I am fortunate to have a quiet space here and appreciate the 558s' comfortable velour pads.
  7. Depends what for. Tracking? Editing? Monitoring a live performance? Working out? Or just lying in the dark enjoying some herbal therapy? I have separate cans for each of these. Except for the working out use case. Don't do that.
  8. Ever notice how well trombones go with distorted guitar? Me neither.
  9. I'd suggest getting an SSD for your samples before replacing the boot disk. When I replaced my C drive with an SSD, the speedup was disappointing. Noticeably faster, but not life-changing. That's because most of what happens on your C drive is of a transient one-time nature, e.g. loading programs. Cakewalk and other applications start up quickly, but projects take just as long to load. Where the SSD pays for itself is when reading audio data.
  10. Hibernation puts your computer back into the exact state it was in prior to sleeping, restoring the entire contents of memory. Including any wasted memory and unneeded background processes. Only a hard reboot gives you a clean slate. Yes, it takes longer to get going initially. I just go make a pot of coffee. I'd try to discover which virtual instruments are taking the most time to load/save. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to do that other than the painstaking process of saving and restoring different versions of your project with different instruments deleted from it. However, logic dictates that the largest memory consumers will likely be the prime culprits, and you can find out that information from Kontakt. I have identified instruments in past projects that gobbled insane amounts of RAM even though they played a small role in the composition, and those are the first things to get frozen. A frozen instrument has zero load time. Granted, I often have to un-freeze some of them later to tweak the composition, but in the meantime I can enjoy very fast loading times while working on other stuff. One thing I avoid doing is loading a lot of instruments into a single instance of Kontakt. Yes, doing so does save some CPU, but it makes freezing and un-freezing more time-consuming. Separate Kontakt instances for smaller groups of instruments gives you finer granularity when deciding which tracks to freeze. So while it may make perfect logistical sense to combine a whole orchestra into one instance, chances are there's a piccolo flourish or a tambourine hit that you won't need to edit and can therefore be moved into its own instance and frozen. Same idea goes for Omnisphere, an even worse memory hog than Kontakt. I've had slow-loading projects suddenly speed up after freezing a single Omnisphere instance. Non-sample-based synths are never a problem, so I'll often try Zebra for percussive hits and bells over Omnisphere. It might not have the same tonal complexity, but if it works in context that'll be one track that won't slow me down. Are you using an SSD for audio/samples? The newer NVMe drives are so frickin' fast it's almost like reading/writing to memory. I don't have one yet, but I'm just waiting for prices to fall some more. Unfortunately, I have over a Terabyte in just Kontakt libraries alone, so moving them to an NVMe SSD will be expensive.
  11. Rebooting is the only way to fully reclaim allocated memory. What you've probably been seeing is the result of gradual memory loss (not yours, your computer's) that inevitably occurs over time. If you have a lot of RAM it may take weeks before the problem becomes noticeable - unless you're running extremely memory-intensive applications. This happens with all operating systems, but Windows has historically has been particularly guilty of memory leakage issues. I remember it being discussed a lot when Windows 3.0 came out. Back then a typical system might have only 4 MB of RAM, so memory management was something you had to be cognizant of. Nowadays we have so much RAM we can be pretty sloppy, leaving the computer running for months at a time and rarely if ever checking memory usage. So if you currently have 16 GB, doubling that to 32 GB should let you go longer between restarts.
  12. The reason I asked is because my band's singer had asked me if it was possible. She's jonesin' for some quality band time but of course like everybody else around these parts we are all self-quarantined. No gigs, no rehearsals. Personally, I'm content jamming alone, but that's not an option for the singer nor her drummer husband. I'd told her I didn't think it was possible over the internet, but researched it anyway. I ran across this thread on Gearslutz where it was being discussed. I checked out the free open source software but didn't download it because I'm still convinced it isn't practical. Maybe on a local area network, but not over the internet. I stopped short of recommending a conventional online collaboration, given that of this six-piece band only one other member is conversant in DAW-speak.
  13. How are they doing this? I had assumed that online jam software over large physical distances was inherently impractical due to the unavoidable network latency.
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