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  1. Problem solved. I downloaded the latest version of Cakewalk and now it's fine. I was using the last version of Sonar, I know, I'm a real holdout. Until this sync issue, I was having no issues at all with Sonar, so I didn't bother to upgrade. Jerry
  2. Thanks Max. I've never seen this problem before and have recorded with Dune many times. I prefer to render the entire sequence at once, but I may try your suggestions if I cannot resolve this. I wrote the company that makes Dune, maybe they'll have an idea. I also tried inserting a brand-new Dune track and I copied and pasted all the MIDI data to the new track, but this doesn't resolve it, I thought maybe the track might have gotten corrupted, but that's not the case. I also tried restarting the DAW but this doesn't work either. I'm stumped, at least so far. Dune seems to missing the tempo change entirely, and then it tries to catch up a few beats later, but of course this doesn't work because it's already out of sync with the rhythms of the other instruments and the tempo of the sequence.. Yeah, Dune has been my favorite synth for years. It has incredible sounds and is fairly easy to program from scratch. Thanks for the comments about my music, glad you enjoy listening. Jerry
  3. Hello, I have 36 MIDI tracks and 1 softsynth (Dune 3, a VST plugin). When I playback the sequence everything is perfectly in sync, even with lots of meter and tempo changes. But when I render the sequence to audio and play back the audio file, there's a certain point (at measure 95) where the softsynth begins out of sync. I've tried recording right from that point in time, but the problem still happens. Here's what I've tried: 1. Turning off delay compensation on the plugin (no go) 2. Moving a cc7 240 ticks earlier than the note that has the problem (no go) 3. Moving a tempo change, which occurs right at measure 95 back to m94 beat 4 clock 240. (no go). Anybody know what might be causing this? I've not seen it happen in all the years I've been working with softsynths that are synced to tempo.. Thanks for any help! Jerry
  4. jsg

    The Longest Time

    https://enchantmentathamilton.org/20200601ForTheLongestTime.mp4
  5. Hi Bjorn, When I set out to compose a piece, I have a few parameters. Is this going to be a standalone piece, or is it going to be of a larger piece, i.e. a symphonic movement, a piece in a set of songs, or a set of piano works? Then I decide, very roughly, approximate length. When I begin composing, I start with either a motive or melodic phrase, a chord or chord progression, a rhythmic pattern, or even just an instrument or two. There's no one way to begin a piece. After I've written maybe 25-50 measures, (if it's going to be a longer piece) then I evaluate whether the piece is going to "fly", meaning I commit to writing it till the end, or I abandon the idea and begin something else. I'd say about 25% of the time I abandon the idea. I am a strong believer that form and structure evolve directly from content. I haven't analyzed what the form of this particular piece is, I compose intuitively and build up structures based on what I've already written. form follows content. I strive to ensure that the "seams", or the "joints" are not audible. The goal is to create a piece which has autonomy, a sense of inevitability and structural cohesion. I have to understand emotionally and intellectually what I write. If there's any confusion at all as to what I mean, I rewrite, rewrite and rewrite. Sometimes I'll write a section and think, "no, I don't want the piece to go in that direction", and I delete that section and begin again from that point forward. That happens a lot. A composer has to be two things: He has to be his own fiercest critic and his most passionate supporter. You can't just be one or the other, it must be both! Thanks for listening Bjorn! Jerry
  6. jsg

    Staff View

    One thing I've noticed with the upcoming new version: Even when the global snap is turned OFF, the snap function still seems to work in the staff view Hmm? Is that by design?
  7. jsg

    Staff View

    Yep, I noticed that too. As soon as the new version is finalized I'm going to download it onto the DAW. I'm hoping it will be as stable as the final version of Sonar has been on my Windows 10 machine. (even though the lack of snap in the staff view drives me nuts).
  8. Why, thank you very much Mark. I am glad you appreciated my piece! All done in Sonar (before it was Cakewalk). Best, Jerry
  9. jsg

    Staff View

    I'm working on the ending of the 1st movement of a new symphony, hope to have it done by the end of August...
  10. jsg

    Staff View

    I think so. I've been testing it this afternoon and it's a delight. So much better with snap than without. As soon as the official new version is released I'll install it on my DAW. My first upgrade since the final version of Sonar....Yippee!!
  11. jsg

    Staff View

    Fantastic! I've been trying it out and I'm pleased that the staff view FINALLY has its snap-function restored. This really helps a lot!!! Can't wait to finish testing and then install it on my DAW... Thank you! Jerry
  12. Hi Tom, By ambience, do you mean reverberation? I am pretty sure for that piece I used the Yamaha SPX-2000 reverb... Thanks for listening! Jerry
  13. Here's a slow piece... From the album Cosmic Consciousness PLAY Jerry
  14. jsg

    Staff View

    It works on my system as expected. When I click on any note already on the staff the duration changes to that note's duration when I enter a new note. Maybe try a reinstall? But wait! I am still using the very last version of Sonar. I hope they didn't mess that one up, it's extremely useful...
  15. jsg

    Staff View

    Well, that is really good news, and God knows we can use some good news these days. I look forward to installing the new release when it becomes available! Thanks, Jerry
  16. jsg

    Staff View

    Hi msmcleod, Any idea when the next update with the staff view snap function repair will be released? Thanks, Jerry
  17. jsg

    Staff View

    Yes. In the staff view, if you lasso and select a group of notes to edit, say you want to increase their velocity. Sonar always worked by right-clicking to bring up the context menu from which you can choose velocity and perform the edit. But now, if you do that, the selection disappears, so you have to press CTRL AND right-click in order to keep that from happening. It's a shorter step to not have to press CTRL and have it work the way it did in Sonar. Adding time or having to move your other hand to press CTRL might seem like no big deal, but over time, these extra steps really add up. I hope you change it back. I don't understand how anybody could object to making an operation quicker to perform by removing one additional keystroke... Thanks! Jerry
  18. I have no idea what genre this is in. I write what I want to hear and others can classify it any way they want to. I've had companies online selling my albums calling them "dance music" 😜 I actually believe that all the music in the universe comes from the same source and each and every musician is trying to interpret it and feel it based on their own experience, inspiration, training, culture, etc. Thanks again for listening! Jerry
  19. jsg

    Staff View

    Pressing CTRL and right--click requires 2 hands. Right-clicking alone requires only one hand. When you're doing a lot of editing moving both hands to call up a menu takes more time. The workaround is to keybind the context menu operations you use and then just press one key to call them up.
  20. jsg

    Staff View

    I agree. When the snap function is fixed, the staff view will be on par with every other DAW that I've used or tried. The newest DAW to notation, Studio One looks promising due to the dynamic symbols being linked to MIDI cc data, but the dealbreaker is that Studio One doesn't seem to have an Event List. Every DAW has an event list, it's one of the most useful tools for working with cc data, and copying and pasting notes, program changes and cc data all at the same time. Even without the snap function working, I still have gotten pretty fast at entering notes. Enlarging the staff helps. I've been using Cakewalk since 1992 and have never even once used the piano-roll view. As you pointed out, for polyphonic music with a lot of counterpoint, nothing beats notation. Jerry
  21. jsg

    Staff View

    I downloaded Reaper a few years ago and tried it for a week and found it counter-intuitive. Powerful and comprehensive, yes, but in my 32 years of using software, music and otherwise, I have found the best software is designed so well that even without reading the manual (which I always do) you can start to work in it right away. A software program's power and capabilities must be matched by an elegant simplicity in terms of actually using it (reminds me of a comment a musician one said about Mozart's music: So simple a child can enjoy it and so sophisticated it will appeal to most learned musician). I didn't find this with Reaper. But, once again, to each his own, everyone is going to have a different reaction to an app in regard to whether it fits their requirements or not. I also looked at Studio One recently. No event list? Every DAW has an event list, an absolute must for keeping track of program changes, cc changes and other types of MIDI events.
  22. jsg

    Staff View

    I'm drafting legislation now to make eating it punishable by no more than 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. That'll take care of it!
  23. jsg

    Staff View

    Just because you haven't learned to use it is no reason to project and say it's unusable. It's unusable FOR YOU. I don't like spinach, that's a subjective truth. But I cannot say that spinach is objectively bad, I can only say I don't like it. I used Digital Performer's QuickScribe for 18 months, every day. It's not any better than Cakewalk; it has a few features that are better, but Cakewalk has features that are better for composition for me. How could a classically-trained composer who has produced 14 albums and over 750 soundtrack cues work in the staff view if it's "unusable"? Maybe I know something you don't? Try to recognize the difference between a subjective evaluation, which you're certainly entitled to, and a overgeneralized sweeping statement that doesn't take into account the experience of others.
  24. From the CD Number 11: The Path Scored for VSL Cube and various software synthesizers PLAY Reply
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