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Dave Oliffe

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  1. Hi folks, I find myself trying to find a MIDI Controller that will actually work - I've had to send back an Alesis model and now I've just sent back the Arturia Keylab Mk2. The keyboards themselves work, but unless I connected them via MIDI cable, I just couldn't get them operational just using the USB connection. When connected via MIDI cables, I could trigger softsynths with the keys, but none of the transport controls would work at all and none of the accompanying software to edit where things are mapped, velocity, etc etc would work at all. My knowledge of this kind of stuff is very small - I've always had a Roland Edirol PCR 500 - it just plugged in a worked, simple as. But since buying a new PC very recently, this controller no longer seems to be able to connect at all. It won't show up in Cakewalk Prefs as a controller, where it always used to. So I started looking at the the M Audio Oxygen and thought I'd check out if others have had any issues with Windows 10 / Cakewalk. Can anyone here give me any advice before I waste yet more time and money purchasing something that won't work to its full capability? Will the above steps work for me if I get an Oxygen Pro? Losing hope with it! I thought MIDI controllers were more basic than this, they certainly were when I last purchased one (about 8 years ago). Dave
  2. Thank you, I've sent him a message to pick his brains. I'll set the keyboard back up and test a few things out, now that I understand a bit more about the MIDI Control Centre.
  3. Thanks for your reply, I almost messaged you personally yesterday because I had seen you supported someone on a different thread who was having issues with the set up of the Arturia Keylab Mk2 - which is the keyboard I have (which is in it's original packaging again now, ready to be sent back). So frustrating. So how would anyone know if the keyboard they're buying is even gonna work properly? Unless they ask very specific questions to the manufacturer beforehand. Is this just a Windows 10 pitfall? It just seems crazy to me that something as generic as a keyboard controller could require such a careful selection process. I literally don't know which models to look at now, I need a keyboard controller but have already wasted time and money on 2. Arturia support have just sent me the following response, which I'm guessing is connected to what you mention above... """"[IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that Windows is not Multi MIDI, meaning that you can't use a MIDI Device on multiple applications at the same time, so for example you can't open the MIDI Control Center and your DAW at the same time and use the MIDI device in both applications. Before opening the MCC, please make sure to close all Audio/MIDI applications first and when working with your DAW, make sure is the only MIDI/Audio application open.]"""" So my initial thought on this is: What's the point in the MIDI Control Centre, if I can't use it in conjunction with Cakewalk?! So, say I have a softsynth open and I want to assign certain notes to certain drum pads, I'd have to close Cakewalk in order to do that? That makes zero sense. Am I misunderstanding this?
  4. Thanks for your answer, so my (very limited) understanding is that class compliant is exactly what you've just described above - it basically doesn't need any additional driver downloads, it just kindov uses it's own (or uses drivers that are already part of Windows, I guess). That's useful to hear the A-Pro 500 works, but I wonder whether Windows 10 has changed lots in the last 3 years and now has compatibility issues?
  5. Hi folks, So in the last week, I've unsuccessfully set up 2 new MIDI keyboard controllers. One from Alesis and the other from Arturia. With both, I encountered the same issue. Both were class compliant USB connections and neither seemed to be able to fully operate or communicate via USB. More specifically, it was the accompanying software or extra features of each model that just wouldn't sync properly. So now I'm left with a brand new all singing all dancing PC, made for audio production, but unable to get myself set up with what I thought should be a pretty basic piece of kit. I've never had this issue in the past. Anyone know what the hell is going on?
  6. Thanks for sharing, yeah that's a step in the direction I'm thinking of. The other thing I could do is just use clip effects, rather than putting FX on the whole track. I could bounce as I go that way.
  7. Is this a bug, or am I doing something stupid? (Probably the latter). Sometimes if I try to loop audio, the clip will become a Grooveclip, but it will suddenly shrink itself to a new length, making it totally out of sync. Only sometimes. This never happens with MIDI clips, only audio. Sometimes, I'm able to stop this happening by Bouncing to Clip a few times, then attempting to Groove Clip it again. Sometimes it just works, other times it doesn't. Anyone know what might be causing this?
  8. Yeah, I think there would be loads of creative possibilities with it. It could be a space which encourages quick, creative decisions - perhaps you'd be able to drag any other audio on top of the clip you're working on and it automatically 'bounces to clip'. It could have splicers, a bit like 'Breaktweaker' to quickly create chops and stutters etc. But everything you do is seperate to your main project, so there's no residue anywhere, less room for mistakes etc.
  9. Thanks for breaking this down for me, much appreciated. Yeah this could work - it certainly appeals to me when it comes to treating audio with care. I'm often quite cut throat with my decisions and try to bounce stuff down quickly and not allow myself to second-guess it (otherwise I'd never finish anything). However, if I'm handling someone else's audio, what you've explained here will serve me well. However, I still find myself wishing there was something more like my original suggestion. I get the impression there aren't many electronic music makers on Cakewalk, generally speaking - when compared to your Abletons and Reasons etc, so maybe there isn't the demand for such a thing.
  10. Thanks for this, I'll definitely bear it in mind on my next mix. I was so hell-bent on achieving a dreamy-sounding vocal that I've sacrificed it's identity somewhat. It's hard when you've written the lyrics yourself isn't it - I guess it creates the illusion that the lyrics are audible.
  11. Thanks for this, very helpful. I had a basic understanding of this, but no idea Cakewalk had tools to solve it. I'm guessing that I'll have to be careful when creating Groove clips that the clip is 'numerically' lined up first as the zero crossing is likely to be at a point which isn't exactly in line. Certainly don't want my speakers getting kneecapped anymore, that won't do. I dislocated my knee playing football (soccer) so I know how much that hurts!
  12. Yeah, with electronic drums, it's more about getting out of your own way than anything else. Use your ears, rather than experience. They rarely need corrective treatment, it's more about personalisation and 'roughing them up' here n there. You almost have to work backwards and think 'how can I make this sound less perfect?' I tend to throw them through Decapitator at least 4 times, and put hats and percussion through EchoBoy for some really interesting rhythmical inspiration.
  13. Dave Oliffe

    It's a D thing

    Some really beautiful textures and atmospheres. The lead sounds are complimented by the glittering arps in the background. Very nice! Edit: Also love the throaty depths of some of those bass notes. They really growl!
  14. Since we're thinking of who the vocalist sounds like, I'll add: Eddie Vedder 😜 or the guy from Nickleback. I like the song and how the mix allows the vocals to shine. Nice delay on them. They could perhaps be backed off in volume/more verb during chorus for dramatic effect. I think the strings at the start could also come down even 3 or 4 db and still be present. The scream at 2.22 needs tuning as it's completely out and takes away from the strength of the song. Also, the very very last vocals are a little out too. Apart from that, I really like it - nice power in the distorted guitars, they really slam home. The drums are almost there - the cymbals perhaps have a frequency that needs cutting in the mid/high region. Nice work!
  15. Sorry, my 'blacklisted' quote was due to not getting any replies whilst songs posted around the same time were getting tons. Thanks for listening - the reverb comes with the genre so it's absolutely meant to be soaked in it - however, I probably do go overboard with it. I think I could experiment with leaving some sounds totally dry so that they pop out more.
  16. Might be useful to separate this issue into whether the solution lies in the 'recording' stage, or the 'mix' stage, or both. Standing further away from the mic may help the recording process. As for the mix, Fabfilter have dynamic EQ controls which are really useful for compressing certain frequencies, at a location and threshold of your desire. If you're a newbie to EQ, this will involve some learning and patience however.
  17. Wow, have I been blacklisted or something?
  18. I can imagine this song as the backdrop to a cult romantic film, it's sad and innocent. I liked it a lot. The vocal is stark and haunting and the chorus does a good job of enhancing the emotion of the song. I think the drums might be a bit too big for their boots, they don't need to have such presence I don't think. Also the backing vocals that come in towards the end could use a drink of reverb/delay and maybe less volume. Apart from that, don't change anything!
  19. I like this, love the emerging textures and sparkle in the broken down sections. Mix sounds good and rounded. Love the creamy synth lead that comes in at around 5.00. Snare might use a tiny bit of brightness and the early flute part could do with some added flesh - even a big reverb/delay around it. But I'm nitpicking.
  20. Hey folks, any feedback appreciated (no pun intended). Used the amazing Yamaha Reface CS which is actually a really small synth but capable of big sounds! (With help from Soundtoys) All vocals are mine, including the 'trap/hiphop' vox (mainly at end) which were achieved by altering formants in Melodyne and making me sound a bit cooler. Drums were spliced together from my Roland TR8S Love D
  21. Great, thank you - I'll give it a try
  22. That might work - I've actually never done that - didn't know you could open multiple projects at once!
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