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Ludwig Bouwer

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  • Birthday 07/13/1972

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  1. Is Zoom working correctly in Track View? It seems the highlighted track does not always stay in view when one zooms in using the magnifier at bottom right.
  2. Look, I would not try to mix that sort of track count on anything but my i7 studio machine, but it is cool to know what an old lappy can do. My Lenovo dual core can track a fair amount of source as well. Plugin-processing however does change things a bit.. As we all know!
  3. I do a lot of location recordings. Music, mostly. I've often nervously wondered what it would take to make my system fall over as my mobile rig is pretty humble. Specs are: HP ProBook6565b (i5 1.6Ghz) laptop 8GB Ram 1 x SSD Kingston 400 for OS 1 x internal Seagate HHD 1TB for Audio Win 10 Pro. RME Fireface800 Asio driver @256Samples Buffer Recording done at 48k, 24bit. I just finished tracking three choirs for a project and it was all recorded in layers on location, totaling 238 audio tracks (pic attached). Recording was done 2 tracks at a time with no plugins on any tracks. Each of the 10 subgroups of voices was routed through an Aux with Breverb running for on the fly playback mixes, so that's 10 x Auxes and 10 x Breverb. Well, the bottom line is the system had a few dropouts towards the last session when I was jumping around a bit too quickly between takes, but it never had an audio dropout or even a pop or crackle during tracking. It felt solid and would probably be solid for another 20 or 30 tracks, if not more. I may well clone the tracks to see how far I can still push it. Disk performance hovered between 15% and 50% depending on the amount of tracks in that section of the production. I thought the info might come in handy to someone, somewhere It's good to know CbB is up there (and in my opinion ABOVE) some of the "pro" DAWs..
  4. I have never tried to freeze an Aux, but on quite a few occasions I have real-time recorded what happens on that track and then drag that audio to a new track, archiving the entire Aux and it's source tracks. I do this mainly to alleviate CPU on huge mixes with lots of side-chain etc, but also, sometimes a synth or some FX just won't render properly in a bounce , so recording a submix is my workaround. One does what one needs to do to get the job done PS, I keep asking, but can we please have a waveform preview on Auxes? Please?
  5. Great video. I wish more producers, engineers and musicians took backups seriously.
  6. Cakewalk, then Sonar, and now again Cakewalk, has been the heartbeat of my studio and my livelyhood since the days when it shipped on one 1/4" stiffy. Nothing to be skeptical about, just install and enjoy.
  7. I've been abusing 08 all day and it is definitely feeling good. I know we touched on this before but what was the verdict about setting the now time using ANY tool as long as you click on a blank area of the track(s)? It's a tad time-consuming to be using for instance the eraser to clean tracks but you have to keep going up to the ruler to set a new now time.
  8. I was searching for an answer to why FL Studio (12) just won't rewire with CbB (latest build) and came across this thread. Has anyone had any luck lately?
  9. When I opened a project just now, I got the message below (attached).. Any ideas what that means?
  10. I'm totally with Tim on this. DON'T EVER underestimate how easy it is to do something stupid in such a big project. I actually save versions all the time, even for singles, let alone massive mixes like a 60 to 100 track 3 hour concert. It's a nightmare if you can't quickly go and grab a lost piece of audio from a previous version... sooner or later, you will need to backtrack. Sometimes clips are grouped that shouldn't be and you delete something, ect . with high track counts come high plugin counts, which makes the chance of a crash or even a corrupted file much higher too. It costs nothing to use a bit of disc space and delete the old versions once the project is signed off. One of the cool things about CbB which many other DAWs don't allow is to keep more than one project open at a time. If you ever need to grab audio from another version, just launch the old file while the new one is open, highlight, copy, switch to the new version and paste. As for backups, you guys north of the equator with your super fast internet, enjoy your cloud backups. Talk to me again when it all goes down for whatever reason! My backups are in a fireproof/ lion-proof/ elephant-proof safe
  11. I can only speak for myself, but I have mixed a huge amount of live albums. My suggestion is you keep it in one long timeline all the way to the point where you have to export for mastering. It's the easiest way to keep things consistent. Choose the best takes and delete the rest non-destructively. Needless to say, NEVER edit and mix on your original file, that's the only backup you have. Save As... all the way :O) Choose the song that represents the band's style the best and mix the entire project starting with that song. Once you have a mix that the artist really really likes, start using automation to mix the rest of the set, keeping your kick drum and lead vocal as constant as possible, within the parameters of taste and style of each song. I even master an album like that as one big performance, inserting my mastering plugs of choice into the master bus. Again, it makes getting a consistent sound much easier. Others may have different approaches, so feel free to experiment.
  12. I'd love to see a special track where I can type notes regarding a section in a song... "lift kick here.." , "Client wants a shaker here..". I use Track Markers for that but it gets cramped. Similar to the already-available Take Lane notes, but horizontal along the timeline.
  13. Pretoria, South Africa. (And no, Africa is not just one country, and I don't have a pet lion :O)
  14. Hi guys, so here's one for the hardware gurus: I run an Intel I7-7700 3.6Gz chip Asus Prime Z270-K board, 2 x 8GB Corsair 2133 DDR4 Gaming RAM, Kingston 1TB SSD 400 MB/s for OS Seagate 7200 RPM 2TB SSHD drive for audio and project. External usb3 for samples OS is Win 10 Pro x 64 Soundcard is RME HDSP9652 PCi running Asio So my question is this: Which components do I need to take a look at to improve each of the following scenarios? 1: Faster Bouncing and Freezing of tracks 2: Faster Loading of projects with large plugin and track counts. 3: Ability to run more tracks and plugins before buffer has to be enlarged Looking at the Windows performance monitor, Freezing tracks only hits around 20% of the CPU and Disk usage is negligible. Mixing down hits around 59% of CPU with Disks doing very little as well. I look forward to hearing from you guys, thanks in advance!
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