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  1. [Updated 29-Jan-2021] Version 2021.01 Update 1 (build 27.01.0.098) now available! Introduction The 2021.01 release introduces Arranger enhancements, SSO (Single Sign-On) for activation, import and export improvements, optimizations, and over 50 bug fixes, all in keeping with our goal of making Cakewalk as reliable and enjoyable as possible. The following highlights are intended to provide an overview of the more significant changes. Please also refer to the new features section of our documentation for more detailed information on the features. Please give us feedback on this release. We hope you like it! Update Jan 29 2021: 2021.01 Update 1 (build 27.01.0.098) Enhancements and optimizations: MMCSS improvements When Use MMCSS is enabled in Edit > Preferences > Audio - Playback and Recording, all threads are assigned to the same MMCSS task groups for better efficiency. In prior releases on multicore systems with 16 or more cores MMCSS limits could be prematurely reached, resulting in lowered efficiency with some audio threads not running at pro audio priorities. The MMCSS thread limit has been boosted to 128 to handle machines with a higher number of cores (requires a reboot after installing this update to take effect) VST3 Host Bypass enhancement The VST3 Host Bypass button now also works when this parameter is not automatable. Bug fixes Stability: Crash inserting Kuasa plug-in. Crash when switching projects using different sample rates with PreSonus Studio 192. Plug-ins: Projects containing certain plug-ins fail to open in 2021.01 release. Plug-in Load balancing threads were not being released. Arranger Tracks: Ripple All not working when deleting from Arranger Inspector. Ripple edit delete using section overlaps crops the clip at the end of the left sections. Ripple Edit delete Section with overlapping notes at the end not working. Arranger: Fix for trailing notes being incorrectly picked up by a section. Articulation Maps: Ripple Edit Delete at beginning of project isn't working with Articulations. Deleting an articulation occasionally splits it into two smaller but invisible articulations. Show/Hide Articulation Pane in Piano Roll does nothing if there are no articulations on the track. Adding a new articulation event should default to velocity 100. Articulations sometimes deleted when using Project > Insert Time/Measures. Automation: Automation write not working with certain VST2 plug-ins until envelope was created. Freezing a synth could cause synth automation on all tracks to get orphaned. Skip non automatable parameters in Choose Parameter dialog. UI: Add Instrument Track not putting audio track in folder / unable to remove from folder. Increased contrast of Piano Roll clip outlines so they are visible regardless of current theme. Misc.: Opening project at different sample rate can fail to engage audio engine. MMCSS threads not properly unregistered on engine termination. MMCSS threads could exceed quota with repeated changes to preferences. Cakewalk no longer attempts to set ASIO thread priority when MMCSS is not enabled. Unexpected sample rate conversion message when bouncing audio. Remove unexpected dropout message when creating or loading new projects. Fixed bitmap memory leak in when editing using AudioSnap that could cause blank screen. Updated CWAF tool latest known version number string to 27.13.0.xxx. Update OAuth to new BandLab backend protocol. 2021.01 Highlights Arranger section inclusion of outlying MIDI notes When dragging sections or committing arrangements, Cakewalk has logic for dealing with leading/trailing MIDI notes that overlap section boundaries. In the following example, section 2 is selected. The underlying MIDI clip contains note events that start slightly before section 2 and end slightly after section 2. By default, selecting section 2 will ignore the portions of overlapping note events that fall outside the section boundaries. Cakewalk now lets you optionally include the full duration of overlapping note events. Notes that overlap section boundaries: Leading/trailing notes are often created in the following scenarios: The recorded performance is unquantized and notes appear slightly earlier than the section start. When using a sound with a slow attack, and the notes have to be played early to make up for the attack time. Leading notes as part of a lead-in phrase, or droned notes that overlap with the section boundaries. You can specify the threshold that determines which overlapping note events are included when moving sections. To do so, click the Track view MIDI menu and point to Arranger Section Event Overlap Threshold, then select one of the following options: Off. Ignore overlapping notes. Note value (Whole – 1/256 Triplet). Only include notes that overhang by a duration equal to or less than the selected value. Any Overlap. Include overlapping notes of any duration. When overlapping notes fall within the threshold set, those notes are included in the section move/copy and the clip start/end is automatically resized (slip-edited) to accommodate the notes. The moved notes are also removed from the neighboring sections. This requires Non-destructive Editing to be enabled, and works best with Split MIDI Note enabled. The Arranger Section Event Overlap Threshold setting affects all arranger drag operations, delete, commit arrangement, and Duplicate from the section context menu. Absolute time in Arranger tracks The time base format for each Arranger track can be set to either Musical or Absolute. The time base format determines what happens to sections when you change the project tempo. To toggle between musical and absolute time, click the icon to the left of the Arranger track name in the Track view: Musical . A section’s M:B:T position stays constant, and its absolute position shifts. Absolute . A section’s absolute position stays constant, and its M:B:T position shifts. Absolute time is useful for scoring to film/video. The Arranger track tooltip shows time as H:M:S:F and samples. When committing an arrangement, the following rules apply: If all the sections came from absolute time Arranger tracks, the committed arrangement track will be absolute. If the sections came from musical Arranger tracks (or a mixture of musical/absolute), the committed arrangement track will be musical. SSO (Single Sign-On) for Cakewalk activation Cakewalk supports SSO (Single Sign-On) for activation, which allows you to log in via any service supported by BandLab as your sign-in authority. Google, Facebook, Apple ID, mobile phone and BandLab user/password credentials are currently supported. SSO is only used for Cakewalk activation, and under normal circumstances you will only need to sign in once. Cakewalk will attempt to refresh your activation status silently and automatically on occasion during start up. Use the SSO login as you have done with your BandLab account in the past. Note that BandLab Assistant is still required for requesting offline activation of Cakewalk on computers that don’t have an Internet connection. Misc. enhancements Cancel VST scan You can now cancel an in-progress VST scan with the new Cancel Scan button in Edit > Preferences > File - VST Settings or via the Cancel option in the VST Scan toast notification. The next scan operation will resume where the canceled scan left off, starting with the plug-in it was last scanning. If the last scanned plug-in was a shell plug-in (such as Waves WaveShell), the scan will resume from he first plug-in in the shell). Auto termination of VST scan Shutting down Cakewalk will now automatically terminate any scan in progress. This allows in-app updates to work properly even if a scan was in progress when the app was shut down to perform a new install. Zoom to Fit Project Horizontally shortcut The new Zoom to Fit Project Horizontally key binding zooms to fit the entire project in the Clips pane, without affecting the height of tracks. The default keyboard shortcut is CTRL+ALT+F. Improved selection with Arranger sections If there are gaps between a range of selected sections, the unselected clips remain unselected. You can now unselect fully selected clips from a selection and they will not be moved with the section. Cutting Arranger section deletes hole Cutting an Arranger section with Ripple Edit enabled now deletes the hole to make it consistent with the Delete command. Clicking on an articulation section now triggers keyswitch events Clicking on an articulation (without modifiers), or changing an articulation’s type or MIDI channel now sends any triggered MIDI events associated with the articulation. Control Bar Select module changes Four new buttons have been added to the Control Bar’s Select module in Large mode: Select Track Envelopes with Clips . When enabled, selecting a clip will also select any overlapping track envelopes. Select Track Articulations with Clips . When enabled, selecting a clip will also select any overlapping track articulations. Select Events with Sections . Enable/disable automatic selection of track events when selecting Arranger sections. By default, clicking an Arranger section also selects underlying track events. Clicking again de-selects track events, while retaining selection of the section. Select Sections with Time Ruler . When enabled, making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections. Right-click or keep the mouse button pressed for a brief moment specify if sections should be selected in all Arranger tracks, or only the active Arranger track: Select Sections with Time Ruler (Active Arranger Track). Making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections in the active Arranger track. Select Sections with Time Ruler (All Arranger Tracks). Making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections in all Arranger tracks. The four buttons are linked to the corresponding menu items within the Track view Options menu, and work in exactly the same way. The previous Large mode for the Select module is now the Medium mode. Moving clips between lanes on the same track obeys Auto Crossfade setting Moving clips between Takes lanes on the same track now obeys the Auto Crossfade setting. Insert Instrument track behavior When selected from the track context menu, the Insert Instrument command now inserts the instrument before the current track rather than after the last track. The Add Track button and Insert > Soft Synth command will continue to append after the last track. Similarly, the Append Instrument Track command in the track context menu will append the new per-output instrument track directly below the current track. Selecting Append Instrument Track from the Synth Rack context menu will continue to append after the last track. Phase/Interleave buttons on Instrument tracks Phase and Interleave buttons are now available in the Track view and Inspector for Instrument tracks. Tip: You can show and hide controls in track and bus strips in the Track view, and even create presets for your favorite control layouts. To show or hide the Phase and Mono/Stereo Interleave buttons in the Track view, open the Track Control Manager and specify the visibility of the Interleave/Phase group. Option to only use external MIDI inputs MIDI track’s that have their Input control assigned to All Inputs receive MIDI data from both external (i.e. hardware) inputs and any soft synth outputs from other tracks. When inserting a soft synth, Cakewalk defaults to enabling MIDI output if it is supported by the synth. As a result, MIDI output from Instrument tracks may be inadvertently played/recorded on all other MIDI tracks if the tracks are armed for recording or have MIDI Input Echo enabled. To address this, MIDI tracks now have a new All External Inputs input option, which only appears when at least one soft synth with a MIDI output is present in the project. All External Inputs means any MIDI input that isn’t an output from a soft synth, such as hardware MIDI ports and virtual controllers. In earlier versions, switching the active MIDI track would normally select All Inputs. This behavior has changed to: If the track previously included soft synth outputs in its inputs, then it will show as All Inputs. If the track previously only had hardware inputs, then it will show as All External Inputs. Export to Standard MIDI File respects selection Export to Standard MIDI File (File > Export > Standard MIDI File) now respects the selection. If there is no selection, the whole project is exported. Updated LAME MP3 encoder The integrated LAME MP3 encoder has been updated to version 3.100. This includes bug fixes and stability improvements to MP3 encoding and also speeds up the encoding process. Additionally, Cakewalk has been updated to now handle discarding padding samples when importing MP3 files. i.e imported MP files will not contain extra data at the beginning of the file. Updated libsndfile encoders The libsndfile library used for import and export of various audio formats has been updated to version 1.0.30. This fixes numerous issues with handling BWF, Wave64, AIFF, FLAC and Ogg files. Optimizations Dynamic plug-in parameter optimizations Cakewalk 2021.01 introduces improvements in responsiveness and memory footprint when loading and editing projects with lots of tracks and high parameter count plug-ins. In previous versions of Cakewalk, plug-in automation parameters for all listed plug-ins were always created up front. This could result in a significant performance and memory hit when using plug-ins that expose hundreds or thousands of parameters, especially in projects that contains many tracks. Internal parameter objects are now created on demand when a parameter is actually used, either by modifying a parameter or by creating an automation envelope for it. A track’s Edit Filter menu no longer lists hundreds of parameters for plug-ins but instead only shows in-use parameters. To select other parameters in the Edit Filter menu, point to the plug-in name and select Choose Parameter to open the Choose Plug-in Parameter dialog box. Improved handling of ProChannel automation Automating the ProChannel Enable parameter would previously only work if the ProChannel UI was visible. ProChannel bypass automation is now UI independent and also buffer accurate. ProChannel bypass will also properly enable/disable with automation during fast bounce and freeze operations. Latest release notes are here. See prior release notes. Check out all new features released to date. Previous release: 2020.11 Feature Overview 2020.09 Feature Overview 2020.08 Feature Overview 2020.05 Feature Overview 2020.04 Feature Overview 2020.01 Feature Overview 2019.11/12 Feature Overview 2019.09 Feature Overview 2019.07 Feature Overview
  2. Hi all - please use this topic to post feedback specific to 2021.01. Release-specific feedback is valuable to us, and consolidating it in a single topic is extremely helpful. Thanks in advance! 2021.01 Release Notes
  3. [Updated 29-Jan-2021] Version 2021.01 Update 1 (build 27.01.0.098) now available! We're pleased to announce the 2021.01 release! This release introduces Arranger enhancements, SSO (Single Sign-On) for activation, import and export improvements, optimizations, and over 40 bug fixes, all in keeping with our goal of making Cakewalk as reliable and enjoyable as possible. Thanks, The Bakers For new feature details, see New Features. Should you need to revert to the 2020.11 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2020.11 Rollback installer. Update Jan 29 2021: 2021.01 Update 1 (build 27.01.0.098) Enhancements and optimizations: MMCSS improvements When Use MMCSS is enabled in Edit > Preferences > Audio - Playback and Recording, all threads are assigned to the same MMCSS task groups for better efficiency. In prior releases on multicore systems with 16 or more cores MMCSS limits could be prematurely reached, resulting in lowered efficiency with some audio threads not running at pro audio priorities. The MMCSS thread limit has been boosted to 128 to handle machines with a higher number of cores (requires a reboot after installing this update to take effect) VST3 Host Bypass enhancement The VST3 Host Bypass button now also works when this parameter is not automatable. Bug fixes Stability: Crash inserting Kuasa plug-in. Crash when switching projects using different sample rates with PreSonus Studio 192. Plug-ins: Projects containing certain plug-ins fail to open in 2021.01 release. Plug-in Load balancing threads were not being released. Arranger Tracks: Ripple All not working when deleting from Arranger Inspector. Ripple edit delete using section overlaps crops the clip at the end of the left sections. Ripple Edit delete Section with overlapping notes at the end not working. Arranger: Fix for trailing notes being incorrectly picked up by a section. Articulation Maps: Ripple Edit Delete at beginning of project isn't working with Articulations. Deleting an articulation occasionally splits it into two smaller but invisible articulations. Show/Hide Articulation Pane in Piano Roll does nothing if there are no articulations on the track. Adding a new articulation event should default to velocity 100. Articulations sometimes deleted when using Project > Insert Time/Measures. Automation: Automation write not working with certain VST2 plug-ins until envelope was created. Freezing a synth could cause synth automation on all tracks to get orphaned. Skip non automatable parameters in Choose Parameter dialog. UI: Add Instrument Track not putting audio track in folder / unable to remove from folder. Increased contrast of Piano Roll clip outlines so they are visible regardless of current theme. Misc.: Opening project at different sample rate can fail to engage audio engine. MMCSS threads not properly unregistered on engine termination. MMCSS threads could exceed quota with repeated changes to preferences. Cakewalk no longer attempts to set ASIO thread priority when MMCSS is not enabled. Unexpected sample rate conversion message when bouncing audio. Remove unexpected dropout message when creating or loading new projects. Fixed bitmap memory leak in when editing using AudioSnap that could cause blank screen. Updated CWAF tool latest known version number string to 27.13.0.xxx. Update OAuth to new BandLab backend protocol. 2021.01 Highlights Arranger section inclusion of outlying MIDI notes When dragging sections or committing arrangements, Cakewalk has logic for dealing with leading/trailing MIDI notes that overlap section boundaries. In the following example, section 2 is selected. The underlying MIDI clip contains note events that start slightly before section 2 and end slightly after section 2. By default, selecting section 2 will ignore the portions of overlapping note events that fall outside the section boundaries. Cakewalk now lets you optionally include the full duration of overlapping note events. Notes that overlap section boundaries: Leading/trailing notes are often created in the following scenarios: The recorded performance is unquantized and notes appear slightly earlier than the section start. When using a sound with a slow attack, and the notes have to be played early to make up for the attack time. Leading notes as part of a lead-in phrase, or droned notes that overlap with the section boundaries. You can specify the threshold that determines which overlapping note events are included when moving sections. To do so, click the Track view MIDI menu and point to Arranger Section Event Overlap Threshold, then select one of the following options: Off. Ignore overlapping notes. Note value (Whole – 1/256 Triplet). Only include notes that overhang by a duration equal to or less than the selected value. Any Overlap. Include overlapping notes of any duration. When overlapping notes fall within the threshold set, those notes are included in the section move/copy and the clip start/end is automatically resized (slip-edited) to accommodate the notes. The moved notes are also removed from the neighboring sections. This requires Non-destructive Editing to be enabled, and works best with Split MIDI Note enabled. The Arranger Section Event Overlap Threshold setting affects all arranger drag operations, delete, commit arrangement, and Duplicate from the section context menu. Absolute time in Arranger tracks The time base format for each Arranger track can be set to either Musical or Absolute. The time base format determines what happens to sections when you change the project tempo. To toggle between musical and absolute time, click the icon to the left of the Arranger track name in the Track view: Musical . A section’s M:B:T position stays constant, and its absolute position shifts. Absolute . A section’s absolute position stays constant, and its M:B:T position shifts. Absolute time is useful for scoring to film/video. The Arranger track tooltip shows time as H:M:S:F and samples. When committing an arrangement, the following rules apply: If all the sections came from absolute time Arranger tracks, the committed arrangement track will be absolute. If the sections came from musical Arranger tracks (or a mixture of musical/absolute), the committed arrangement track will be musical. SSO (Single Sign-On) for Cakewalk activation Cakewalk supports SSO (Single Sign-On) for activation, which allows you to log in via any service supported by BandLab as your sign-in authority. Google, Facebook, Apple ID, mobile phone and BandLab user/password credentials are currently supported. SSO is only used for Cakewalk activation, and under normal circumstances you will only need to sign in once. Cakewalk will attempt to refresh your activation status silently and automatically on occasion during start up. Use the SSO login as you have done with your BandLab account in the past. Note that BandLab Assistant is still required for requesting offline activation of Cakewalk on computers that don’t have an Internet connection. Misc. enhancements Cancel VST scan You can now cancel an in-progress VST scan with the new Cancel Scan button in Edit > Preferences > File - VST Settings or via the Cancel option in the VST Scan toast notification. The next scan operation will resume where the canceled scan left off, starting with the plug-in it was last scanning. If the last scanned plug-in was a shell plug-in (such as Waves WaveShell), the scan will resume from he first plug-in in the shell). Auto termination of VST scan Shutting down Cakewalk will now automatically terminate any scan in progress. This allows in-app updates to work properly even if a scan was in progress when the app was shut down to perform a new install. Zoom to Fit Project Horizontally shortcut The new Zoom to Fit Project Horizontally key binding zooms to fit the entire project in the Clips pane, without affecting the height of tracks. The default keyboard shortcut is CTRL+ALT+F. Improved selection with Arranger sections If there are gaps between a range of selected sections, the unselected clips remain unselected. You can now unselect fully selected clips from a selection and they will not be moved with the section. Cutting Arranger section deletes hole Cutting an Arranger section with Ripple Edit enabled now deletes the hole to make it consistent with the Delete command. Clicking on an articulation section now triggers keyswitch events Clicking on an articulation (without modifiers), or changing an articulation’s type or MIDI channel now sends any triggered MIDI events associated with the articulation. Control Bar Select module changes Four new buttons have been added to the Control Bar’s Select module in Large mode: Select Track Envelopes with Clips . When enabled, selecting a clip will also select any overlapping track envelopes. Select Track Articulations with Clips . When enabled, selecting a clip will also select any overlapping track articulations. Select Events with Sections . Enable/disable automatic selection of track events when selecting Arranger sections. By default, clicking an Arranger section also selects underlying track events. Clicking again de-selects track events, while retaining selection of the section. Select Sections with Time Ruler . When enabled, making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections. Right-click or keep the mouse button pressed for a brief moment specify if sections should be selected in all Arranger tracks, or only the active Arranger track: Select Sections with Time Ruler (Active Arranger Track). Making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections in the active Arranger track. Select Sections with Time Ruler (All Arranger Tracks). Making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections in all Arranger tracks. The four buttons are linked to the corresponding menu items within the Track view Options menu, and work in exactly the same way. The previous Large mode for the Select module is now the Medium mode. Moving clips between lanes on the same track obeys Auto Crossfade setting Moving clips between Takes lanes on the same track now obeys the Auto Crossfade setting. Insert Instrument track behavior When selected from the track context menu, the Insert Instrument command now inserts the instrument before the current track rather than after the last track. The Add Track button and Insert > Soft Synth command will continue to append after the last track. Similarly, the Append Instrument Track command in the track context menu will append the new per-output instrument track directly below the current track. Selecting Append Instrument Track from the Synth Rack context menu will continue to append after the last track. Phase/Interleave buttons on Instrument tracks Phase and Interleave buttons are now available in the Track view and Inspector for Instrument tracks. Tip: You can show and hide controls in track and bus strips in the Track view, and even create presets for your favorite control layouts. To show or hide the Phase and Mono/Stereo Interleave buttons in the Track view, open the Track Control Manager and specify the visibility of the Interleave/Phase group. Option to only use external MIDI inputs MIDI track’s that have their Input control assigned to All Inputs receive MIDI data from both external (i.e. hardware) inputs and any soft synth outputs from other tracks. When inserting a soft synth, Cakewalk defaults to enabling MIDI output if it is supported by the synth. As a result, MIDI output from Instrument tracks may be inadvertently played/recorded on all other MIDI tracks if the tracks are armed for recording or have MIDI Input Echo enabled. To address this, MIDI tracks now have a new All External Inputs input option, which only appears when at least one soft synth with a MIDI output is present in the project. All External Inputs means any MIDI input that isn’t an output from a soft synth, such as hardware MIDI ports and virtual controllers. In earlier versions, switching the active MIDI track would normally select All Inputs. This behavior has changed to: If the track previously included soft synth outputs in its inputs, then it will show as All Inputs. If the track previously only had hardware inputs, then it will show as All External Inputs. Export to Standard MIDI File respects selection Export to Standard MIDI File (File > Export > Standard MIDI File) now respects the selection. If there is no selection, the whole project is exported. Updated LAME MP3 encoder The integrated LAME MP3 encoder has been updated to version 3.100. This includes bug fixes and stability improvements to MP3 encoding and also speeds up the encoding process. Additionally, Cakewalk has been updated to now handle discarding padding samples when importing MP3 files. i.e imported MP files will not contain extra data at the beginning of the file. Updated libsndfile encoders The libsndfile library used for import and export of various audio formats has been updated to version 1.0.30. This fixes numerous issues with handling BWF, Wave64, AIFF, FLAC and Ogg files. Optimizations Dynamic plug-in parameter optimizations Cakewalk 2021.01 introduces improvements in responsiveness and memory footprint when loading and editing projects with lots of tracks and high parameter count plug-ins. In previous versions of Cakewalk, plug-in automation parameters for all listed plug-ins were always created up front. This could result in a significant performance and memory hit when using plug-ins that expose hundreds or thousands of parameters, especially in projects that contains many tracks. Internal parameter objects are now created on demand when a parameter is actually used, either by modifying a parameter or by creating an automation envelope for it. A track’s Edit Filter menu no longer lists hundreds of parameters for plug-ins but instead only shows in-use parameters. To select other parameters in the Edit Filter menu, point to the plug-in name and select Choose Parameter to open the Choose Plug-in Parameter dialog box. Improved handling of ProChannel automation Automating the ProChannel Enable parameter would previously only work if the ProChannel UI was visible. ProChannel bypass automation is now UI independent and also buffer accurate. ProChannel bypass will also properly enable/disable with automation during fast bounce and freeze operations. Bug fixes Stability Crash when running onboarding more than once Crash when attempting to load new sample in Drum Replacer Hang on project load while VST scan is running Redo of crop then move of Articulation crashes Automation crash on project close Rare crash after modifying event in Piano Roll then pressing play UI Step Sequencer Clips intermittently fail to show notes Step Sequencer Beat Counter fails to repeat on Groove clip repetitions PRV does not display repetitions of Step Sequencer loops Track names show incorrectly in plug-ins after 2020.11 update Transport fails to roll with Realtime Bounce when freezing Cursor moves unexpected after cancel of Kind in Event List After deleting last event in Event List, selection should go to previous event Assignable parameters not created for FX Chains on project load Project Editing Time displays inconsistently in File Stats Rename clip doesn't work on MIDI clips if articulations exist on the track Installer Text/Progress Bar for Silent Install is truncated Bus pane not updating correctly after using track manager to hide/show buses Clicking on a note within the Piano Roll view or swapping active tracks automatically opens the Articulation Map pane Arranger Ripple Edit Cut not shifting Arranger sections as expected Section/Arrangement titles missing in 2020.11 Articulation Maps Allow drag move/copy of multiple articulations Mouse cursor gets moved/stuck on articulation events in Event List Scaling PitchWheel events gives incorrect results Automation Cannot bounce or freeze ProChannel Enable automation unless it is done in realtime Selection becomes stuck unexpectedly when selecting envelopes Bus envelopes from multiple buses not copied correctly in duplicate clips/arranger operations Toggling track interleave causes plug-in automation to lose sync ProChannel automation cannot be reassigned to plug-in automation in tracks Automation read/write not being acknowledged for newly created FX parameters Copying and pasting FX automation envelopes create orphaned envelopes until parameters pre-created FX Chain Input/Output Gain envelopes controlling incorrect parameter in FX Chain UI Synth Rack automation not shown when changing synth parameters Misc. Allow adding of additional per-output instrument tracks via Synth Rack context menu Add Track inconsistent Insert Track behavior Projects with multiple instances of plug-ins with high parameter counts become very sluggish trying to close/remove instances UseGlobalSnapForStaffView variable stops working after opening older project Imported .wav file has clicks from time stretch Drum Maps are saved unexpectedly with Track Templates VST Scan does not close with the app Control Surface Refresh value does not change as expected below 25ms Custom bank selection does not take effect in Event List view Insert/Append Instrument fails to place track in folder Latest release notes are here. See prior release notes. Check out all new features released to date.
  4. We're pleased to announce Early Access for 2021.01! This release introduces Arranger enhancements, SSO (Single Sign-On) for activation, import and export improvements, optimizations, and over 40 bug fixes. We'd love for you to check it out before we drop the official public version. Please note that Early Access installers are update installers, which only update from a specific version. To install the 2021.01 Early Access build, you must be on the latest public release of 2020.11. The 2021.01 Early Access build can be downloaded and installed from within Cakewalk by going to Help > Check for Updates, then clicking the Download Now link in the "Early Access Available" toast notification. Download Cakewalk 2021.01 EA installer Should you need to revert to the 2020.11 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2020.11 Rollback installer. If you haven't already done so, please read about the Early Access Program before participating. Please keep responses specific to problems or comments on this release. Unrelated bugs or feature requests should be posted in other threads or the feature request channel. Thanks again for your participation! The Bakers 2021.01 Highlights New features Arranger section inclusion of outlying MIDI notes When dragging sections or committing arrangements, Cakewalk has logic for dealing with leading/trailing MIDI notes that overlap section boundaries. In the following example, section 2 is selected. The underlying MIDI clip contains note events that start slightly before section 2 and end slightly after section 2. By default, selecting section 2 will ignore the portions of overlapping note events that fall outside the section boundaries. Cakewalk now lets you optionally include the full duration of overlapping note events. Notes that overlap section boundaries: Leading/trailing notes are often created in the following scenarios: The recorded performance is unquantized and notes appear slightly earlier than the section start. When using a sound with a slow attack, and the notes have to be played early to make up for the attack time. Leading notes as part of a lead-in phrase, or droned notes that overlap with the section boundaries. You can specify the threshold that determines which overlapping note events are included when moving sections. To do so, click the Track view MIDI menu and point to Arranger Section Event Overlap Threshold, then select one of the following options: Off. Ignore overlapping notes. Note value (Whole – 1/256 Triplet). Only include notes that overhang by a duration equal to or less than the selected value. Any Overlap. Include overlapping notes of any duration. When overlapping notes fall within the threshold set, those notes are included in the section move/copy and the clip start/end is automatically resized (slip-edited) to accommodate the notes. The moved notes are also removed from the neighboring sections. This requires Non-destructive Editing to be enabled, and works best with Split MIDI Note enabled. The Arranger Section Event Overlap Threshold setting affects all arranger drag operations, delete, commit arrangement, and Duplicate from the section context menu. Absolute time in Arranger tracks The time base format for each Arranger track can be set to either Musical or Absolute. The time base format determines what happens to sections when you change the project tempo. To toggle between musical and absolute time, click the icon to the left of the Arranger track name in the Track view: Musical . A section’s M:B:T position stays constant, and its absolute position shifts. Absolute . A section’s absolute position stays constant, and its M:B:T position shifts. Absolute time is useful for scoring to film/video. The Arranger track tooltip shows time as H:M:S:F and samples. When committing an arrangement, the following rules apply: If all the sections came from absolute time Arranger tracks, the committed arrangement track will be absolute. If the sections came from musical Arranger tracks (or a mixture of musical/absolute), the committed arrangement track will be musical. SSO (Single Sign-On) for Cakewalk activation Cakewalk supports SSO (Single Sign-On) for activation, which allows you to log in via any service supported by BandLab as your sign-in authority. Google, Facebook, Apple ID, mobile phone and BandLab user/password credentials are currently supported. SSO is only used for Cakewalk activation, and under normal circumstances you will only need to sign in once. Cakewalk will attempt to refresh your activation status silently and automatically on occasion during start up. Use the SSO login as you have done with your BandLab account in the past. Note that BandLab Assistant is still required for requesting offline activation of Cakewalk on computers that don’t have an Internet connection. Enhancements Cancel VST scan You can now cancel an in-progress VST scan with the new Cancel Scan button in Edit > Preferences > File - VST Settings or via the Cancel option in the VST Scan toast notification. The next scan operation will resume where the canceled scan left off, starting with the plug-in it was last scanning. If the last scanned plug-in was a shell plug-in (such as Waves WaveShell), the scan will resume from he first plug-in in the shell). Auto termination of VST scan Shutting down Cakewalk will now automatically terminate any scan in progress. This allows in-app updates to work properly even if a scan was in progress when the app was shut down to perform a new install. Zoom to Fit Project Horizontally shortcut The new Zoom to Fit Project Horizontally key binding zooms to fit the entire project in the Clips pane, without affecting the height of tracks. The default keyboard shortcut is CTRL+ALT+F. Improved selection with Arranger sections If there are gaps between a range of selected sections, the unselected clips remain unselected. You can now unselect fully selected clips from a selection and they will not be moved with the section. Cutting Arranger section deletes hole Cutting an Arranger section with Ripple Edit enabled now deletes the hole to make it consistent with the Delete command. Clicking on an articulation section now triggers keyswitch events Clicking on an articulation (without modifiers), or changing an articulation’s type or MIDI channel now sends any triggered MIDI events associated with the articulation. Control Bar Select module changes Four new buttons have been added to the Control Bar’s Select module in Large mode: Select Track Envelopes with Clips . When enabled, selecting a clip will also select any overlapping track envelopes. Select Track Articulations with Clips . When enabled, selecting a clip will also select any overlapping track articulations. Select Events with Sections . Enable/disable automatic selection of track events when selecting Arranger sections. By default, clicking an Arranger section also selects underlying track events. Clicking again de-selects track events, while retaining selection of the section. Select Sections with Time Ruler . When enabled, making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections. Right-click or keep the mouse button pressed for a brief moment specify if sections should be selected in all Arranger tracks, or only the active Arranger track: Select Sections with Time Ruler (Active Arranger Track). Making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections in the active Arranger track. Select Sections with Time Ruler (All Arranger Tracks). Making a time selection in the time ruler will also select any overlapping Arranger sections in all Arranger tracks. The four buttons are linked to the corresponding menu items within the Track view Options menu, and work in exactly the same way. The previous Large mode for the Select module is now the Medium mode. Moving clips between lanes on the same track obeys Auto Crossfade setting Moving clips between Takes lanes on the same track now obeys the Auto Crossfade setting. Insert Instrument track behavior When selected from the track context menu, the Insert Instrument command now inserts the instrument before the current track rather than after the last track. The Add Track button and Insert > Soft Synth command will continue to append after the last track. Similarly, the Append Instrument Track command in the track context menu will append the new per-output instrument track directly below the current track. Selecting Append Instrument Track from the Synth Rack context menu will continue to append after the last track. Phase/Interleave buttons on Instrument tracks Phase and Interleave buttons are now available in the Track view and Inspector for Instrument tracks. Tip: You can show and hide controls in track and bus strips in the Track view, and even create presets for your favorite control layouts. To show or hide the Phase and Mono/Stereo Interleave buttons in the Track view, open the Track Control Manager and specify the visibility of the Interleave/Phase group. Option to only use external MIDI inputs MIDI track’s that have their Input control assigned to All Inputs receive MIDI data from both external (i.e. hardware) inputs and any soft synth outputs from other tracks. When inserting a soft synth, Cakewalk defaults to enabling MIDI output if it is supported by the synth. As a result, MIDI output from Instrument tracks may be inadvertently played/recorded on all other MIDI tracks if the tracks are armed for recording or have MIDI Input Echo enabled. To address this, MIDI tracks now have a new All External Inputs input option, which only appears when at least one soft synth with a MIDI output is present in the project. All External Inputs means any MIDI input that isn’t an output from a soft synth, such as hardware MIDI ports and virtual controllers. In earlier versions, switching the active MIDI track would normally select All Inputs. This behavior has changed to: If the track previously included soft synth outputs in its inputs, then it will show as All Inputs. If the track previously only had hardware inputs, then it will show as All External Inputs. Export to Standard MIDI File respects selection Export to Standard MIDI File (File > Export > Standard MIDI File) now respects the selection. If there is no selection, the whole project is exported. Updated LAME MP3 encoder The integrated LAME MP3 encoder has been updated to version 3.100. This includes bug fixes and stability improvements to MP3 encoding and also speeds up the encoding process. Additionally, Cakewalk has been updated to now handle discarding padding samples when importing MP3 files. i.e imported MP files will not contain extra data at the beginning of the file. Updated libsndfile encoders The libsndfile library used for import and export of various audio formats has been updated to version 1.0.30. This fixes numerous issues with handling BWF, Wave64, AIFF, FLAC and Ogg files. Optimizations Dynamic plug-in parameter optimizations Cakewalk 2021.01 introduces improvements in responsiveness and memory footprint when loading and editing projects with lots of tracks and high parameter count plug-ins. In previous versions of Cakewalk, plug-in automation parameters for all listed plug-ins were always created up front. This could result in a significant performance and memory hit when using plug-ins that expose hundreds or thousands of parameters, especially in projects that contains many tracks. Internal parameter objects are now created on demand when a parameter is actually used, either by modifying a parameter or by creating an automation envelope for it. A track’s Edit Filter menu no longer lists hundreds of parameters for plug-ins but instead only shows in-use parameters. To select other parameters in the Edit Filter menu, point to the plug-in name and select Choose Parameter to open the Choose Plug-in Parameter dialog box. Improved handling of ProChannel automation Automating the ProChannel Enable parameter would previously only work if the ProChannel UI was visible. ProChannel bypass automation is now UI independent and also buffer accurate. ProChannel bypass will also properly enable/disable with automation during fast bounce and freeze operations. Bug fixes Stability Crash when running onboarding more than once Crash when attempting to load new sample in Drum Replacer Hang on project load while VST scan is running Redo of crop then move of Articulation crashes Automation crash on project close UI Step Sequencer Clips intermittently fail to show notes Step Sequencer Beat Counter fails to repeat on Groove clip repetitions PRV does not display repetitions of Step Sequencer loops Track names show incorrectly in plug-ins after 2020.11 update Transport fails to roll with Realtime Bounce when freezing Cursor moves unexpected after cancel of Kind in Event List After deleting last event in Event List, selection should go to previous event Assignable parameters not created for FX Chains on project load Project Editing Time displays inconsistently in File Stats Arranger Ripple Edit Cut not shifting Arranger sections as expected Section/Arrangement titles missing in 2020.11 Articulation Maps Allow drag move/copy of multiple articulations Mouse cursor gets moved/stuck on articulation events in Event List Scaling PitchWheel events gives incorrect results Automation Cannot bounce or freeze ProChannel Enable automation unless it is done in realtime Selection becomes stuck unexpectedly when selecting envelopes Bus envelopes from multiple buses not copied correctly in duplicate clips/arranger operations Toggling track interleave causes plug-in automation to lose sync ProChannel automation cannot be reassigned to plug-in automation in tracks Automation read/write not being acknowledged for newly created FX parameters Copying and pasting FX automation envelopes create orphaned envelopes until parameters pre-created FX Chain Input/Output Gain envelopes controlling incorrect parameter in FX Chain UI Synth Rack automation not shown when changing synth parameters Misc. Allow adding of additional per-output instrument tracks via Synth Rack context menu Add Track inconsistent Insert Track behavior Projects with multiple instances of plug-ins with high parameter counts become very sluggish trying to close/remove instances UseGlobalSnapForStaffView variable stops working after opening older project Imported .wav file has clicks from time stretch Drum Maps are saved unexpectedly with Track Templates VST Scan does not close with the app Control Surface Refresh value does not change as expected below 25ms
  5. @S.L.I.P. It's pretty simple. The CH was made available to be a welcoming and inclusive forum for all members to discuss music related topics. Think family friendly, not the corner pub. As the forum description states: No politics. No religion. No obscenity. Offenders will be warned, and additional violations will result in restricted forum permissions or a permanent ban. If you're unsure if your post is offensive, then it probably is and doesn't belong in the CH. There are plenty of other online forums where you can discuss other topics. Feel free to PM me if anything is unclear.
  6. Hi all - please use this topic to post feedback specific to 2020.11. Release-specific feedback is valuable to us, and consolidating it in a single topic is extremely helpful. Thanks in advance! 2020.11 Release Notes
  7. [Updated 25-Nov-2020] Version 2020.11 Update 1 (build 26.11.0.099) now available! Introduction The 2020.11 release introduces Articulation Maps, which are a universal way to deal with expressions/articulations in VST instruments or hardware MIDI instruments. Other enhancements include in-app activation/refresh, ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker when converting audio to MIDI or performing tempo extraction, Clips pane drawing and scrolling optimizations, project template enhancements, and much more, including over 50 bug fixes, all in keeping with our goal of making Cakewalk as reliable and enjoyable as possible. The following highlights are intended to provide an overview of the more significant changes. Please also refer to the new features section of our documentation for more detailed information on the features. Please give us feedback on this release. We hope you like it! Update Nov 25 2020: 2020.11 Update 1 (build 26.11.0.099) Note: If you are using a non-English version of 2020.11 Update 1 (build 26.11.0.098) and experience blank articulation map menu commands, please download and run the Cakewalk 2020.09 Rollback installer, then reinstall 2020.11 Update 1 (Help > Check for Updates). Enhancements: Extract Keyswitch Articulations You can now extract key-switches that already exist in a MIDI track and convert them to articulations. To extract keyswitches: Make sure the target articulation map has already been added to the project. Open the Piano Roll view for the track that contains the keyswitches. Right-click the left side of the Articulations pane, point to Extract Keyswitch Articulations, then select the target articulation map. Cakewalk will attempt to match events within the MIDI track to any articulations in the selected articulation map. The following rules apply: It will only extract generated MIDI events, not transforms. It will only extract key-switches based on Notes, Control Change, or Program Change events. When matching an articulation that generates multiple events, it will only match events if they are in the same MIDI clip. Replace an existing articulation map with a newer version Cakewalk now allows you to replace an existing articulation map with a newer/updated version of the same map. When a newer version of an articulation map is imported into a project, it is added as a new map instead of replacing the original map. To replace the old map with the new version, right-click the old map in the Articulation Map Editor’s Articulation Maps in Project section, then point to Replace with and select the new map. The Replace with submenu lists all other articulation maps currently within the project. Bug fixes Stability: App can hang on startup at the splash screen when checking for updates with unstable internet connection. Crash or failure to load a new sample in Drum Replacer. Crash when committing an arrangement containing sections from multiple Arranger tracks. Crash could occur when closing the app. Sporadic crash when Display Muted Takes in Parent Track is enabled. Fixed user reported crash on export audio. Fixed rare user reported crash after recording audio. Fixed rare user reported crash on export when VS100 requests a synth parameter. Fixed rare user reported crash when opening Arranger or Articulation Map dialogs. "Catastrophic failure" error could occur if a project contained an invalid arrangement section when attempting to export audio. Plug-ins: Track Names shown in plug-ins are truncated or show invalid characters after 2020.11 update. This was reported in Console One plug-ins, Izotope Neutron and Waves CLA Mix Hub. Waves CLA Mix Hub displays “Channel name contains illegal characters …” message on opening or saving projects in 2020.11 release. Tempo based effects and instruments were not being properly initialized when residing within the ProChannel or FX Chains. For example, Sonitus: FX Delay fails to get Host Tempo when in FX Chains. Articulation Maps: Articulations selected unexpectedly with lasso select when Select Track Articulations with Clips is disabled. Articulation maps fail to import if the map contains special characters such as “ as part of the map/group/articulation name. Insert Time not working correctly with articulations. Articulation map dialogs do not hide folders if their subfolders do not contain files that match the search filter. Apply articulations by group applies more than one group of articulations. Articulation Map Library does not refresh automatically after exporting a map to the library folder. Articulation resize fails if the Snap to Grid setting causes the section end to be snapped beyond the start of the next articulation section. Browse For Folder dialog box can open on incorrect display when importing articulations from a directory. Clicking on an empty space in the Clips pane selects articulations. Deleting an articulation from one track swaps to showing the articulations on another track. UI: Unable to resize an Arranger section in an inactive track to the left if there are sections to the left in the active Arranger track. Creating an Arranger section with a start time < 0 deletes other sections. Enable MIDI Output check box was missing from Insert Synth Options dialog when opened from the Synth Rack. Renaming a Patch Point fails to update the send name in the track strip of the Track view. Drag move of composite clip in track folders not working. Mouse cursor can change unexpectedly when hovering outside of a modal dialog. When clicking a note name in the Piano Roll Drum Grid to select all notes of that pitch, pressing the DELETE key does not delete the selected notes. Misc.: Export as Standard MIDI file did not respect the current track selection. Only allow refreshing activation state if an app update download isn't already underway. Don't show duplicate toasts when checking for updates. In-app updater: Download manager should prefer the update installer if installed version >= last public release and less than latest public release. 2020.11 Highlights Articulation Maps Articulation maps are a universal way to deal with expressions/articulations in VST instruments or hardware MIDI instruments that may be controlled by various methods including: Note “key switches” The velocity of a note Control change events Grouping of patches across different MIDI channels (e.g. legato strings patch on ch 1, pizzicato patch on ch 2, etc.) If you work with sample libraries and virtual instruments, articulation maps are sure to improve your MIDI and articulation/keyswitch workflow. Recreating a convincing performance with sample libraries and virtual instruments can be a difficult task. The process is made somewhat easier if the sampled instrument includes a range of performance articulations, which is commonly controlled via “keyswitches”. These are used to trigger different sample layers that contain the various performance options. Cakewalk's support for articulation maps make it easy to work with articulations and keyswitches. Articulation maps provide a much simpler way of switching articulations, without having to manually edit MIDI events in the track. All articulations appear neatly at the top of the PRV instead of spread across the Notes pane, which helps you to better visualize and edit the articulations and keyswitches. When recording, you can focus on the actual performance — getting the right notes, rather than building expression into the performance — then use articulations to add expression after the basic performance has been recorded. Adding articulations as part of the editing process is often easier than trying to play keyswitches in live via your keyboard. Articulations do either, or both, of the following: Trigger new MIDI events (create ‘MIDI Events’ in the Articulation Map Editor) Alter existing MIDI events (create ‘MIDI Transforms’ in the Articulation Map Editor) Articulations that are added to MIDI and Instrument tracks are automatically applied during playback. Cakewalk includes a few general-purpose articulation maps that let you experiment with the feature. You can create your own articulation maps, or download maps for orchestra libraries and virtual instruments. Cakewalk can import Cubase expression maps, so you can get started quickly by downloading maps for popular instrument libraries such as Vienna Symphonic Library, Garritan, Kontakt, etc. In-app activation You can now activate Cakewalk directly from within the app, without requiring BandLab Assistant. Cakewalk must be activate once every 6 months. When starting Cakewalk for the first time, if the app has not yet been activated via BandLab assistant, you will be presented with a BandLab sign-in dialog box. After signing in, Cakewalk will automatically activate itself. You must use your BandLab user name in the sign-in prompt, not your email address. Please note that sign-in is completely optional and only used to activate Cakewalk independently from BandLab Assistant. Sign-in currently does not support Single sign-on. If you do not have your BandLab username and password, please use BandLab Assistant to perform activation. Activation will occur automatically when launching the app if it is in the “grace period”, the period that begins when you see the timeout toast notification asking you to sign in to BandLab to activate soon. Under normal circumstances, activation will require no manual user intervention going forward, beyond the initial sign-in. Note that an Internet connection is required for performing activation as described above but not required for general Cakewalk usage. Offline activation is also an option, which requires use of BandLab Assistant to submit an offline activation request. You can force an activation refresh with the Help > Refresh Activation command. ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker (pre-release) When converting audio to MIDI by dragging an audio clip to a MIDI track, or performing tempo extraction by dragging an audio clip to the time ruler, you can now select the desired algorithm. Note: The algorithm picker is a pre-release feature and will only be visible if you are running Melodyne 5 and higher. VST instruments can use custom instrument definitions Some VST instruments do not expose their patch list, either because they are emulating a hardware device and solely rely on MIDI bank select/program changes, or in the case of library hosts such as Kontakt, they have no fixed list of instruments - in other words its up to the user to choose their instrument mapping. You can now use any instrument definition with a VSTi from a new drop-down menu in the Patch Browser dialog box (click Patch Browser in the Inspector). If < default for instrument > is selected, then the patches are retrieved from the VSTi as normal, otherwise the patch list is taken from the selected instrument definition. Piano Roll view enhancements Piano Roll view Note drawing now automatically switches direction as necessary during the gesture (left to right or right to left). Open Piano Roll view when double-clicking white space on a MIDI or Instrument track. VST enhancements Updated to VST3 SDK 3.7.0 Support MIDI CCs via VST3 MIDI output (must also be supported by the plug-in itself; allows generative MIDI out VST3 plug-ins such as the Reason Rack plug-in to send MIDI CCs to Cakewalk) Support channel aftertouch sent from VST3 plugins Misc. enhancements Application memory footprint has been reduced (dynamic VST Plug-in Buffer sizes) In prior versions of Cakewalk, cached plug-in buffers would be allocated at a size of 32K samples irrespective of the audio buffer size. This gets quite expensive when you have a project with hundreds of plug-ins especially with plug-ins having multiple inputs and outputs. Plug-in buffer sizes are now dynamically adjusted to be based on the audio buffer size rather than an arbitrary max limit. This makes a big difference in projects running at low latency buffers. Support for mono only ASIO input devices Cakewalk now supports ASIO devices with a single mono input, such as the iRig Pro. Relative resizing of selected tracks You can resize all selected tracks to the same size, or by a relative amount, by using the following modifiers: SHIFT+drag resizes all selected tracks to the same size CTRL+drag resizes all selected tracks by the same amount relative to their current size ARA updates Cakewalk supports the latest ARA SDK from Celemony. Adjust split point on a single Take lane If you have several clips in a track with a common split point, the Move Split Point tool always moves all the split points together. To move only the split point on a single lane, hold down the ALT key when using the Move Split Point tool. CTRL-click Duplicate Track button to specify settings To specify settings when duplicating a track, hold down the CTRL key and click the Duplicate Track button . Allow track FX bin to be bypassed via control surfaces rather than just individual FX In addition to individual effects, entire track FX Racks can now be bypassed via control surfaces. Passing an FX index of -1 (65535) will bypass the entire track FX Rack. The Mackie Control surface has been updated to use M1+Select button to toggle track FX Rack bypass. Update installer has option to launch Cakewalk When installing an update from within Cakewalk, you can now choose to automatically relaunch Cakewalk after the installation completes. New Project File dialog improvements The New Project File dialog box (File > New) now lets you specify folder paths, tempo, meter, bit depth, and sample rate settings for the -- No Tracks or Buses -- option (previously named -- Blank Project --). File Stats improvements When starting a new project from a project template, the File Stats window in the Notes Browser now start the Editing Time and Revision counters at 0. To reset the file stats, right-click in the File Stats window and select Reset File Stats. Early Access Notifications Cakewalk now presents a toast notification when an Early Access build is available. Early Access builds are completely optional, providing access to the next version of Cakewalk before its official release. Optimizations Clips pane drawing and scrolling optimizations Major optimizations to clips view drawing to eliminate redundant drawing of clips. Projects with tracks containing many Take lanes with muted clips now draw and scroll more than 20x faster. Scrolling with Display Muted Takes In Parent Track enabled now has almost similar performance to having that option disabled. Waveform drawing is now optimized for faster drawing. Note: The Display Muted Takes In Parent Track option now defaults to OFF for new installations. Bus pane optimizations Drawing and mouse handling in the Bus pane has been optimized to prevent audio glitches and late buffers Latest release notes are here. See prior release notes. Check out all new features released to date. Previous release: 2020.09 Feature Overview 2020.08 Feature Overview 2020.05 Feature Overview 2020.04 Feature Overview 2020.01 Feature Overview 2019.11/12 Feature Overview 2019.09 Feature Overview 2019.07 Feature Overview
  8. [Updated 25-Nov-2020] Version 2020.11 Update 1 (build 26.11.0.099) now available! We're pleased to announce the 2020.11 Update 1 release! This release introduces Articulation Maps, which are a universal way to deal with expressions/articulations in VST instruments or hardware MIDI instruments. Other enhancements include in-app activation/refresh, ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker when converting audio to MIDI or performing tempo extraction, Clips pane drawing and scrolling optimizations, project template enhancements, and much more, including over 50 bug fixes, all in keeping with our goal of making Cakewalk as reliable and enjoyable as possible. Thanks, The Bakers For new feature details, see New Features. Should you need to revert to the 2020.09 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2020.09 Rollback installer. Update Nov 25 2020: 2020.11 Update 1 (build 26.11.0.099) Note: If you are using a non-English version of 2020.11 Update 1 (build 26.11.0.098) and experience blank articulation map menu commands, please download and run the Cakewalk 2020.09 Rollback installer, then reinstall 2020.11 Update 1 (Help > Check for Updates). Enhancements: Extract Keyswitch Articulations You can now extract key-switches that already exist in a MIDI track and convert them to articulations. To extract keyswitches: Make sure the target articulation map has already been added to the project. Open the Piano Roll view for the track that contains the keyswitches. Right-click the left side of the Articulations pane, point to Extract Keyswitch Articulations, then select the target articulation map. Cakewalk will attempt to match events within the MIDI track to any articulations in the selected articulation map. The following rules apply: It will only extract generated MIDI events, not transforms. It will only extract key-switches based on Notes, Control Change, or Program Change events. When matching an articulation that generates multiple events, it will only match events if they are in the same MIDI clip. Replace an existing articulation map with a newer version Cakewalk now allows you to replace an existing articulation map with a newer/updated version of the same map. When a newer version of an articulation map is imported into a project, it is added as a new map instead of replacing the original map. To replace the old map with the new version, right-click the old map in the Articulation Map Editor’s Articulation Maps in Project section, then point to Replace with and select the new map. The Replace with submenu lists all other articulation maps currently within the project. Bug fixes Stability: App can hang on startup at the splash screen when checking for updates with unstable internet connection. Crash or failure to load a new sample in Drum Replacer. Crash when committing an arrangement containing sections from multiple Arranger tracks. Crash could occur when closing the app. Sporadic crash when Display Muted Takes in Parent Track is enabled. Fixed user reported crash on export audio. Fixed rare user reported crash after recording audio. Fixed rare user reported crash on export when VS100 requests a synth parameter. Fixed rare user reported crash when opening Arranger or Articulation Map dialogs. "Catastrophic failure" error could occur if a project contained an invalid arrangement section when attempting to export audio. Plug-ins: Track Names shown in plug-ins are truncated or show invalid characters after 2020.11 update. This was reported in Console One plug-ins, Izotope Neutron and Waves CLA Mix Hub. Waves CLA Mix Hub displays “Channel name contains illegal characters …” message on opening or saving projects in 2020.11 release. Tempo based effects and instruments were not being properly initialized when residing within the ProChannel or FX Chains. For example, Sonitus: FX Delay fails to get Host Tempo when in FX Chains. Articulation Maps: Articulations selected unexpectedly with lasso select when Select Track Articulations with Clips is disabled. Articulation maps fail to import if the map contains special characters such as “ as part of the map/group/articulation name. Insert Time not working correctly with articulations. Articulation map dialogs do not hide folders if their subfolders do not contain files that match the search filter. Apply articulations by group applies more than one group of articulations. Articulation Map Library does not refresh automatically after exporting a map to the library folder. Articulation resize fails if the Snap to Grid setting causes the section end to be snapped beyond the start of the next articulation section. Browse For Folder dialog box can open on incorrect display when importing articulations from a directory. Clicking on an empty space in the Clips pane selects articulations. Deleting an articulation from one track swaps to showing the articulations on another track. UI: Unable to resize an Arranger section in an inactive track to the left if there are sections to the left in the active Arranger track. Creating an Arranger section with a start time < 0 deletes other sections. Enable MIDI Output check box was missing from Insert Synth Options dialog when opened from the Synth Rack. Renaming a Patch Point fails to update the send name in the track strip of the Track view. Drag move of composite clip in track folders not working. Mouse cursor can change unexpectedly when hovering outside of a modal dialog. When clicking a note name in the Piano Roll Drum Grid to select all notes of that pitch, pressing the DELETE key does not delete the selected notes. Misc.: Export as Standard MIDI file did not respect the current track selection. Only allow refreshing activation state if an app update download isn't already underway. Don't show duplicate toasts when checking for updates. In-app updater: Download manager should prefer the update installer if installed version >= last public release and less than latest public release. 2020.11 Highlights Articulation Maps Articulation maps are a universal way to deal with expressions/articulations in VST instruments or hardware MIDI instruments that may be controlled by various methods including: Note “key switches” The velocity of a note Control change events Grouping of patches across different MIDI channels (e.g. legato strings patch on ch 1, pizzicato patch on ch 2, etc.) If you work with sample libraries and virtual instruments, articulation maps are sure to improve your MIDI and articulation/keyswitch workflow. Recreating a convincing performance with sample libraries and virtual instruments can be a difficult task. The process is made somewhat easier if the sampled instrument includes a range of performance articulations, which is commonly controlled via “keyswitches”. These are used to trigger different sample layers that contain the various performance options. Cakewalk's support for articulation maps make it easy to work with articulations and keyswitches. Articulation maps provide a much simpler way of switching articulations, without having to manually edit MIDI events in the track. All articulations appear neatly at the top of the PRV instead of spread across the Notes pane, which helps you to better visualize and edit the articulations and keyswitches. When recording, you can focus on the actual performance — getting the right notes, rather than building expression into the performance — then use articulations to add expression after the basic performance has been recorded. Adding articulations as part of the editing process is often easier than trying to play keyswitches in live via your keyboard. Articulations do either, or both, of the following: Trigger new MIDI events (create ‘MIDI Events’ in the Articulation Map Editor) Alter existing MIDI events (create ‘MIDI Transforms’ in the Articulation Map Editor) Articulations that are added to MIDI and Instrument tracks are automatically applied during playback. Cakewalk includes a few general-purpose articulation maps that let you experiment with the feature. You can create your own articulation maps, or download maps for orchestra libraries and virtual instruments. Cakewalk can import Cubase expression maps, so you can get started quickly by downloading maps for popular instrument libraries such as Vienna Symphonic Library, Garritan, Kontakt, etc. In-app activation You can now activate Cakewalk directly from within the app, without requiring BandLab Assistant. Cakewalk must be activate once every 6 months. When starting Cakewalk for the first time, if the app has not yet been activated via BandLab assistant, you will be presented with a BandLab sign-in dialog box. After signing in, Cakewalk will automatically activate itself. You must use your BandLab user name in the sign-in prompt, not your email address. Please note that sign-in is completely optional and only used to activate Cakewalk independently from BandLab Assistant. Sign-in currently does not support Single sign-on. If you do not have your BandLab username and password, please use BandLab Assistant to perform activation. Activation will occur automatically when launching the app if it is in the “grace period”, the period that begins when you see the timeout toast notification asking you to sign in to BandLab to activate soon. Under normal circumstances, activation will require no manual user intervention going forward, beyond the initial sign-in. Note that an Internet connection is required for performing activation as described above but not required for general Cakewalk usage. Offline activation is also an option, which requires use of BandLab Assistant to submit an offline activation request. You can force an activation refresh with the Help > Refresh Activation command. ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker (pre-release) When converting audio to MIDI by dragging an audio clip to a MIDI track, or performing tempo extraction by dragging an audio clip to the time ruler, you can now select the desired algorithm. Note: The algorithm picker is a pre-release feature and will only be visible if you are running Melodyne 5 and higher. VST instruments can use custom instrument definitions Some VST instruments do not expose their patch list, either because they are emulating a hardware device and solely rely on MIDI bank select/program changes, or in the case of library hosts such as Kontakt, they have no fixed list of instruments - in other words its up to the user to choose their instrument mapping. You can now use any instrument definition with a VSTi from a new drop-down menu in the Patch Browser dialog box (click Patch Browser in the Inspector). If < default for instrument > is selected, then the patches are retrieved from the VSTi as normal, otherwise the patch list is taken from the selected instrument definition. Piano Roll view enhancements Piano Roll view Note drawing now automatically switches direction as necessary during the gesture (left to right or right to left). Open Piano Roll view when double-clicking white space on a MIDI or Instrument track. VST enhancements Updated to VST3 SDK 3.7.0 Support MIDI CCs via VST3 MIDI output (must also be supported by the plug-in itself; allows generative MIDI out VST3 plug-ins such as the Reason Rack plug-in to send MIDI CCs to Cakewalk) Support channel aftertouch sent from VST3 plugins Misc. enhancements Application memory footprint has been reduced (dynamic VST Plug-in Buffer sizes) In prior versions of Cakewalk, cached plug-in buffers would be allocated at a size of 32K samples irrespective of the audio buffer size. This gets quite expensive when you have a project with hundreds of plug-ins especially with plug-ins having multiple inputs and outputs. Plug-in buffer sizes are now dynamically adjusted to be based on the audio buffer size rather than an arbitrary max limit. This makes a big difference in projects running at low latency buffers. Support for mono only ASIO input devices Cakewalk now supports ASIO devices with a single mono input, such as the iRig Pro. Relative resizing of selected tracks You can resize all selected tracks to the same size, or by a relative amount, by using the following modifiers: SHIFT+drag resizes all selected tracks to the same size CTRL+drag resizes all selected tracks by the same amount relative to their current size ARA updates Cakewalk supports the latest ARA SDK from Celemony. Adjust split point on a single Take lane If you have several clips in a track with a common split point, the Move Split Point tool always moves all the split points together. To move only the split point on a single lane, hold down the ALT key when using the Move Split Point tool. CTRL-click Duplicate Track button to specify settings To specify settings when duplicating a track, hold down the CTRL key and click the Duplicate Track button . Allow track FX bin to be bypassed via control surfaces rather than just individual FX In addition to individual effects, entire track FX Racks can now be bypassed via control surfaces. Passing an FX index of -1 (65535) will bypass the entire track FX Rack. The Mackie Control surface has been updated to use M1+Select button to toggle track FX Rack bypass. Update installer has option to launch Cakewalk When installing an update from within Cakewalk, you can now choose to automatically relaunch Cakewalk after the installation completes. New Project File dialog improvements The New Project File dialog box (File > New) now lets you specify folder paths, tempo, meter, bit depth, and sample rate settings for the -- No Tracks or Buses -- option (previously named -- Blank Project --). File Stats improvements When starting a new project from a project template, the File Stats window in the Notes Browser now start the Editing Time and Revision counters at 0. To reset the file stats, right-click in the File Stats window and select Reset File Stats. Early Access Notifications Cakewalk now presents a toast notification when an Early Access build is available. Early Access builds are completely optional, providing access to the next version of Cakewalk before its official release. Optimizations Clips pane drawing and scrolling optimizations Major optimizations to clips view drawing to eliminate redundant drawing of clips. Projects with tracks containing many Take lanes with muted clips now draw and scroll more than 20x faster. Scrolling with Display Muted Takes In Parent Track enabled now has almost similar performance to having that option disabled. Waveform drawing is now optimized for faster drawing. Note: The Display Muted Takes In Parent Track option now defaults to OFF for new installations. Bus pane optimizations Drawing and mouse handling in the Bus pane has been optimized to prevent audio glitches and late buffers Bug fixes Stability Crash on insert of Track Template Crash on Delete Hole of project Crash closing project after loading track template containing VST3 synth Crash when loading project with Melodyne via Play List Crash when deleting Vienna Synchron User reported crash when looping audio clip User Reported Crash with the Play List Random crashes with dead pointers when step recording Crash when displaying dropout toast message Intermittent crashes in Arranger Track nullptr crash in Staff view Adding ProChannel Track Compressor on surround bus crashes UI CTRL-click Duplicate Track button should bring up Duplicate Track(s) dialog Hidden Clips can be edited in Track view Mute Tool operates on hidden clips in Track Select Tool selecting invisible muted clips when Display Muted Clips In Parent Track is unchecked Scrolling view left while dragging note causes PRV to fail to Snap By Center on Now Time with Keyboard Zoom only works if Mouse Zoom is set to Now Time Sluggish Scrolling in project Enable/Disable Read Automation shortcut not working Replace Synth can fail to rename track Unexpected changes to track input when using MIDI transformation synths Hiding icons in Synth Rack causes alignment error Enabling MIDI Out on some synths causes all synths to appear in MIDI Input picker Track view would steal focus back after clicking on an Arranger section Disallow Step Record during playback Add performance warning when disabling Only for Inputs in Project option in Preferences > Project - Record Arranger Section Rename can unexpectedly run into Browser F2 Rename on Section Headers does not always work Section Rename could occasionally hang the application Section menus would occasionally not dismiss resulting in multiple menus being displayed Setting now time in arranger during playback doesn't respect the Set Time During Playback click behavior Clicking away from Rename of section causes Windows "ping" Arranger not automatically fixing overlapping sections in some circumstances ALT+mouse wheel zoom unavailable in Arranger track Arranger picker fails to open after clicking away from menu Arranger menu commands could sometimes fail to execute Arranger section move should include data during playback Arranger section move is now blocked during record Arranger labels now support Unicode characters Misc. Moving mouse over Bus pane causes audio glitches and late buffers ARA projects redundantly saving document controller state for deleted items in undo history Projects created using Cyrillic characters in the audio file names, fail to load on a system using a different language pack Cannot enter the "ö" character using a non-English keyboard layout in Lyrics view Ripple Paste not always working after cut Clip fails to split during existing fade if Auto Crossfades is enabled Slow Cakewalk startup time when using MackieControl.dll Export Audio doesn't work when exporting from a surround bus Improve handling for "Blank Project" in File > New Step Record can glitch with instruments that have long tails when Auto Advance is enabled Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record causes wave file creation when adding certain VST3 plug-ins Temporary files for Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record can be created in wrong folder Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record causes Instrument track audio to fail to record Setting multiple tracks to the same input can cause record to fail if Allow Arm Changes during Playback/Record is enabled When Automation lanes are visible in the Bus pane, the drop target for reordering gets interfered with causing misplacement BandLab Login can appear on incorrect monitor Latest release notes are here. See prior release notes. Check out all new features released to date.
  9. @Sailor55 Does this happen with all projects, or just a specific project? As Noel requested, please send us the project file so we can investigate. I wonder if this has anything to do with tack focus. Can you open the PRV Track pane (press H or go to View > Show/Hide Track Pane). Does it make a difference if Auto Focus is enabled or disabled? If you have View > Only Show Articulations for Active Track enabled, see if it make a difference when disabled.
  10. [Updated 5-Nov-2020] 2020.10 Release Candidate (RC) installer now available! We plan to release version 2020.10 very soon, pending any last minute critical issues reported by testers. In the meantime, we wanted to make an updated build available to you immediately in case you are affected by the following issues in EA3. Please especially check recording and verify that arranger and articulation menus and commands now work properly. Articulation Maps: Crash when undoing Apply Articulations with transforms & no MIDI events Articulation chase mode is overwritten on save Articulation transforms don't always chase correctly Articulation transforms don’t always work properly with CC events Articulation map and Arranger labels don't display Unicode characters properly Undoing apply articulations with transforms with no MIDI events could crash VST: Updated to VST3 SDK 3.7.0 Support MIDI CCs via VST3 MIDI output (allows generative MIDI out VST3 plug-ins such as the Reason Rack plug-in to send MIDI CCs to Cakewalk) Support channel aftertouch sent from VST3 plugins Misc: Support ASIO devices with a single mono input such as the iRig Pro Setting multiple tracks to the same input can cause record to fail if Allow Arm Changes during Playback/Record is enabled Arranger picker fails to open after clicking away from menu Arranger picker fails to open after clicking away from menu Arranger and articulation map menus could fail to dismiss resulting in multiple menus stuck on screen Arranger menu and articulation dialog commands could sometimes fail to execute Arranger section move should include data during playback Arranger section move is now blocked during record Arranger and articulation map labels now support Unicode characters When automation lanes are visible in the Bus pane, the drop target for reordering gets interfered with causing misplacement BandLab Login can appear on incorrect monitor Installer should now automatically relaunch application after an in-app update Download Cakewalk 2020.10 RC installer Our sincerest thanks to those of you who have provided feedback on Early Access 1 & 2 - your support this week has been fantastic! We've addressed all issues reported by Early Access 1 & 2 testers and found opportunities for additional refinements as well. We invite you to try out the latest updates in EA3. Please note that Early Access installers are update installers, which only update from a specific version. To install the 2020.10 EA3 build, you must be on the latest public release of 2020.09 or 2020.10 Early Access 2. The 2020.10 EA3 build can be downloaded and installed from within Cakewalk by going to Help > Check for Updates, then clicking the Download Now link in the "Early Access Available" toast notification. Should you need to revert from the 2020.10 EA3 or RC build to the public 2020.09 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2020.09 Rollback installer. If you haven't already done so, please read about the Early Access Program before participating. Thanks again for your participation! The Bakers New in Early Access 3 Articulation Maps: Articulation key switches with high note values were sent after MIDI clip notes when chasing Drag moving a clip that contains a partially selected articulation section fails to move all articulations Dragging a clip with Select Track Articulations with Clip enabled causes selection to change unexpectedly Articulation Map Editor changes: "MIDI Events" section has been renamed to "Generate New MIDI Events" "MIDI Transforms" section has been renamed to "Transform Existing MIDI Events" Generated note events have option to follow the track's MIDI channel The Transpose check box now ONLY affects the ability to transpose pitch Articulation Maps.pdf Misc: Crash when drawing controller events in the Piano Roll view New in Early Access 2 Behavior Changes: Piano Roll view Note drawing now automatically switches direction as necessary during the gesture (left to right or right to left). Open Piano Roll view when double-clicking white space on a MIDI or Instrument track. The Display Muted Takes in Parent Track Track view View menu option defaults to ON (it was OFF for Early Access 1). Articulation Maps: Articulation Map Editor changes: Articulation Maps section has been renamed to Articulation Map Library. Remove file icons to preserve horizontal space. Horizontal scrollbars for list boxes and tree view to accommodate long names. Tooltips for map, group and articulation list items. Ability to specify the chase mode for each triggered MIDI Event. Folders with empty subfolder were not shown in the Articulation Map Library section. Table rows should not be selectable while "Add From MIDI" is waiting. Some expression maps were being imported properly if they contained a mix of Cubase v10 and legacy entries. The Import command now imports maps into the global library instead of the project, and you can import from files or folders. The logic is as follows: Import From File: You are presented with an Open File dialog, followed by a Choose Destination Directory dialog (defaults to the Articulation Maps folder). Import From Directory: You are presented with a Choose Source Directory dialog, followed by a Choose Destination Directory dialog (defaults to the Articulation Maps folder). The folder structure of the source directory will be replicated in the destination directory, with the destination folders containing the converted articulation maps. Fixed various crashes. When drag/dropping clips with articulations selected, articulations ended up in the wrong stream. New Select Track Articulations with Clips option to Track view Options menu. When enabled, selecting a clip will also select any overlapping track articulations. Articulation section Merge command was available when only one articulation was selected. Ability to set the MIDI channel of articulation events via the articulation context menu. Inconsistencies in the MIDI channel being set for triggered articulation events between normal play, chase, MIDI file export and the Apply Articulations command. The rules are as follows: If the triggered event has Transpose selected. then the MIDI channel should be set to the Track's forced MIDI Channel (if set), or the MIDI channel of the Articulation Section event. If the triggered event does NOT have Transpose selected, then the MIDI channel should be what is set for the triggered event as defined within the Articulation Map Editor. Misc: Localization: Resources have been updated for all supported languages (still English text). Crash when loading project with Melodyne via Play List. Crash when deleting Vienna Synchron. Track view would steal focus back after clicking on an Arranger section. Pressing F2 to rename Arranger sections does not always work. Unable to edit MIDI Channel in Event List view. Disallow Step Record during playback. Step Record can glitch with instruments that have long tails when Auto Advance is enabled. Random crashes with dead pointers when step recording. Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record causes wave file creation when adding certain VST3 plug-ins. Temporary files for Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record can be created in wrong folder. Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record causes Synth Track audio to fail to record. Add performance warning when disabling Only for Inputs in Project option in Preferences > Project - Record. View list of updates in Early Access 1
  11. [CLOSED] 2020.10 Early Access 2 (EA2) installer now available! [UPDATE 30-Oct-2020: Cakewalk 2020.10 Early Access 3 is now available] Our sincerest thanks to those of you who have provided feedback on Early Access 1 - your support this week has been fantastic! We've addressed all issues reported by Early Access 1 testers and found opportunities for additional refinements as well. We invite you to try out the latest updates in EA2. Please note that Early Access installers are update installers, which only update from a specific version. To install the 2020.10 EA2 build, you must be on the latest public release of 2020.09 or 2020.10 Early Access 1. The 2020.10 EA2 build can be downloaded and installed from within Cakewalk by going to Help > Check for Updates, then clicking the Download Now link in the "Early Access Available" toast notification. Download Cakewalk 2020.10 EA2 installer Should you need to revert from the 2020.10 EA2 build to the public 2020.09 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2020.09 Rollback installer. If you haven't already done so, please read about the Early Access Program before participating. Thanks again for your participation! The Bakers New in Early Access 2 Behavior Changes: Piano Roll view Note drawing now automatically switches direction as necessary during the gesture (left to right or right to left). Open Piano Roll view when double-clicking white space on a MIDI or Instrument track. The Display Muted Takes in Parent Track Track view View menu option defaults to ON (it was OFF for Early Access 1). Articulation Maps: Articulation Map Editor changes: Articulation Maps section has been renamed to Articulation Map Library. Remove file icons to preserve horizontal space. Horizontal scrollbars for list boxes and tree view to accommodate long names. Tooltips for map, group and articulation list items. Ability to specify the chase mode for each triggered MIDI Event. Folders with empty subfolder were not shown in the Articulation Map Library section. Table rows should not be selectable while "Add From MIDI" is waiting. Some expression maps were being imported properly if they contained a mix of Cubase v10 and legacy entries. The Import command now imports maps into the global library instead of the project, and you can import from files or folders. The logic is as follows: Import From File: You are presented with an Open File dialog, followed by a Choose Destination Directory dialog (defaults to the Articulation Maps folder). Import From Directory: You are presented with a Choose Source Directory dialog, followed by a Choose Destination Directory dialog (defaults to the Articulation Maps folder). The folder structure of the source directory will be replicated in the destination directory, with the destination folders containing the converted articulation maps. Fixed various crashes. When drag/dropping clips with articulations selected, articulations ended up in the wrong stream. New Select Track Articulations with Clips option to Track view Options menu. When enabled, selecting a clip will also select any overlapping track articulations. Articulation section Merge command was available when only one articulation was selected. Ability to set the MIDI channel of articulation events via the articulation context menu. Inconsistencies in the MIDI channel being set for triggered articulation events between normal play, chase, MIDI file export and the Apply Articulations command. The rules are as follows: If the triggered event has Transpose selected. then the MIDI channel should be set to the Track's forced MIDI Channel (if set), or the MIDI channel of the Articulation Section event. If the triggered event does NOT have Transpose selected, then the MIDI channel should be what is set for the triggered event as defined within the Articulation Map Editor. Articulation Maps.pdf Misc: Localization: Resources have been updated for all supported languages (still English text). Crash when loading project with Melodyne via Play List. Crash when deleting Vienna Synchron. Track view would steal focus back after clicking on an Arranger section. Pressing F2 to rename Arranger sections does not always work. Unable to edit MIDI Channel in Event List view. Disallow Step Record during playback. Step Record can glitch with instruments that have long tails when Auto Advance is enabled. Random crashes with dead pointers when step recording. Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record causes wave file creation when adding certain VST3 plug-ins. Temporary files for Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record can be created in wrong folder. Allow Arm Changes During Playback/Record causes Synth Track audio to fail to record. Add performance warning when disabling Only for Inputs in Project option in Preferences > Project - Record. View list of updates in Early Access 1
  12. [CLOSED] 2020.10 Early Access installer now available! [UPDATE 30-Oct-2020: Cakewalk 2020.10 Early Access 3 is now available] We're pleased to announce Early Access for 2020.10! This release introduces Articulation Maps, which are a universal way to deal with expressions/articulations in VST instruments or hardware MIDI instruments. Other enhancements include in-app activation/refresh, ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker when converting audio to MIDI or performing tempo extraction, Clips pane drawing and scrolling optimizations, project template enhancements, and much more, including over 40 bug fixes. Please note that the ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker is a pre-release feature and will only be visible if you are running a beta of the upcoming Melodyne 5 release. We'd love for you to check it out before we drop the official public version. This time we're also providing an easy rollback installer should you need to quickly revert to the last public release for any reason. Please note that Early Access installers are update installers, which only update from a specific version. To install the 2020.10 Early Access build, you must be on the latest public release of 2020.09. The 2020.10 Early Access build can be downloaded and installed from within Cakewalk by going to Help > Check for Updates, then clicking the Download Now link in the "Early Access Available" toast notification. Download Cakewalk 2020.10 EA installer Should you need to revert to the 2020.09 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2020.09 Rollback installer. If you haven't already done so, please read about the Early Access Program before participating. Thanks again for your participation! The Bakers 2020.10 Highlights New features Articulation Maps Articulation maps are a universal way to deal with expressions/articulations in VST instruments or hardware MIDI instruments that may be controlled by various methods including: Note “key switches” The velocity of a note Control change events Grouping of patches across different MIDI channels (e.g. legato strings patch on ch 1, pizzicato patch on ch 2, etc.) If you work with sample libraries and virtual instruments, articulation maps are sure to improve your MIDI and articulation/keyswitch workflow. Recreating a convincing performance with sample libraries and virtual instruments can be a difficult task. The process is made somewhat easier if the sampled instrument includes a range of performance articulations, which is commonly controlled via “keyswitches”. These are used to trigger different sample layers that contain the various performance options. Cakewalk's support for articulation maps make it easy to work with articulations and keyswitches. Articulation maps provide a much simpler way of switching articulations, without having to manually edit MIDI events in the track. All articulations appear neatly at the top of the PRV instead of spread across the Notes pane, which helps you to better visualize and edit the articulations and keyswitches. When recording, you can focus on the actual performance — getting the right notes, rather than building expression into the performance — then use articulations to add expression after the basic performance has been recorded. Adding articulations as part of the editing process is often easier than trying to play keyswitches in live via your keyboard. Articulations do either, or both, of the following: Trigger new MIDI events (create ‘MIDI Events’ in the Articulation Map Editor) Alter existing MIDI events (create ‘MIDI Transforms’ in the Articulation Map Editor) Articulations that are added to MIDI and Instrument tracks are automatically applied during playback. Cakewalk includes a few general-purpose articulation maps that let you experiment with the feature. You can create your own articulation maps, or download maps for orchestra libraries and virtual instruments. Cakewalk can import Cubase expression maps, so you can get started quickly by downloading maps for popular instrument libraries such as Vienna Symphonic Library, Garritan, Kontakt, etc. For detailed info, see the attached PDF. Articulation Maps.pdf In-app activation You can now activate Cakewalk directly from within the app, without requiring BandLab Assistant. Cakewalk must be activate once every 6 months. When starting Cakewalk for the first time, if the app has not yet been activated via BandLab assistant, you will be presented with a BandLab sign-in dialog box. After signing in, Cakewalk will automatically activate itself. You must use your BandLab user name in the sign-in prompt, not your email address. Please note that sign-in is completely optional and only used to activate Cakewalk independently from BandLab Assistant. Sign-in currently does not support Single sign-on. If you do not have your BandLab username and password, please use BandLab Assistant to perform activation. Activation will occur automatically when launching the app if it is in the “grace period”, the period that begins when you see the timeout toast notification asking you to sign in to BandLab to activate soon. Under normal circumstances, activation will require no manual user intervention going forward, beyond the initial sign-in. Note that an Internet connection is required for performing activation as described above but not required for general Cakewalk usage. Offline activation is also an option, which requires use of BandLab Assistant to submit an offline activation request. You can force an activation refresh with the Help > Refresh Activation command. ARA/Melodyne algorithm picker (pre-release) When converting audio to MIDI by dragging an audio clip to a MIDI track, or performing tempo extraction by dragging an audio clip to the time ruler, you can now select the desired algorithm. Note: The algorithm picker will only work on Melodyne 5 and higher. VST instruments can use custom instrument definitions Some VST instruments do not expose their patch list, either because they are emulating a hardware device and solely rely on MIDI bank select/program changes, or in the case of library hosts such as Kontakt, they have no fixed list of instruments - in other words its up to the user to choose their instrument mapping. You can now use any instrument definition with a VSTi from a new drop-down menu in the Patch Browser dialog box (click Patch Browser in the Inspector). If < default for instrument > is selected, then the patches are retrieved from the VSTi as normal, otherwise the patch list is taken from the selected instrument definition. Enhancements Application memory footprint has been reduced (dynamic VST Plug-in Buffer sizes) In prior versions of Cakewalk, cached plug-in buffers would be allocated at a size of 32K samples irrespective of the audio buffer size. This gets quite expensive when you have a project with hundreds of plug-ins especially with plug-ins having multiple inputs and outputs. Plug-in buffer sizes are now dynamically adjusted to be based on the audio buffer size rather than an arbitrary max limit. This makes a big difference in projects running at low latency buffers. Relative resizing of selected tracks You can resize all selected tracks to the same size, or by a relative amount, by using the following modifiers: SHIFT+drag resizes all selected tracks to the same size CTRL+drag resizes all selected tracks by the same amount relative to their current size ARA updates Cakewalk supports the latest ARA SDK from Celemony. Adjust split point on a single Take lane If you have several clips in a track with a common split point, the Move Split Point tool always moves all the split points together. To move only the split point on a single lane, hold down the ALT key when using the Move Split Point tool. CTRL-click Duplicate Track button to specify settings To specify settings when duplicating a track, hold down the CTRL key and click the Duplicate Track button . Allow track FX bin to be bypassed via control surfaces rather than just individual FX In addition to individual effects, entire track FX Racks can now be bypassed via control surfaces. Passing an FX index of -1 (65535) will bypass the entire track FX Rack. The Mackie Control surface has been updated to use M1+Select button to toggle track FX Rack bypass. Update installer has option to launch Cakewalk When installing an update from within Cakewalk, you can now choose to automatically launch Cakewalk after the installation completes. New Project File dialog improvements The New Project File dialog box (File > New) now lets you specify folder paths, tempo, meter, bit depth, and sample rate settings for the -- No Tracks or Buses -- option (previously named -- Blank Project --). File Stats improvements When starting a new project from a project template, the File Stats window in the Notes Browser now start the Editing Time and Revision counters at 0. To reset the file stats, right-click in the File Stats window and select Reset File Stats. Early Access Notifications Cakewalk now presents a toast notification when an Early Access build is available. Early Access builds are completely optional, providing access to the next version of Cakewalk before its official release. There's a good chance you're reading this as a result of an Early Access toast! Optimizations Clips pane drawing and scrolling optimizations Major optimizations to clips view drawing to eliminate redundant drawing of clips. Projects with tracks containing many Take lanes with muted clips now draw and scroll more than 20x faster. Scrolling with Display Muted Takes In Parent Track enabled now has almost similar performance to having that option disabled. Waveform drawing is now optimized for faster drawing. Note: The Display Muted Takes In Parent Track option now defaults to OFF for new installations. Bus pane optimizations Drawing and mouse handling in the Bus pane has been optimized to prevent audio glitches and late buffers Bug fixes Stability Crash on insert of Track Template Crash on Delete Hole of project Crash closing project after loading track template containing VST3 synth User reported crash when looping audio clip User Reported Crash with the Play List Crash when displaying dropout toast message Intermittent crashes in Arranger Track nullptr crash in Staff view Adding ProChannel Track Compressor on surround bus crashes UI CTRL-click Duplicate Track button should bring up duplicate track dialog Hidden Clips can be edited in Track view Mute Tool operates on hidden clips in Track Select Tool selecting invisible muted clips when Display Muted Clips In Parent Track is unchecked Scrolling view left while dragging note causes PRV to fail to Snap By Center on Now Time with Keyboard Zoom only works if Mouse Zoom is set to Now Time Sluggish Scrolling in project Enable/Disable Read Automation shortcut not working Replace Synth can fail to rename track Unexpected changes to track input when using MIDI transformation synths Hiding icons in Synth Rack causes alignment error Enabling MIDI Out on some synths causes all synths to appear in MIDI Input picker Arranger Section Rename can unexpectedly run into Browser F2 Rename on Section Headers does not always work Section Rename could occasionally hang the application Section menus would occasionally not dismiss resulting in multiple menus being displayed Setting now time in arranger during playback doesn't respect the Set Time During Playback click behavior Clicking away from Rename of Section causes Windows "ping" Arranger not automatically fixing overlapping sections in some circumstances ALT+mouse wheel zoom unavailable in Arranger track Misc. Moving mouse over Bus pane causes audio glitches and late buffers ARA projects redundantly saving document controller state for deleted items in undo history Projects created using Cyrillic characters in the audio file names, fail to load on a system using a different language pack Cannot enter the "ö" character using a non-English keyboard layout in Lyrics View Ripple Paste not always working after cut Clip fails to split during existing fade if Auto Crossfades is enabled. Slow Cakewalk startup time when using MackieControl.dll Export Audio doesn't work when exporting from a surround bus Improve handling for "Blank Project" in File > New
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