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  1. I think your attempted fixes rule out that there's a problem with the external drives, because you get the same problem with different drives. It seems perhaps there's more of a processing bottleneck that's causing Cakewalk to take a long time converting the project into an exportable set of files. This could be any one of a number of things. Once this happened to me and it was because there was a blank CD-R in my optical drive. Go figure. Another user I worked with had similar problems to you and when he removed ASIO4ALL they went away. I doubt these are the culprits in our case but it just goes to show that if your computer gets hung up doing something you don't want it to do, it can slow down seemingly unrelated processes. Perhaps your best bet is to get support from Obedia.com. They're who I use for intractable Windows problems, they do a remote desktop probe and they've never failed to fix a problem. It costs $30 for 30 minutes of consultation (i.e., you "subscribe" for one month) but it's never taken them more than 10 minutes to solve whatever was ailing my computer.
  2. That's a great tip, to which I'd add one more variation: I often copy the vocal, and play around with Melodyne to create one or more harmony lines. Then, I learn the harmony lines, and sing them.
  3. ...which reminds me of the famous line from the movie Spice World, where the producer (IIRC) says: "That was absolutely perfect...without actually being any good."
  4. One more thing about pitch correction. I use pitch correction (admittedly, selectively) because it adds life to my music. Say what? Here's why: I can sing with more freedom, knowing that if a part were far better than other takes but there’s one bad note, pitch correction can fix that one note. It’s not necessary to re-record or punch, and potentially lose what made that take my favorite.
  5. I don't know what kind of keyboard controller you have, but some of them can function as a control surface.
  6. What many people don't realize is that even the Essential version can do polyphonic MIDI guitar. Yes, polyphonic. You can't edit polyphonic parts, but Melodyne will parse the MIDI data, which you can then use to trigger virtual instruments. You will have to clean up the part unless you play very cleanly, but simply deleting all notes shorter than a particular duration, and all notes under a certain velocity, will get rid of most of the glitches caused by false triggering. Like Jacques Boileau, I also use Melodyne with electric bass but let me explain why. The pitch of electric bass strings varies considerably as a note decays. There's nothing you can do with your playing to fix this, because bass strings are freaks of nature - they should be a lot longer than they are to produce notes that low in pitch, given a proper amount of string tension. Melodyne can even out those variations. This is important because at those low frequencies, the beating of the out-of-tune pitch with other instruments is noticeable. I even use Melodyne to do envelope-controlled flanging on drums. Melodyne can also move timing around. It's pretty awesome, actually.
  7. Are you perhaps thinking of VCA Channels? If so, perhaps the following will help. This article describes how to achieve VCA-like functionality in Cakewalk. This video describes a similar, but alternate, approach.
  8. Mark could probably give a definitive answer, but maybe if you created a symbolic link in the folder where Cakewalk does its auto-saves, and linked to a different drive, the files would be saved there?
  9. It's worth having a hard drive with nothing but installers, authorization codes, updates, and the like. Then you don't have to spend hours downloading. Sometimes installers still need to verify your existence onnline, but it still saves a huge amount of time and frustration.
  10. I wonder if running a Firewire adapter with Thunderbolt would be the most foolproof option. Wouldn't that "divorce" the Firewire from the PCs innards? I have no idea...just thinking out loud.
  11. I not only agree, but mastering within Cakewalk offers some advantages you won't have with a conventional stereo mastering program. I wrote about assembling and mastering an album using Cakewalk in this Sound on Sound column. You'll see why I think sometimes mastering in a DAW is the preferred way to go. As to peak levels, you need to consider what's called "true peak" instead of what the meters in Cakewalk show. Sometimes, the conversion from digital to analog can create levels higher than the digital signal itself (as to why, this seems like a good time to do a self-serving plug for my latest book, The Musician's Audio Handbook). True Peak meters, such as the Waves WLM or the (free) meter from Youlean, take this into account and give what the peak reading would be after digital-to-analog conversion. Streaming services have their own preferred standards for true peak values. Typically, it's -1 dB for most material, and -2 dB if the file's LUFS reading is relatively high, like -10 LUFS. Note that just because a streaming service says it wants audio that reads -14 LUFS (or whatever) doesn't mean you need to hit that level. You can master to whatever LUFS level you want, and submit it to a streaming service. They'll simply turn it down to reach their target LUFS. Hope this helps!
  12. But to be fair, after warning everyone I would be deleting the material eventually...and to copy the material if they wanted it, before it went away Anyway, the main reason I stopped by is that if anyone bought Max Your Mix!, there will be a free update coming out soon (around the end of November 2022). It includes new material about mixing with headphones, room simulation software, data compression and file exporting, how match levels in an album or collection of songs, and added information on mid-side processing, panning laws, and mix referencing/mix analysis tools (including in-depth information on the LUFS and LRA specifications). To get the free update, just use the same download code you used to download the original copy. Also, there may be an update to the Cakewalk tips book in the works for 2023. No guarantees, but stay tuned.
  13. If I were a plug-in developer, I'd recognize that since Cakewalk is free, it frees up more money for plug-ins. I'd pitch to the Cakewalk users as much as I could!
  14. If they're modeled basses, no. But if they're sampled, and left to decay instead of immediately going into a loop, this kind of pitch correction may make a major difference. However, that assumes someone didn't apply this technique before assigning notes to keys. When I did the bass expansion packs for Rapture, I flatted the pitches with Melodyne. To this day, I still use those basses for almost all my keyboard bass parts because not having pitch inconsistencies really cleans up the low end. Even very slight mistunings can cause phantom beat notes, because the frequency is so low.
  15. Maybe check the taskbar, and see if AT has a splash screen running (or some other dialog box) hidden behind something else?
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