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  1. Thanks John, yes I often use Audacity for batch processing and final trimming/tidying up of files but I have some very case-specific projects where I still use CW for a lot of exports to mp3 where I use VST FX processing first, so it's still useful for me to stay within CW for those instances.
  2. Actually I think I've done it after downloading Lame separately, thanks!
  3. I haven't delved too deeply into the external encoder. From what I've read, the LAME encoder is somehow incorporated into Cakewalk but does this mean you have to also download it separately if you want to configure it in the utility?
  4. I'd really like this feature too. I'm working on a project that involves bulk processing lots of exports and I have to change it to 320 every time. I'm pretty sure it used to recall the last used setting in a session before the recent update. And also would be nice to have the option to turn off the blue post-export notification! It's really good to see the export process being updated so thoroughly though, thank you!
  5. Thanks Colin, it's OK I'm happy to put in the work and create layered versions myself (in fact I've already made a good start on it). I just thought I'd check if there were any publicly available templates that would save me time. I'm pretty experienced with GIMP and Photoshop so I've already used a few colour shifting techniques but I'd like to get a bit more precise which is obviously easier when you can work on specific elements. Presumably the Cakewalk team have got these resources somewhere and seeing as how they already provide a theme editor it would be nice if they'd be willing to provide the icon templates to encourage more themers to give it a try (hint hint!)
  6. Is there any way of finding a set of image files for the default icons that are in a layered or transparent format? I want to change the colour scheme of the default Tungsten theme and I can kind of work around it using GIMP to alter certain aspects but when you're working with flattened images there's always going to be instances where manipulating them causes pixelation and artefacts. I know I could create my own icons from scratch but I'm so familiar with the default ones, I just want to change the colour scheme and it would be much easier to work with the original icons in layered format. I just wondered if Cakewalk have ever made the default UI icons publicly available?
  7. Love the latest build and all the great features that keep getting added, thank you! One thing I've noticed recently on my setup is that certain plugins (2 that I know for sure and I think there might have been 1 other) will have their GUI frozen or become blank after a certain time. The ones I know it happens on for me are Oeksound's Soothe 2 and Baby Audio's Smooth Operator. They start off working fine but after a random time, when I open their GUI it's either blank (like all whitespace) or it's visible but any real-time feedback (e.g. spectral movement or button animations etc) becomes frozen. The plugins still work but their GUI doesn't respond or update (happens on both VST2 and VST3). If I quit and restart they work fine again for a while. These 2 plugins are new for me and I see someone else reported the same issue in a CW Facebook group back in January, so it might not be from the last update. Soothe 2 has the option to turn off OpenGL but that doesn't help. I have a 3 monitor setup running on an Nvidia GT730 graphics card with all latest updates if that makes any difference.
  8. Bingo! That's perfect, thanks so much Mark. At first I thought it wasn't going to work as it still looks very 'stepped' while you're recording the write automation but as soon as you stop it automatically smooths the nodes out. Just what I need I've been a Sonar/CbB user for years but goes to show there's so much stuff under the hood that I'm just not aware of! Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions, now back to the music...
  9. Lol, I appreciate the help Will! I'll take a look at your Landmark nodes suggestion in a bit. That's something I wasn't really aware of for nodes. Trying to speed up my workflow by using a MIDI controller but I feel like I should just work around it for now and get stuff down. Before my middle-age turns to senility and becomes its own landmark node
  10. Thanks for the suggestion Josh but I just tried it with Snap on and off and it didn't help.
  11. I posted this issue here about problems when write automating envelopes using a control surface and getting a smooth envelope: It would be great to have the option to select a default envelope node style when recording write automation (e.g. jump/linear/fast curve/slow curve). Or at least to be able to highlight multiple envelope nodes and bulk change them all to a certain type. At present it's almost not worth using a control surface for this sort of thing and would make workflow so much easier! It also seems to show there's a bug when you right click to drag select a bunch of nodes and then press delete on the keyboard. It doesn't delete all the nodes you've highlighted and leaves a few behind that you have to right click select again and press delete a 2nd time.
  12. Thanks for the suggestion Nigel. I haven't used CAL scripts much before and I tried your suggestion but couldn't get it to do anything. The envelope is a volume envelope so I selected the active track, ran the CAL script and entered channel 7 then tried a variety of values for 'Delete every Nth event' but it didn't make any changes to the envelope at all. The envelope in question is just a write automated volume envelope for that track so I'm not even sure that it is channel 7 as it's not MIDI information. The Event view for that track shows 'n/a' under the Channel heading for all envelope nodes so maybe CAL is no use in this instance? This method I had more success with. Although I've used Cakewalk/Sonar for years I guess I've become accustomed to a certain workflow and never really used the draw tool before! So it looks like the best way for me to do this is to do a write automated pass using my X-Touch Mini to get a basic idea of where the changes in the envelope need to be, then use the draw tool to manually draw over it all and smooth it out by hand. I'll need to make sure I get rid of every node in the original envelope as even leaving a small jump in the original envelope will cause a click in the audio. Seems a bit of a hack but at least it should achieve a result! Thanks for the ideas :)
  13. I'm trying out using an X-Touch Mini controller to record an automation envelope for a soft synth. What I'm trying to achieve is a smooth volume envelope that moves up and down through the track. After I've done a pass with write automation enabled, what I end up with can be seen in the attached image. So basically lots of 'jump' nodes when what I really want is them all to be 'linear' for a smoother transition. When I listen back on headphones I can hear lots of very subtle clicks each time it passes a jump node. So firstly is it possible to set default write automation nodes as 'linear' instead of 'jump'? Or is there another way to achieve this? I thought I might be able to bulk select a group of nodes and change them all to linear but that doesn't seem possible unless I've missed something. The only workaround I've found is to kind of manually average out sections by looking for linear places and delete lots of nodes and replace them with one long linear line. But not only is it a pain to do over long tracks (and kind of defeats the purpose of the more natural method of gradually turning a physical knob or slider) but it seems quite buggy. I'll highlight an area with lots of nodes by right clicking and dragging then press delete on the keyboard only to see that it doesn't delete all the nodes I selected. Say I mass select 40 nodes and click delete, it leaves behind maybe 10 of them that I then have to highlight again and delete.
  14. I get this too. Follow the same steps as Helene reported, e.g. I insert Kontakt, arm record and my inputs then switch to this (see attached image). I always have to remember to double check the inputs or I end up with all sorts of weirdness after recording a take (e.g. doubled up recorded notes and clips etc.)
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