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Alan Tubbs

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  1. True that. I actually like the fact there are usually no glitches when loading in the latest updates. Still, I want some excitement and if bandlab releases new products I will be berry happy.
  2. Sound on sound has done plenty of reviews of cake software. But there is nothing new to review, really, since bandlab bought out the software. That was the last big news to hang any writing on, and the last cake review I know of was in tape op talking about just that. If rapture pro 2 was released, or boardwalk by bandlab with large additions, the magazines would run reviews. But it it hard to write a new car review if all they’ve done is add new tires to last years model, no matter how smoothly it now rides. And as for the old complaint about money buying reviews, any publisher will look to review new products from advertisers. That is how the BUSINESS works. That doesn’t mean they will say 2+2= 5 or this $5 pre is a neve etc. If too many readers buy crap because of lies, guess what, they don’t buy your mag and your ad rates go down. Doubling your losses. That is how things work, not slipping money no one has under the table so a pet writer can waste their time trying to turn lead to gold. It is the same for any review writing, be it daws or cars or better home and gardens. So any conspiracy theories about payola is a an idiotic trope. Please stop. if bandlab releases new products they’ll get reviewed. Until there is something good to review more than stability fixes and ergonomics, any review would simply be plowing the same field. @ Ps writing on an iPad precludes a lot of easy editing, as you can tell from the copy.
  3. Audio for Video originally used 48 K because of bandwidth limitations of the tape speed. Sony and the other manufacturers came up with the audio cd standard that was minimally suitable. Human hearing extends up to 20K at best and you needed twice that rate according technically. So 44.1 was chosen. It is fine and conversion is mostly artifact free to whichever sample rate is required. Tho they simply doubled the speed for quality, Lavry makes a good argument that somewhere around a 60K sample rate is the best. It captures the best ratio of sound for the sample slope. A 96 K introduces its artifacts and is simply wasted bandwidth, tho that isn’t much of a problem these days with cheap storage. And the study is old and his boutique converters have always used the standard rates. I do think he offers some 64 k options. Many pros, esp. the international studios use 96 k standard. A local studio that sounds excellent uses 44.1. The room and analog input chain rank way above which sample rate you use. @
  4. Funny, I was just visiting w a studio and the owner brought up waves from a few years ago where they would book an hour and check your system for cracked waves. Then send bills and threaten owners. Nice studio you got there, shame if a lawyer happened to it.
  5. Synths usually have built in effects. Acoustic recordings have room tone built in, which usually includes short reverb ( unless you are queen and live in a big ole castle). So I usually just add a reverb buss like above for vox and lead stuff. And use a nice convolution reverb. Use the best you have, it does make a difference. Kinda like using a condenser rather than dynamic mike for better detail and discrimination.
  6. Record it well and the mix chain becomes less vital. Cheap mxl ribbon or a 47 into an RND II Chanel strip is sweet for guitar (as is just about anything going thru the Rupert Neve design unit), with the bass going into a tone beast di with a hint of saturation or just a nice round tone if that is called for. That makes mixing easy, when you are mostly cutting out frequencies to make the song work, not the individual sounds “better.” (The pc channel has an excellent eq). And guitars thru a buss with the ssl buss comp strapped on - my favorite use for virtual comp. and another buss for “lead” instruments (vocal and guitar usually) so they sound like they occupy the same sonic space. @
  7. Try analog transformer(s) when recording.
  8. Actually, band lab was downloading so slowly I thought it was broke. It was just soooo sloooow.
  9. it looks like it is a busy fri night for the servers. BL Assistant wasn't froze, but pretty slow.
  10. I was trying to get Rapture Pro back and ended up deleting Cakewalk. Now Bandlab assistant will only let me choose to install Melodyne and the Theme editor. No ability to add Cakewalk itself. Anyone have this problem.
  11. The cheaper version, the rx15, didn’t include midi out though it had the jack. It wouldn’t output midi. That drove me crazy until I figured that out. And the manuals are unintentionally funny with the translation.
  12. One of the things that can add space is a nice “live” recording or two mixed in with the soft stuff. I know, many of us do that. I guess any one doing vocals. But VA only instrumentation makes it hard to add air to a soundscape naturally. Unlike a lead guitar with some room tone, or a persistent backing horn, or thick backing vocals. The better the room the better the gear and better the engineer makes for a better capture of your real, personal air, but most rooms can be arranged to be fairly neutral and most modern recording equipment is up to the task. We have all heard home produced stuff that sounds radio ready. just as Craig has advised to add a live cymbal to virtual drums, loops etc for rhythmic purposes, a live capture track or two can provide real tone and air.
  13. Wants ni get their claws into you .... hard to resist deals for you wait.
  14. The speculation is that rap pro will be a paid product, tho bandlab hasn’t said anything other than they hope to add older software plugs.
  15. Bingo. A lot of the emphasis of the matrix is arrangement, not performance. Hopefully bandlab will find the time to integrate it more into a performance tool, tho ableton has that wrapped up like pro tools is the standard for daws.
  16. I had forgotten about plasma fx. I got into cakewalk w plasma. And a fun effect that was very ... dynamic.
  17. I upgraded to Vegas 14? During Magic’s blowout and that is wonky now. All of a sudden I don’t have permission to access the old files. Vegas 7 still works but not with modern vid files which I used. To tell the truth I haven’t tried to fix Vegas just to make some changes in a past project, but that is the point. If you buy professional tools it is disappointing to spend the day mucking about trying to get them to work. I don’t do enough video to burn time-until I have to. im sure I can get those programs sorted out, it is just disappointing to have to. thanks Lynn.
  18. Are you sure magic is safe. My special purchase of Vegas doesn’t work now, and even my almost decades old Vegas 7 is wonky. Just be prepared to upgrade every year for another $200.
  19. Of course, if cakewalk had a Mac version they’d still be part of Roland since Roland wouldn’t have had to provide an Mac daw for their hardware products as well as the pc cake. Cakewalk tried and tried to make a Mac version but failed. Don’t expect one. Cakewalk should have made a p5 Mac version when they wrote that daw.
  20. I don’t know about bouncing a frozen track but you can copy a frozen track, put it on a separate track, then unfreeze the old track and archive it. Both same the same.
  21. As far as I know, no. The uad accelerator uses shark chips to run their emulations. They don’t drain your computer cpu.
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