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  1. On a single track, you are not going to hear a discernible difference between 44/16, 48/24 or even 96/24. Some soft synths will render better at higher sample rates, but it greatly depends on the source material the synth uses (samples, for example), and how the synth generates audio. Where you will hear a difference is when mixing your tracks together. At higher sample rates you will have more headroom, which can help to keep the mix from sounding closed in. With good mixing skills and proper gain staging, this won't matter much, if at all, but it can certainly help open up a dense mix. Dan
  2. Cakewalk by Bandlab does not come with any of the old instruments that were licensed for the discontinued Sonar. You'll either need to buy into a different DAW that comes with bundled instruments, or build your own library. Most of the available free stuff is okay, but not great, but it will get you started. Try searching on KVR. Dan
  3. Thanks David. I did not know drum maps were that complex. In any case, as you point out, it is still more practical to use separate tracks and move notes from track to track if keyswitches aren't available. I mean, you would have to create a separate drum map for every instrument that uses a different preset for each articulation, remap the notes and make sure the various tracks are octave-switched. That's a ton of work, IMO. Dan
  4. As far as I am aware, you can create an articulation map using a drum map, but there is no way to map notes to different tracks. Drum maps simply give you labels for the articulations on the keyboard so you know where they are, they are not expression maps. The easiest way to do it is exactly like you said: have a group of tracks with the various articulations and move notes between them. I generally pick the most generic articulation to compose with just to get the music down. Then make another pass to manually edit note placement, articulation, modulation, volume and so on. Dan
  5. Sound good! What are you using for the IR's? Dan
  6. Absolutely. I generally don't track with plugins so totally forgot this could also be a possibility. Dan
  7. There are two forms of latency that could be affecting you, one you can't do much about, the second, you can, but it has a price. Midi latency is the time it takes for the midi signal to go from your keyboard, though the midi interface and then be recognized by your DAW. Audio latency is the time that it takes for the DAW to trigger the sound you want from the midi signal that was received, and then actually hear it. Midi latency can only be changed by using better midi interfaces. They are not all created equal and, in many cases, a stand-alone midi interface will have better response times than one built-in to an audio interface. However, this latency is generally pretty small and may not be worth the cost of additional hardware. It reallydepends on whether the built-in midi interface works well enough to put your midi notes where you play them on the piano roll. Audio latency you can do a lot about: Try lowering your audio buffers. If the audio starts to break up or you get dropouts, you've lowered them too far or your PC needs more optimizations. Record @ 24/96. This will greatly reduce latency, but the cost will be much larger audio files when recording. If storage space is not an issue, and your disk(s) are fast enough to support it, try this. Dan
  8. You can install each library wherever you want. Some sample libraries need faster disk than others, so those should go on an SSD, but not everything has to. Dan
  9. Kontakt is a sampler. As such it can play sample libraries that are Kontakt-compatible. It is the most common library format out there, at the moment. When you purchase Komplete, you get several Kontakt libraries in the package. However, the big benefit is, once you have Kontakt, you can buy Kontakt libraries from many other vendors. Dan
  10. Chris Hein's instruments are very well done. Lots of articulations to let you put together a pretty real sounding track. This compact version is missing a bunch of those articulations, so it's a whole lot less flexible than the complete instrument set. Session Horns Pro is easier to use, but it limits what you can do by that very simplicity. Dan
  11. Totally get that. I just think it is good practice to run all signal to a single bus before you hit the hardware outputs. If done correctly, there should be no difference between the hardware output and the final summing bus, whatever you call it. Dan
  12. It's good that you checked all of that, but there really should not be any difference between the Master bus output and the hardware outputs. With experience, you'll come to see that this is one area where Cakewalk does really well. Dan
  13. My guess is that you have some tracks not getting routed to the master bus, which is why when you export the master it sounds different. It really is fairly straightforward. Regards, Dan
  14. Glyn, If you just need a player, there are several. The difficulty comes if you are trying to replicate iTunes Smart Playlist functionality. As far as I am aware, there are no Android players that do this, though you can fake it if you manually copy songs in a smart playlist from iTunes onto the phone. Unfortunately, you won't be able to sync back play counts and ratings which could break some of your smart playlist if that data is important. Musicbee supports smart playlists and I believe they have a utility to allows for syncing data back to the music library from an Android device. Foobar2000 also supports Smart Playlists, but as far as I know only syncs one-way. Good luck on your search! Dan
  15. I've heard mixed reviews on the NI interfaces. Mostly, like with any interface, if it works well with your machine, you'll be happy. If you use your DAW regularly and want an interface that always works, think about a Babyface Pro. I have one and it is absolutely rock-solid. Dan
  16. My guess may be that the knob in question responds to the mod wheel. Try moving the mod wheel while recording. Dan
  17. Where is the mic when you are recording? If it is real close, try moving it back. Some of the sound you don't like may be from close miking. If that doesn't help, try other mic positions, like Tezza suggests, but also try singing without focusing on the mic itself. Dan
  18. dcumpian

    Bouncing Synths

    The answer is...maybe. Using multiple instruments per VTSi instance should reduce the overhead required by each separate instance. However, depending on how efficiently the VSTi is coded, that may not be a significant savings. I do use multiple instruments per instance and I wait to add envelopes until after I bounce each track to a separate audio track. I normally make a new copy of the project before I start bouncing to audio so I can safely remove the VSTi's as I go in the new copy. It makes mixing later on simpler. Dan
  19. #4 is the answer to your problem. Once you have a separate automation lane for the mod wheel, you'll be able to see it draw as you record, as well as re-record over sections if needed. You can also add/edit nodes using the mouse. Dan
  20. dcumpian

    Best RAM savers

    Most Play instruments have multiple mic samples. You can easily turn them off and the samples will unload. Simply turn them back on and the samples will reload. Dan
  21. John, My advice would be to turn off all effects like reverb and chorus until you get a good mix. Don't compress things that don't need it. Don't feel like every instrument needs to be loud to be heard. Lastly, use EQ to carve out space for the various instruments. If you find two instruments that are competing, decide whether they are meant to reinforce each other and arrange the panning to support that. If they are fighting unnecessarily, cut one. Once you've got a good (dry) mix you can setup a short and long reverb bus and use sends to add reverb to the tracks that need it (not everything does). Reverb does not add space, and panning does not make an instrument sound closer or farther. Mostly, that is what EQ and compression do. Dan
  22. Mostly, only other guitar players really care. In a mix, it really doesn't matter as long as the guitar(s) sound good in context. Dan
  23. So, they are finally adding back what they took out when they released the MKII keyboards. I'm glad I never upgraded. My MKI transport controls work just fine in both Cakewalk and Studio One. Dan
  24. When bouncing, solo the midi track you want to bounce, then bounce to a new track. After it is bounced, archive the midi track and move on to the next one. Dan
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