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  1. Okay, thanks again for your help!
  2. Thanks, I'm going to have to print that out. I've studied this type of information many times before, trying to get a solid handle on the practical application of these settings, but my old brain doesn't always retain all of it. I was always bad with numbers. LOL. Any suggestions for an inexpensive 1 or 2 input interface? I'd settle for anything that works properly with Win 10.
  3. Thanks for the warning about Windows and Focusrite. I've been thinking about getting a new interface because this one has always given me problems. For example, many times switching from using my DAW to listening to audio online, will cause the interface to screw up and I won't hear any audio. I have to repeatedly reset the unit and reboot. Anyway, I tried switching the sample rate. Right now it's set to 48/16 with buffer set back to 512. I hardly heard any pops with that setting. But you suggested staying with 24bits. Would a configuration of 44000/24bits be worth trying? And why do you suggest staying 24 bits as opposed to 16? Thanks for your patience and help. I appreciate it. Even though I've been at this for many many years, all these settings still confuse me. I understand what the numbers do in theory, but all the various setting (in combination with each other) can be overwhelming to me sometimes.
  4. Yes, I was able to remove the MAGIX driver. The other thing is, I used to have all my project settings at 44000 Khz/16 bits. But lately I have it set to 48000 Khz/24 bits because I read it's a better setting for less digital distortion at louder volumes. Maybe I should just go back to the lower sample/bit rates? The one thing I tried so far that helped reduce most of the clicking is turning the Mixing Latency Buffer Size all the way up to 2048 samples (where I normally have it set to 512). the Effective Latency at 48KHz is 42.7 msec. I honestly don't know if that's good or bad. I'm just trying to get through a project without all the clicking/popping.
  5. I'm having issues with a lot of clicking and popping throughout my current project (it was okay before the update) Is the MIDI buffer size relevant to my problem? And is 50 considered the best setting as far as the safest vs fastest setting? On the Help page for the setting it shows it set at 500 (even if that was from an older version of Cakewalk/Sonar. I tried several numbers from 20 to 500, but still getting some crackling. I froze a couple of VSTi tracks and that helped a little.
  6. The other issue I'm having (I don't know if it's related) is that I cannot change "Record Latency Adjustment Device" to the proper device: ASIO Saffire Pro 24 It keeps reverting back to "Magix Low Latency 2016) Which I have no idea where that came from, but those devices are UNCHECKED in the Input/Output Drivers window. (See screen shots above)
  7. I'm having some major issues after installing this early release (2019.11) When I play the project I've been working on, I get constant crackling and pops throughout the entire song. When I first installed the new release, it stopped the audio engine. There is a LOT to take in with all the changes to the MIDI and audio settings. I've tried to go through each one, but honestly, I'm a bit overwhelmed. My project consists of a "normal" amount of virtual instruments and plugins, nothing excessive that would cause any problems in the past. Superior Drummer, Two instance of Kontakt (Evolution Strat and Scarbee Bass), MusicLab RealStrat, EZDrummer, and PianoTeq. For efx, I have Guitar Rig 5 and Ozone 9 in the master bus (which I tried in bypass) . All working okay before the update. See my signature for my DAW Hardware. The settings I've tried adjusting (up and down) seem to make little difference in the amount of crackling I hear: (also see attached screen shots) Adjusted Mixing Latency buffer Size (tried 256, 512, 1024) Playback I/o Buffer Size (tried 256, 512, 1024), Playback Prepare Using (tried 20, 100, 200, 300, 400) Millisecond Buffers. Sampling Rate 48000, Bit Rate 24 (Record), 32 (Render) And finally my Saffire Mix Control software for my Focusrite Saffire Pro 24, is set to: Sample Rate 48Khz, with Audio Buffer Size set to 512 (what I normally set it to). Could you guys maybe give me some suggestions on what I can try? When you hear constant crackling, what's the first thing you would check? Thanks for any suggestions!
  8. I have SD3 and EZ Drummer, and I actually like more of the kick drum sounds better on EZ Drummer. But SD3 has better toms, snares and cymbals.
  9. Thanks for your comments. And yes, I love the sound of the B3, (I think I have about 7 different B3 plugins) and I'd use the organ in every song, but that would probably be too much, so I have to restrain myself and say, No, I'm not putting a B3 in this song. LOL! But thanks for the "wow", I appreciate it. I might also humbly suggest you check out a slow blues instrumental I wrote, where I really cut loose on the B3. "Once Upon A Town" https://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13353251 Thanks Wookiee, I appreciate it.
  10. Hi Bob, First, thanks so much for your kind comments. I really appreciate it. And thanks for listening to some of my other songs as well. I had several people tell me that "Hard Landing" had a Tom Petty vibe. Bob Dylan and Tom Petty seem to be the two musicians that get mentioned most if there are any comparisons made. Someone also mentioned Randy Newman when listening to "Glassy Eyes". I guess it's all good though. And I wanted to tell you that I've been listening to a bunch of songs posted in this forum by other members, including some of your songs. I'm really impressed with your professional sounding productions. Even though heavy rock is not my usual genre, I found your songs inspiring. I often use them, along with some others here, as reference songs when mixing my own songs. So thanks for that as well. Anyway, thanks again for listening and replying. And I hope to continue to improve in my writing and production skills. Talk to you soon!
  11. EDIT: Updated song, minor remixing, and added some compression to the instrument bus. Also tweaked Ozone (applied to the master bus), to make it a little punchier. All minor changes that made the overall mix sound better.
  12. My latest attempt at writing a song a few people might like...trying to interest listeners enough into responding with comments. Which is the theme of the song....trying. So, comments and critiques would be most appreciated. ****Updated - Version 2 - 11/2/19. I added mild compression to the instrument bus, as suggested by someone in the Facebook Cakewalk by Bandlab group. It's a subtle difference, but I think it makes the mix sound a little better. https://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13940578
  13. It's October 11, 2019. There have been a couple of hot fixes in the last couple of days. Build and Build hotfixes. It would help in the release notes to put the date of release next to the build number. I know that sometimes there is a date, but on the latest release notes it just lists the build number. It would be especially helpful when hotfixes are released a day or two apart to know the date of each one. I don't often look at the build number on my installed software, and when I get messages two days in a row about hotfixes, I'm not sure if it's a mistaken message or there is another one released the following day. Also, when there is an update, In the Bandlab Assistant, there's a dropdown next to the update button, with one option that says "Learn" about the latest update. (or something like that) That link just takes me to the main page. It would be helpful if that link took us directly to the associated Release Notes page. Thanks!
  14. Yeah! Downloading now. The new features look great. And the upgrade price is pretty decent for Ozone Adv 5- 8 owners. $149 plus tax. (So, I cut back a bit on my food budget this month) Hopefully they worked on the resource management. I noticed that Ozone 8 used a lot more system resources than 7....hopefully 9 won't be any more of a hog.
  15. Originally my "go to" Hammond was Native instruments B4. and then the B4II. But for some reason NI stopped making that plugin and replaced it with Vintage Organs, which doesn't sound nearly as good as B4. Then the GSi VB3 was my go to Hammond for a long time. Unfortunately something went wrong with VB3 v2. It doesn't sound as good as the original. I have several others, but for me my current go-to Hammond is GG Audio's Blue3. IMHO, it is the best sounding Hammond emulator. I also tried the brand new IK Multimedia Hammond B-3X. A lot of people really like it. But after doing extensive A/B comparisons with the Blue3, I find that the Blue3 has a superior sounding Leslie speaker sound, including a better sounding tube overdrive. Blue3 is about a $100 cheaper than the new B-3X, and it uses much less system resources than the B-3X, which I'm reading is a common complaint among users. Go for GG Audio's Blue3. For $100, you can't go wrong!
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