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  1. How are you exporting your audio, and exactly how are you playing it back and hearing it? Exporting digital audio as a digital file should not introduce any extraneous noise, and since it does not involve the audio interface at all, what audio interface you are using should not be related to the problem. How you play back the digital audio could very well be the source of a buzz or hum, which is more often due to electrical noise than to digital artifact. Do you know 60 cycle hum when you hear it?
  2. The stumbling and crashes may or may not be cured by buying new hardware. At any rate new hardware would have to be set up de novo which might solve your problems by itself. Your laptop will likely run without an external audio interface using the built in sound chipset. The simple mixing you describe should run with acceptable latency, but you need to let Cakewalk know that you are using the onboard audio. http://www.cakewalk.com/Documentation?product=Cakewalk&language=3&help=AudioPerformance.29.html
  3. Interesting, but... We fully understand that, although we continue developing and updating this conceptual offspring of ours, it is still in its very preliminary phase, and thus is full of bugs.
  4. https://support.focusrite.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115002006329-Can-I-use-ASIO4all-with-my-Focusrite-Interface-
  5. The SL keyboards do not have any onboard sounds, so you need to find out what instrument is playing. It would not be unusual to have a sampled piano that does not sustain on high notes because that is the natural behavior of a piano that is being modeled. A carefully modeled sustain pedal will typically just disable damping, the way the pedal on a real piano does and not loop the sound to any given length as many softsynths or electric pianos do when the key is just held indefinitely. Short light piano wires dissipate energy very fast compared to long heavy piano wires so even with damping disabled the sound will die out much more quickly. A similar effect is expected with realistically sampled guitars or other plucked instruments.
  6. https://www.cakewalk.com/Documentation?product=Cakewalk&language=3
  7. Now that is crazy. If this guy is charging for his time, I can not imagine anything that would take more time to get the same job done as telling someone what to do over the phone and having him do it step by step. It goes to the old contractors' adage: $50.00 per hour if I do it $100.00 per hour if you watch $250.00 per hour if you help
  8. OK so I am confused. Does the distant engineer want you to send the DAW output over the phone while he somehow controls your DAW remotely? Does he intend to listen over the phone and tell you what to do at your controls? In any event, if he is judging your mix from a telephone transmission it is likely he is not going to get a really accurate signal to sort out. Engineers make such an issue about having the best monitor speakers in a perfect room to do their mixing, that I am surprised to find someone who wants to set his reputation on what he can do from a telephone transmission, presumably captured off an unknown monitor system through a microphone that is designed for voice (not music) transmission at an unknown bit rate depending on the intermediary telephony system. If he does not have a copy of and familarity with the original DAW on which the recording is made, I would think the usual way to do this would be to request exported stems to be sent to him as digital files.
  9. The new Scarletts use a driver/software mixer named Focusrite Control that controls routing within the interface. There is a separate user manual for that software available in your Focusrite download area. The short answer is that you open Focusrite Control and route the input you want to monitor to the output that serves your headphone jack. On the 4i4 you probably have outputs 1&2 assigned to monitor (which allows you to control volume or monitor speakers attached to those outputs) with the knob on the unit) , and probably 3&4 will show with a symbol of headphone in addition to line plugs. Click on the window with the headphones and click on the plus sign tab and it will let you add as input the input you are recording on. There are factory default presets that may confuse you and make it look as if you have no options to change things, so go to file>presets> Empty to open a preset that clears all entries. You can also route the same recording input to your DAW so that it records, but you will need to mute or disable the output from your DAW to the headphones or you will get an echo. Once you get it set up the way that works for you, you can save it as a new preset and open it any time.
  10. Hyperlinks work as expected under Windows 10 Foxit Reader 9.7. You might want to try a different pdf reader.
  11. You cannot access an audio file as an instrument directly via MIDI. You need an intermediate plugin application: a sampler (application can record and play back audio clips) or a rompler (application only plays back clips that are stored in it). You would need to load the audio files into the sampler and then you can play them back under MIDI control. You can directly paste audio clips into an audio track manually, but if you only have the clip/sample at one pitch you would need to pitch shift it to match each instance. Trying to do that in Cakewalk would be challenging.
  12. slartabartfast

    ASIO Question

    Are your speakers or headphones recognized by Windows as audio devices? Are one or both connected by USB to your computer?
  13. That sounds like a problem with a physical/electrical connection. A loose plug or cold solder joint inside one of the connectors come to mind. Does this only happen with Cakewalk or does it happen with the same output signal chain playing music from another application?
  14. The quality of the "sound" within Cakewalk is not affected by the machinery that is processing it once it gets past the analog/digital stage--typically your audio interface. It is digital data, and no computer on the market today will produce significant errors in how the digital data is calculated or moved around. The digital files that you export or burn to CD from Cakewalk will have the same quality no matter what type of audio interface, sound card etc. Again they are data not "sound" at all. A newer /faster computer may perform calculations faster, but there is no reason to believe it will get more accurate results. The real sound that you hear when the data is passed through the digital to analog converter in a playback device, or the digital data that is captured in the analog to digital stage of the audio interface may be colored by the device, but not by the computer. Played on a better audio playback device the digital data (wav file) will sound better, but once digitally recorded the signal can not have any better quality than it had at the initial analog to digital conversion, although you can make it sound better by filtering out noise etc. So if you are looking for capturing quality, the investment has to be in the analog signal chain (microphones, preamps, outboard mixers etc.), and in a reasonably good audio interface. Most are quite good enough, including the onboard sound chips of most contemporary machines. If you are interested in exporting quality all that stuff is irrelevant. If you are interested in hearing quality, then the investment is in high quality playback devices, speakers, amps etc. that you plan to listen to it on.
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