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  1. I have a set of AKG K240 Studios that I bought several months ago at the recommendation from folks here. These are relatively inexpensive headphones, essentially identical to K 240 Mk II's which sell for about twice as much. They're open back and very comfortable, and when I'm wearing them, it feels like I don't have any 'phones on at all, and that I'm just leaning in closer to my monitors to catch the minute details. But still, I don't do heavy mixing with them. I use them to check mixes, yes, but I prefer mixing with my studio monitors -- mostly because I have a subwoofer in my system and the AKGs can't pick up the really low bass frequencies that the subwoofer generates. Well, you hear them, but the cans lack any sort of *oomph*.
  2. I'm on another computer at the moment. But I'll give your suggestions a try as soon as I get back to the DAW.
  3. Andres, I should have thought of using the Eraser Tool. Worked like a charm, but it doesn't get rid of the controllers. It just empties them. Good enough for now. Scook, neither of your methods works for me on this machine -- Win10, latest version of CWbB. Specifically, nothing happens when I hit the delete key. I tried with a few differrent controllers, some empty, some not. Usually, instead of Edit/Select/All, I just double click on any track number. Same thing.
  4. In the short term, I just use CW's default, where it creates a new directory for each new project. Eventually, after I've gotten several projects done, I'll export them to an external drive, or in these days of the ever-increasing capacity of USB jump drives, I'm thinking about backing up to them instead. Any backup drive that involves spinning platters has a fatal expiration date, so I'd just as soon not have my music saved to spinning platters. However, since the price of SSDs has come down so much, I'm thinking that I should just use one of these instead -- assuming they're of archival permanence, and I don't know the answer to that question, whether it be a USB drive or an SSD. Even CDs and DVDs have expirations -- you gotta go with the expensive gold ones if you want archival permanence. As for bundles, I have several I created with Pro Audio 9 (Sonar's predecessor) over 20 years ago and unarchived them about a year ago into CWbB. They unarc'd fine, no problems.
  5. You know how in the PRV the controllers have these little squares with minus signs next to them? When I click on the minus sign, the controller disappears, but the next time I visit that track, all the controllers I've "deleted" have come back. So, what's the trick? How do I permanently delete a controller? I've searched through the PRV dropdowns. The best candidate seems to be Tracks/Clear Track Selection, but it doesn't seem to do anything. So I'm stumped. There's bound to be a way to get this done that I just haven't found yet.
  6. An interesting update. I just tried to see what would happen with my laptop, which is running the current version of CWbB, but the Win7 OS. I was able to load 8 projects when finally I got the CW popup notifying me of a crash dump and asking if it should save my work -- a notice I've gotten numerous times in the past for unanticipated reasons. So, it looks like the problem lies with my DAW or Win10 or both.
  7. I have a laptop with 8 GB of RAM also, and I've had lots of projects open with it. The biggest difference between it and my DAW is the DAW is running Win10 and the laptop is still running Win7. This has gotten me curious. I have the laptop upstairs. When I retire to bed, I think that, before I drift off, I'll see how many projects I can load. Something tells me it'll be the same as before. Which would seem to indicate my system's Win10 install is most likely the problem.
  8. Welp, it's been a few days and I thought I should stop back by and let y'all know what I'm doing now. I went to Preferences/Advanced and checked "Allow only one open project at a time." That took care of the problem. I almost never need more than one project open anyway, and for those rare instances when I need more than one, I can always uncheck the box. I remain curious, though -- what's changed in CWbB, when I used to be able to have large numbers of projects open and now the software exits to the OS after I've typically loaded only three? My system has 16 GB of RAM too, so I know it's not a memory issue. I think. Maybe Windows 10 has recently decided to be a resource hog and it isn't CWbB at all?
  9. David, under Preferences/File/Advanced, the box wasn't checked. And there's nothing at the File/Initialization file location, especially no "ExceptionHandlingSeverity value." It's just blank there.
  10. Hmm . . . that's interesting. I'll have to watch -- stack up a few files to see if I can trigger it, and then I can inspect them for similarities, I guess.
  11. Bdickens, I'm running a MOTU M4 and yes, I have Win10 drivers loaded for it. (I bought the MOTU after I switched over to Win10) John, I've gotten those Cakewalk fatal error messages in the past, but it's been quite a while since I've seen one. And I'm not loading TTS-1 after anything. I use TTS-1 a lot and it's usually set up from the git-go. I'll check into the mini dump thing, although I suspect I won't find anything. Like I mentioned earlier, I hesitate to call it a crash. It's more a case of CW just deciding to shut down. I've found that if I just get into the habit of closing previous files now it rarely happens. So it has something to do with having several files open in the background. But I guess they're not really "open," are they.
  12. I don't really want to call them crashes, although I suppose one could. I'm curious if anyone else is experiencing this. Here's the deal, with a bit of history: I guess it started a month ago or maybe a little longer, where CW would suddenly exit to the OS. It wasn't a hard crash or anything, the sort of thing that might have required a system reboot. Nope, suddenly *boink* it would just drop out to the OS. I reloaded CW and everything was back to normal -- until it happened again. And then I noticed a trend. You know how, if you load a series of CW files, the previous one(s) don't exit, but just stay in the background? Well, I began to notice that if I had loaded a certain number of files, it was more prone to exiting. So I started keeping an eye on the number of files that had been loaded, and it doesn't seem to be a definite number -- probably has more to do with the amount of memory each uses? But CW usually exits after 4 or 5 files have been loaded. And I can always tell when it will happen. After loading the last file, when I click on "Play" the transport icon turns amber and then stays that color for a half-second or so, with no sound being played, and then, poof, back to the OS. It got to be so regular that I got in the habit of clearing out the background files so this wouldn't happen. Until one time, and this has happened only once so far, the same thing happened to a file with none in the background. After rebooting CW and reloading the same file, everything was fine. So it didn't have anything to do with the file, far as I could tell. And in case you're wondering, the system is fairly new. It's running Win10 from a new SSD drive, and it has 16 GB of RAM. I have a couple of TBs of open drive space on the drive I use to store my music files. Back when I was running Win7, this never happened. This machine has had Win10 since January, with none of this sort of behavior until relatively recently. I don't know if I should be pointing fingers at a recent update of Win10 or a recent update of CW or maybe both? Or something else, altogether? This isn't really a pressing issue. Nothing's usually being harmed, since it happens when I first press "Play." It's just a matter of curiosity at this point, but of course, I wouldn't mind putting a stop to this behavior.
  13. bdickens, well, BiaB tries at least. With this piece, since BiaB doesn't have a provision for anything smaller that a quarter note as a beat value, I selected 5/4 as the time signature. To display this, BiaB alternates between one measure of 2/4 and one of 3/4. This is fine, but when you play the piece, the staff view's scroll goes kablooey. So you can't follow the notation as the piece is being played. <sigh> But at least the playback is correct -- I mean, in 10:8 and all. The only other exotic time signature I've tried in BiaB is 11:8. It plays it back faithfully, but there's no capability within BiaB to display any sort of time signature that would work. Odd that BiaB has an 11:8 style, but no way to display it (same goes for 10:8, I suppose). I can configure the tune as MIDI and d/l it into CW, either by import or just loading it via File|Open -- doesn't matter. I can then assign the correct time signature, but the same thing happens with 11:8 in CW. It displays 11:8, but a lot of the notes that are displayed are not aligned properly. Honestly, at this point, I'm past caring. The tunes sound right, which ultimately is most important.
  14. I'm aware of the Staff View's shortcomings. I've learned to live with most of them. But it would be nice if it were internally consistent at least. I suppose I could import the piece into MuseScore, one of the best notation-based piece of software out there. I just haven't taken the time to get good at that interface yet. But even if I did, who's to say that CW's Staff View wouldn't do the same thing again, if I re-import the file into CW.
  15. I realize this request is for a rather narrow feature with a view that not many folks use, namely the Staff View. But I make heavy use of CW's Staff View, and it is the primary reason why I have stuck with CW for over 20 years. As clunky as it is, it is infinitely better than having no Staff View. This has long been a pet peeve of mine, CW's errors at enharmonic spelling. Most recently having to replace well over 100 Db's with C#'s. It would be nice if CW were smart enough to realize that, when no key signature is specified, aka key of C, chords, like D major7 should be spelled with a C# and not a Db. Scale passages such as E D Db B, etc., are also suspect. So, anyway, my wish to be included in this wishlist is for CW to have a global search and replace of note names, and possibly durations and velocities as well. But most important is the ability to do a global search and replace of note names. It would probably be best to have this feature include a "confirm" button, for those rare instances when CWs enharmonic spelling is correct. I realize all this will do will make the Staff View look correct, and doesn't change the structure of the music. But it's nice to have this capability for those times when a score needs to be printed, or when sight reading through the piece.
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