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Michael McBroom

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  1. Poor choice of words on my part. I didn't mean "daisychain," in that comment. I just meant basically to port it into my system, which would require the use of a MIDI to USB adapter, I reckon. I don't think I've ever used MIDI "thru" before, so I had to check my devices. I have one -- an old Roland JV-1010 synth module. It has a thru port. Currently I don't have it hooked up to my system, but I guess it's worth a shot now, especially since I can daisychain other synths from it.
  2. Actually, no. I was talking about legacy MIDI synths that have the old 5-pin DIN ports only. I own a few -- four, I think. Not including the Soundblaster Live! cards I own that have MIDI/game ports. These old legacy synths I daisychained to my DAW because it had only one MIDI port -- the game/MIDI port of the Soundblaster card.
  3. I dunno, maybe. Shoot, I don't even know what most of that stuff is. I have a couple of MidiSport 2x2s and a Roland UM-One, plus my audio interface has MIDI ports, so that gives me six MIDI to USB ports. More than enough for my needs.
  4. Way back when, I was a Pro Audio user, and my DAW had two sound cards, one of which was audio only, but the other had MIDI capabilities via its Game port. Back then I had daisychained at least three different MIDI devices together off that game port, and things worked well. These days, it's all USB. And when you plug the USB port into your system, it responds with the name of the USB host or adapter, not the MIDI instrument that's plugged into the USB adapter (or host). So in Cakewalk, that's where the Instrument Definition files become useful. But I've wondered if I could still daisychain instruments -- although I don't see how I can, since I have to assign a single instrument to that adapter, or at least that's the way it seems to me. So, since I have no MIDI ports in my DAW, I guess that means the days of daisychaining are over, yes? My DAW has PCI slots and I still have a couple of PCI sound cards that have the MIDI game ports. Only problem is nobody's written drivers for them for Win7 or later. So they're of no use. And I've looked for drivers, with no luck. Recently, I've been thinking about building an obsolete system from leftover motherboards and RAM and hard drives I have laying around -- one that'll run Win98 or Win XP -- one with an OS for which these cards still have drivers. And then daisychain this system into a MIDI/USB adapter or port on my current DAW. I wonder how that would work out. Probably wouldn't, I guess. It would still show up as a single USB entry, wouldn't it. I have plenty of USB ports in my current DAW to handle the few legacy pieces of gear I have, so daisychaining isn't a real issue. The question is mostly from idle curiosity. However, I still might build an obsolete system just because of one of my old sound cards -- a Soundblaster Live! card that has a synth chip on board. Some of those instruments on that synth chip really had a cool sound and I wouldn't mind being able to access them again.
  5. Got another troubleshooting question for you guys. After a few days absence, I decide to fire up the GR-33 again and try to lay down a track or two. Nothing's changed on the GR-33 and nothing's changed with the piece of music in which I've already set up a track for the GR-33. I switch it on and I'm getting GR-33 audio through my speakers and headphones -- this because I'm running the GR-33's audio outs into the audio interface. Then I set it to record and hit the big record button in the transport area --- and nothin. I hear the audio fine, but it isn't laying down any MIDI. I've got the track record button set and I'm clicking on the main transport's record button. Last time I did this a few days ago, it was recording MIDI just fine. The audio interface's channel volumes are set to 12 o'clock and Line is selected (Inst distorts way too much). Mains out are also set to 12 o'clock. Something I just noticed. My UMC404HD audio interface has two LEDs associated with MIDI -- one sez "IN" the other sez "OUT." The "IN" LED blinks just about constantly, even when I'm not playing. The "OUT" LED isn't blinking at all, even when I am playing and trying to record. So, now I'm wondering if this might be a problem internal to the GR-33. What do you think?
  6. Several days ago, I ran across a YouTube video where the presenter was discussing the merits of applying a gain control prior to the controls in the track -- I think I'm recalling this correctly. Much of what he said only partially sank in, and he was discussing a control in Pro Tools, so I had to hunt around a bit to discover the same control -- I think at least -- in Cakewalk. You know, when you're in the Console view, the Gain control at the top of the track? Cakewalk calls this Input Gain, and sez it's a pre-fader input gain for fine-tuning a track's volume. MIDI channel strips have a similar control, which is called a Velocity Offset, but I won't be discussing it here. Anyway, this Input Gain amounts to this pre-gain this guy is discussing, right? Sounds like it to me, at any rate. He was suggesting that a much better way to control the volume of a track was to use this "pre-gain" control than using the track's gain. I don't recall what he called this control, so "pre-gain" is my term, not his. "Pre-fader" is Cakewalk's term, so whatever. So anyway, I'm pretty hazy on this topic, and I didn't subscribe to this guy's channel, so I'd probably have a tough time finding this video again. So instead, I'm turning to the Forumind here, hoping that one or more of you can clearly explain the reasoning behind using a pre-fader input gain, when to use it, its benefits, etc. I'm always looking for ways to improve my mix, and if a better understanding of how this control works will help in that regard, then I will be most appreciative of your response. I should add that I have selected one tune of mine with several audio tracks, and have attempted to balance them using this pre-fader instead of the tracks' main volume faders. After playing around with this tune a bit more, I guess I'd have to say at this point that it is simply just what Cakewalk sez it is -- a way to fine tune a track's volume.
  7. Yeah, the UMC404HD has a choice of Line or Inst. I selected Line. Now that I'm thinking about it, though . . . Just looking at it, I see the GR-33 labels its outs as Mix Out. I've always assumed these outs were Line, but who knows, maybe Instruments? I guess I'll check the next time I fire up my rig. There is also a (mono) Guitar Out, but I'm pretty sure that's just a clean guitar signal, without the synth. As I dimly recall, I ran the Guitar Out to my guitar amp.
  8. Okay, well I don't know why that Roland interface wouldn't work, but plugging the GR-33 into my audio interface DID work. Yay! I'm running a Line Out cable from the GR-33 to my audio interface so that the audio can be recorded. The only problem I'm running into now is my audio interface is showing the GR-33 clipping even at low to moderate volumes, plus its audio is distorting in the playback. This might be because I have both the GR-33 and the pickup's volume turned up to maximum. But if I turn these levels down, it becomes very quiet. Okay, so anyway, that's an audio problem, not a MIDI one. I'll get it figured out -- soon I hope.
  9. Thanks for the responses, guys. You know, that's one thing I didn't think of trying -- the MIDI ports on my audio interface. I might as well give them a try and see if I might have any better luck. I'll try the rest of your advice as well, see if it makes a difference. And I'll report back.
  10. Back when I used Pro Audio, I was able to get my GR-33 to work fine. Yes, it's been just a few years, and I've forgotten just about everything I had going on back then, but I have an occasion where I'd really like to use it again. So, time to dust it off and see if I can get it going. Back then I was able to interface my MIDI gear to my DAW directly with the round MIDI plugs. Now I have to use an adapter that converts the MIDI plugs to USB. At the advice of another GR-33 user, I bought a Roland UM-ONE MIDI to USB interface. Prior, I'd been trying to get it to work using a Midiman MidiSport 2x2 USB interface. Didn't have any luck with it. Too bad. I have two of them, and it would be nice if I could use them for some of my other old MIDI gear. Anyway, the problem I'm having is I'm not getting any MIDI data coming through. I installed the UM-ONE driver, which happened when I plugged it into my computer. No issues. I already have an instrument definition file for the GR-33, so I assigned it to the UM-ONE in Cakewalk's "Assign Instrument Definitions" screen. In the MIDI channel I set up for the GR-33, I've indicated the UM-ONE in both the In and Out sections at the bottom of the track, I selected a channel, and so with the instruments, I'm able to select whatever I want from the available GR-33 instruments. The pickup mounted to my guitar has a volume control and a selector switch. I have the switch selected to Synth and I turned the volume all the way up. But when I click on the track's record button, what I expect to find is some activity with the track's VU lights, but there's nothing. If I click on Record to get Cakewalk rolling, there are still no VU lights and the track is not laying down anything. The GR-33 has a headphones jack. So I plugged my 'phones into the jack and, yep, I'm getting synth sounds sounding just the way I expect them to sound. So there's something screwy with the output of the Synth or the input of Cakewalk. One thing I'm wondering about is -- do I need to have the GR-33 showing up in the Synth Rack? Because I don't have anything there and I don't even recall any sort of dll for it, although I can look, I suppose. Or even look at Roland.com. I've only used the Synth Rack for plug-ins. So any GR-33 users out there? What have I missed?
  11. Another UMC404HD user here. I've owned it for quite a while but I've just started using it on a regular basis after my great old M-Audio Delta 66 finally tanked. It will be missed. I haven't had any issues such as you describe, but I have it set for 44.1k mostly because I use Band in a Box a lot and it will only do 44.1k. I agree, it's a great interface for the money. I researched audio interfaces extensively before I bought it and I felt quite confident -- still do -- that it's the best audio interface out there for the money. Only things I've noticed about it so far are it doesn't seem to have the same amount of gain capacity as my old Delta before noticeable distortion sets in.
  12. Nope, I'm using CW's TTS-1 for GM, and just its default setup protocols. The audio trace is there before I do any bounce to combine tracks. And yes, since it's actually a chord that's bleeding through, I suspected it might be a MIDI track, so I checked the most likely culprits -- MIDI guitar and keyboard tracks. Nope, nothing there. It was definitely in the audio. I ran into this again with the same piece of music, but in a different spot with a different guitar. This guitar is a Gibson with P90 single coil pickups that can be rather noisy. There's a four bar intro to the piece, before the guitar part starts and, during playback, I couldn't help but hear a rather pronounced bit of line noise in the guitar's audio track while I waited for the Intro to complete. So I highlighted the noisy "dead" area before the guitar started, then I used the Edit>Cut command to remove the snipit from existence -- or so I thought. Now, the way it sits, the audio channel has no signal from the beginning of the tune to the end of the fourth measure, but if I solo that track, I still hear those four measures of line noise. Strange, eh? I got to thinking that it may actually be the Auto Save function causing this, since a save was done right before I deleted that section, and I was wondering if that, somehow, was messing with things. So I deleted the Auto Save file and tried again. Nope, line noise is still there. Not a huge issue, but an annoying one. I used the "Write" function to reduce the audio track's volume to "0" prior to the start of the 5th measure.
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