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  1. I have Cakewalk set to save my projects every 5 minutes. I have discovered the hard way, however, that having Cakewalk save my data while I am inputting values into the Event List causes the system to hang. This happens if I am in the process of entering data when Cakewalk begins to save the project. Sometimes, if I see it begin to save the project, I stop entering the data, it will pause then continue to save, but other times if I've like hit "Enter" while it's saving, Cakewalk freezes and even if I walk away from my computer for several minutes, it won't dislodge itself from this condition. The only way out, I've found, is to shut down CW and then call up the most recent save. But to shut it down, I have to call up the Task Manager to kill it. Fortunately, when I do this, I get a CW pop-up asking me if I want to save the file, so I haven't lost any data. If I'm doing a lot of work on the Event List, what I do now is I disable the "save" feature in Preferences and then I re-enable it when I'm finished with my Event List editing. Still, a bug's a bug, which is why I'm mentioning it.
  2. I thought I should resurrect this stale thread because I have new information with regards to the issue I was facing, namely that my Marshall CODE amp was showing up in CW as a MIDI device and not an audio one. I did as Scook recommended and changed the driver mode, in this case from ASIO to WASAPI. This song I'm working on has five audio tracks -- well, six now -- and no MIDI tracks. My audio interface supposedly supports only ASIO, so I was concerned I might lose audio on the other tracks, but fortunately I didn't. WASAPI did the trick, the CODE showed up in the audio interface's input panel only, and I had to deselect the interface's inputs in order to select the CODE. After that, everything was pretty straightforward. I had to do some balancing of the input signal in order to get the volume up where I needed it to be, and I found that, using USB, suddenly the input signal -- in this case a Gibson Les Paul with humbucing pickups -- became very clean. But curiously enough, it was as if i were playing a guitar with single coil pickups. Lots of hum and the position of the guitar became very sensitive to the level of hum that was being produced. When I hold it just so, the hum disappears pretty much completely. But I don't think that CW has anything to do with this. It's a feature shared by that Les Paul and the CODE amp, albeit an atypical one. The difference in noise levels between bringing in the audio signal through one of the audio interface's channels and bringing it in via the USB port is dramatic. I was having to port the signal into the interface from the amp's headphone jack -- it doesn't have a Line Out, unfortunately -- and it was noisy. I hadn't ruled out the possibility that some of the cabling might be at fault, but instead of trying to trace it down, I decided to give the USB port one more shot. Glad I did, because the difference in noise levels was dramatic. So anyway, problem solved, glad to have a successful USB approach for getting my guitar's audio signal into the computer quietly.
  3. Thanks for your response. Looks like I've got a bit of studying to do.
  4. Okay, just so's you know -- I'm not a Cakewalk power user. I know enough of the basics in order to get done what I need, as long as what I need doesn't get too tricky, I suppose. I did a fair amount of searching through the Help Index before I realized that PRV stands for Piano Roll View. Duh! Which ended up being kind of frustrating because I've been trying to get things done in the Piano Roll with no useable results. And since most of your post was just so much Greek to me, I decided to search for a tutorial on the PRV. I found a couple, right off, and just finished watching one. It answered several questions I had. Still dunno where to find Global Snap, though, unless that's the name for the drop-down column of snap values. Still not clear on PRV snap override, but hopefully I'll be able to puzzle it out quickly enough. I'll check back in with more questions if I still have some after I've watched more videos. Thanks.
  5. Okay, so first thing, I did a search on the topic and I found this thread: http://forum.cakewalk.com/Slurs-m2700315.aspx It wasn't helpful. This is what I've got going on and what I'm trying to do. I've written a part to which I've assigned a TTS-1 patch -- jazz guitar -- and there are quite a few areas in this score where I would like to be able to duplicate hammers and pull-off, and even the occasional string bend. I'm not a keyboardist (although I own a couple), so I'm not even going to try playing the part on my keyboard using the wheel. In the past, I've used the event list to actually get in there and type in the numeric value of pitch changes. That wasn't difficult to do if I played the part using my Roland GR-33 Guitar Synth because it would produce lots of wheel events that I could then edit. But the problem with writing out the score is I don't get all these wheel events. It's all just straight notes, one after the other, with no wheel events in between them. In this case it means that I actually have to create wheel events so that I can type in these values, and that is a major headache. Each event takes at least a couple minutes to produce and I'll end up probably having to type in many hundreds of wheel events for this entire piece. Many hundreds of minutes. You do the math. I'm aware of the various controls that can be configured in the Piano Roll, and they include things like Portamento and Modulation, but I haven't been able to get them to do anything meaningful. There's also the Wheel Controller, which is very hard to use because just a touch of the mouse can cause hundreds of digits of deflection, so trying to get things just right will also be a major chore. So, just wondering, is there anything available I can use to "automate" this process? I mean, I can export the part as a MIDI file and then try calling it up in something else, to which I can add the slurs. I'm thinking. Or is there a relatively painless way to get this done in Cakewalk?
  6. Noted. Using TTS-1 is probably due in a large way to laziness on my part because it's so convenient and it provides decent sounds, for the most part. Yes, I also use SI instruments -- especially strings -- when I'm looking for something with a bit of extra quality. I have dozens of VSTs on my machine in addition to the Cakewalk ones, so I have plenty to choose frome. Last night the white noise returned. Reloading the file didn't work. Rebooting CW didn't work. I had to reboot my system to get things back to normal. Annoying.
  7. Yeah, that's the GR-33 guitar synth recording finger vibrato and pitch bends. The instrument I'm using, incidentally, is a Hammond B3-sounding patch, so I think it's kinda cool being able to bend pitches on a B3. As for no gray notes, why don't I find that surprising? My copy of CW shows those notes as being grayed out and, not only that, but they don't appear in the track window. One possible explanation has occurred to me, but it doesn't entirely fit. When I first started laying down tracks, my setup was set to record in "Comp" mode, which apparently is where one track is laid down on top of another. By the time I'd realized what was going on, I'd laid down three or four tracks on top of each other. Then I went in and changed it to delete the old data during recording. It was after this, when I was examining the event list, and trying to puzzle out which lines of melody to keep that I noticed that some of the notes were grayed out and that when I deleted those, it removed the spurious ones from the Staff View. As I dimly recall, they weren't making any sound so they weren't cluttering things acoustically at least. But even after I'd removed all those grayed out notes, they were appearing when I would write in new ones. So maybe something got stuck somewhere, I dunno.
  8. Greg, as I mentioned in my opening post, I was very careful to eliminate any duration overlaps because I'm aware they can present problems. I have arrived at a solution -- one I don't particularly care for, but it works. Greg, I gave your solution a try -- putting the notes on another track that wasn't being affected, double checking with the event list that they weren't being grayed out. But then what I did was copy and paste the notes into the original track. Fortunately they translated over as valid notes -- black in the event list -- and so now I have sounds where previously I had none. I would just as soon find out how to correct the problem in the track that's being affected, but this solution at least works. Robert, give me a moment. I've prepared a clip on another computer, so I'll have to post this message, then come back and edit it from the other machine. Okay, I'm back. This is a short clip -- 9 measures. The anomaly occurs at the beginning of measure 5 and lasts for three fourths of the measure. After creating the clip, I loaded it back into CW to make sure the grayed out notes were still there. They were. An observation I made, but didn't report, is that these grayed out notes don't show in the track window -- it's as if nothing is there. Which is kinda curious too. f1clip1.mid
  9. That's quite a variety. I'll make a note of your preferences for future reference. But getting back to the problem -- the white noise issue -- since it is an intermittent condition, I realize the cause is harder to trace. But once it hits, it stays put until the piece is reloaded, or in a worst case, until I've had to reboot. Any other ideas?
  10. Hmmm, interesting behavior, but totally different from my own experiences. Prior to this one issue, TTS-1 has been extremely stable on my system and I use it a lot because of its very low drain on CPU resources. I also find that many of its instruments actually sound pretty authentic. I am in the final stages of finishing up three CDs of original compositions, in which I've made heavy use of TTS-1 and I've had zero problems with it, except for this white noise issue. Just this morning, things seem to be getting worse. Working on the same piece as above, when I loaded it and clicked Play, the white noise was there. First time I've run into this when loading a tune for the fist time. So I exited the piece, then reloaded it, which worked before, but no joy. So I went ahead and shut down the laptop and rebooted to see if that would make a difference. Well, it cleared up -- for now. I hope that I don't have to reboot the machine every time this problem appears now. I suppose it's at least worth mentioning that I don't know for sure that this is a TTS-1 problem. It just so happens that it is the only multitimbral synth -- or any synth apart from my GR-33 -- that I've been using when the problem appeared. Incidentally, what multitimbral synths do you use now that you find to be better than TTS-1?
  11. First thing I did was do a search here on this topic and I got zero hits. I'm currently editing a MIDI track that I laid down with my Roland GR-33 guitar synth -- it tends to add spurious notes to the playback, so getting rid of them is a regular enough occurrence. When doing this before, and when viewing the info in the Event List, I've occasionally noticed that some of the notes were grayed out, while others were black. I found that the grayed out notes made no sound. They were usually the spurious notes, so this made editing much easier. But just now, I've run into an annoying occurrence. I'm trying to lay down three beats worth of notes -- two eighths and eight 16ths -- using the Staff View, and I'm seeing that the Event List is showing these notes grayed out. I tried adding notes into other sections of the piece and results were mixed. Some were black, and sounded when I played the piece, and others were gray and were silent. So anyway, I have these three beats worth of notes that I need to get sounding -- and any other future occurrences, should this happen again, and I haven't yet figured out a way to convert these notes such that they will make a sound. And yes, I did make sure that all the time values were correct to eliminate any overlap, which can sometimes choke off a note's sound. So do you happen to know what I've done to cause CW to begin misbehaving, and what I need to do in the future to prevent this?
  12. Well, the title pretty much sez it all. But here are a few more details. I'm running the latest version of Cakewalk on a laptop that still has Win7. It runs Cakewalk pretty much without issues -- except for this odd situation. TTS-1 is handling 10 tracks of MIDI instruments, and I also have a Roland GR-33 guitar synth hooked up to the system via my USB audio interface's MIDI ports. This doesn't happen all the time, but it happens enough to be annoying. What I'm doing right now is editing a track that I've laid down with my GR-33. Getting rid of spurious notes it generated mostly, which is a common enough issue with the GR-33, especially if one is playing fast scale passages. So, after cleaning up maybe a measure or two of the GR-33's track, when I hit Play to see how it sounds, all the TTS-1 instruments now sound as if they've been converted into a roaring sort of white noise. The GR-33's track still sounds okay, but none of the TTS-1 tracks do. I first tried just stopping and restarting the piece, which didn't help. Then I found that, if I clear the piece from CW by hitting the 'x' in the top right corner, then reload it, everything's back to normal. But what I'm finding is, after editing a couple measures of the GR-33's track, the roar comes back. So I have to save, exit, and reload again. This is annoying behavior and I'd like to find out what it is about my activities that is causing Cakewalk -- or TTS-1 -- to behave in this manner. I don't have any VSTs loaded -- just two instances of TTS-1, but only one of them is doing anything during this section of the piece. No audio items are loaded at all, except for the TTS-1 audio outs, of course. Any ideas?
  13. Guys, thanks for clearing up the mental confusion I was having. Abacab, I had thought of trying to load two instances of TTS-1 to test it out, but I'm glad to read you've confirmed it works. I have a couple of pieces I've composed where I should go back and adjust my TTS-1 settings to avoid any MIDI confusion. Abacab, the way I'm getting the GR-33 into Cakewalk right now is through a USB audio interface with 5-pin MIDI ports. I also have a couple of Midiman MidiSport 2x2s and a Roland UM-1 or something or another that's 5-pin to USB. Currently, the only device I have hooked up that require a MIDI-to-USB interface is the GR-33, but I also have an older Yamaha keyboard that has several onboard patches I'm quite fond of, and a Roland JV-1010 that I bought back in the age of hardware synths, which also has some decent settings. More importantly,. I've recorded tunes using Pro Audio 9 that, in order for them to work properly in Cakewalk, I have to have all these old synths hooked up so their instruments are interpreted properly. Speaking of Pro Audio 9, abacab, I like your avatar. Most expensive single piece of software I've ever bought.
  14. I'm aware of the 5-pin MIDI cable being the 16 channel restriction. It sounds as if you're saying what I'd hoped to hear -- that Cakewalk has no limit in MIDI channels it can handle, but rather that the limit is imposed by the devices and/or software synths being used.
  15. I suppose I could set up a test file to find the answer to this, but I'm wondering if things might be more complicated, which is why I'm putting this question to the forumind. I've always known that MIDI is limited to 16 channels, but I'm wondering now, is this a limitation that the Cakewalk environment imposes, or does it depend on the synths and/or VSTs. For example, let's say I've got a number of MIDI instruments that I have assigned to TTS-1 -- say a dozen. But I need to load, I dunno, another five more. So that will put me at 17. But what if, for these next five instruments I choose to load VSTs and a MIDI keyboard or two? Are all these separate instruments included in the 16 channel total, or does each of these separate devices have at least one channel not included in the Cakewalk total (like TTS-1) that it can use? I found this article on the subject. It seems that, if one has the hardware to support it, one can have a large number of MIDI channels. But I guess my question remains -- will Cakewalk support this larger number of channels? http://homerecordinghub.com/midi-interface.html
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