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Michael McBroom

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I'm using the Staff View here, but I imagine the PRV will reveal the same oddity. Okay, I composed a piece of music with a 10/8 time signature, using Band in a Box to generate the accompaniment. It did what it was supposed to do -- well, sort of. BiaB made a hash of things from the standpoint of its Staff View also, but that's a topic for the folks over at PG Music. So anyway, I took this composition, saved it as a MIDI file, then imported it into CW. Before i imported the MIDI file, I took a blank CW template and set it up with a 10/8 time signature. Imported the file, no hitches, no glitches. It sounds fine in CW, but the only problem is, when I go to view the piece from the Staff View, even though it's supposedly showing a 10/8 file, it is playing it as if it is 8/8, or 4/4, whatever. At the top of the Staff View, it's showing ten hash marks per measure. But the music is being displayed as if there are only eight 8th notes worth of time value per measure, resulting in the music moving up one quarter note's value each measure. When I listen to the piece, I can count notes in the composition from one measure to the next, and arrive at ten 8th notes per measure. I can also optically count ten 8th notes per measure -- in some sections. In others not. That's where it gets messy. There are sections of the piece, especially held chords, where there are only eight 8th note values being shown. And just to make things really confusing, even in these spots where eight 8th notes (values) are being shown, I can still count ten 8th notes per measure as I listen to it. Weird, huh. Now, I suppose I could go into the file and physically change the time values in these sections that are displaying things as eight beats per measure. But that won't account for the fact that, when I listen to these measures, I'm counting ten beats, even though only eight are being displayed. I'm not sure what to do about this. I mean, the music is unaffected. It's 10/8 from beginning to end. It's just the appearance in the Staff View (and probably the PRV as well) that's messed up. It would be nice to get things to agree, though. Any ideas? Is there a fix for this?
  5. I write using musical notation and I've dabbled some with MuseScore. To me, it seems to be one of the best notation-based products out there. Way better than Notion, which I paid good money for and which I don't really like. I've also dabbled some with Reaper and I find it has a much steeper learning curve than Cakewalk, but I don't believe it can do anything that Cakewalk can't do. CW can hang with the best DAW software out there -- with ease. I'm assuming that you can produce a good midi file from your MuseScore tunes. That's all you need, when it comes to Cakewalk. I write a lot using Band in a Box and I import all my BiaB compositions into Cakewalk as midi files. Once they're in Cakewalk, I can do pretty much anything I want to with them. I can make relatively easy adjustments to the score using Cakewalk's Staff View -- not as comprehensive as MuseScore, but it can get the job done in most cases. VSTs are an unlimited resource with Cakewalk (and most any other DAW), but don't overlook Cakewalk's built-in multitymbral DX synth -- TTS-1. Its sounds are, for the most part, quite good and it puts almost no load on the CPU. Because it puts such a minimal load on the CPU, I'll often load multiple instances of TTS-1, not because I necessarily need more than 16 channels, but because TTS-1 becomes an audio track that you can then apply all sorts of audio enhancements to that you cannot do with midi tracks. So I can dedicate EQ and other audio effects to specific midi instruments instead of groups of instruments. And, of course, if a group doesn't require the sort of individual attention by pairing a single instance of TTS-1 with a single midi track, you can always have it work with multiple midi tracks, and it does a good job. I feel it's worth noting that many, if not most, VSTs are monotymbral and you must load separate instances for each midi track. Some VSTs are fairly CPU intensive as well, so this limits their total usefulness. Since CW is free, I recommend you take your time and give it a proper try with your MuseScore midi files. I think you'll find that there is very little it cannot do. I don't consider myself to be a CW power user, and I'm continuing to learn even though I've been using it for years. There are entire dimensions of this DAW that I've done little more than scratch the surface with.
  6. I finally upgraded my system to Windows 10 a few months back. I ended up doing a clean install so I had to reinstall Cakewalk. Now, prior to the change in OSes, Cakewalk would stop at the end of a piece and return to measure 1. Ever since the OS upgrade it's stopped doing this. I don't know what OS-related function or trick is causing this, but I suspect it's something simple that needs to be set -- or reset. So, what's the secret?
  7. That's him. Cool, I didn't know he was a member of Yes for a while -- they were my favorite band back in the early 70s. He's still active. So maybe a letter to that Boston address will find him.
  8. Well, slartabartfast did an excellent job of summing things up. Y'all will note that in my original post, I was requesting information on how to contact the owner of the copyright so that, if I chose to publish my derivation of the work, I would not run afoul of any copyright restrictions -- have all the i's dotted and t's crossed, so to speak. I'll try the email first and hope for a response. I'm curious if cakewalk.com is still a valid email domain. I'm sure Ivan (or Igor or whatever his name is) is still around somewhere. Update: I sent an email to igorkhoroshev@cakewalk.com and it got bounced. The return message stated that the email address doesn't exist. Oh well. I guess I can try snailmail next.
  9. Hey guys, thanks for the responses. Johnny -- Doh! I shoulda thought of that. Well, there are email and PO Box addresses there. Wonder if they're still any good. This was some 20+ years ago. Thanks for supplying a copy of your version. I'll be listening to it momentarily. John, in light of the statement at the end of the note, referencing the use in a commercial endeavor, seems to me they don't regard this clip as a mere clip. But I'd like to think you're right.
  10. Way back in my Pro Audio 9 days, I discovered this really cool tutorial that Cakewalk included with Pro Audio. I've renamed it so many times over the years -- usually just some version of "tutorial," but I did find one copy of it that was named "Boston Rain." I'm thinking this is probably the original title. It's just a little 16 bar blues, 32 bars in total length. I IV7 bV IV7 I is all it is, but it has a really cool melody that I like and it's in E Dorian -- what could be better for a guitarist to solo against? All voices are MIDI and I think the instruments were originally Piano Sax Bass and Drums, but somewhere early on I converted the Piano track to Organ, selecting an organ voice with a bit of a B3 grind to it. The organ really makes it, I think. Anyway, I would like to expand on this piece, perhaps add some sort of bridge section, and then publish it. But to do so, I'll need the authors' permission, and then if any royalties result (well, one can hope, can't one), I'll have ASCAP handle the chores. I've never attempted to publish anyone's music but my own, so I don't know how to go about this. I figured that the forum here is as good a place to start as any, and probably better than most. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer. I'm including my arrangement of it so far for you to peruse. The "YES!" I added after I found it at last. Boston Rain YES!.cwp
  11. Okay, just so's you know where I'm coming from, the sum of my experience regarding CC Control is only a couple of the CCs found in the PRV. Mostly Volume, really. But I know there are many others and some of them I could definitely use. It can be a pita trying to use them with kb and mouse, though, so I'm thinking about buying something that will make the process simpler. I already own a few keyboards that I'm sure I could set up as MIDI controllers, so rather than going the route of a kb controller, I'm thinking about what Sweetwater likes to label as "mixing control surfaces." I don't have many hundreds, or even thousands of $$ to spend on an item, so given a rather spare budget, the surface that attracts me the most is the Korg NanoControl Studio. Reading through the reviews, I note that a few of the reviewers have successfully configured it to work with Sonar and CWbBL. So at least I know it works with CW with a minimum of effort. But as always, I'd be interested in learning about other devices that may work as well, or perhaps even better, with CW. And lastly, since I'm still scratching the surface with CCs and how to implement them, is there a tutorial anywhere you can recommend that will bring me more up to speed on this topic? As always, thanks in advance.
  12. Hi John, so I take it that your answer to my question is a no, then. I tried your alternative and mine doesn't work like yours since yours is already defaulting to the CW app. On my system, SPlat is now the default if I were to click on any of those files. And I don't know what going to the Core folder is supposed to accomplish. You can't change associations from there -- or at least, I can't. I think it'll be easer at this point to just uninstall and reinstall CW. That should take care of the problem, right?
  13. I just recently put together a new computer system for my DAW and installed Win10 on it. Which means I've been having to reinstall everything. The very first program I reinstalled was Cakewalk. I'd been having some problems with my old Win7 system's audio, so I wanted to make sure that was a thing of the past. It was -- or is. But just for the sake of backward compatibility -- or grins and giggles or whatever -- I also reinstalled my old copy of SPlat. Now when I did that, Win10 did something I wasn't expecting. It re-associated my CW files with SPlat. Annoying. So I went into Settings > Default Apps > Choose Default Apps by File Type -- where I expected to be able to tell Win10 that I wanted my CW files associated with CWbBL. But Noooo. The only option this brain-dead function allows me to do is choose SPlat. Now, this isn't the sort of thing I've had to do much of in the past, but I don't recall earlier versions of Windows being quite so myopic. So, considering my options, I thought, hey, I'll just d/l CW again from Bandlab. But nope, the only way I can do that is if I UNINSTALL it first. Grrrr. Well, I'm not looking to go quite so drastic as all that, although if I have to, I will. So I'm deciding to cool my jets for now, but what I am wondering is this -- when it's time for another CW update, will I get my CW file associations back as well? Anybody happen to know this?
  14. Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Actually, it does help because it tells me that, for whatever peculiar reason, this problem appears to exist just with my machine and is most likely not a bug -- in the traditional sense, it would seem. I really, really, dislike machine-specific issues like this. But what are ya gonna do? I just upgraded the machine. Not gonna toss it in the bin and go for another one. At this point, I'm wondering, is the popup any sort of flat file that I might be able to edit or is it machine hex code that is auto generated? If a flat file, if I can find it, I can edit it.
  15. Shane, your file dates agree exactly with both installations of CW I have on my PC. When I saw that the two different installs agreed exactly, I got concerned, cuz it was only just a few days ago, when I was running CW from the old drive in Win7, that I saw the patch. What changed? Heh, a lot changed. New OS, new install of CW -- although it's supposedly the same as the one I was running just a couple of days ago, or so say all the file dates I've compared so far. I don't much like the idea of having to create a user preset and I have an uneasy feeling that my machine has just stumbled across a bug that might not be reproducible -- except on my machine, of course. I've finally put to bed a similar non-reproducible problem with an earlier incarnation of this machine. It sure would be nice if I could have a vacation from this sort of thing before problems start appearing again. But what have I got to lose. May as well reinstall.
  16. Thanks, Mister X. I've d/l'd the server and plug-in modules. Now all I have to do is get my other machine up and running. Should be in a few days -- waiting on that new drive. abacab, yeah, so far, it's working nicely. No hiccups and the music sounds great. I gotta say, though, I don't care much for the Win10 interface. I don't understand why M$ had to change everything around. I guess I'll get used to it, though.
  17. Thanks, abacab. That's good to know,, and I had to dig around a bit to benefit from that information. If I call up the TTS-1 mixer, and then click on the button above the channel, it shows the instrument and the "var," the "var" being 000 and the instrument being 054 -- not 064, by the way. Okay, so I decided to change channels so I wasn't already at Voice Oohs, and selected an instrument from clicking on the instrument name, which brings up a selection. So, what do you know? If I select "ensemble" there's the Voice Oohs -- 054 000. But if I go to the channel popup, the Voice Oohs have vanished. I'd really like to know why. It's good to know that I can still get to a voice that has vanished from the popup, but what I want to know is why did it vanish from the popup . . . especially if it's just happening to my system alone.
  18. Okay, good to know, I guess. Still, it doesn't explain what happened to my 'user created layout.'
  19. Steev, part of the beauty, I've found, with TTS-1 is how easy it is on resources. Yes, when I began this project I wondered if my 12 year old PC could handle it. It could, in fact, and those little bars up in the little Performance window that showed load per core (hence four of them) never got much above idle -- when the machine was behaving itself, that is. That was a 12yo Win7 machine. Just a couple days ago, I upgraded to a Win10 machine and when i run this same file, I see essentially no difference. Just a guess, but I think that, when a track is idle, it is truly idle. No resources being used on it. In contrast to the subject piece, I have a few others that place much greater demand on the hardware. One piece I've written has over 20 voices. They do not all play at once, but there are a couple of areas where they get close. And these pieces, even when using TTS-1, are putting a much more noticeable load on the machine. incidentally, I tried simplifying that piece. It didn't turn out well. The problem was the overlap. I was still having to use multiple versions for each track because of the overlap. And then I suddenly had to deal with mixing and gain issues. So I just tossed that attempt out. Although apparently unwieldy, once you get the hang of it, it's not difficult to navigate through. Regarding your latest msg, hey I don't know from gens. What I do know is the motherboard has a 2017 manufacture date, which is recent enough for me, the way I use my gear. And I figured I was getting something recent just because I can plug a new Intel i5 into it. Way to rain on a guys parade. Hey, I had to have a mobo with PCI slots, and this was the best one they had at Newegg with PCI slots that carried a "reasonable" price tag. Still cost me well over a hundred bucks. Hey Scook, I know the location. In both my previous and current installs of CW, in that folder there's only one file: defaultCat.pgl.tmp. I guess I couldn't find anything within CW because of the .tmp extension, which I wonder why this is. But more importantly, in my previous install -- that is, on the drive I was using until just a few days ago, the file I'd created that had my customized set of VSTi's is gone. And I don't understand why. It's not a huge deal. I can rebuild it. I just wonder why it happened. John, thanks for the tips. I already have a lot of 3rd party plug-ins on this machine on the drive that previously held all of Cakewalk's data. I haven't pointed this current install of CW's plug-in manager at them yet, though. But sooner or later I'll have to. There are some that I make almost constant use of.
  20. I ran into this yesterday, and so far, I've only found one patch that has gone missing. The Voice Oohs patch, which used to be close to the top of the middle row of patches that pop up when you click on an existing voice in a track. I just installed Win10 on this machine, so I went over to Bandlab to get a copy of CW to install. Everything went fine. I loaded CW and began working on a tune, and discovered that the Voice Oohs patch was missing. Strange. So I called up a tune where I knew I'd selected Voice Oohs and hit Play. The Voice Oohs were still in the playback, even though if I selected the patch panel , the patch didn't exist. It's like the voice has been grandfathered in or something. I'm glad that TTS-1 still has the voice, but I'm not at all happy that I have no way to select it. I went back to my old installation of CW and found the TTS-1 folder -- and all files are identical to the ones in the latest installation of CWbBL. In fact, they're 10 years old. Hrmmm. Anyway, all I know is something's changed. I doubt it's Win10 that would have caused this. Somebody somewhere has tweaked something in CW for this to happen. I'm respectfully requesting that it be untweaked. NOW. If you're running a current version of CW and you see the Voice Oohs patch -- if you're feeling brave, go to Bandlab and d/l the latest even though you might not need it just yet. Then take a look at the patch list and see if Voice Oohs still exist. If they do, let me know because that means that something's gone haywire with my brand new install.
  21. Well, it's been 10 days or so since I last checked in here. I finally dragged my PC out from the weave of cabling, and checked the drives. I dunno why I did it, but I had mounted a fairly recent drive that had suffered a fatal crash when I dropped it from about a 3 foot height onto a carpeted floor. A 2 TB drive that suddenly reported it was a 130 MB drive. Yep. Megabytes. Maybe I was hoping it would wake up, or I could perform some sort of diagnostic repair to it, to get back the entire drive? I dunno. It was a few years ago when I did this. Anyway, I yanked the drive. Another Seagate. I swear I will never buy another Seagate. I've owned a few over the years and they have all crashed on me. A few days ago, I finally bit the bullet and upgraded my PC. Win10, of course. I went with an Intel i5 3.5 GHz processor, 16 gigs of RAM and an ASUS mobo that has 1) PCI slots and 2) an HDMI port that handles the high resolution my monitor needs (2560x1080). I also bought a 1TB SSD to handle the OS and other chores, like CW. I installed my trusty old M-Audio Delta 66 card -- a 20+ year old design -- using Win7 drivers. It runs fantastic, without hiccups. Oh, and the Rice Crispies have vanished. YAY! Which, btw, were not cured by the removal of that drive. It definitely helped, but it didn't rid my system of the problem. I still think it was the video card. But I'll never know I guess because I have no more use for it. Anybody want an NVidia G210 card with hi-rez HDMI/DVI/VGA outs? I'll let go of it for cheap. This new system with my old Delta 66 card sounds amazing. Everything is sharp and clear with superb response. I love it. The system will be getting one more upgrade before I'll consider it complete. I also bought a 4TB drive (should be here in a few more days) that I plan to copy the data and files from my old two drives onto, mostly to simplify things. These old drives are gonna go into another case with my old mobo and processor and ram and I'm gonna clean up its Win7 install one way or another and keep that machine as a legacy machine so I can run older software and hardware I'm not willing to say goodbye to just yet. Which has caused me to wonder -- is it possible to network two computers together in a single DAW environment? Over a network maybe? Such that they can be synced when music production is going on? One possibility I thought of is to configure the spare system as a MIDI instrument and just hook it up to the master system as if it were, say, a MIDI keyboard or something. True, that limits its usefulness -- no audio for starters. Maybe assigning its audio and MIDI outs to audio and MIDI tracks in the other machine? I dunno. But it seems that, for this to work, at a minimum, sync must occur between the two machines and the auxiliary machine must be able to share its variety of patches and audio voices.
  22. Hey guys, just thought I'd check back in real quick. I upgraded my PC a couple of days ago, which always seems to end up being a marathon event for me. And I'm still running. About the only applications I have up and running are Chrome and Cakewalk. Waiting to find the time and the arrival of additional hardware before I launch into the reinstallation of things in a big way. I've just caught up in the comments. I'm very intrigued by what you guys are doing, comparing the venerable old TTS-1 with all sorts of other products, most of which I've never even heard of (I don't get out much, I guess). So I'm gonna have to give things a listen, and maybe even contribute. But that might be a while yet. An important CW file has just disappeared without a trace -- my Plugin Menu Layout (.pgl) file, which had dozens of VSTi's listed. It's just disappeared, which doesn't make sense because I installed CW onto a clean new SSD. The old drive is still in the system and I've gone into the CW directories in that drive and the file has disappeared. Very strange. I even did a file search for the entire PC and got no hits. So I'll have to rebuild the file before I'll have access to certain important files. Oh, just in case you might be interested, I went the mid route with my PC upgrade. I chose an Intel i5 3.5GHz processor, which has the same number of cores and is only 0.1 GHz faster than my 12yo AMD processor. But I'm counting on the more recent technology benefitting me in various ways. The "new" refurbished motherboard is an ASUS Z87-K. It has PCI slots, which is something I still need., and a high-resolution HDMI port, which I need for my 34" wide LG screen. I loaded it up with 16 GHz of memory and also installed a 1 TB SSD, which holds the OS and so far the few applications I've installed so far, including CW. New 750w power supply, but old case. I like this old case. CW sounds great on this new platform, even with my 20 year old sound card.
  23. I've run into a similar problem with TTS-1 before -- with tunes with much fewer tracks. And it was for this reason that I chose such a convoluted approach. Yeah, I wound up with a tune with like 50 tracks (including the TTS-1 tracks), but the overhead was about the same as if I'd had maybe 10 or so -- mostly because only five of the tracks were being used at any one time. But in the end I still couldn't dodge the bullet, so oh well. Maybe I'll try combining them, see if the song behaves any differently. Because of the overlap, though, this is still gonna require a bit of massaging. Cuz I don't know how to get a single MIDI track to play more than one MIDI patch concurrently. Also John (Vere) discussed swapping out TTS-1 patches for Cakewalk SI instruments. I do use them on occasion. Especially the strings and the drums. I don't like SI piano -- to me, the selections sound old and tired, especially the Rhodes-like ones. SI Bass just hasn't shown a real advantage over TTS-1 to me. As I mentioned earlier, with a bit of judicious quantizing and especially EQ, you can get some patches to sound pretty nice, and a few of TTS-1's bass patches fall into this category. I haven't figured out yet how to get SI drums to play anything but drums yet. If I have a drum track that has percussion instruments (like congas), SI Drums locks up. Too bad, cuz I do like it. And I'll state once more, just for the record, with the VSTs I've tried, including some cool ones like Serum, the overhead is higher than TTS-1, so I can only employ relatively few in the mix with my current hardware. That will be changing soon, though.
  24. You guys are making a lot of unwarranted assumptions and have managed to stray from the topic, which was how to get TTS-1 to do what I want. Well, I've solved that to my satisfaction by specifying instruments in Event Lists. Using VSts is not some rodeo I've never been to before. Maybe you missed where I mentioned having over 460 installed, a lot of which I paid good money for? Still, I find that most VST synths are hugely bloated with patch sounds that I can only describe as stupid. And sadly the synths I bought haven't fared much better. The problem I've found with using individual VSTs is they can overload the CPU when configuring larger music files. Especially if I want to add any effects like reverb. This is where multi-timbral synths begin to shine. What I would really like would be to find a good multi-timbral synth that can do as good a job as TTS-1 in terms of low CPU overhead, but a better job in terms of instrument selection and quality. So far, I haven't found any. But to be honest, I haven't looked that hard either. The ones I've tried so far were free and were mostly crap.
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