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  1. If anyone else experiencing this problem is using a Focusrite audio interface, try installing the new drivers available on the Focusrite web site. I installed this morning, and the problem went away.
  2. It's been a long time since I updated my Focusrite driver. Can someone remind me -- do you uninstall the old driver before running the new installer? I can't find where they answer this question on their support site.
  3. It's the curse of high expectations. I can sympathize. It helps to keep reminding myself it's OK if my music doesn't sound as good as the music of professional musicians who are professionally recorded and produced. I can still enjoy doing it, just like I used to enjoy playing football or basketball even though lots of people were better than I was.
  4. I rolled back to the previous update just now and that didn't fix the problem.
  5. Thanks for the suggestions. Double-clicking a project name opens the project OK. There are no zip files in the media browser folder or subfolders. Finally, Cakewalk rarely hangs completely for me, though it often displays "unresponsive" briefly while opening a project. Next time I get a hang, I'll use procdump to generate a minidump file.
  6. OK, I'll ignore the start screen processes. The spinning start circle is still a problem, though. It makes the mouse pointer sluggish, probably from the heavy CPU draw while Cakewalk is waiting for me to select a project.
  7. I looked to confirm the .exe was on the AV exception list. Then I decided to look at the processes that start up with Cakewalk. There were three instances of cakewalkstartscreen.exe running, so I added that file to the AV exception list. That did nothing to cure the perpetually spinning start circle problem. Now I'm wondering why Cakewalk needs to start three instances of cakewalkstartscreen.exe.
  8. When I start Cakewalk, but before I've opened a project, the blue Windows start circle starts spinning and won't stop no mater how long the screen is open. While it's spinning, the Windows Task Manager shows a lot of CPU activity and a small amount of disk activity for the Cakewalk process. Both will continue until I open a project, then everything settles down as soon as the project finishes loading. I thought at first Cakewalk might be running a VST scan, but automatic scans are disabled. Another odd symptom: if I leave Cakewalk open on the start screen while I switch to a web browser or a media player, I can't run any kind of video while the start circle is spinning in Cakewalk. Other applications run fine. I think this behavior started with the last Cakewalk update, at least I don't remember seeing it before. Has anyone else noticed this? I'm wondering what Cakewalk is doing while it's waiting for me to select a project and why it's preventing videos from running.
  9. About 9" both hands here. I can get an octave plus a minor third without too much trouble.
  10. To paraphrase Phyllis Diller, if your great-grandkids insist on writing their names in the dust tell them not the write the year.
  11. I've seen this error when the USB connection got jostled. A problem with the connection could be in the cable or even in the USB port itself. Have you tried a different port?
  12. Do your vocal tracks have any extra take lanes left over from comping? I remember something like this happening when a clip got muted somehow. I had to open up the take lanes and manually unmute. Edit: Please ignore. My case was different from what you're seeing.
  13. Do you use these plugins with Cakewalk? As usual, it's not listed as a supported host.
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