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#123728 - 08/01/11 06:51 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Okay, I officially quit
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After chatting in another forum, I went to try Real Band. Okay first of all, the interface is completely different and I have no idea what I am doing. All I knew was "Play", so I hit.

Now, when playing the song in BIAB, there was an acceptable guitar solo at bar 51. Playing the same file in RB, there was n solo at all. And now the part that made me just power everything off and give up on this program.

I played with that song for 20 minutes. Okay, that is important. 20 minutes. In those 20 minutes I stopped and started that song a good 8-10 times, using the location slider to go to bar 49 and start from there to see where the hell my solo went. Again, remember twenty minutes.

On the next restart, I got an error message and a crash that my ASIO drivers were not correctly installed.

Well, apparently for the previous 20 minutes they WERE correctly installed because I was playing the song over and over and over and over.

Now, this is why I no longer care.

I know WHAT those ASIO drivers are, I just don't understand either the relevance of what driver is pushing my audio out and why BIAB/RB would suddenly decide that they were incorrectly installed AFTER USING THEM FOR TWENTY MINUTES!!!!!

I quit. I am just going to sketch out my rough tracks like I have been doing, send the stuff off to the players and be done with it.

As long as I have been around computers, and at an enterprise level, there is NO WAY a piece of software should dictate that you have to use "Jim's Driver" or it will not work. That is what the whole "net neutrality" fracas was about. And the fact that this happened 20 minutes in.

If my drivers were "incorrectly installed" (and NOTHING on my computer is "incorrectly installed") does logic not say that they would have failed the first time I hit play, not the 10th? My drivers did not go bad after 19:59 and fail at the 20th minute. A piece of software can not "decide" when it will fail.

At any rate, never mind. BIAB for rough skeleton demos and done. It's not like I would release anything created by a computer anyway. I just thought I could make better demos for my guys with RB but it is another 3 months of learning curve that I don't have, and it is apparently buggy.
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#123729 - 08/01/11 07:57 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: eddie1261]
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works like a champ here. I can open Biab files directly and play them.

I can hightlight a section and right click and add a solo at any and every pointy i want. i can add one in three, four, whatever tracks i want, and demo them all and pick the one i want.

RB does run on ASIO, but they are not necessary. The MME drivers are actually WDM drivers, and work very nicely for me on RB. I can't tell the difference over ASIO really.

20 minutes? Really?

Seriously Eddie you are missing the big picture here. I will be home in about an hour If you want I could shadow your screen and setup RB. It will really open the door for you.
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#123730 - 08/01/11 08:02 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: Robh]
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Thing is Rob, you highlighted a section where? I didn't have a scrolling chart like in BIAB. I had a mixer on my screen and a bunch of cryptic icons that did nothing and then I got that error, muttered an obscenity loud enough to scare my dog, and quit trying.
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#123731 - 08/01/11 09:08 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: eddie1261]
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Hey Eddie would you mind telling me what Style you used for "Do It All Again",
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#123732 - 08/02/11 01:11 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: eddie1261]
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Great minds and all that Eddie. I'm better with RB than you are and your problem is probably something fairly simple but still, I just finished posting my own rant in my RB bug report thread. It's true that sometimes RB does some strange things that don't make sense and it will piss you off but to be fair it mostly works well. You should have heard that solo. One thing to remember is RB is a linear sequencer, Biab allows you to do chorus repeats and 1st/2nd endings. RB ignores those so bar whatever in Biab may not be the same bar number in RB. I can't help you with that ASIO error I never get that, ASIO works fine for me. I know you're not in the mood for it now but let Rob link up with you. That's a very generous offer and you could learn a lot.

You're an active player like me and neither one of us has the time to be wasting a whole afternoon going on a bug hunt when we're trying to get some work done. I feel your pain and like you I've had it with RB for one night so I'm not going to try to help you right now, maybe later.

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#123733 - 08/02/11 01:57 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: jazzmammal]
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Rob remoted in and was a HUGE help. What he showed me is all working fine. What we did not do is record real time audio. I checked everything and the interface is set up as BIAB/RB says it should be, yet the VU meters show no input when I have a key on the keyboard taped down playing a note and I can hear it through the mix. Either I have something physical set wrong (which I doubt because I can hear the keyboard) or some setup, though the track is set to audio, it is on the right side of my interface (1-2 rather than 3-4) and Windows is correctly set up to use this as the recording device.

As I said earlier, this kind of thing makes me want to see everything I own and never play music again.

I once said in a ranting post, we need "simple mode".

Click here to do this.
Click here to do that.

I am not at 90 minutes trying to make the VU meters see my input, and my interface is showing me the input from the keyboard just fine.

90 minutes.

The help files are worthless. They say what to check but nothing about when everything checks to be right and it still doesn't work. When you do what the help says and it still doesn't work, it isn't my fault anymore. Watching the little green signal light on my M-Audio Fast Track Pro flashing away and getting madder with every flash.

Oh well, back to the help and GUESS what search string I should use for this. I do know "record" is no good, "audio" is no good, "RealBand" is no good..... let me go try "salami".
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#123734 - 08/02/11 07:15 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: eddie1261]
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Well I have over 200 songs done in RB and had been playing out with it 3 nights a week.Not your answer but it's not totally the progs fault either.
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#123735 - 08/02/11 07:44 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: silvertones]
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Hello Eddie,

Like you I have been very frustrated with realband at times. Overall I find it a buggy program given to freeaing up and crashing. As a well known poster once described it on these forums as rather like "My first DAW"

I usually use cubase to mix and what I do find realband invaluable for is creating multiple tracks of realtracks which I will then import into cubase (I don't bother with that drag and drop thing)

If you want the vocal harmonizer then you will need to use realband for that as well.

I think if you use biab to pick your style demo a few of the realtracks that you want, then create multiple tracks of these realtracks in realband save the project to .wav, then import it itno your regular DAW software and do everything there, you will find your workflow well speeded up.

The mixer in cubase is a joy to work with compared to realband I find though others will swear that realband is a the only DAW software that they require.

Overall I don't know realband that well but I know enough to reach the conclussion that there is no way that I will start and finish a song in it.

Like your songs in the user showcase by the way.

musiclover
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#123736 - 08/02/11 07:56 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: musiclover]
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Fro the record, I have yet to find a multitrack audio/MIDI software platform that does not A) require you to learn how things are done in that particular program (and ALL of 'em do the same things differently) and B) does not occasionally present a problem to me that stops the creative juices and requires me to change hats. Which can be frustrating to do, as you generally always lose the creative thang you were after at the time.

I've also never encountered any of these programs where, provided it is my first experience with the particular program, anything serious could be accomplished on that first run. I used to always tell people that you've got to be willing to spend the time and "shake it down" before starting any attempt to work on your masterpiece. Try putting together a dumb cover song or something, use that to work out any bugs and also to gain whatever experience is needed to make it work *before* you risk your creative work to the thing.

Or be frustrated.


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#123737 - 08/02/11 08:02 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: musiclover]
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OK, the VU's aren't showing the signal but you can hear it; did you actually try to record?

The VU's only show the default in/outs. Those are the ones at the top of the driver list. If you have the second one down highlited the VU's won't work. That's what the 'Move selected device to top' button does. It makes the chosen device move to the top of the list so it is the default and the VUs work. You can record without the VU's, but if you want them you need to make your device the default device in RB.

As for your solo, RB does not support the 'soloist' track in BiaB to my knowledge. It works more like a DAW than an accompaniment program. You would have to highlite the section you want the solo in and generate it by right-clicking the track. Or save the solo from BiaB to its own wav file and use 'Audio - import wave file' in RB.
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#123738 - 08/02/11 10:26 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: rharv]
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Rharv we did all that and was partially succesfull

We were able to drag the solo over , but it would not generate that particular solo Brent 1513, and we tried more than one track. We could generate other real tracks

I have had this before, where one track would not generate.

Also i did the setup and listed M-Audio 1/2 as the in and out, and clicked move to top of list.

Does the VUs work if not recording?
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#123739 - 08/02/11 10:55 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: Robh]
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The output VU meters are fine. When I try to record a little Hammond sound over that song we worked with, the input VUs do not move, it doe snot record, but I can hear the synth as I play it. That tells me it is hitting the interface but not going through it to the software. When I stop the record, it asks if I want to keep the take. I say yes. I play back, nothing. The track does not show any wave activity.

Physical connections are as such. Obviously from the interface to the computer is fine or I would hear nothing. In the Windows control panel (I run 7) the M-Audio IS selected as the default recording device, 16 bit, 44,100 sample rate, which is what the help files say it should be. I plug the synth into input 1 on my M-Audio. The synth activity light flickers. I select the track, set it to AUDIO TRACK (tried both mono and stereo). I hit RECORD (I also tried using the RECORD AUDIO) and play the track. I play over the recorded tracks, and it does not record.

Everything has been tested with every variable offered. I just don't know where else to look because this is the first time I ever used RB. And as I said in the earlier post, 90 minutes later, the help files were no help, largely because I don't know what other keywords to try. RECORD gave me nothing. RECORD AUDIO gave me nothing. I mean they gave me topics but they did not address this issue.

And the issue is NOT my M-Audio box. When I use Sonar I set things up the same way and can record real time with no problems.

People have offered replies to this and many other questions saying things like "Oh just send your track out to ______________ and then you can do this and that." Folks, the idea of buying BIAB/RB was so I did NOT have to be sending files back and forth and import this and export that and then tweak and and and and....... This was supposed to be the "one stop shopping" package. I KNOW how to use the other stuff. I don't WANT to do that any more. Cubase this, Pro Tools that, Sonar the other.... No. I want to do everything in ONE software. BIAB offered the advantage of creating background tracks, but if it doesn't work "all the way" it does me very little good.
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#123740 - 08/02/11 11:23 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: eddie1261]
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Something is not set up right. Some small thing is causing all this frustration. Could even be something in the M-Audio mixer applet. Monitor Mixer or such..
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#123741 - 08/02/11 11:33 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: rharv]
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"Does the VUs work if not recording?" Yes, when using selected device at top of list.
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#123742 - 08/02/11 11:37 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Okay, I officially quit [Re: rharv]
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"but I can hear the synth as I play it. That tells me it is hitting the interface but not going through it to the software. "

That is the key. Either the M-Audio is routing it elsewhere or the wrong drivers are selected.
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