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#441895 - 12/01/17 12:22 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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How are you finding MixCraft, Matt? I've played with it a little but, but mostly have used Sonar and RealBand/PowerTracks. But I like the MixCraft interface and it's not too difficult to figure out.
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#441933 - 12/01/17 02:49 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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That's what I like about it, John: it's not too hard to figure out! After all the hoops some software has put me through, I like simple.

I love the iPhone app for it.
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#441963 - 12/01/17 05:34 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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There are many options. The Cakewalk void will likely be filled quick, if not replaced by a buyer to use the name right away.

Reaper, Mixcraft, n-Tracks, or even multitrackstudio (plus many more)...

So many options out there now, it's hard to keep up anymore.
We live in good times.

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#441979 - 12/01/17 07:03 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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I agree that there are many options. My main issue is that I only got on the Sonar bandwagon a couple of years ago and invested a lot of time learning what was supposed to be one of industry leaders (can you say Craig Anderton, et. al.) by studying books, websites Groove3, etc., but now have to invest more time in learning something new just as I got comfortable with it.
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#441995 - 12/01/17 07:43 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: rharv]
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yep

and I don't think this is even a COMPLETE list

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_digital_audio_editors

I've been trying to settle on a "goto" Sonar replacement for over a year now and find I like a lot of stuff BETTER than I ever did Sonar. I had been in that CW state of mind for so long I hadn't realized how FAR from "the basics" (think CW Pro Audio 9: MIDI sequencer + audio Recorder = song maker) it had drifted and how COMPLEX and burdensome it had become.

Larry

PS BTW I see references to, and we discuss, Sonar as if it were dead and had quit working on our machines.

It still works and it will work until MS pushes out new Win 10 "Features" set next spring, or next fall, or the updates after that, that do something to hinder Sonar from working. Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 STILL RUNS and functions on Win 10 (as does X3 and 8.5). It's like all those 1980 synths that have zero USB ports they ALL STILL WORK in Win 10 (if you use a 5-pin DIN MIDI connection). So Sonar may work for another 20 years or may stop with next spring Win 10 Feature update!








Edited by Larry Kehl (12/02/17 01:52 PM)
Edit Reason: typcial typos
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#442031 - 12/02/17 01:18 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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Cannot believe the amount of vst/vsti you get with Mixcraft, not to mention the loops etc.

I bought sonar then a lot of wave plugs and others just to get started .

I bought Mixcraft pro set it up used everything from mixcraft i.e. reverb, compressor eq, etc .

Done a wee recording and it blew away a lot of the rest.

Amazing I'm in awe.
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#442036 - 12/02/17 03:45 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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Just think it would be great if we could see the headline "PGmusic aquires Cakewalk" or even to just get a licence to use the basic version Cakewalk Home studio, and then to somehow incorporate the generation of reaaltracks realdrums within it.

Overall I don't do much audio recording, but the lack of the basic tools with realband is a huge put off, you would think there would be a basic toolbox with split, select, range and mute tools, but no, though there are workarounds, and the small mixer window with half of the screen empty (at least on my computer) which I have been reliably informed is a "feature"

Anyhow as has been said We live in great times for music making software.

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#442056 - 12/02/17 07:03 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: Larry Kehl]
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Originally Posted By: Larry Kehl
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PS BTW I see references to, and we discuss Sonar as if it were dead and had quick working on our machines.

It still works and it will work until MS pushes out new Win 10 "Features" set next spring, or next fall, or the updates after that, that do something to hinder Sonar from working. Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 STILL RUNS and functions on Win 10 (as does X3 and 8.5). It's like all those 1980 synths that have zero USB ports they ALL STILL WORK in Win 10 (if you use a 5-pin DIN MIDI connection). So Sonar may work for another 20 years or may stop with next spring Win 10 Feature update!



If you take your music computer off-line right now Sonar will last as long as your computer does and that is probably many years.
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#442148 - 12/02/17 02:04 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD


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If you take your music computer off-line right now Sonar will last as long as your computer does and that is probably many years.


Correct

While Sonar and I parted ways a while back - if you are Sonar dependent user there is no need to panic - the world hasn't ended, you can still use Sonar, as is, with no issues. However, and I repeat the only real risk is if used under Win 10 and you DO NOT take the machine offline as MarioD suggests the next Win 10 OS patch COULD render Sonar kaput. Although Sonar should continue to run fine in Win 7 forever!

this is not unlike some Cubase users who refuse to pay for .5 upgrades (as if it were a whole version upgrade) so they STAY with last version

Finally, caveat emptor: yes, there is a whole universe of other DAWs' - free, cheap, moderate, and as much as a new car (when I was a kid -LOL) - but just like CW any one of them can just as easily go "Tango Uniform" tomorrow.

Larry
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#442151 - 12/02/17 02:14 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: jford]
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Hi Jford,
Thats the real sad thing the amount of time learning and knowing the DAW and feeling comfortable around it .I suppose you could say alot of the knowledge is transferable but the comfort and ease of use is not,.I hope it is acquired Hugh

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#442183 - 12/02/17 04:47 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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Much of learning a DAW is indeed transferable. To me it’s similar to learning a new computer language: each successive new one is easier. I’m told foreign languages are the same way (I stopped after French).
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#442264 - 12/03/17 04:44 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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And of course, I just got an email for even another option.

But sale only lasts until December 6.
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#442267 - 12/03/17 05:25 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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The Cakewalk (SONAR) forum has never been busier. At the invite of some forum managers (while the forum still exists), vendors of other DAWs have been making presentations to attract SONAR users to change to their product, sometimes including special crossgrade pricing. Although SONAR should still work fine for years, most of us are actively exploring other options. Even if another company stepped in now, there would be a substantially smaller user base than before.
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#442286 - 12/03/17 07:16 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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Matt, I just ran into this vid about Studio One 3.3 integration with Notion 6. It looks like it has your full score view.

https://www.gearnews.com/presonus-studio-one-v3-3-update/

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#442288 - 12/03/17 07:24 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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It does, thank you. Not a fan of Notion when I last tried it. Still looking but not vigorously, as SONAR still works.
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PG Music News
A Little Bit Of Me Music Video!

A great music video created by forum user Floyd Jane! https://youtu.be/qPrejgnwb4M?t=3600

This song was featured in a detailed "The Birth of a Song" video created by Floyd Jane - watch the complete video here:
http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=qPrejgnwb4M

RealBand 2018 Build 5 Update Available!

RealBand 2018 customers can download the latest free patch update here: http://www.pgmusic.com/support.realband.htm#2018_5

Summary of Changes for Build 5
Added: When generating the input file for saving as an MGU/SGU SongMode128= is saved to the input file.
Added: Localization support for 2018.
Added: flyby hints to new dialogs.
Fixed: Save As with a filename greater than 128 chars could cause an error 123 plus access violation.
Fixed: Rebooting RealBand after a filename with 128 chars was saved could cause an access violation.
Fixed: Pressing the Change button in the Event List Window could result in an access violation if an event was not a Note event.
Fixed: When running in Win 10, and using BBW or PT to generate audio harmonies, an error would occur saying that you need BB 2011 or PT 12 to generate audio harmonies.
Fixed: Midi Thru Method was not being saved to the .INI file. It always reverting to Track-Specific when booting up RealBand, even if the user manually changed the setting to Global in the Midi Thru Settings dialog.
Fixed: Delete All Notes on This Peg menu item in notation window right-click menu was missing.
Fixed: Potential crash on exit (having to do with the DLL attempting to free up a dynamic array that was passed to it).

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Build 512 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows customers can download the latest free patch update here: www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#512

Summary of changes for Build 512 since 510 (Feb 15 2018):
Fixed: "Load SoundTrack Song" and "Load song with RealDrums Audio" buttons in the Sound Track dialog were not working.
Fixed: After returning Band-in-a-Box to factory settings the File Open dialog would default to the bb\Data\Lib directory.
Fixed: Choosing a custom chord sheet font would ignore any color choice made in the font selection dialog.
Fixed: Drum names were sometimes truncated in the RealDrums MultiDrums and Quicklist dialogs.
Fixed: Exporting a MIDI file might cause the error, "MIDIConv.exe no found".
Fixed: Mixer changes were not undoable, and would not cause user to be prompted to save their song when exiting.
Fixed: Static in RT2438 and other various RealTracks fixes.
Fixed: StylePicker database various updates. Some styles were displaying the wrong feel (swing/even) in notation. A few styles incorrectly showed missing Drums.
Fixed: The audio latency setting would increase every time leaving the Windows Audio Devices dialog.
Fixed: The Download Manager folder name defaulted to 2016 instead of 2018.
Updated: Help file.

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is Here!

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is here! PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 includes many new features and enhancements:

Windows Audio (WASAPI) driver support. This allows for low latency audio recording/playback without requiring ASIO. Note that this supports 1 stereo input plus 1 stereo output at a time. For multiple inputs/outputs, you should continue to use either MME or ASIO.

ABC Notation format support. You can save a track of notation in a popular ASCII text format to import into other programs, or you can paste this format into a user forum as a way of sending the track (usually the melody and chord symbols) to other users without having to attach a file.

The built-in Audio Chord Wizard detection in the Chords window automatically detects the chords of the song, based on the audio data from all non-muted audio tracks. This works similar to the standalone Audio Chord Wizard, except that it uses the current bar lines of the existing song.

Notation Enhancements:
-X/8 time signature support. This is a special method of displaying 6/8, 9/8, or 12/8 time signatures in the Notation window.
-The Duplicate previous chord in notation right-click menu lets you quickly duplicate the previous chord (group of notes on same peg) without having to reenter it.
-Delete highlighted notes in notation right-click menu lets you delete all highlighted notes.
-Delete all notes on this peg in notation right-click menu lets you delete all notes on the nearest peg that was clicked on.
-You can now enter Section Numbers. Previously, you could enter letters (A-Z) only, but now you can also enter numbers (1-9).

...a full list of the new features in PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is available at http://www.pgmusic.com/powertracks.features.htm

http://www.pgmusic.com/powertracks.htm

#TBT - The Beginning of Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box®

We released the much-loved Xtra Styles PAKs in August 2016! This release included 164 RealStyles for Jazz, Country, Rock-Pop, and Singer/Songwriter and worked with any Band-in-a-Box® 2016 or higher UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition!

Xtra Styles PAKs were such a hit... we couldn't stop making them! Since their introduction, we've released 3 more PAKs with a total of over 600 Xtra Styles in all!

Want to hear what other program users are doing with their Xtra Styles? Visit our Xtra STyles Contests forum to hear all the songs submitted during previous song contest we've had: http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=102&page=1

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs and listen to their demos at http://www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win.

Band-in-a-Box® Customer Feedback - Feel The Love!

Check out some great feedback we've received on our Facebook account from program users:

"I have been using Band-in-a-Box for years. It is the anchor of my music gigs as well as my fun in my studio. I have used other software but Band-in-a-Box is my main go to."
-Jack T.

"Love Band-in-a-Box. As someone who played professionally for 20 years and retired from live performing years ago, I still love music. Band-in-a-Box allows me to create fun arrangements which I can sing over or play over. There are THOUSANDS of different variations plus you can enter any chords you like and create any chart. It's also great for creating background tracks for videos and audio content for websites, training etc. And like everything else in the world . . . it may not be right for everyone. For those who love music and don't have the time to shed five or six instruments it's way cool."
-Vinnie R.

"This program has completely changed my playing for the good. I can experiment with playing chords and leads over various scenarios that I can quickly create and change. Love this program. I use it nearly every day."
-Dave R.

"I bought my first version in 1994 and have progressed to 2018 version. I use it to create backing tracks for live music performance. I currently have over 2,000 songs performance ready. If you can and type, and use mouse it will work for you."
-Roger M.

"The premiere reason for me for buying this program; it has given me the freedom to fully complete the foundation for my songs without the confinement of limited minded musicians. After the song concept is complete, it can then be presented those musicians to play as a cover song. Also writing a song with a band gives them partial ownership of your idea... not cool... especially since they may have fought your idea every step of the way.. Every member of an organized band should own a copy of this program to compose or to even give legitimate composition alternatives to the original songwriter."
-Paul V.

Thanks everyone!

Support for ABC Notation Format in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

ABC notation is the simple text-based notation system used by musicians worldwide to store chords, melody, and lyrics of songs. Now with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows you can open and save songs in ABC notation format!

To save the song in ABC notation format, press the [Save As] toolbar button and choose Save as ABC notation file from the menu. Once opened, select a track that you want to save and choose your other criteria - The [Copy to clipboard] button will copy the file to the clipboard (that you can then paste it into other programs). The [Save as File] button will let you type a name and select the destination in your hard drive.

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