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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.

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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
Announcing…The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)

We are excited to announce the release of a new project: The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)

Songwriter Floyd Jane shows the songwriting process from inspiration to performance and publication: http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=IYMMZVvQdCw

The idea for this project came about when many members on this forum and elsewhere were asking questions about the song writing process. There are many aspects, and many parts of it necessary to create a song, get it arranged, performed, and then published on the internet. So we asked the great songwriter Floyd Jane, who is a regular member on this forum, if he could help. Floyd agreed and was even able to collaborate with other forum members, Janice and Bud. The result is this video we put together that you can see on YouTube or Facebook, called "The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)".

We hope this video helps other songwriters with their songwriting process, and also shows them tools that are available to them along the way. Also, we mention this User Showcase Forum, and hope to see many new aspiring or accomplished songwriters join this community :blush:

A big Thank You to Floyd for sharing your knowledge with the community and making this possible. And to Janice and Bud for your great collaboration!

Here is Floyd's original forum post for his song "A Little Bit Of Me": http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=433190

Check out Floyd / Janice & Bud’s music here:
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Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - 49 Requests Fulfilled!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows boasts more than 50 new features... and a lot of the new features fill the requests posted by program users!

Some of these include:

Q. I am learning guitar. The RealTracks are very helpful in that I can hear great guitar players, and most of the tracks have tab and notation as well. But there is much more to guitar, could you include some videos of some of the RealTracks Artists? Because I would learn much more from seeing a guitarist than just hearing them.

A. We have a major new feature called "Video RealTracks." These work and sound like RealTracks, but you get to see a video of the Guitarist (or whatever instrument) playing as well. The amazing thing is that this works with any chord progression you type in. So, if you want to learn to play like the great guitarist Brent Mason, for example, you can type in chords to any progression you are interested in, and then hear and see a video of Brent soloing over your progression. Now you can learn much quicker, as it helps to see how a musician is performing, as well as to hear.

Q. I love the Audio Chord Wizard, as it figures out chords from mp3 and other audio files. But it is a separate program from Band-in-a-Box, and I can’t go back and forth to change things easily.

A. We've solved that, as BiaB 2018 has integrated the Audio Chord Wizard directly into Band-in-a-Box. Now load an audio file into BiaB, open the Audio Edit Window – Audio Chord Wizard mode, and let it automatically figure out the bar lines and chords for the song.

Q. I like to save songs as MP3 files, and can't do this with BiaB, except a very low quality one, 64kbps.

A. We've improved this, by adding support for Windows Media Foundation. This allows you to save MP3 in your choice of resolutions, up to very high 320mpbs. Better still, it works on current versions of Windows (Windows 7,8,10) and also on older versions too (Vista, XP).

We've answered 49 questions - review all of these answers on our forum post "49 of your Problems solved? List of 49 Requests fulfilled in Band-in-a-Box 2018" here.

All of the new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows can be reviewed at http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.new.htm

RealBand® 2018 for Windows Build 3 Update Available!

RealBand 2018 users can update their version with the latest patch, Build 3. Download this patch here

Summary of Changes since 2018 Build 3:

Added: Section Numbers supported. All section letter menus now include numbers 1 through 9 in addition to letters A through Z.
Fixed: Section letters in Notation Window were not being resized if the notation was zoomed in/out
Fixed: RealBand might freeze when generating audio harmonies
Fixed: Loading in a BB song (MGU/SGU) or generating realtracks could freeze up the program.
Fixed: Chords in Notation/LeadSheet on 1st beat of a bar were being drawn too close to bar lines.
Fixed: Support for XP and Vista.

http://www.pgmusic.com/support.realband.htm#2018_3

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Build 505 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can update their version with the latest patch - Build 505.

This patch can be downloaded here.

Summary of changes for Build 505:

Added: You can now put Section Numbers in your song. Previously you could only use letters A-Z, but now you can use 1-9 as well.
Added:You can now filter styles in the StylePicker for styles that contain Video RealTracks.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box would crash with error "Procedure entry point MFTEnumEx could not be found in the Dynamic Link Library Mfplat.DLL" while starting up if using Windows Vista.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box would crash with error message "dwmapi.dll cannot be found" while starting up if using Windows XP.
Fixed: The Transcribe feature in the Audio Edit window was not always working.
Fixed: The Windows Audio Devices dialog might show garbage text for names of devices if not running Band-in-a-Box in English.
Fixed: There was no Quality selector in the Render to Audio File dialog if rendering MP3 on Windows 7 or earlier.
Fixed: There were visual artifacts in the leadsheet & notation windows when moving the cursor.
Fixed: Using the Transpose or stretching features in the Audio Edit window might cause an access violation if the audio track is mono.
Improved: Band-in-a-Box will start up faster.
Improved: Importing ABC Notation files has been improved.
Updated: Help file and manuals.
Updated: RealTracks Artist bio's.

http://www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#505

New! Video RealTracks for Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

NEW with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows... Video RealTracks Sets!

Video RealTracks allow you to see the RealTracks artist playing that track - you can use them just like any other RealTrack, and you can generate a video which will display the musician playing your song exactly as you hear it. You can also include a chord sheet or notation in the video.
TIP: If you load one of the video RealTracks bands, you will have video RealTracks on 5 tracks, and you can make a video of 1-5 musicians!

We've added Video RealTracks Set 1: Pop Ballad Band to our Free Bonus PAK included in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows packages during our December special.
Video RealTracks Set 2: Country TrainBeat Band is included in the 2018 49-PAK, along with 40 Bonus UNRELEASED RealTracks, 22 MIDI SuperTracks, 101 Instrumental Studies, and Artist Performance Set 8: Traditional Songs Sung by Béatrix Méthé.

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With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows we also released 202 NEW RealTracks (in Sets 278-300)! Listen to all the individual demos here: www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.202newrealtracks.htm, or watch our Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - 202 New RealTracks Overview Video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=qDFYZMjrzAI

Get all 202 new RealTracks when you purchase any Band-in-a-Box® 2018 UltraPAK, Audiophile Edition, or the PlusPAK upgrade, on sale until December 31st!

NEW! Xtra Styles PAK 4 - Available for both Windows and Mac!

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To add to the excitement of this release, we're putting all of our Xtra Styles PAKs on SALE! Until December 31st, purchase any Xtra Styles PAK (1 - 4) for just $29 each! (reg. $49) http://www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win

Listen to all the demos of these new Xtra Styles here, or check out this video: www.pgmusic.com/?vid=Zl_wr47d2V0

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