You need to be logged in to post
#449529 - 01/06/18 12:05 PM [PowerTracks Pro Audio] Cymbal Help Needed
Registered: 12/01/06
Posts: 491
Loc: Wisconsin
Bernier Offline

Registered: 12/01/06
Posts: 491
Loc: Wisconsin
I am trying to get the cymbal sound when the bell of the cymbal is hit. There is no sound like that in real drums I can seem to create.
Also, I am trying to get 8 of these per measure for a full song. I tried with one measure then copy and paste, but that didn't work. It is way to inaccurate to fall right on the beat.
Any advice is appreciated!

#449536 - 01/06/18 12:35 PM [PowerTracks Pro Audio] Re: Cymbal Help Needed [Re: Bernier]
Registered: 08/20/11
Posts: 4221
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC USA
Jim Fogle Offline

Registered: 08/20/11
Posts: 4221
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC USA
When I need something that specific I go to +++ +++ or just do a web search for cymbal bell sample or cymbal bell hit.

Maybe +++ this +++ or +++ this +++ can be useful to you.

You'll still have to cut and paste. You might find that you can use one one sample, play it four times in a step sequencer to get quarter beats, copy the four quarter beats then paste ahead an eighth note to get eight beats per measure. Record the step sequence audio, provide tempo information and make the audio a loop. Then you can make tempo adjustments as needed.
Jim Fogle
2018 BiaB (520) UltraPlusPak RB 2018 (Build 5)
Cakewalk by Bandlab - Sonar Home Studio - Cakewalk Music Creator 6 - Audacity - Zoom MRS-8 recorder
i3 laptop, 64bit Win 7, 8 GB ram, 480GB SSD
Music at:

#449566 - 01/06/18 02:38 PM [PowerTracks Pro Audio] Re: Cymbal Help Needed [Re: Jim Fogle]
Registered: 12/20/16
Posts: 331
Loc: Gold Coast, Queensland, Austra...
Teunis Offline

Registered: 12/20/16
Posts: 331
Loc: Gold Coast, Queensland, Austra...
A method could be download the sound as Jim says create a simple .sfz file then add the notes using notation. Sounds complicated but it is not. Some time back I posted a sample .sfz file. In this case you only need one line but that would be very mechanical all notes would sound the same. I would have several lines to have slightly different notes. Sforzando can be used to play back the samples.

// sfz Definition File
// Version 2
// My Tele Restrung based on the Cakewalk Script

<region> sample=reStrings\E2.flac key=e2 lokey=c2
<region> sample=reStrings\F2.flac key=f2 tune=-25
<region> sample=reStrings\G2.flac key=g2 lokey=f#2 tune=-12

Above is a part of a .sfz. In this case my Telecaster with new strings. It shows where to find the sample. The note used to play the sample (upper and lower keys used where the one sample is used for different notes. Tune is adjusting the note slightly. You just type (or edit) the lines in Notepad and save it as a .sfz. I don't use Sforzando so I am not sure if it is easy there to adjust the velocity. I use Dimension Pro and it becomes simple to adjust the velocity giving a more realistic sound.

Just a thought


Edited by Teunis (01/06/18 04:00 PM)
HP i7-4770 16GB 512G SSD, Win 10 Home,
Roland Quad Capture, Launchkey 61, Maton CW80, Telecaster + more
BIAB 2018 (520) RB 2018 (5), CakeWalk by BandLab, Reaper, Audacity, Melodyne


PG Music News
Band-in-a-Box® - Freezing Tracks

Like what you hear in Band-in-a-Box®? Make sure to Freeze the track(s) or song! Once frozen, it won't be regeneraged or change when you play it again - and your choice isn't final, since you can unfreeze them just as easily:
-press the blue snowflake button within the track name of the mixer window
-press the blue snowflake button within the expanded toolbar of the program (Ctrl + T will swap between the two toolbar views), and select the track(s)

Note: If you want to force Band-in-a-Box® to generate tracks without adjusting the Freeze settings, hold down the Shift key as you press the [Generate and Play] button (the fly-by hint will remind you of that) or choose the menu command Play | Play Special | Generate (even if tracks are frozen).

To learn more about freezing your Band-in-a-Box® tracks or songs, visit Chapter 5: Playing Songs | Freezing tracks of our Online Manual.

With Band-in-a-Box®, Making Music Has Never Been Easier!

We came across this recent post, Music Making Software: Record, Edit, Create and Share Your Own Songs, which includes Band-in-a-Box® in their list of software you'll need to record and edit your own songs!

One of our favourite products, and one that doesn’t seem to come up much in discussions about music making software, is Band-In-A-Box from PG Music. This is probably the longest established and certainly one of the most popular music making software packages of all time. Already packed with features, the latest version has added functions that in our opinion make this an essential buy for musicians in any genre, for keyboard players, guitarists, singers, in fact any musician looking for an outstanding tool to make the most of their creative ideas.

The Download Manager - Band-in-a-Box® for Windows

The "Download Manager" within Band-in-a-Box® for Windows is a great tool to confirm or help with the installation of your Band-in-a-Box® for Windows program!

What does the Download Manager do?
Automatically installs Band-in-a-Box® content (RealTracks, RealDrums, etc.) in the background, so you don't have to sit there the whole time! It can also confirm that you've completely installed your purchase.

How do you use it?
Within the program, go to Help | Utilities | Run Download/Install Manager now. Using your activation code, the program will analyze the installation folders, and list anything that still needs to be downloaded and installed.

Learn more about the Download Manager with this tutorial, or check out the topic within the Online Manual.

Band-in-a-Box® for Windows Online Manual - Chord List & Shortcuts

Visit the Chord List of our Online Manual, and you'll see all the chords that can be used within the program! The list includes a few Tricky Chords and Shortcut Chords that you may find useful too!

Tricky Chords:
C5b This is "C flat 5." It is spelled this way to avoid confusion.
C2, C5, C4, C69, C7alt, Cm7#5
You can type C-7 for Cm7 (i.e. use the minus sign) or C7-9 for C7b9.

Shortcut Chords
If you enter a lot of songs, you will appreciate these shortcut keys.
J = Maj7
H = m7b5 (H stands for Half diminished)
D = dim
S = 7sus

There's even information on how to add your own chord shortcuts - check it out!

Video Request Answered - Creating Intros, Bridges, and Endings in Band-in-a-Box®

Check out the newest support video created by Kent that explains how to create intros, bridges, and endings in Band-in-a-Box®! Click here to view...

The Band-in-a-Box® SongPicker Feature

If you have a folder of songs that you'd always like easy access to within Band-in-a-Box, make sure you familiarize yourself with The SongPicker feature, which access the folder that you choose and lock it to!

Access the SongPicker by clicking on the [Song] button next to the title of the song within the main screen of Band-in-a-Box. The first time the SongPicker is opened, you can choose the folder to use to create the list by selecting [Change] and navigating to your preferred directory. Once chosen, select [OK - Make Song List], and Band-in-a-Box does the rest... the next time you click on [Song], you'll be taken directly to your preferred folder!

Learn even more about this feature within Chapter 5 of our Online Manual, here.

Just Launched - The FAQ and Knowledge Base Forum!

If you have a question (or questions!) about Band-in-a-Box®, PowerTracks, RealBand®, or any other PG Music Inc. product - whether it be technical support or pre-sales, there's now an easy one-stop spot to find the answer - our FAQ and Knowledge Base Forum!

Don't want to read through the 600+ posts? Use the Search FAQ option, and you can choose your key search terms to locate the topic and answer you're looking for!

Common pre-sales questions about our products, ordering, and delivery:

Technical support & troubleshooting by product:
Band-in-a-Box® for Windows
Band-in-a-Box® for Mac
RealBand® for Windows
PowerTracks Pro® Audio for Windows
Other Products

There's even a Request New FAQs forum, if you didn't see your question answered anywhere!

Forum Stats
28228 Members
58 Forums
54217 Topics
453095 Posts

Max Online: 2434 @ 11/14/17 12:37 AM
Newest Members
nnygns01, Daveheller, porkchop sound, Richard68, JeffBro

28228 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
Noel96 170
Al-David 156
Pipeline 137
Rustyspoon# 132
Janice & Bud 117
Matt Finley 115
44kfl 113
BlueAttitude 113
floyd jane 111
Scott C 106
Today's Birthdays
Dick Perk, Flevoron