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#677877 - 10/15/21 04:56 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Sforzando's Initial Settings -- How to Change Them?
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I posted the following message in the main BiaB forum and was told it was off-topic, so I'm reposting here. Hoping somebody can help out.

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I enjoy using the Sforzando that came with BiaB, but ironically I seldom use it with BiaB. Instead I use it mostly in Cakewalk. Its nylon string guitar patch is one of the best I've found, although it does require a fair amount of EQ finagling before it sounds right. It has decent jazz guitar and rock organ patches as well.

But before I get to any of that, I have to set up Sforzando to work with the DAW. First thing I do, cuz I've learned from past experiences, is I set the volume to max dB because once it's configured, wherever the volume is set, that's where it's gonna stay.

Which is the reason for this post. How in hotdaggity blazes do I get Sfz to let go of the volume knob so I can put it where I want? Cuz sometimes, even though I'll max out the knob, it'll set it differently. Just now, it decided to set the volume to -8dB after I'd set it to 0dB. Very annoying. Now I gotta delete the synth and reinstall it, hoping for a better next time.

I've looked through the settings and what have you and I can't find anything in there that would let me reconfigure the volume. And it's not just volume, either -- it's all three of those knobs, volume, balance, and (effects) send. Once they're set, that's it.

Suggestions?
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#678611 - 10/21/21 09:09 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Sforzando's Initial Settings -- How to Change Them? [Re: cooltouch]
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Hi Michael, most likely Cakewalk is sending a MIDI Volume message to Sforzando. Try changing the volume in Cakewalk, or see if there's a way to open a MIDI event list and see if there are any volume messages, and if so delete them.
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#679443 - 10/26/21 05:18 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Sforzando's Initial Settings -- How to Change Them? [Re: cooltouch]
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If you're working with commercial midi files or even decent freebies downloaded from the web, you may not want to delete those volume messages because they are what creates good dynamics for that part. Someone may have spent a lot of time creating that track. Listen to it first by turning up your amp if you have to and check that out. If you realize deleting those CC's is a bad idea then render the part to audio and use PG's Gain Change to raise the level in the mix.

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