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February 11, 2014


if you have a keyboard that can produce its own sound, you can  allow your latency setting to be higher (pretty much insignificant what the number is this way) in Sonar, turning Local Control ON for the keyboard, turning input echo OFF in Sonar on the tracks for midi and audio.  This way, you will be playing the keyboard as normal and hearing the notes as triggered directly from the keyboard without first passing through Sonar, but the midi will be received by Sonar and recorded in the right spot.  When you play back (with the midi being sent back out to your keyboard, re triggering all the notes you played), since latency would be the same for all playback tracks, it will work just fine there.

Is it possible to play and record the voices on my piano through a midi track? | Cakewalk Forums

realband factory reset

reset RB to factory settings by renaming the REALBAND.INI file and RB.CFG to something like REALBAND.INI.OLD and RB.CFG.OLD.

configure BIAB to use Asio4All, in order to play VSTi in realtime along with the program.  Kent – PG Music Staff

ASIO4ALL does work in Band-in-a-Box and RealBand, but there’s often an extra step involved, which isn’t obvious.

Basically, ASIO4ALL and the Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth don’t get along, so if you have the Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth or the MIDI Mapper selected as your MIDI output driver, ASIO4ALL won’t work, and you’ll get that error message.

A lot of people don’t have any other MIDI drivers available, so the easiest solution we’ve come up with is to install the LoopBe1 MIDI driver (which is free), and select is as your MIDI Output Driver. After restarting the program, you should be good.

You can get Loopbe1 from this page:Download ipMIDI, Loopbe1, LoopBe30

Problems with Asio4All (again) – PG Music Forums

arranger keyboards with realband power tracks

you’ll want the accompaniment in sync with the PT clock. The way to do this is to go to OPTIONS – SYNC SOURCE and set it to MIDI. Now when you hit record, PT will wait until you hit play on the Tyros and then record in sync. Just make sure you have the tempo set the same on PT and the Tyros. Once you’ve made the recording, switch the sync back to internal.

To automatically disable all local control whenever you launch SONAR

1. In the directory where SONAR is installed, double-click on the TTSseq.ini file to open it.

2. In the [Options] section, add the line:
(however if you don’t want Sonar to do this change this value to 0)

3. Save the file and close it.

4. When you launch SONAR, it (will now not) automatically sends a Local Off message to your keyboard.

Recording with the QWERTY Wizard Feature in band in the box

The QWERTY Keyboard Wizard


The Wizard intelligent play along feature (from QWERTY or MIDI keyboard) is recordable to the melody track. Also, play along using the Wizard can use the harmony feature, so you can play along live from your QWERTY or MIDI keyboard in 4-part Saxophone harmony.

To select the Wizard, check the Wizard checkbox. Then you can play along on the bottom 2 rows of the keyboard.
To record the Wizard, press R to record, and play the Wizard. This will be recorded.

Tip: You can use the feature of recording the Wizard to enter music without a MIDI keyboard that doesn’t sound as stiff as most music entered in step time. Here’s how it works:

– Press the [Rec] button to record.

– As the song plays, play the melody that you want on any Wizard key, using the same key for each note, in the rhythm of the melody.

– The Wizard notes won’t be the correct melody of course, but don’t worry about that as you record.

– When you’re finished, go to the Notation window. You now have the notes with the correct durations and times, but the wrong pitches.

– One by one, drag the notes (with the left mouse button) up to the correct melody note. Hold down the Shift/Ctrl/Alt keys for sharps, flats, and naturals respectively.

You’ll then have entered a melody that sounds like it was recorded from a keyboard, without the stiff sound of a melody entered in step time!

This is a very helpful feature if you don’t have a MIDI keyboard but you want to record with a “live” feel. Use the
Wizard to record notes from the computer’s QWERTY keyboard for a track that’s more natural than step time.
Here’s how it works:
– Enable the Wizard checkbox.
– Press R key to record.
– As the song plays, play the melody on any keys on the bottom two rows of the QWERTY keyboard, in the
rhythm of the melody. The “wizard” notes won’t be the correct melody of course, but don’t worry about that as
you record. When you’re finished, look in the Notation window. You’ll see the wrong notes in the right places
with the correct durations.
– Drag the notes (with the left mouse button) to the correct place on the staff. You’ll hear the notes play as you
drag them, and the names will show in the note name box. For sharps, flats, and naturals, hold down the Shift
key, Ctrl key, or Alt key respectively. You’ll end up with a melody that sounds like it was recorded live,
without the rigid feel of tracks entered in step time.
Tip: If you have the Wizard “On” the spacebar won’t stop playback. You need to press the Esc key to stop playback when
the Wizard is on. This is to prevent stopping the song if you mistakenly hit the spacebar while playing the Wizard.

Staff Roll mode combines the functions of the more familiar notation window mouse gestures with the visual functions for velocity and duration that are usually found in Piano Roll mode. It is fun and easy to use, but there is a learning curve:

# Only use the RIGHT mouse button ( the other one) for the Velocity and Duration gestures.

# start on the center of the notehead – not on the visual stripes – for velocity and duration.

# 1/4 notes and 1/8 notes lie right ON the vertical lines that look like barlines, not in the horizontal spaces between the lines.

keyboard fingering

Thumb on black key is fine.

In the RH, use 135 in root position and 2nd inversion, 125 for first inversion.

In the LH, use 531 for root position and 1st inversion, 521 for 2nd inversion.

adding measures sonar

1. Place the Now time wherever you want to start adding the measures (turn off snap if you want to put the Now time before pickups as opposed to some measure or other rhythmic boundary).
2. Type ctrl-A to select all tracks, then type S to split at the now time.
3. Use Project > Insert Time/Measures. All tracks will now be moved to the right by the amount you specified.

Also don’t forget that you can slip-edit multiple clips if you select multiple clips. For example, if in the part leading up to where you added the measures you want to regain the pickups in anticipation of whatever you’ll be inserting in those four measures, select all the clips whose right edge borders against the space, and slip-edit to the right.

If pertinent, remember to specify that envelopes should move with the clips.

setting project tempo in sonar where is TAP TEMPO in X3d? | Cakewalk Forums

I think the point is to set a new project’s tempo by feel before anything is recorded.

But while we’re discussing options, here’s my preferred alternative to tapping:

– Disable Stop at Project End in Track View Options if it isn’t already so you can run the transport in an empty project.
– Start playback with no click sounding, count off a couple-few measures in your head, and stop the transport on the next downbeat.
– Shift+M to open Set Measure/Beat At Now, and enter that measure and beat.
– SONAR will set the tempo to make the specified beat fall on the absolute Now time where you stopped the transport.

This gives very accurate results in a new project with low latency where the transport start/stop is almost instantaneous. Note that SONAr will also insert a matching tempo at the beat you set. It won’t matter unless you go changing tempos later, but you can delete it if necessary.

This works especially well when setting a tempo for someone else. You can just ask them to count or beat a tempo and start/stop the transport on their count.


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