BRICK 1 - intro & sync
LOAD INSTRUMENT - Piano vst
SYNTH RACK: Load a virtual instrument.
SYNC: Sync setup
RECORD: Record in sync
ATTENTION: keep the volume low. In the videos there is a drum sound that must remain barely perceptible in the background.
DO NOT turn up the volume to hear it!
First I load a virtual instrument.
I select a piano sound from the "synth rack". Watch the video.
If you don't see the synth rack view press ALT + 9 or Views-> Synth Rack View from the menu bar.
It should appear in the right inspector or a floating window.
You can dock the floating window in the right inspector by doing Drag & Drop.
Let's set up the score display. Watch the video.
Let's go to view -> Staf view or press ALT + 6 to see it.
It should usually appear in the lower inspector or a floating window.
In Staf View press the Edit -> Layout button. In the window that opens, look for the clef item and press the arrow on the right and a selection menu opens, select Treble / Bass. By doing so we will have the classical piano score. Make sure that there is C5 in the Split voice, if it is different, correct it with the +/- keys. Press Close.
RECORD - the draft song
AUDIO: Set audio preferences.
MIDI: Set midi preferences.
RECORDING: Record piano track in sync.
I could import / open a midifile on the piano track but I chose a slightly more complicated way to show you a little used function, the SYNC function.
From CbB (Cakewalk by Bandlab) you can synchronize and control external equipment such as recorders, sequencers, keyboards and modules from CbB. From CbB I checked the external sequencer of my keyboard on which I created the draft of the song. Now, instead of exporting the song's midifile to a USB key, I have CbB perform it with the piano sound with the data coming from the external sequencer. All perfectly in sync. Let's see how.
On the CbB menu bar select Edit -> Preferences.
The window that opens contains all the settings of the D.A.W. and it is from here that the necessary parameters are activated. In the photos on the side in order from 1 to 8 there are the parameters to be activated for a correct basic and / or advanced setting. Here is the explanation.
Photo1: Audio-> device, the drivers that your computer detects and that CbB can manage appear here. You will be able to select only one appliance per time which can have more inputs / outputs. In my case you see my sound card which is the Roland Sonar V100 which has 10in 6out. Not necessarily all must be enabled.
Photo2: Audio -> Driver setting, see what are the main in / out that CbB manages and what is important here is the button to call up the ASIO setting panel of your sound card. To work professionally, ASIO is the driver to be selected from those available. In buffer size you adjust the latency, a very important item.
Photo3: audio -> playback & recording, this is where you select the ASIO driver, under driver mode. In this window you will find another important parameter, the one that renders audio files to you when they are modified. In Stretch Methods.
Photo4: audio -> sync and caching, in this window you set how CbB behaves with synchronization whether it acts as master or slave.
Photo5: midi -> devices, here you can select your midi inputs and outputs, especially the one on which you intend to send / receive the synchronism data. In my case it is MIDI (vs-100).
Photo6: project -> midi, this is the most important window to synchronize two devices. Look how my setup settings are, this is what yours must have too in case you want to sync an external sequencer / drum machine / Daw / keyboard / VCR / recorder.
Photo7: project -> clock, in SOURCE you generally use audio if your DAW is the master or the one who commands. Put on SMPTE / MTC if instead it is acting as a slave and the master is external equipment. Major studios, especially digital ones, almost always have a clock generator as master and everything else is in slave including the daw.
Foto8: project -> midi, the settings my CbB setup has when I don't need to synchronize it. Disable only the two items Transmit MMC, Trasmit midi start / continue / stop and Trasmit MTC.
If you follow my settings you shouldn't have any problem synchronizing CbB (as master) with external equipment (as slave).
We are finally ready! Here is the recording in sync.
arm the record button on the track and press the big record button ........let's go.
download the midi file, create a new project, load a vst instrument with the piano sound and import the midi file.