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Larry Jones

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  1. Larry Jones

    Stereo to Mono

    After I use Melodyne to adjust pitch on a mono vocal clip, I freeze that clip (to conserve resources), and I end up with what looks like a stereo clip. It still sounds like a mono clip, and the level is the same as before, but the waveform now has left & right components. So I suppose this doesn't really matter, but I'd like to know: How do I convert this back to a regular mono clip? Also, how do I edit pitch in Melodyne without this happening?
  2. Larry Jones

    Stereo to Mono

    OK, that works. Thanks, Georg! Now, on previously edited clips where the original mono signal has been changed to stereo (2-channel mono, really), how do I change it back. Can I bounce a clip "in place," and specify "combine to mono?"
  3. Larry Jones

    Another Sonar Refuge

    You can use Windows File Explorer to organize your VST plugins. Make folders for the various types of plugins (reverbs, compressors, etc) and put the plugin .dlls into them. If they don't show up in Samplitude you can re-scan and/or add the new folders to the scan path. It's not an ideal solution but it will help you tame the list of plugins. Somebody made a tool to help with this task, but I can't find a link to it now, and the person who made it seems not to be around these days.
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    Another Sonar Refuge

    No such thread here that I've seen, but quite a few ex-Sonarians discussing teething problems with Samplitude. Kraznet's reply to you should make it possible for you to find your plugins. Let us know if that didn't work. Meantime, what's your first step that doesn't work for you in setting up a project? (Can't do everything at once) Kraznet's videos are great, and I have found this PDF tutorial helpful.
  5. Larry Jones

    Vocal Comping [SOLVED]

    I didn't do anything special on my project yesterday, and when I opened the Take Composer I could hear the backing tracks along with whichever vocal take I soloed. I'm not at my PC now, but I would take a look at the type of solo you have set up. When in doubt, right-click on stuff, like the "solo" button itself, or maybe there's a global setting. No way you can comp a vocal without hearing the band. NOTE: The "Dim Solo" feature in SONAR was darn handy, as in a normal mix I might sink a vocal track in a little, but for comping I want to hear it LOUD, so I'll know if I'm hitting the notes.
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    Vocal Comping [SOLVED]

    If I intend to record a bunch of vocal takes and comp them together, is there a certain record mode I should be in when recording? I tried a couple of takes and when I opened the Take Composer I saw two "tracks," but they were the same take. Do I have to put each take on a separate track? Sorry, I've only done this in SONAR, where each track can display all the takes on that track in layers.
  7. Larry Jones

    Vocal Comping [SOLVED]

    Thanks, everybody! I've been working on it today (because who cares about the Superbowl?), and I can't say everything is perfect, but I was able to record many vocal takes both in loop/punch mode and recording "wild," and comped together one good track. There might have been some anomalies in Samplitude behavior -- or maybe there was some pilot error -- but I'm getting more comfortable with this DAW. Summarizing, takes are, in fact recorded all in one track you must select an object before opening the Take Manager it's not mandatory when comping to use only objects that are the same length Loop/punch recording works fine, but if you want to stop after each take, you can, and comping will still work Onward to background vocals!
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    Vocal Comping [SOLVED]

    The "In/Out" markers are great. In the past I had to type in starting and ending points or create a range on the timeline. The markers work a lot better for me. That seems a weird requirement, especially with vocals. But thank you, I'll make sure I do it that way. By the way, today I opened the project that gave me trouble yesterday, and was amazed to see both my vocal takes there when I went to the Take Composer. I haven't tried any recording or comping yet, but go figure.
  9. Larry Jones

    Vocal Comping [SOLVED]

    Thank you, Acky. Are you saying I have to be in loop recording mode? I can't finish a vocal take, rewind manually, break for a minute and then record a second (or third or fourth) take? I'll try that today. Kraznet - Same question to you: Do I only get the list of takes if they were recorded in loop mode? I plan to try this again today, and I'm hoping Samplitude will allow me to stop and start recording vocal takes, rather than looping automatically. I like to do complete vocal takes of a song, and I'm usually not ready for take two immediately after finishing one take.
  10. Is there a tutorial somewhere that shows how to set up a separate mix in Samplitude X3 for headphone monitoring? This is mainly for overdubbing vocals, and I am getting nowhere trying to find the answer on my own. I'm using a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 1st generation with Focusrite MixControl. I set up an Aux bus in Samplitude and assign it to outputs 3&4. The channel sends are prefader. In MixControl I think I am sending "DAW 3&4" to the headphone outs, but I'm hearing nothing. This is a project studio and I work alone. I've never tried this before in my previous DAW (SONAR), I have to say I have always found MixControl to be rather opaque -- I just don't get it -- but this must be something that everybody needs to do, so I know I must be missing a step somewhere. For what it's worth, MixControl has been replaced in 2nd gen products by Focusrite Control. I'm told it's easier to use, but I don't have it.
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    Scarlett Headphone Mix [SOLVED]

    OK, it turns out I was doing everything right, but I didn't know this one crucial bit of information: The left headphone jack on the Scarlett 6i6 is internally hardwired to the main monitor mix, or DAW 1&2. If you have a second mix coming out of DAW 3&4 you have to plug in to the other headphone jack to hear it. Once I switched jacks, all was good! Hope this helps some future MixControl user.
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    Scarlett Headphone Mix [SOLVED]

    Thanks, Terry. I gather the MOTU has better labeling than the Scarlett WRT headphone mixes. Acky - The interface that guy is using in the video has so many inputs that he can put together a headphone mix using the foldbacks from his mic inputs. I want to set up a headphone mix from the DAW. If I were a commercial studio I'd have a fancier interface, but I mostly work alone, and I can live with the (slight) roundtrip latency. The video didn't answer my question, but it did give me some ideas to try, so thank you!
  13. After recording any audio track, Samplitude gives me a popup titled "Recording Finished," and in it there is the message "50 Record Errors occurred. Continue?" The number could be 10 or 50 or 100, but it's usually a very high number, double-digits at least, even for a 30-second clip. When I click the "Yes" button Samplitude inserts a marker for every record error. When I play back my track, I cannot hear any problems with the recorded audio. No glitches, no pops, no distortion. The track is completely satisfactory to me, but now I have a bunch of error markers on my timeline, making it difficult to see the real markers that I put there myself. I appreciate the warning that there might be something wrong with my recording, but so far these have all been false alarms, and the warning leaves me with a mess in my marker track. So how can I stop these error warnings? Or can I at least stop Samplitude from inserting all those markers? Thanks for any advice!
  14. Larry Jones

    How Do I Stop These "Record Errors"?

    Well, it worked here, and lucky it did because I couldn't find the .ini file anyway. I just dragged it into Samplitude. After a few seconds I got a popup asking me if I wanted to save the project I had open. I saved it and the program closed by itself and reopened. The error messages were more an annoyance than anything else. I saved your file, and I'll re-use it if the problem reappears. Thanks again. PS: I'm not holding my breath on a fix from Focusrite. I'm sure the engineers are sincere, but the company has already moved on from first gen Scarletts.
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    How Do I Stop These "Record Errors"?

    I must admit that at this stage of my life I am no longer a professional, and I don't have a lot of money to spend on my hobby. I had an old hand-me-down Roland D-50 that I was using as a MIDI controller for many years, and when it finally gave up the ghost I had to have something (It's always easier to justify the expense when you "don't have a choice"). The Nektar is quite affordable, and the control surface was a bonus. If you want one, I can't think of any reason not to get one. Of course, if you are a real keyboard player (I'm not), you might not like the action or something like that, but for functionality it does all I hoped for.
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    How Do I Stop These "Record Errors"?

    I have a Nektar LX-61+. It's a MIDI controller but it has a limited control surface built in. You can download drivers for it that are designed for your specific DAW. I got it to use with SONAR. Sadly, it does not offer control for Samplitude. I may some day have a run at customizing it for Samplitude, but I'm pretty comfortable with QWERTY keyboard control.
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    How Do I Stop These "Record Errors"?

    Geo524 - This works! Or at least it did on the first thing I recorded after running it. Thank you for the great public service. It's beyond the call of duty. BTW, I just have a first generation Scarlett 6i6. No beta driver available. I wonder if I should get a 2nd gen replacement -- I think they use a different driver. Kraznet - You might want to check with the support guys and see if it's a good idea to post this fix somewhere for future Focusrite owners.
  18. Larry Jones

    How Do I Stop These "Record Errors"?

    Nordlead - Thank you for this! I attempted to try this solution today, only to discover that there is no Samplitude .ini file on my PC, except for those in the "Uninstall" folder. I have used the Windows search function to look for "Sam*.ini" and nothing is found. Geo524 - It would be great if you could upload the file. As mentioned above I have tried the .ini file fix, but I don't seem to have the .ini file. Do you recall what version of Samplitude you were using at the time? HHfallback - Thanks so much! Until I get this resolved I'll be using this method. There are so many of these markers I literally can't even find the real markers that I need to navigate the project, and "delete all markers" from the timeline does just that: all markers, including the "good" ones. Philw - From the other replies to my original post, I conclude that disabling the warning is the right way to deal with this. The warnings alert me to a problem that does not exist. But thanks for the thought.
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    File Locations

    Is there a way to tell Samplitude that I want to store all data for a project under a single folder? For example D:\Audio Projects\Samplitude\SongTitle\. The folder called "SongTitle" would contain: the .vip file (which should include all the MIDI data, I think) pointers to and settings for all the plugins and VST instruments any .bak files another folder called "Audio," which would hold all the .wav files associated with the song. This would make it possible to move an entire project to another machine, and also make it easy to back up the project (just copy the song folder to a safe place). Am I mistaken, or does Samplitude default to putting audio files in one central place in the Documents folder?
  20. This is not the default behavior in other DAWs, so I'm guessing there must be some way for the program to know. For years I only used SONAR, and Ctrl-S always saved the entire project, unless the focus was on a completely different program (Firefox or Windows File Explorer, for example).
  21. Larry Jones

    Precision Adjustments

    Does anyone know if there is a way to increase the granularity of mouse adjustments in Samplitude? I mean like is there a key you can press while setting a level that changes the accuracy of mouse movements so that, for example, a mm of mouse motion equals a smaller adjustment to the virtual "dial" you are turning than it normally would? Photoshop has something like this, and SONAR. Some of the adjustments in Samplitude are difficult to get right because the range of movement is so small, like aux sends in the mixer -- on my screen it is about .75 mm from "off" to "run for your life." I don't seem to have the words to clearly describe what I'm asking for, but SONAR users will know what I mean, so please chime in if you can explain it better. Thanks!
  22. Larry Jones

    Reverb Send

    Got it! Thanks, gunmetal!
  23. Larry Jones

    Reverb Send

    I am trying to set up the most basic template in Samplitude: MIDI drums (Addictive Drums, each drum sent to a separate track), soft synth bass, soft synth piano, and real guitar. Other than that, just a reverb send/return. I add an aux track (Aux 1), insert a reverb, set it to 100% wet, turn up the Aux 1 send on the snare track, and... nothing. No level on the aux track meter, and no reverb. So I delete the aux track and try again. This time I just go directly to the aux send on the snare track and turn it up. Samplitude automatically adds an aux track. I insert a reverb into the aux track and... nothing. No level on the aux track meter, and no reverb. So I delete the aux track and try again. This time I go to the "Setup" button on the mixer and add an aux track there. I insert a reverb in the plugin slot on the aux track and turn up the send on the snare track and... nothing. No level on the aux track meter, and no reverb. I have actually deleted the .vip and started over, thinking I must have inadvertently changed a setting and screwed it up, but both times I tried, the results were the same. Maybe there's some routing I'm supposed to do manually, but I was given to believe that any one of the above techniques would quickly yield a working reverb send. I'm writing this to vent a little, and maybe get someone to point me in the right direction. After I post this I'll RTFM*, and maybe I'll find my mistake. In the meantime, anybody have any ideas for me (other than "stop whining")? *RTFM=Read The F***ing Manual
  24. Larry Jones

    Reverb Send

    Yes, using the tiny little strip, Live MIDI input. Haven't recorded any instruments yet. Since I didn't specifically check this setting before I submitted my original post, and since I have have now deleted the project I was having trouble with, I can't say for sure which setting I was using. I thought the defaut setting would be "Mixer FX Monitoring/Hybrid Engine," but maybe not. I'll try this again today and be more careful. Thanks to all!
  25. Larry Jones

    Reverb Send

    I deleted the project so I can't check or try anything different. But when I set it up I started with one track in an otherwise empty template, so I think the monitor would have been in its default setting of "Mixer FX Monitoring/Hybrid Engine." But maybe not. For now I'm resorting to the manual. I have rebuilt this simple template four times now, and I get a different screwy behavior each time. Fortunately this is my home project studio, so there's no deadline for me to learn it -- other than I would like to get back to recording some songs. Thanks for your input. Please stand by for more dumb questions.
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