Double-click the Cakewalk by BandLab icon on your desktop.
Click the Start button, and choose Programs > Cakewalk > Cakewalk by BandLab.
Click the Start button, point to Documents, and choose a Cakewalk project from the menu.
Figure 755. Start Screen.
New Project. Shows a list of available project templates. To start a new project based on a template, simply click the template name or image.
Recent Projects. Shows the 16 most recent projects that have been opened in Cakewalk.
Existing Project. Opens a standard File Open dialog box, which lets you select the project you want to open.
Demo Project. This tab lists all installed demo projects (only available if you have installed the optional Cakewalk Demo Projects installer via BandLab Assistant).If you don’t want to see the Start Screen in the future, go to Edit > Preferences to open the Preferences dialog box, then click Customization - Display and clear the Show Start Screen check box. You can see the Start Screen later by choosing File > Start Screen.
If you have a previous version of Cakewalk installed, Cakewalk will detect it and give you the option of migrating certain preferences from a single earlier version.When you choose to migrate preferences, Cakewalk migrates the following settings from an earlier Cakewalk version.
The first time you start Cakewalk, it automatically attempts to detect and configure any ASIO audio devices on your computer. If no ASIO devices are found, it next attempts to detect any MME audio devices, then automatically runs the Wave Profiler utility to determine the proper MIDI and Audio settings for your audio device.When the Wave Profiler determines the kind of card you have, always accept the default settings. You can run the Wave Profiler again if you install a new audio device or driver by choosing Edit > Preferences > Audio - Driver Settings in Cakewalk and clicking the Wave Profiler button (or ASIO Panel button if you are using an ASIO audio device).
Note: You can run the Wave Profiler again at a later time (for example, if you install a new sound card or driver) by choosing the Edit > Preferences > Audio - Driver Settings command and clicking Wave Profiler.When you start Cakewalk for the first time, it checks your computer to find all the MIDI input and output devices you have installed (such as sound cards and MIDI interfaces). However, sometimes you need to tell Cakewalk exactly which devices you want it to use. If you’re not getting sound from your sound card or MIDI keyboard, or if you just want to change the MIDI outputs and devices that you are using, follow the steps in this section.
1. Choose Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices to open a dialog box in which you select the MIDI In and MIDI Out devices that Cakewalk will use. Each item in the list is a MIDI Input or MIDI Output from drivers installed using the Windows Control Panel. Select Edit > Preferences to open the Preferences dialog box, then click MIDI - Devices. This dialog box lets you choose instruments on MIDI inputs and outputs.Figure 756. The MIDI - Devices section.
2. Look at the top window. Notice that it shows devices on MIDI Inputs; make sure that all devices in this window are checked. If a device isn’t checked, click on it once to select it for MIDI Input.
3. Look at the window on the bottom. Notice that it shows devices on MIDI Outputs. Cakewalk numbers its MIDI Outputs by the order of the devices in this window. The device on top is on Output 1, the one below it is on Output 2, and so on.
4. Check one device at a time in the Outputs window and click Move Checked Output Devices to Top to change its order. Then check all the devices that appear in the window to select them for output.
Tip: Be sure to select MIDI output devices in Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices. If you don’t do this, you won’t hear any of your MIDI instruments when you play songs in Cakewalk. You do not need to enable any MIDI output devices if you are strictly using software instruments.If you later add or remove drivers using the Drivers icon of the Windows Control Panel, Cakewalk reacts in the following way:
If you remove a Control Panel driver, Cakewalk will not use the device it belongs to the next time you run the program. Any other devices you had selected using the Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices command will remain selected.
If you add a driver through the Control Panel, Cakewalk does not automatically use it. You must use the Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices command to enable the new driver in Cakewalk’s list.
Once you have selected your MIDI Input and Output devices, Cakewalk, by default, plays back MIDI sequences using a General MIDI instrument definition. If you are using a synthesizer or sound card that does not adhere to the General MIDI standard, you may want to define that instrument. For more information, see Instrument definitions.
Tip - Searching Documentation
Tip: To search for a specific topic, type your search query in the Search Cakewalk.com field at the top right of this page.
When the search results appear, click which product's documentation you would like to search to filter the search results further.
Note - Using Offline Help
Note: If you prefer to always use offline Help, go to Edit > Preferences > File > Advanced in your Cakewalk software and select Always Use Offline Help.
If you are not connected to the internet, your Cakewalk software will default to showing offline help until an internet connection becomes available.