To control playback, you have your choice of tools, menu commands, and shortcut keys for most common operations.When you start playback, the Now time updates continuously to show the current time. When you stop playback, the Now time rewinds to the Now Time Marker. When you start playback again, it continues from the same point.If the Now time is advancing but you don’t hear any sound, see Frequently asked questions. If you are using MIDI sync or syncing to MIDI time code, Cakewalk waits to receive external timing data before it begins playing. If the various views are not updating during playback, make sure the SCROLL LOCK key on your computer keyboard is not enabled. For more information, see Synchronizing your gear.
Note: If your Windows setup uses any system sounds that are associated with any typical activity, such as minimizing a window, etc., you should disable these sounds. They can sound extremely loud through your monitors, and also interrupt playback and recording, if you open any dialog boxes or do anything that has a system sound attached to it while a project plays. The quickest way to disable all system sounds is to open the Control Panel (Start > Control Panel), double-click the Sound icon to open the Sound dialog box, click the Sounds tab, and in the Sound Scheme field select No Sounds. Click Apply, and then click OK.
Note: The default behavior for the Now time when you click the Stop button is for it to return to the Now time marker where playback began. If you want the Now time to remain where it is when you stop playback, you can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SPACEBAR. If you want to change the default behavior, clear the On Stop, Rewind to Now Marker option on the Track view Options menu or press CTRL+W.
Click the Play button .The Transport module has dedicated Rewind and Fast Forward buttons, which allow you to rewind and fast forward smoothly during playback.To rewind or fast forward, click the Rewind or Fast Forward button and keep the button pressed until you want to resume playback.Cakewalk is able to start playback even if there is no data in a project. This is useful in various cases, such as:
On the Track view Options menu, make sure Stop at Project End is not selected.The Track view Options > Stop at Project End option determines whether or not playback is allowed beyond the last event in a project. This option is enabled by default.Cakewalk makes it possible to render a smooth fade in/out whenever audio playback is interrupted. This can be useful to smooth out abrupt transitions while stopping and starting the transport rapidly and will reduce ear fatigue during long sessions.
1. Select Edit > Preferences to open the Preferences dialog box, then click Audio - Playback and Recording.
Fade On Start (milliseconds). When this option is set to a value greater than zero, starting playback will cause a gradual fade in of the audio for the specified duration. The valid range is 0–100000 and the default value is 0.
Fade On Stop (milliseconds). When this option is set to a value greater than zero, stopping playback will cause a gradual fade out of the audio for the specified duration. The valid range is 0–100000 and the default value is 0.
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