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Frequently asked questionsAudio and MIDI FAQs ► I can’t hear MIDI playback

Solution: In order to hear MIDI playback, you need to route the MIDI tracks to a software synth (Insert > Soft Synths), a hardware synthesizer, or the Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth.
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Go to Insert > Soft Synth > DirectX > Cakewalk TTS-1 (or any other available soft synth).
The Insert Soft Synth Options dialog box appears.
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Open the Track Inspector (View > Inspector, or press I), click the Output control in the IN / OUT section at the bottom, and select Cakewalk TTS-1. Repeat this step for all MIDI tracks.
Tip: You can quickly assign all tracks to the same output by using a Quick Group (see Quick Groups). To do so, press CTRL+A to select all tracks, then hold down the CTRL key while you assign any track to a specific output. All tracks of the same type (MIDI or audio) will be assigned to the same output.
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Go to Edit > Preferences > Audio - Playback and Recording
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Change Driver Mode to WASAPI Exclusive and click Apply
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Go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices.
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Under Outputs, select Microsoft GS Wavetable S/W synth, the click OK.
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Go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices and select your MIDI interface in the MIDI In and MIDI Out lists, then click Move selected devices to top.
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Go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Instruments.
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Click Define to display the Define Instruments and Names dialog box.
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Click Import to display the Import Instrument Definitions dialog box.
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Choose the .ins file that contains instrument definitions for your manufacturer, and click Open. Cakewalk displays a list of all the instrument definitions in the file.
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Click Close to close the Define Instruments and Names dialog box.
The instrument definitions you imported should now appear in the Uses Instrument list in the Assign Instruments dialog box.
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