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Tutorial 4 - Playing and recording software instruments ► Recording MIDI using a MIDI keyboard

First, try playing some notes to see if you hear any sounds. If not, open the Preferences dialog by clicking on the Prefs button in the Control Bar, and locate the MIDI - Devices section. Make sure your keyboard is enabled in the Input Port list. When you are done with the settings, click OK to close the Preferences dialog box. If you are still not hearing anything, let’s check the output of the track.
In the Track view, locate the track named Cakewalk Sound Center. This is the track that was created when you added Cakewalk Sound Center to your project. It will likely be the last track in the Track View. You should see the Inspector display additional controls for the Cakewalk Sound Center track. At the bottom, check the output. It should be going either directly to your sound card’s output or to the Master Bus.
Now, click the Record button in the Control Bar. The Now Time cursor starts to roll. Play some notes and click the Stop button when you are done.
Press the Play button to hear it play back.
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Click on the Cakewalk Sound Center track icon to select it. In the Inspector, the corresponding track controls are displayed. At the bottom, under the label IN/OUT, you will find the input and output controls.
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Click on the Cakewalk Sound Center track icon to select it. In the Inspector, the corresponding track controls are displayed. At the bottom, under the label IN/OUT, you will find the input and output controls. The Input control is on the top and the Output control is on the bottom.
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Click the track's Record Enable button .
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Click the Input Echo button if you do not hear the synth during recording.
Note 1: When input monitoring, you may hear a delay due to latency. Latency is the delay caused by the time it takes a computer to process data. This can be adjusted by reducing the Buffer Size under Preferences > Audio - Driver Settings. If you experience distorted audio or dropouts, increase your buffer size. Many sound cards and audio interfaces have an option to do this automatically on the hardware level. Please refer to the documentation that was included with your audio interface for more information.
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