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Introduction ► Starting Cakewalk

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Double-click the Cakewalk by BandLab icon on your desktop.
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Click the Start button, and choose Programs > Cakewalk > Cakewalk by BandLab.
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Click the Start button, point to Documents, and choose a Cakewalk project from the menu.
Figure 39. Start Screen.
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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.
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Recent Projects. Shows the 16 most recent projects that have been opened in Cakewalk.
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Existing Project. Opens a standard File Open dialog box, which lets you select the project you want to open.
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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.
Global settings in the Preferences dialog box. Open by selecting Edit > Preferences.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Check one device at a time in the Outputs window and click Move Checked 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:
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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.
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