Cakewalk automatically scans your VST folders for new plug-ins on startup, registering any unscanned VST plug-ins so that they become available in Cakewalk’s plug-in menus. You can turn off automatic scanning in Edit > Preferences > File - VST Settings by clearing the Scan For VST Plug-ins On Startup check box.There are two places you can configure your VST plug-ins manually: go to Edit > Preferences > File - VST Settings or use the Cakewalk Plug-in Manager (Utilities > Cakewalk Plug-in Manager). You can use Edit > Preferences > File - VST Settings to set general VST options, such as choosing which folders to scan, but not specific options on individual plug-ins. Use the Cakewalk Plug-in Manager to set options on individual plug-ins (use the Utilities > Cakewalk Plug-in Manager command to open the Plug-in Manager). The following procedures explain how to use the settings in Edit > Preferences > File - VST Settings. The Cakewalk Plug-in Manager has its own help.
2. Under VST Scan Paths, click the Add button to open the Browser for Folder dialog box.The new folders appear in the VST Scan Paths list, along with any folders that were already in the list.
2. Under VST Scan Paths, select the folder you want to remove, then click the Remove button.
1. Go to Utilities > Cakewalk Plug-in Manager to open the Cakewalk Plug-in Manager.
2. Under VST Configuration, click the Options button.
3. Select the folder you want to set options for, then click the Folder defaults button.
Enable as plug-in. Enable this option if you want to use the plug-ins in this folder as audio effects.
Configure as tempo-based effect. If the effects in this folder are supposed to respond to tempo information (for example, a tempo-synced delay), and they are not responding, make sure this box is checked.
Force stereo operation. If you need to use mono plug-ins in situations that requires stereo, you can enable this option to run the plug-ins in stereo mode. This option simply creates two identical output streams from the plug-ins where only one existed.
Do not intercept NRPNs. Cakewalk uses NRPNs to run automation of your VST plug-ins. However, some instruments have their own implementation of this process, so checking this box passes the NRPNs directly to the instrument, allowing it to manage its own automation.
Max used inputs. This option controls the number of sidechain inputs that are exposed by Cakewalk for the plug-in. The default value is the maximum number of input channels that are exposed by the plug-in. If the value is set to 2, Cakewalk will not display any sidechainable inputs; if set to 4, Cakewalk will display 1 sidechainable input, etc.
Load using jBridge wrapper. This check box is only enabled on systems where jBridge is installed. jBridge allows you to use 32-bit VST effects and instruments when using the x64 version of Cakewalk
Enable delay compensation. Usually, you will leave this check box the way you found it. Cakewalk contains a delay compensator, which turns on and off automatically for each individual plug-in (only a few plug-ins need it). If your plug-in needs extra time to process the audio data, the plug-in sends a message to Cakewalk, so it can synchronize playback time to the delayed output from the plug-in.
Serialize Host Access. When Serialize Host Access is selected, communications with the plug-in are serialized as far as possible. The default behavior is OFF, which allows asynchronous calls to the plug-in.When Serialize Host Access is disabled, Cakewalk’s audio engine runs more efficiently and allows the UI thread to interact independently with the plug-in GUI without impacting the audio engine.The only reason to enable Serialize Host Access would be for a plug-in that has thread safety problems leading to crashes or glitches when changing plug-in presets.
Enable mono processing. When enabled, this option replicates the audio signal from the first channel to the left and right channel, effectively forcing the output of VST to be mono.
Translate Bank/Program Changes. When enabled, this option translates MIDI program change messages into VST preset changes. This is only used for plug-ins that do not support MIDI program change messages.
Always suspend on stop. When enabled the VST plug-in state will be set to suspended when the transport is stopped in Cakewalk. The default behavior is to keep VSTs always in a resumed state. Enabling this option will prevent effects tails from being heard when the transport is stopped.
Always suspend on play. When Always suspend on Play is selected, the plug-in will reset when playback starts. Select this option for any VST instruments that have problems with stuck notes when stopping the transport. The Always suspend on Play property is also useful for effects that generate a tail, such as delays and reverbs. The effect is that you will hear the tails when the transport stops, but not when the transport rolls again. Always Suspend on Play is disabled by default.
5. Click OK to close the dialog box.
2. Under Scan Options, click the drop-down menu and select Scan On Startup. The next time you launch Cakewalk, your VST folders will either be scanned or not, depending on the option you chose.
2. Under Scan Options, select the Rescan Failed Plug-Ins check box. The next time you scan, any plug-ins that did not scan correctly during previous scans will be re-scanned.
2. Under Scan Options, select the Rescan All Plug-Ins check box. The next time you scan, any plug-ins that have already been scanned will be re-scanned, and any new folder default options you have chosen will be implemented.
2. Under Scan Options, click the Scan button.
2. Under Scan Options, click the Reset button. The next time you scan, Cakewalk will set all plug-ins in your VST Scan folders to your folder default settings.
1. On the Utilities menu, click Cakewalk Plug-in Manager to open the Cakewalk Plug-in Manager.
2. In the Plug-in Categories list, select VST Audio Effects or VST Instruments.
3. In the Registered Plug-ins list, select the desired plug-in.
4. Under VST Configuration, click Plug-in Properties to open the VST Plug-In Properties dialog box.
5. Select the desired options, then click OK to close the VST Plug-In Properties dialog box.
Some VST audio effects and instruments can generate MIDI events. These plug-ins expose MIDI input and output ports. When inserting such a VST plug-in, no MIDI ports are exposed by default, and no Synth Rack entry appears in the Browser.If you wish to utilize MIDI input or output for a supported VST plug-in, you must explicitly enable the ports in Cakewalk. Cakewalk lets you enable MIDI input and output ports for any MIDI capable VST plug-in.
2. Click the VST Preset Options drop-down menu and select one of the following options:
Enable MIDI Input. When enabled, the VST plug-in shows up as an available MIDI output destination in the project.
Enable MIDI Output. When enabled, the VST plug-in shows up in the Browser’s Synth Rack, and the corresponding ports are exposed to Cakewalk.
The Enable MIDI Input and Enable MIDI Output menu commands are unavailable if the VST plug-in doesn't support MIDI input or output.For more information about adjusting VST plug-in settings, see the Cakewalk Plug-in Manager online Help.
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