Symptom: When you attempt to play back a project (.cwp) or a MIDI file (.mid), the playback meters move and the timeline scrolls, but there is no sound from the speakers or headphones.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.If your sound card or audio interface supports WDM or ASIO drivers, you should use a DXi or VSTi virtual instrument as your synth, rather than the Microsoft GS Wavetable synth, which will not be available in these driver modes.
1. Go to Insert > Soft Synth > DirectX > Cakewalk TTS-1 (or any other available soft synth).The Insert Soft Synth Options dialog box appears.
3. Click OK.Cakewalk TTS-1 is added to your project. When a synth has focus, press F1 for online Help about the synth.
4. 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.If your computer has an internal sound card, you can configure Cakewalk to play MIDI through the Microsoft GS Wavetable synth that is integrated into Windows.
1. Go to Edit > Preferences > Audio - Playback and Recording
2. Change Driver Mode to WASAPI Exclusive and click Apply
4. Go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices.
5. Under Outputs, select Microsoft GS Wavetable S/W synth, the click OK.
2. 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.
4. If you are using a synth module or hardware synth (not a MIDI controller), you may want to use an instrument definition in order to see banks and patches by name in Cakewalk.
1. Go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Instruments.
2. Click Define to display the Define Instruments and Names dialog box.
3. Click Import to display the Import Instrument Definitions dialog box.
4. 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.
6. 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.
Tip - Searching Documentation
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When the search results appear, click which product's documentation you would like to search to filter the search results further.
Note - Using Offline Help
Note: If you prefer to always use offline Help, go to Edit > Preferences > File > Advanced in your Cakewalk software and select Always Use Offline Help.
If you are not connected to the internet, your Cakewalk software will default to showing offline help until an internet connection becomes available.