Adding instrument tracks to your project is easy, so let’s explore some of the basics. For this exercise, we'll start with a new project.
1. On the File menu, click New.
2. Select the Normal template and click OK.Let’s go to the Screenset called Home. This will be the easiest way for us to add Cakewalk Sound Center to your project.In the Browser, click the Synth tab (the last tab in the Browser). This is the Synth Rack, where you add and remove your software instruments. The Synth Rack has a number of features:Figure 21. Synth Rack BrowserA. Insert Synth B. Delete Synth C. Insert Synth Options D. Show Synth Rack Browser E. Synth Settings menu F. Dock/undock G. Docking options H. Expand/collapse I. Synth Automation menu
1. Click on the Insert Synth button in the Synth Rack.
2. Go to Insert Synths > Cakewalk Sound Center.
3. If the Insert Synth Options dialog box appears, click OK.Figure 22. Cakewalk Sound Center
A new track is inserted in your project. This track is a combination of the two types of tracks: an audio track and a MIDI track. It holds MIDI data and accepts a MIDI input, but it outputs the sound of the synth, like an audio track would. The Cakewalk Sound Center window may also open. If not, you can open it manually by double-clicking on the track header icon.A. Track header icon B. Track icon
Figure 23. Cakewalk Sound CenterA. Program list B. Program controls C. Keyboard D. Master section E. Program information F. MIDI Pattern PreviewOne of the first things you will typically need to do is choose a sound. In Cakewalk Sound Center and most other Cakewalk synths, a sound preset is referred to as a program. Programs in Cakewalk Sound Center are organized so they are easy to find by the type of sound they model. Let's take a quick look at Cakewalk Sound Center's sound organization scheme from left to right:
Type. The column on the far left, labeled Type, let's you decide what type or family of instrument sounds you would like to use such as Brass, Bass or Synth.
Subtype. The next column, labeled Subtype, allows you to pick a specific instrument from the selected type.
Program. This column allows you to pick a specific program or sound from the subtype.
1. Under Type, select Drums.
2. Under Subtype, select Acoustic Drums.
3. Under Program, double click one of the drum sounds you would like to use.
1. In Cakewalk Sound Center's Program window, select Bass from the Type section.
2. In the Subtype section, click Synth Bass.
3. Under Program, double click Rock Bass.Cakewalk Sound Center loads the program and displays the program name, instrument, factory and library that it came from.
Tip - Searching Documentation
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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.
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