Adding instrument tracks to your project is easy and something you’ll find yourself doing often, so let’s explore some of the basics. For this exercise, we'll start with a blank project.
1. On the File menu, click New.
2. Select the Normal template, name the project, and click OK.
3. Click Insert >Soft-Synths.
4. Click VST2 > DropZone.The Insert Soft Synth Options dialog box appears.A new track is inserted in your project. This track is a combination of the two types of tracks you have learned about in the previous tutorials. It holds MIDI data and accepts a MIDI input, but it outputs the sound of the synth, like an audio track would. The DropZone window may also open. If not, you can open it manually by double-clicking on the track icon.A. Track header icon B. Track icon
One of the first things you'll typically need to do is choose a sound. In DropZone and most other Cakewalk synths, a sound preset is referred to as a program.
1. In DropZone's Program window, click default.
2. Select a program by double-clicking its name. For this tutorial we'll use Acid Quinda from the Basses section.
Now that we have inserted an instrument and selected one of its sounds we can make use of these sounds in our project. This is where you can get creative. You have the option of recording a performance that you play on a MIDI keyboard (also referred to as a controller) or manually entering notes and events to play out to the software synth. We'll explore each method in the following sections.
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