An brief introduction; I'm an aspiring musician and play keyboards, guitar, ukulele.
Cakewalk Sonar X3
Roland Integra 7 sound module
Roland A-88 controller
Roland Studio capture audio interface
I have recently set up this home studio. However I have been using cakewalk and midi since the early 90's. I appreciate technology and hope to be able to collaborate with users in this forum by exchanging knowledge.
I use a slightly older version of Sonar, version 7. It never appealed to me to upgrade to the X series due to the altered GUI and lack of customisation in it. I wish I'd got the version 8 when it came out tho'. So I'll probably stay with this and with Windows XP.
I tried Windows 7 for a while and concluded that Microsnot was probably trying to put off media users.
It seems that there has been a massive slowdown of users contributing to forums right across the web, and this forum is no exception. I'm guessing that it's the rise of farcebooking and twittering.
By all means join in though and post away. Maybe things will liven up.
xp was was probably the only real stable version of Windows. It's unfortunate they no longer support it. Yep, closing the doors forces change, I have experimented with Linux as well. I use Logic X and sync it wit sonar through iconnect 4. I/O switch.
i just want to keep it simple to keep the creative spontinuity maybe?
No, MS hasn't closed the doors on XP, they've just stopped supporting it. Which means no more updates and answering queries. After this much time most of the bugs have been worked out of it. If it still functions and runs the software you want to use, then why not continue with it?
I've never worried in the slightest about Microsoft no longer supporting something. I've always used non-microsoft products to protect the PC against viruses and adware and so on, and used a vigorous policy of never opening mail attachments unless I've virus checked them first, etc.
I went on using DOS long after people had mostly moved to Windows. Windows 3.1 long after 95 was released, and so on. I only moved to XP from 2000 pro a little over a year ago! The system is stable, works quickly, I run Auslogic's defrag regularly and check for problems using Ccleaner, etc. Make frequent backups (very important) in case of a hard disk crash. So I see no reason to change purely to boost MS' profits. Only when I need extra functionality or speed not provided by what I have.
So XP is here for the forseeable future.
Glad you liked the hex explanation. If you're on Windows try using the calculator in scientific mode and changing from decimal to binary to hex, etc.
The key for all of this is a dual screen display. Undocked items can be spread out far and wide! (spoiled me back when I was doing Architectural drafting. . . drawing on one full screen and menus etc on the other) You might reconsider!? -Vinny S.
No. I'm an old stick in the mud! My philosophy is "why change just for the sake of it?"
Two issues, I'm sticking with XP and the Sonar X requirements do not include XP anymore, and money. Why buy a product that offers no extra features that I need or want? I'm retired, living on a pension, so funds are limited.
I still do most of my MIDI editing in XGworks from more than a decade ago. It works just fine for 95% of the routine stuff, and I'm so familiar with it the work flow is quick. Sonar 7 does another 4%. An one or two other programs do the 1%. (Pretty well all the changes needed in the original MIDI specification had happened by the late nineties.)
My main requirement is creating orchestral accompaniments for my wife. And the process needs to be as comfortable and quick as reasonably possible. Often moving to something new slows that process hugely. Worth it if it offers something needed. But there's nothing in Sonar X for me ... so far.
So, I run a laptop core 2 duo 2GHz (with an eSATA interface), with an E-MU 02 cardbus card and a 1616m audio/MIDI interface. It has a 24 inch monitor attached and a Novation X-Station 25 as the controller keyboard. XGworks goes through Maple MIDI to either a single instance of ARIA for much of the initial sequencing work. Or to VST Host where I can run multiple VST instruments together with effects plug ins. Quality rendering is done on Sonar 7 Producer. Suits me just fine. But thanks for the thought.