Record using Software Instruments!

  1. Open Cakewalk by BandLab.
  2. From the Start Screen, click New Project then select Empty Project
  3. Click the [+] Add Track button in the track view. At the top of this menu, you will see Audio and Instrument. Choose Instrument.
  4. The first drop-down menu represents the synth that will be used. This defaults to TTS-1, but if you have other software instruments, click the box and select your instrument from the list.
  5. The second menu is to select your Input. If you're using a MIDI keyboard controller, select the controller, or All Inputs > MIDI Omni. Otherwise, Omni or Virtual Controller > MIDI Omni should allow for any input device to be recognized.
  6. Check the box for Record Enable, then click Create to add the track. If you want to use your computer’s keyboard as a controller, check Open Virtual Controller as well.
  7. Select a patch (sound) from your plugin, and use the virtual controller or your own controller to make sure you hear the correct patch.
  8. Press R to record, then Spacebar to stop. Press Spacebar again to listen to what you just recorded!
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