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- Open Cakewalk, and save the file to your floppy disk--the A
Drive: from the Menu Bar select File, then, Save As:
haydn.wrk (Cakewalk files are normally saved as *.wrk)
- In the Name column, type in each track name, using the first 14
tracks in this case. Click on the respective rectangle to
highlight the area, and begin typing. You may type in any
name. Suggested track names are:
||8. Trumpet 2
|2. Oboe 1
|3. Oboe 2
||10. Violin 1
||11. Violin 2
|5. Horn 1
|6. Horn 2
|7. Trumpet 1
Note: While percussion, timpani in this case, may be recorded
on any "track," percussion is always assigned to "channel"
10, a la General MIDI standard.
- Assign MIDI channels to each of the tracks:
double-click the respective channel area box for each track.
The Track Properties menu will appear. Click on the Channel
bar and select the appropriate number for that track. As
mentioned, percussion is always assigned to Channel 10;
otherwise, you may select any of the other 16 MIDI channels,
bearing in mind that "like" instruments will share the
Now, choose the Bank and Patch for each
track: Click in the respective Bank square for each track
and set both the Bank and Patch, clicking on the Bank and Patch
bars to see choices. (Unfortunately, the GM bank does not
list instruments by number, so simply scroll through the list
until you see the desired instrument.) Click on OK when both
have been set to close the Track Properties dialog box.
Click on the Meter/Key display (the staff icon) to
set the appropriate key signature (G major) and meter (3/4) via
the dialog box.
- Next, you will need to give your metronome some
instructions. From the Menu Bar, select Settings, then,
Metronome. The metronome dialog box appears. Normally,
you will not want to hear the metronome (click) when your song is
playing back, so do not check Playback unless you do.
Normally a one-measure count-in is sufficient, so this setting
should read "1," if it does not currently.
Should you wish to customize the metronome click to something
other than the default sound, you may do so. Easier to
use the default sound, however ... :-)
Check Use MIDI Note. When this box is checked, you may
choose a particular MIDI port and channel to which the metronome
will be routed. Percussion sounds normally work best, though
any sound could be selected.
Following is a helpful way of auditioning metronome
sounds: (1) Select the Key item in either the First Beat or
Other Beats boxes. (2) Play a note on your keyboard. Its
note number and velocity are automatically entered in the First
Beat or Other Beat box (whichever was selected). Normally,
it is preferable to have a louder click on the first beat of each
measure. (Try Eb6 & E6.)
- Lastly, select a comfortable tempo at which to record. You
will have to engage the click to hear the metronome's tempo.
Click on the red Record button. Shortcut key is: R.
Click on the Record button again to stop. The spacebar
also turns record off, as well as being a shortcut key for
Play. To change the tempo, use the up/down arrows next
to the tempo indicator.
- You are now ready to record! Note: Pickup notes should not
be recorded prior to the first full measure, i.e., during the
countoff measure. That means that the pickup notes of this
piece will actually be in measure one. The first full
measure of music will actually be measure two.
- To select the track to be recorded, click anywhere in the row of
the track you wish to record so that the track row is
highlighted. You may wish to begin with track 2, Oboe 1, in
order to avoid possible confusion since that part enters before
the flute part. ... 'Sup to you.
- To begin recording, either click the red Record button, or press
R on the computer keyboard ... and you're off! Remember to
allow for the empty measure of countoff clicks (3, since the piece
is in 3/4). Then, there will be measure one with two
beats of musical silence prior to the pickup on the third
beat. (If you begin with the flute part, there will be 11
clicks before you enter on the 12th click. If you begin with
the oboe part, there will be 5 clicks before you enter on the 6th
- To stop recording, click on the red Record button again, or
press the spacebar.
- You may stop and start as often as you wish, and at any point in
the music. To record again at a measure other than the
beginning, make your setting via the Now Marker Scrollbar.
- You may record each track all the way to the end, or you may
record page one (bars 1-4) of each track before proceeding to page
- Do not worry about minor imperfections at this point. We
will discuss editing in the very near future. If your
current "take" was so bad that you wish to discard it,
press Control+Z, or use the Undo command in the Edit menu. (Control+A
or Redo will restore the take.)
- Tip: To avoid unnecessary editing, try to record as
musically as possible. Follow the articulations and dynamic
markings. Since the keyboards are touch sensitive, a
softer touch will result in a softer dynamic level, just as a
harder touch will result in a louder dynamic level.
- Be sure to save your work to disk before you close the
program. In fact, it is a good idea to save your work
frequently, especially before undertaking any "risky"
edits or making any significant changes which have the potential
of ruining what you have already done. It CAN happen!
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