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Cakewalk By Bandlab: TTS-1 Synth

Cakewalk / Sonar Tips & Techniques
Published January 2019
By Craig Anderton

You can assign any TTS‑1 instrument to one of four individual outputs.You can assign any TTS‑1 instrument to one of four individual outputs.

The TTS‑1 synth may be old, but it's still got some power!

It's easy to dismiss TTS‑1. It's over 14 years old and still on version 1.00. It comes bundled for free with BandLab, and has a user interface that looks like a Ready Player One concept art reject. It won't function at 88.2kHz sample rates, and it's only available in DXi format. Case closed... right?

Yet to dismiss it would be a mistake, because the TTS‑1 has a number of really useful mobile-friendly features: WASAPI's low latency with a laptop's internal sound card, the virtual touchscreen or QWERTY controller, low CPU footprint, and multitimbral operation. Besides, many of the sounds still hold up after all these years — so, here are some of my favourite TTS‑1 tips.

Getting Started

When you first insert TTS‑1 into...

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Published January 2019