In this tutorial we will go through the steps to send the individual notes 4-note chords to four different instruments in Cakewalk by Bandlab.
1) On MacOS: open Divisimate before you open your DAW (the virtual midi ports are only available when Divisimate is running).
2) Manually activate 4 voices in the lower part of the GUI above the keyboard by clicking on ‘4’ and connect the 4 voices to the first 4 Out-Ports on the left by clicking in the matrix.
Alternatively you can load the factory preset “4vc – 4 parts” on the perform page.
3) Make sure that your MIDI input device is activated in the settings.
1) Open a new project in Cakewalk.
2) Go to the Preferences/MIDI/Devices and make sure that all Divisimate Ports are activated. Unfortunately Cakewalk does not sort MIDI ports by name, so they may appear out of order in the list of inputs.
3) Create 4 instrument tracks with the instrument of your choice.
4) Extend the view of the tracks by clicking on the “Restor Strip Size Arrow” to see all input/output options.
4) Click on the input menu for the first track and select “Divisimate Port 01” and “MIDI Omni” to receive all channels of that port on that track. Repeate the same for the other three tracks and Divisimate Port 02, 03 and 04
5) Record-enable and activate input echo on all four tracks to record and hear them together.
6) And done! Now you can play those four tracks together as an ensemble through Divisimate. The same method can be used to build larger templates using all the 32 Divisimate ports. Have fun orchestrating and composing!
If you want to go back to working the traditional way track-by-track, simply press ‘Bypass’ or the shortcut [b] in Divisimate. Divisimate will then send all midi events and CCs directly through to all ports without any delay or latency. This way you can just record enable any track.