Cakewalk TTS-1 is a software synthesizer that comes bundled for free with BandLab, a cloud-based music production platform. It is a General MIDI (GM) synth that can produce a variety of sounds, from pianos and guitars to drums and orchestral instruments. It also supports multitimbral operation, meaning you can play up to 16 different instruments at the same time, each with its own audio output and effects.
In this article, we will show you how to download and use Cakewalk TTS-1 VST synth in your DAW of choice. We will also share some tips and tricks to get the most out of this old but still powerful synth.
How to Download Cakewalk TTS-1 VST Synth
To download Cakewalk TTS-1 VST synth, you need to first download and install BandLab. BandLab is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. You can sign up for a free account on their website[^3^] or use your Facebook or Google account to log in.
Once you have installed BandLab, launch it and go to the Apps tab. There you will see a list of apps that you can download for free, including Cakewalk by BandLab, which is a full-featured DAW that integrates with BandLab's cloud services. Click on the Download button next to Cakewalk by BandLab and follow the instructions to install it on your computer.
After installing Cakewalk by BandLab, you will also have access to Cakewalk TTS-1 VST synth, which is included in the package. You can use it in Cakewalk by BandLab or in any other DAW that supports VST plugins. To use it in another DAW, you need to locate the plugin file (TTS_1.dll) and copy it to your VST plugins folder. The default location of the plugin file is C:\\Program Files\\Cakewalk\\VstPlugins\\TTS_1.dll.
How to Use Cakewalk TTS-1 VST Synth
To use Cakewalk TTS-1 VST synth, you need to insert it as a plugin on a MIDI track in your DAW. Depending on your DAW, you may need to scan for new plugins or refresh your plugin list before you can see it. Once you have inserted it, you can open its user interface by clicking on its name or icon.
The user interface of Cakewalk TTS-1 VST synth consists of a mixer with 16 channels, each corresponding to a MIDI channel and a Part (preset). You can select a sound for each Part by clicking on the instrument name at the bottom of the mixer and choosing from the Preset menu. You can also adjust the volume, pan, mute, solo, reverb, and chorus levels for each Part using the sliders and buttons on the mixer.
To play Cakewalk TTS-1 VST synth, you need to send MIDI data to it from your MIDI controller or sequencer. You can assign different MIDI channels to different Parts using the Channel menu on the mixer. You can also change the program (sound) number for each Part using your MIDI controller or sequencer. For example, if you want to change the sound of Part 1 from Acoustic Grand Piano (program 0) to Electric Piano 1 (program 4), you need to send a Program Change message with value 4 on MIDI channel 1.
Cakewalk TTS-1 VST synth also has some global settings that affect all Parts. You can access them by clicking on the System button towards the right of the user interface. There you can find options such as Master Tune, Key Shift, Polyphony, Output Assign, Effects Type, Effects Level, and Tone Remain. You can also save and load your settings as User Presets using the Save and Load buttons.