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Copying Cakewalk Presets And Key Bindings
Written by Scott R. Garrigus - 2005, Scott R. Garrigus. All Rights Reserved.
Cakewalk Pro Audio, Guitar Studio, and Home Studio allow you to create and save your own effects presets. In addition, Pro Audio and Guitar Studio let you create and save your own key bindings. But in both cases, there is no easy way backup or copy those presets or bindings. For instance, what if you had to reformat your hard drive and reinstall all your software including Cakewalk? All of your presets and bindings would be lost. Or what if you wanted to transfer your presets or bindings to another computer? Normally, you would have to write all the settings down and then enter them all over again manually. Well, with a bit of work using the Windows Registry, it's not too difficult to make copies or backups of your presets and bindings.

WARNING: Manipulating the Windows Registry can be a bit dangerous. Even small changes to the settings can cause your computer to crash, so please be very careful and follow these instructions very closely. I won't be held responsible for any damage that may occur, so please take care.

The first thing to do is make a back up of your Windows registry. That way you can return it back to its previous state in case you have an accident. To make a back up, follow these steps:

1. Select Start>Shutdown.
2. Select Restart in MS-DOS mode, and click OK.
3. At the WINDOWS prompt, type SCANREG /BACKUP (be sure there is a space between SCANREG and /BACKUP).
4. At the WINDOWS prompt, type WIN to restart Windows.

If you get into trouble and you need to restore the Registry, do the following:

1. Select Start>Shutdown.
2. Select Restart in MS-DOS mode, and click OK.
3. At the WINDOWS prompt, type SCANREG /RESTORE (again, be sure there is a space between SCANREG and /RESTORE).
4. Select the first file in the list that appears, and hit ENTER on your computer keyboard.
5. Restart your computer when prompted.

Now lets make a backup/copy of your Key Bindings. This is for Pro Audio and Guitar Studio users only because Home Studio doesn't provide a Key Bindings feature. To copy your Key Bindings, follow these steps:

1. Select Start>Run, type Regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
2. Click the plus sign next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER in the list.
3. Click the plus sign next to Software.
4. Click the plus sign next to Cakewalk Music Software.
5. Click the plus sign next to Cakewalk Pro Audio or Cakewalk Guitar Studio depending on what program you are using.
6. Click the plus sign next to the version number that is displayed.
7. Select the folder called Bindings so that it is highlighted.
8. Select Registry>Export Registry File to open the Export Registry File dialog box.
9. Select a location in which to save the file.
10. Type in a name for the file, and click Save.
11. The Registry Editor saves the data only from the selected part of the Registry into your new file.

Now if you want to import the Key Bindings data back into the Registry, either on the same machine or a different one, do the following:

1. Be sure that your Cakewalk software (Pro Audio or Guitar Studio) is already installed on the computer.
2. Run the Registry Editor as explained earlier.
3. Select Registry>Import Registry File.
4. Select your previously saved file, and click Open.
5. The Registry Editor automatically imports the data in the appropriate place within the Registry, and you should now see your Key Bindings data when you run Pro Audio or Guitar Studio.

Dealing with effects presets is a bit more difficult because they are not all tucked away in one neat place. You have backup/copy the audio effects presets and the MIDI effects presets separately. But it's not overly difficult. This is how it's done:

1. Select Start>Run, type Regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
2. Click the plus sign next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER in the list.
3. Click the plus sign next to Software.
4. Click the plus sign next to Cakewalk Music Software.
5. To make a copy of the audio effects presets, select the folder called ActiveMovie.
6. To make a copy of the MIDI effects presets, select the folder called MIDI Filters.

** Note: You will have to copy each folder separately, and go through the steps below for each, because you can't select both folders at the same time and export them into the same file.

7. Select Registry>Export Registry File to open the Export Registry File dialog box.
8. Select a location in which to save the file.
9. Type in a name for the file, and click Save.
10. The Registry Editor saves the data only from the selected part of the Registry into your new file.

To import your presets data back into the Registry, just follow the steps I outlined above for importing the Key Bindings data. The steps are exactly the same.

So, now what was once a very tedious task, is actually fairly easy to accomplish. You no longer have to worry about losing any of the Key Bindings or effects presets that you create during your Cakewalk sessions. Any time you plan to reinstall the software, or transfer it to another computer, just follow these steps.

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