Re: Soft synth TTS-1

D F Tweedie

I was going to chime in on this before but hesitated because I was uncertain whether the TTS-1 was VSTi or DXi. Were it VSTi I'd agree with Ian that it should be no issue where you place it as long as you can find/ remember that path so you can find it from within the BIAB settings. With DXi I'm not so sure.

There is another issue, however. With a VSTi the *.dll (Dynamic Link Library) is a front end. That is, I don't believe it typically contains the actual content producing the audio. A CD player without a CD is the idea. Therefore it also requires a path to its 'CDs.' So in order for it to work a dll itself can also require a path to its content. Most more recent softsynths expose under settings/ options access to change that path ... but some older ones may not.

But then you must also identify where the TTS-1 'CDs' were installed with Cakewalk and not move or delete them if you want to try to install the rest of the program.

And as David said, there is generally no need to uninstall Cakewalk any way. It probably doesn't use much space and won't interfere with other things on your computer when it is not open.

On Saturday, February 6, 2021, 4:50:11 AM PST, IAN GRAHAM via <idgraham@...> wrote:

Thanks, David.

That sounds very much as if there is a deliberate spoiler in there
somewhere - my experience is that *.dll soundfonts are usually very
tolerant of being copied around, provided the computer recognises them.
i.e. Some need a specific installation, many don't.


Ian G.

On 06/02/2021 12:33, David H. Bailey wrote:
> On 2/5/2021 10:19 PM, IAN GRAHAM via wrote:
>> Can I confirm if I'm understanding this right ? The following summary
>> is partly what has already been said, and partly based on my own
>> experience, and what I've read online:
>> TTS-1 is a fairly elderly but quite respected GM softsynth. It
>> currently comes bundled with Bandcamp.
>> What this means is that there is a TTS-1.dll somewhere in the
>> Bandcamp package.
>> Can this, therefore, once found, be used independently of Bandcamp
>> i.e. imported into Biab directly, or made standalone with something
>> like Savihost or Nanohost ?
> The location of the .dll file is C:\Program Files\Cakewalk\Shared
> DXi\TTS-1
> Once Cakewalk is installed, I tried copying the TTS-1 folder to a
> different hard drive, then renamed the folder it was inside of so that
> BIAB wouldn't be able to find it in the old location.  Then I had BIAB
> search for new plugins.  Apparently the TTS-1 synth only works when it
> is in its original installation folder.  There must be other files
> that it looks for in specific folders relative to where it is
> installed, so it has to remain within the Cakewalk installation.
> But for most people it's not a big deal since hard-drives these days
> are so cheap and large that installing Cakewalk and not using it other
> than to have the TTS-1 soft-synth available for use in BIAB.
> I can't say whether it could be used as a standalone in Savihost or
> Nanohost, but apparently it can't be used at all if not in the
> original installation location.

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