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I’ve been thinking about doing some home recording, so decided it was time to start and install some software. I’ve a copy of Cakewalk Sonar 8.5.1 LE which came with my Boss ME-25. So, I decided to install that on my Windows 7 64bit Dell notebook. The idea was to install some DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software and learn how to use it. The learning process will undoubtable form the content for some blog posts in the future.
The install went smoothly, but when I fired up the software I got a message box with “Cannot Open Master.Ins No Instrument Definitions Will be Available.“.
A quick browse on the Cakewalk forums gave the “Run as Administrator” hint, which did not solve the problem.
The problem in a nut shell is the software cannot find the file (sure it’s obvious). A quick search of my notebook’s hard drive found a “master.ins” file. The question which the problem, and having a copy of the file raises is “Where does Sonar, want to read the file from?”.
How To Find Out Where Sonar Wants the File
Years ago, I’ve used a thing called filemon to find out what files and executable was touching. A quick Bing search found this page in Microsoft Tech Net – FileMon for Windows v7.04. This page pointed me at the Process Monitor – Process Monitor v2.93. So, download that, and start to explore what Sonar is up to. NB : This is no cost software from Microsoft.
Filtering In Process Monitor
Process Monitor watches all events which are happening in windows. This generates a lot of entries, luckily process monitor comes with a filtering option. The filters I used to watch what Sonar was up to when loading where a “Process Name Filter”, and a “Result Filter”. Both of the filters I used are shown in the images to the left.
With the filters in place, Process Monitor allows you to search for a string in the filtered results. With the search option, look for the “master.ins”. In the case of my install of Sonar 8.5.1 LE, it was looking for the “master.ins” file in the “C:\Users\Craig\AppData\Roaming\Cakewalk\SONAR 8.5 LE” directory.
A Windows Explorer Tip
The “AppData” directory is a hidden directory. That’s not a problem for Windows Explorer. Just click into the file path of the Windows Explorer window and type “\AppData”, this will cause Explorer to navigate into that hidden directory.
From there you can see the subdirectories, or folders if you prefer, and then navigate to the directory which process monitor was reporting as where Sonar was looking for the “master.ins” file.
With a Windows Explorer now open in the directory which Sonar was looking in for the “master.ins” file. You can see that there is no ”master.ins” file present.
To make the error go away, I then copied all of the “.ins” files from “C:\Users\Craig\Documents\Cakewalk\SONAR 8.5 LE\Sample Content”, which was created during the Sonar install. I think you need them all, but I could be wrong. If you end up with things that do not make sense in the instrument selection dialogs in Sonar, then remove the files which are creating the “noise” (just shut down Sonar first – ripping the files out while Sonar is running could cause some problems).
The method described should work for any Sonar product which is experiencing the “master.ins not found” error. The names of the directories are probably specific to “Sonar LE 8.5.1”, but should be mirrored in some way for the other products.
Now to learn what DAW software can do for me, and how to “drive” Sonar.
Why Did I Need an Upgrade?
There have been a couple of things which have conspired to push me to making a major upgrade to my home network. These reasons included:
- My MyBookWorld (terrabyte) was starting to run out of space,
- The 10/100 ether net ports on the Netgear DGN2000 were starting to “fall apart”. I was getting them erroring out, not working at all, and generally “stuffing up” when trying to access the network resources.
- I’d reached the 4 port limit on the integrated router/modem.
- The N wireless connections were starting to get a bit flaky as well.
The summary the network was turning into a “not work”.
So with “money in hand”, time to make an upgrade.
The Upgrade Objectives
The upgrade to the home network had a couple of objectives:
- Make things stable again. I’ve had enough of thing working for a short while and then loosing the network mappings, or the internet.
- Modularise the network elements. The modular design should position things so that if one elements of the network starts getting “wobbly”, I can replace that one component.
- Make space for some more NAS storage. The 4 ports on the old router were full before I started to think about adding more NAS to the network.
The Upgrade Components
- Replace the 10/100 hard wired/ether net parts of the network with an 8 port 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet switch (Netgear GS108). That solved the hardwired part of the networking, and made space for the next block of network storage.
- Add an ADSL Modem (getting away from the all in one unit which was starting to get flaky). This was a Netgear DM111P.
- Add a 802.11N Wireless Router (I connect my notebooks to the network using wireless). This was a Netgear WRN3500. The important part of this was that there it is a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet interface out.
- Add another 2T of NAS storage. This time I’m using a LaCie d2 Network 2 2T drive. A very solid aluminium cased piece of storage.
Outcome and Interesting Features
So far, so good. Things have been holding together. The network has been taking a “hammering” as I move stuff off the MyBookWorld and onto the LaCie drive.
Setting up the Netgear did not cause too much of a headache. The order I used was to setup the modem first, then the N router. The N router seems to have aggregated the modem (the router looks like it is controlling the modem as well). So, setting up both at once may have been possible.
Moving Files (an aside)
I’ve been using a combination of Windows Explorer, and Dos xcopy. Xcopy is something which seems to give a better degree of control over copy process, and seems to be quick (when compared to Windows Explorer).