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The only thing I haven't tried is the tutorials, which I actually may have when I first got the program a few months ago. (I got frustrated then and quit messing with it.)
The tutorials are the first thing you should do, but keep in mind that Tutorial 1 is MIDI only and unless you have a real synth (which I don't think you have) you need to use softsynths to get any sound. First you should use Tutorial5.cwb to check your soundcard setup.
1) Go to Options-Audio-Drivers and make sure your Realtek is selected
2) Go to Options-Audio-Advanced and make sure the Driver Mode is WDM
3) Go to Options-Audio-General and press the Wave Profiler button.
4) Load Tutorial5.cwb
5) Hit Play
Then do Tutorial1 and it should work if Tutorial5 worked.
Home Studio comes with the Roland TTS-1 and a few other softsynths. Load Tutorial1.cwp and follow these instructions:
1) View-Synth Rack
2) Click the Insert DXi button (looks like an asterisk)
3) Click on TTS-1 - Check First Synth Output and Synth Property Page checkboxes
4) Edit Select All (to select all tracks)
6) Select TTS-1 from the MIDI Outputs pulldown (that makes the TTS-1 the output for all MIDI tracks)
7) Hit play
Computer: Intel i7, ASROCK H170M, 16GB/5TB+, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, Sonar Platinum, TASCAM US-16x08, Cakewalk UM-3G MIDI I/F
Instruments: SL-880 Keyboard controller, Korg 05R/W, Korg N1R, KORG Wavestation EX
Axes: Fender Stratocaster, Line6 Variax 300, Ovation Acoustic, Takamine Nylon Acoustic, Behringer GX212 amp, Shure SM-58 mic, Rode NT1 condenser mic.
Outboard: Mackie 1402-VLZ mixer, TC Helicon VoiceLive 2, Digitech Vocalist WS EX, PODXTLive, various stompboxes and stuff.
Controllers: Korg nanoKONTROL, Wacom Bamboo Touchpad