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Cakewalk SONAR 8/8.5 Producer Edition Tutorial


Cakewalk SONAR 8 is an full featured Digital Audio Workstation that is on the cutting edge of audio production. Packaged with one of the largest set of features and tools in any audio application, it can be overwhelming to master. Sam McGuire, audio engineer, author and educator, explains Sonar using a variety of examples and real world work flows. Follow along using the provided work files and explore the multifaceted features of Sonar with Sam as your guide. Both first time Sonar users who are trying to figure out basic tasks and experienced veterans who are looking to explore the latest features will find just what they are looking for. To begin learning Sonar today, simply click on the movie links.

Introduction to Sonar 8

Introduction
Version Options

New Features

New in Version 8.5 pt. 1
New in Version 8.5 pt. 2
New in Version 8.5 pt. 3

Audio Settings

General Tab
Advanced Tab
Drivers Tab

Preferences

Global Options
Project Options
Key Bindings
Visual Optimization

Menus

Menus pt. 1
Menus pt. 2
Menus pt. 3
Menu Customization

Track View

The basics of Track View
Types of Tracks
The Track Header

Piano Roll View

PRV in the Track View
PRV Tools pt. 1
PRV Tools pt. 2

Staff View

Using the Staff View
Notation
Parts & Pages

Step Sequencer View

Programming the Step Sequencer
Controller Lane
Using with Clips & Synths

Console View

Routing in the Console View
The Console Equalizer
Additional Buttons
Working in the Console View

Synth Rack & Loop Explorer

Using the Synth Rack
Freezing Tracks pt. 1
Freezing Tracks pt. 2
The Loop Explorer View

Other Views

Video
Big Counter
Surround Sound
Miscellaneous

MIDI

Sonar as a Sequencer
Recording & Editing MIDI
Quantization
MIDI Effects pt. 1
MIDI Effects pt. 2
MIDI Effects pt. 3

Audio

Basic Audio Editing
Clip Properties
Processing Menu pt. 1
Processing Menu pt. 2
Clip Conversions

Audio Snap

Activating Audio Snap
Transients
Using Audio Snap
Drum Replacement

Groove Clip Looping

Activation Groove Clip Looping
Optimizing Clips
Using Groove Clip Looping

V-Vocal

Adjusting Pitch
Adjusting Time
Other Features

Automation

Track Based Automation
Clip Based Automation
Recording & Drawing Automation

Effects

Dynamic Processors pt. 1
Dynamic Processors pt. 2
Dynamic Processors pt. 3
Spectrum Effects pt. 1
Spectrum Effects pt. 2
Spectrum Effects pt. 3
Time Effects pt. 1
Time Effects pt. 2
Time Effects pt. 3
Sonitus pt. 1
Sonitus pt. 2

Soft Synths

Dimension Pro
BeatScape
TTS-1
Cyclone
DXi2
Pentagon I
PSYN II
Roland Groovesynth
RXP
DropZone
Rapture LE
Session Drummer 2
z3ta+
True Piano

Song Project

Tempo & Key Signature
Mixing pt. 1
Mixing pt. 2
Mixing pt. 3
Mixing pt. 4

Exporting & Mastering

Finalizing the Mix
Export the Mix
Mastering
Sonar Tools for Sharing
Archiving the Project

Control Surfaces

Setting Up a Surface
Cakewalk Options
ACT Learn Mode

Conclusion

Wrap Up
Author Bio


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