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SONAR Explained

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Skylight & Track View

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    Tutorial 1

    Getting Started

    4:43

    Learn how to install Sonar using the new Cakewalk Command Center, and how to set audio and MIDI driver settings when you launch Sonar for the first time.

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    Tutorial 2

    Overview

    4:58

    Learn about the main areas in the Sonar workspace; including the Track View, track pane, clips pane, bus pane, inspector pane, control bar, time ruler, console view, and the browser.

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    Tutorial 3

    Starting a New Project

    3:12

    Learn about the different Sonar file types, and how to create and save a new empty project.

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    Tutorial 4

    Working with the Browser

    4:23

    Explore the various ways of opening/closing and docking/undocking the Browser Pane, how to navigate between the three main sections, and how to customize and navigate the Media Browser.

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    Tutorial 5

    Synth Rack Browser

    6:01

    See how this area of the Browser is used to view, edit, insert, delete, configure, mute, solo, and freeze, the soft synths used in the current project.

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    Tutorial 6

    Transport Control & Navigation Pt. 1

    6:13

    Discover some basic methods of moving and viewing the NOW time, and starting and stopping playback.

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    Tutorial 7

    Transport Control & Navigation Pt. 2

    4:29

    Learn additional ways to view and position the NOW time, and how to audition a selection.

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    Tutorial 8

    Zooming

    6:55

    Explore various ways of zooming the Track View, as well as individual tracks and clips, horizontally and vertically.

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    Tutorial 9

    The MultiDock

    3:56

    Discover how this aspect of the Skylight interface is used to elegantly manage multiple view without cluttering up the main Tracks View.

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    Tutorial 10

    Working with The Inspector

    4:39

    Discover how this component of the Skylight interface is used to control clip, track, and mix settings pertaining to the currently selected track or clip.

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    Tutorial 11

    Track Inspector Controls

    7:07

    Learn about the Audio track, Instrument track, MIDI track, and Bus track controls and functions found in the track controls area of the Inspector.

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    Tutorial 12

    Clip & Track Properties

    7:53

    Learn how these areas of the Inspector are used to set and edit properties on a per clip, or track based basis.

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    Tutorial 13

    Working with the Control Bar

    48:41

    Discover how to view, float, customize, re-arrange, resize, collapse, scroll, and lock the control bar; as well as how to use the new Custom Control module for instant access to your own frequently used functions.

Recording

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    Tutorial 14

    Preparing to Record

    7:06

    Prepare for your own recordings by learning to set per project audio folders, the meter and key signature, metronome and tempo settings, and the record mode.

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    Tutorial 15

    Recording MIDI

    4:16

    Watch and listen as a soft synth track is set up, record arming preferences are explored and set, and a simple MIDI performance is recorded along with the metronome.

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    Tutorial 16

    Quantize & Input Quantize

    5:07

    See how the timing of notes in a MIDI recording can be corrected so that they fall on or close to the grid of musical subdivisions, and how Input Quantize is set up so that new MIDI recordings are automatically quantized.

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    Tutorial 17

    MIDI Loop Recording

    6:55

    See how to set a loop range and how the record mode settings work when loop recording a soft synth.

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    Tutorial 18

    Punch Recording MIDI

    6:13

    Learn how to set and use the punch recording feature combined with loop recording as a means of trying different ideas over the same section of music.

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    Tutorial 19

    Recording Audio Prep

    6:09

    See how to set the input source, arm tracks, set levels, customize the metering resolution, use input monitoring, PDC, and other Mix module functions in the Control Bar.

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    Tutorial 20

    Loop Recording Audio

    3:12

    Watch as multiple takes are recorded using the store takes in a single track record mode.

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    Tutorial 21

    Recording with the Arpeggiator

    5:47

    Watch as an arpeggiator is set up and used on a soft synth track to generate a bass part.

Editing

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    Tutorial 22

    Take Lanes

    2:37

    Learn how to expand/collapse, add, delete, select, solo, mute, record arm, re-order, and resize take lanes.

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    Tutorial 23

    Clip Muting & Isolating

    5:31

    See how the mute tool is used to mute or isolate either entire clips or regions within clips.

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    Tutorial 24

    Comping the Easy Way

    4:46

    Learn some useful comping techniques using the Smart Tool and Comp Tool.

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    Tutorial 25

    Tool & Edit Filter Selections

    5:16

    Discover some techniques and shortcuts for selecting tools and changing Edit Filter data types.

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    Tutorial 26

    The Smart Tool & Track View

    4:31

    Discover some of the Smart Tools extended functions when used in conjunction with modifier keys in Track View.

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    Tutorial 27

    The Smart Tool & Piano Roll View

    5:39

    Explore some of the Smart Tool functions in the Piano Roll View including velocity scaling, trimming, moving, creating, deleting, selecting, splitting, gluing, and muting notes.

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    Tutorial 28

    Summary of Other Tools

    7:26

    Learn about some of the dedicated functions found in the Select, Edit, Timing, Split, Freehand, Pattern, Line, Erase, Mute, Scrub, and Zoom tools.

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    Tutorial 29

    Snap to Grid

    7:49

    Explore the Snap to Grid controls in more detail and learn how to snap to either grid increments or absolute time, use smart snap to take advantage of dynamically changing snap values based on horizontal zoom level, snap either to or by the snap value, use landmarks, set the snap intensity, toggle between a primary and secondary snap to grid value, and create a snap offset.

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    Tutorial 30

    Nudge

    4:55

    Learn to configure and use the three customizable nudge settings.

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    Tutorial 31

    Getting Around in the Piano Roll View

    6:39

    Learn how to display and manage several tracks together in the Piano Roll View.

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    Tutorial 32

    The InLine Piano Roll

    7:33

    See how the Edit Filters Notes view allows for piano roll style editing directly in Track View; including zooming, scrolling, using the MIDI Microscope, adding, deleting, muting, trimming, scrubbing, scaling, splitting, quantizing, gluing, painting with the Pattern Tool, and much more.

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    Tutorial 33

    Other MIDI Editing Functions

    7:32

    See how the Event Inspector is used for nuanced control over individual MIDI notes, and how the Transpose, Slide, Length, Fit to Time, Retrograde, Scale Velocity, and Find/Change processes work.

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    Tutorial 34

    Snap to Scale

    4:52

    Explore the snap to scale function. Any notes either drawn in or moved in the Piano Roll View or InLine Piano Roll View will confirm to a specified root key and either a predefined or custom created scale.

Arranging

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    Tutorial 35

    Working with Tracks

    8:23

    earn how to select, sort, move, insert, clone, wipe, delete, and save tracks and track templates.

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    Tutorial 36

    Controlling the Track Display

    8:56

    Learn how to hide selected or unselected tracks using either shortcuts or the Track Manager, how to customize track icons, colors, and metering; and how to customize which controls are displayed using the Track Control Manager.

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    Tutorial 37

    Clip Editing

    7:58

    Discover various ways of moving, separating, and blending clips or parts of clips using drag and drop, split, and cut special copy special and paste special commands.

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    Tutorial 38

    Linked Clips

    4:25

    See how linked clips are created using either the paste special or drag and drop options, and how they are used to have changes made in one clip applied to the linked copies.

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    Tutorial 39

    Clip Selection Groups

    5:04

    See how clip selection groups are used to treat multiple clips as a single unit, how to add and remove clips from a selection group, and how to link clips when they are pasted.

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    Tutorial 40

    Working with Markers

    6:19

    See how markers are created, named, positioned, edited, copied, moved, locked, deleted, and used as the basis for naming sections of your project, navigation, and establishing selections.

Mixing

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    Tutorial 41

    Working in Console View

    3:34

    Learn about the three main sections of the console view, how to control what is displayed, and how to set custom double click values for knobs and faders.

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    Tutorial 42

    Signal Flow, Busses & Sends

    9:07

    Learn how to create busses and route the output of tracks to subgroups, and how to use the Insert Send Assistant to set up parallel audio streams called Sends.

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    Tutorial 43

    Using Real Time FX

    5:33

    See how to patch one or more effects into an FX rack on tracks or busses, in either Track View, the Track Inspector, or Console View. Learn ways to add, reorder, move, copy, bypass, and solo them either individually or globally.

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    Tutorial 44

    Per Track EQ

    5:55

    Hear how the Artist series Per Track EQ function is used to adjust the tonal balance of each track by selectively cutting or boosting different areas in the frequency spectrum.

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    Tutorial 45

    Clip Based Effects

    4:12

    Discover how effects are used on a per clip basis, including inserting, deleting, re-ordering, bypassing, moving, copying, and rendering (applying) them.

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    Tutorial 46

    Recording Automation

    6:39

    Learn how to automate the movements of parameters by mousing faders and knobs in real time as the track is playing, and see how automation lanes are used to manage the automation of multiple parameters on the same track.

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    Tutorial 47

    Drawing & Editing Automation

    7:27

    Learn about mute automation, snapshot automation, as well as how to draw and edit automation envelopes using the Smart Tool and the various Draw/Pattern tools.

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    Tutorial 48

    Mix Recall

    6:40

    Discover Sonars new Mix Recall feature that allows you to save and recall multiple mixes (mix scenes) within the same project. See how individual elements can be included or excluded to combine elements from different scenes.

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    Tutorial 49

    Sharing Your Music

    6:11

    See how the Bounce to Track(s) function is used to sub mix tracks or busses, and how the Export Audio function is used to render your final mix in a variety of popular formats.

For 2015, Cakewalk expanded SONAR into three products: SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum, each with the same core features and functions. In the most in-depth series available, SONAR guru Eli Krantzberg takes you from beginning to end, showing how to unleash the power of this fully featured, cutting edge DAW.

This definitive series begins with the Important Fundamentals like Installation, Starting a Project, Window Overviews, Controlling Playback and more, Eli then moves onto Recording Audio and MIDI, Quantizing, Punching-In, and Looping. Next, Eli goes deep into Arrangement and Clip Editing, covering topics such as Track Management, Clips, Markers, Applying Fades and more.

Mixing is up next, and Eli demonstrates How to Configure the Console View, SONAR's Signal Flow, Busses, and Sends, How To Use Real-Time Effects, EQ, Compression, Automation, Exporting and much, much more!

With SONAR Artist, Professional, and Platinum offering every level of musician a killer DAW, it's time to get ahead of the game and learn it right from the beginning... Watch "SONAR Explained" today!

Darryl
Submitted 2 days ago

Very Thorough

Covers practically every aspect, I know the program inside and out and I still got some tips I didn't know about!

I am a: Semi-Pro

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EpeeDad
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Great job Eli!

Excellent reference for Sonar!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV

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assessor
Submitted 1 month ago

A FAST way to GETin Sonar

Verry nice Video course, Thank y I think its the fastest option to get deep into Sonar Its nicke to beckmesserisch Information over the different ways to do. like shortcuts Ebers step

I am a: Student

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Traxxtv
Submitted 1 month ago

Great for Overview and for In Depth

I started out saying that I would watch one or two to get a feel of them but ended up watching 8 in a row. Very Good Stuff!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Beat Maker

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Spoq
Submitted 2 months ago

GREAT

This is a must have for SONAR users, specially if you are new.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Game Designer, Producer, Musician, Sound Designer, Student

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Dantheman
Submitted 3 months ago

Sonar Explained

The videos are fantastic. They do move quickly, but that is what the pause button is for. All the major features in the Artist version are covered well. It is also very helpful to watch the videos over again as needed. Overall, they are a great value. I would also recommend the song writing videos by the same presenter.

I am a: Hobbyist

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Dburn2g
Submitted 4 months ago

A Great, Detailed, Inexpensive Learning Tool!!!

So I bought Sonar Professional about a year ago and was lost until I blessed to find the Groove 3 "Sonar Explained". I has taught me so much about the inner workings of the program. The stuff I knew nothing about these trainging videos explain. Clear instruction and excellent video quality. On top of all that the price is great! Thank you Groove 3!

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BigE76522
Submitted 4 months ago

Excellent Course

I upgraded from an older version of Sonar and need a good video course to help me with the update. This is a very Good course. It's easy to follow and doesn't use a lot of technical language.. Definitely recommend this course!!

I am a: Beginner, Producer, Beat Maker

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JPut
Submitted 5 months ago

SONAR Explained

Very good tutorials with lots of useful tips provided.

I am a: Hobbyist

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ban485
Submitted 5 months ago

Awesome

Extremely comprehensive and we'll presented. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn Sonar.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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SONAR Explained is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very Thorough Covers practically every aspect, I know the program inside and out and I still got some tips I didn't know about!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great job Eli! Excellent reference for Sonar!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A FAST way to GETin Sonar Verry nice Video course, Thank y I think its the fastest option to get deep into Sonar Its nicke to beckmesserisch Information over the different ways to do. like shortcuts Ebers step
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great for Overview and for In Depth I started out saying that I would watch one or two to get a feel of them but ended up watching 8 in a row. Very Good Stuff!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GREAT This is a must have for SONAR users, specially if you are new.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Sonar Explained The videos are fantastic. They do move quickly, but that is what the pause button is for. All the major features in the Artist version are covered well. It is also very helpful to watch the videos over again as needed. Overall, they are a great value. I would also recommend the song writing videos by the same presenter.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A Great, Detailed, Inexpensive Learning Tool!!! So I bought Sonar Professional about a year ago and was lost until I blessed to find the Groove 3 "Sonar Explained". I has taught me so much about the inner workings of the program. The stuff I knew nothing about these trainging videos explain. Clear instruction and excellent video quality. On top of all that the price is great! Thank you Groove 3!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Course I upgraded from an older version of Sonar and need a good video course to help me with the update. This is a very Good course. It's easy to follow and doesn't use a lot of technical language.. Definitely recommend this course!!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from SONAR Explained Very good tutorials with lots of useful tips provided.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome Extremely comprehensive and we'll presented. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn Sonar.
Date published: 2016-10-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great set of videos Really good set of videos giving you a great grounding and massively reducing the steep learning curve of using Sonar from scratch. Tutor really knows his stuff and explains advanced concepts very simply. Recommended.
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Where were you when I started out? I recently upgraded to Sonar Platinum and started looking around for a program to teach me not only the new things in the program but the things that I have always struggled with in Sonar. This is the best training software I have ever used. Not only have I been able to learn all those things that I should have learned years ago, but it is conveniently organized so I can use it as a reference for when I'm using a feature and can't remember how it works. The instruction is thoughtful and well-organized.
Date published: 2016-08-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Learned a lot of new tricks! Even though I have been using Sonar for years, Eli opened up some new things for me!
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Sonar Explained I got this series a couple of weeks ago, after I upgraded from a 2009 version of Sonar Producer. There have been a lot of changes in the last seven years. I've only been through the first module, but I like what I'm seeing. I'll probably get the advanced course after I finish this one. I especially like that I can put the different videos on my Android pad and watch them when/if I have down time during the day.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exactly what I was looking for. I recently got Sonar and have been looking for quality tutorials... this was definitely the right place! These programs can be so complicated that you just want to give up at times, but Eli walks you through each part and I now have an infinitely greater grasp of this software and how to best use it. It will take some time to learn all those keyboard shortcuts though!
Date published: 2016-02-15