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SONAR Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Skylight & Track View

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    Getting Started

    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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    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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    Starting a New Project

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

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    Working with the Browser

    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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    Synth Rack Browser

    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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    Transport Control & Navigation Pt. 1

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

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    Transport Control & Navigation Pt. 2

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

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

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    The MultiDock

    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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    Working with The Inspector

    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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    Track Inspector Controls

    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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    Clip & Track Properties

    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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    Working with the Control Bar

    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.

Chapter 2 : Recording

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    Preparing to Record

    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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    Recording MIDI

    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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    Quantize & Input Quantize

    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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    MIDI Loop Recording

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

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    Punch Recording MIDI

    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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    Recording Audio Prep

    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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    Loop Recording Audio

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

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    Recording with the Arpeggiator

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

Chapter 3 : Editing

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    Take Lanes

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

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    Clip Muting & Isolating

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

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    Comping the Easy Way

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

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    Tool & Edit Filter Selections

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

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    The Smart Tool & Track View

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

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    The Smart Tool & Piano Roll View

    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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    Summary of Other Tools

    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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    Snap to Grid

    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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    Learn to configure and use the three customizable nudge settings.

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    Getting Around in the Piano Roll View

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

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    The InLine Piano Roll

    See how the Edit Filter’s 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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    Other MIDI Editing Functions

    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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    Snap to Scale

    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.

Chapter 4 : Arranging

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    Working with Tracks

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

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    Controlling the Track Display

    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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    Clip Editing

    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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    Linked Clips

    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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    Clip Selection Groups

    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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    Working with Markers

    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.

Chapter 5 : Mixing

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    Working in Console View

    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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    Signal Flow, Busses & Sends

    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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    Using Real Time FX

    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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    Per Track EQ

    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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    Clip Based Effects

    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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    Recording Automation

    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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    Drawing & Editing Automation

    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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    Mix Recall

    Discover Sonar’s 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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    Sharing Your Music

    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.

Product Overview

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!

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SONAR Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 27 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great content! I am very impressed with the depth of instruction in these videos. It has helped me immensely in learning this DAW. I 100% recommend this content.
Date published: 2021-05-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Even more helpful the second time around I have been using Sonar Platinum for awhile, but going back to tutorial #1 and working forward was a great reminder of shortcuts and forgotten functions.
Date published: 2020-05-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best Resource for Learning Electronic Music This has been by far the best resource I have found for learning things I never new were capable in the software and equipment I own. I have previously learned from trying to do something, having to look it up, then mission accomplished. I NEVER knew how much I missed from stuff that my software did that I was not aware of. THANK YOU GROVE3. My production has improved in just spending two weeks reviewing videos.
Date published: 2019-12-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great software explanation I use Cakewalk by Bandlab, which is just the new re-release of Sonar, so this guide has been very helpful. I like that the content is split into several short videos, this makes it easy to find specific things I may have forgotten or missed. I would be lost using this software if not for these videos.
Date published: 2018-09-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great foundation and more! Lots of very useful and clearly presented information and made getting familiar with Sonar a lot easier than it would have been. A wealth of good info! My only critique is the performance of the video streaming when interacting with the class on an ipad (videos wouldn't load or kept hanging). On my PC videos were great.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very informative Much better than the free ones on *site name removed*, this series has taught me things immediately, such as how to edit loops and inspect takes. Sonar is good but these videos make it usable.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from unbelievable ! the best and most organized tutorial foe a very confusing program
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well presented The videos are well presented, very articulate and easy to follow. I have found them to be very helpful.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful But Not Necessarily For Beginners First, the instructor does an amazing job. The quality of the videos is great, and it's really easy to just sit down and watch one after another. I support this company and stand behind their products, but I really feel like I should write this since I'm sure there will be other people struggling like me. I am an absolute beginner to this entire audio engineering field. I have a BS in Computer Security and can handle my fair share of technology. I am also a self-taught musician which is important to understand because I never learned about notes, tempo, triplets, dotted whatever, and so on. I can honestly say that if you do not understand these types of things then you should learn about that first, then come back and watch these videos. Many beginner musicians are exploring ways to record their music and they have yet to learn the intricate details surrounding it. I found these videos very frustrating sometimes because in every single video there was something that I had no clue what the instructor was talking about. The videos assume you already have this knowledge so there is no explanation. I bought this because I was a complete beginner. I wanted to plug in my guitar and record into Sonar which seems amazing. I just wish I could understand things like 16th notes or why it is even relevant. I still find myself so lost in the video that I decided to pause the video and write a review. The instructor does go a little fast over different features, so i keep my mouse handy to pause, rewind, and play until I finally get what he's saying. If you understand music theory and you are looking to use Sonar as a DAW then definitely purchase these videos. I paid for the downloadable version as well because these are the types of videos that you can go back to as a reference throughout your projects. I give these series high ratings because they are exactly as described. I just think they should let you know that it requires music theory knowledge first so that an idiot like myself can understand it. Anyways, thanks for taking the time to build this tutorial. You are awesome.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thorough and well presented As usual, Eli K. has done a great job. Well worth watching since Sonar is large and some features are easily missed; e.g. Snap to Scale in which notes being dragged in pitch (not time) can only land on pitches in whatever scale you've defined.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Noice! Easy to follow, lots covered!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Solid instruction Working my way through it. Very methodical, seems to be very throrough. Damn Sonar has a lot... wish all the screens were the same as my latest Sonar version.
Date published: 2017-03-29
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
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