SONAR Tutorial

SONAR Explained®

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Chapter 1: Skylight & Track View

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    Getting Started (4:43)


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    Overview (4:58)


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    Starting a New Project (3:12)


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    Working with the Browser (4:23)


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    Synth Rack Browser (6:01)


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    Transport Control & Navigation Pt. 1 (6:13)


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    Transport Control & Navigation Pt. 2 (4:29)


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    Zooming (6:55)


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    The MultiDock (3:56)


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    Working with The Inspector (4:39)


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    Track Inspector Controls (7:07)


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    Clip & Track Properties (7:53)


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    Working with the Control Bar (48:41)


Chapter 2: Recording

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    Preparing to Record (7:06)


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    Recording MIDI (4:16)


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    Quantize & Input Quantize (5:07)


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    MIDI Loop Recording (6:55)


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    Punch Recording MIDI (6:13)


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    Recording Audio Prep (6:09)


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    Loop Recording Audio (3:12)


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    Recording with the Arpeggiator (5:47)


Chapter 3: Editing

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    Take Lanes (2:37)


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    Clip Muting & Isolating (5:31)


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    Comping the Easy Way (4:46)


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    Tool & Edit Filter Selections (5:16)


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    The Smart Tool & Track View (4:31)


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    The Smart Tool & Piano Roll View (5:39)


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    Summary of Other Tools (7:26)


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    Snap to Grid (7:49)


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    Nudge (4:55)


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    Getting Around in the Piano Roll View (6:39)


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    The InLine Piano Roll (7:33)


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    Other MIDI Editing Functions (7:32)


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    Snap to Scale (4:52)


Chapter 4: Arranging

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    Working with Tracks (8:23)


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    Controlling the Track Display (8:56)


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    Clip Editing (7:58)


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    Linked Clips (4:25)


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    Clip Selection Groups (5:04)


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    Working with Markers (6:19)


Chapter 5: Mixing

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    Working in Console View (3:34)


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    Signal Flow, Busses & Sends (9:07)


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    Using Real Time FX (5:33)


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    Per Track EQ (5:55)


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    Clip Based Effects (4:12)


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    Recording Automation (6:39)


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    Drawing & Editing Automation (7:27)


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    Mix Recall (6:40)


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    Sharing Your Music (6:11)


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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powerball
Submitted 2 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar

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sonar explained
Submitted 2 months ago

unbelievable !

the best and most organized tutorial foe a very confusing program

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Rightntune
Submitted 7 months ago

Well presented

The videos are well presented, very articulate and easy to follow. I have found them to be very helpful.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar

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jasonbreedlove
Submitted 8 months ago

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.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cakewalk Sonar

Response from :

Hi there! Thanks so much for your review, we really appreciate you taking the time to write it. Regarding your point on the basics such as 16th notes etc, that really does fall into the "basics of music and theory" category, which usually wouldn't be taught in a DAW video tutorial, as all of those related topics would add so much extra time to the video series. The solution? We have a bunch of great music theory tutorials on the site that we highly recommend watching if you're just getting started making music etc. These will give you a great foundation in musical terminology and concepts, which you can then apply to any DAW and plug-in... Thanks again, and enjoy the site!
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Audios
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist

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Butter Your Bread
Submitted 1 year ago

Noice!

Easy to follow, lots covered!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase, Mixcraft, Reaper, Studio One

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sfz5
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Beginner, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cakewalk Sonar

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Darryl
Submitted 1 year 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 1 year 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 year 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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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 22.
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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