SONAR Tutorial

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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    Overview

    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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    Zooming

    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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    Nudge

    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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JayTea
Submitted 5 months ago

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.


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LJS
Submitted 8 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar


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powerball
Submitted 11 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 1 year ago

unbelievable !

the best and most organized tutorial foe a very confusing program


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Rightntune
Submitted 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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JayTea
Submitted 5 months ago

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.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

LJS
Submitted 8 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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powerball
Submitted 11 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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sonar explained
Submitted 1 year ago

unbelievable !

the best and most organized tutorial foe a very confusing program

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Rightntune
Submitted 1 year 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

jasonbreedlove
Submitted 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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sfz5
Submitted 2 years 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 2 years 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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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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The latest version of Cakewalk SONAR has arrived! SONAR X3 is here with many new features and functions, and SONAR guru Eli Krantzberg takes you from beginning to end, showing how to unleash the true power of this fully featured, cutting edge DAW.

The All-Access Pass gives you just that, instant online access to every single video tutorial currently on the site and any ones that get added during your membership.

Cakewalk has done it again, this time taking their flagship DAW SONAR to the next level, adding tons of new features and functions. SONAR X2 is here and Eli Krantzberg is the man with the plan, showing you all of its ins and outs. This in-depth series will take you from slow to pro in no time!

Learn to mix like a pro with SONAR! DAW master Bill Edstrom is back with another smash hit title, "Mixing with SONAR". You'll see the mix unfold, from beginning to end, with no stones unturned.. If you use SONAR, this is a must see.

DAW master Eli Krantzberg is back with another SONAR slam dunk, "SONAR X1 Tips & Tricks". This collection is focused on cool SONAR X1 tips and tricks that will inspire your creativity as well as improve your workflow and overall SONAR X1 knowledge.

Presented by DAW master Eli Krantzberg, this collection is the best way to get started with Cakewalk SONAR X1. If you're overwhelmed with SONAR X1's features and functions, this series was made for you. Learn SONAR X1 right the first time, or discover new things about it you never knew.

Presented by DAW superman Eli Krantzberg, this collection is the best way to get started with Cakewalk SONAR 8.5. If you're overwhelmed with Sonar 8.5's features and functions, this series was made for you. Learn SONAR 8.5 right the first time, or discover new things about it you never knew.

Cakewalk’s hybrid oscillator and sample based software instrument Rapture Pro is taking the computer music world by storm, and Will Sprawls shows you how to sail through it with ten video tutorials cover every aspect of this exceptionally flexible virtual instrument.

Presented by DAW master instructor Doug Zangar, this in-depth series about the powerful and awesome sounding Cakewalk Z3TA+2 will show the deepest features & functions of this amazing virtual synth. If you want to get the most from this beast, look no further.

This in-depth video series picks up where the free Music Creator 6 videos leave off. Whether you're new to Cakewalk Music Creator 6 or just want to know more about it, this product is for you!

SONAR Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 24 .
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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