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SONAR X3 New Features

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New Workflow Features

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    Tutorial 1

    VST3 Plug-Ins


    Learn how to scan and manage VST3 plug-ins within Sonar X3.

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    Tutorial 2

    Audio to MIDI Conversion


    See and hear how elegantly and effectively Sonar X3 uses the new integrated Melodyne engine to convert monophonic audio material to MIDI by simply dragging and dropping an audio clip onto an Instrument or MIDI track.

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    Tutorial 3

    Region FX


    See how the new Region FX feature is used to process a region within a clip using ARA (audio random access) enabled VST3 plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 4

    Melodyne Overview


    A brief tour of some of the new integrated Melodyne features; including how to alter a notes pitch, timing, and length using either the macros, the mouse, or key commands.

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    Tutorial 5

    QuadCurve Equalizer Fly-Out Panel


    See how the new fly-out panel makes working with the QuadCurve EQ more elegant than ever.

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    Tutorial 6

    Track Color Customization


    See how track colors are customized in Track, Console, and Inspector View, how to have them follow Bus colors or maintain their own independent colors, and how to set default behaviors.

New Instruments

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    Tutorial 7

    Intro to Strum Acoustic Session


    Overview of the interface, main concepts, working with presets, and using the MIDI link functions.

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    Tutorial 8

    Strum Acoustic in Action


    Learn how to use strumming notes to play downstroke and upstroke versions of open chords, palm mutes, and muffled chords, how to affect the speed of the strumming, play individual strings, and control note bends and slides.

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    Tutorial 9

    Lounge Lizard Session


    Discover this wonderful sounding new software modeled electric piano included in Sonar X3. Learn how to manage presets, use the on board effects, shape the tone, and navigate the interface.

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    Tutorial 10

    Addictive Drums Overview


    Explore the interface of this sophisticated and powerful drum plug-in. Learn to work with the presets, mixer channel strips, and to navigate the different pages.

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    Tutorial 11

    Addictive Drums Kit Page and Edit Page


    See how individual kit pieces are swapped and customized with pitch envelopes, volume envelopes, and various insert and send effects processing.

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    Tutorial 12

    Addictive Drums FX Page and Beats Page


    Learn about the send effects section of the interface, and how to search, audition, and alter the vast library of included MIDI drum grooves before bringing them into your Sonar project.

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    Tutorial 13

    Addictive Drums Multiple Output Setup


    Learn how to set up Addictive Drums to automatically route each of it's individual channel strips out to discreet audio tracks in Sonar X3.

Takes and Comping

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    Tutorial 14

    New Comping Features


    Explore the new comping tool functions, the isolate and split behaviors, and the new take lane management features.

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    Tutorial 15

    Speed Comping


    Learn to combine the new comp tool functions with the dim solo and audition commands to quickly and efficiently audition and promote different regions; all with keyboard shortcuts.

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    Tutorial 16

    Crossfades and Grouping


    See how crossfades and grouping works with the new comping and and take management functions.

New Audio Effects Processors

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    Tutorial 17



    This is not your grandfather's filter plug-in. With multiple unique filter types, dual resonant peaks, variable distortion algorithms, separate drive and mix controls; this plug-in runs the gamut from gentle sweetening to sonic destruction.

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    Tutorial 18

    Tape Emulator Module


    Hear how this Pro Channel module is used to simulate the tape saturation that was achieved on tape machines by overdriving the signal.

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    Tutorial 19

    Blue Tubes Analog TrackBox


    Hear how this channel strip plug-in is used to add tube emulation, compression, gating, and EQ processing to your tracks.

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    Tutorial 20

    Blue Tubes Analog Chorus and Phaser


    Explore these modulation plug-ins and learn to control modulation, speed, depth, shape, panning, resonance, and more.

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    Tutorial 21

    Blue Tubes EQs


    Explore the tonal tweaking and controls available with the various Blue Tubes EQ plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 22

    Blue Tubes Dynamics Processors


    Discover a variety of dynamic processors in the new Blue Tubes bundle. Classic tube and analog emulations as well as gates, limiters, and a de-esser are included.

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    Tutorial 23

    Blue Tubes Time and Space Processors


    Discover some of the new simple yet musical delay, imaging, and reverb Blue Tubes plug-ins included with Sonar X3


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    Tutorial 24

    Gobbler and Youtube


    Backup and share files, mixes, or entire projects with other users through Gobbler's cloud based storage, directly from Sonar X3's control bar. Publish audio or video directly to Youtube using Sonar X3's new Youtube Publisher interface.

SONAR X3 brought many new features to Cakewalk's flagship DAW, do you wan't to really know them inside and out? SONAR guru Eli Krantzberg blitzes and sacks them all in this in-depth series dedicated to SONAR X3's new features and functions.

Eli dives right in and explores X3's new workflow features such as managing VST3 plug-ins, Audio to MIDI Conversions, Region FX, using the built-in Melodyne application to alter pitch and timing, the QuadCurve Equalizer, and customizing Track colors.

Eli then focuses on the amazing new instruments included in SONAR X3 such as Strum Acoustic, Lounge Lizard and Addictive Drums, going over how to use them and giving you some great tips and tricks as well.

Next up, Eli reveals the new features dedicated to Takes and Comping, as well as as the new audio effect processors. Eli goes deep into them all including BiFilter, the Tape Emulator Module, Blue Tubes Analog TrackBox, Chorus and Phaser, EQs, Dynamic and Time & Space processors. Eli then wraps up the series with a cool video all about sharing your masterpieces via Gobbler and YouTube!

If you're new to SONAR X3, this series is essential to understanding and getting the most out of the incredible new features... Get ahead of the game, watch "SONAR X3 New Features" today.

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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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Date published: 2017-12-04