SONAR Tutorial

SONAR X3 New Features

  4.6   (2)  - log in to review
24 Videos | Length: 2hr 23min 43sec
Sample this tutorial...
Own it Forever
$1333 $20 Download
Site All-Access Pass
$15 /month Get Your Pass

Chapter 1 : New Workflow Features

  • image description 4:55

    VST3 Plug-Ins

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

  • image description 2:25

    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.

  • image description 2:44

    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.

  • image description 6:27

    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.

  • image description 5:31

    QuadCurve Equalizer Fly-Out Panel

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

  • image description 5:57

    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.

Chapter 2 : New Instruments

  • image description 4:03

    Intro to Strum Acoustic Session

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

  • image description 9:17

    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.

  • image description 6:41

    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.

  • image description 4:43

    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.

  • image description 11:47

    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.

  • image description 6:42

    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.

  • image description 5:13

    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.

Chapter 3 : Takes and Comping

  • image description 6:28

    New Comping Features

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

  • image description 2:59

    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.

  • image description 2:35

    Crossfades and Grouping

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

Chapter 4 : New Audio Effects Processors

  • image description 3:53


    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.

  • image description 5:09

    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.

  • image description 6:02

    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.

  • image description 6:18

    Blue Tubes Analog Chorus and Phaser

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

  • image description 8:28

    Blue Tubes EQs

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

  • image description 11:27

    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.

  • image description 10:24

    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

Chapter 5 : Sharing

  • image description 3:35

    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.

Product Overview

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.

Why Users Choose Us

There are many things our users love about Groove3, but a couple always stand out at the top when asked why people choose us as their learning resource.

Quality Content

We meticulously craft professional quality tutorials that are thoughtful, informative and done with attention to detail. We stand behind our products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and are trusted by 1000s of users every day.

Save Time & Money

Our library brings over 1700 hours of quality instruction to you fingertips and we release new content every week. Don't waste your valuable time scouring the web for information you may never find or is cumbersome to use and potentially can't be trusted.

Submitted 1 month ago



I am a: Hobbyist, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar

Submitted 3 years ago

Very helpful as always You can learn quicky with this instruction.

This is a producer This guy knows how to present things clearly

I am a: Professional, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar

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

Submitted 1 month ago



I am a: Hobbyist, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar

Submitted 3 years ago

Very helpful as always You can learn quicky with this instruction.

This is a producer This guy knows how to present things clearly

I am a: Professional, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar

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

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.

Products by Eli

  • image description
    tutorial video

    AAS Chromaphone Explained

    Eli Krantzberg returns, this time showing you the incredible AAS Chromaphone creative percussive synthesizer. This synth is capable of creating incredibly expressive drum, percussion, string, and synth-like instruments, so hold the phone and check it out!

  • image description
    tutorial video

    AAS Strum GS-2 Explained

    In this FREE series commissioned by Applied Acoustic Systems, Eli Krantzberg covers the expansive performance library of electric and acoustic guitar strumming inside and out, and shows you how to make Strum GS-2 your new favorite session guitarist!

  • image description
    tutorial video

    AirEQ Explained

    Eli Krantzberg returns with an in-depth series on the amazing AirEQ by Eiosis, which was designed with a vision of achieving musical, technical and sonic excellence in equalization. This just might become your to go-to EQ!

  • image description
    tutorial video

    Alchemy 2 Explained

    Logic Pro X 10.2 integrated Alchemy 2, one of the most powerful virtual instruments ever made. In this three-hour video training tutorial series, Eli Krantzberg teaches you how to become a Alchemy wizard and unleash all of its power on your music!

  • image description
    tutorial video

    Ample Sound Super Jumbo Explained

    Eli Krantzberg presents a detailed series of Super Jumbo tutorials! Learn Super Jumbo, Ample Sounds’s incredibly realistic virtual acoustic guitar instrument inside and out, as well as how to use it creatively.

You might be also interested in

Go deeper into SONAR Platinum with SONAR expert Eli Krantzberg! SONAR Platinum is Cakewalk’s most complete SONAR package, and SONAR Platinum Advanced is the most complete tutorial series on it’s unique and powerful features!

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.

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 X3 New Features is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 2 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from GOOD good
Date published: 2021-03-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful as always You can learn quicky with this instruction. This is a producer This guy knows how to present things clearly
Date published: 2017-12-04
We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. By continuing to use this site you agree to the use of cookies. View Privacy Policy