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SONAR X1 Explained®

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Chapter 1: Getting Started

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    Start Me Up (6:10)


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    Creating A Project (6:51)


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    Skylight (6:50)


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    Browser Overview (7:45)


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    The Transport Module & NOW Time (5:59)


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    Transport & NOW Time Shortcuts (5:55)


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    Working with Instruments & the Browser (4:45)


Chapter 2: Basic Recording

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    Audio Record Setup (5:52)


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    Recording Audio (6:19)


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    Soft Synth Setup & Recording (8:39)


Chapter 3: Track Controls

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    The Track Pane (6:59)


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    Track Pane View Settings (6:32)


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    Track Inspector Controls (5:50)


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    Track & Clip Properties Inspectors (6:48)


Chapter 4: Quantizing and Groove Clips

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    Intro to AudioSnap (11:53)


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    Quantizing MIDI (7:40)


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    Groove Clips (8:07)


Chapter 5: Editing

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    Editing Basics (7:09)


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    Cut Copy Paste & Split (6:44)


Chapter 6: Advanced Editing

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    Zim Zam Zoom (5:29)


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    Basic Tools Overview (6:57)


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    Snap to Grid (5:26)


Chapter 7: Advanced Recording

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    Input Quantize (5:38)


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    Markers (7:53)


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    Loop Recording (4:10)


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    Track Layers & Take Management (5:34)


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    Punch Recording (4:43)


Chapter 8: Workflow Techniques

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    Solo & Mute (5:15)


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    The Navigator Pane (3:51)


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    Multidock & Screensets (6:30)


Chapter 9: Working with MIDI

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    Piano Roll View Display (5:54)


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    PRV Note Editing (5:25)


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    Working with Controllers (6:26)


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    Working with Staff View (6:10)


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    Basic Step Recording (5:44)


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    Advanced Step Record Mode (5:51)


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    Tempo Meter & Key Changes (5:00)


Chapter 10: Effects and Mixing

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    Real Time Effects (5:33)


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    Pro Channel (7:35)


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    Clip Based Effects (3:42)


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    Busses (9:09)


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    Sub Groups (2:58)


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    Automation 101 (6:08)


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    Working with Automation Envelopes (7:12)


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    Final Tips & Export (10:02)


Presented by DAW master Eli Krantzberg, this collection of in-depth video tutorials is the best way to get going with Cakewalk SONAR X1. If you're feeling intimidated by SONAR X1's vast features and functions, fear not, this series was made for you.

Eli starts with the basics such as creating your first session, window and toolbar overviews, then goes deep showing you how to setup and record audio & MIDI, using virtual instruments, moving and zooming around the windows and editing Audio & MIDI.

Eli then goes even further and shows you advanced recording and editing features and functions as well as workflow techniques to get the most out of SONAR X1. You're then shown how to export your full mix and share it with the world. If you're new to Sonar X1, there is no better place to start... Get SONAR X1 Explained 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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