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SONAR X1 Tips & Tricks

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Track View Tips

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    Tutorial 1

    Fun with MIDI Parameters


    Explore ways of using MIDI track transpose, timing, and velocity parameters to generate funky rhythmic variations of bass or drum parts.

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    Tutorial 2

    Input Echo & MIDI Layering


    Learn how the Input Echo function is used for layering sounds and how preset input configurations are created and used for multiple MIDI controllers to trigger multiple instruments independently.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Arpeggiator


    Explore the arpeggiator’s parameters and see how it's used to generate preset patterns and to arpeggiate held chords in a variety of shapes.

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    Tutorial 4

    Fun with Folders


    Explore ways of using track folders to create and edit composite clips, nested looping, and stutter style edits.

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    Tutorial 5

    Clip Selection Groups


    how clip selection groups let you treat and edit multiple clips as a single unit. They’re great for editing multi-track recordings, as well as creative slicing and dicing.

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    Tutorial 6



    Learn how to set and use the three user definable nudge values. See an example of how they can be used to reorganize sliced drum loops to create rhythmic variety and fills.

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    Tutorial 7

    Keyboard Editing


    Discover how to use the numeric keypad for mouse free control over zooming and scrolling, establishing selections, and fading and cropping clip boundaries.

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    Tutorial 8

    Reverse & Snap Offset


    Watch how to create and sync up a reverse cymbal swell using a standard soft synth along with the Bounce To Track, Reverse, and Snap Offset functions.

Time Correction Techniques

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    Tutorial 9

    Duration Groove Quantize


    See how the groove quantize functions are used to conform the note durations of one clip to another.

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    Tutorial 10

    Velocity Groove Quantize


    Explore the Groove Quantize velocity features, how to save a groove quantize template, and how to create velocity ramps using the Scale Velocity feature.

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    Tutorial 11

    Fit Improvisation


    Learn two ways to have SONAR create a tempo map and conform to freely played performances.

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    Tutorial 12

    Length & Fit to Time


    Discover how these two processes are used to alter either the timing or the tempo of both audio and MIDI clips.

Audio Snap

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    Tutorial 13

    Working with Audio Snap


    Learn how to manipulate Audio Snap transient markers manually, and some different ways to apply the timing from one audio track to another.

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    Tutorial 14

    Quantizing Multi Tracked Drums


    Watch the step-by-step workflow used to correct the timing of live multi-tracked drums while maintaining the phase relationships between the tracks.

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    Tutorial 15

    Snapping MIDI to Audio


    See how to use Audio Snap to snap MIDI notes to transient peaks in an audio file.

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    Tutorial 16

    Reconstructive Surgery


    Discover how the Split Beats into Clips function can be used to completely rebuild a drum loop from the ground up.

Matrix View

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    Tutorial 17

    Overview & Setup


    Learn how to set up and navigate the Matrix view.

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    Tutorial 18

    Matrix Mouse & QWERTY Control


    See how the various triggering modes work as cells are triggered using both the mouse and the QWERTY keyboard.

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    Tutorial 19

    Matrix MIDI Learn & Recording


    Watch how to set up a MIDI controller to trigger Matrix cells and record the process in real-time.


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    Tutorial 20

    V-Vocal Overview


    Explore the interface and various ways of calling up and using V-Vocal.

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    Tutorial 21

    V-Vocal in Action


    Learn how to use V-Vocal for traditional pitch, time, formant, and 'T-Pain Effect' manipulation.

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    Tutorial 22

    Fattening with V-Vocal


    Explore unconventional ways of using duplicate V-Vocal tracks to establish a doubling and thickening effect.

Mix Trix

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    Tutorial 23

    You Send Me


    Watch how to use traditional send and bussing techniques to create a thickened vocal sound with the Sonitus Modulator plug-in.

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    Tutorial 24

    Lost in Space


    See how a reverb return can be sculpted using a compressor with its sidechain input set to react to a send coming from the source track feeding the reverb bus.

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    Tutorial 25

    The Chain Gang


    Learn how route the send of a drum track to the sidechain input of the Sonitus Gate plug-in, as it is used to chop up a sustained pad based on the rhythm of the drums.

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    Tutorial 26

    Delay We Were


    See how to use and route the Delay module in the VX-64 Vocal Strip plug-in for some creative vocal sound design.

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    Tutorial 27

    Ex Squeeze Me


    Learn how to route the drum outputs to a bus and set up parallel or 'New York style' compression.

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    Tutorial 28

    Control Groups


    Explore useful real world examples of how absolute, relative, and custom control groups help make mixing go more smoothly.

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    Tutorial 29

    FX Chain


    Discover Sonar X1’s new FX Chain feature and how it lets you load, save, and manage multiple audio plug-ins as a single preset.

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    Tutorial 30

    LP 64 Multi-Band Compressor


    Explore the LP 64 Multi Band Compressor interface and see how it's used to process a final stereo mix.

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.

Eli begins your journey with awesome MIDI tricks, keyboard shortcut editing tips, using track folders, groove quantize variants, working with audio, and then goes deep into other topics such as working with Audio Snap, quantizing multi-tracked drums, rebuilding drum loops, in-depth Matrix and V-Vocal usage, creative routing and effect usage and much more.

If you're ready to step-up your SONAR X1 knowledge, this series is just the thing for you. Make the most of your DAW tools and get things done quicker and better... Get "SONAR X1 Tips & Tricks" today.

Submitted 8 months ago


Finally, a series of tutorials for Sonar X1 that shows you how to use some of the most sophisticated aspects of this software program. This is not merely a definition of functions in Sonar X1, but demonstrations of how to use them and what the result sounds like. This is great!

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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 X1 Tips & Tricks is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Finally! Finally, a series of tutorials for Sonar X1 that shows you how to use some of the most sophisticated aspects of this software program. This is not merely a definition of functions in Sonar X1, but demonstrations of how to use them and what the result sounds like. This is great!
Date published: 2017-08-03
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