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SONAR X2 Explained®

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Chapter 1: The Basics

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    Lift Off! (9:49)


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    Language (7:34)


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    Look (5:51)


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    Listen (7:30)


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    Synth Rack Intro (10:04)


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    NOWs The Time! (10:18)


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    Time Ruler & Transport Tips (9:03)


Chapter 2: Recording

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    Metronome Setup (6:02)


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    Basic MIDI Recording (4:44)


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    Input Quantize (8:28)


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    Recording with the Arpeggiator (6:44)


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    Basic Audio Recording (8:24)


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    Input Echo (2:07)


Chapter 3: Working with the Display

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    Track Display Shortcuts (5:46)


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    Zooming Techniques (7:01)


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    Track Display Options (7:21)


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    Clips Pane Display Options (8:13)


Chapter 4: Editing in Track View

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    Editing Quickstart (4:38)


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    Working with the Tools (8:39)


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    The Smart Tool (5:11)


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    Smart Snap (7:54)


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    Using Markers (8:25)


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    Split, Drag, Paste & Link (8:34)


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    The Track Inspector (6:51)


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    Clip Properties (4:56)


Chapter 5: Advanced Editing

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    Quantizing with AudioSnap (7:18)


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    Working with Groove Clips (4:37)


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    The Piano Roll View Display (5:47)


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    Note Editing in Piano Roll View Pt. 1 (5:56)


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    Note Editing in Piano Roll View Pt. 2 (6:43)


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    Nudge, Tab & Inspect (8:04)


Chapter 6: Recording Techniques

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    Auto Punch Recording (4:31)


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    Loop Recording (6:50)


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    Working with Take Lanes (10:32)


Chapter 7: Mixing

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    Customizing the Console View (7:09)


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    Multi-Port Instruments & Track Folders (6:22)


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    Working with Real-Time FX (7:59)


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    FX Chains 2.0 - Yeah! (8:52)


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    Sends & Busses (8:25)


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    ProChannel QuickStart (8:32)


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    EQ & Compression (7:35)


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    Automation Modes & Lanes (8:00)


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    Drawing & Editing Automation (5:23)


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    Working with MIDI CC Messages (4:56)


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    Final Mix & Fade Out (11:28)


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.

Eli begins with the basics such as basic audio and MIDI hardware setup and settings, interface overviews, bussing and auditioning loops, using the Synth Tab to browse and load soft synths and cool Time Ruler & Transport tips. Next, Eli goes deeper and gets into recording MIDI and Audio, customizing your workflow, editing in Track View, using Markers, the Track Inspector and Clip Properties.

Eli then shows you how to work with Groove Clips, the Piano Roll View, Auto-Punch Recording, Loop Recording and working with Take Lanes. Mixing is next on the menu with lessons on customizing the Console View, Multi-Port Instruments and Track Folders, working with real-time effects and effect chains. He then wraps up the series with advanced mixing techniques such as using Sends and Busses, EQ and Compression, Automation Modes and Lanes, the ProChannel and final mix and fade out.

If you're going to make SONAR X2 your main DAW, this series will take you from slow to pro in no time... Get Sonar X2 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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