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SONAR X2 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Basics

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    Lift Off!

    Overview of basic audio and MIDI hardware setup and settings.

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    Explore some of the basic terminology and concepts used in the SONAR X2 project hierarchy, and learn about the common file types available.

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    Take a first look around the SONAR X2 interface and learn about the basic elements of the interface.

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    Explore the Browser, see how to manually set up a preview bus and audition audio loops at various tempo, and learn how to work with the various docking options.

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    Synth Rack Intro

    See how to use the Browser's Synth tab to load soft synths, and then use the Media tab to audition MIDI Files as well as load clips and create tracks.

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    NOWs The Time!

    Explore some of the ways of moving the NOW time to various playback positions.

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    Time Ruler & Transport Tips

    Discover how to zoom directly from the time ruler, change and add time ruler formats, and how to use some additional transport commands to control playback.

Chapter 2 : Recording

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    Metronome Setup

    Watch as we manually create a bus for the metronome output, and set the various parameters to customize the click and count off.

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    Basic MIDI Recording

    Listen as a MIDI drum track is set up and recorded to a click, and see how to create additional MIDI tracks routed to a single software synth.

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    Input Quantize

    Learn how to set up a custom quantize template and use it to quantize mIDI recordings immediately on input.

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    Recording with the Arpeggiator

    Discover the rhythmic possibilities available with SONAR X2's arpeggiator, and how to load, save, and edit it's presets and parameters.

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    Basic Audio Recording

    See how to set inputs, arm multiple tracks, set various recording preferences, check levels, and record an audio track.

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    Input Echo

    See how to use the Input Echo function to monitor the audio signal from SONAR X2 while recording, and how to mute the sound card input in the Windows 7 Control Panel.

Chapter 3 : Working with the Display

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    Track Display Shortcuts

    Learn several useful keyboard shortcuts for managing the view and sizing of the tracks in the Track View.

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    Zooming Techniques

    Discover different ways of zooming and scrolling the display using menu commands, keyboard shortcuts, the mouse and mouse wheel with various modifiers, and the new SONAR X2 Auto Zoom feature.

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    Track Display Options

    Learn how to load and display custom icons, how to customize which elements are displayed in the different classes of channel strips using the Track Control Manager, how to modify the meter display; and how to export track templates.

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    Clips Pane Display Options

    Control and modify the clip information displayed in the Clips Pane, and see how to set the double click behavior, rename clips and tracks, and change the clip colors.

Chapter 4 : Editing in Track View

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    Editing Quickstart

    Explore Track Filter and edit filter settings, and learn how to call up the various tools using the Tool HUD.

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    Working with the Tools

    Discover the functions of each of the main edit tools, how to make both clip based edits and time based edits, and how to use the hidden scrub and zoom tools.

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    The Smart Tool

    The Smart Tool combines the most commonly used functions of the other edit tools. Learn how to use it's various functions based on it's position in Clips and different modifier key combinations.

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    Smart Snap

    Discover the various absolute and relative snap based editing functions, and see how the new smart snap and secondary snap features work.

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    Using Markers

    Markers are useful for jumping to preset locations, making time based selections, and simple visual organization. Watch as markers are created and edited within a project.

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    Split, Drag, Paste & Link

    Learn how some of the various options for splitting, copying, pasting, and linking clips work

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    The Track Inspector

    Explore the anatomy of the various channel strip types, and learn more about the Track properties inspector controls.

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    Clip Properties

    Discover some of the ways audio and MIDI clips are edited from the Clips Properties Inspector.

Chapter 5 : Advanced Editing

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    Quantizing with AudioSnap

    Watch as we put AudioSnap to work, quantizing the shaker part non-destructively, and then render it as a new clip.

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    Working with Groove Clips

    See how easy it is to turn an audio file into a loop that will follow project pitch and tempo, using the Groove Clip Inspector properties.

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    The Piano Roll View Display

    Learn how to customize which Piano Roll View window elements are displayed, how to work with multiple tracks simultaneously, and some simple selection techniques.

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    Note Editing in Piano Roll View Pt. 1

    Watch as notes are trimmed, transposed, glued, scrubbed, quantized,and erased.

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    Note Editing in Piano Roll View Pt. 2

    See how individual or multiple notes are created using either the Smart Tool or the Freehand Draw tool.

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    Nudge, Tab & Inspect

    Learn how to use the Event Inspector Module, combined with the Nudge and Tab commands to speed up your work flow.

Chapter 6 : Recording Techniques

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    Auto Punch Recording

    Discover how to punch in and replace portions of live audio recordings using SONAR X2's Auto Punch functions.

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    Loop Recording

    See how Loop playback and recording is set up and is used to capture multiple passes over a specified range either to take lanes or to newly created audio tracks.

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    Working with Take Lanes

    Discover how take lanes are used to edit together composite tracks using a variety of techniques including muting, splitting, and clip isolation.

Chapter 7 : Mixing

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    Customizing the Console View

    Learn how to hide or reveal various elements and track types in the Console View, and hwo to customize the look and response of the meters.

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    Multi-Port Instruments & Track Folders

    See how to assign multiple outputs in Session Drummer for effects processing of the individual elements, and then pack all of the newly created tracks together into a Track Folder.

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    Working with Real-Time FX

    Discover how effects processing is applied either to complete tracks or specific clips, and how to navigate the plug-in properties page controls.

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    FX Chains 2.0 - Yeah!

    Learn how to consolidate multiple plug-ins into FX Chains, and how to assign customizable controls in the FX Chain Container window.

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    Sends & Busses

    Watch as the Insert Send Assistant is used to create sends simultaneously on multiple tracks to a new Bus with a Breverb plug-in, and how busses are created and set up for use as sub groups.

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    ProChannel QuickStart

    Learn how to load, sort, replace, manage, and work with the various ProChannel elements. See how to insert FX Chains directly in between the ProChannel modules and how to call up the new Console Emulation module as the first plug-in on all tracks simultaneously.

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    EQ & Compression

    Look and listen to how EQ and compression are applied to the various elements in the mix.

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    Automation Modes & Lanes

    Learn how the different automation modes work, and see how to use the new automation lanes functions to organize multiple automation envelopes.

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    Drawing & Editing Automation

    Discover how to edit exisiting automation nodes, as well as how to create new automation directly in the Clips Pane using the various pattern tools.

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    Working with MIDI CC Messages

    Learn how to assign MIDI Continuous Controller messages to specific synth controls, and then animate their movement in the Piano Roll View's Controller Pane.

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    Final Mix & Fade Out

    Watch as some final automation and limiting is applied; and then listen as the complete mix is exported to a CD quality audio file in real time.

Product Overview

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.

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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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