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    Customising Sonar To Fit The Way You Work

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Did you know that you can make Sonar fit your working methods like a glove, via its many customisation options? Here's our guide to just a few of the most useful.

    Techniques May 2008
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    Customising Sonar's SFZ Files

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Understanding how to program SFZ files opens up lots of ways to better exploit what Sonar's bundled soft synths have to offer. Don't panic: it's easier than you might think...

    Techniques Apr 2008
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    Using Sonar's z3ta+ Synth as an Effects Processor

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    When is a soft synth not just a soft synth? When it's also an effects processor...

    Techniques Mar 2008
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    Using Side-chains in Sonar 7's Plug-ins

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Side-chain inputs on software processors can open up a whole new world of control possibilities — and now Sonar 7's plug-ins have this facility. We show you some ways of using it in your music.

    Techniques Feb 2008
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    Introducing Sonar 7's Step Sequencer

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    One of the new features added in the Sonar 7 update is a very flexible step sequencer. We investigate its features and suggest some ways to make the most of it.

    Techniques Jan 2008
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    Optimising Preferences In Sonar

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    With Sonar 7 just out, it's time to tweak all our preferences to perfection, before they're transferred over into the latest version of the software.

    Techniques Nov 2007
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    Object-oriented Editing In Sonar

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Working directly with 'objects', such as MIDI or audio clips of any length from a few milliseconds upwards, opens up a non-linear approach that can provide creative opportunities and also save you CPU resources.

    Techniques Oct 2007
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    Sonar: Features To Help With Songwriting

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    DAW software is optimised for helping you record your songs and add lots of production polish, but don't forget that programs like Sonar can also help in the songwriting process, offering features that could make it easier to capture inspiration when it strikes.

    Techniques Aug 2007
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    Automatic Error Correction With Sonar MIDI Plug-ins

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Why wait to fix it in the mix when you can mend MIDI tracks while you're recording them? Sonar's MIDI plug-ins allow you to automatically fix anything from incorrect timing to inconsistent velocities - and more.

    Techniques Jul 2007
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    Making The Most Of Sonar 6's Synth Rack

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Sonar's Synth Rack is a great time-saving concept that has started to deliver on its full promise with version 6 of the software. However, not all aspects of it are completely obvious - so this month we'll be doing our best to put you on track with the Rack.

    Techniques Jun 2007
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    Using Sonar's ACT With Hardware Controllers

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Ever wished you could use your favourite control surface to change not just mixer controls, but effects plug-in parameters and virtual instrument settings? Apparently someone at Cakewalk has too...

    Techniques May 2007
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    Using Session Drummer 2 In Sonar 6

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar's Session Drummer has evolved from a MIDI plug-in to a sophisticated tone module that also includes pattern playback capabilities. We take a look beneath the surface.

    Techniques Apr 2007
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    Audiosnap Applications In Sonar 6

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar's Audiosnap time-stretching tools offer some mind-boggling possibilities, including REX-like beat slicing and sophisticated audio quantising.

    Techniques Mar 2007
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    Exploring Audiosnap in Sonar 6

    Sonar Notes & Technique

    One of the biggest new additions in Sonar 6, Audiosnap, is a powerful time-stretching audio toolkit promising better-quality stretching and enhanced controllability. This month we'll explain the basics of using the new tools, following up next month with some real-world applications.

    Techniques Feb 2007
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    Sonar 6: Exploring VC64 Vintage Channel

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar 6's new 'channel strip' offers multiple routings that enable techniques such as parallel compression, frequency-conscious dynamics control and side-chaining.

    Techniques Jan 2007
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    Customisation Options In Sonar 6

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Sonar seems to get more customisable with every version, and the newly released Sonar 6 is no exception, allowing you to tweak various aspects of appearance and operation until the program looks and feels just the way you want it.

    Techniques Nov 2006
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    Working With Video In Sonar 5

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    As video becomes more accessible, Cakewalk have taken notice, adding a lot of video-friendly features to Sonar 5. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to combine the worlds of audio and video within the program.

    Techniques Oct 2006
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    Programming Sonar 5's Pentagon I Soft Synth

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    The Pentagon I soft synth bundled with Sonar 5 is a powerhouse that even offers vocoding facilities. If you've overlooked it so far, remedy the situation with our tips, tricks and programming guide.

    Techniques Sep 2006
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    Mix Mode Options In Sonar

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar offers several ways to mix, but is that a benefit or a source of confusion? Learn what the various mix modes do and you can choose the one that's right for your project.

    Techniques Aug 2006
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    Using Off-Line DSP In Sonar

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    If you never venture into Sonar's off-line DSP section, now could be the time to check it out, following Cakewalk's v5 revamp of these useful functions.

    Techniques Jun 2006
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    Recording Killer Guitar Sounds In Sonar 5

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    The technology for easily achieving an expensively produced effect when recording guitars is becoming more and more accessible. We take a look at what Sonar has to offer in this department, and examine other tools for creating killer guitar sounds.

    Techniques May 2006

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