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Cakewalk: Sonitus Effects

Cakewalk Tips & Techniques
By Craig Anderton

It doesn't look like fancy vintage hardware, but the simple, uncluttered interface makes the Compressor easy to use.It doesn't look like fancy vintage hardware, but the simple, uncluttered interface makes the Compressor easy to use.

They may be old, but the Sonitus effects bundled with Cakewalk are surprisingly powerful.

The Sonitus plug-ins were born in 1998. Because they're old, use the DX format, are bundled with Cakewalk for free, and don't have sexy skeuomorphic 3D interfaces, people sometimes dismiss them... but I don't. Several of them offer functions you won't find elsewhere, which is why I've even installed a DX-to-VST wrapper so I can run the Sonitus plug-ins in other programs. To do this yourself, go to, then download the ZIP file Extract it, and copy the files dxshell.x64.dll and dxishell.64x.dll to the folder where your programs look for VST plug-ins. The only limitation is that side-chaining won't work.

Originally, I had planned on covering all the Sonitus plug-ins in one column, but there were just too many aspects that merited discussion — so this month we'll look at the Compressor, Equalizer and Delay. Let's start with some comments that apply to all the Sonitus plug-ins.

From A To B

Clicking on the Setup A/B button toggles between two independent parameter setup buffers, Setup A and Setup B. The Setup drop-down menu provides further functionality for copying one setup to/from the other setup. Suppose you're comparing two setups, have B selected, and decide you like B better than A — but think you can still do better. Select 'Copy to A' to copy the B settings into Setup A. Now you can keep tweaking B, knowing that you can revert to the preset that's stored in Setup A. You can also copy from the other Setup into the current Setup. If you change your mind, Undo works with this function (but affects only the last operation).

The Sonitus Preset Manager can be a...

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Published July 2019