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Improve your SONAR X1 chops – Save 50% off all SONAR X1 video tutorials

9 Oct

SONAR X1 videos

Save 50% off all SONAR X1 video tutorials
Now is the perfect time to improve your SONAR X1 chops. Through August 31st, you can download any SONAR X1 video tutorial and save 50% off the regular price. The Cakewalk Store features the very best learning resources for users of all skill levels. Don’t miss out on this special offer!

SONAR X1 Advanced Workshop with Craig Anderton
Our best selling SONAR video of all time! If you don’t have it yet, this is one not to miss.

SONAR X1 Advanced Workshop: The Next Level with Craig Anderton
Craig Anderton does not disappoint with his second installment. The Next Level includes 30 never-before-seen video tutorials that will blow away even the most veteran SONAR user.

SONAR X1 Explained by Groove 3
The first and most comprehensive (A-Z) SONAR X1 video tutorial available. A great way to get comfortable with the workflow improvements of the new Skylight interface.

SONAR X1 Tips & Tricks by Groove 3
More great tips and shortcuts for intermediate and advanced SONAR X1 users from DAW master Eli Krantzberg.

Mixing with SONAR X1 by Groove 3
The latest SONAR X1 video from Groove 3 walking you through the entire mixing process in real time. You’ll see the mix unfold, from beginning to end, with no stones unturned.


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CakeTV Live: SONAR X2 Webinar

7 Oct

Last week was our fourth installment of CakeTV Live, which we broadcast bi-monthly, live, from Center Staging in Burbank, CA. In this latest episode we showed over 450 live viewers the new features of SONAR X2. In case you missed it, the webinar is now available for viewing on CakeTV (or right from this web page, below).

During the webcast we did our best to cover all of X2’s new features like Smart Grid, ProChannel FX Chains, and R-MIX SONAR. However, there were a few new features that we didn’t have time to demo that we think are worth mentioning.

Copying and pasting automation is now possible across all types of tracks and buses, including Instrument Tracks. For example, automation in SONAR X2 can be copied from a track to a bus, a bus to a track, a track to a track, or a bus to a bus. And automation across multiple tracks can be copied and pasted from one section of the song to another, something that is immensely useful when arranging a project.

The benefits of X2’s new Smart Tool behavior of left-click + drag = range select quickly becomes apparent when selecting ranges of automation for copying and pasting.

SONAR X2 also brings new automation modes to the party; Overwrite, Touch, and Latch. Overwrite writes automation from the position of the automated control as soon as playback begins. Touch only writes automation while the control is being moved. And Latch only begins writing automation when the control is first moved.

Along with the new modes, Automation Write can now be enabled and disabled on the fly without stopping playback. This is true for entire tracks, individual plugins, or synths.

The metronome can also be turned on and off on the fly in SONAR X2. While routing the metronome to a bus is still handy for volume control and headphone sends, now all that needs to be done to turn the metronome on or off during playback or recording is to reach for the blue metronome buttons in the Control Bar.

The Piano Roll View has also received a good amount of love in X2. Now, each individual controller lane has its own Edit Filter to choose which controller value is displayed on said lane. Additionally, the Smart Tool now free-hand draws via simple left click + drag, rather than the older method which required a double key-command + drag. This should greatly enhance the workflow of those who write and edit a lot of controller data in the PRV.

Scrolling just got a lot easier in SONAR X2. Along with Timeline Zoom comes Timeline Scroll, which in a nutshell allows you to scroll the project left or right by left-clicking and dragging horizontally in the timeline. This is incredibly handy when combined with Timeline Zoom for fast and easy project navigation.

Track and Console View icons now alpha blend, which means their background is transparent. Which means there are no more blocky, ugly, square, gray backgrounds around and behind the icons.

Pre-purchase your upgrade to SONAR X2 today. And if you’re upgrading to SONAR X2 Producer, there’s never been a better time since you’ll get DSF Synphonic Strings HD expansion pack for Dimension Pro free when upgrading before September 30th at the Cakewalk Store.

New to SONAR? Purchase SONAR X1 through October 31st from one of our worldwide retailers and get SONAR X2 for FREE when it becomes available.

ShareSeth Perlstein [Cakewalk]

Galactic conqueror and wielder of SONAR knowledge.

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Using Key Bindings in SONAR X1 – Free Map of SONAR X1 Key Bindings

7 Oct

SONAR X1 ProducerOur friends at Roland Australia are big fans of SONAR X1.  They asked us to share the post below on how to improve your workflow by knowing your Key Bindings.


Using Key Bindings can totally transform how you interact with your SONAR X1. There are hundreds of commands that can literally be placed at your fingertips that can help you navigate or perform a number of editing routines in your SONAR X1 session. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to explore this very powerful feature. To help you on your way, we have put together a PDF Doc that maps out all the default Key Bindings. Use the rows and columns as co-ordinates to identify the QWERTY key / modifier combination for the Key Binding.

Download this map of the default SONAR X1 Key Bindings

Not only will it help you to memorize the default settings, you can also use the spreadsheet to plan out and record your own custom Key Binding commands.  If you identify the commands you wish to use in the Keyboard Shortcut list in SONAR X1’s Preferences, then you can add their descriptions to the vacant cells. If you do make changes, make sure you save a copy of your Key Bindings with a new name by using the EXPORT Button on Key bindings Window.


SONAR X2 Sneak Preview

Seamless. Genius.
From getting great tone to releasing a final mix, today’s musicians must master every element of the music production process. SONAR X2 Producer is there every step of the way, and the revolutionary Skylight interface lets you move seamlessly among the elements, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again. Dial up the perfect synth sound with Rapture or a searing guitar tone with TH2 Producer. Record it, tighten it, chop it, and drop it in the Matrix for realtime triggering. Shape it with the ProChannel. Warm it with the Console Emulator. And do it all with a single Smart Tool. It’s genius.

Get a sneak preview of SONAR X2 Producer


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SONAR X2 Sneak Peek: Why BREVERB SONAR Will Become Your New Go-to Reverb

7 Oct

I finally had the chance to record and mix a full production in SONAR X2 Producer last week and one of my favorite new features is BREVERB SONAR.  I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t know HOW good.  I found that out immediately when I sent the lead vocal track though to a bus with BREVERB SONAR and it was instant gratification.

Check out this video to see BREVERB SONAR in action on a vocal track:

Reverb plugins to me are very important in a mix, but at the same time they have to be of a certain caliber or I would rather not use one at all.  I have been mixing for quite a long time now and one thing that I have noticed over the years is how certain reverbs sound great alone or when soloed up on a track, but then when put to work in context they just don’t sound right. There is nothing that can turn a properly recorded and mixed piece of work into a cheap sounding demo faster than a bad sounding reverb.

I am happy to report that BREVERB SONAR is absolutely top notch.  The sound quality of this plug when used in a big project (over 75+ tracks) is where I feel it excels because it doesn’t get lost or washed out.  I prefer reverbs that are inconspicuous, and that is exactly the type of effect this is.  Of course you can create dramatic effects, but when placed on an acoustic guitar or a lead vocal it just sets itself into the pocket correctly, while also giving you precise control to sculpt sounds.

Another factor that I noticed is that it has the capability to really fatten up tracks.  The tone and character of the unit is innately warm and musically pleasing, so it allows you to turn up the juice on it without it sounding too over-the-top.

One more noteworthy feature I like, which is super important for the way I mix personally, is the panning control.  Why is this so important?  If I am using a lot of reverbs in a mix I like to be able to separate them in the stereo field.  For example, I will take an acoustic guitar and pan it hard left, but then also send it through an ambient reverb that is at the exact point on the other side.  BREVERB SONAR easily allows you to control exactly where the reverb is placed because it has dual stereo sliders.

This reverb is also very diverse and the 4 algorithms are really different, so you can use it a lot in a mix and not have everything sound the same.  Add the fact that this thing drops in as a ProChannel module and I think SONAR users have a new go-to plugin that will dramatically improve any recording.


Here is more information on this high-quality reverb which is included in SONAR X2 Producer:

BREVERB SONAR is a high quality reverberation plug-in modeled on the most acclaimed hardware classics, and is the ultimate solution to any recording, mixing and live situation.  It comprises four different algorithms, Hall, Room, Plate and Inverse, each one accurately modeled and engineered with no compromises in sound quality, as well as a global EQ section.

Hall Reverb

A few features at a glance:

4 main Algorithms: Hall, Room, Plate, InverseMany ambient spaces recreatedA wide variety of great factory presets, covering any kind of ambience or application, designed by top-notch sound engineers128 presets for BREVERB SONAR ProChannel moduleModeled after one of the most sought-after hardware unitsEach algorithm is engineered with no compromises in the sound for maximum qualityFull EQ section to tailor the frequency response of the reverbBREVERB SONAR emulates the analog output section of hardware unitsSix fully assignable and automatable hardware-like fadersFull automation through SONARExtremely low CPU usage

BREVERB SONAR is an amazing addition to SONAR X2 Producer and will be your go-to reverb for years to come.

Upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer (Pre-Sale)

If you need even more reverb algorithms, you can upgrade to the full version of BREVERB 2 (VST only) which includes:

3 additonal algorithms: Spaces small, Spaces large and SourcesMore than 50 ambient spaces recreatedMore than 270 factory presets, covering any kind of ambience or application, designed by top-notch sound engineers

Upgrade to BREVERB 2 (full version) today


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New in SONAR X2 Essential and Studio: Scorching guitar tones with TH2 SONAR from OVERLOUD

6 Oct

SONAR X2 Essential and Studio users rejoice. Now you can get awesome guitar tones from clean and spanky to crushing metal with the new TH2 SONAR amp modeling plugin by Overloud! 

Included in SONAR X2 Essential and Studio versions, TH2 SONAR contains ten different amps, nine cabinets and three mics oozing with killer tone. No matter what sound you’re looking for, TH2 SONAR delivers in spades.

Let’s take a look at the amps included:

The TH2 Amp contains eight amps modeled after some of the most classic sought after amps:

Rock 900 (UK)



Darkface 65


Bassface ’59

Rock ’64

Overloud Custom

This amp also includes SLR technology that allows you to choose different amps for the “A” and “B” sides and blend the two via crossfader for awesome combinations.

THD UniValve

 This authorized modeling of the THD Univalve® Single-Ended Class A amplifier is a tonehound’s dream and great for clean, blues and rock tones full of warm tube goodness!

Randall T2

Rounding out the amp selections is a metalhead’s dream, the authorized modeling of the Randall® T2 head. This model produces an extremely powerful, punishing tone, powered by the “Valve-Dynamic®” technology.

Now let’s take a look at the cabinets included:

 4×12 Vintage (UK)
2×12 Top30 (UK)
4×12 England (UK)
2×12 OB Darkface ’65 (US)
4×12 Modern (US)
4×12 HeaVy51 (US)
4×12 Green (UK)
4×10 OB Tweed ’59 (US)
4×12 Green (UK)

As an awesome bonus, users can load in impulse responses to add infinite numbers of cabinets to the collection. Impulse responses from convolution reverb plugins like Perfect Space can also be loaded to a cabinet for some really creative one of a kind sounds too!

TH2 SONAR’s mic modeling goes above and beyond with full 3D movement of the mic “A” and “B” positions, a rear mic position and a 45 deg angle positioning. For mic “A” and “B” there are three models:

AustriaGold414 (Condenser)

California121 (Ribbon)

American57 (Dynamic)

You can blend the signal of the four mics via the handy mic mixer and even invert the phase on the “A” or “B” mic for limitless tonal possibilities.

Next in the signal path is the Splitter with select-able frequency crossover mode. This can be used to send the signal to two more amps, cabinets or combination with the ability to send only the desired frequencies via the crossover.

The last piece of the chain is the TH2 Mixer Pro which allows you to mix the signal from the Splitter with options for phase, delay, width, panning and level of the two final signals. There is a crossfader for mixing the two signals and a switch for mono or stereo output.

As if all this tone wasn’t enough, there are also MIDI controllable Smart Controls that can be assigned to control your most used parameters giving you the ability to get “hands on” with the amps AND a handy tuner thrown in for good measure!

Stay tuned for Part 2, which discusses the additional stompboxes and rack effects available in Overloud TH2 Producer (SONAR X2 Producer).

Cakewalk is also offering upgrades to the full version of TH2. SONAR X2 Essential & Studio customers who upgrade to the Full Version of TH2 will get an additional 20 amp models, 20 cabinets, 15 microphones, plus 70 stomp boxes, pedals and rack effects.

Learn more about SONAR X2 and pre order your copy today!


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SONAR X2: The Take Lane Super Highway (Tutorial & Video)

6 Oct

SONAR X2: The Take Lane Super Highway
By Guest Blogger Eli Krantzberg []
September 2012

The ability to loop record multiple takes over the same section of a song and choose the best bits after the fact is one of the defining elements of almost all modern DAWs. Layers worked just fine in X1, but Sonar X2 has re-set the bar with the new Take Lanes feature.

The ability to loop record and then edit multiple takes is nothing new. What is new with Take Lanes is the ability to set independent Edit Filter views for each of the lanes. This might seem insignificant at first, but when you think about it, this opens up a world of possibilities.

I often automate synth controls separately from laying down the initial part. It can be difficult to concentrate on recording the music with one hand, while simultaneously concentrating on modulating synth parameters with the other.

So, I thought, why not put Sonar X2’s new Take lanes to work and use it to loop record multiple automation passes. In addition to choosing the best take, the unique Edit Filters allow you to edit the controller data after the fact directly in Track View! This is a HUGE bonus. Throw in a couple of keyboard controller knobs and Sonar’s dead simple MIDI Learn function, and the ability to experiment and capture creative ideas is not only fun and musical, but also virtually limitless.

To give you an idea of how stimulating this can be, try this:

1) Record your basic synth part.
2) Set your Loop start and end times, and enable looping in the Loop module.
3) Set your Project/Record preferences for Sound on Sound Recording. And choose Create Takes in a Single Track.
4) Right click the synth parameter(s) you want to modulate.
– Choose MIDI Learn.
– Touch an unassigned knob on your keyboard controller.
– Repeat for each parameter you want to modulate.

(And with this method, you can modulate multiple parameters together and retain the ability to edit them separately while still being able to treat them as a single entity for muting, selecting, splitting, copying, deleting, etc.)

5) Arm your synth or MIDI track and record multiple passes, tweaking the controls to your heart’s content.
6) Hit SHIFT + T, or click the Take Lanes icon to reveal all the takes.

You will now find you have multiple takes of automation. In addition to muting or soling each lane, you can put the MUTE tool to good use. Click to mute/unmute the clips as necessary; or CNTRL drag along the bottom half to isolate sections while simultaneously muting the others (I LOVE this technique for working with multiple takes). CNTRL drag arcos the top half of the clips to toggle the process. Since this works with automation, it makes editing together a take using the best bits of each a snap. And if your automation is designed for rhythmic effect, Snap To Grid is your friend when making these types of time-based selections.

And now for the pièce de résistance:

7) Click hold the Edit Filters and choose Notes. From there, click hold a second time and choose the specific MIDI CC message you want to view and edit.

You now have the ability to edit the individual MIDI CC data directly in the Take Lanes. Switch the Edit Filters back to Clips view when you want to edit the multiple controllers together. It’s a thing of beauty!

For more great tutorials from Eli Krantzberg be sure to Download SONAR X2 Explained now available on the Cakewalk Store.

ShareEli Krantzberg []

DAW master Eli Krantzberg is a contributor to and author of the hit video tutorials; SONAR X1 Explained, SONAR X1 Tips & Tricks, SONAR X2 Explained and many more. Based in Montreal, Canada, Eli is involved in all aspects of audio production. In his studio he works with various artists, as well as on commercial jingles, corporate videos, and original music composition. Eli is also a regular contributor to Electronic Musician magazine.

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