The Big Book of SONAR Tips

The Big Book of SONAR Tips

“The Big Book of SONAR Tips” is the latest book from audio expert and renowned author Craig Anderton. This lavishly illustrated eBook features over 300 pages, and covers a wide range of topics including signal processing and DSP, MIDI, loops, FX chains, step sequencing and beats, workflow, AudioSnap, patch points, synth recording, Melodyne, automation, control surfaces, colorization, pitch shifting, and more—120 tips in all.

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The Big Book of SONAR Tips

“The Big Book of SONAR Tips” is the latest book from audio expert and renowned author Craig Anderton. This lavishly illustrated eBook features over 300 pages, and covers a wide range of topics including signal processing and DSP, MIDI, loops, FX chains, step sequencing and beats, workflow, AudioSnap, patch points, synth recording, Melodyne, automation, control surfaces, colorization, pitch shifting, and more—120 tips in all.

The book consolidates, updates, categorizes, and adds even more tips to the long-running “Friday’s Tip of the Week” thread in the Cakewalk forums, which has amassed over a third of a million views since its inception in 2014. “The Big Book of SONAR Tips” is a direct result of users asking for an updated and expanded version of this incredible resource.

Far from being like books that basically re-write the documentation, “The Big Book of SONAR Tips” delivers unique, practical, and innovative techniques—it’s essential reading for anyone who wants to get the most out of SONAR.



“The Big Book of SONAR Tips” Contents

Author’s Preface

Chapter 1: SONAR Workflow

Inspector / Console View Synergy

Gridlock: Everything You Wanted to Know About Snap

Everything You Wanted to Know about Audio Scaling

See Lots of Sends at Once

Add Pro Tools-Style Dual Panpots to SONAR

A “Peak Hold” Trick for Mastering (or Making Files Sound “Louder”)

Fun with the Magnifying Glass Zoom

Synth Folder Track Coolness

“Dual Defaults” for Control Settings

Take Advantage of Different Browser Views

Adjust Crossfade Start and End Times Simultaneously and Symmetrically 

Dim Solo Meets Comping

EZ Arranging in SONAR 

The SONAR “Sandbox” 

Soft Synths—Beyond MIDI Learn

Stupidly Simple Track Pane Resizing

Order out of Chaos with SONAR’s Plug-In Manager

Neaten Clips Spread over Multiple Take Lanes

MIDI in Audio Take Lanes? Yes! Here’s Why

The Virtual “Back of the Tape Box”

The Third Way to Back Up Projects

A Whole Bunch of Really Useful Utilities 

Track Sorting

Preset Management and the Plug-In Header

Reclaim Session Drummer 2 Programs for SD3

Future-Proof Backup

Fast and Easy Real-Time Effects Control

Get MONDO HUGE Layered Sounds with Take Lanes

Cross-Track Modulation with Sidechaining

Independent Left/Right Processing for Stereo Files

The Overachieving Meters

Deciphering New Project Options

Chapter 2: Patch Points and Synth Recording

Universal Routing Technology 101: Improve Your Workflow with Patch Points

Unlocking the Aux Track’s Creative Potential

Synth Recording to the Rescue 

A Video Application for Synth Recording

Chapter 3: Signal Processing

The High-Performance Graphic Equalizer

The Customizable Virtual Pop Filter that Really Works

SONAR’s Secret Auto-Panner/Tremolo/Vibrato Plug-In

A Better Gated Reverb 

Duck! (As in, Reverb)

Beef Up Your Beats with ProChannel Signal Processing

The Miracle of Mid-Side EQ: Rock Your Mixes and Masters

Why the TS-64 Transient Shaper Is a Bass’s BFF 

The Big, Bad Drum Reverb Sound

Ethereal Pads and Choirs with TH3 Cakewalk’s Parallel Processing

Godzilla Drum Sounds

“Parallel” Mastering

The ProChannel “Distortion Construction Kit”

Preserving Dynamics with Saturation

Multiband Maximization for Mastering 

The “Sizzle” Bus

Fixing the “Remove Silence” Function Better Vocals with Gain Changes

Synthesize Your Own Convolution Reverb Impulses - Easily!

Understanding the QuadCurve—Why Noise Is Your Friend

The “Tape Stop” Effect 

SONAR Professional/Platinum’s Secret MultiFX 

Modeling a Vintage Wah

Understanding the “Rule of Half”

Chapter 4: FX Chains

Create the “Harmonic Phaser”

The Super-Gentle “Lifter” Dynamics Processor

Build a “Virtual Stompbox” Sustainer

The Instant Compressor 

Serial Reverb for Vocals

Chapter 5: Melodyne

Create Vocal Harmonies with Melodyne Essential

Easy Automatic Double Tracking (ADT) with Melodyne Essential 

Create Chord Progressions with Melodyne Essential

The Secret Melodyne Essential LFO Vibrato Tool 

Tweaking Vibrato with Melodyne Essential

The Melodyne Essential Envelope-Following Flanger

Make Your Electric Bass Hugely Big

Chapter 6: MIDI

Taming the Scary Find/Change Dialog

Super-Fast MIDI Pattern Auditions in SD 3

Compressorless Dynamics Compression 

SONAR’S Real-Time Auto-Correction Features

SONAR’s Other Echo Plug-In

A MIDI Footpedal for Your Processor

Change Tempo with External MIDI Clock 

Create a MIDI Chord Track

Convert PRV Controllers to Track View Automation

Chapter 7: Step Sequencing and Beats

Piano Roll View/Step Sequencer Conversion and Synergy

SONAR’s Audio (Yes, Audio!) Step Sequencer

The Paradox of Sophisticated Humanizing with Step Sequencers Fun with Beat Slices gLi tC H Vocals—the Easy Way Create “Faux” REX Files in SONAR

The Real-Time Beat Machine

Chapter 8: Loops

The Multitrack Loop Browser

How to Keep Groove Clips “Groovy” When Processing Them

Have Groove Clips Follow Pitch

29 Things You Need to Know About Loops in SONAR

Big Fun with “Loop Legos”

How to Loop Pads without Gaps, Glitches, or Clicks

Edit Your Way to (Much) Better Loops

A Beautifully Deranged Timbre-Shifting Application

Chapter 9: AudioSnap

High-Quality Warping and Beat-Matching

Tweaking AudioSnap’s Transient Map

Audio Quantizing Made Easy with “AudioSnap à la Carte”

Locking Bass to Drums

Chapter 10: Automation

Get Even More Out of Mix Recall

Add Dynamics and Feel with “Rhythmic Automation”

Re-Discovering Snapshot Automation

Fast Clip Automation Gain Edits 

Chapter 11: Control Surfaces

7 Steps to Cleaning Up Your “ACT” with Hardware

Using the VS-700C and Avid Artist Series

Remote Control and Viewing

Chapter 12: Tempo and Pitch-Shifting

Les Paul’s Double-Speed Tape Trick

Slow Down a Song so It’s Easier to Play Along

Tempo Tricks

Variable-Speed Background and Applications

The “Fine-Tuning” Pitch Transposition Window 

How to Change the Tempo of an Entire Project 

Chapter 13: Colorization

How to Create More Vibrant Track and Console Colors Make Your Meters Look Really Cool Look at All the Pretty Colors!

Meet the Theme Editor

Chapter 14: Windows

SONAR Meets Bluetooth

Potential Glitch Reduction/Latency Improvement

Digital Audio Basics

Please note: this book is digital only and available as a .pdf. No physical books will be delivered.