Overloud’s TH2 advanced preset saving introduces a great way to store, call-up, and switch presets on the fly. Instead of relying on the internal saving methods of SONAR X3, TH2 uses a series of Banks, Sounds, and Variations to better suit a guitarists setup in a live situation.
When you first open up the program the top of the window displays some number values. The first 3 digits on the left refers to “Banks”. TH2 can hold up to 999 User Banks and 999 Factory (non-writable) Banks. To switch through the Factory Banks simply use the up and down arrow keys next to the 3 digits as seen here Continue reading TH2: Understanding Memory Locations and Variations
Purchasing your first recording program is an exciting new chapter in your musical career. Now you can record your band practices and start making demos of all your songs in the comfort of your home. However, sometimes during the initial setup of your DAW, you will run into a few issues that could potentially be frustrating. Fear not, by following the right steps and optimizing your studio set-up, you will be well on your way to recording your music.
This article is meant to offer guidance on some terms and subjects that could be a bit foggy when starting out. Following these tips will help make your transition to a DAW much better and help you focus on what’s most important – making music.
1. First Things First
a. Terms you should know
Make sure you are using the correct driver mode for your audio interface or sound card. Some of these words may seem foreign to you if you are just starting out, so:
Ducking is a popular technique used in EDM music to apply percussive processing to pads, leads, and bass lines using side-chains on compressors. This technique is also used as a method for getting bass and drum passages to subtly fit together in mixes. In order to successfully apply ducking to your track you must have the following:
Compressor inserted on a pad or lead track with side-chain capabilities
Percussive source to key the side-chain
First, grab a kick drum sample and align it to the desirable rhythm you need. Next, insert a compressor onto your synth lead or pad track. Afterwards insert a send on the sampled kick drum track and set the send to “Pre-fader”. In SONAR, deselecting the [Post] button enables pre-fader sends. Mute the kick drum sample and turn up the gain on the send.
Once you have the signal flow set, enable the Sidechain on the Compressor. Now, every time the kick drum sample plays the Side-Chain will trigger the compressor and “Duck” the signal. You can set the compressor using the Threshold, Attack, and Release settings to shape the kind of effect you want.
Creating distance in a mix or sound design project often results in the use of a distance effect. This effect can make anything sound as if it’s 50 ft away, and is quite easy to setup.
1)Insert a pre fader send onto an audio track. Within just about every DAW and/or mixing board there is a setting on the Sends sections called “Pre”. Within SONAR this setting is enabled when the “Post” button on the send is deactivated.
2) In SONAR, I right-click on the Sends area in the console view and select “New Stereo Bus”.
3) Rename the bus “Distance Effect”. Now my audio is routed to this Bus. It’s often good practice to label your buses, or else mixes become confusing to work with.
4) Insert an instance of Reverb onto that bus. In this example I used BREVERB SONAR and called up a Plate preset.
Grouping is one of the most powerful tools you can use during both the tracking and mixing process, but SONAR X2 offers up Quick-Grouping as an alternative method for making quick adjustments to your levels.
Let’s say you have mic’d up a drum set and you have been working diligently on the balance. Without realizing it you are completely clipping your Master Bus, don’t worry this happens to the best of us. The first thing that comes to mind is making a group to correctly adjust all your levels at once. This involves assigning each parameter to a group and then eventually turning that group off and on again when you need to make small adjustments.
Instead of doing that, try the following Quick Groups feature:
Select all of your tracks using CTRL+A
This makes a temporary group of your selected tracks
Move 1 fader
The rest will follow suite and keep the fidelity of your balance
After adding effects to a folder (in the Cakewalk Plug-in Manager), you can also specify default presets for each effect. Right-click an effect in the folder and choose Properties.
In the Item Properties dialog box, choose a preset from the Default Preset menu.
Click OK. Now when you insert the effect into a project, it will automatically default to the preset you selected. See pages 12 to 15 in SONAR X2 Power! for more information about customizing plug-in menus.
SONAR X2 Producer’s versatile drum production tools allow you to get creative with your sound. Want to push the limits of EDM or get that mid-90’s industrial vibe from your tracks? Check out this Quick Tip on how to process your drums utilizing the stock ProChannel effects and Session Drummer’s Tune Parameters.
On your Session Drumer track, load PC76 – U-Type Compressor
Set Input to 18db
Attack 0.5-1.0 ms
Fast Release 500 ms
Ratio set to Infinite or “All Buttons in Mode”
Set Output so that you are not overloading
Activate Console Emulator for more saturation
Activate the Softube Saturation Knob set this to 2-3 o’clock and set the type of saturation to “Keep Low”
Activate Breverb Prochannel. Set the parameters to a rather short Room Reverb
Drums are now over-saturated and over-compressed
Now that you have the basic foundation for a distorted/saturated/pumpy/electronic drum sound lets Mangle it.
Activate Write Automation on the Session Drummer Track in the Track View
Open the interface for Session Drummer and go to the Mixer View
Activate the Write Automation within the Session Drummer VST Plugin
Play the track and move the “Tune” knob (with your mouse or your MIDI controller) for the High Hat in rhythm to create tuning aliasing. This will be labelled “Tune 03” in your automation.
Once this is done minimize the interface for Session Drummer
Within the Track Pane using the Edit Filter go to Automation > Session Drummer x64 1 > Tune 01 (Kick Drum Tune Knob)
Select the Draw Tool and draw in some nodes that closely match the same curves and structure as the automation we just laid down.
Open the Automation Lanes to see the automation data side by side
Deactivate the Write Enable buttons just incase you are no longer going to automate any more parameters
As you do this feel free to adjust your compression, saturation, tuning, tempo, and automation to fully customize