How to Automate Data Selections in SONAR X1 and Earlier Versions of SONAR

One of the main features of SONAR X1 that has been revamped is Automation. The problem of accidentally clicking on the wrong envelope or node has been eliminated via the new Edit Filter control. SONAR’s Edit Filter allows you to choose the type of active data for editing. Each track in SONAR provides its own individual Edit Filter.

To choose a track’s editing data type, click its Edit Filter control and choose a type from the menu. You can also hover your mouse over the track and open the Tools HUD (press the middle mouse button or press T on your PC keyboard) to access the Edit Filter from there. Once chosen, the data type becomes active, and all other data types become inaccessible so that you don’t make accidental changes. For example, choosing Automation allows you to edit automation envelopes, but it doesn’t allow clip or audio transient editing.

In addition, instead of using the track or Tools HUD to access the Edit Filter, you can Shift+click on a data type to quickly switch to that type for editing. For example, Shift+click on the background of a clip to choose Clip for the Edit Filter. And Shift+right-click switches back and forth between the last two data types. You should also be aware that inactive data can be displayed as either “ghosted” or not shown at all by choosing View > Display > Display Ghosted Data from the Track view menu. For a demonstration of the new Automation and Edit Filter features, watch the video below.

Note: This video begins with SONAR 8.5 and then shows the same process using the Smart Tool in SONAR X1.  Some brief ads may appear.

For full SONAR X1 coverage, check out the SONAR X1 Power! book now available in the Cakewalk store.

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Scott R. Garrigus [SONAR Power! book series]

Writer, Musician, Multimedia Artist and Developer. Author of Cakewalk SONAR Power! books. Publisher of DigiFreq (music technology newsletter) and NewTechReview (consumer technology newsletter).