Are you ready to rock? Last week, over sixty campers said yes, and so did we, when Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp opened its new facility just off the Strip in Las Vegas, NV.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp lets musicians live out their rock and roll dreams by being a part of a rock band that’s led by a real rock star. They get to jam and learn from these rock star counselors as well as record their performances, living out their fantasies both on stage and in studio.
The ‘Camp’s new digs featured a performance room with a twenty foot stage, a thirty foot green screen, and ten rehearsal/ recording rooms. Each rehearsal/ recording room was outfitted with all the gear a rocker could wish for, including a Roland GA-112 guitar amp, Roland RD-700NX digital piano, an HP Z1 or HP Z220 workstation, HP ZR30w monitors, dual Roland Octa-Captures running in VS Expanded mode, and SONAR X2 Producer.
The HP Z1s and HP ZR30ws have extremely high resolutions of 2560×1440 and 2560×1600, and if you’ve never seen SONAR on a display like that before, its worth clicking the picture to the left to get a bigger view. That’s a lot of console strips!
FREE* Loopmasters 100 Artist Series Compilation coming November 1st
The announcement of the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club has generated a lot of excitement from users. Here is another exciting update of what you can expect from the Content Club in November.
Having released over 100 Artist Series titles, Loopmasters has created a unique compilation of sounds that will let SONAR X2 Producer users get their fingers wet with the enormous DJ/Producer line-up they have in their catalog. The 100 Artist Series Compilation includes no less than 100 folders of one-shots and loops with a wide spectrum of musical applications. From Drum & Bass to Dubstep to Hardcore to Techno, Funk, Reggae, RnB, Rock, Chillout or whatever you do, you will find plenty of ingredients to mix your own dish with this great selection of sounds.
Features over 1400 loops & sounds for over 1GB of Drums, Basses, Pads, FX, Synths and more.
When you upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer in October, you will automatically receive the DSF Symphonic Strings HD ($149 value) with your order. Starting November 1st, you will also have access to the new Loopmasters 100 Artist Series Compilation through your Cakewalk Store Account. There will be an additional 4 offers coming over the next year.
Introducing the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club
The free DSF Symphonic Strings promotion was such a huge success, that we decided to create a new program designed to reward all early adopters. When you upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer, you will automatically get a free membership to the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club. As a club member you’ll gain exclusive access to FREE synthesizer expansion packs, audio loops, video tutorials, and much more. Every other month, Cakewalk will feature new content from one of our industry partners valued at $30 or greater. Early adopters will get every featured offering as they become available.
When you upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer in October, you will automatically receive the DSF Symphonic Strings HD ($149 value) with your order. There will be an additional 5 offers coming over the next year. Stay tuned for more information on the November offer.
Get a Free Gobbler 25GB Account for 2 Months Adding their PC client earlier this summer, Gobbler has invited all SONAR users to sign up for a free account. Gobbler is an indispensable transfer, backup and organization tool built by musicians, for musicians. You can sleep better at night knowing your work is safely tucked away and ready to go, whenever and wherever you need it. Sign up before Oct 27th, 2012 to take advantage of this offer.
Like many of you, we’re all fired up about the release of SONAR X2. And we’re pretty sure you’d like to know more about the core features, behaviours, and other day-to-day workflow operations that we’ve changed in X2 from X1 and older versions of SONAR.
Below is a layout of those changes as well as a down and dirty, off the cuff, low production value video which demonstrates these changes in depth which is available for immediate viewing on YouTube (and also right from the player below).
Buy SONAR X2 Producer and get DSF Symphonic Strings FREE
For a limited time you can download a Free Symphonic Strings expansion pack for Dimension Pro ($149 value) when you upgrade, or purchase SONAR X2 Producer from the Cakewalk Store or any worldwide retailer. This is a special offer to reward early adopters. Offer valid through September 30th on the Cakewalk Store and valid through October 31st for all other registered SONAR X2 Producer customers who purchase through any worldwide retailer.
When you upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer on the Cakewalk Store the DSF Symphonic Strings HD will be available immediately for download on your store account.
Symphonic Strings is a collection of string ensembles recorded in the amazing Saint Thomas Cathedral at Bastyr University in Northern Washington State in the US. The cathedral is 48 feet tall and features unusual near-perfect acoustics that attract frequent recording sessions for Hollywood films. Scores for “Brokeback Mountain,” “About Schmidt,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “Mirror Mirror,”, and orchestral tracks for Dave Matthews album have been recorded here. The cathedral is wired so that a modified bus configured for recording can pull up and plug into the pre-wired snake to track the performance.
Please note: DSF Symphonic Strings HD will automatically be delivered with your SONAR X2 Producer order. Please do not add it to your cart.
Here is what customers are saying…
“The DSF download was an unexpected delight! I spent two hours reviewing the various sounds, tweaking as I went… Once again Cakewalk has inspired me to go somewhere I had never been before!!!” – Roy Cunningham
“It is the best strings sound from DSF for Dim Pro so far. I spend 1/2 hour on it. Need to tweak some of the effect settings. It is definitely well worth to upgrade to X2 now. Especially if you can’t afford any expensive Strings VST that cost 500USD or more.” – Choo Shi-hwei
“Upgraded to X2 [Producer] and then I downloaded the strings. I was working on a project that had two different string tracks. I used the new symphonic strings. They sound awesome! Thanks Cakewalk”– Marcus Curtis
“They blend really well with a variety of genres.”– Bennie Beat Bumma Smith
SONAR X2: The Take Lane Super Highway By Guest Blogger Eli Krantzberg [Groove3.com] 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!