- Recording and making music on the PC or Mac
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:
If you are just getting started with SONAR, you could probably use some help figuring out which hardware to buy. If you are a long time user, maybe that audio interface you have been using since the days of Cakewalk Pro Audio could use an upgrade. Either way, Roland has created a simple and fun way for you to plan out your dream studio setup in 3 easy steps.
The Media Production System Planner is an interactive system that will suggest the optimal computer-music setup for you.
Step 1: From the three examples, select the setup nearest to your goals. The Planner will recommend the best Audio Interface, Sound Module, Keyboard, Monitors, and best version of SONAR X2 for your needs.
Step 2: Customize your configuration by selecting or deselecting options as needed.
Step 3: Share your new dream studio with friends on Facebook or print it out and bring it in to your local Roland and Cakewalk Dealer.
If you are planning to make sweet music with SONAR X2, you better make sure your hardware isn’t holding you back.
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.
I will never forget witnessing a demonstration of R-MIX software for the first time. Fast-forward a bit, and I will also never forget being in a meeting where I discovered that R-MIX was going to be incorporated into SONAR X2 Producer. Music production light-bulbs started going off in my head imagining what I was going to be able to do with multiple instances of R-MIX inside SONAR (see video below.)
Technically speaking it is an audio manipulation plugin that is powered by Roland’s newly developed V-Remastering technology in conjunction with VariPhrase — lets you see the components of a stereo mix as color-coded clouds of energy and harmonic matter as the track plays. Speaking as a musician, the only way I can describe it is by calling it “visual sound,” and it is truly impressive as well as creative.
Like many of you, we’re all fired up about SONAR X2. And we’re pretty sure you’d like to know more about what makes it so delicious. So, take a closer look at the newly refined, ever smarter, SONAR X2.
FX Chains are an answer to a long standing feature request; to have FX bin presets, or a way to recall an FX bin on an existing track in SONAR. In SONAR X1 Producer we introduced FX Chains, which are essentially an FX bin, or group of FX, saved as a preset.
In SONAR X1 Producer Expanded we upped the ante and upgraded the feature to version 2.0 which added assignable controls and a custom user interface to FX Chains. Later on in the free X1d update we added a Mod Matrix to FX Chains allowing up to four parameters to be mapped to a single control on an FX Chain, which I wrote about in an earlier blog post.
In X2 we’re including FX Chains in SONAR X2 Essential and Studio, as well as Producer. But In SONAR X2 Producer we’ve taken FX Chains one step further having added them to the Producer exclusive feature, the ProChannel.
FREE SONAR X2 Webinar – September 5th (2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific)
Please join Brandon Ryan and Seth Perlstein of Cakewalk for the fourth installment of CakeTV Live, Cakewalk’s entirely live, bi-monthly webcast. This installment will take a close look at the new features and enhancements in SONAR X2 while focusing on recording, mixing and production of guitars, keyboards, and more. See how X2 will effect your workflow and get a head start on understanding all the new capabilities.
CakeTV Live is just that – entirely live. Ask questions in real-time and join in the chat with hundreds of other viewers from around the globe as Brandon and Seth discuss and demonstrate valuable tips and techniques.
New features in SONAR X2 Producer include:
Visit the official SONAR X2 Preview page for more information
It’s been nearly 2 years since we launched SONAR X1 and the long anticipated SONAR X2 is almost here. If you are a Cakewalk user who is wondering what your price will be for this monster upgrade, have a look at the tables below. We also have a special offer for early adopters, which we will let you know about once we start taking orders.
Please note: All Euro and GBP pricing are VAT inclusive.
|SONAR X2 Producer Upgrades:||USD||Euro €||GBP £|
|From SONAR X1 Producer Expanded or Production Suite||$99||€ 99||£79|
|From SONAR X1 Producer||$119||€ 119||£99|
|From SONAR 1-2 XL or any SONAR Producer||$199||€ 199||£159|
|From SONAR 1-2 or any SONAR Studio||$299||€ 299||£239|
|For any other registered Cakewalk customer||$399||€ 399||£319|
|SONAR X2 Studio Upgrades:||USD||Euro €||GBP £|
|From any version of SONAR (except LE)||$99||€ 99||£79|
|For any other registered Cakewalk customer||$149||€ 149||£119|
|SONAR X2 Essential Upgrades:||USD||Euro €||GBP £|
|From SONAR Home Studio or any SONAR (except LE)||$59||€ 59||£49|
|For any other registered Cakewalk customer||$79||€ 79||£65|
What’s a snap grid?
One of the most useful features of a DAW is the snap grid. When enabled, a snap grid locks all movement to a defined value. The value can be absolute (e.g. seconds) or musical (e.g. quarter notes) and some programs optionally show grid lines that reflect at least some portion of the grid.
The whole thing makes moving a clip by a beat or a MIDI event by a 64th note much much easier than trying to “eyeball it”. Snap grids are vitally important to almost every DAW user. In most cases, a user relies on the snap grid regularly throughout every session.
But not all snap grids are created equal. Some only offer the most basic snap options and functionality. Some don’t display their state or give the user easy access to the settings. And many are pretty dumb when it comes to anticipating what the user needs from moment to moment.
Considering the importance and near constant use of a snap grid in music production, we thought this was an area where SONAR could increase its level of intelligence and truly shine. Let SONAR think about snap so you don’t have to. (more…)