Using Multiple MIDI Controllers in SONAR

cakewalk_tips-sm1Managing input from multiple MIDI devices, such as keyboard controllers and drum pads, through your DAW can be frustrating. Staying on top of all the cabling, routing and software settings is enough to make you throw in the towel and go back to point and click.

However, with SONAR, you can choose individual MIDI input ports and channels for each of your MIDI tracks. This means that you can use several different MIDI controllers simultaneously, each triggering its own synth or controller parameters. You can also choose to trigger several different synths, each on its own track, with just one MIDI controller.

The following tech tip will walk you through these common multi-controller scenarios using SONAR.

All Eyes On Cakewalk’s A-PRO Series Controllers

APro_SeriesElectronic Musician caught a glimspe of the new A-PRO Series MIDI Controllers at the NAMM Show 2010. In this video, Cakewalk’s Alex Westner shows off the velocity-sensitive keys as well as the assignable sliders, knobs, pads and transport controls featured on each controller. The A-PRO Series controllers will be available for purchase in April this year.

NAMM 2010: Creative Tools for Independent Minds

NAMMJet-lagged and exhausted, the Cakewalk crew is slowly recovering from a monumental Thursday through Saturday at the NAMM Show. The weather was beautiful, the show floor was packed and the Cakewalk booth was the place to be.

Each year, the National Association of Music Merchants hosts an industry-wide tradeshow at the colossal Anaheim Convention Center.  If you’ve never been to the NAMM Show, it’s a musician’s paradise, with thousands of exhibitors, live product demos, impromptu jam sessions, and celebrity sightings galore.

The theme for our booth was ‘Creative Tools for Independent Minds.’  As our product line continues to grow from recording software to complete studio solutions, we encourage musicians on every level to take production into their own hands and have fun making music.

Cakewalk Artist Relations Manager, Jimmy Landry put together an all-star roster of artists who appeared and performed in our booth while demonstrating how they use our products on the road and in the studio.

    Cori Yarckin Acoustic Performance

One of Rolling Stone’s Top 5 Up & Coming Female Artists, Cori Yarckin, acoustically performed her hit single, Everything You Said, and recorded a vocal track in SONAR with the V-Studio 100. Cakewalk’s Brandon Ryan showed the audience how to use the VX-64 Vocal Strip to process her vocals as well as the Matrix view to creatively remix her track.

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Win An Online Song Production Package at Studiotraxx.com

StudioTrazz ContestThink you’ve got rock solid pipes and raw talent? Submit your original recordings to Studiotraxx.com and you could win a professional Online Song Production package from major label industry pros! Cakewalk is pleased to announce that it has teamed up with StudioTraxx.com and some of today’s most sought after major label studio musicians to bring you this unprecedented opportunity! Led by world-renowned percussionist, Bashiri Johnson (Michael Jackson, Sting, Whitney Houston), this contest represents true music “give back.” These veteran studio musicians come together to provide one outstanding musician with an extensive online production, marketing, and distribution campaign:

• Sheldon Goode / Guitar, Drums, Bass / Elton John, Patti Labelle
• Jerry Barnes / Bass / CHIC
• Ira Siegel / Guitars / Bacon Bros
• Larry Saltzman / Guitar / Paul Simon
• Shawn Pelton / Drums / Saturday Nite Live
• Raymond Angry / Keyboards / Joss Stone
• Darren Moore / Head Engineer / Manhattan Center Studios

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