Mix Recall is a powerful way to organize mixes within a project—Whether you want to have a mix without vocals or a version of the song using a different processing chain on the drums—Mix Recall is the perfect solution for these types of situations, but it can do more than that. Say you are handed a project from someone else using SONAR or you got a new plug-in you want to try out using a previously recorded song, Mix Recall can help you handle this as well by getting your project reset back to a neutral position.
Adding the Mix Recall Module
Check that you have the Mix Recall module available in the Control Bar. You can add it to the Control Bar if it’s not already there by right-clicking in a blank space and adding it from the menu.
Creating a Mix Scene
Start by creating a new Mix Scene with the current project setting using the [Save As New Scene] button. This will allow us to make a change and then come back to the original point to see the difference.
Make a change to the mix by adjusting the volume on a couple of tracks or muting a track previously un-muted.
Click the [Save As New Scene] button on the Mix Recall module again to save these changes into another mix scene. Give this mix a unique name and save it. Now you can reload your previous mix and see the changes reverted back to where we started. Selecting the second mix scene with bring us back to the present state of the mix. You can also use the [Recall Previous Scene] button to toggle back and forth between 2 mix scenes or simply go back to the last mix scene you were at.
Resetting a Mix
Using a project you want to reset, click the drop down arrow on the Mix Recall module and select “Reset Mix…” from the menu. This will remove all automation envelopes, plug-ins, and reset the ProChannel back to the default modules along with any controls in SONAR.
That’s It! Now you can get back to working on your mix instead of trying to manage multiple saved versions of the same song or trying to manually remove each plug-in or automation envelope.
Create a save point as you begin your mix once you have basic levels and panning so you can always go back and hear your project from the start.
Create save points within your mix to go back and see how it has progressed.
Save several iterations of a mix and bounce each when sending it to a client or friend. Here are some common iterations to save as Mix Scenes.
Vocal Up Mix (Plus 1-3dB)
Vocal Down Mix (Minus 1-3db)
Radio Edit Mix
Time box your mix by only giving yourself an allotted amount of time and dividing that up over what you need to do. Save each stage as a Mix Scene to go back and look at your progress and how you did at each stage.
Mix Recall is available in SONAR Artist, Professional and Platinum
While there have been hundreds of fixes and enhancements added to SONAR since X3, we’ve compiled this list of the ones we think X-Series users will be particularly fond of.
Fixed clip & metronome placement during loop record
Fixed complex looping scenarios
Fixed MIDI issues during audio loop recording
Mute Previous Takes no longer interferes with Comping mode
Improved transient detection
Speed improvements when editing MIDI in PRV
Improved drag selection
Improved editing with the Smart Tool
Improved Lasso for audio transients at all zoom levels
Edit > Select > From/Thru no longer clears selections
Fixed Delete Hole issue when selecting empty measure in Track View
Fixed issues with Shift+Click on audio clips
Improved clip behaviors when using auto crossfade
Improved clip dragging graphics and offset handling
Improved note selection in PRV
Improved Melodyne behavior after setting region
Sends now feed side-chain on project open
Fixed jumps when rewriting automation
Fixed VST3 behaviors in Clip FX bins
Improved console view EQ display
Fixed Dim Solo issue when using instrument tracks
Fixed plug-in output errors
Fixed plug-in removal issue on Simple Instrument Tracks
Chris Broderick has been focusing on his band Act of Defiance and their new record on Metal Blade Records. “We recorded all vocals, cello, lead, rhythm, classical and acoustic guitars at Ill-Fated Studio’s in Los Angeles, CA on SONAR Platinum. The features we gained upgrading from X3 to Platinum really helped us capture this new record.”
Audio / MIDI Engine
Fixed intermittent crash when switching driver modes
Fixes to Bounce to Clips for MIDI
Fixes to the Arpeggiator Preset workflow
Improved MIDI input port detection
Fixed layout issues when removing icon from header
Fixed muted waveform drawing
Fixed waveform draw with tempo changes
Improved waveform draw on Groove Clips
Fixed waveform redraw on cropped clips when dragging
Improved clip fade waveform
Improved scroll in Console View
Improved Timecode unification in all views
Improved Track Folder grouping
Improved workflow when changing a Screenset
Norman Matthew of the band Murder FM not only used Platinum on his recent record produced by Beau Hill, but his band is also using it live on tour. “Platinum is ridiculously stable. Our show has developed into something more dynamic–and we like triggering some sounds that we used on the record on tour. SONAR Platinum works so well for us on stage as well as in the studio.”
Controller pane no longer resets size when switching tracks
Drum Pane now persists when re-opening PRV
Fixed PRV piano keyboard collapse when PRV maximized
Fixed right-click snap in PRV
Fixed Show/Hide state in PRV Track Pane
Other Views – LCV / Lyric / Marker / Meter etc.
Fixed orphan window in projects opened from Playlist
Fixed Screenset recalls
Fixed Take Lane rearrange on undo
Fixed vertical zoom behaviors when hiding tracks
Improved double-click behaviors on MIDI clips in Track View/PRV
Improved Step Sequencer behavior when using a clip assigned to a drum map
Fixed bounced clip time base reset problem
Fixed Now Time marker movement when pressing Pause
Fixed silent drum map note issues after tempo changes
Fixed a crash when trying to open a moved project from recent file list
Fixes to BitBridge which could cause a project to hang on closing
Improved recall of Remote Control for synths
Javier Colon, winner of NBC’s The Voice continues his lifelong musical journey with a new record deal and album coming out on Concord Music Group this spring. “I’ve been using SONAR for a long time, but going from X3 to Platinum was the best upgrade I’ve had. Platinum was like a writing partner for me with this new record.”
A few weeks back, we released this video demonstrating the drastic speed improvement when inserting 100 blank audio tracks into the current edition of SONAR.
If you saw that video, you’ll recall that SONAR Platinum, in less than one second, accomplished what SONAR X3 took about 13 seconds to complete — a 2,600% improvement!
As we continue to make improvements to SONAR Platinum (and Artist & Professional as well) through Rolling Updates, we thought it might be fun to race SONAR Platinum against SONAR X3 Producer in their ability to import actual audio files.
The video below, complete with drag race audio, a rock n’ roll soundtrack, and a couple of millisecond-accurate stopwatches, places SONAR Platinum and SONAR X3 Producer side-by-side to see who is the real speed demon.
I’ll spoil it a little and tell you that SONAR Platinum is the winner here, but the illustrated difference in speed may truly shock you!
No question, there are a lot of compressor plugins out there, and they all have their unique layouts, quirks, and sonic qualities. In the video below, we line up 15 different compressors and demonstrate these differences.
Below the video, you’ll also find a helpful updated list of key features, a downloadable chart, and links to learn more about the compressors that do not come standard with SONAR Platinum. If you’re not familiar many compressor plugins, I recommend starting here.
It’s worth noting that this video demonstrates a limited scope of each compressor’s capabilities. Since the compressor is being used to level out a vocal performance, each one has been set up optimally for the application, usually with a low ratio and fairly fast attack and release wherever applicable.
Every possible measure was taken to keep the responses and output levels of each compressor as uniform as possible so that the shootout makes for a consistent apples-to-apples comparison. In the future, keep an eye out for more of these shootouts, as the same tools might have totally different effects on a snare drum, acoustic guitar, electric bass, or saxophone.
In this episode of The :90 Music Show, host Scott Austin chats with Multi-Platinum Producer Mark Needham in the Cakewalk Booth at NAMM 2009.
The pair discuss Needham’s favorite technologies on display at the show as well as his history developing artists. This year, he brought new acts, Iglu & Hartley and Divide the Day, to share in the nation’s biggest music industry tradeshow.
Mark Needham has produced and mixed award-winning albums for a wide variety of recording artists including Michelle Branch, Cake, Fleetwood Mac, Chris Isaak, and The Killers.