SONAR Quick Tip: Save time tweaking levels with Quick-Grouping

Grouping is one of the most powerful tools you can use during both the tracking and mixing process, but SONAR X2 offers up Quick-Grouping as an alternative method for making quick adjustments to your levels.

Let’s say you have mic’d up a drum set and you have been working diligently on the balance. ¬†Without realizing it you are completely clipping your Master Bus, don’t worry this happens to the best of us. The first thing that comes to mind is making a group to correctly adjust all your levels at once. This involves assigning each parameter to a group and then eventually turning that group off and on again when you need to make small adjustments.

Instead of doing that, try the following Quick Groups feature:

  • Select all of your tracks using CTRL+A
  • Hold CTRL
  • This makes a temporary group of your selected tracks
  • Move 1 fader
  • The rest will follow suite and keep the fidelity of your balance

Try SONAR X2 free for 30-days and check out this easy-to-use feature.

 

SONAR Quick Tip: Changing The Default Preset For A Plug-in – by Scott R. Garrigus

After adding effects to a folder (in the Cakewalk Plug-in Manager), you can also specify default presets for each effect. Right-click an effect in the folder and choose Properties.

In the Item Properties dialog box, choose a preset from the Default Preset menu.

Click OK. Now when you insert the effect into a project, it will automatically default to the preset you selected. See pages 12 to 15 in SONAR X2 Power! for more information about customizing plug-in menus. 

SONAR Quick Tip: Draw Plug-in Automation with SONAR X2’s Pattern Tools

Within SONAR X2’s Draw Tool users have the option to draw:

  • Freehand
  • Sine Waves
  • Triangle Waves
  • Sawtooth Waves
  • Square Waves
  • Randomized Pulse Waves
“Write Enable” your favorite plugin parameters and begin drawing away.

 

 
 

SONAR Quick Tip: Use the Marker List to set Now Time – by Scott R. Garrigus

Another quick way to jump to a specific marker is to press G to access the Go dialog box.

SONAR Go Dialog

Then press F5 to bring up a list of all the markers in the current project.

SONAR Markers Dialog

Select a marker from the list and click OK twice. The Now time will be set to the time corresponding to that marker. See pages 50 to 53 in SONAR X2 Power! for more information about Markers. 

SONAR Quick Tip: Quantize Duration (Video) by Scott R. Garrigus

Even though the Duration menu in the Quantize dialog box is limited to 1/32nd notes, you can still quantize to smaller values by inputting a number of ticks into the Duration parameter. For example, if you’re using the default 960 ticks per quarter note for the project clock value (set in Preferences), then just type Continue reading SONAR Quick Tip: Quantize Duration (Video) by Scott R. Garrigus