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
This makes a temporary group of your selected tracks
Move 1 fader
The rest will follow suite and keep the fidelity of your balance
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.