Free Platinum Samples Rock Legends Kit 3 with SONAR X2 Producer

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Free Platinum Samples Rock Legends Kit 3 with SONAR X2 Producer
Now through June 30th, all customers who purchase or upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer will receive the new Platinum Samples Rock Legend Kit 3 free as part of the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club May-June giveaway. This kit was recorded by Grammy nominated recording engineer Rail Jon Rogut whose credits include Meshell Ndegeocello, Ry Cooder and Michael Jackson. Designed for Session Drummer 3 and Dimension Pro, this expansion kit was recorded via a classic Neve 80 series console, Sontec Equalizers and a Fairchild 670. Microphones used included Telefunken ELA M 251’s on the Overheads and the Floor Toms, AKG C12A’s on the Rack Toms & Neumann M49’s on the Stereo Room.

The free Rock Legends Kit 3 is a natural ambient kit with a shank style hi-hat. Rock Legends Kit 3 is a larger, roomier version of the kit with a different Crash 1 and additional EQ and compression on the Kick, Snare & Toms.  The free Rock Legends Kit 3 only has 2 round robins with 16 velocity levels.

Highlights:

  • 125th Aniv. Limited Edition Gretsch Rock Legend drum kit.
  • Played with metal tip sticks.
  • Recorded using vintage Neve, Sontec, Fairchild gear and Telefunken, AKG and Neumann microphones.

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Save time with FX Chain Presets – Plus Bonus FX Chains for SONAR X2 Producer users

We all know the feature-set and workflow in SONAR X2 is world-class.  It still amazes me that we can make Major Label sounding records in our homes these days as long as you have a good system, good enough ears and some good old fashion knowledge.  The one feature I personally love that I think gets overlooked is the FX Chain Preset.

We live in a musical world these days where time is of the essence.  While some folks have the luxury of spending as much time as needed on musical works, other folks like myself are not so lucky.  I look at it as a balance between creativity/quality vs. time/money.  With this being said, the FX Chains Presets have been a life-saver for me.

The beauty of FX Chains is that they are in fact a massive time-saver, but still allow you to get unique sounds by creating your own effects.

Time-saver:

What starts to happen when you uncap the power of FX Chains?  You start to build your own library of Effects where at any given point in time you can simply drag-and-drop a chain on any effect bin, bus, or even clip.  For example, let’s say you are working with a certain vocalist/songwriter one week who returns back for another song a month later.  If you have saved that vocalist’s chain as an effect chain preset, you can simply drag-and-drop it from the preset folder to the track in this new project.  It sounds basic but it’s not; what happens over time is that you develop your own catalogue of multiple effects that are instantly available to you on any project.  What is significant, is that these FX Chains presets work with any Cakewalk or third-party plug in your arsenal.  Personally speaking, I don’t know what I would do without them after becoming accustomed to their ease of use.  I’m constantly fighting for minutes in a day, and having the ability to fire-up FX Chains instantaneously without sacrificing any creativity has been a game-changer.  In fact FX Chains presets actually inspire me to create new sounds.

Unique Sounds:

It’s simple to map multiple effects’ parameters to single knobs and switches.  The uniqueness comes in to play when you start to automate the knobs and switches to get some interesting sounds.   The fact that you can control multiple parameters from a single source opens countless doors of sound-character.  For example, the ability to map the “left” and “right” panning sliders to one knob allows me to control where a reverb rests in a mix.  Now if you take that one step further by mapping the “left” and “right” pans of a delay to another knob, you can start to split effects’ signals up.  An interesting effect from here would be adding a flanger, and mapping its’ depth and speed parameters along with the delay’s feedback parameter to one more knob; so as the delay repeats more and more, the flanger effect becomes more intense.

These are just a few real-world examples of how I find the benefits of FX Chains very useful and practical.  SONAR X2 ships with 48 FX Chains in Essential, 76 in Studio, and 160 in Producer.  As a bonus for SONAR X2 Producer Content Club members, I’ve created a new set of 15 FX Chains that work particularly well on buses.   These can obviously work on tracks as well, but I built them in buses thinking they would work well on spacious recordings that encompass vocals, clean guitars, piano and light drums or percussion.  You can experiment with other types of music as well, but I think these are best suited for recordings where there is some room in the mid-range department between 600Hz and 2K.

Some of the highlighted presets in the bonus FX Chain Odyssey pack include:
(Please note for demonstration purposes I have turned up the Effect Send considerably on these examples.)

Circus Buzzards – An eerie reverse reverb that is entrenched in a warm overdrive provided by TH2 and finished off with a modulation option.

Panable Ambiance – A great reverb and delay effect for vocals where you can position the reverb in the stereo field.

Smoke Stack  – This is basically a button box where I have mapped overdrive parameters, wideners, and modulation to various knobs to create interesting overtones.

 

How to download the FX Chain Odyssey pack:

If you already own SONAR X2 Producer, the FX Chain Odyssey presets download is already in your account as a bonus treat from the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club.  If you purchase or upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer by April 30th, you will be able to download the presets from your account on the Cakewalk Store.

Customize your own FX Chains:

Another cool feature about FX Chains presets is the ability to customize the skin with your own designs. You can add interesting graphics, knobs, switches and background colors to keep your eye and mind fresh for those long mixing sessions.

So with all these components packed into the FX Chains preset feature, it’s easy to get uniquely creative while staying on top of the clock.  If you have not done so already, I highly recommend you get acclimated to the world of FX Chains in SONAR X2.  Here is a great overview video to get you started.

 

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Free AAS Sound Bank & Player for all SONAR X2 Producer Customers

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Now Available: Free Sound Bank and player from AAS
When you purchase or upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer by April 30th, you can redeem one free Sound Bank courtesy of the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club. In March-April, you can take your pick and download one of the 12 available on the AAS store. Each were created by established sound designers covering genres from World Music to Synth Pop. Whichever Sound Bank you choose comes bundled With a free AAS Player plug-in [VST]. These Sound Banks are also designed to be expansion packs for AAS Chromaphone, Ultra Analog VA-1, or String Studio VS-1 – A $39 value.

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If you already own SONAR X2 Producer, your Sound Bank Redemption Code is now in your account.

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Extended: Free TH2 Building Block Presets for SONAR X2 Producer Customers

TH2 Building Blocks

When you buy SONAR X2 Producer through February 28th, you will also get free TH2 Building Blocks presets created by Cakewalk’s Jimmy Landry. TH2 Producer is a powerful instrument with many tonal possibilities.  Although it comes with some interesting presets, there is definitely room for more.  These “building block” presets were designed in an exceptional listening environment and aimed to deliver an array of great “source sounds” from which to build.  Much time and effort was taken to carefully match the mics, cabs and amp heads for a comprehensive set of sounds.  Using this set as a starting point will give you a great head-start when utilizing the “variation” user preset feature in TH2 Producer.  

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TH2 Building Blocks: 30 Free Presets for all SONAR X2 Producer Customers

SONAR X2 Producer Content Club Bonus – Building Block Presets for TH2 Producer

TH2 Producer is the new guitar module plug for SONAR X2 Producer.  Being a guitar player since the age of 5, I’m very intrigued by guitar plugs and I was extremely excited to learn that we were working with Overloud on the development of SONAR X2.  I think in the last 2 years there have been major developments in guitar emulation plugins.  In my past experiences using these “amp simulators,” I always found that they sounded great alone, but then when I put big drums around them recorded with great mics and preamps, they would disappear in the mix fast.  Fast-forward to 2013, and I am finding myself going to the guitar plugins almost all the time.

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Free “Bells & Whistles” Bonus Holiday Pack for SONAR X2 Producer Content Club Members

Free Dimension Pro Holiday Expansion Pack for all SONAR X2 Producer users
Just in time for the holidays, we have added a new treat to the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club. When you purchase or upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer by December 31st, you will get the “Bells & Whistles” Dimension Pro Holiday Pack free of charge.

If you already own SONAR X2 Producer, the “Bells & Whistles” Dimension Pro Holiday Pack is already in your account as a bonus treat from the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club.

Bells & Whistles is a Dimension Pro Expansion Pack with holiday music inspired instruments sounds including; Bells (Rope Bells, Sleigh Bells, Bell Trees, Bell Shakers), Choirs, Harpsichords, Organs, Snare Drums, Cymbals, Strings, and a bunch of extra “whistles” (like a Nylon String Guitar, Grand Piano, Bass Drum, and a Double Bass). All sounds designed exclusively for Cakewalk by Tim Swartz of Digital Sound Factory. Includes over 50 programs guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit!

Please note: Bells & Whistles will automatically be delivered with your SONAR X2 Producer order along with the Loopmasters 100 Artist Series Compilation through Dec 31st.

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FREE* Loopmasters 100 Artist Series Compilation Now Available

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FREE* Loopmasters 100 Artist Series Compilation Now Available
The announcement of the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club has generated a lot of excitement from users.  If you are a SONAR X2 Producer Content Club member, the next big Content Club freebie is now in your Cakewalk Store Account.

*Please note: You must upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer in order to become a member.

Having released over 100 Artist Series titles, Loopmasters has created a unique compilation of sounds that will let SONAR X2 Producer users get their fingers wet with the enormous DJ/Producer line-up they have in their catalog. The 100 Artist Series Compilation includes no less than 100 folders of one-shots and loops with a wide spectrum of musical applications. From Drum & Bass to Dubstep to Hardcore to Techno, Funk, Reggae, RnB, Rock, Chillout or whatever you do, you will find plenty of ingredients to mix your own dish with this great selection of sounds.

Features over 1400 loops & sounds for over 1GB of Drums, Basses, Pads, FX, Synths and more.

If you upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer in by December 31st, you will automatically receive the Loopmasters 100 Artist Series Compilation with your download and in your Cakewalk Store Account. There will be an additional 4 offers coming over the next year.

Halloween Treat: Free Haunted EDM Rapture pack for all SONAR X2 Producer customers

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Halloween treat: Upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer and get Haunted EDM
Just in time for Halloween, we have added a new treat to the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club. When you upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer, you will get the Haunted EDM Rapture Expansion Pack free of charge.

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If you already own SONAR X2 Producer, the Haunted EDM Rapture pack is already in your account as a bonus treat from the SONAR X2 Producer Content CLub.

Haunted EDM for Cakewalk’s Rapture is a patch collection of tormented soundscapes, ghoulish leads, disembodied pads, frightening drum hits, and scary basses that will possess your music and reanimate your sound palette. From the laboratory of mad scientist Encanti, this library comes loaded with premier tricks and treats. Electronic Dance Music producers, beware…your sound collection will never be the same.

Please note: Haunted EDM will automatically be delivered with your SONAR X2 Producer order along with the DSF Symphonic Strings HD pack.

FREE Loopmasters 100 Artist Series Compilation coming Nov. 1st for SONAR X2 Producer Content Club Members

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FREE* Loopmasters 100 Artist Series Compilation coming November 1st
The announcement of the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club has generated a lot of excitement from users.  Here is another exciting update of what you can expect from the Content Club in November.

*Please note: You must upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer in order to become a member.

Having released over 100 Artist Series titles, Loopmasters has created a unique compilation of sounds that will let SONAR X2 Producer users get their fingers wet with the enormous DJ/Producer line-up they have in their catalog. The 100 Artist Series Compilation includes no less than 100 folders of one-shots and loops with a wide spectrum of musical applications. From Drum & Bass to Dubstep to Hardcore to Techno, Funk, Reggae, RnB, Rock, Chillout or whatever you do, you will find plenty of ingredients to mix your own dish with this great selection of sounds.

Features over 1400 loops & sounds for over 1GB of Drums, Basses, Pads, FX, Synths and more.

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When you upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer in October, you will automatically receive the DSF Symphonic Strings HD ($149 value) with your order. Starting November 1st, you will also have access to the new Loopmasters 100 Artist Series Compilation through your Cakewalk Store Account. There will be an additional 4 offers coming over the next year.

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Introducing the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club
The free DSF Symphonic Strings promotion was such a huge success, that we decided to create a new program designed to reward all early adopters. When you upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer, you will automatically get a free membership to the SONAR X2 Producer Content Club. As a club member you’ll gain exclusive access to FREE synthesizer expansion packs, audio loops, video tutorials, and much more. Every other month, Cakewalk will feature new content from one of our industry partners valued at $30 or greater. Early adopters will get every featured offering as they become available.

When you upgrade to SONAR X2 Producer in October, you will automatically receive the DSF Symphonic Strings HD ($149 value) with your order. There will be an additional 5 offers coming over the next year. Stay tuned for more information on the November offer.

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