Working with Sonar X3 and your DAW

So there are a lot of helpful tools out there to help you in the creation process. If you are endeavoring to create the best music you can then at home or in a studio or both, you are sure to be inundated by the different DAW’s there are available to you.  If you are not familiar with what a DAW is , it stands for Digital Audio Workstation. Basically how you get your guitar, piano, or any other music into your computer for you to edit and tweak to share with the world.

I have found over the years you have to find what works for YOU. You may  hear folks swear by this or that but I have found a great tool that works for me and that is what you need to do for you. Find one that does what YOU want it to do and provides the necessary tools to get the job done.

I have used and been using it for years since the first one, I use SONAR Cakewalk Producer Edition, currently running X3 This is the reason why I am writing this little post. I been fine tuning this software every so often to keep my system up to date.  I thought about how this is so needed in today’s current business climate. You need to always adjust, tweak what you do to stay in the game and give it your best.

It makes me sad to hear other musicians I know and have met who say, ” I am NO good with computers so I do not use them” THen they wonder why they are not getting to where they want to be. Even if you just start a little bit each day you need to learn about the software and tools that are available to you. Your competition is. You need to take time out of every day or week to learn something new about your craft. This is one way to try to stay on top.

I am going to try to help facilitate you in your quest, I am trying to post information on my website that will help you both creatively, technically and spiritually. The three stones on which we are to build. If you take these little nuggets into your life you just MAY start to find somethings begin to change in your musical career and personal life.

So I encourage you to start with the videos posted below in this blog and also bookmark the other blogs on the website. You will also find other links and pages with tools to help you in your approach to this task of learning and applying what you learn.

If you are looking to find a great product to use as your recording software then I would suggest that you check this video out. Sonar makes a great plateform with a fairly easy learning curve . You will find a lot of great videos all over the net on how to get around it.

This is a great video called SONAR X3 Clinic by Craig Anderton – Berklee Online

Watch, learn, and listen to the Chief Magic Officer: Craig Anderton outline a number of his favorite features in SONAR X3 including:
-The MIDI advantage for songwriting
-Using loops for both songwriting and EDM
-Speeding up workflow to prevent “inspiration atrophy” (effects chains, track templates, browser techniques, etc.)
-Creating your own mixer architecture
-Using “spot” timing correction to tighten timing without destroying feel
-How to make amp sims sound great (e.g. effects chains)
-Mastering in SONAR



One thought on “Working with Sonar X3 and your DAW

  1. Monzour

    I’ve never had much luck with Sonar, so I eventually moved to Pro Tools. Pro Tools is a poweufrl program with many different options. There are two different types of Pro Tools for the beginner: Pro Tools LE, and Pro Tools M-Powered. I currently use the M-Powered edition, which I like, but don’t love. The good part is, it does pretty much anything I would want it for. There are a wide variety of plug-ins that it can use, and the RTAS (real-time audio suite) makes it a lot easier to correct mistakes in mixing, and gives you a better idea of what your sound will be while recording.The bad part is, they’re still working out a few of the bugs. They’ve corrected a lot (you can get updates from digidesign’s website). Also, you can ONLY use M-Audio interfaces; you can’t even use Digidesign interfaces. With LE, you need a Digidesign interface, but you can use other interfaces along with it. You can’t, however, use M-Audio interfaces.As far as interfaces go, to get started, I would recommend a firewire, or USB interface that has balanced inputs/outputs, and mic pre-amps. I have used the M-Audio Fast Track Pro, which has all of these with the ability to record at 24-bit/96kHz (studio quality), and MIDI I/O. The pre-amps aren’t fantastic, but they will be sufficient to get your feet wet.The best route is to get educated first. Then you will know exactly what you are looking for, and it will save you the headache of buying unnecessary items. I recommend the book Modern Recording Techniques Sixth Edition by David Miles Huber, and Robert E. Runstein. This way you will understand a lot of tech terms, and you can avoid sales people who don’t know what they’re talking about (which unfortunately, happens a lot).I hope this helps, and good luck!


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