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Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool (Updated for CbB)

The process for adding audio editors is described here https://www.cakewalk.com/Support/Knowledge-Base/2007013099/Adding-third-party-audio-editing-software-to-SONARs-Tools-menu
 
Noel went into more detail here http://forum.cakewalk.com/FindPost/1850413
 
Based on these links I created a new utility program, SONARToolsEditor (this link still works for the old SONAR version but users of 64bit SONAR or CbB should use the newest version). The most recent direct link is here. Rather than using direct links a better source is here, a page containing the links to the current versions of everything.
Old SONAR info:
Most only need SONARToolsEditor.exe. It should work on 64bit Vista and newer maintaining the tools section of the Utilities menu for both 32 and 64bit SONAR running on 64bit Windows. SONARToolsEditor32.exe is intended for 32bit Windows only.
 
Edit1: v2.1 updated to new version. Now has command line arguments to override drop down defaults. It is packaged as a zip, including both 32 and 64bit versions and a Readme.pdf
 
Edit2: v2.3 minor UI reformatting
 
Edit3: all software updated for CbB. A new tools editor was created. The initial release of the new editor is v1.1.
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 00:57:48 (permalink)
Woohoo! Another useful tool added to the growing collection. Thanks scook.

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 01:28:58 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby FCCfirstclass 2015/06/10 09:21:54
Scook, thanks for this . . . looks like a helpful tool, I've downloaded and will have a closer look, much appreciation here for all your efforts on this forum.

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 01:40:53 (permalink)
Awesome!
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 04:57:58 (permalink)
Thank you, scook!

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 05:56:36 (permalink)
On a side note, I've done this the manual way and I've noticed that RX3 always opens with the last used file instead of the region I'm sending. Trying it a second time I do get the correct region. If I close the file in RX3 before closing RX3 proper, it also works fine the next time. Did I do something wrong in the settings or is this just a bug or expected behavior?
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 07:17:27 (permalink)
That's an RX setting, where it re-loads the previous thing you worked on. Have a look through the preferences in RX; I can't remember what it's called, but you can switch it off.

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 07:55:40 (permalink)
Thanks for the contribution, Scook. It's a nice little tool. It works good, too. I used it to successfully add a wave editor to X3. I prefer a tool like this rather than having to go edit the registry manually.
 
Cheers! And thanks for your work.
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 08:21:39 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby mudgel 2015/06/10 09:16:13
I would mark your post Helpful if I could  :)
 
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 08:47:54 (permalink)
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That's an RX setting, where it re-loads the previous thing you worked on. Have a look through the preferences in RX; I can't remember what it's called, but you can switch it off.

Thanks, I looked and it's in the preferences under "misc", and called "Resume last editing session when app starts". I turned it off. Still seems strange to me that it would ignore a file it was handed, regardless of that setting. But this hopefully fixes it!
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 09:05:39 (permalink)
Many thanks for your great contribution Scook! this is a wonderful and useful application. I think you'll make Mudgel very happy, as he has been asking for this. Great job and many thanks.

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 09:11:35 (permalink)
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I would mark your post Helpful if I could  :)
 
Thanks Steve


Did it for you BobF.

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 09:15:50 (permalink)
Thanks Steve.
 
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 09:28:27 (permalink)
Thanks scook! I'll download it tonight!

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 18:41:58 (permalink)
Nice Tool many thanks and it works great.
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 19:11:47 (permalink)
Thanks, much appreciated.
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 19:23:30 (permalink)
Beautiful ... such a time saving piece of software.
 
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 19:46:54 (permalink)
What do this new tool do?

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/10 21:14:55 (permalink)
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What do this new tool do?


It allows you to add external programs to the Utilities menu in Sonar, or edit existing ones, so that you can open them without leaving Sonar and without manually editing the registry to add them.
 
Steve, This works great.
I had several to add, but in bites because of the tedious entry.
Thanks for this!

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/11 00:15:31 (permalink)
perfect timing for me, I was going to see if I could get the old REGEDIT version to work with Professional. I'm going to be recording some "real" audio soon and it's nice to use a wave editor on drum and vocal parts. Thanks to to Cakewalk crew who made this happen, keep up the excellent work. 

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/11 18:45:23 (permalink)
Nice!!!    Downloading now...

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/11 20:38:44 (permalink)
Well done. It works great! Thanks again.

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/12 09:10:29 (permalink)
Thanks Steve! For this and for all that you contribute here. Much appreciated.

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/12 12:03:29 (permalink)
Sticky this some where's. I'm in CA until Monday and won't be able to mess around until then. Looks like just what I need. Thanks in advance. Y'all are part of what makes sonar great.

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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/12 14:08:30 (permalink)
This looks really great...can't wait to get home from work and give it a try.
 
Am I correct in assuming that if I select a clip in Sonar and launch another app through the Utilities (Audition, RX3, etc.), any changes I make to that selection in the third-party app will then be reflected in Sonar?  In other words, the Utilities function is a destructive editing feature that replaces that actual source file as opposed to making a copy of it somewhere?
 
Or would I need to replace that clip in Sonar once I'm done fussing with it in the external app?
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/12 14:23:05 (permalink)
It depends on the program. If the program accepts a file name as an argument on the command line, it can be added to the SONAR Utilities menu as a WaveEditor type. There are still copies of wave files made in the background, it is all handled automatically. Ultimately if the changes are committed in the external program, the changed wave is added back to the SONAR project.
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/12 14:29:46 (permalink)
I have read some versions of Audition work, some do not. I do not use Audition and have not tested the program.
 
I believe iZotope RX series require the RegionFlag option be set to No. It is the only case I am aware of which requires that setting.
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/12 14:30:29 (permalink)
BTW, thanks everyone for the feeback
Glad you are finding this of some use.
 
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/12 14:51:01 (permalink)
I did a sound mix for an indie film a few years ago, but because Sonar's video implementation didn't really cut the cake for that sort of thing, I ended up using Audition as the host and RX3 as an outside app to clean up the dialogue tracks.  And boy, what a hassle that process was.  I had to export the clips and manually open them one at a time inside RX3, making sure to save the processed audio with the same file name so it would refresh correctly within Audition.
 
I'd mostly use RX3 and maybe Audition in some scenarios, so I guess we'll see how that workflow goes!
 
Thanks for the info, looking forward to trying it out.
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Re: Adding programs to the SONAR Utilities Menu - a new tool 2015/06/26 10:23:58 (permalink)
I tried to add Audacity and I see nothing? Wait, now I see Tool Editor and it opens Audacity, even tho I said to name it Audacity?
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