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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/05 13:26:55 (permalink)
This is gold - thanks Craig!
 
 

 
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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/05 15:50:10 (permalink)
I'm glad this is getting a good response and that people like it. I've noticed that the FX Chain-based "Tip of the Week" projects seem to get a good reception. For further study, I'd recommend reverse-engineering the 30 Sonitus-based FX Chains that were in the June release.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/06 13:10:56 (permalink)
Thanks to Craig for another innovative use of what we already own with Sonar.  
 
 

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/07 12:02:48 (permalink)
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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/07 12:10:21 (permalink)
Never mind, got it (move position)

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/07 16:30:54 (permalink)
Week 153: SONAR's “Secret Weapon” Convolution
 
Applying convolution to sounds can do a whole lot of interesting things, and yes, SONAR has the ReMatrix Solo convolution reverb. But there’s another “secret weapon” that can do all kinds of weird, wacky, and sometimes wonderful convolution tricks: The Cabinet IR module in TH3 Cakewalk Edition. It even makes a fine pseudo-vocoder for drums.
 
The Cabinet IR doesn’t allow for very long impulse responses, so it’s more like a truly unusual EQ. But it offers several “accidental” features that are extremely useful. So insert TH3 in an audio track, drag the Cabinet IR from TH3’s components browser into the main window, and let’s go.
 
IMPORTING IMPULSE RESPONSES
 
TH3 comes with useful amp samples, but why be normal? Grab some weird WAVs and see what happens. Any .IR or WAV file will work (REX need not apply); click on Import New IR, create a new destination group, then navigate to the file you want to load. Note that you can also import multiple files—just click on the first one in a folder, then shift-click on the last file in the folder. The SONAR Audio Library has a lot of one-shots, so you can load up a ton of ‘em to find out what works. (To delete the duds, you can delete the impulses one at a time via TH3, or go to the folder location with the imported IRs at C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\Overloud\TH3\IR, and then delete the ones you don’t want.
 
TWO PRACTICAL EXAMPLES
 
Here’s how to do a pseudo “drumcoder,” i.e., modulating a chord with drums. Drag the file LNL_DrumLp91_100 from SONAR’s audio library (Loops > Loopmasters > RNB Hip Hop > Late Night Logic) into a track, and loop it. For an impulse, if you downloaded my Chord Library when it was available, the chords are excellent for this application. Otherwise, load the file dth_chord_bigdub (One Shots > Sample Magic > Deep Tech-House) into the Cabinet IR.
 

 
Choose High accuracy for the Cabinet IR module. In general, High accuracy will give the most nuanced filtering but that doesn’t mean it’s always the best for a given application; sometimes lower accuracy will produce an effect with less of a sense of pitch, but which is ultimately more useful. The Balance A-B control varies the prominence of the “vocoder” effect. Kewl!!
 
Here’s another example. Load dth_kick_deepfat from the same folder. This is a kick one-shot, and as you vary the balance, you’ll be able to really accent the kick in a loop with an otherwise not very deep kick.
 
But wait!! There’s more! The Balance A-B control has a MIDI Learn option, so you can do some expressive tweaking and add rhythmic variety to EDM-type loops. Have fun!

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/07 16:46:50 (permalink)
Yet another great tip, Craig 
Thanks!
All the best.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/07 17:17:04 (permalink)
Hey Zargg - try the "drumcoding" trick with a parallel bass signal. It's pretty cool :)

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/07 17:30:31 (permalink)
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Hey Zargg - try the "drumcoding" trick with a parallel bass signal. It's pretty cool :)


Will do 

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/15 06:43:58 (permalink)
Week 154: Re-Discovering SONAR's Audio Waveform Editor
 
When SONAR first replaced the Pro Audio series back in 1879, some people were dismayed that the dedicated audio-editing window had been removed. With all audio placed in the clips pane, it seemed that if you wanted a single track to fill the screen, it was necessary to do lots of zooming and resizing - or at least get into Screensets.
 
Not so! Actually, there's a little-known trick that takes care of this. To turn SONAR into, essentially, a waveform editor:
 
1. Select the one track that you want to have appear in the “waveform editor.”
2. Turn off Auto-Zoom (Shift+Z toggles this) if it’s on.
3. Right-click on the track number (or any empty space in the title bar).
4. Choose “Show Selected Tracks.” All other tracks will be hidden, and the selected track will take over the entire clips pane. You can create even more space by hiding the Inspector (type I) and Browser (type B). Now you have a fine environment for audio editing - see below.
 

 
And yes, you can zoom in so far you can cut, copy, and paste individual samples (I once used this to repair digital clicks on a master that the artist didn’t think could be salvaged).
 
5. When you’re done with your editing, choose Tracks > Show All Tracks and Buses (or type Shift+H) and all the other tracks will re-appear. Done! 

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/15 10:22:47 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby pentimentosound 2017/07/15 14:21:14
This can also be done by double clicking on an empty part of the track.
I do this all the time 

All the best.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/15 14:06:44 (permalink)
Wow that's cool!
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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/15 14:27:57 (permalink)
Very!   I've done it accidently, but never figured out how! LOL I don't recall how I got back to "normal", either.
 
 
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Re: Friday's Tip of the Week #154: Re-Discovering SONAR's Audio Waveform Editor 2017/07/15 14:36:49 (permalink)
Great tip guys!
 
Thank you.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/16 01:08:56 (permalink)
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Very!   I've done it accidently, but never figured out how! LOL I don't recall how I got back to "normal", either.
 
 
 


Dbl-Click the place where you double clicked it to open it per zargg's post and it all pops back.
 
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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/16 01:41:50 (permalink)
You all never cease to amaze me - I should say teach me 

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/16 01:48:05 (permalink)
Note that in both cases, there are a few fine points. With the Zargg Method, Auto-Zoom needs to be off. The method described in the tip works best if Auto-Zoom is off; however it will work if Auto-Zoom is on, although the disadvantage is that the track will not expand to fill the space so you have to drag the track bottom separator bar down manually. Also note that with the tip version, all tracks other than the one you're working on are actually hidden. So if you resize the track height to be higher than the available space (e.g., you  want to see really low-level noise), then the vertical scroll bar will scroll solely that one track.
 
Also in the tip version, if you have more than one track selected, they will resize so each one takes up the maximum amount of space possible. This can be very useful when doing edits in two tracks that reference each other (e.g., drums and bass).
 
So Zargg's option is fast, convenient, and will cover most use cases, but the tip version lets you go into a bit more depth if needed.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/16 06:00:52 (permalink)
Good stuff.  Thank you Craig and company.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/16 13:27:54 (permalink)
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Week 154: Re-Discovering SONAR's Audio Waveform Editor
When SONAR first replaced the Pro Audio series back in 1879, some people were dismayed that the dedicated audio-editing window had been removed.



That's what I call being ahead of it's time!
Great tip, thank you

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/16 13:44:02 (permalink)
Another great tip. 
 
Thanks to Craig and the users.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/16 20:34:13 (permalink)
1879? 
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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/16 22:10:46 (permalink)
Sorry, I couldn't resist. It was a tribute to the days of steam-powered sequencers.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/16 23:49:07 (permalink)
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Sorry, I couldn't resist. It was a tribute to the days of steam-powered sequencers.


It wasn't 1879 Craig. It was 1910. I was there!

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/17 17:28:37 (permalink)
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Sorry, I couldn't resist. It was a tribute to the days of steam-powered sequencers.

It wasn't 1879 Craig. It was 1910. I was there!

Young whippersnapper!  lol
 
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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/17 18:29:42 (permalink)
The old SONAR.
"Steampower Onto New Audio Recording" TM 1910.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/19 14:26:26 (permalink)
What? Steam powered? and Ive been using unruly oxen all this time.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/20 19:13:20 (permalink)
Thank you.  A couple of singers I work with manage to add powerful plosives even when I used a second-hand bank vault door as a pop filter and a full-strength hi-pass filter.  I find myself frequently cutting these out of the source audio when Melodyne's separator and amplitude tools won't cut it. (Usually Melodyne won't split fine enough.)
 
Note: Zooming on a clip in X1 is very painful because you lose your place so easily.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/20 20:44:39 (permalink)
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Note: Zooming on a clip in X1 is very painful because you lose your place so easily.


Open the keyboard shortcuts in preferences and search for "view." There is a command to "return to previous view" or similar (forget the exact wording), and bind that to something. Using that you can easily drill into a track, edit, then hit that key to return to what you were seeing before the zoom.

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/20 21:08:48 (permalink)
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konradh
 
Note: Zooming on a clip in X1 is very painful because you lose your place so easily.


Open the keyboard shortcuts in preferences and search for "view." There is a command to "return to previous view" or similar (forget the exact wording), and bind that to something. Using that you can easily drill into a track, edit, then hit that key to return to what you were seeing before the zoom.

Did Alt+Z apply to X1?

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Re: SONAR X August: 31 Days of Tips 2017/07/21 06:19:41 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby almeister 2017/07/21 15:01:44
Week 155: Reverb Tools for Bigger Reverb
 
Do you want a bigger, wider, more interesting reverb sound? Of course you do! So you need Reverb Tools, which is called "Channel Tools" in SONAR. This also makes for a very useful FX Chain.
 
The most common setup for this technique is to insert your reverb effect of choice, followed by Channel Tools, in a bus and then feed this a send from your source track. But there are no rules, and you may find using the Reverb/Channel Tools combo as inserts in a track will do the job for you.
 

 
There are two ways to increase the width. Use one, the other, or both.
 
Option 1 is to set the Delay mode to Pre, and adjust Delay L for the desired amount of added width. Typically you’ll choose a value from a few milliseconds to 30 ms or so. This provides the usual “delay one channel more than the other and it sounds wider.”
 
Option 2 is to set the Input Mode to Stereo, and use the Mid and Side controls to make the sound more centered or wider, respectively. You’ll usually leave the L and R Gain controls at 0.0, and turn up the Side Gain for a wider image...then adjust Mid Gain to taste.
 
For the FX Chain, I also added a control for the Left and Right sliders so the output changes from mono to stereo by turning the Mono <> Stereo knob more clockwise. Think of this as the “master image width” control. To edit the FX Chain control to do this, right-click on the knob and choose Edit Control. Set one destination to Channel Tools – Angle L with start and end values of 50% and 100% respectively. Set the second destination to Channel Tools – Angle R with start and end values of 50% and 0% respectively. I also added a button to swap channels.
 
That’s all there is to it! Try Reverb Tools—I mean, Channel Tools—after your reverb, play with the controls as described, and you’ll be rewarded with a bigger reverb sound.

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