Sonar does let you set the number of intro metronome/click beats, so you should be able to start the music in measure 1 no matter what (or shift it all over into measure 1 if you didn't start out that way
Every DAW I own and use does that .
In standard music notation pickup bars are always included in the measure numbering and the numbering is always from 1, so what you're asking for there would be totally non-standard in the written music world.
I know that I had a full scholarship to a Conservatory of Music fresh out of High School
OTOH, I can't see why Sonar or any other DAW won't just let you set measure 1 wherever you want for viewing purposes. Actually, there is one big question about that: Do you call the measure before #1 measure 0 or -1? (but even that could be made an option)
Why don't we just cut the chit chat and get down to the nitty gritty ....
Here's a Standard song w a pick up measure to accommodate the melody ...
The following pics include a BIAB version a SONAR version and a Mixbus version
The tunes name is Blue Bossa .
Notice that BIAB has set a pick up measure correctly
Once the song file has been imported into SONAR or any other DAW for that matter the timeline gets screwed up ...
Bar one of the song now becomes bar 3
Now we can edit the midi , the problem is no matter what you do there is still that one note left in the pick up bar as a melody note ...the time line will always be screwed up ...
I don't even bother trying to edit it I just look at it as a 2 measure count in
I hate having to do it this way ...
Now on the other hand I have and use a DAW that allows me to set the timeline to my preference ...
Same song same everything rendered as audio . Notice the musics timeline
In this DAW , the timelines bar one can be set first w audio .
Then all my midi tracks will follow and so will the songs correct timeline ...
Not so w SONAR or many other DAW's
the math is all screwed up ..
If I said bar 17 on this rendered audio file of the song in this DAW you would have the correct chord change just like the sheet music .
I happen to think it is a pretty cool feature ...the thing is for it to work properly the timeline needs to be set to an audio file first for it to stick ...then all midi added will line up ..
This DAW for some reason won't set the timeline to midi w out an audio file first ...the midi just gets moved around .
Audio first to set the timeline and your good to go
This setting of the timeline feature is covered in the first two mins of the vid ...
all the best,