Demystify the basics of the powerful functions of SONAR 4. With step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and a technical edit by Cakewalk, "SONAR 4 Ignite!" gives beginners the skills they need to quickly begin composing, editing, and arranging music. Learn how to set up your project, create tracks, edit MIDI and digital audio clips, and utilize virtual instruments. Wrap things up as you learn how to use SONAR's effects plug-ins and surround-sound capabilities to create a great-sounding mix that' s ready for CD or Web distribution. Get ready to jam with SONAR 4!
This book will get you started making music with one of the most powerful Windowsbased music production programs available—Cakewalk’s SONAR 4 Producer Edition. It is an equally useful guide to SONAR 4 Studio Edition, Cakewalk’s less-expensive but still feature-rich offering. In these pages you will find everything you need to demystify the deep and powerful functions of this popular program, regardless of your prior experience.
SONAR 4 Ignite! takes you step by step through MIDI sequencing, digital audio recording, and mixing your song into a finished product. You’ll learn how to set up your project, create tracks, edit MIDI and digital audio clips, and utilize virtual instruments. Finally, you’ll see how SONAR’s effects plug-ins and exciting surroundsound capabilities enable you to realize a great-sounding mix that’s ready for CD or Web distribution.
This book is intended for novices who are new to music-production software or new to SONAR. Because its capabilities are so vast, SONAR can seem pretty daunting at first, so each chapter deals with a manageable chunk of technology. Each successive chapter builds on the previous ones, taking you to the summit one sure-footed step at a time.
About the Author
Brian Smithers is a classically trained musician, conductor, and composer who has been performing and teaching music for more than 20 years. Taking the concept of the “Renaissance man” to heart at an early age, he has always maintained a diverse professional and artistic life, performing in everything from jazz combos to symphony orchestras while composing and arranging commercial music. The culmination of this ironic juxtaposition saw him for several years as conductor of a traditional all-acoustic wind band—the world-famous Walt Disney World Band—by day and a music technology writer for Electronic Musician, Music & Computers, and Keyboard by night. An accomplished recording engineer, Mr. Smithers was at the vanguard of the movement to use notebook computers for live remote recording, performance, and production. He founded a Web site that for several years was the only sustaining Internet resource on laptop-based music production. As Course Director of Audio Workstations and Advanced Audio Workstations at Full Sail Real World Education in Winter Park, Florida, Mr. Smithers coordinates and guides the curriculum of what is arguably the largest digital audio workstation lab environment in the world. He teaches Music Technology at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where he also trains the student recording staff and engineers the School of Music’s annual recordings. He has been a SONAR user since it was Cakewalk 3.0.