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StreamWorks Audio Offers Complete SONAR 8 Video Tutorial

Whether you are a beginner, just learning the ropes, or a more seasoned veteran of SONAR, this video tutorial leaves nothing out and offers lots of valuable information to get you up and running quickly.

You will learn how to setup your computer for optimal performance, master SONAR’s new user interface & advanced recording and editing techniques, use effects, dial in software instruments, mix down tips & techniques, and much more!

StreamWorks’s SONAR 8 Tutorial: Now Available in HD

SONAR 8 Power! by Scott Garrigus

SONAR 8 Power! is the ideal reading companion for SONAR 8, featuring detailed information that even the most experienced user will benefit from. New users will start from the beginning and learn everything they need to know to use SONAR 8 for recording, editing, producing, mixing, and bringing their music to the masses. Upgraders will learn all about the new features in SONAR 8 as well as enhancements made to existing features that may affect their current production workflow.

Learn how to use AudioSnap, Session Drummer 2, and V-Vocal

New Electronic Band: Lal Meri Hits Primetime TV

Carmen Rizzo’s new electronic band, Lal Meri, released their self-entitled debut album through Six Degrees Records on February 17th. The release features 11 tracks, including two remixes by Carmen Rizzo and Morgan Page. Carmen, Rosey Kaye and Ireesh Laal, found early success with the new album, as their track “Sweet Love” has earned two placements on primetime TV, on the CBS show “Shark” and the ABC show “Samantha Who”.

Carmen Rizzo uses Cakewalk’s soft-synths Rapture and Dimension Pro to produce his projects.

See his Artist Spotlight feature here.

EMusician.com: SONAR 8 is 'Better at the Core'

EMusician.com gives SONAR 8 Producer high marks in their upcoming March review, stating that “version 8 is one of the most compelling SONAR upgrades in years.”

Critic Allan Metts gives props to SONAR 8’s programming and performance enhancements, including its compatibility with Microsoft VISTA and WASAPI (Windows audio-driver platform) support. Metts also commends the addition of four new plugins (TL64 Tube Leveler, Channel Tools, TS64 Transient Shaper, N.I.’s Guitar Rig 3) and three new virtual instruments (Beatscape, DImension Pro, True Pianos:Amber Module).

With more words to say than room, EMusician posted an exclusive online bonus article, in which Metts calls SONAR 8 “better at the core”.

When in Rome: Produce Live Music

From time to time, Engineer and Owner of Scadge Productions, Trev Wilkins, gives us a brief update from his travels on the road and in studio. Here’s the latest:

“After several weeks of hard work, we’ve now got the audio for the DVD of Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes- Live in Rome, all mixed and mastered and ready to go on to the video.

The whole process was done in SONAR 8 and involved much automation and editing as the show was recorded completely live using regular ‘stage’ mics. None of it was set up specifically for recording and I just took the signals from Direct Outs on the live console. Hopefully, the DVD will be available soon so I’ll post an update when I know that it’s on sale.

We took a few photos to mark the occasion. Back left, is Gerry Hogan (pedal steel player) with Brian Hodgson (bassist) from the band, who mixed the sound with me. They’re just about to start their tour and with Albert receiving another Grammy award they’re heading for another great year.

After working solidly for weeks now, I’m hoping to get this weekend off. Our next project is with Neil Innes as we help him prepare for his tour of the USA.”

To read all of Trev’s updates, visit: http://www.noelborthwick.com/cakewalk/tag/scadge-productions/.

Motown Records: 'The Best of William Goldstein'

Recording artist, composer and award-winning producer William Goldstein is celebrating the Motown Records release of ‘The Best of William Goldstein,’ now available worldwide. This SONAR 7 fan is credited with over 50 film and television projects. His scores include those of FAME, Guys and Dolls, The Miracle Worker, and Twilight Zone. Since 1975, Goldstein has composed music for numerous documentaries, mini-series, television specials, concert scores, and professes the arts of ‘Improvisation and the Creative Process’ in his own masterclass. He is also the founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California. With no sign of slowing down, Goldstein in currently working on two musicals in New York City as well as working on a variety of film projects. To hear the new album and learn more about the accomplished William Goldstein, visit http://www.williamgoldstein.com/.

Surefire Music Group: Producing Left Eye's 'Legacy'

Surefire Music Group of Boston, MA (U.S.) had the honor of producing th late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes’ posthumous album, Eye Legacy. Formerly of TLC, Lopes began working on her solo debut album, originally titled SuperNova, in 2001. In 2008, Koch Entertainment, the Lopes family and Mass Appeal Entertainment collectively decided to finish the project and named it ‘Eye Legacy’. Surefire Music Group composed nine songs on the project, which featured TLC’s T-Boz and Chile, Missy Elliot, Bobby Valentino, Chamillionaire, Lil Mama, Bone Crusher, Ryan Toby, and more. The album was released on January 27, 2009 and is now available on Itunes and at select music stores across the country. Read more about the project at http://www.lefteyelegacy.com/.

Christopher Ave: A Passion for Music & Media

A career journalist and lifelong musician, Christopher Ave tells stories with sound and text. He has united both his passions into a business, Music for Media Productions, in which he created a wide variety of custom music for web, video and commercial projects. He also writes and records original pop music and blogs about creating and using music in multimedia projects.

Christopher uses SONAR Producer Edition, Dimension Pro and Rapture in just about every project. He states, “With Cakewalk’s tools I have thousands of sounds at my fingertips, I really appreciate how much value they pack into their softsynths – and I wouldn’t dare record without SONAR.”

Christopher recently finished an original soundtrack for video. He’s currently scoring a photo slideshow for  a photographer and writing/recording an original song for a music video.

NAMM Show 2009: Blogged by Cakewalk

Day 5: Well that’s it. The NAMM show is a wrap. Today is Sunday and while it is the last day of the show, there is definitely an air about the place that says the show is finally over and foot traffic is much lighter than it has been the whole rest of the show.

At 5pm when they finally turned the lights down, you could hear a wave of exhibitors clapping and cheering. If I were to tell you it was a quick show, I would be lying. But it was definitely a good show and we were able to reach out to a lot of people with all of our products including our new USB hardware devices and of course, our baby: The SONAR V-Studio 700.

Everyone here did a wonderful, professional job this week and I know we’re all proud of what we’ve accomplished.

As I wrap this up, I look forward to touching down at home in Boston and sleeping in my own bed. Though as much as I don’t mind the 80 degree weather in January, I think it’s the nasty winters at home that really make you appreciate the nice weather when you get it. Although, we could be another 4-5 months off from weather like this at home.

C’est la vie, thanks for reading, oh and scroll down the page to see our videos from NAMM:

Enjoy!

Ian: Out

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