Grouping is one of the most powerful tools you can use during both the tracking and mixing process, but SONAR X2 offers up Quick-Grouping as an alternative method for making quick adjustments to your levels.
Let’s say you have mic’d up a drum set and you have been working diligently on the balance. Without realizing it you are completely clipping your Master Bus, don’t worry this happens to the best of us. The first thing that comes to mind is making a group to correctly adjust all your levels at once. This involves assigning each parameter to a group and then eventually turning that group off and on again when you need to make small adjustments.
Instead of doing that, try the following Quick Groups feature:
Select all of your tracks using CTRL+A
This makes a temporary group of your selected tracks
Move 1 fader
The rest will follow suite and keep the fidelity of your balance
After adding effects to a folder (in the Cakewalk Plug-in Manager), you can also specify default presets for each effect. Right-click an effect in the folder and choose Properties.
In the Item Properties dialog box, choose a preset from the Default Preset menu.
Click OK. Now when you insert the effect into a project, it will automatically default to the preset you selected. See pages 12 to 15 in SONAR X2 Power! for more information about customizing plug-in menus.
The highly flexible, unique Blue Cat Audio plugins are now available at the Cakewalk Store. Find out how these critically-acclaimed plugins make comparing your audio tracks to reference material and to each other a breeze and how nearly any component—peaks, RMS, crest factor, even isolated frequency bands—can become a key signal for advanced sidechaining.
Blue Cat’s Analysis Pack
At first glance, the plugins in the Blue Cat Analysis Pack seems fairly self-explanatory: Blue Cat’s DP Meter Pro is a digital peak meter, Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Multi and Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Pro are spectrum analyzers, Blue Cat’s Oscilloscope Multi renders waveforms and Blue Cat’s StereoScope Multi and Blue Cat’s StereoScope Pro are stereo image visualizers. Their included histograms, 3D and 2D spectrograms, envelope graphs, XY and different views may be no surprise, either. However, what their names do not make clear is their capability to generate control data from the dynamics and spectra of your audio. Use them with a dynamics processor to get nearly infinite sidechaining possibilities.
SONAR X2 Producer’s versatile drum production tools allow you to get creative with your sound. Want to push the limits of EDM or get that mid-90’s industrial vibe from your tracks? Check out this Quick Tip on how to process your drums utilizing the stock ProChannel effects and Session Drummer’s Tune Parameters.
On your Session Drumer track, load PC76 – U-Type Compressor
Set Input to 18db
Attack 0.5-1.0 ms
Fast Release 500 ms
Ratio set to Infinite or “All Buttons in Mode”
Set Output so that you are not overloading
Activate Console Emulator for more saturation
Activate the Softube Saturation Knob set this to 2-3 o’clock and set the type of saturation to “Keep Low”
Activate Breverb Prochannel. Set the parameters to a rather short Room Reverb
Drums are now over-saturated and over-compressed
Now that you have the basic foundation for a distorted/saturated/pumpy/electronic drum sound lets Mangle it.
Activate Write Automation on the Session Drummer Track in the Track View
Open the interface for Session Drummer and go to the Mixer View
Activate the Write Automation within the Session Drummer VST Plugin
Play the track and move the “Tune” knob (with your mouse or your MIDI controller) for the High Hat in rhythm to create tuning aliasing. This will be labelled “Tune 03” in your automation.
Once this is done minimize the interface for Session Drummer
Within the Track Pane using the Edit Filter go to Automation > Session Drummer x64 1 > Tune 01 (Kick Drum Tune Knob)
Select the Draw Tool and draw in some nodes that closely match the same curves and structure as the automation we just laid down.
Open the Automation Lanes to see the automation data side by side
Deactivate the Write Enable buttons just incase you are no longer going to automate any more parameters
As you do this feel free to adjust your compression, saturation, tuning, tempo, and automation to fully customize