Cakewalk Sonar Home Studio: Hardware Controller Tips
OBJECTIVE: Provide hands-on control for Sonar Home Studio using any Mackie Control-compatible device.
BACKGROUND: Various controllers can emulate the Mackie Control protocol, and many DAWs, including Sonar
Home Studio, recognize Mackie-compatible controllers. These controllers connect via MIDI, which may be physical
5-pin DIN connectors or USB over MIDI. Make these connections before proceeding; this example uses the
Behringer BCF2000 motorized fader box.
1. Go Options > MIDI Devices. Check the boxes
corresponding to the MIDI in/out ports that
connect to your controller, then click on “OK.”
2. Go Options > Controllers/Surfaces,
then click on the “Add New
3. From the pop-up menu, select
your supported control surface in
the Control Surface field (in this
case, Mackie Control).
4. Open the Input Port and Output
Port pop-up menus, then choose
the appropriate MIDI ports for
the controller that you selected
in Step 3.
5. Click on the Controller/Surface Settings
“OK” button, then the Controllers/Surfaces
“Close” button. Now you can control Sonar
Home Studio with your Mackie Control or
Mackie Control-compatible device.
· To set the BCF2000 to Mackie Control mode, with the BCF2000 powered off, hold down the fourth
button from the left in the top row of buttons (below the Val 1 knob), and power on the BCF2000. Keep
holding the button down until the display shows “MCSo.” If the display shows “EG” when you release the
button, press the BCF2000 “Exit” button.