Cakewalk Sonar X1
Simplify track processing with FX chains
OBJECTIVE: Create “virtual racks” of effects plug-ins, called FX Chains, so you can save and load groups
BACKGROUND: Sonar allows for creating track presets, which can contain multiple pre-loaded effects. However,
until Sonar X1 introduced FX chains, you couldn’t save or load the combination of effects themselves separately
from the track.
1 Go View > Browser, click on the Plug-Ins tab,
then click on the Audio FX button.
2 Decide on the effects
you want in the FX
chain, then drag them
from the Browser into
a track effects bin.
3 Right-click anywhere in the
effects bin (including on an
effect), then select “Save FX
4 After naming the effects chain, save it
into the FX Chain Presets folder.
5 To load the FX Chain
Preset into a different
track, right-click in the
track’s FX bin and select
“Load FX Chain Preset.”
6 The FX Chain Preset loads as a single
entity, but to extract the individual effects,
right-click on the effects bin and select
“Extract FX Chain Plugins.”
• Step 3: It’s not necessary to save to create a chain; you can create a chain temporarily by selecting
“Convert Bin to FX Chain” instead of “Save FX Chain Preset.”
• Step 6: When you recall an FX Chain, the effects parameter values are the same as when you saved