Cakewalk Sonar 8: Consolidate important soft synth controls - EMusician

Cakewalk Sonar 8: Consolidate important soft synth controls

OBJECTIVE: Encourage realtime tweaking of synth parameters by collecting them in a common view.BACKGROUND: The Synth Rack view lets you duplicate various synth controls at the synth rack itself, so you can bring the most tweakable and important synth parameters to a common location. You can then edit the sounds or create automation moves by changing the control positions, or bind the controls to a hardware controller. We’ll assume your project contains soft synths, and the Synth Rack view is open.
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STEPS

1. Click on the “Assign Controls” button; this calls up the instrument’s GUI.

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2. Move the parameters you want to assign as controls. You can’t just click on a parameter; you need to alter it from the existing setting. The order in which you move the controls is important, as the controls will be assigned from left to right along the bottom of the instrument’s rack, based on that order.

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3. After moving the controls you want to add to the Synth Rack, click again on the “Assign Controls” button.

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4. A dialog box opens that says “X Parameters were touched during Learn. Are you sure you want to assign these controls?” (X is the number of parameters you moved). Click on “Yes.”

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5. Click on “Show/Hide Assigned Controls,” and the parameters you selected appear as controls along the bottom of the instrument in the rack.

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6. To bind a control to a hardware MIDI controller, right-click on it, select “Remote Control,” then enter (or “Learn”) the controller number. Click on “OK” to finish.

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TIPS

-As you move controls in the synth rack, the corresponding controls will move on the instrument’s GUI.
-If you assign particular controls to a synth, Sonar can remember them—even in a different project, or if you’ve closed and re-opened Sonar. To do this, when the Insert Soft Synth Options dialog box appears upon inserting a soft synth, check the “Recall Assignable Controls” box.