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Ze Drumz March 24, 2010

Posted by Roo Stercogburn in Uncategorized.
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I’ve spent most of today working on drumming. Having conquered Sonar’s routing I can now get the various VSTs sending different instruments to different outputs though I still consider the method for doing this unwieldy and not at all intuitive. This has been crucial for the drums. So most of the day has been spent revisiting the drums for Izto(Just One More). About 90% of the previous drumming has been ripped out. The replacement drumming is similar but ‘tidier’, for want of a better description. I’m rather pleased with the drum roll in the intro that hits the first verse. Pretty simple but effective.

So how do I get the output I want from Sonar? Well, its bonkers….

Typically when I add a soft synth, I only insert it into Sonar with one stereo output. If you let Sonar add an output for every potential output it gets messy fast. Something like Battery will creat I think 16 outputs and the interface gets cluttered.

I prefer to insert a soft synth with the aforementioned single stereo output and then add extra outputs as I need them. When it comes to this, Sonar is as friendly as a cornered rat with a machinegun and a grudge.

The trick is to clone the original output. Right-click the soft synth itself (not the midi track associated with it) and select ‘Clone’. However, Sonar can’t even get this right because if you look closely at the dialog box that comes up, it actually offers to clone the track after the one you want, not the one you have currently highlighted. So I click the track number back one, so that its properly selecting the current track I want to clone then hit Ok.

At this point I get a copy of the original output and can assign this new synth to secondary outputs from the soft synth. So for example, in Battery, it would be 3rd/4th Stereo Output gets assigned to it.

For the purposes of this excercise, Sidechaining and assigning tracks to busses are a complete red herring and not where we want to be. This is not immediately obvious from Sonar’s interface. I still think the interface designers did a pretty terrible job but once you figure it out you can get at the powerful features this product gives you.

One of the lovely advantages of this style of routing your sounds is that you can keep all the midi data on a single midi track and only have one piano roll to edit and makes in particular drum editing much more fluid.

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