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Sonar X2 Power!: Comprehensive Guide [Paperback]

Scott R. Garrigus
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12 April 2013
The leading reference to Cakewalk's powerful digital audio workstation, "Sonar X2 Power!" is an all-new edition of this popular guide, offering top-to-bottom detailed coverage of the Sonar X2 software. The book's comprehensive treatment begins with the basics and takes you from setup to final mix with clear, step-by-step instructions and exercises. If you're a new user, you'll start at the beginning and learn everything you need to know to use Sonar for recording, editing, producing, mixing, and sharing your music with the world. If you're already a Sonar user, you'll learn the details about all the exciting new features in Sonar X2 - and you'll sharpen your workflow and improve your music-making. "Sonar X2 Power!" is the most complete guide to Sonar X2 available, covering everything from working with Sonar files and navigating projects to advanced editing, surround sound, automation, and much more. No matter what genre you're working in, or what part of the music/audio world you call home, you will benefit from the book's clear guidance and the wealth of production tips and shortcuts. Build and strengthen your Sonar expertise with "Sonar X2 Power!"

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  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning (12 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1285198948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1285198941
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 21.6 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction. 1. Presenting SONAR X2. 2. Customizing SONAR for Your Workflow. 3. Working with SONAR Project Files. 4. Navigating Projects and the Workspace. 5. Recording Music and Sound with SONAR. 6. Editing and Processing Basics. 7. Advanced Editing Features. 8. Playing with Software Synthesizers. 9. Composing with Loops and Making Beats. 10. Arranging the Music Mix. 11. Exploring Effects Plug-Ins. 12. Automation and Control Surfaces. 13. Exporting and Putting Your Project on CD. 14. Surround Sound with SONAR. 15. Standard Music Notation via the Staff View. 16. Studio Control with Studioware and SysEx. 17. The Cakewalk Application Language (CAL). Appendix A: Properly Storing Your Project Files. Appendix B: Audio for Video with SONAR.

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Scott R. Garrigus ( has been involved with music and computers since he was twelve years old. He earned a B.A. in music performance with an emphasis in sound recording technology at UMass, Lowell. In 1993, he released his first instrumental album on cassette, Pieces of Imagination. In 1995, he began his professional writing career when his first article appeared in Electronic Musician magazine. In 2000, he authored his first book, Cakewalk Power!, which was the first book to deal exclusively with the Cakewalk Pro Audio, Guitar Studio, and Home Studio software applications. Since then, Scott has written a number of other books, including Sound Forge Power!, SONAR Power!, SONAR 2 Power!, Sound Forge 6 Power!, SONAR 3 Power!, SONAR 4 Power!, SONAR 5 Power!, Sound Forge 8 Power!: The Official Guide, SONAR 8 Power! and SONAR X1 Power! Today, Garrigus continues to contribute articles to a number of print and online publications. He also publishes his own music technology e-zine, called DigiFreq (, which provides free news, reviews, tips, and techniques for music technology and home recording users.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, useful addition to the manual 6 July 2013
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I recently purchased Sonar X2 as a download, so was faced with getting to grips with the software using an electronic manual. I was pleased to see this book was available, written by a knowledgeable author. The book is also on the Cakewalk store; its a pity that Cakewalk don't offer printed versions of their manuals at a reasonable price
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Power to you! 19 April 2013
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I ordered this book back in January and it has only just become available in the UK.
This book (and previous incarnations) has had excellent reviews from people in the music production business whose opinions I have come to trust and I have been looking forward to its arrival.
I have been using the Sonar X2 Producer DAW for nearly 6 months now and as a newbie to digital recording I found the 1900+ page PDF manual difficult to get on with, especially as I hate reading manuals 'on the screen'. Although I can use the program, I don't feel that I have come as far as I would have liked in this time and this is mainly due to that manual, which is comprehensive but very 'dry'.
Well, after a long wait it arrived this morning and I have spent most of the day (between my chores etc) dipping in and out and skimming through the chapters. My initial impression is that this book is eminently 'readable' as well as being ideal for dipping in and getting the answer to a specific issue. The detailed and comprehensive index makes this a pleasant experience; a breath of fresh air compared to the manual.
The size of the pages (A4) and the style of Scott's writing, along with the text boxes giving snippets of information which expand on a topic or giving a tip or shortcut, make a pleasant change to the usual dreary style of similar books. Sonar X2 is a complicated piece of software and, although I have only skimmed the book so far, I believe I can say that this is the sort of book you could easily read from cover to cover or dip in and out as the need arises. Although this book only runs to 448 pages, compared to the manuals 1956, Scott has concentrated on all the things you 'need to know' to get the most from the software.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My GOTO bible for all things SONAR X2 23 Jun 2013
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Scott Garrigus is to be commended for writing this book. Topics are handled clearly and logically.I cannot praise this book highly enough. It is placed in my studio where it is close to hand.If you run SONAR X2 do yourself a favour and get hold of this book. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear easy book to use 12 Jun 2013
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Once again Scott has written a book ythat is an essential companion to the Sonar X2. Having used Sonar Producer for years as a hobyist musician, I do not use the program enough to b fully proficient, so I use this book to dive in and out of to use new tools / techniques or to remind me of how I did something previously. Its like haveing aexpert at the desk next to you ta ask questions to and remind you of how to do something with Sonar.
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