Sonar 3 Mixing And Mastering Paperback – 8 Apr 2004
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The author is a well known and respected columnist in music magazines. He previously wrote many computer audio related books. He is also a performing musician and has much experience with studio production.
After doing some digging, I realised that Cakewalk now touts Sonar 3 to studio musicians. It is no longer catering to the live performance setting. One must therefore know who the intended audience of the software is, and why it has certain features and capabilities presented in a particular manner.
PROS or why I rate this book highly
* Great conversational style similar to tutoring / consulting
* Explains how the musician / producer / engineer needs to see the one project from different perspectives and how the do it all musician needs to approach using the software from each of these perspectives.
* Wealth of real world examples and situations explored
* Not a rehash of the user manual. Content is not limited to only software features but educates about issues surrounding studio production.
* Relates world class / top quality audio production goals to the features and capabilities of Sonar 3 and its included Plugins
* A bit pricey, but well worth it if you are serious about music production. Priced similarly to professional books on mixing and mastering audio.
It claims to "improve your arranging, mixing, and mastering skills" but in fact it is a mish mash of general advice for setting up a DAW (digital audio workstation), using Sonar even a section on backing up your projects, and some information on mixing and mastering. It's not until page 141 that the basics of mixing are introduced and there is very little detail on mixing. The two most important aspects equalization and compression are given very short sections. This lack of focus and lack of detail makes this a very poor book.
Added to this lack of detail the book is set in a large font and has huge margins, the top and outside 35mm and bottom 47mm making the book 50% bigger than it should be, many of the figures are a total waste of space.
You'll skim read through this in a couple hours and never pick it up again.
If you want to learn about Sonar buy a book like Sonar 3 Power! by Scott Garrigus. To learn about mixing something like The Mixing Engineer's Handbook.
This may be useful for a total beginner but I would not recommend it.
Thanks Craig! I really enjoying this book.
I wish I'd meet you someday.
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