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2. Getting started with Sonar Home Studio
1 When you open Cakewalk Sonar Home Studio, you’ll be met with a Start Page offering options to load recent projects, create a new one, or watch some tutorials. You can also choose any of the templates displayed in the splash screen. You’ll also be alerted about any updates or other information you might need to know about.
2 We’re going to choose the Basic template. We’ll be given the option to name it. We’ll give ours the catchy name of CMSHS. You can choose your BPM, meter, sample rate and the path for both the project itself and any audio files that might be associated with the project. We’re going to leave it at default settings.
3 Now you’ll see Sonar Home Studio’s main section in all its glory. If you’re familiar with DAWs, it has a typical layout, with a channel strip at the left and a browser on the right. Most of the action takes place in the centre area, where there’s already an empty track ready.
4 If you look to the browser area, you’ll see that the Media tab is selected. It currently displays folders for Backing Tracks, FX, and Loops. Let’s open the Loops folder. Inside there are subfolders for various instrument types. We’ll open the Drums folder, find the file 128 Refined – EDM and drag it onto our track.
5 This is a pre-looped file and will automatically match our tempo. Sonar can do this with any loop you like. Cakewalk calls it Groove-Clip Looping. If you grab the right edge of the clip and drag to the right, you can extend the loop out for as many bars as you like.
6 Let’s click the Browser’s Plugins tab to reveal our installed plugins. Sonar Home Studio can host instruments, audio effects, MIDI effects, and ReWire. Click the Instruments button beneath the tabs. Alas, there’s not much here, excepting the TTS-1 General MIDI ROMpler. We need to tell Sonar where our plugins are.