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2. Getting started with Sonar Home Studio (continued)
7 To get our plugins in on the action, we need to go to Edit » Preferences and find the VST Settings on the left. Clicking that will open a window that allows us to see the VST Scan Path. We can select the path where we have our plugins. The plugins will automatically be rescanned, and will then show up in the Browser.
8 Now, looking into the Browser, we see that an Uncategorised folder has been added to our instruments. We can open it and find our plugins. Let’s drag one into the project. We’ve selected LinPlug’s Alpha CM. We’ll choose the preset called BAS-Res-TEG. If you’ve got a MIDI controller, you should be able to trigger some notes.
9 Let’s add an effects plugin. To do this, we can grab the right edge of the Instrument Track Strip we’ve just created and pull it to the right until the FX bin comes into view. We can now drag a plugin into the FX bin. Back in the plugins Browser, click the Audio FX button to reveal your plugins.
10 Let’s open the Delay folder, where we see the Sonitus Delay. We can then drag it into the FX bin we just revealed. Alternatively, we can drag it into the FX bin on the Channel Strip on the far left. As you’ll see, the Sonitus Delay is packed with parameters to tweak.
11 Recording in Sonar Home Studio is simple. We do it by clicking the red dot in the track we’d like to record. This arms the track for recording. Now we simply hit the Record button in the Transport up top. Here, we’ve recorded some MIDI notes alongside our drum loop.
12 Sonar Home Studio allows us to create Groove-Clips from our MIDI recordings, too. We can do this by selecting the clip and right-clicking it. Then we simply activate Groove-Clip Looping. Now we can drag the edges of our newly-groovy MIDI clip to extend it for as long as we like.