How to Record Audio in Sonar

This article explains how to record audio into SONAR 8, on a PC.

Steps

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    Open SONAR.
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    Select "new", either by clicking the "New" button on the top left corner, as shown in View A or by selecting "File==>New" as in View B.
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    Type in a name.
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    Now select the template you want your new project to be based on. For starters, let's choose Blank and click "OK".
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    Right click on the blank strip on the left hand side of the screen and choose "new audio track".
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    Now click on the tiny square to the right of the track to maximize it.
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    Now, select your input.
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    Next, select your output.
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    Now, to check if your setup is working, click on the input echo button. Be careful, if your output is a setup of speakers, then your microphone might provide feedback. This could lead to damage of the computer's and/or microphone's hardware.
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    Once you have determined your input level, you can start recording. Note: Your input should be the highest volume possible without clipping. Clipping is the event of the input signal being so loud as being unable to be represented as a binary number. So, generally, your input should lie between -12 to -8 dB.
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    Arm the track for record.
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    Hit record.
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    Hit stop when you're finished.
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    Advanced users can add desired plugins to the final mix so that it can be mastered.

Tips

Warnings

  • Be wary of any chances of feedback. This could damage hardware (and ears!)
  • If you're using loud amplifiers, or plan on recording drums, make sure you aren't being so loud as to disturb the people around you (like your neighbors).

Article Info

Categories: Audio | Home Audio