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Getting Started With MultiTracks in SONAR

This tutorial will show you step-by-step how to get started using multitrack drum loops in SONAR.

In SONAR select File > New to create a new project file.

In the New Project File dialog box enter a Name, Location, Audio Path. Then select the Blank (no tracks or buses) template and click OK.

SONAR New Project File Dialog Box

Open the Loop Explorer View by clicking the icon on the toolbar or by selecting Views > Loop Explorer (Alt+1)

For best results view the Loop Explorer View in Details mode and sort by Name.

Select a group of matching individual tracks – (HATS, KICK, OH, SNARE, & TOMS) – by using the Ctrl or Shift keys when clicking in the Loop Explorer View. To clear a group selection click on 1 file without using the Ctrl or Shift keys. For more information on selecting and previewing multiple files in the Loop Explorer view please see the MultiTrack Loop Preview in SONAR’s Loop Explorer View tutorial.

SONAR Loop Explorer View

Drag the loops from the Loop Explorer View to the Track view at measure 1.

New tracks will be created for each loop.

SONAR Track view

Double-click in the track name field for each track and rename them to HATS, KICK, OH, SNARE, and TOMS.

Rename SONAR Tracks

Select another group of matching individual track loops by using the Ctrl or Shift keys when clicking in the Loop Explorer View. To clear a group selection click on 1 file without using the Ctrl or Shift keys.

Drag the new group of loops to the Track View at the end of the previous loops. The new loops will be added to the matching tracks so all Hats will be on the same track, all Kicks on the same track, and so on.

Loop Explorer View

Continue building your tracks in the same manner, making sure all the individual loops stay on their intended tracks (Hats, Kick, etc.). Once finished adding the loops, you now have total control over the mix of your drums. You can change the volume of individual tracks, add reverb to just the snare, EQ just the Overheads, etc, etc.

Related Information

SL MultiTracks

MultiTrack Loop Preview in SONAR’s Loop Explorer View

ACID Loops

Loops & Sample Tips and Tutorials