Sonar aux sends and busses

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by jdier, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. jdier

    jdier Active Member

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    I have read the manual and also read sonar 2 power, but for the next two weeks I am away from my DAW and my books.

    Here is what I am trying to do:

    I would like to take three mono audio tracks (snare, kick and bass guitar) and send them to one of the compression plugs and smash the crud out of them. I would then like to ease that supercompressed sound in behind the original tracks.

    I really want all of the original tracks to remain in tact, and just bring the compressed signal up or down as a group behind the original tracks.

    So I figure I could do it by duping all the tracks, but I think there should be a more elegant way.

    Take it slow, I'm not all that bright. I have NO external gear so I have to do it all in Sonar.

    Thanks in advance.

    Jim
     
  2. falkon2

    falkon2 Well-Known Member

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    Mar 17, 2003
    Easy...

    Make sure your project has at least one Aux send and two main buses.

    Make all three mono tracks go to Main A (Via I/O tab): this is your clean sound. You can adjust the volume levels with Volume or Gain. (As far as I can tell, both seem to affect the aux send levels anyway - only difference is Gain doesn't have an envelope for automation while Volume does)

    Activate Aux 1 send on the FX tab for all three tracks. You can adjust the send levels as well. (Or even use volume and aux-send envelopes to automate direct and aux levels)

    Put a compressor on Aux 1, and in the I/O tab for Aux 1, send the output to Main B

    There you have it - Main A is your dry track, and Main B is your compressed track.


    Feel free to get back to me if you need visual aids or other help. ;)
     
  3. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

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    Falkon2

    You rock dude! Thanks!

    Opus :D
     

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