Cakewalk Sonar 7: Step Sequencing A Drum Track

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There are really no frills attached to the straightforward step sequencer in Cakewalk SONAR 7. Bill Holland examines the elegantly simple step sequencer by injecting it with 50 CCs of beat…

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  1. LucidLife said on April 6, 2009 5:32 am:

    pharell uses fl

  2. Bhodisatvas said on May 12, 2009 4:13 am:

    not trying to dis sonar but 5 minutes to make a bland house beat? You can do that in reason in about 60 seconds or using the rex about 5 seconds to load a loop. Never used sonar and looking at it I’ll stick with reason and cubase..each to their own though.

  3. Jayesfoo said on August 2, 2009 7:13 am:

    do you have reason?

  4. Christian Culliton said on September 28, 2009 12:04 am:

    is battery good for rock / metal?

  5. 308beatZ said on October 11, 2009 4:01 am:

    uhhh i got fl studio 8 (my fav) reason 4 (middle lol) and cakewalk (just got it so idk if its the best) but reason is pretty good but my only thing i dont like about it is, that i have a touch sensetive midi keyboard and if i hit my keys a lil bit the volume is low if i give it a lil hit then its louder, if u would know how to fix that i would thank u so much thanks

  6. Bhodisatvas said on October 11, 2009 10:02 am:

    You should easily be able to do it in the ‘tool window/note velocity’ or you can go to the propellerheads site and get the ‘control surfaces’ pdf for your specific keyboard.

  7. 308beatZ said on October 11, 2009 2:45 pm:

    ya i found the note velocity but it wasnt what i was looking for like in fl studio u can change the “link note to velocity” and all the notes play at an equal sound level, and thats what im trying to find in reason 4 but its hard ….i might just have to give up reason if i cant find it and stay with fl studio

  8. djlobb said on February 13, 2010 3:26 am:

    You could drop iTunes music in there ONLY if it isn’t bought from the store because Apple have this gay thing called FairPlay or what i call FairGay. There is software to convert these to normal MP3s or unprotected AACs etc.

  9. Hammy135 said on July 25, 2010 1:25 pm:

    Hi, how do i transfer my step sq pattern into my main track? I also want to set pattern changes through out the song. If i make changes it applys to the first bar again rather than the second, third and so on.

  10. BROADTRAIN1979 said on August 6, 2010 8:17 pm:

    Ive tried using step sequencer today, tried endlessly, to get sound out of it using midi tracks, but no joy I will try again tomorrow??

  11. Leos Toltoy said on August 12, 2010 12:45 am:

    @EivanRM When you say add music from iTunes, if you mean can you insert (sample) clips from other music into your song, yes Sonar is excellent for sampling. You can use it to make an entire song from samples. You need a different program to cut .wav files from your source. But the concept behind iTunes is that you pay money to buy a lesser format that you can only use the way they want you to. Pay more, get less. Better to rip tracks from a CD or download mp3s from somewhere other than iTunes.

  12. realjuvelive said on August 18, 2010 3:34 pm:

    Cakewalk sonar ? what do they use that for ?

  13. David Appleyard said on January 27, 2011 3:39 pm:

    @DJIsaac323 FL is a toy compared to sonar, which a serious production prog for musicians not really for DJ`s who play with loops

  14. Dalton Dirkson said on February 23, 2011 3:06 am:

    I’m looking at creating heavy metal type tracks with this software, so do you think that a double-bass kick drum sound is achievable? Thanks for any help you can offer.

  15. MR.dmz said on March 15, 2011 3:26 pm:

    Learned alot! thnx man

  16. Ricky Anthony said on April 4, 2011 3:57 pm:

    @gearwire Hey thanks for the video. Session drummer is what I use. I extended a short pattern throught the song by clicking and dragging on the clip in sonar (Step sequencer was used) I can’t move or delete portions of the clip? It gets selected but functions like cut and copy and delete are grayed out. This happenes only for SD. Other midis and vsts are fine. Any help?

  17. terafrma said on August 13, 2011 5:12 am:

    @gearwire then you should have said that

  18. 13jaw13 said on March 28, 2012 10:30 pm:

    Hey there, cool video – the only problem I had was that when I went to play the sequence, it only played the first beat, then was silent. It looks like that audio is there, as the bar on that midi track moves, but I cannot hear anything, any idea what that could be? Thanks very much!

  19. Jethro Bonjansen said on April 12, 2012 2:07 am:

    I’m new to making my own tracks. This seems like a great program to learn. I’m currently using sony ACID pro 6 and a vanguard plug in.

  20. norchaaa said on May 13, 2012 8:27 am:

    bit too late but in this cakewalk is SP-606?