DropZone is a sampler included in Cakewalk Sonar


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Lets have a quick look at DropZone. It is included in Sonar and seems to be a useful tool. The purpose of this was an overview of the plugin but it might give you new ideas of how to make some…


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  1. frugihoyi said on May 30, 2010 7:32 pm:

    @dustypuppy I have the latest drivers and I’m using ASIO mode. Actually this soundcard is pretty annoying. For example when I turn on the computer, I can’t turn the soundcard on before Windows starts or it crashes. And it was a real pain to install. If I didn’t follow the directions exactly, the install process froze and it became impossible to install with it plugged into that particular USB input. That rendered two of my USB inputs useless to the M-Audio. But I have the Windows 7 64-bit drive.

  2. dustypuppy said on May 30, 2010 9:03 pm:

    @frugihoyi
    This sounds like a problem related to the OS πŸ™
    If you check the cakewalk forums you’ll find there’s still tons of people having unusual problems using Windows 7 for recording music !
    Actually do check out the forum – there are some super smart dudes on there – and its free to read and post questions !
    google cakewalk forum

  3. frugihoyi said on May 31, 2010 6:12 am:

    @dustypuppy Thanks I’ll check it out. But it turns out that Sonar only crashes when I try to load certain programs on DropZone, while others work fine.

  4. frugihoyi said on May 31, 2010 8:24 am:

    @dustypuppy I fixed it by changing some of the options on Jbridge.

  5. jog getto said on June 2, 2010 9:59 am:

    @frugihoyi My Cyclone sampler crashes Sonar. I’m thinking of upgrading my system to Dropzone, but I see you have the same problem.

  6. dustypuppy said on July 14, 2010 8:26 pm:

    @pdedecker Hi
    That sounds like a basic problem caused by the wrong driver mode. See my video called “Sonar First Time Setup” for more about driver modes.

  7. dustypuppy said on July 15, 2010 8:13 pm:

    @pdedecker
    ok sorry if that didn’t help. Be sure you have the latest drivers for your sound card. You should go to their website and see if theres a newer one than you are now using. Then try a test using a soft synth like the TTS-1. My video “Sonar Soft Syths – Basic Setup” would help if you need it.
    Also try sliding the LATENCY to safer and see if that helps – its in Options / Audio / General
    good luck

  8. dustypuppy said on October 27, 2010 9:33 pm:

    @advantaj3
    No . . .
    I think you mean can it take the piano or drums out of an already mixed song. No, it can’t do that.
    But you could take a loop from any piece of an existing song.

  9. dustypuppy said on November 28, 2010 10:28 pm:

    @LatinKorpz
    Hey πŸ™‚
    I can explain that quite easilly.
    If you set your input in Sonar for a MONO track (which is what I did) you only get one line representing that MONO track.
    If you set your input to record stereo you get the 2 lines representing the right and left channel of the stereo track.
    Good luck
    PS Things like vocals should be recorded in MONO – they can be panned later in the mix. Only reason for recording stereo is for example recording a stereo guitar effect or a stereo synth

  10. dustypuppy said on November 30, 2010 11:55 pm:

    @LatinKorpz
    Hi – no problem buddy πŸ™‚
    When you insert a track, you select AUDIO or MIDI – thats all.
    Once you have an audio track, go to its INPUT properties. You should be able to select (at least) 3 settings
    sound card left
    sound card right
    sound card stereo
    If you select right or left it will become a MONO wav file, selecting stereo makes it a stereo track.
    Since I use the delta 1010, I have many more choices in my INPUT properties.
    I hope this helps
    Dwight
    PS sorry no video

  11. dustypuppy said on April 11, 2011 11:46 am:

    @stevekimmdah
    Hi
    I’m sorry I don’t know much about this plug-in at all. If you shorthen the MIDI notes it might help, but likely you would need a more powerful sampler.
    Good luck

  12. Tezzar8 said on July 30, 2011 8:47 am:

    when i open the synth, all the notes play. but when i view it under piano view nothing plays at all. any help??

  13. dustypuppy said on July 30, 2011 12:39 pm:

    @antsn101 Have you set the MIDI track to be output to dropzone? Do you have a MIDI keyboard; and does it play from that?
    I expect none of your MIDI is working and that you have a problem with driver mode . This is simple to fix.
    Please see my video called “Sonar First Time Set Up” for more about driver modes.
    Good luck

  14. Tezzar8 said on August 1, 2011 9:30 pm:

    @dustypuppy thanks alot! πŸ˜€

  15. dustypuppy said on March 15, 2012 11:05 am:

    @xfatman223x
    Sorry, dropzone is not a separate program, so it is not available as an add on.
    It is included in most versions of Sonar, and is set up when you install the program.
    There are a lot more “plugins” (softsynths and audio fx etc) included in the larger versions of Sonar. You are missing out on a lot of those extra “bells and whistles” but you have basic functionality using the light version (sonar le)
    good luck

  16. eternalblackorgasm said on August 15, 2012 1:05 am:

    Hey I’m having trouble using DropZone as a drum machine with a MIDI keyboard. On the piano roll view I have my desired tempo set to 120 bpm, but when I try to test my progress by listening to the drums, it seems to be going very slow. Please help DustPuppy?

  17. eternalblackorgasm said on August 15, 2012 1:08 am:

    I’m using Sonar le 8.5 and I have DropZone. To open it, in track view, towards the center bottom right, click synth rack. Then there will be 4 boxes. Click the one with the + and down arrow. Hover over soft synths then DropZone should be on the bottom. Good luck1

  18. dustypuppy said on August 16, 2012 6:59 pm:

    in dropzone, do you have each drum sound separated into its own slice?
    If dropzone is playing a pattern of drums, it likely won’t line up with your tempo

  19. dustypuppy said on June 3, 2013 10:36 am:

    It sounds like you have a problem with driver mode . This is simple to fix.
    Please see my video called “Sonarο»Ώ First Time Set Up” for more about driver modes.
    Good luck

  20. dustypuppy said on June 14, 2013 11:01 am:

    No, you don’t NEED a keyboard.
    The fact that there is no sound when clicking in the piano roll indicates its still not working.
    Watch my video called “Sonar Soft Synths – Basic Setup”
    I hope that helps