Chapter 9, "Mixing in SONAR," is all about bringing it together. In this chapter you will learn how to set levels, create envelopes, apply equalization and effects, as well as combining all of these different elements to get a unified sound. Chapter 10, "Mastering in SONAR," looks at creating the finished product. Here you will see how to take a stereo mix and optimize it to create the end result.
Chapter 1, "Introduction - Beginning SONAR 8," is a brief introduction to the DVD and to the person - Jessica, who will be working with the author to show how to use SONAR. Chapter 2, "System Requirements," walks you through the requirements to run SONAR on your PC based computer. Here the author shows you how to determine if your system is ready to run the software and also explains how you should set up your system to be most efficient.
Chapter 3, "Hardware and Setup," then looks at the physical hardware that the author uses to record using SONAR. This includes an Echo Mona digital studio, a Central Station, USB MIDI interface, a Mackie mixing console, and a set of monitors (speakers). Chapter 4, "Setting Up Your Project," now shows you how to set up your project in SONAR. Here you will see how to interact with the interface as well as set things up so that your project is all ready to go. You will also learn about buffer size and latency issues that you need to be aware of.
Chapter 5, "Recording Audio," now looks at the more technical aspects of your project - the first being setting up the tempo, working with loops, and recording. This Section examines the various aspects of recording from both a audio keyboard and audio vocal recording including various types of punch-in recording and looping.
Chapter 6, "Editing Audio," examines the process of taking what you have recorded and putting it together into a quality take. This includes taking portions of multiple takes and combining them into a single track as well as other techniques to create a final file.
Chapter 7, "Recording MIDI," takes you through the process of recording and editing MIDI data. Here you will see how to set up your MIDI track, setting up a software synth, and recording the piano via the MIDI interface. Then you will see how you can fix bad notes and quantize your notes to adjust the timing.