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SONAR 7 Trial

(Windows XP, Windows Vista)


README.RTF Copyright 2007 Twelve Tone Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Cakewalk is a registered trademark, and SONAR is a trademark of Twelve Tone Systems, Inc. This file contains supplemental information on SONAR, Version 7 (Trial). It was prepared on September 25, 2007.

Contents
SONAR 7 Trial Restrictions....................................... Top Issues in SONAR 7............................................ User Account Control and SONAR installer.............................................................................. Disable Anti-Virus/Spyware Software........................................................................................ Backwards Compatibility............................................................................................................ Audio Performance Issues................................................................................................................ Improving Recording Performance............................................................................................. Canceling Changes Made to Real-time Plug-ins........................................................................ DXis & Look-ahead Processing at High Latencies................................................................... Realtime Bounce and Multiprocessing (UAD-1 Issue).............................................................. Realtime Preroll.......................................................................................................................... External Inserts and WDM Drivers............................................................................................. External Insert Delay Offset........................................................................................................ MIDI Prepare Buffer Size and Automation................................................................................ Control Surface Refresh Rate...................................................................................................... General............................................................................................................................................... Windows Media Video (WMV) Profiles.................................................................................... External DV Output (IEEE 1394/Firewire)................................................................................ Cakewalk External Encoder Config Utility................................................................................ AudioSnap Palette Auto Load..................................................................................................... Alpha-blended Bars on Slip-stretched Clips............................................................................... Reset All Selected AudioSnap Transient Markers...................................................................... Scrubbing Audio at Unity Gain................................................................................................... Time/Pitch Stretch Plug-in Does Not Work With Groove Clips................................................ Time/Pitch Stretch Plug-in Does Not Affect Clip Length.......................................................... Toolbar Background Gradient..................................................................................................... Console View Auto-Resizing...................................................................................................... Track View Control Size and Layout.......................................................................................... Clip Name Transparency............................................................................................................. MIDI Note Velocity Colorization............................................................................................... Zero Controllers When Play Stops Is Not Applied When Freezing Synths............................. SONAR and Screen Readers for Vision Impaired Users............................................................

Upgrading to SONAR from an Earlier Version of a Cakewalk Product.................................... Old Color Settings Are Not Migrated When Upgrading To SONAR 7..................................... Known Issues..................................................................................................................................... HLP Files Cannot be Opened in Windows Vista........................................................................ Plug-in Windows Flicker or dont Display Properly.................................................................. X-Ray Windows Not Compatible With Some Plug-ins.............................................................. Using Mono VST Plug-ins on Stereo Tracks May Cause Out of Sync Audio........................... QuickTime Issues........................................................................................................................ Audio Metronome Issues............................................................................................................ Enabling Mono on a Bus/Main Will Affect Upstream Meters................................................... Mono Audio Clips May be Increased by 3dB in Certain Scenarios........................................... Adding MIDI Device May Break Control Surface Support and MIDI Key Bindings............... ReWire Tracks Silent When Using Metronome Record Count-in.............................................. Running Reason with SONAR on Vista..................................................................................... MP3 Files With 256K Bit Rate May Not Play in SONAR 7...................................................... Using Cakewalk Kinetic Groove Synth in SONAR 7................................................................ Importing MPEG 2 Files in SONAR 7....................................................................................... Successive Snapshots Do Not Update Envelope Node Values................................................... Potential Pops When Using Surround Automation (SONAR Producer Edition Only)............ Mono Plug-ins on Surround Buses (SONAR Producer Edition Only)....................................... Staff View Font May Require Reboot After SONAR is Installed.............................................. Exporting Audio with Waves Plug-ins and Multiprocessing Engine......................................... Digidesign Mbox and Multiprocessing Engine........................................................................... Digidesign Digi 002 and Multiprocessing Engine...................................................................... Mono UAD-1/TC PowerCore Plug-ins Do Not Sum Audio on Stereo Tracks.......................... UAD-1 Error When 64-bit Double Precision Engine Enabled................................................ CPU Munching When Using UAD-1......................................................................................... M-Audio Midisport 8x8 Compatibility....................................................................................... M-Audio Delta 1010 Distortion With 5.8ms Latency................................................................ Frontier/Tascam ASIO Drivers................................................................................................... Frontier Design TranzPort Issues................................................................................................ E-MU 1820 Compatibility.......................................................................................................... SONAR Only Supports GigaStudio Sample Rate When Using WDM Drivers......................... Can't Print if Staff View is Floating............................................................................................ RIFF/MID Will Not Launch SONAR When Double-clicked..................................................... AutoTune 4 (Graphic Mode) as Clip Effect................................................................................ MIDI Note Will Continue to Play If Now Time is Moved......................................................... Arpeggiator MFX With Low Rate May Affect Playback........................................................... Standard AVI Audio Codecs Do Not Support Multichannel Audio........................................... No MTC Sync within 1 Minute of Midnight Roll-over.............................................................. Dual Video Monitors Set to Different Color Bit Depths May Affect Performance................... Video Pauses on Playback When Using Creative ASIO Driver.................................................

SONAR 7 Trial Restrictions


This is a trial version of SONAR 7, which maintains the following restrictions:

It is fully functional for 30 days It must be registered within the initial 15 day grace period. Included plug-ins are trial versions of the Sonitus effect suite, Cakewalk MFX suite, and

PSYN II. These plug-ins are locked to the SONAR 7 trial. All other advertised effects and instruments plug-ins are excluded from this trial. Many of these plug-ins can be auditioned via sound players and videos from the Cakewalk web site: http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/SONAR

Top Issues in SONAR 7


User Account Control and SONAR installer
To install SONAR in Windows XP Professional and Home Edition or Windows Vista, you must be logged in as a user with administrative privileges. Once you have installed the product you may then log in as a standard user and use the application without administrative privileges (you may also choose to log in as the same user that installed the application if you prefer). Please refer to the notes on User Account Control elsewhere for more information on running SONAR from multiple user accounts on the same computer. At the time of this writing, the only SONAR component that requires administrative privileges, is the Pentagon I synth. When using Windows Vista, you must choose "Run as Administrator" when launching SONAR in order to use Pentagon I.

Disable Anti-Virus/Spyware Software


Please disable any anti-virus or spyware software before installing SONAR. Utilities such as Spyware Doctor have been known to interfere with the SONAR installation. Such utilities need not be uninstalled or removed from your system, only temporarily disabled.

Backwards Compatibility
SONAR 7 can load projects from any previous versions of SONAR, but projects that are saved in SONAR 7 cannot be re-opened in SONAR 1.x or SONAR 2.x. In case you need to open a preSONAR 7 project in an earlier version of SONAR, it is recommended that you always create a backup copy of the original project before you re-save the project in SONAR 7. Project files saved in SONAR 7 will not open in SONAR 4 if they reference or include any of the following types of data or information:

32-bit and 64-bit audio clips, including clips and tracks that have been frozen or rendered as 32-bit or 64-bit data.

Audio clips that are not all of the same bit depth

Project files saved in SONAR 7 will not open in SONAR 5 if they reference 64-bit audio clips. SONAR 7 project files may contain new features that will be missing if opened in SONAR 5 and earlier, including:

ACT current context All AudioSnap data Automation Read Enable States Clip lock properties Preserve mix between gang members setting Synth Rack Assignable Controls Synth Rack Automation

SONAR 7 project files may contain new features that will be missing if opened in SONAR 4, including:

Clip effects and clip automation o Effects are removed o Automation envelopes are orphaned Groups o SONAR 7 groups are preserved but will not be completely functional in SONAR 4 o Controls may be removed from groups o Groups cant be added to or changed o Group names will be truncated. o SONAR 4 may add extra groups to the project.

Re-saving a SONAR 7 project file in an older version may permanently remove the project data described above.

Audio Performance Issues


The following issues concern improving and troubleshooting audio performance in SONAR.

Improving Recording Performance


EnableCacheWriteThru=<0 or 1>, default = 1 This AUD.INI variable enables disk write thru caching, on by default. When write thru caching is on, data recorded to wave files is written to the hard disk immediately, circumventing the hardware disk cache. Having write thru caching off can be more efficient for disk I/O but can result in data loss if your system crashes.

Canceling Changes Made to Real-time Plug-ins


EnablePluginCancelButton=<0 or 1>, default = 0

In SONAR 4.0.2 and earlier, opening the property page of a VST plug-in during playback could result in a slight disruption in playback. The cause for this problem has its roots in the little "Cancel" button that sits in the top right corner of the plug-in's property page. The purpose of this button is to allow the user to cancel out of any changes they might have made to the plug-in, restoring back to whatever state the plug-in was in before they opened the GUI window. To make this work, SONAR would need to take an initial snapshot of the plug-in's state, and some plug-ins with large amounts of preset data could cause an audio hiccup if the data was captured for the Cancel button. To address this issue, SONAR 4.0.3 (and later) does not take a snapshot of the plug-in's state by default, and the Cancel button is not available. There is a new CAKEWALK.INI variable to bring back the Cancel button if desired, but be aware that this may also result in hiccups when opening VST plug-ins during playback. This variable should be set in the [WinCake] section. For example: [WinCake] EnablePluginCancelButton=1

DXis & Look-ahead Processing at High Latencies


Some plug-ins, such as the Sonitus:fx Multiband and other dynamics processors, use a look-ahead buffer mechanism, which results in a short delay being introduced to the output signal when the plug-in is used in real-time. SONARs automatic delay compensation (ADC) takes care of any delays, but you may experience some anomalies when using such a plug-in to process the output of a DXiespecially if SONAR is configured to use a high mixing latency. The symptoms include audio that appears to drop out, and/or missed notes (from the MIDI track that is assigned to the DXi). Again, this is more prone to occur with higher latency settings. This may happen if SONAR doesnt pump ahead enough MIDI data to compensate for ADC. To fix this problem, go to Options > Global > MIDI and increase the Prepare Using [n] Millisecond Buffers value.

Realtime Bounce and Multiprocessing (UAD-1 Issue)


AllowOfflineRenderMixThreads=<0 or 1>, default = 1 Set this variable to 0 to temporarily disable multi-threaded mixing during a fast bounce operation. A value of 1 (default) allows multiprocessing during fast bounce when multiprocessing is enabled in SONAR. This variable can be used to improve compatibility with the UAD-1 v4.7.1 driver running in SONAR compatibility mode. This variable is required because this UAD driver is not compatible with multiprocessing in SONARs fast bounce mode.

If you hear clicks in the rendered audio while running with multiprocessing, you should set this variable to 0, under the [Wave] section of AUD.INI. This variable is only applicable on multiprocessor capable PC's when multiprocessing is enabled in Options | Audio | Advanced. For example: [Wave] AllowOfflineRenderMixThreads=0

Realtime Preroll
RealtimePreroll=<0 or 1>, default = 0 SONAR 6.2 introduced a new 'RealtimePreroll' AUD.INI variable. The default value is 0, meaning preroll buffers are pumped as fast as possible. Setting the value to 1 pumps preroll audio buffers in realtime instead of as fast as possible. Prerolling in realtime may improve buffering and CPU load when using hardware DSP solutions such as the Universal Audio UAD-1 or Focusrite Liquid Mix. This variable should be set in the [Aud] section in AUD.INI. For example: [Aud] RealtimePreroll=1

External Inserts and WDM Drivers


WaveInBuffers=<2 - 8>, default = 8 In WDM mode when you use an external insert plugin alongside the original dry signal, you might notice a flanging or flamming effect. To minimize this effect, we recommend that you set the WaveInBuffers AUD.INI variable to 2. Note that setting this value to 2 might have an adverse effect with certain audio hardware, causing recording to drop out. If this occurs please reset the value to 8 and try using ASIO drivers if your hardware has ASIO support. Also note that this variable only applies when using WDM drivers; ASIO performance is unaffected by this setting. To set this variable to 2, please add/modify the following line to the [Aud] section of AUD.INI: [Aud] WaveInBuffers=2

External Insert Delay Offset


The Delay Offset controls in the External Insert increase or decrease the number of Samples of delay compensation. The ++ and buttons increase or decrease the delay compensation by

10 Samples. The + and - buttons increase or decrease the delay compensation by 1 sample. Clicking the center button allows a numeric entry. The number of samples in the offset is saved as part of the presets.

MIDI Prepare Buffer Size and Automation


If your project contains several track/clip automation envelopes, setting your MIDI playback buffer size too low (in Options > Global > MIDI) can cause audio to crackle if your audio latency is also set very low. This problem will be somewhat worse if you enable multiprocessing in the audio engine. To minimize or eliminate these crackles, please be sure to keep your MIDI playback buffers at or above the default setting of 500 msec.

Control Surface Refresh Rate


Control surfaces are refreshed by posting a windows message every 75 milliseconds. CtrlSurfaceRefreshMS=<50 5000> (default=75) You may wish to increase the value of this CAKEWALK.INI variable if you are experiencing sluggish UI responsiveness when using a control surface and playing back high CPU projects. Also, if you are using a control surface that is not bi-directional, the surface does not need to be refreshed at all and you can safely increase the value. This variable should be set in the [Wincake] section. For example: [Wincake] CtrlSurfaceRefreshMS=75

General
The following topics cover general issues in SONAR.

Windows Media Video (WMV) Profiles


SONAR 7 includes several profiles for exporting WMV files. You can author your own WMV profiles if you wish to use specific settings. To do so, you need to download and install the Windows Media Profile Editor, which is included with the Windows Media Encoder 9 Series. Download from here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download In Select Download: choose "Windows Media Encoder" In Select Version: choose 9 Series The setup program will install the Windows Media Profile Editor utility.

If you author your own profiles (.PRX files), they must be placed in the \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Cakewalk\SONAR 7 Producer Edition\WMV Profiles directory in order to be available in SONAR. Note: if you use SONAR Studio Edition, substitute Producer with Studio.

External DV Output (IEEE 1394/Firewire)


SONAR relies on the Microsoft AV/C drivers to communicate with DV devices that are connected to a IEEE 1394 Firewire bus on your computer, in order to control and preview video to digital video devices. If another software application overwrites or disables these drivers, the Preview to Firewire and Print to Tape feature may not function correctly. If you are going to install a software application that uses DV devices connected to the IEEE 1394 Firewire bus, please check with the software vendor about DV device drivers it may install. Also, please check with the manufacturer of your DV device for AV/C-compliance information. The following devices have been tested and known to work properly with SONAR:

ADS Pyro A/V Link DV transcoder Canopus ADVC-100 DV transcoder Canon ZR-85 miniDV camcorder

Note: when using DV AVI movies, the transcoding unit must be set to the same format (NTSC or PAL) as the video file, or Preview to Firewire and Print to Tape will fail to work properly. Also, CPU consumption will be lower when the source material is in DV format, since the format is native to the Firewire device and doesnt incur a CPU hit for transcoding video.

Cakewalk External Encoder Config Utility


SONAR 7 supports external command-line encoders, such as LAME, Ogg Vorbis, Monkeys Audio, etc. If an external command-line encoder is installed on your machine, the Cakewalk External Encoder Config utility allows you to add the encoder to SONARs list of available file formats when exporting audio (File > Export > Audio). To use the utility, start SONAR and go to Tools > Cakewalk Ext Encoder Config, then specify the proper settings or the encoder you wish to use. Note: the SONAR 7 DVD includes several pre-defined profiles for various encoders. These profiles can be found in the \Utilities\External Encoder Profiles folder. You can use these profiles as a starting point when creating your own profiles. Simply double-click the appropriate .REG file to add the information to the Windows registry, then use the Cakewalk External Encoder Config utility to specify the correct install path of the encoder.

AudioSnap Palette Auto Load


AutoLoadAudioSnapPalette=<0 or 1>, default = 1 By default, the AudioSnap palette appears automatically whenever you enable AudioSnap on a

clip. If you prefer to never auto-show the AudioSnap palette, you can change this behavior by adding a variable to the CAKEWALK.INI file. This variable should be set in the [WinCake] section. For example: [WinCake] AutoLoadAudioSnapPalette=0

Alpha-blended Bars on Slip-stretched Clips


AlphaStretchIndicator=<0 or 1> (default=1) When an audio clip is slip-stretched, a yellow alpha-blended bar is displayed on the clip. This may affect performance on some systems if there are many slip-stretched clips. There is a new CAKEWALK.INI variable to disable the alpha-blended bars, and instead only show the percent value in the lower right corner of the clip. This variable should be set in the [Wincake] section. For example: [Wincake] AlphaStretchIndicator=0

Reset All Selected AudioSnap Transient Markers


SONAR has a quick way to reset transient markers. This may be useful if you have pre-SONAR 6.2 projects that exhibit these symptoms with AudioSnap clips:

The wave picture shows a flat line in strange places Extreme timing issues when bouncing the clip

Or, you might just want a quick way to revert your experiments with AudioSnap back to the original data. These symptoms are the result of various AudioSnap issues that have since been fixed in SONAR 6.2. To reset transient markers: 1. Select all clips you wish to reset. 2. Press Ctrl+Alt and click the Reset button on the AudioSnap Palette. This brings up a dialog asking if you want to Clear All AudioSnap Markers. Clicking Yes will delete all the existing edits and restore clips to the analyzed transients. Note: this gesture is not undoable, so make sure you really want to reset the transient markers. An alternate solution is to turn off AudioSnap on the clips and then use Edit > Bounce to Clip(s). However, this will also render any clips fades.

Scrubbing Audio at Unity Gain

In SONAR 4.0.0, the Scrub function would automatically scrub at unity gain. This has changed in version 4.0.1 and later, where audio scrubbing is performed at the mix level (volume and pan settings are applied). You can also scrub at unity gain by holding down the Alt key while scrubbing.

Time/Pitch Stretch Plug-in Does Not Work With Groove Clips


The Cakewalk Time/Pitch Stretch 2 plug-in cannot be used with Groove clips. As a result, the plug-in will fail to load if you try to apply the plug-in as an offline process on a Groove clip.

Time/Pitch Stretch Plug-in Does Not Affect Clip Length


When used as an offline process, the Cakewalk Time/Pitch Stretch 2 plug-in stretches clips properly, but the actual clip length does not change.

Toolbar Background Gradient


DrawToolbarGradient=<0 or 1> (default=1) The SONAR 7 global and view toolbars are now drawn with a background gradient. If you prefer a flat background, you may disable the gradient drawing by adding the following entry to the CAKEWALK.INI file in the WinCake section: [WinCake] DrawToolbarGradient=0

Console View Auto-Resizing


By default, the Console view will automatically resize itself vertically as modules are shown or hidden. If you prefer, you can keep the Console view from automatically resizing by holding down the Shift key as you click on a modules Show/Hide toggle (leftmost pane in the Console view). This will preserve the current Console view size without resizing the view to fit all visible modules.

Track View Control Size and Layout


It is possible to alter the default size and layout of the controls in the Track view. This requires adding entries to the CAKEWALK.INI file. This variable should be set in the [WinCake] section. For example: [WinCake] TVBoldStripNames=0 Below are the variables that affect the control appearance: TVControlHeight=<number of pixels>, default = 17

Specifies the height of controls. The default height is 17 pixels. This value shouldnt be changed more than 1 or 2 from the default value, or you may experience unexpected results. TVControlWidth=<number of pixels>, default = 41 Specifies the width of controls. The default width is 41 pixels. TVControlSpacingX=<number of pixels>, default = 3 Specifies the horizontal space, in pixels, between controls. The default spacing is 3 pixels. TVControlSpacingY=<number of pixels>, default = 3 Specifies the vertical space, in pixels, between controls. The default spacing is 3 pixels. TVSpacingXInCluster=<number of pixels>, default = 2 Specifies the horizontal space between each button in a cluster. The default value is 2 pixels. The following controls are grouped into clusters:

Mute, Solo, Arm for Recording (MSR) Automation Read, Automation Write Phase, Interleave (mono/stereo)

TVBoldStripNames=<0 or 1>, default = 1 Specifies whether track/bus names use bold (value=1) or regular (value=0) font style. TVLargeStripNames=<0 or 1>, default = 1 Specifies the size of track/bus names. The default size is large (value=1).

Clip Name Transparency


TransparentClipNames=<0 or 1>, default = 0 SONAR can write Clip Names with an alpha channel such that the waveform behind the clip name can be seen. To enable this effect, add the following variable to your Cakewalk.ini file: [Wincake] TransparentClipNames=1

MIDI Note Velocity Colorization


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MIDI note colors are tinted depending on their velocities. Notes will appear darker for higher velocities and lighter for lower velocities. This feature may be enabled (1) or disabled (0) in the [Wincake] section of the Cakewalk.ini file. For example: [Wincake] PRVColorizeVelocity=0

Zero Controllers When Play Stops Is Not Applied When Freezing Synths
Please note that the global Zero Controllers when Play Stops setting is not applied when freezing soft synths. This means that the current state of a continuous controller when play is stopped can cause unexpected results when freezing a synth. If you experience this issue, rewind the project before freezing the synth.

SONAR and Screen Readers for Vision Impaired Users


SONAR has a special Accessibility Mode which can be helpful for vision impaired users when working with screen readers (Window-Eyes, JAWS, etc.). The Accessibility Mode is enabled by adding a key to the Windows Registry (WARNING: only do this if you are comfortable with editing the Windows registry; you may wish to back up the registry first), and allows screen readers to receive various information from SONAR that may otherwise not be displayed on the screen (names, values, etc.). The key is: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software\SONAR Producer\6.0 Note: if you are using SONAR 7 Studio Edition, substitute Producer with Studio. The Value is: AccessibilityMode It is a DWORD. Value can be 0, 1, 2 or 3: 0 - no accessibility (default) 1 - put the access string in the TrackView Cview's caption 2 - put the access string in the CWACCESS window 3 - put the access string in the CWACCESS window and make this window visible

Upgrading to SONAR from an Earlier Version of a Cakewalk Product


SONAR SETUP does not overwrite your existing MASTER.INS file. That file contains the instrument definitions that SONAR loads every time it starts. SETUP installs new .INS files for each supported manufacturer. These files contain the latest complete set of available instrument definitions. To learn how to import any of these .INS files, see the online Help topic titled "Importing Instrument Definitions.

Old Color Settings Are Not Migrated When Upgrading To SONAR 7


SONAR 7 has new color settings that most often result in poor results when importing color presets that were created in previous versions of SONAR. Because of this, old color presets are not automatically migrated to SONAR 7 if you are upgrading from a previous version of SONAR. If you would still like to use your old color presets in SONAR 7, you can do so by following the steps below (warning: only do this if you are comfortable with editing the Windows registry; you may wish to back up the registry first): [1] Export the following registry branch (pick the SONAR version you are upgrading from): SONAR 5 (color presets): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software\SONAR Producer\5.0\Presets\{6B0298E5-C4B7-4AAF-90EF-B214D18F7654} SONAR 4 (color presets): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software\SONAR Producer\4.0\Presets\{6B0298E5-C4B7-4AAF-90EF-B214D18F7654} SONAR 3 (color presets): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software\SONAR Producer\3.0\Presets\{6B0298E5-C4B7-4AAF-90EF-B214D18F7654} SONAR 3 (current colors): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software\SONAR Producer\3.0\Colors SONAR 2 (current colors): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software\SONAR\2.0\Colors SONAR 1 (current colors): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software\SONAR\1.0\Colors [2] Open the exported registry file in a text editor (to use Notepad, right-click the .REG file and choose Edit). [3] Change the path to reflect SONAR 7:

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If you exported all color presets from SONAR 4, enter the following path: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software\SONAR Producer\4.0\Presets\ {6B0298E5-C4B7-4AAF-90EF-B214D18F7654}] If you exported the current/default colors from SONAR 1/2/3, enter the following path: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software\SONAR Producer\3.0\Colors] Note: if you are using SONAR 7 Studio Edition, substitute Producer with Studio. [4] Save and then close the .REG file, then double-click the REG file to add the information to the registry. Your old color settings should then be available in SONAR 7.

Known Issues
The following topics cover known issues in SONAR that may be addressed in the future.

HLP Files Cannot be Opened in Windows Vista


Windows Vista does not ship with the Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) help program, which is required in order to open 32-bit help content files that have the .HLP file extension. This affects HLP files for a few legacy plug-ins that are included with SONAR. We will update SONARs online Help in the future to address this. In the meantime, please see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article for information about a solution: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607.

Plug-in Windows Flicker or dont Display Properly


If you have any plug-ins that flicker or dont display properly, please see the "X-Ray Windows Not Compatible With Some Plug-ins" topic below.

X-Ray Windows Not Compatible With Some Plug-ins


X-Ray Windows is not compatible with plug-ins that use DirectDraw to create their windows, such as many recent plug-ins by Waves. If a plug-in is not compatible with X-Ray, the plug-in's window will either flicker or not display properly. If you have any plug-ins that are affected by this, you can exclude the plug-n(s) from X-Ray by following the instructions below: 1. Open the Cakewalk Plug-in Manager (Tools > Cakewalk Plug-in Manager). 2. In the Plug-in Categories window, select the category that the plug-in you want to exclude is in. 3. In the Registered Plug-ins window, select the plug-in that you want to exclude. 4. If the plug-in is a DirectX effect or an MFX, write down (or select and copy) the CLSID value that's in the CLSID field at the bottom of the dialog. 5. If the plug-in is a VST or VSTi, write down the VST ID value that's in the VST ID field

at the bottom of the dialog. 6. Close the Plug-in Manager dialog. 7. Use Notepad to open the XRayExclude.ini file that's in your SONAR program folder (C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Cakewalk\SONAR 7 Producer Edition). Note: if you use SONAR Studio Edition, substitute Producer Edition with Studio Edition. 8. At the end of the file, find the [EffectProps View] section. You will see entries such as the following: ; Waves SSL EQ Stereo XRayExclude11=1397510483 XRayExclude12={E451379E-F7E1-4E82-98D9-BEB87AC45E90} 9. Exclude your plug-in by creating a blank line below the last entry in the [EffectProps View] section, and then typing: ;[name of your plug-in, but without brackets] XRayExclude[type the next available number in XRayExclude list, but without brackets]=[VST ID number, with no brackets, or CLSID number, with curly braces at start and finish] For example, if the last entry in the [EffectProps View] section was: ; Waves SSL EQ Stereo XRayExclude11=1397510483 XRayExclude12={E451379E-F7E1-4E82-98D9-BEB87AC45E90} If you wanted to exclude the Cakewalk FxDelay from the X-Ray Windows feature, after creating a blank line you would type: ; Cakewalk FxDelay XRayExclude13={985DAF67-589F-4B8D-8BBC-D7AD651B9022} If there was also a VST version of the Cakewalk FxDelay, you would add another line: XRayExclude14=[some VST ID number, with no brackets] 10. Save and close the XRayExclude.ini file, and restart SONAR to implement your changes.

Using Mono VST Plug-ins on Stereo Tracks May Cause Out of Sync Audio
When using a mono plug-in on a stereo track (interleave set to Stereo), the left and right channels will be out of sync. The left channel is processed by the mono effect, and delay compensation is applied, while the right channel is not processed and does not have delay compensation applied. The signal will look something like this: 15

Left channel: Wet signal (delayed) Right channel: Dry signal (no delay) A mono VST plug-in will work correctly if "Enable Mono Processing" is checked in the VST Plug-in Properties dialog and the track interleave is set to mono. Note: "Enable Mono Processing" is enabled by default in SONAR 7. If you are playing back a legacy project in SONAR 7, and notice the project does not sound the same, try to disable "Enable Mono Processing" for any mono plug-ins used in the project.

QuickTime Issues
In order to import/export QuickTime files in SONAR 7, you must install both the filters AND QuickTime. Below are some other known QuickTime issues:

QuickTime Import/Export requires version 6.5.1 or higher of the QuickTime Player to be installed. The QuickTime Player is not included with SONAR, but can be downloaded separately from Apples web site (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/win.html). Audio mixdown to QuickTime must be set to 16 bits stereo or mono, or the resulting export will create a unusable file or abort with an error. Audio mixdown to QuickTime must be set to 48 KHz or less or the resulting export will create a file that plays back incorrectly. When exporting to QuickTime, the frame rate of the QuickTime video compressor will default to "best possible." Since not all movies in a SONAR video project correctly report their frame rate, the best practice is manually enter the desired frame rate. This is done in the video settings of the QuickTime video compressor. Exports to QuickTime from a SONAR video project created from an AVI using the Indeo video compressor will create a movie with white frames. Exports to QuickTime may have an extra white frame on the last frame of the movie. This extra frame can be removed with the QuickTime Pro Player or another QuickTime editing application. Movies created in QuickTime 7 may not import properly into SONAR 7. When loading a project with a QuickTime 7 movie into SONAR in WDM driver mode, SONAR may not play. The workaround is to use ASIO driver mode if your hardware supports ASIO drivers.

Many of these limitations will be addressed in a future update to SONAR.

Audio Metronome Issues


The default audio metronome sounds are 44.1kHz samples. This may result in a pop when playback or record is started and stopped when using audio hardware that use a native sample rate of 48kHz (such as SB Live!). This is an artifact of the internal sample rate conversion that the audio hardware performs. Note: this is not an issue if your SONAR projects use the 48kHz sample rate.

Enabling Mono on a Bus/Main Will Affect Upstream Meters


If you make a bus or main out mono by toggling its Mono/Stereo switch, any upstream meters that is, meters on any tracks or buses that are assigned to the mono bus/main out--from the bus/main out will also display as mono. Note: this only affects the meter display, not any audio that is bounced or exported.

Mono Audio Clips May be Increased by 3dB in Certain Scenarios


There are some situations where the level of a mono clip will be increased by 3db if the track's output interleave (mono/stereo toggle) is set to mono: 1. If the track has mixed stereo and mono clips 2. The track has a synth selected as its input source 3. Input Echo is enabled or the track is armed for recording In summary, whenever the track output interleave is mono and the data interleave is stereo, mono data will be increased in level by 3dB. This issue will be addressed in a future release.

Adding MIDI Device May Break Control Surface Support and MIDI Key Bindings
When adding a new MIDI Device in Options > MIDI Devices, control surface support and MIDI key bindings may no longer work properly. Restarting SONAR will solve this problem.

ReWire Tracks Silent When Using Metronome Record Count-in


When using a metronome count-in and recording, any ReWire tracks will be silent at the start of recording. The silence period will equal the count-in duration. To fix this issue, disable metronome count-in (go to Options > Project > Metronome and set Record Count-in to zero).

Running Reason with SONAR on Vista


Reason 3.04 requires a ReWire update in order to run as a ReWire device in SONAR 7 on a Windows Vista system. The installer for this update can be downloaded from http://www.propellerheads.se/download/index.cfm?fuseaction=get_article&article=vista_installer

MP3 Files With 256K Bit Rate May Not Play in SONAR 7
MP3 files that are created in Cakewalk MediaWorks version 1.0 with a setting of 256K, may play back as silence when imported into SONAR 7. This may also apply to MP3 files that are authored in SONAR 7 at 44.1kHz, 16-bit, 256K joint stereo. Other bit rates should be fine.

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Using Cakewalk Kinetic Groove Synth in SONAR 7


If you are a Cakewalk Kinetic customer and you are using the Kinetic Groove Synth in SONAR, please be advised that any saved SONAR projects that make use of the Groove Synth can no longer be opened if you uninstall Kinetic. Attempting to open such a project may result in a crash. The Kinetic uninstaller is removing the Groove Synth sample file, but not the actual synth. Both must co-exist or you will run into the issue above. To address this, make a backup copy of the P5antom *.DAT file before uninstalling Kinetic, then copy/move P5antom *.DAT file back to its original location after Kinetic has been uninstalled.

Importing MPEG 2 Files in SONAR 7


SONAR 7 does not directly support MPEG 2 import, but if you have installed Cakewalk Pyro Plus, SONAR 7 will be able to import MPEG 2 files by virtue of the shared libraries and filters from the Ligos components of Pyro Plus. However, please be advised that if WinDVD or Power DVD have been installed before Pyro Plus (or MediaWorks) is installed, SONAR may crash when attempting to import MPEG 2 files.

Successive Snapshots Do Not Update Envelope Node Values


When taking multiple automation snapshots at the same Now time, new envelope nodes are created instead of updating any existing envelope nodes. To address this issue, undo the previous automation snapshot before performing a new snapshot.

Potential Pops When Using Surround Automation (SONAR Producer Edition Only)
If you record Angle surround pan automation, please note that a pop may occur as the angle parameter jumps from 0 degrees to 180 degrees. This may occur if the jump is not instantaneous, and can be easily solved by zooming in the envelope automation and moving the top and bottom nodes so they are aligned in time (tip: enable Snap to make it easier to align the envelope nodes).

Mono Plug-ins on Surround Buses (SONAR Producer Edition Only)


Mono plug-ins may not work properly when inserted in a Surround bus effect bin. A common symptom is a Runtime error message.

Staff View Font May Require Reboot After SONAR is Installed


SONAR installs a font that is used by the Staff view. This font is only installed temporarily when SONAR is installed, and becomes permanently installed after the machine is rebooted. On some machineseven if the Staff View font is successfully temporarily installedsome

functions that reference the font may fail until after a reboot. The problem is easily identified by corrupt Staff View graphics.

Exporting Audio with Waves Plug-ins and Multiprocessing Engine


If SONAR's multiprocessing engine is enabled ('Use Multiprocessing Engine' is checked in Options > Audio > Advanced), a crash may occur when exporting audio from projects that use Waves plug-ins. If you are affected by this, temporarily disable the multiprocessing engine before exporting audio.

Digidesign Mbox and Multiprocessing Engine


A crash may occur while recording with the Mbox if SONARs multiprocessing engine is enabled (Use Multiprocessing Engine in Options > Audio > Advanced) on a HyperThreading or multi-processor system. This problem appears to be caused by the Mbox driver.

Digidesign Digi 002 and Multiprocessing Engine


When using the Digi 002 in ASIO mode, a crash may occur if all of the following steps are followed: 1. The multiprocessing engine is enabled ('Use Multiprocessing Engine' is checked in Options > Audio > Advanced) 2. A soft synth is inserted in an audio tracks FX bin. 3. The audio track is exported as a track template. If you are affected by this, temporarily disable the multiprocessing engine before saving the track template.

Mono UAD-1/TC PowerCore Plug-ins Do Not Sum Audio on Stereo Tracks


When using mono UAD-1 or TC PowerCore plug-ins on stereo tracks in SONAR, the audio is not summed; the left channel is processed and delayed (delay compensation is not applied), and the right channel is unprocessed and not delayed.

UAD-1 Error When 64-bit Double Precision Engine Enabled


If you enable 64-bit Double Precision Engine (Options > Audio > General) while a project is loaded and uses UAD-1 Powered Plug-ins, you may receive an error message indicating Plug-in buffer size mismatch. This appears to happen with the UAD-1 if you change the buffer size more than once in succession. The buffer size is automatically reset twice in a row when the double precision engine

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is engaged/disengaged. There is no data loss or crash, and the solution is to save and reload the project.

CPU Munching When Using UAD-1


If you experience CPU munching when using the UAD-1, please see the ReadMe topic titled Realtime Pre-roll.

M-Audio Midisport 8x8 Compatibility


The M-Audio Midisport 8x8 driver (as of v. 4.1.21) has a limitation that only allows you to use up to 15 MIDI input ports simultaneously.

M-Audio Delta 1010 Distortion With 5.8ms Latency


When using the M-Audio Delta 1010 set at 128 sample buffer size (configured in M-Audio Delta control panel), setting the mixing latency in SONAR to 5.8 milliseconds may results in distortion if either or both of the following is true: 1. An effect is patched into a track and the track is armed for recording. 2. An effect is patched into a track and Input Echo is enabled on that track.

Frontier/Tascam ASIO Drivers


The Frontier/Tascam ASIO drivers install two flavors of the ASIO driver in the registry: a 24-bit one and a 16-bit one. SONAR may have problems trying to profile both drivers. The solution is to remove one of the drivers from the registry.

Frontier Design TranzPort Issues


Track Arm Button Conflicts with SONAR MIDI Key Binding The track arm button on the TranzPort uses MIDI Key C0, which in SONAR, is the default shift key when MIDI Key Bindings are enabled. The workaround is to disable MIDI Key Bindings in SONAR or reassign the Shift Key to a different Key (like Db0). SONAR Hangs on Deleting Control Surface While TranzPort is Connected Occasionally, more than one instance of the Tranzport will appear in the Control Surface dialog. Unfortunately, SONAR hangs if you try to delete one while the device is connected. To remove the duplicates, close SONAR, unplug the Tranzport, re-open SONAR, go to Options > Controllers/Surfaces, and delete all but one instance of Tranzport. At this point you must close SONAR, re-connect the Tranzport and launch SONAR again in order for the Frontier MIDI drivers to become available so the surface will work. Selecting an archived track causes a second non-archived track to be selected

If the TranzPort "Skip archived tracks" option is enabled, clicking on an archived track in SONAR may also cause another nearby non-archived track to get selected.

E-MU 1820 Compatibility


96kHz Sample Rate If a 44.1/48kHz session is loaded in the Patchmix DSP application, a crash may occur if you change SONARs sample rate to 96kHz. To address this, load a 96kHz session in the Patchmix DSP application before changing the sample rate in SONAR. ASIO Panel If the E-MU ASIO Panel is open, a crash may occur if you try to launch the SONAR online Help from the Audio Options dialog (Options > Audio). To address this, you must first manually close the E-MU ASIO panel. A host application has no way of knowing if the ASIO panel is open or closed.

SONAR Only Supports GigaStudio Sample Rate When Using WDM Drivers
When using GigaStudio and SONAR with WDM drivers, SONAR must use the same sample rate as GigaStudio is using.

Can't Print if Staff View is Floating


It is not possible to print the Staff view if the Staff view is float-enabled. If necessary, temporarily disable floating if you need to print from the Staff view.

RIFF/MID Will Not Launch SONAR When Double-clicked


Double-clicking RIFF MIDI files and Standard MIDI files will fail to launch SONAR even if these file types are associated with SONAR.

AutoTune 4 (Graphic Mode) as Clip Effect


When using AutoTune 4 as a clip effect, its Graphic mode may not track clips properly if Auto Tunes Buffer Seconds setting is not set high enough. For example, if Buffer Seconds is set to 100, its graphic mode wont be able to track pitch after 1:40 (real time, not M:B:T) in the project if it is being used as a clip effect. If you experience problems with tracking, try to increase the Buffer Seconds setting. For instance, in a 6 minute project, you would want this setting to be at least 360.

MIDI Note Will Continue to Play If Now Time is Moved


Changing the Now time while a MIDI note is sounding will cause SONAR to play the full

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duration of the note. This behavior was introduced in SONAR 4.0.3, and is necessary as a result of addressing various gapping issues when editing MIDI data during playback. If you prefer a slight hiccup instead of hearing the full note duration, you can change the default behavior with the Set Now Time with Full Restart option in Options > Global > General. Note: moving a MIDI note event during playback is affected by this same issue.

Arpeggiator MFX With Low Rate May Affect Playback


When using the Arpeggiator MFX MIDI plug-in and setting the 'Rate' parameter to 1 MIDI tick, playback may become very sluggish. This is primarily an issue if your MIDI hardware cannot handle the numerous events that are generated by the Arpeggiator effect.

Standard AVI Audio Codecs Do Not Support Multichannel Audio


None of the standard AVI audio codecs support multichannel audio. When exporting multichannel audio to an AVI video file, do not select an audio codec (no compression), or use a codec that is known to support multichannel audio.

No MTC Sync within 1 Minute of Midnight Roll-over


SONAR will not sync to MTC within one minute of roll-over (1 minute before midnight; 23:59:00:00 - 23:59:59:xx). To address this, use a SMPTE offset that doesnt require you to trigger the midnight roll-over.

Dual Video Monitors Set to Different Color Bit Depths May Affect Performance
If you are using a dual monitor system and experience sluggish performance when selecting and dragging clips in the Clips pane, confirm that both monitors are set to the same Color Quality bit depth.

Video Pauses on Playback When Using Creative ASIO Driver


When using the Creative ASIO driver and starting playback on a project that contains video, the video may pause for a moment or not animate at all. This may be more pronounced when using a high latency setting. This issue is due to the Creative ASIO driver, which returns incorrect sample positions, which in turn causes the clock to report a bad position causing video to stop playing. This is currently only known to be an issue with the Creative ASIO driver and not other ASIO drivers.

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