Tutorial - Blue Cat's Digital Peak Meter Pro In Sonar (Live)

Tutorial Description

In this tutorial you will learn how to use the DP Meter Pro plugin (DPMP)'s real time capabilities in Cakewalk Sonar: use it to let any instrument influence the parameters on any effect for any other instrument in a 'live' context. This tutorial shows these capabilities with Blue Cat's Stereo Chorus freeware effect.

Step By Step

01 - Insert the DPMP on the source track:

Step 01 - Insert the DPMP on the source track

02 - Select the DPMP preset settings in the main menu (right click on the background):

Step 02 - Select the DPMP preset settings in the main menu (right click on the background)

03 - Enable the DPMP Midi output for the transformed peak envelope, and set the CC number:

Step 03 - Enable the DPMP Midi output for the transformed peak envelope, and set the CC number

04 - Insert the target fx (Stereo Chorus) on the target track:

Step 04 - Insert the target fx (Stereo Chorus) on the target track

05 - Select the chorus presets settings in the main menu:

Step 05 - Select the chorus presets settings in the main menu

06 - Enable the chorus MIDI input for one or several parameters, and set the MIDI Channel to Omni (0) and the MIDI CC to the same value as for the DPMP output:

Step 06 - Enable the chorus MIDI input for one or several parameters, and set the MIDI Channel to Omni (0) and the MIDI CC to the same value as for the DPMP output

07 - Insert a MIDI track:

Step 07 - Insert a MIDI track

08 - Setup the MIDI track output to the Stereo Chorus DXi:

Step 08 - Setup the MIDI track output to the Stereo Chorus DXi

09 - Setup MIDI track echo on:

Step 09 - Setup MIDI track echo on

10 - Open the Options - Global Settings panel:

Step 10 - Open the Options - Global Settings panel

11 - Select 'Echo soft synth input to all MIDI tracks' so that the Peak Meter MIDI CC messages are sent to all tracks:

Step 11 - Select 'Echo soft synth input to all MIDI tracks' so that the Peak Meter MIDI CC messages are sent to all tracks

11.1 - (For Sonar 6 and newer) Open the synth rack view and enable the MIDI output for the DPMP:

Step 11.1 - (For Sonar 6 and newer) Open the synth rack view and enable the MIDI output for the DPMP

12 - Enable input echo on both tracks and play - the source track triggers the target track chorus parameters in real time:

Step 12 - Enable input echo on both tracks and play - the source track triggers the target track chorus parameters in real time

13 - Hide the RMS curves on the DPMP to monitor only the peaks:

Step 13 - Hide the RMS curves on the DPMP to monitor only the peaks

14 - Tweak the Amount and offset parameters of the DPMP:

Step 14 - Tweak the Amount and offset parameters of the DPMP

15 - Tweak the Chorus MIDI response curve parameters (Min,Max,Response):

Step 15 - Tweak the Chorus MIDI response curve parameters (Min,Max,Response)

16 - Tweak the DPMP MIDI output response:

Step 16 - Tweak the DPMP MIDI output response

17 - Enjoy and play:

Step 17 - Enjoy and play

Conclusion

You are now able to use the DP Meter Pro plugin in a live context with Cakewalk Sonar: you can now apply this methodology with other effects. All combinations are possible: imagine a concert where the drummer's play modifies the guitar sound, the singer's voice is muted during the Bass solo etc. Let your creativity express itself!

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