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  1. Gibson/Cakewalk produced a SONAR Reference Guide pdf around once a year and a chm file with every release of SONAR. Both of these files were reformatted snap shots of the web-based help.

    The local help (chm file) option was removed from CbB preferences. BandLab continues to provide the web-based help with a much smaller staff.

    When BandLab purchased Cakewalk IP from Gibson there was some discussion of producing a downloadable version of the web-based help. To date, this has not happened.

    Bear in mind, there is a list of tasks for the current BandLab staff including a bunch of yet to be released plug-ins. Each of these plug-ins require documentation updates too.

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  2. To create a new project at the same directory level as the original.

    On the main menu click File > "Save As"

    Click the icon pointed to by 1

    Enter the new project name in the field pointed to by 2


    Notice the Project and Audio Path fields at the bottom of the dialog are automatically filled in with the new paths.

  3. 17 hours ago, Dave Horch said:

    Well damn, I just wasted $17 on jbridge,

    Not necessarily, there are some  32bit plug-ins that perform better in jBridge. That said, the faster one can retire 32bit plug-ins the better. Unsupported, not maintained, requiring an additional layer of software to work, 32bit plug-ins are not a good idea.

  4. Starting with 2017-11 if running the previous release, BA downloads an update installer instead of the full CbB installer. This is a much smaller file and may only be applied to the previous release. BA downloads the full installer only on the initial install and if the installed version is not the previous release.

  5. Video tutorials can help.

    There are quite a few tutorials on SONAR and Music Creator which are relevant to CbB.
    The first release of CbB was the unreleased last version of SONAR with a few tweaks.

    There are quite a few tutorials on the older Cakewalk products on the old company website here

    For a more in depth tutorial on an older product (SONAR X2) have a look at


    and the X3 update



  6. Don't ignore free plug-ins. FabFilter products are excellent but price is not necessarily a good indicator of quality or utility.  There are hundreds of   useful free plug-ins. One could spend quite a bit of time at the kvr products pages. Here are two examples:

    • The Melda Production MFreeFXBundle. Completely usable as is and the license which unlocks extra features is a bargain when on sale. Melda routinely puts plug-ins on sale at 50% off. Their product bundles go on sale a couple times a year
    • Blue Cat Audio has a collection of free plug-ins worth a look
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