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Introduction ► Starting SONAR

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Click the Start button, and choose Programs > Cakewalk > SONAR X2 (Producer, Studio or Essential) > SONAR X2 (Producer, Studio or Essential).
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Click the Start button, point to Documents, and choose a SONAR project from the menu.
Figure 5. The Quick Start dialog
The Quick Start dialog box has several options.
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Choose a project from the Open File dialog box to open it
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If you don’t want to see the Quick Start dialog box in the future, uncheck the box at the bottom of the dialog box, and click Close. You can see the Quick Start dialog box later by choosing Help > Quick Start.
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Global settings in the Preferences dialog box. Open by selecting Edit > Preferences.
Audio data directory (WaveData folder) and Picture Cache directory locations
SONAR uses the Data directory and Picture Cache directories from the previous Cakewalk version for storing project wave files and their waveform image files.
The first time you start SONAR, it automatically runs the Wave Profiler utility. Wave Profiler determines the proper MIDI and Audio timings for your sound card and writes them to a file that SONAR refers to when using the card. Wave Profiler does not change the sound card’s DMA, IRQ, or port address settings.Wave Profiler detects the make and model of your sound card, which determine the card’s audio characteristics. If Wave Profiler finds a card that has a WDM driver, it only profiles that card. If you want to use more than one sound card at a time, and they don’t both have WDM drivers, you must force the one with the WDM driver to use that driver as an older, MME driver. It is not necessary to run the Wave Profiler for a sound card using an ASIO driver. For more information about Wave Profiler, WDM, and MME, see The Wave Profiler.
Note: You can run the Wave Profiler again at a later time (for example, if you install a new sound card or driver) by choosing the Edit > Preferences > Audio - Driver Settings command and clicking Wave Profiler.
Note: You can run the Wave Profiler again at a later time (for example, if you install a new sound card or driver) by choosing the Edit > Preferences > Audio - Devices command and clicking Launch Audio Profiler.
When you start SONAR for the first time, it checks your computer to find all the MIDI input and output devices you have installed (such as sound cards and MIDI interfaces). However, sometimes you need to tell SONAR exactly which devices you want it to use. If you’re not getting sound from your sound card or MIDI keyboard, or if you just want to change the MIDI outputs and devices that you are using, follow the steps in this section.
Choose Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices to open a dialog box in which you select the MIDI In and MIDI Out devices that SONAR will use. Each item in the list is a MIDI Input or MIDI Output from drivers installed using the Windows Control Panel.Select Edit > Preferences to open the Preferences dialog box, then click MIDI - Devices. This dialog box lets you choose instruments on MIDI inputs and outputs.
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Look at the top window. Notice that it shows devices on MIDI Inputs; make sure that all devices in this window are checked. If a device isn’t checked, click on it once to select it for MIDI Input.
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Look at the window on the bottom. Notice that it shows devices on MIDI Outputs. SONAR numbers its MIDI Outputs by the order of the devices in this window. The device on top is on Output 1, the one below it is on Output 2, and so on.
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Check one device at a time in the Outputs window and click Move Checked Devices to Top to change its order. Then check all the devices that appear in the window to select them for output.See MIDI - Devices.
Tip: Be sure to select MIDI output devices in Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices. If you don’t do this, you won’t hear any of your MIDI instruments when you play songs in SONAR. You do not need to enable any MIDI output devices if you are strictly using software instruments.
If you later add or remove drivers using the Drivers icon of the Windows Control Panel, SONAR reacts in the following way:
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If you remove a Control Panel driver, SONAR will not use the device it belongs to the next time you run the program. Any other devices you had selected using the Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices command will remain selected.
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If you add a driver through the Control Panel, SONAR does not automatically use it. You must use the Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Devices command to enable the new driver in SONAR’s list.
Note: After you add or remove a driver with the Drivers icon in the Windows Control Panel, you must restart Windows for the change to take effect.
Once you have selected your MIDI Input and Output devices, SONAR, by default, plays back MIDI sequences using a General MIDI instrument definition. If you are using a synthesizer or sound card that does not adhere to the General MIDI standard, you may want to define that instrument. For more information, see Instrument definitions.

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