SONAR lets you link faders, knobs, or buttons in the Track view, Track Inspector and Console view into groups. Groups are collections of controls whose movements are linked together. For example:
Two Volume faders or controls can be grouped so that when you increase or decrease the volume of one track, the volume of the other track changes in exactly the same way.
Four Mute buttons can be grouped so that when you click on the Mute button to mute track 1, tracks 1 and 2 are muted and tracks 3 and 4 are un-muted.The Console view and Track view identify controls, knobs and faders that are grouped using a colored group indicator that is displayed on the controls in each group. The controls in group A are displayed with a red indicator, the controls in group B with a green indicator, and so on. Controls, faders and knobs can be grouped together.When you group buttons together, the way they work is based on their position when you create the group:When you group buttons with knobs or faders, the button turns on/off when the knob or fader reaches its halfway point.You have several additional options. There are three general types of groups: absolute, relative, and custom. Here’s how they work.The range of motion in all controls in the group is identical. When you move one control in the group, all other controls in the group move the same amount in the same direction. The controls do not necessarily need to start at the same level.The range of motion for controls in the group is not the same. All controls in the group have the same value at one point—the lowest level for send, return, and volume levels, and zero for pan controls.Sometimes you want to define a more complex relationship between the controls in a group. For example:
You want two controls to operate in reverse—when one fader drops, the other increases (cross fade).
You want two faders to be locked together with the same range of motion, but a third fader grouped with them to have a different range of motion.Custom groups let you set the range of motion for each control in the group by entering a starting and ending value. As any one control in the group is moved from its starting position to its ending position, the other controls in the group exercise their full range of motion.When you have defined a custom group, you can adjust the starting and ending position of each control using the Group Settings dialog box or using pop-up menus on the controls in the group.
Note: By default, the relative gain between grouped controls that affect gain is preserved. If you prefer the relative position of the controls to be preserved regardless of the relative gain, there is a check box in the Group Properties dialog box that will toggle between these two behaviors.
2. Choose a group from the Group submenu.SONAR adds the control to the group. Controls, knobs and faders are highlighted with the group’s color indicator.
Tip: You can quickly group identical controls in multiple tracks. To do so, select the desired tracks, then assign a control to a group. SONAR automatically assigns the same control in all other selected tracks to the same group.
2. Choose Remove From Group from the menu.
Right-click a control in the group, and choose Clear Group from the pop-up menu.
1. Right-click on any control in the group and choose Group Manager to display the Group Manager dialog box.Figure 276. The Group Manager dialog
2. Choose Absolute or Relative as the group type and click OK.
1. Right-click on any control in the group and choose Group Manager to display the Group Manager dialog box.
2. Choose Custom as the group type. The starting and ending values for each control are displayed.
3. To change the starting or ending value for a control, click on the control in the list and enter new values in the Start and End box.
4. To swap the starting and ending value, click the Swap button.
5. Click Close when you are done.
3. Choose Value > Set Start = Current.The Set Start = Current and Set End = Current commands set the range of motion that a grouped control moves through as the other members of the group move through their starting and ending values. You don’t have to designate a group as a custom group to create a custom group—just group some controls and set their starting and ending values.
3. Choose Value > Set End = Current.The Set Start = Current and Set End = Current commands set the range of motion that a grouped control moves through as the other members of the group move through their starting and ending values. You don’t have to designate a group as a custom group to create a custom group—just group some controls and set their starting and ending values.
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