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Note: SONAR X2 Producer and Studio can use unlimited plug-ins. SONAR X2 Essential can use up to 64 plug-in effects and 16 software instruments.
In order to play a soft synth from a MIDI controller or with recorded MIDI data, you need to have at least one synth track that lists the soft synth in its Input field, and at least one MIDI track that lists the soft synth in its Output field. The data from the MIDI track feeds the synth track and plays the soft synth. If you’re playing the soft synth with a MIDI controller, the MIDI track that’s feeding the synth track must have the focus (lighter color). You can also patch the soft synth into an audio track’s effects bin instead of a synth track’s Input field.
To add a soft synth to the audio and synth tracks’ Input menus (drop-downs) and the MIDI tracks’ Output menus, you have to insert each soft synth that you want to use into each project. There are two basic ways to insert soft synths in SONAR:
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You can insert soft synths from the Browser’s Synth tab or with the Insert > Soft Synths command. If you use this method, you can choose to have SONAR create the necessary synth and MIDI tracks, and patch them together correctly. If you want to use multiple synth tracks to take advantage of SONAR’s support for the multi-output soft synth format, you need to create and patch additional MIDI tracks manually to feed the additional synth tracks.
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You can insert soft synths into effects bins of individual audio tracks. If you use this method, you need to set a MIDI track’s Output field to the name of the soft synth you inserted. Then you can record MIDI data in the MIDI track to play the soft synth with.
The procedure for inserting multi-output and single-output soft synths is basically the same. There are just more tracks possibly involved when you insert a multi-output soft synth.
You can insert more than one copy (also called an instance) of the same soft synth. Each new copy has the same name as the previous copy except for having a higher number after the name. Every copy appears in a separate row in the drop­-down menus of synth and audio track inputs and MIDI track outputs.
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If you want to use the Synth Rack, open the Browser and click the Synth button , then click the Insert button to display the pop-up menu of installed soft synths.
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If you want to use the menu command, use the Insert > Soft Synths command to display the pop-up menu of installed soft synths.
The Insert Soft Synth Options dialog box appears, unless you’ve previously unchecked the Ask This Every Time check box that’s in the dialog box. If you have, SONAR inserts the soft synth according to the preferences you set the last time you used the Insert Soft Synth Options dialog box. If you need to open the Insert Soft Synth Options dialog box when it’s hidden, click the Insert Soft Synth Options button in the Synth Rack.
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Choose options from the Insert Soft Synth Options dialog box according to the following:
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If you want to create a single synth track that acts as an output for Output 1 of the soft synth, check the Create These Tracks: First Synth Audio Output check box.
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If you want to use existing MIDI and audio tracks to play the soft synth, uncheck all of the Create These Tracks options. SONAR adds the soft synth to the audio track input and MIDI track Output menus. You need to set an existing MIDI track’s Output field to the soft synth, and set an existing audio track’s Input field to the soft synth (the audio track will then become a synth track).
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If you opened this dialog box from the Insert menu and want to open the Synth Rack view, check the Open These Windows: Synth Rack View check box.
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Any automation data you create for this synth is displayed by default on the Synth track for this synth. If you want to display this data on a different track, choose the track in the Display Automation On menu.
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If you create some new knobs on the Synth Rack to control certain parameters on a particular synth, you can display the same knobs every time you insert that synth by enabling the Recall Assignable Controls check box.
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If you want to open this dialog box every time you use the Insert > Soft Synths command, or click the Insert button in the Synth Rack view and choose a synth from the pop-up menu, check the Ask This Every Time option. If you always insert soft synths in the same way, you can uncheck this option so you don’t have to deal with the dialog box each time. To open the dialog box when the option is unchecked, click the Insert Soft Synth Options button in the Synth Rack.
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Click OK to close the dialog box and insert the synth.
SONAR adds the soft synth to the audio track Input and MIDI track Output menus, and creates any new tracks that you requested. The new tracks already have the correct inputs and outputs patched. Now you can record MIDI data in the soft synth MIDI tracks, and/or play the soft synth from a MIDI keyboard or controller. See Playing a soft synth.
Note: If you patch a soft synth into a bus that has no audio track assigned to it, the soft synth does not sound. Always use a bus that has at least one audio track sending data to it.
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Under Soft Synths, choose the name of a soft synth.
Two things happen: the soft synth’s interface appears, and the soft synth’s name appears in the track’s or bus’s effects bin, with a Bypass button next to the name.
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Click the Output field of a MIDI track to display the Output menu.

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