How to Add a Master Fader in Cakewalk Sonar

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After you've recorded and edited your hit song, you'll need to mix it, setting the levels to get the highest headroom without clipping or maxing out the signal path. In most applications, this means adding a master fader, which can be used to monitor overall volume levels and add mastering effects.In Cakewalk's Sonar, adding a master fader is a relatively simple process, and only requires you to add a stereo bus to your mixing console.

Things You'll Need

  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Open Sonar and open the project you want to work with. Use the View menu or click the shortcut to open the console view.

  • From the file menu, select "Insert," then "Stereo Bus." In the console view, you should see a track titled "Bus 1" to the right side of the virtual mixer. If you like, rename the track to "Master."

  • If it is not already visible, open the "Send" view by clicking the right-facing arrow icon in the menu to the left of the mixing console.

  • In the "Send" box in each track column, right-click and select "Insert Send," then "Master" (or whatever you named the bus track in Step 2). Click the power icon in the middle of each "Send" options menu to enable the send. As you do so, the audio in your project should become louder.

  • Once all of your tracks have a send enabled, your project is attached to the master fader. You can now solo the master fader and add effects, or simply mix the project as normal, paying attention to the peak meter on the master track. Make sure your project doesn't clip.

Tips & Warnings

  • After you're finished mixing, remove the master fader. Your mix will become clearer.
  • While mastering from a stereo file is standard, you can also solo the master fader and add mastering effects to it, effectively making your project a single stereo track.

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