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Chapter 21.  Capturing Your Mix for CD a... > Recording External Synth Parts

Recording External Synth Parts

If you don't have any MIDI tracks, you can go straight to the next section. If you do have MIDI parts, though, this is an extremely important step, and one that in many people's minds is shrouded in far more mystery than it deserves. It's quite simple, really: If you have any MIDI parts that are routed to hardware (external) synthesizers, you must record those synthesizers to audio tracks before you export your mix.

Like most host-based digital audio workstations, SONAR creates output files as quickly as your CPU can manage. A relatively simple mix can be turned into a stereo .WAV file in a few seconds, and a complex mix with lots of effects can actually take longer than it would take to play the song through. This wreaks havoc on MIDI parts that are triggering external synthesizers, though, so SONAR doesn't even play them while it exports files. If you are using only DXi synthesizers such as the EDIROL VSC-DXi, SONAR will include those MIDI parts with no problem, but if you are using any external synthesizers, connect their outputs to inputs on your audio interface and follow the steps below.


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