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Chapter 9.  Importing and Using Audio Lo... > Choosing Audio Inputs and Outputs

Choosing Audio Inputs and Outputs

One of the most important concepts in SONAR 3 or any music-production situation is signal flow. Although this is a pretty straightforward term—it really does refer to audio and MIDI signals flowing into, through, and out of your system—it is one of those “minutes to learn, lifetime to master” concepts. Throughout the rest of this book your understanding of signal flow will grow step by step. We’ve already managed the “out of” part by playing back songs, clips, loops, and groove clips. Now we’ll handle the “into” part by getting new audio and eventually new MIDI information into SONAR. When we get to mixing you’ll see the internal signal flow, the “through” part.

For this chapter we will assume that you have a microphone, guitar, keyboard, or other instrument properly connected to your audio card's physical input jack or jacks. Naturally what you see onscreen will reflect your particular audio card and will therefore be slightly different from what you see on these pages. If you have technical difficulties, start by consulting your audio card’s documentation. Appendix A also has some tips for troubleshooting audio problems, and the SONAR 3 manual and help system are full of useful information.


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