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Chapter 9. Composing with Loops

Chapter 9. Composing with Loops

In addition to creating music by recording and editing your MIDI and audio performances, SONAR allows you to compose music with sample loops. Sample loops are usually (though not always) short audio recordings that you can piece together to create entire musical performances. Using them is a great way to add some acoustic audio tracks to your project without actually having to do any recording or know how to play an instrument. For example, you can buy a CD full of sample loops that contain nothing but acoustic drum beats. Not only can you buy drum loops, but you can also get real guitar solos, vocal chorus recordings, orchestral recordings, and more. You can create an entire project just by using sample loops, and SONAR even provides you with the tools to create your own loops. In this chapter, I’ll tell you about all the loop-based features that SONAR provides, and the chapter will also do the following:

  • Explain Groove clips

  • Show you how to create and save Groove clips

  • Describe the Loop Construction view

  • Demonstrate how to work with Groove clips

  • Describe the Loop Explorer view

  • Explain project pitch and pitch markers


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