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Groove Clips

In SONAR, sample loops are known as Groove clips. If you’re familiar with Sony’s ACID software (formerly owned by Sonic Foundry), you won’t have any trouble with Groove clips because they are Cakewalk’s equivalent to the loops for ACID. Like loops for ACID, Groove clips automatically take care of the sometimes tedious chore of matching the playback tempo and pitch of each loop you use in a song. This is because Groove clips contain extra information that lets SONAR know their basic tempo, pitch, and playback properties. SONAR can accurately shift the tempo and pitch of the Groove clips so they match the tempo and pitch of the current project. Why is this important? Because not all sample loops are recorded at the same tempo and pitch, and in order to use them in the same song, they have to “groove” with one another, so to speak. Before loops for ACID or Groove clips came along, a musician would have to match the tempo and pitch of multiple loops manually. Let me tell you, it’s not a fun task.

Of course, not all sample loops contain the extra information I mentioned earlier. Plain sample loops need to be converted into Groove clips before you can use them in a SONAR project. But don’t worry—it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think.


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