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Chapter 9. Composing with Loops > A Groove Clip Exercise

A Groove Clip Exercise

Now that I’ve talked about how to create Groove clips and how to use them in a project, you can put that knowledge to practical use by working through a detailed exercise so you can actually see Groove clips in action. Are you ready? Let’s go:

  1. Start SONAR. A blank new project should open automatically. If not, then choose File > New and choose the Normal template from the New Project File dialog box to create one.

  2. If there are any tracks in the project, delete them. You should now have a totally blank Track view.

  3. Set the Default Project Pitch to C and set the tempo for the project to 114 bpm. Also activate the Snap to Grid feature and, in the Snap to Grid dialog box, choose the Musical Time: Measure options and Move To mode.

  4. Choose File > Open and open the demo project called SONAR Audio and MIDI Demo2.cwb.

  5. If the File Info window appears, close it. Then choose Window > Tile in Rows to adjust the view layout so you can see the Track views from both projects.

  6. Drag and drop the first clip in track 1 from the demo project into your new project. If the Drag and Drop Options dialog box appears, click on OK. SONAR will create a new track for the clip automatically. Make sure the clip is positioned at the very beginning of the track (see Figure 9.12). Zoom in a bit so you can see the data in the clip.

    Figure 9.12. Drag and drop the clip to the beginning of the new track.

  7. Drag and drop the clip in track 1 at measure 6 from the demo project into track 1 of your new project. Position the start of this clip at measure 2 and slip edit the clip so its end extends to the beginning of measure 12 (see Figure 9.13). If the Drag and Drop Options dialog box appears, choose the Slide Over Old to Make Room option and activate Align to Measures. Then click on OK.

    Figure 9.13. Slip edit the clip in track 1 to extend its end to measure 12.

  8. Drag and drop the clip in track 1 at measure 13 from the demo project into track 1 of your new project. Position the start of this clip at measure 12. If the Drag and Drop Options dialog box appears, choose the Slide Over Old to Make Room option and activate Align to Measures. Then click on OK.

  9. Drag and drop the clip (named Kick and Crash) in track 1 at measure 37 from the demo project into track 1 of your new project. Position the start of this clip at measure 13. If the Drag and Drop Options dialog box appears, choose the Slide Over Old to Make Room option and activate Align to Measures. Then click on OK. track 1 in your new project will now contain all the drum parts (see Figure 9.14). Play the project to hear what it sounds like so far.

    Figure 9.14. Track 1 contains all the drum parts for the project.

  10. Close the SONAR Audio and MIDI Demo2 project. Then pop your Sonar CD into your CD-ROM drive and open the Loop Explorer. Navigate to the Audio Loops\Smart Loops\Electric Guitars\Mid Tempo loops folder.

  11. Drag and drop the Shorty 1 C maj.wav file from the Loop Explorer into your new project. Drop the clip somewhere underneath track 1 in the new project so that SONAR will create a new track (Track 2, Shorty 1). Position the start of the clip at measure 2. Widen the track so you can see the data in the clip.

  12. Slip edit the clip in track 2 so its end goes to the beginning of measure 13. Play the song. Sounds kind of dull, huh? Okay, let’s add some pitch markers.

  13. Place pitch markers at the beginning of measures 2, 6, 8, 10, 11, and 12. Give these markers the following pitches, respectively: C, F, C, G, F, C. Your project should now look like what is shown in Figure 9.15.

    Figure 9.15. Place some pitch markers to make the project more interesting.

  14. Play the project. Sounds better, right? The guitar doesn’t sound quite right when it’s transposed to G in measure 10, though, does it? SONAR seems to be transposing down instead of up. Normally there’s no way around this by just using pitch markers. Instead, you need to create a Groove clip that is independent of the project pitch. Slip edit the clip in track 2 so its end goes to the beginning of measure 10 rather than 13. Drag another copy of the Shorty 1 C maj.wav file from the Loop Explorer into track 2, and position the start of the clip at measure 10. Now right-click on the clip and choose Clip Properties > Groove-Clips. Deactivate the Follow Project Pitch option and enter a value of 7 for the Pitch parameter. This will transpose the clip up 7 semitones to G, and the project pitch won’t affect it. Click on OK.

  15. Drag another copy of the Shorty 1 C maj.wav file from the Loop Explorer into track 2, and position the start of the clip at measure 11. Then slip edit the clip so its end goes to the beginning of measure 13. Ah, now that sounds better.

  16. Add a bass track by navigating to the Audio Loops\Smart Loops\Bass Guitars\ Mid Tempo Loops folder in the Loop Explorer. Now drag the Straight Slap 2 D.wav file into your new project. Drop the clip somewhere underneath track 2 so SONAR will create a new track (track 3, Straight Slap). Position the start of the clip at measure 2. Widen the track so you can see the data in the clip.

  17. Slip edit the clip in track 3 so its end goes to the beginning of measure 13. Play the song. Cool! Now it’s starting to sound like a real song. There’s still one thing missing, though.

  18. Close the Loop Explorer. Then open another sample project that comes with SONAR called Don’t Matter Audio and MIDI Demo.cwb. Close the File Info window, as well as the Staff view. Also, choose Window > Tile in Rows to reposition the Track views.

  19. Drag and drop the first clip in track 6 (Horns Left) from the demo project into your new project. Drop the clip somewhere underneath track 3 in the new project so that SONAR will create a new track (track 4, Horns Left). Position the start of the clip at measure 3. Widen the track so you can see the data in the clip. Also, make sure the panning for the track is set to 100 percent left.

  20. Right-click on the new clip in track 4 and choose Clip Properties to open the Clip Properties dialog box. Click on the Groove-Clips tab. Activate the Enable Looping option. Activate the Follow Project Pitch option. Choose D in the Reference Note drop-down list. Click on OK.

  21. Select the Horns Left clip and choose View > Loop Construction to open the clip in the Loop Construction view. Adjust the Trans Detect slider to a value of 90 percent. Then adjust the Basic Slicing slider to a value of 16th Notes. Close the Loop Construction view.

  22. Copy the Horns Left clip (using the Edit > Copy feature) and then paste (using the Edit > Paste feature) copies of the clip at measures 6, 8, and 10. Now slip edit the clip in measure 10 so its end extends to measure 12. The Horns Left track should look like what is shown in Figure 9.16.

    Figure 9.16. Copy and paste the clips in the Horns Left track.

  23. Drag and drop the first clip in track 7 (Horns Right) from the demo project into your new project. Drop the clip somewhere underneath track 4 in the new project so SONAR will create a new track (track 5, Horns Right). Position the start of the clip at measure 3. Widen the track so you can see the data in the clip. Also, make sure the panning for the track is set to 100 percent right.

  24. Right-click on the new clip in track 5 and choose Clip Properties to open the Clip Properties dialog box. Click on the Groove-Clips tab. Activate the Enable Looping option. Activate the Follow Project Pitch option. Choose D in the Reference Note drop-down list. Click on OK.

  25. Select the Horns Right Clip and choose View > Loop Construction to open the clip in the Loop Construction view. Adjust the Trans Detect slider to a value of 90 percent. Then adjust the Basic Slicing slider to a value of 16th Notes. Close the Loop Construction view.

  26. Copy the Horns Right clip (using the Edit > Copy feature), and then paste (using the Edit > Paste feature) copies of the clip at measures 6, 8, and 10. Now slip edit the clip in measure 10 so its end extends to measure 12.

  27. The final version of your new project should look like what is shown in Figure 9.17.

    Figure 9.17. The final version of your example project should look like this.

  28. Play the project. Sounds cool, no?


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