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Chapter 11. Exploring Effects > Offline or Real-Time?

Offline or Real-Time?

SONAR’s Effects features are very similar to its editing features (which you learned about in Chapter 8), but there are a couple of differences. One difference is that, although the Effects features are included with SONAR, they are not actually part of the main application. Instead, they come in the form of plug-ins.

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PLUG-INS

In basic terms, a plug-in is a small computer program that by itself does nothing, but when used together with a larger application, provides added functionality to the larger program. You therefore can use plug-ins to easily add new features to a program. In SONAR’s case, plug-ins provide you with additional ways to process your MIDI and audio data. As a matter of fact, Cakewalk offers additional plug-in products for sale (Audio FX 3) so you can add even more power to your copy of SONAR.

What’s more, Cakewalk isn’t the only vendor that can sell plug-ins for SONAR. You can use plug-ins from a number of different third-party vendors because many plug-ins are programmed using standard computer code. SONAR enables you to use any audio plug-ins that are in the DirectX or VST formats.


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