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Chapter 2. Getting Started with SONAR 3 > Taking a Quick Tour of SONAR

Taking a Quick Tour of SONAR

Because SONAR is such a powerful application, you can use it for a variety of different tasks including composing music, developing computer game music and sounds, producing compact discs, creating audio for the Web, and even scoring films and videos. SONAR provides a number of features to support all these endeavors and more. As a matter of fact, you can use SONAR as the central piece of equipment in your studio because it allows you to control all your music gear from your computer via onscreen control panels. However you decide to use SONAR, you’ll find plenty of flexibility and power in the tools provided.

Projects

In SONAR, all your music data for a single body of work is organized as a project. A project can be anything from a Top 40 song or a 30-second radio spot to a full-length symphonic score, such as a movie soundtrack. Along with the music data, all of SONAR’s settings for a single work are stored in the project as well. A project is saved on disk as a single file with a .CWP or .CWB file extension. The difference between the two file types is that a work (.CWP) file stores only MIDI data and project settings, whereas a bundle (.CWB) file also includes any audio data within a project. (For more information, see Chapter 4, “Working with Projects.”)


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