SONAR X3 Power!: The Comprehensive Guide Paperback – April 10, 2014
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- Item Weight : 2.65 pounds
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1305090195
- ISBN-13 : 978-1305090194
- Dimensions : 9 x 1.25 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Cengage Learning PTR; 1st edition (April 10, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,736,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am a musician, songwriter, vocalist with a home studio. I have lots of books and resources on each of these dynamics. In my studio my DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is Sonar X3 Producer. Sonar is powerful - which being interpreted means it can do almost everything, like Windows it gives you multiple ways to do everything, and therefore is intimating sometimes with where to start or which path to take. It would be easy to get lost in the process if I didn't have Scott Garrius' Sonar X3 Power! The Comprehensive Guide.
Sonar X3 Power is freaking awesome! Scott does an excellent job of defining what Sonar is, why you need it, what it can do, and how to do it. Having Sonar X3 Power is like taking a college level course in recording. Using, text, screenshots, links to websites, online articles, etc., Scott takes our hand and shows us the best and most efficient way to take our musical ideas and goals and get them into the digital "real" world.
I recommend Sonar X3 Power! The Comprehensive Guide to anyone, and everyone, who has a desire to record music, beats, soundtracks, film scores, podcasts, you name it and Sonar X3 Power will put the tools into your hands to use Sonar to "git 'er done"!
Thanks, Scott for providing such a wonderful resource!
It is, as all of Scott's other Power books are, a well written, and thorough encyclopedia of Sonar X3 DAW knowledge!
I have Sonar X1, X2 and now X3 Power, all written by Scott. They are all on my shelf for quick reference, as plug-ins and other modes of the program have changed. Not only is X3 the best version of Sonar, but Sonar X3 Power is the best book on X3.
You will not be disappointed with this book and I urge anyone buying Sonar X3 to buy Sonar X3 Power!
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The only problem I have with the newer versions of SONAR is that it ships without a Manual. That's good news for the trees (the pdf version is well over 2,000 pages) but bad news for a user who has skipped the past 6 or 7 releases and has no idea how to utilise all this new cool stuff.
That's where Scott Garrigus comes in. His Power books have always been an essential buy for me (even in the days when Cakewalk's products DID ship with a manual), but this time round, his new X3 Power tome is literally a must.
I'm not even going to attempt to summarise what's included in his book in this review - you can probably check out a lot of this at Scott's own website - all I need to say is that this book is the manual that Cakewalk didn't make.
But it's more than the manual though... manuals are written by the company making the software so they tend to have a rather stuffy, formal tone about them. Sure, they tell you things but they sound rather like a dull schoolmaster. As he's an independent writer, Garrigus is able to provide opinion and colour to his explanations - he's also able to say how he thinks stuff works best. This point of view is always going to be more valuable that a flat manual - especially as Scott has been writing about Cakewalk and Sonar for so many years. He's also a frequent contributor to the mighty Cakewalk User Forum (the single-most helpful and informative user forum known to man) so he's got his finger on the pulse of the actual users.
Quite simply: essential purchase. I dare you to use Sonar without it.
It does not. There are no exercises at all. Unless I'm snow blinded by all the text and the few tiny black and white prints of the PC screen.
It's a reference book that has you going back and forth from the index to the page then back again to another part. The index itself is cluttered and there are no hints, so if you don't already know the jargon, as maybe some people might hope would be explained in this book, you'll get lost within no time and end up back on YouTube on a hope and a prayer.
the buyers account.
I can only disagree with other reviewers on this book but have given it 3 stars as a 'ready reference'.
But don't expect it to help you do things quickly, intuitively or even to tutor you at all!
A quick look at the available Cakewalk pdf documentation provided with X3 (which even if you don't own Sonar
you can download free from the website anyway) shows there is a quick start guide, consisting of about 6no,
excellent A5 pages (with photo's) of the program, summarising features and shortcuts, (and amazingly this
guide is not even in the book!), an approx. 60 page 'getting started user guide' which does exactly
what it says on the tin and finally an approx. 2100 page reference manual - so good luck with that!
Hence, at some 400 pages Scott's book seems an ideal 'compromise' between 'intro' and 'expert'and as a physical,
condensed hard-copy version of the reference alongside in the studio it is just about worthwhile (once you
are reasonably familiar already) and this is how I use it (along with occasional armchair reading, which
is not ideal).
The main issue I have is that I find the book somewhat ponderous and cluttered (dippng in and out is neither
quick nor easy), there's virtually nothing in it which isn't already availble in the (excellent) reference manual
(and the book in many ways is seemingly a directly descendant of that, in both nature and structure yet
lacks the clear colour photos's) and most of all it is virtually completely non-tutorial with almost no 'hands-on'
tuition of particular key tasks nor any project tutorials, and no DVD - so not really a 'power' book either then!
Morover, there are far too few photo's in the book generally and what there is are poorly produced - so you'll
need to go to the reference manual to find and see decent visuals.
As I run Ableton Live 9 I had also bought Ableton Power Tools by Jake Perrine also from Amazon, a very much
hands-on tutorial oriented way of learning with a DVD and I can only say the two books are just chalk and cheese
- put simply, Jake's book is 'snappy', logical with lots of (albeit also poor quality) photo's and ultimately 'trains' you,
task by task, 'how to';it is perhaps how ALL instruction books should be written!
This is Scott's nth 'Power' book on Sonar - I've not seen the others but I guess they are quite similar in style and
format - in which case I see his 'X3' version rather smacks of 'riding on the back of the latest Sonar release' - and if
that is true, then at least this review advises such and maybe persuades him to re-think his future presentation and
My conclusion - disappointed, defintely look elsewhere.