Convert Sonar Audio to MP3 or WMA

How to export a Cakewalk Sonar project to WMA or MP3

Friday, April 27, 2007 
By Stephane Brault

Now that you have composed the greatest piece of music ever in Cakewalk Sonar, you want to make it available to the whole world. Or to the whole family. With Sonar, you can mix down your tracks, add effects, record analog tracks and export the final masterpiece to an MP3 or WAV file.

For the following guide, I have used Cakewalk Sonar 6 Producer Edition and a Soundblaster Audigy SE 24 bit on Windows Vista Home Premium. My computer has an Intel Core 2 1.86Ghz with 2Gb of RAM.

We will be using the following files (please disable your download manager) :

Now some MIDI files happen not to have track names, which is the case with this one. So we'll have to click on each and every track to see it's properties so we can find out what instrument is associated with it.

Sonar Bass Track

We can easily figure out that track number 2 is the bass track. Click on 'Cancel' and repeat the process until you've found out on what instrument is associated with which track. Or perhaps you could set the track name to reflect it's instrument. By the way, drums and percussions are always on track number 10. Keep that in mind.

Before you go any further, save your MIDI file (File => Save As...) as a Normal SONAR file (.cwp extension). This format allows you to save more informations about your project than a MIDI file.

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