Using VST plugins with Cakewalk Sonar

How to use VST plugins with Cakewalk Sonar

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 
By Stephane Brault

Now that we have installed a new plugin, we either need to restart Sonar or to instruct it to scan for new plugins. If the latest is your choice, simply go back to Sonar's global options and click on the Scan VST folders button.

Good now we have a new VST plugin installed and ready to use. If you haven't already done so, create a new project or just open an existing one. You'll need at least one audio track in order to use this plugin. If you don't know how to create one, read our other article titled How to export a Cakewalk Sonar project to WMA or MP3 but there's no need to export to an audio file though. Just go through the recording process so you can have an audio track to work with.

Extend your audio track property panel so you can see all of them. You will see a zone named FX. Right-click in this area and select PSP VintageMeter from the Audio FX submenu.

Sonar - Adding VST plugin to a track

The VintageMeter plugin should now appear. Now press the Play button and watch the VU meters moving! Astonishing isn't it? No it is not. This plugin in itself is kind of useless although I like PSP's vintage plugins. They look good. Now go and buy or download free VST plugins which can do more than that. There are plugins that allows you to alter the sound of audio tracks going to simple effects (like compression, phaser, reverb, etc.) to a full mixing console and there are also plugins that act as a synthesizer for your MIDI tracks. The possibilities are endless.

Have fun!

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