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Chapter 24. Songwriting with SONAR Home Studio

24. Songwriting with SONAR Home Studio

Approaches to songwriting vary considerably, from those who strum some chords on a guitar for ideas, to those who start with beats, to those who seem to draw inspiration out of nowhere and want to record what they hear quickly—before the inspiration fades. As a result, this chapter isn’t about what you should do to write songs, but rather, it describes some particular SONAR Home Studio tools that can be very helpful if you’re into songwriting.

Although songwriting styles are very personal, I think we can nonetheless agree on a few general points: While songwriting, you want your tools to stay out of the way and be transparent. You want a smooth-flowing, efficient, simple process; songwriting isn’t about endlessly tweaking a synth bass patch, but about coming up with a great bass part. Thanks to the fluid nature of digital recording, almost anything can be replaced or refined at a later date. You want an environment that can simplify turning your abstract ideas into something tangible, while losing as little as possible in the translation. So, let’s look at some SONAR Home Studio techniques that can help you accomplish that goal.


  

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