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Scott R. Garrigus' DigiFreq(TM) - Cakewalk Books and Sweetwater PC
ISSN: 1531-6505; Issue 31
Music technology downloads, news, articles, reviews, tips and tutorials for home recording and professional musicians. Over 20,000 readers can't be wrong!

SPONSORED BY: Sound Forge 8 Power! - The Official Guide
With step-by-step examples and exercises, and thorough explanations, Sound Forge 8 Power! digs deep into the software rather than just describing the features and how they work. Whether you're a Sound Forge 8 or Sound Forge Audio Studio user, this accessible guide will give you a thorough understanding of the software that you can put to use right away. You'll cover everything from the basics to advanced functions such as writing scripts to automate the processing in Sound Forge 8. New topics covered include: New Recording Methods; Explorer Window; Sound Forge Project Files; Enhanced Spectrum Analysis; Clip Detection and Marking; Improved Fade Curves; Automation; Enhanced Synthesis; VST Effect Support; CD Architect Integration; Scripting and Batch Processing; Audio Scrubbing; Keyboard Shortcuts and ASIO Support; Path Saving; Enhanced Regions List(s) and Playlist(s) Windows.

For more info, free book excerpts, and a discount, go to:

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Scott's Notes - Cakewalk Books and Sweetwater PC

Jam-packed with free info and free software, this issue brings you articles on Cakewalk's new Sonar 6 AudioSnap, Session Drummer 2, and V-Vocal features. You'll also find info on EZDrummer, Cubase 4, Vegas 7, Guitar Pro and other products as well as informative discussions about Pro Tools, live performance, studio renovating and more. And to top it all off... a whole bunch of new, free software downloads for Mac and Windows. But before we get to that, let me tell you about the cool, new gear addition to my studio...

Yes, it was that time again... My old DAW has served me well (and I still use it), but I needed something more powerful so earlier this year I got myself a new DAW. Instead of building it myself, I wanted a full system put together by computer techs that really know their business when it comes to audio PCs, which led me to Sweetwater and their Creation Station DAWs. I got their top-of-the-line model Creation Station RackDual 3.4. This thing is a monster and runs anything I throw at it. The CS is hands down the best PC I have ever owned! And because I love it so much, I'm putting together a special issue of the DigiFreq newsletter to tell you all about my experience with it. In the meantime, you can find more Creation Station info by clicking this link:

I've also started a special topic in the DigiFreq Forums to discuss this new DAW. So drop on buy and ask some questions and I'll do my best to answer them:

Speaking of new stuff... my new Sonar 6 Power book is almost here! As a matter of fact, you can pre-order it right now. New topics covered include: Active Controller Technology, AudioSnap, Vintage Channel, Session Drummer 2, New Synth Rack and Console View, Analyst Spectrum Analyzer, New Automation features, Customizable menus and toolbars, Fast Zoom, Automatic File Versioning, and more. For more information, free book excerpts, project downloads, and a discount, go to:

In addition to my book, I've found some other Sonar learning resources that might interest you. I didn't author these products, but that doesn't mean you won't like them.

Cakewalk Synthesizers Book
Cakewalk's software synthesizers are some of the most powerful and widely used on the market. This book shows you how to operate and get the best results from their complete range of synths, from those bundled with Cakewalk's main products, to the rgc:audio synthesizers, to Cakewalk's newest synthesizers, including Dimension Pro and Rapture. Discusses filters, envelopes, effects, the sfz format, how to create patches, and more. Check it out at:
USA: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1598633147/compmedia
Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1598633147/compmedia05-20

Sonar 6 Video Training Course (DVD)
Video training course covering all aspects of audio and midi recording, editing, mixing, and mastering for Cakewalk Sonar 6 digital audio workstation software. Includes project examples. This course contains 19 modules and is organized into 5 sections. Check it out at:

NOTE: If you plan to purchase my book or any of these other items, PLEASE use my Amazon links. This will help me out tremendously, but it does NOT change the price you pay.

Thanks for being a part of DigiFreq and for all your support! Enjoy the issue...


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DFreqDEALS - 10% off all Smart Loops and Groove Monkee Products!

Get 10% off all Smart Loops products

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Find more great deals at:

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DFreqNEWS - EZDrummer, SONAR, Cubase, Vegas, Pianoteq...

Some of the latest music technology news:

Smart Loops Launches SL Hit Tracks - Get 10% off!

Toontrack ships EZX expansion kits for EZ Drummer

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 6 Producer Edition

Ueberschall Ships Liquid Instrument Series Vol.4: The Voice Vol. 1

Steinberg Introduces Cubase 4

Sony Ships new Vegas+DVD featuring Vegas 7

eMedia Announces the Release of Guitar Pro 5.1

Pianoteq Modeled Piano Virtual Instrument

For more of the latest music technology news, go to:

Also, be sure to check out the latest consumer technology news at:

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DFreqREVIEWS - Past Music Technology Reviews

There are no new reviews for this issue, but there are plenty of past reviews to browse in the DigiFreq Reviews web site area:


Also, for some of the latest consumer technology reviews, go to:

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DFreqDISCUSS - Pro Tools, Lyrics, Payoff, Renovating, Rockola...

Some of the latest music technology discussions:

Pro Tools M-Powered

What music gear for live performance?

Lyrics - Common Phrases or Plagiarism

What's the payoff?

Help in renovating for a new recording studio

Best way to hookup monitors?

Levels too low


To read up on other interesting topics, or to post and get answers to your own questions, go to:

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DFreqARTICLES - Cakewalk AudioSnap, Session Drummer 2, V-Vocal...

Some of the latest music technology articles:

Using the Cakewalk Sonar AudioSnap Feature

Using the Cakewalk Session Drummer 2 Virtual Instrument

Automatically Adjusting Vocal Pitch with Sonar V-Vocal

Acoustic Guitar Recording Microphone Techniques

Vocal Recording Microphone Techniques

Preparing Audio for the Internet with Sound Forge

For more of the latest music technology articles, go to:

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DFreqTIPS - Past Music Technology Tips

There are no new tips for this issue, but there are plenty of past tips to browse in the DigiFreq Tips web site area:


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DFreqDOWNLOADS - KTDrumTrigger, LUXONIX, SimulAnalog, E-Phonic...

Some of the latest music technology downloads:

KTDrumTrigger Beat Extractor/Replacer Plug-In (Mac/Windows - Free)

KTGranulator Delay Line Granulator Plug-In (Mac/Windows - Free)

LUXONIX LFX-1310 Multi FX Processor Plug-In (Mac/Windows - Free)

SimulAnalog Guitar Suite VST Effects Plug-Ins (Windows - Free)

E-Phonic Drumatic 3 Virtual-Analog Drum Synthesizer (Windows - Free)

E-Phonic Drumatic VE Vintage Drum Synthesizer VSTi (Windows - Free)

E-Phonic TapeDelay VST Plug-In Effect (Windows - Free)

For more of the latest music technology downloads, go to:

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DFreqCONTEST - Smart Loops Audio Sample Loop Collection

Congratulations to Brian Franz (aka Rednroll in the DigiFreq Forums) for winning the Frontier Design Tranzport contest! (Winners are notified by e-mail). Check out this topic in the DigiFreq Forums to read what Brian had to say about his new gear:

For those of you that didn't win, you're missing out on a great piece of gear. I use it myself and I think it's fantastic. Grab your very own Tranzport today:

For the current contest, DigiFreq has teamed up with Smart Loops to give away some cool audio sample loop collections. Three lucky winners will walk away with a variety of prizes! Details can be found on the DigiFreq Contest page.

Remember, you have to be a subscriber to be eligible for contests, and as long as you remain a subscriber, you are automatically entered into each contest. For more information go to:

PS. It also doesn't hurt to get a free account over at the DigiFreq Forums: http://www.digifreq.com/digifreq/discuss/

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DFreqFINISH - Your DigiFreq To Do List

These are a few things you should do to make your experience with visiting DigiFreq a productive, informative, and fun time!

1) Visit the Home page every day to stay up-to-date on all the latest DigiFreq updates and music technology news:

2) Visit the Forums every day to see what your fellow DigiFreq members are up to and participate in some of the cool music discussions:

3) If you haven't already, sign up for your free DigiFreq Forums account. We'll be having special contests just for Forum members in the near future and we'll even post a special announcement on your birthday, if you'd like:

4) Listen to some great independent music:

5) Submit your own music to be listed on DigiFreq:

And finally, please keep spreading the word about DigiFreq!



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Copyright 2006 by Scott R. Garrigus. All Rights Reserved.

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