I still haven't figured out all the features with Sonar, but I have QLSO Gold, and one thing I'm trying to figure out is velocity controlling in realtime with midi. I don't want to record lets say...a string trill, and use volume to increase it sneaking in. Velocity changing sounds so much better and natural. Obviously you can't control 5 instruments at once with your hand in the midi mixdown, so you'd have to create an envelope and put nodes where you want the string trill to build and get louder and more aggressive.
Problem is...how? I've found the midi options, but when I try to mess with the velocity..it's not doing what I tell it to do.
Most of the time, I just type the velocity of each note manually, but on a single note string trill spanning 1-2 measures....I need to control it somehow! Anyone got any tips on this, or am I doing something wrong?
I thought velocity CC's were only 'note on' controllers and can't be used in an 'envelope' type context. I could be way off, since I'm just bored and have nothing better to do.
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Try right clicking on a Midi Clip and finding the Piano Roll editor. It's way easier to draw in velocities instead of typing them in manually .
You can also right click on a note and type if you want .
There are also some effects like velocity randomization , % Fade in or out , or even lowering velocities at the same %age . You select the notes in piano roll and then you find the midi effect you want ( right click ) .
I do not have Sonar 3 . But i have tried the Sonar 2 demo and it is very similar to cakewalk pro audio.
I'm not sure about Gold, but for most sound sets, the expression control (CC-11) is what you want to adjust. Velocity is based on how hard the note is struck, but doesn't control how the note is shaped. Expression lets you create a crescendo, decrescendo or any other shape.
Some use Volume (CC-7) instead of Expression, but I prefer to use the volume control for the mix level, and the expression control to model the way that the player would blow or bow the instrument.
I was unable to do that in Sonar 3. I can draw controllers. How do you drawvelocities
Open the piano roll view for the track. You should see the controller pane at the bottom. At the left of the controller pane (underneath the piano keyboard) you should see three drop-down boxes. Select the arrow on the top one and select 'velocity' from the list. You will the see vertical lines below the begining of each note. These represent the note velocities.
I can see them, but I can't change (erase or draw) them as I do with controllers! It's 3.1.1 version.
My guess is that you have more than one track selected and the track you are trying to edit is not the active track.
Click the button on the top of the piano roll with two arrows (one pointing up, and one pointing down). It will drop down a listing of your tracks with the ones selected for the piano roll highlighted. Click on the track you want, and make sure no others are selected.
You should be able to edit your velocities.
Conversely, you can mouse over the vertical bar on the right side of the piano roll window (right of the scroll bars) and drag it open to a pane that shows the tracks being edited. You can the select your track there.