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Cakewalk SONAR Producer Recording Software (Windows)

Cakewalk Sonar Producer provides all the innovations computer recordists need from great mastering tools, to amazing effects and samples. (230) Read 22 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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SONAR Producer Edition Software

Sonar 8.5 Producer gives you what you need for recording, composing, editing, mixing, and mastering. Get innovations that matter, from exclusive features to ignite creativity and perfect your tracks, to groundbreaking technologies that always keep you in control, all backed by the industry's leading 64-bit audio quality. And Sonar 8.5 Producer delivers the go to production tools you want with the best collection of virtual instruments, mixing, and mastering effects found in any DAW.

With version 8.5, Sonar continues to innovate on all fronts. New beat creation and arrangement tools, a new drum instrument loaded with stellar kits, enhanced audio quantizing, new multi-stage effect plug-ins, and more combine together to make Sonar the most complete, most professional, and best sounding DAW to deliver your productions

NEW! Features

- NEW! PX-64 Percussion Strip 7-stage multi-effects processor

- NEW! VX-64 Vocal Strip 7-stage multi-effects processor

- NEW! Session Drummer 3 with bonus content

- NEW! Matrix View non-linear arrangement tool

- NEW! AudioSnap 2.0 - Fix audio timing issues instantly

- NEW! Step Sequencer 2.0 - with exclusive probability feature

- NEW! Per Track Arpeggiator - adds new sonic possibilities to your productions

- NEW! Windows 7 support and more

Features

- Start producing quickly with track templates that instantly load your favorite sounds
- Make beats and synth lines with a dedicated Step Sequencer
- Manipulate the timing and feel of audio, just like MIDI, with AudioSnap
- Assemble the perfect take from Track Layers using powerful comping and editing tools
- Get sophisticated mixes with flexible routing options, unlimited sends, internal sidechaining, external effect inserts and over 30 surround configurations
- Get hands on control of your mix, instruments, and effects with Active Controller Technology
- The best audio quality in the industry: end-to-end 64-bit audio, tracks, effects, busses, and export
- Get perfect vocal tracks with Roland V-Vocal
- Amazing virtual instruments: Dimension Pro, Z3TA+, Rapture LE, True Pianos Amber, Beatscape Loop Performance instrument, 14 included instruments
- Awesome effects: VC-64 Vintage Channel, Guitar Rig LE, TL-64 Tube Leveler, TS-64 Transient Shaper, Lexicon Pantheon and PerfectSpace Convolution Reverbs, 42 effects in all
- Deliver your final master: LP-64 Linear Phase EQ, LP-64 Linear Phase Multiband, Boost 11 Peak Limiter, flexible export and delivery options
- Collaborate with studios who use other DAWs including Pro Tools, Logic Studio, Cubase, and others

Sonar 8 Producer Exclusives

Sonar 8 Producer includes everything in Sonar 8 Studio plus exclusive tools, effects, and instruments:

- LP-64 Linear Phase Equalizer(TM) for mastering
- LP-64 Linear Phase Multiband(TM) Compressor for mastering
- TL-64 Tube Leveler(TM)
- VC-64 Vintage Channel(TM) with sidechaining capabilities
- Roland(R) V-Vocal(TM) 1.5 with Pitch to MIDI conversion
- Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE
- Perfect Space(TM) Convolution Reverb
- Lexicon(R) Pantheon(TM) Reverb
- Sonitus Surround Compressor
- Dimension Pro(TM) 1.2 virtual synthesizer with Classic Keys Expansion Pack
- TruePianos Amber VSTi
- Beatscape(TM) looping instrument
- Hollywood Edge Sound FX library for Dimension Pro
- Z3TA+(TM) 1.5 waveshaping synthesizer
- Surround mixing in over 30 formats
- SurroundBridge(TM) technology to use stereo FX in surround
- POW-r dithering

Announcing SONAR 8.5 Studio

We are proud to announce a feature packed upgrade for SONAR Producer and SONAR Studio the most powerful digital audio workstation in its price range.

SONAR 8.5 continues to innovate with new capabilities including enhanced beat creation and arrangement tools, a new drum instrument loaded with stellar kits and patterns, an enhanced audio timing toolset, new multi-stage effect plug-ins for drum and percussion sounds, and vocal tracks, engine optimizations and stability improvements, and many additional workflow and technological advances, notably Windows 7 compatibility.

What's new in SONAR 8.5 Producer:

- PX-64 Percussion Strip-Simplifies the art of dialing in your drum sounds with 6 essential drum effects through 7 stages
- VX-64 Vocal Strip-Makes any vocal shine with EQ, compander, de-esser, doubler, delay, and dual-stage saturator
- Session Drummer 3-Easily create original, mix-ready drum parts with 20 genre-spanning kits and hundreds of patterns with content from Ocean Way Studios, Steven Slate, Sonic Reality, and Groove Monkee
- Matrix View-Load audio or MIDI tracks, loops, and more to improvise compositions on the fly. Create remixes, sketch out new arrangements for any song, and even perform live with just your MIDI keyboard or pad controller.

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System Requirement

Minimum
Operating System*: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2 (32 and 64-bit), or Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit)

Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz [EMT64] or AMD Athlon XP 2800+ or higher

RAM: 1 GB

Graphics (resolution, color depth): 1024 x 768, 16-bit color

Hard Disk Space: 200 MB for core program

Hard Disk Type: Any

MIDI Interface**: Windows-compatible

Audio Interface***: Windows-compatible

Media Drive*****: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive (Dual Layer-capable drive required for installation of SONAR 8 Producer content)

Recommended
Operating System*: Windows Vista/7 (32 and 64-bit), can be run on Mac OS X with Boot Camp

Processor Speed: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 2.8 GHz [EM64T] AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2800+ or higher

RAM: 1 GB or higher

Graphics (resolution, color depth)
1280x960, 24-bit color or higher

Hard Disk Space: 30 GB for program and content

Hard Disk Type: EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA

MIDI Interface**: Windows-compatible

Audio Interface***: Windows-compatible

Media Drive*****: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive (Dual Layer-capable drive required for installation of SONAR 8 Producer content)

* Sonar does not support Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP x64
** Required to connect external MIDI devices
*** Required for audio playback.
**** Sonar is presented on DVD media. DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive required for installation.
***** Cakewalk Publisher requires you to have available web server space with FTP access privileges. An internet connection is required for music uploading. A broadband connection is recommended.
Cakewalk Warranty 30 Days via manufacturer.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 888-CAKEWALK
Customer Reviews
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This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Sticking with Sonar for life."
Sound: Sonar's audio engine is bar none the best in the business. They were the first to incorporate end to end 64-bit processing and it shows. Very pristine sound, you definately better have a good mic collection to go with this DAW because it has got one heck of a pristine engine. Feature: More than I know to do with. I record raw audio for bands and solo artists, I never use groove clips and very rarely MIDI instruments so there's a lot I haven't been able to explore yet. But pretty much anything you want a DAW to do, Sonar 8 will do it! No track or effects limitations like some others (pro tools). Once you get the hang of the layout and the features you can dish out good music fast! Ease of Use: I'll admit, Sonar 8 is very very in depth. Maybe not as simple looking as Pro Tools, but it's capabilities outweigh that by far. It's like riding a bike, it takes time but it's worth the learning curve! I moved from Cubase (VERY simple user interface) to Sonar and it took me a year of recording people and working with it to really get it down, but now that I do I'm soooo glad I switched! Quality: Simply can't beat it. I want to own a professional studio in the future (I'm only 20 years old) and I absolutely plan on basing it around Sonar, I just love it way too much to part with it. Sure DSP processing in Pro Tools is helpful, but intel's CPUs are getting better faster, and with DSP effects by SSL and UAD the DSP track processing will soon become obsolete. Just a note, track counts at high sample rates don't tax CPU's very much, it's the effects plugins at high sample rates that do. Value: $500 is a steal for this quality of a DAW program. Completely capable of epic pro standard recordings. Manufacturer Support: Haven't had to contact them, the help section works great for that. The Wow Factor: Couldn't live without it. Overall: If you are on the fence with your possibilities for a DAW, get off it! You have to spend tons to get a Pro Tools system worth having, then you are limited to more expensive pro tools effects, more expensive interfaces, and limited compatibility. Sonar has everything you need and with more compatibility than any other DAW. It even has an export function that in one step exports all the individual tracks to a folder as WAV files to take to another studio for mastering if they use somethinhg else such as pro tools.
Style of Music: All things METAL, hardcore, hard rock
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Sound: 64 bit Floating engine?, That's the highest quality available on ANY DAW, and you get it for 499.99, You get 42 Audio FX, you get Guitar Rig LE for anyone who doesn't want to mic there amp, you have FX that sound realistic and GOOD!, You get Dimension PRO, which has an abundance of patches for every type of music, You get to bounce files to OMF, meaning someone who sends you a logic, cubase, or digital performer file, you can open it in Sonar 8, and you can bounce the file to send back to them, so the sound, and flexibility is amazing ! Feature: The features on this thing are endless, the editing tools which are so intuitive and flexible, the fact that you have unlimited audio and midi tracks, the fact that you can throw in video clips clean the audio in the video, the busses, the immense amount of audio fx, the feature list is endless, but the best feature is the improved mix engine, which runs 10 to 20 times more efficient on your machine, using less resources of your cpu but delivering the same power, not only that but it works PERFECT with vista, no issues what so ever. Ease of Use: This program is easier than people say, people don't sit long enough to understand that, Everything is programmable if you like protools shortcuts you can set the shortcuts to protools on your sonar, its simple, you can share files with logic, cubase, and DP users, you have an easy mixer with easy routing features, this program gives you everything without complexity, all you have to do is give it a chance, and you will not be dissapointed. Quality: The quality on this thing is amazing, you know that cakewalk puts their best foot forward on their releases, I've been a protools user for years, but discovering sonar was a blessing, having a powerful machine goes for anyone, you will never go in to a protools HD rig and see a macbook, you will see a 8 Core Mac Pro with many gigs of ram, so if you want efficiency invest in a powerful PC, they are inexpensive, and easy to maintain. Thats all you need for Sonar, a high grade PC. Value: The fact that you get great tech support, a great DAW, several FX, Dimension Pro, Guitar Rig LE, Unlimited tracks of Audio and Midi, A full on beat of a program that doesn't eat your CPU memory, and all this for 499.99? its a no brainier, Protools requires their hardware and an extremely good PC, i had a pc of 1 gb of ram and pentium 4 with an mbox mini, i couldn't even run Protools, i used my mbox mini with sonar 6 at the time because even that was more efficient. I moved on to an RME fireface and sonar 8, and haven't looked back once, as a musician entering the software realm the DAW is where it starts, buy this product, learn it, use it, and you wont be dissapointed. Manufacturer Support: Cakewalk has the best support out of all the software companies, being they have a forum, where the employees look at the problems, and implement them in the software is great, they go to the source which is us the consumers, and figure out ways to make their product better, releasing upgrades, and bringing out better versions every year. The tech support for someone who has sonar is great, they will stay on the phone with you until you are up and going, and if you have to call back that is no problem, Cakewalk is trying their hardest to make the customers happy, and that's something that's important especially for someone who's just starting this music thing. The Wow Factor: This product is sexy, the design of sonar is very modern the look of the mixer is very sleek and the colors mesh very well together, you cant possibly not like how this interface looks. Protools looks like something from the 60's like before color TV was invented, yet a majority of people use it, but sonar, they try to improve the look of the DAW as much as possible so that not only does it run amazing, but it looks amazing as well. Overall: I don't think ill ever leave cakewalk they are a brand that cares about their users, and thats important in a world where no one is trying to give a helping hand. I've tried many DAW's and none of them offer the features, and ease that sonar does. This is the best thing for the price, its worth so much more. All the content sonar users can agree how amazing this piece of software is, and how underrated it is. People give it a try, you will definitely be satisfied.
Style of Music: World, Hip Hop, RnB, Rock, Alternative
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