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Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer Music Production Software

Cakewalk's flagship Windows DAW, Sonar X3 Producer comes loaded with 80 instruments and effects -- the Rapture synth, Melodyne, XLN Addictive Drums and more! (3) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Looking for the Best Windows DAW? Piece of Cake.

Turn your PC into a portable music studio with Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer music-production software (Windows). This industry-leading DAW gives you all the tools, virtual instruments, and effects you need to record, compose, edit, mix, master, and distribute professional tracks.

With the software's streamlined Skylight user interface, you're in command of your digital workspace, and you have the freedom to move seamlessly from recording to editing to mixing without having to toggle through a ton of menus. Cakewalk's 64-bit audio engine enables you to produce flawless, radio-ready tracks you can be proud of, and the DAW's myriad instruments and processors allow you to create complete songs in the box, plug and play-style.

Sonar X3 also provides instant access to Melodyne Essential's cool vocal correction tools, ProChannel's must-have processors, authentic drum sounds from XLN Audio Addictive Drums, epic effects, and an entire mixing suite powered by the likes of AAS Lounge Lizard Session and Tone2 BiFilter 2. When you're finished with your work, use Sonar X3 Producer's distribution tools to share your music online. Producing and sharing original music is simple when you have Cakewalk's Sonar X3 Producer software at the heart of your rig.

Record Without Limits

Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks allow you to record the whole band in one go; take advantage of the fact that there really are no limits to the number of inputs you can record simultaneously. Sonar X3 Producer's high-end 384 kHz/64-bit audio engine gives you exceptional sound that you can rely on, so you always have a solid foundation to work with when editing and mixing. Flexible recording options, such as the ability to monitor effects while recording, enable you to work the way you want without having to go back and redo your recordings time and again. The Skylight user interface helps streamline your recording session by putting the functions you need right where you need them.

Edit Like a Pro Within Skylight

There's no way you can do your best work in a cluttered, messy office, and the same goes for your digital workspace. Cakewalk designed Sonar's Skylight user interface to be ultra clean and easy to navigate, with powerful functions and controls just a click away. Skylight is completely customizable so you can organize individual modules, such as your arrangement view or the mixer, however you want, and then lock together your most-used modules so they're always up front and easy to find. What's more, the Smart Tool helps you move from module to module with the fewest steps necessary.

AudioSnap time correction, Melodyne Essential pitch correction, and other editing features are onboard to help you fine-tune your sound, as are other powerful tools for looping, sequencing, comping multiple takes, and more.

Epic, Pro Sound in a DAW

In addition to workflow enhancements, Sonar X3 Producer offers a slew of impressive instruments ready to go for composing, arranging, designing sounds, and more. Find inspiration for a song with Sonar X3 Producer's 23 onboard instruments, including Rapture and Dimension Pro, and create music in any style with an array of effects and easy to use tools.

Create in-your-face drum sounds with a full version of XLN Audio Addictive Drums, customize searing guitar tones with the Overloud TH2 Producer amp simulator, perform with vintage piano sounds via AAS Lounge Lizard Session, channel your inner Jason Mraz with AAS Strum Acoustic Session, and generate modern, electronic dance sounds with Z3TA+ Classic.

Virtual Mixing Console Loaded with Processors and FX

Mix like you mean it with Sonar X3 Producer's mixing desk. Unlimited channels, buses, auxiliary sends, and inserts give you the flexibility to mix they way you want, and its advanced mixing tools and plug-ins provide powerful options for mixing in the box.

The ergonomic ProChannel console strip puts eight mixing modules (and more, if you purchase them separately) at your fingertips. Virtual processors like the ProChannel Console Emulator and Tape Emulator provide an authentic vintage analog sound, while ProChannel TapeSim lends a warm tape sound to your town and the QuadCurve EQ Zoom with Analyzer allow you to sculpt your mixes with surgical precision. Want more reverb? Turn to the versatile Breverb Sonar VST and ProChannel module. For further tailoring of your mixes, check out the vintage-style reverb provided courtesy of Nomad Factory BlueVerb, the 19 included Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX, or the Tone2 BiFilter 2 filter and distortion effects. Nearly 60 effects and processors are included in all, so there's no shortage of tweaking tools to get the sound you're craving.

Ready to Master? Sonar X3 Producer Is

When you're through with mixing, focus on mastering with super high-quality mastering plug-ins such as Cakewalk's LP-64 EQ linear-phase parametric equalizer and LP-64 multiband compressor, there to polish your tracks during the final stages of production. What's nice about Sonar X3 Producer is that its flexible working environment enables you to jump from any point in production to these linear phase plug-ins at any time without interrupting your workflow.

Sonar X3 Producer includes the distribution tools you need to deliver your work to the world. With this software, it's easy to share your music on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Gobbler integration means you have complete access to cloud data storage, and video export functions enable you to upload your work directly to YouTube. You can also burn CDs, print sheet music, and export notation in MusicXML format.

Features:

- Music-production software (DAW) for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering music
- Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
- Unlimited effects, sends, and buses for flexible mixing
- 64-Bit double precision engine provides pristine quality audio
- Skylight user Interface offers a customizable, effortless approach to production
- Smart Tool and Smart Grid provide easy ways to edit audio and MIDI
- AudioSnap provides full control of the timing and feel of your tracks
- Play loops in real-time with Matrix View
- Step sequencer onboard for programming beats
- Comp multiple takes and assemble the perfect performance
- 23 Instruments let you play and record with guitar amp tones, authentic drums, vintage pianos, acoustic guitars, and more
- Includes Rapture, Dimension Pro, Overloud TH2 Producer, XLN Audio Addictive Drums, AAS Lounge Lizard Session, AAS Strum Acoustic Session, Z3TA+ Classic, and more
- Melodyne Essential enables you to craft tight vocal performances
- Ergonomic ProChannel console strip provides epic, pro sound in a modular format
- Packed with 8 ProChannel modules, including ProChannel Console Emulator, Tape Emulator, QuadCurve EQ Zoom with Analyzer, Breverb Sonar VST and ProChannel module
- 57 FX, including 19 Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX, Nomad Factory BlueVerb, Tone2 BiFilter 2, and Linear Phase plugins
- Fully supports VST3 synths and effects
- Gobbler cloud saving and sharing makes it easy to distribute your music online
- Custom touch support on touch-enabled devices running Windows 8
- Requires Windows 7 or Windows 8

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System Requirements

- Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32 and 64-bit). XP and Vista are no longer officially supported.
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.67 GHz / AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 Ghz or higher
- 2GB of RAM
- 1280x800 minimum screen resolution
- 4.5GB for minimal install, 20GB recommended
- Broadband internet connection for download
- Gobbler requires internet connection
- XLN Audio Addictive Drums requires separate download and registration. Internet connection required for host computer.
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 0.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 2 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10-CXSP3.00-10C
Cakewalk Warranty 30 Days via manufacturer.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 888-CAKEWALK

Product Description

Cakewalk's SONAR X3 Producer leaves other DAWs in the dust with industry leading features. Edit and correct vocals like a pro with Melodyne Essential. Create the most realistic and authentic drums sounds with the full version of XLN Audio Addictive Drums. Get that epic, pro-sound that has defined the last 25 years of recording with the ProChannel - now with the QuadCurve EQ Zoom and analyzer for the ultimate precision. Get that vintage analog sound with the ProChannel Tape Emulator and the Console Emulator. And it doesn't stop there with a mixing suite powered by the Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX and BlueVerb, Tone2 BiFilter 2, AAS Lounge Lizard Session, AAS Strum Acoustic Session, Dimension Pro, Rapture, and much more.

Create music in any style with cutting-edge instruments, effects, and creative tools. Thanks to the award-winning Skylight user interface, SONAR X3 lets you move seamlessly in your production workspace, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again. Produce flawless tracks with the 64-Bit Double Precision audio engine and upload polished mixes directly to YouTube and SoundCloud. Plus, SONAR X3 let's you do it all without limiting the number of tracks and plugins; all while supporting technologies like VST3, multi-touch, and Gobbler cloud save.

SONAR X3 is Cakewalk's biggest upgrade to date and includes exciting core workflow enhancements and features like Color Customization, Comping, VST3 Support, ARA integration, Melodyne Essential, Tape Emulator, Cakewalk's revolutionary QuadCurve EQ Zoom & Analyzer, and much more. Plus, they've added effects and instruments including XLN Audio Addictive Drums, Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX, Lounge Lizard SONAR, and much more.

What's Included?

Create music in any style with cutting-edge instruments, effects, and creative tools. Thanks to the award-winning Skylight user interface, SONAR X3 lets you move seamlessly in your production workspace, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again. Produce flawless tracks with the 64-Bit Double Precision audio engine and upload polished mixes directly to YouTube and SoundCloud. Plus, SONAR X3 lets you do it all without limiting the number of tracks and plugins; all while supporting technologies like VST3, multi-touch, and Gobbler cloud save.

Features:

- Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
- Mix with unlimited effects, sends and busses
- Move seamlessly across all your production tasks with Skylight Interface
- Skylight Interface enhancements and color customizations
- Assemble the perfect performance with breakthrough comping workflow
- Full support for VST3 synths and effects
- Record and mix with the end-to-end 64-bit double precision engine
- Gobbler cloud saving and sharing
- Program beats using the Step Sequencer
- Play loops in real-time with the Matrix View
- Customize searing guitar tones with Overloud TH2 Producer amp sim
- Get authentic drums sounds with the full version of XLN Audio Addictive Drums
- Play vintage piano sounds with AAS Lounge Lizard Session
- Have a session guitar player with you at all times with AAS Strum Acoustic Session
- Create modern, electronic dance sounds with Z3TA+ Classic
- Play and record with 23 instruments including Rapture and Dimension Pro
- Craft the perfect vocal performances with Melodyne Essential
- Edit audio and MIDI, hassle free, with Smart Tool and Smart Grid
- Get full control of the timing and feel of your tracks with AudioSnap
- Custom touch support on touch-enabled devices running Windows 8
- Get that epic, pro studio sound with the ergonomic ProChannel console strip
- ProChannel Console Emulator and Tape Emulator for authentic vintage analog sound
- Sculpt your mixes with precision using the QuadCurve EQ Zoom with Analyzer
- Add lush reverb with the versatile BREVERB SONAR VST and ProChannel module
- Includes 8 ProChannel modules - expandable with additional modules (sold separately)
- Fine tune your mixes with the 19 included Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX
- Access Vintage-style world-class reverb with Nomad Factory BlueVerb
- Get incredible filter and distortion effects with Tone2 BiFilter 2
- Finalize and master your songs with high-quality Linear Phase plugins
- 57 total FX including the Boutique Suite plus everything in SONAR X3 Studio
- Share your music on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, and now YouTube
- Requires Windows 7 or Window 8
- And much more
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Sonar has arrived ... finally."
Overall: "Overall: I have owned several versions of Cakewalk since way before it became Sonar, was only a MIDI sequencer, and ran on Windows v3.1... circa '92 was it? When it became Sonar, it turned into a massive pain in the ... neck and remained that way until this X3 version. I've used many DAWs (including the ever ubiquitous Pro Tools) and when it comes to detailed functions and capabilities as well as amazing quality mastering tools/VSTs, Sonar takes the blue ribbon ... if you are willing to take the time and endure the pain necessary to learn how to use it to the max, It does everything, and now, it does it rather well without nearly any of the past hyper-complaining about everything, bugs to no end, and more crashes than your average dirt track rider. These days, I pair X3 up with Reason via Rewire. Each is an incredible complement to the other, all the bases are covered, and nothing is missing or lacking. X3 for mixing automation and mastering effects, Reason for a massive list of synths, samples, loops, and effects possibilities. Learning Sonar is very difficult as the help documentation has always been, and still is, cryptic at best compared to any other DAW, but it does so much more. If you are looking for the most capability look no further. My advice? Sonar X3 and Reason 7, together on a powerful computer. Incredible!"
Style of Music: Freedom Rock
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Overall: I have been running Pro Tools but it was time for an upgrade. For the price Pro Tools wanted for an upgrade and iLok key I was able to purchase Cakewalk Producer with more functions, plug ins and an easier to run program and saved money. I am happy with my choice. The next CD is being recorded now!
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