Cakewalk SONAR Home Studio (Windows)

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System Requirements

Minimum
Operating System: Windows XP (32-bit) / Vista / Mac OS X with Boot Camp

Processor Speed: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon(TM) XP 1500+ or higher

RAM: 512 MB

Graphics (resolution, color depth): 1024x768, 16-bit color

Hard Disk Space: 100 MB for full program installation

Hard Disk Type: Any

MIDI Interface**: Windows-compatible

Audio Interface***: Windows-compatible

Media Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive

Web Server Access****: Available web server space with FTP access privledges

Recommended
Operating System: Windows XP (32-bit) / Vista / 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): 1280 x 960, 24-bit color or higher

Hard Disk Space: 6 GB for program and content

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

MIDI Interface**: Windows-compatible

Audio Interface***: Windows-compatible

Optical Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive

Web Server Access****: Available web server space with FTP access privileges

* 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
(113 ratings)
Submitted May 9, 2005 by a customer from qwest.net
"Core product is solid and works great - Great value."
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I would have upgraded my studio long ago, but this works great - I get compliments on my sound ALL the time. No near-term plans to upgrade.

Sound
Nothing wrong with the digital sound. Even the pitch correction - Very few artifacts, if any. Reverbs are clean, choruses fine. Synths are fine. Drum sets sound great - Just add some meat with the built-in parametric eq.

Features
Everything you need is here - Maybe not in the most obvious place, but it's here. I read one review on this site complaining about not being able to go from 'midi to mp3'. Not true. Step 1) The software synths provided here allow you to drive them with midi and create a .wav file complete with effects. Step 2) True, the converter from .wav to mp3 is a trial version, but who needs it when you can do it better with iTunes anyway. Parametric eq, graphic eq, wave editing, pitch correction, effects, cut-and-paste-drag-and-drop non-destructive editing, consoles, projects, midi, software synths, loops, etc. Features galore, all work well.

Quality
Core product is solid - A couple addons are lame and have been known to expire during the product's lifetime, as noted in other reviews on this site. Leaves a bad impression. Cakewalk could improve in this area. Advice - Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. This is a fine product.

Value
Simply cannot beat it read more for the price.

Manufacturer Support
The web site keeps users alerted to problems with releases. I have found what I need to know there. Never had to call.

The Wow Factor
Presentation is pretty utilitarian. Does that make a difference?

Musical Background:
Active Musician

Musical Style:
Rock-jazz-latin-gospel-funk-bluegrass fusion
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