Cakewalk Software Pyro (Windows)

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Turn CDs into MP3s! Burn CDs from MP3 and WAV files! Record from LPs and cassettes!

If you want to get the most out of your digital music experience look no further than Cakewalk Pyro 5. Cakewalk has provided leading music recording technology to Grammy and Emmy winning musicians and producers for over 15 years. We've now combined the best of that technology with our years of experience to create Cakewalk Pyro 5, the ultimate software for the enjoyment of digital music and more.

Create ringtones from any music source, that are easily sent via the web to your audio reingtone capable phone.

Rip CDs, make MP3s, and manage your digital music collection.

Make DJ-style megamixes with crossfades for CDs or your portable player.

Digitize your favorite LPs and cassettes, clean the audio, then transform them into CDs or MP3s.

Record Internet broadcasts, then put them on CD or send them to your portable player

Burn and share mix CDs of your favorite music.

Create enhanced CDs with Cakewalk Pyro's CD-Extra burning features

Archive important data files to CD, DVD, or Dual Layer DVD

Create backup copies of your favorite CDs and data DVDs.

Essential Tools for Your Music & Media
NEW!Now easier than ever!

NEW!Create ringtones from any CD or MP3

Support for most portable music players

Create megamixes with DJ-style cross-fading

Rip/copy/burn audio CDs to/from WAV/MP3/WMA

NEW! Burn/copy data CDs/DVD/dual layer DVD (8.5 GB)

Free NEATO CD Label software

Fast, Powerful, and Easy
In Cakewalk Pyro everything is clearly labeled and straightforward. read more Quick Tabs make
it easy to get started making and copying CDs/DVDs; ripping CDs and making MP3s,
sending music to your portable player; and creating and uploading ringtones to your phone

The instruction pane is always available to give you guided help

Find and organize your files, then drag them to the arrange pane to create your playlist

Record LPs, cassettes, radio broadcasts, or any audio input -- Timed recording lets you record when you are away from your PC

Click powerful tools to clean, edit, and EQ your audio, adjust volumes, and add additional effects

Arrange your tracks with a playlist or visually with waveform display

Drag one song over the other to create seamless DJ-style mixes

Ringtones From CD to Phone 1-2-3
Cakewalk Pyro incorporates ToneThis technology for the ultimate ringtone generator, with no complicated PC to phone connections

1.Start with any CD track, MP3, or record your own audio

2.Use simple mouse-clicks to set the start and end time of the ringtone

3.Hit "Upload to Phone" to send an unlimited number of custom ringtones across the internet directly to your phone

Quickly Turn CDs into MP3s
1.Artist, album, and track info is just a click away

2.Choose MP3, WAV, or WMA format

3.Select the songs you want, then hit Rip CD Tracks

The Easiest Way to Copy
Backing up CDs and data DVDs couldn't be easier.

Select your 'from' and 'to' drive then hit copy.

So Much More
NEATO CD-labeling graphics package

Mini-player to enjoy your music

Support for most portable players

Dual Layer data DVD-Burning

Manage & Enjoy Your Music
Burn professional-quality CDs of your favorite songs

Turn CDs into MP3s, WAV, or WMA files with high-quality encoding

Record audio from any source: LP, Cassette, Internet broadcast, microphone

Locate and organize all the music files on your PC

Instantly download song, album, and artist names

Listen to music using Pyro's Dockable Mini Player

Cakewalk-quality Editing
Create megamixes & smooth transitions by crossfading songs

Precise edits with audio waveform display

Control start & end times, split audio files

Professional audio restoration: DeClicker, DeClipper, DeNoiser

Enhance audio with 64-bit EQ, Loudness Maximizer, Reverb, other effects

Set volumes automatically for an even mix

Ringtones, Portables, Back-up, More
Unlimited ringtone creation from MP3 or CD

Web-based transfer -- no complicated PC-to-Phone connections**

Send audio & M3U playlists to your digital music player*

Disc image (.ISO) burning, copying, and writing / saving

Back up with easy disc-to-disc copying

Burn audio and data CD, CD-Extra, CD-RW, Data DVD+/-R, Dual-Layer DVD

FREE NEATO MediaFACE 4 CD labeling software

* The ToneThis technology included with Pyro requires a WAP-enabled phone that is capable of playing pre-recorded audio material (real music) and receiving SMS text messages. Check with your manufacturer if you are unsure if your phone meets this requirement. It has been tested to work with AT&T, Bell Canada, Cingular, FIDO, Rogers AT&T, Sprint, T- Mobile and Verizon networks. supports one phone number per copy of Pyro.

** Portable music player device must be compatible with WMDM - please check with the manufacturer
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For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 888-CAKEWALK

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (67 ratings)
Submitted January 23, 2006 by a customer from
"Excellent value despite some minor glitches/quirks"
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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It does a lot for the money, although if you're planning on doing CDs for market release you probably will want CD Architect (which I think only comes bundled with Sound Forge nowadays).

Beyond the normal conversion process (several quality levels of MP3), it has some nice processing for red book authoring.

Very good set of features for an inexpensive product. I particularly like the loudness processing when burning a CD. This is helpful if you're putting together mix CDs from different sources, especially for use in a noisy environment (e.g., walk-in or background music for meetings, theatre, etc.) It will normalize all levels in the project much more quickly than normalizing individual files with an editor. It also has a cool little loudness maximizer that compresses and peak-limits the file, which is also great for keeping backgroun music audible without being too loud (like under dialog). These save me a lot of time. It also has other nice Red Book tools, like a waveform display of your CD project, graphical level, crossfade, and fade-in/fade/out tool. Hmmm, need to track down some files from some old LPs and see how well the noise reduction works.

My biggest issue is that it has trouble realizing I've put in a new CD. I rip one, pop in another, and wait, and about one out of three times it never recognizes the new CD until I exit and relaunch Pyro. read more It's often enought that I'm surprised when the CD tracks window actually populates. This is annoying and time consuming, especially since I'm in the process of converting all my library music to high-quality MP3s for portability (one DVD vs 30+ CDs!).

I have to admit, up to this point I was using Nero from two versions back, so this is a step up. I've also used CD Architect, and this is no CD Architect, but it's cheaper then either of those and has capabilities between them. It's definitely oriented toward music but does OK with burning data CDs and DVDs. I haven't tried burning any video projects with it yet, but you're better off using a DVD authoring program for that. That is to to say, this is a great value for the money, and except for the glitch when you change CDs, very cool and useful.

Manufacturer Support
I've only recently started using some Cakewalk products but they seem fairly responsive.

The Wow Factor
"Sex appeal" looks better on groupies - I'm more concerned if the software is functional and reliable, like a roadie. This is, mostly. I've used it constantly since I got it and don't see any immediate reason to get anything else.

Musical Background:
msucian/sound designer

Musical Style:
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