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Cakewalk Sonar X1 Essential Music Production Software (Windows)

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Cakewalk Sonar X1 Essential Software

Sonar X1 Essential has a completely redesigned user interface that makes creating music faster and easier than ever. Create with cutting edge musical tools like the Step Sequencer and The Matrix. Customize your workspace with the Skylight interface. Get hands on control with Active Controller Technology (ACT). With a powerful collection of effects and instruments to get you started and more available tracks than DAWs costing twice the price, Sonar Essential is the perfect way to get your feet wet and to begin crafting your own masterpiece.

Features

- 64 audio tracks.
- Unlimited MIDI tracks.
- Matrix View - Non-linear environment for creating beats, beat juggling and song arrangement.
- Step Sequencer - Makes beats, bass lines leads and more. Add "real feel" with probability, flam, and other performance controls.
- Essential Instruments - Virtual instruments including, strings, bass, drums, electric piano, TTS-1 General MIDI, DropZone Sampler, and more!
- Essential Effects - 31 audio effects including reverb, chorus, compressor, peak limiter, and more!
- Win XP SP3, Vista 32 Win 7 32 Compatibility

DAW 2.0 has arrived

Sonar has been one of the most popular DAW's on the market for nearly a decade now. And we've learned a lot along the way. But things have changed over the past ten years, so we felt it was time to take our more than 20 years experience in creating music software, combine it with cutting edge music creation tools, and wrap it in a totally modern design. Watch the video on the left to learn more.

Skylight - Welcome to your workspace

Let's face it - constantly shuffling and resizing lots of floating windows is so last decade. Precisely suited for today's music production, Sonar X1's unparalleled user interface design speeds up workflow and provides a clean and modern creation environment. Skylight introduces a next generation workspace and ushers in a new level of simplicity by providing an intelligent interface that moves beyond contemporary, single-window design and layout clutter.

All your content unified

The completely redesigned Browser organizes all of your content into one, easily managed place. Drag and drop just about anything you can think of from the Browser directly to your workspace.

Inspector - Find what you've been looking for

Get all your clip, track, and channel data - centralized and at your fingertips. The new Inspector shows a wealth of data in a small footprint and allows for ergonomic track mixing. With Skylight, it's also fully collapsible, expandable, dockable and floatable.

Screensets - Just the way you remembered it

Per-project Screensets remember every window position, size and state and are accessed directly from the Control Bar or via your qwerty keyboard. Default Screensets are ready-to-go for just about any production scenario imaginable or create your own Screensets for tracking, mixing, jamming or experimenting. Recall everything - exactly the way you left it.

Smart Tools - Work smarter, not harder

Sonar's tools have been completely revamped for X1. Most functions are now performed with a single implement that switches automatically based on context. This dramatically speeds up editing and arranging by eliminating the need to constantly switch tools.

Control Bar - Total control freak

Access crucial functions quickly and clearly with the new modular Control Bar. Modules logically group related functions and can be arranged to suit your desire. It's fully expandable, dockable and floatable.

MultiDock - A place for everything

The MultiDock is an integral part of the Skylight interface that allows you to dock and easily access any of Sonar's views all in one place. The Console View, Step Sequencer, Piano Roll - even instruments and effects can all be contained within one consolidated area. For ultimate flexibility, the MultiDock itself can be quickly collapsed or expanded and can even be placed on an entirely separate monitor.

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System Requirements

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32-bit)/Vista Service Pack 2 (32- or 64-bit)/Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)*

Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.67 GHz/AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 Ghz

2 GB RAM

1280x800 minimum screen resolution

4.5GB for minimal installation, 15GB for complete installation

SONAR on DVD: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R or DVD+/-RW Drive

SONAR download: Broadband or better internet connection for download

Cakewalk Publisher requires available web server space with FTP access

* Windows XP Media Center and Windows XP 64-bit are not officially supported. SONAR X1 Essential is a 32-bit application only but can run on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Cakewalk Warranty 30 Days via manufacturer.
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 888-CAKEWALK
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