Cakewalk SONAR Producer Recording Software (Windows)

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System Requirement

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


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)

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
(195 ratings)
Submitted August 25, 2009 by a customer from
"Sticking with Sonar for life."
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful.
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.

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.

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 read more 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!

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.

$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.

Musical Background:
seasoned drummer/guitarist, recording engineer

Musical Style:
All things METAL, hardcore, hard rock
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