Cakewalk SONAR Producer Recording Software (Windows)

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Cakewalk Sonar Producer provides all the innovations computer recordists need from great mastering tools, to amazing effects and samples.

Sonar 8.5 Producer gives you what you need for recording, composing, editing, mixing, and mastering. Get innovations that matter, from exclusive features to ignite creativity and perfect your tracks, to groundbreaking technologies that always keep you in control, all backed by the industry's leading 64-bit audio quality. And Sonar 8.5 Producer delivers the go to production tools you want with the best collection of virtual instruments, mixing, and mastering effects found in any DAW.

With version 8.5, Sonar continues to innovate on all fronts. New beat creation and arrangement tools, a new drum instrument loaded with stellar kits, enhanced audio quantizing, new multi-stage effect plug-ins, and more combine together to make Sonar the most complete, most professional, and best sounding DAW to deliver your productions

NEW! Features

- NEW! PX-64 Percussion Strip 7-stage multi-effects processor

- NEW! VX-64 Vocal Strip 7-stage multi-effects processor

- NEW! Session Drummer 3 with bonus content

- NEW! Matrix View non-linear arrangement tool

- NEW! AudioSnap 2.0 - Fix audio timing issues instantly

- NEW! Step Sequencer 2.0 - with exclusive probability feature

- NEW! Per Track Arpeggiator - adds new sonic possibilities to your productions

- NEW! Windows 7 support and more


- Start producing quickly with track templates that instantly load your favorite sounds
- Make beats and synth lines with a dedicated Step Sequencer
- Manipulate the timing and feel of audio, read more just like MIDI, with AudioSnap
- Assemble the perfect take from Track Layers using powerful comping and editing tools
- Get sophisticated mixes with flexible routing options, unlimited sends, internal sidechaining, external effect inserts and over 30 surround configurations
- Get hands on control of your mix, instruments, and effects with Active Controller Technology
- The best audio quality in the industry: end-to-end 64-bit audio, tracks, effects, busses, and export
- Get perfect vocal tracks with Roland V-Vocal
- Amazing virtual instruments: Dimension Pro, Z3TA+, Rapture LE, True Pianos Amber, Beatscape Loop Performance instrument, 14 included instruments
- Awesome effects: VC-64 Vintage Channel, Guitar Rig LE, TL-64 Tube Leveler, TS-64 Transient Shaper, Lexicon Pantheon and PerfectSpace Convolution Reverbs, 42 effects in all
- Deliver your final master: LP-64 Linear Phase EQ, LP-64 Linear Phase Multiband, Boost 11 Peak Limiter, flexible export and delivery options
- Collaborate with studios who use other DAWs including Pro Tools, Logic Studio, Cubase, and others

Sonar 8 Producer Exclusives

Sonar 8 Producer includes everything in Sonar 8 Studio plus exclusive tools, effects, and instruments:

- LP-64 Linear Phase Equalizer(TM) for mastering
- LP-64 Linear Phase Multiband(TM) Compressor for mastering
- TL-64 Tube Leveler(TM)
- VC-64 Vintage Channel(TM) with sidechaining capabilities
- Roland(R) V-Vocal(TM) 1.5 with Pitch to MIDI conversion
- Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE
- Perfect Space(TM) Convolution Reverb
- Lexicon(R) Pantheon(TM) Reverb
- Sonitus Surround Compressor
- Dimension Pro(TM) 1.2 virtual synthesizer with Classic Keys Expansion Pack
- TruePianos Amber VSTi
- Beatscape(TM) looping instrument
- Hollywood Edge Sound FX library for Dimension Pro
- Z3TA+(TM) 1.5 waveshaping synthesizer
- Surround mixing in over 30 formats
- SurroundBridge(TM) technology to use stereo FX in surround
- POW-r dithering

Announcing SONAR 8.5 Studio

We are proud to announce a feature packed upgrade for SONAR Producer and SONAR Studio the most powerful digital audio workstation in its price range.

SONAR 8.5 continues to innovate with new capabilities including enhanced beat creation and arrangement tools, a new drum instrument loaded with stellar kits and patterns, an enhanced audio timing toolset, new multi-stage effect plug-ins for drum and percussion sounds, and vocal tracks, engine optimizations and stability improvements, and many additional workflow and technological advances, notably Windows 7 compatibility.

What's new in SONAR 8.5 Producer:

- PX-64 Percussion Strip-Simplifies the art of dialing in your drum sounds with 6 essential drum effects through 7 stages
- VX-64 Vocal Strip-Makes any vocal shine with EQ, compander, de-esser, doubler, delay, and dual-stage saturator
- Session Drummer 3-Easily create original, mix-ready drum parts with 20 genre-spanning kits and hundreds of patterns with content from Ocean Way Studios, Steven Slate, Sonic Reality, and Groove Monkee
- Matrix View-Load audio or MIDI tracks, loops, and more to improvise compositions on the fly. Create remixes, sketch out new arrangements for any song, and even perform live with just your MIDI keyboard or pad controller.
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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.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 888-CAKEWALK

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (195 ratings)
Submitted August 25, 2009 by a customer from

"Sticking with Sonar for life."

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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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 it's worth read more 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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