Cakewalk Sonar Professional Music Production Software

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A powerful Windows DAW for a nice price! Get everything from SONAR Artist, plus instruments and FX like Addictive Drums, Melodyne and REmatrix Solo reverb.

SONAR PROFESSIONAL is Cakewalk's advanced recording, mixing and mastering software for modern music production. SONAR Professional includes everything in SONAR Artist, and then adds a full set of advanced features that will allow you to develop major-label-sounding productions from creation to delivery. No other Digital Audio Workstation at this price matches up to the quality of SONAR Professional's feature-rich platform.

Create and edit flawless vocals like never before with Speed Comping and Melodyne 4 Essential integrated right into the program. Create real drum tracks using Addictive Drums 2 Solo Edition. Fire up world-class bass and guitar tones that won't disappear in your mix using TH3 Cakewalk amp simulator. Get inspired and experiment with 19 instruments. Take advantage of SONAR's revolutionary ProChannel Console Strip to mix your creations, and then apply the LP EQ and LP MB mastering plug-ins to finalize your tracks for release. The award-winning, Touch-enabled Skylight User Interface workflow experience has proven itself to be smarter and faster than anything else available.

Experience creativity in a way only SONAR can offer: industry-leading technology, effortless workflow, and an inviting interface that amplifies inspiration. Backed and powered by over 25 years in the relentless pursuit of innovation, SONAR is refueling the existence of modern music creation.


- Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, effects, sends and busses
- Create professional read more compositions with 19 instruments, and 50 FX included
- Fully tested, supported and compatible with Windows 10/8/7
- Addictive Drums 2 state of the art drum instrument (Solo Bundle)
- LP EQ and LP MB Linear Phase Mastering Plug-ins
- Melodyne 4 Essential included and integrated into the program
- REmatrix Convolution Reverb with tons of presets and IR's
- Overloud TH3 Cakewalk amp sim: world-class guitar tones in SONAR
- Onscreen and QWERTY MIDI controller: Create music anywhere!
- Rapture Session Instrument: 4GB library and 450 hand-picked sounds
- Mix Recall: switch mixes in a flash without leaving the project
- dd Track Menu: Get recording faster with a simple and smart menu
- Help Module: A "hovering" system to learn/command the program fast!
- Studio Mixing Suite with 19 analog-inspired FX from Nomad Factory
- Per-track ProChannel strip with QuadCurve EQ and other modules
- Z3TA+ Classic synth -- used and abused by countless noteworthy artists
- Get your song radio & internet-ready with Boost 11 Peak Limiter (Mastering)
- Piano Roll View (PRV) Enhancements for faster MIDI editing
- Record and mix with the powerful end-to-end 64-bit double precision engine
- Share your music on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
- Expandable Sends/FX Stacking = easier visual control over your mix
- Patch Points and Aux Tracks for the most creative and flexible mixing
- Control Bar that dynamically repositions and resizes
- Achieve higher-quality mixes with Plug-in Upsampling
- The fastest workflow in any DAW with the Skylight User Interface
- Create the best performances from multiple takes with Speed Comping
- Support for VST3, hi-res DSD, ARA and Multi-touch
- Program beats using the familiar Step Sequencer
- Drag, drop and play loops in real-time with the nonlinear Matrix View
- Optimize your MIDI editing and paint notes with the Pattern Tool
- The Smart Tool & Smart Grid make all editing work hassle-free and easy
- And much more

SONAR Professional includes virtual instruments like the Addictive Drums 2 Solo bundle in this video:


Addictive Drums 2 (Solo Edition)

SONAR Professional includes the Addictive Drums 2 Solo bundle, which lets you pick any ADpak, any MIDIpak, and any Kitpiece Pak of your choice. You'll have tons of sounds and rhythms for inspiration and full-blown productions. Addictive Drums 2 in SONAR is literally like having world-class drummers recording in top-notch studios right inside your program.

SONAR Professional comes with Melodyne Essential pitch-correction tools. See how it works in this video:

Melodyne 4 Essential with ARA Tempo Detection

The world's most advanced pitch correction software combined with an engine that analyzes and detects tempo for a multitude of practical uses. Melodyne works seamlessly inside SONAR Platinum and allows you to edit right in the timeline without any hesitation or restriction. Drag a clip up to the timeline and the ARA engine analyzes and creates a tempo map that follows that clip; your project can now follow and sync to the tempo of live recordings!

LP EQ and LP MB Linear Phase Mastering Plug-ins

These transparent linear-phase processors are a must for any modern music creator. Tweak your masters with all 20 bands of the LP EQ, or 6 bands of clean, frequency-based compression on the LP MB. Individually control, solo and modify each band as a center, side, or stereo plugin and save your favorite settings with the Preset Manager. Built for musicians and producers, these plugins are guaranteed to give you all the tools you need to finalize your mixes for today's industry standards.

REmatrix Convolution Reverb (ProChannel Module)

REmatrix Solo is a zero-latency convolution reverb with over 100 Impulse Response presets. Light on DSP, but heavy on crystal clear lush plates, halls, rooms, early reflections and specialty spaces that will make a big difference in your productions. Having this top-of-the-line convolution reverb in your FX arsenal means no more cheap-demo-sounding reverbs. You can even import your own Impulse Responses.

TH3 Cakewalk Amp Simulator

Achieve world-class guitar tones directly inside SONAR. Guitarists (and now bassists too!) can experience the most accurate model reproductions available in the business with an expandable collection of amps, cabs, and effects. A user-friendly interface and refined precision DSP engine tie it all together. In addition to TH3 Cakewalk, SONAR also includes 16 additional virtual drag-and-drop amps for even more options.

Mix Recall

Never second-guess yourself on a mix again. Mix Recall lets you save and switch to various mix scenes for easy, one-click comparisons without leaving the project. Swap out effects, fader positions, or every parameter so that you can restore an original mix, create remixes, or just entertain a client's suggestion. Mix tracks specifically for radio, podcast, video, or mp3, and then bounce every version in a single export.

ProChannel Channel Strip

Found on every track in SONAR Professional is an ingenious analog-inspired pop-out channel strip that greatly enhances the creative workflow. Based around the critically acclaimed 4-mode QuadCurve EQ, the expandable ProChannel in SONAR Professional comes with 13 high-quality modules for shaping sounds fast. Engineered for DSP efficiency, the ProChannel delivers everything from analog warmth to shimmering reverb and beyond.

Z3TA+ Classic synth

Simply stated, Z3TA+ has become a staple in modern music production among the top producers in the world. It uses exclusive waveshaping technology to deliver sounds way beyond the conventional virtual synthesizer, and comes with a huge library of authentic cutting edge sounds that can be the base for unlimited sonic possibilities. From lush warm pads, to deep atmospheric tones, to searing and sparkling leads, Z3TA+ allows you to NOT sound like everyone else.

Help Module and Add Track Menu

SONAR is a lot more user-friendly. Whether you're a pro, a new user, or coming from another platform, the Help Module has everything you need to know right inside the program. Designed to help you learn the program faster and discover new workflows, it provides item descriptions, helpful hints and tips, modifier keys and keyboard shortcuts, and also links to online help, videos and more. The simple and smart Add Track Menu will have you recording faster and more efficiently than ever before.

Onscreen Virtual Controller with QWERTY Keyboard Input

No MIDI controller? No problem. The Onscreen Virtual Controller lets you compose with all of your favorite virtual instruments with absolutely no MIDI hardware connected to your computer. It also supports mouse input and QWERTY keyboards so you can type MIDI compositions right into SONAR, jump octaves, and even adjust velocity without a touch screen. What's more, a special piano for touch-enabled devices snaps automatically to the screen resolution size.

FX Stacking and Expandable Sends

The award-winning Skylight interface continues to evolve, and with Stacked FX and Expandable Sends; you can view as many effects and sends as your screen resolution can handle -- in both Track and Console views.

Export to LANDR Mastering

The LANDR professional mastering solution is integrated directly into SONAR, allowing you to master your tracks instantly. LANDR uses highly developed and tested A.I. technology to profile and deliver you the most accurate master for your style and genre. You can quickly preview your mixes and get real-time feedback to make instant improvements.

Stunning FX Chains

SONAR has FX Chains comprised of multiple effects integrated into a smart container where each programmable and automatable knob and button can control multiple parameters. From single-knob utilities, to boutique digital stompboxes, to sound-generating environments and additional effects, these 50+ FX chains in addition to SONAR's stock FX Chains will kick-start your creativity and streamline the production process.


AudioSnap is SONAR's tempo manipulation tool. A detection algorithm re-boots AudioSnap into a next-generation toolkit. Stretch a song from one tempo to another, sync your recordings to audio loops, tighten your drums and convert them to MIDI.
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- Included in the box: Download card and printed manual

- Minimum System Requirements:
- OS: Windows 7 or 8 (32- or 64-bit)
- Processor: 2.6GHz Intel or AMD multi-core processor
- Memory: 4GB
- Hard Drive: 5GB for minimal install, 20GB recommended
- Monitor Resolution: 1280x800 (1920 x 1080 recommended)
- Audio Interface: ASIO compatible hardware is recommended
- Internet: Connection required for downloads, activation, and publishing features

- Please note: The included download card lets you redeem your product. An internet connection is required to install SONAR and all membership updates.

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

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