Cakewalk Software SONAR XL (Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP)

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Minimum System Requirements

Operating System(1) Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP
Processor Speed 500 MHz
Hard disk space 100 MB for full program installation
Hard disk type Any
Graphics (resolution; color depth) 800 x 600; 256 colors
MIDI Interface(2) Windows-compatible
Sound Card(3) Windows- compatible

Recommended System Requirements

Operating System 2000/XP
Processor Speed 1.2 GHz
RAM 256 MB
Hard disk type EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SCSI Hard Drive
Graphics (resolution; color depth) 1024 x 768; 24-bit color
Sound Card(4) WDM compatible

1. Note: SONAR does not support Windows 95, 98 original (98SE is supported) or NT
2. Required to connect to external MIDI devices
3. Required for audio playback
4. Requires Windows Me/2000/XP
Cakewalk Warranty 30 Days via manufacturer.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 888-CAKEWALK
(39 ratings)
Submitted June 6, 2003 by a customer from
"SONAR was the greatest thing to happen to my studio"
I'll keep this until Cakewalk releases version 3.0.
Sonar is a transparent audio application. What I mean by that is it doesn't color my audio when I record. Well that is unless I want it to :)
I find the overall interface, audio tools, ACID loop support, integrated synths, and deep MIDI editing the most useful features. The bonus plug-ins in XL are very useful. I'm now using it's rewire support to work with project5 and Reason, and that is also working well. Least useful would probably be the light version of the Live Synth Pro because after a month you can only use small size SF banks. It would have been better with VST support, but I have the adapter for that and it works fine for me.
I found a few bugs in the initial 2.0 version, but now that 2.2 is out, It's been smooth sailing.
I wish this were around 10 years ago when I spent thousands of dollars to get about 1% of the capabilities found in Sonar.
Manufacturer Support
I haven't really needed service or support so I guess that's the best it could be.
The Wow Factor
The features make it sexy, but I guess it could look a little sexier. Does that really matter though?
Musical Style:
global electronica, and rock
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