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

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SONAR XL provides all of the capabilities of SONAR, plus additional DXi soft synths, audio loop libraries, and a SoundFont library. Not compatible with Windows 95, orinal 98, or NT.

iZotope Trash Effect is a 64-bit distortion, filter, delay and amp sim effect with a memorable sound and name provided in the form of a DirectX plug-in. For guitarists recording direct, Trash provides over 85 box, cabinet and speaker models -- ranging from standard amp classics to stacks to experimental designs. Combined with 45 overdrive and distortion models -- 12AX7 tubes, 6L6 tubes, transistors, fuzz, rectifiers, and more -- you can make Trash sound as good, bad, real or unreal as you want. Trash goes beyond a typical "guitar amp simulator" effect, though. With multi-band distortion, sweeping filters and emulations of classic delays it can be effectively applied to bass, vocals, drums as well.

Trash Features:
48 distortion types ranging from tube overdrive to the fuzz of germanium transistors. Chain pairs of distortions together for sonic destruction at 64-bit precision, or split the signal into multiple bands and apply distortion independently to individual frequencies.

Realistic modeling of 85 amp cabinets and speakers. Classics, combos, boutique models, stacks... a tone and character for any occasion.

36 filters that can be LFO or envelope triggered through a unique graphical display. Synth filters, resonant filters, classic analog filters and more.

Multi-band dynamics and gating to control the peaks and tame the noise.

Trash the echo with a selection of classic lo-fi delays. Tape delay with saturation and nonlinear tape machine artifacts, tape-tube delay with added read more tube saturation modeling, classic analog delay with analog degradation and Lo-fi digital delay with quantization noise and aliasing.

History and Undo features, dedicated preset manager with dozens of drum, guitar and bass presets, spectrum and level meters, and DirectX automation in applications such as Cakewalk SONAR, Sonic Foundry Vegas 4 and Sonic Foundry Acid 4.

Now you can produce projects faster than with any other Windows-based multi-track recording software available today. SONAR offers you speed, precision, elegance, and stability, providing the complete software-based production environment.

SONAR is the industry-standard for audio and MIDI production, used daily by thousands of musicians, composers, DJ/remix artists, engineers, and producers involved in CD recording and mastering; scoring and posting for film and television; and music for the Internet.

With support for the world's best effects, soft synths, hardware controllers, and industry-accepted file formats. SONAR 2.2 presents an open system that places no limits on your creativity.

***Qualifying Products for Competitive Upgrades Include:
Cubase VST 3 and higher, Logic Audio Gold or Platinum, Vegas, Acid Pro, Digital Performer and Audio Desk.

Send proof of ownership of your existing product to Cakewalk such as the original program master CD (or dongle) or page of owner's manual in order to register and qualify for technical support. Complete instructions are in the box.

Sonic Timeworks EQ
A fully-automatable, 64-bit EQ, 30-band spectrum analyzer, and phase meter perfect for mastering. Features clean and vintage EQ algorithms, high and low cut filters with resonant filter controls, low and high shelf filters, 6 bands of bell filters, sweepable filter points, and adjustable Q sizes.

Sonic Timeworks Compressor X
One of the best-sounding, most-versatile, mastering-quality compressors on the market today. This 64-bit, fully-automatable audio effect features hard or soft-knee compression, no-clip brick wall limiting, ultra-fast attack/release times, as well as analog-style metering.

FXpansion Audio DR-008 Dxi
Get dynamic drum sounds with this advanced drum sampler/synthesizer. User-friendly and powerful, the DR-008 does it all: analog modeling; pattern-based sequencing; 32-bit sampling; support for WAV and AIFF files, and LM-4, DR-005, and other drum kits. Features multiple modules to get you in the groove, including vintage 808 and 809 sounds.

New for 2.2
Support for ASIO compatible Windows hardware including the Digi 001, Digi 002, Mbox, and Pro Tools | HD.

Support for OMFI and Broadcast Wave files provides cross-platform compatibility with OMFI host applications such as Pro Tools, Avid and Logic systems.

CYCLONE DXi 16-part groove sampler

Dedicated support for the Mackie Control, Radikal SAC-2.2, CM Labs MotorMix and TASCAM US-428, plus a Global Control panel with learn-mode to quickly integrate any MIDI-compatible control surface

Multi-port drum editing with grid & pattern based enhancements and custom drum mapping

Enhanced soft synth integration: Synth Rack, multi-output synths, DXi 2.0 support, more

ReWire 2.0 support: integrate Project5, Reason, ReBirth and other ReWire-compatible synths with SONAR

Advanced project management: easy-to-use file management tools, per-project audio folders, intelligent file naming, more

Yamaha OPT Panels Support

Export ACID-format WAV files for use in other projects and application

Integrated multi-track recording, editing, mixing, and delivery of audio and MIDI.

24-bit/96 kHz audio hardware support.

Simultaneously record multiple tracks with support for multi-channel audio hardware.

Internal MIDI precision of 960 PPQN for rock-solid synchronization, and recording and editing accuracy.

Unlimited undo/redo with history.

Unlimited potential tracks and real-time effects inserts, 16 auxiliary sends, and up to 64 virtual main outputs.

Envelope automation of audio and MIDI, synths, effects, and mix parameters with sub-sample level accuracy.

Copy, paste, edit, and move automation as events.

Global control surface support with presets and learn mode.

Optional WDM Kernel Streaming for faster audio processing and mixing, live input monitoring of effects, and lowest-latency DXi soft synths. (Requires WDM-compatible audio hardware).

Fully-automatable DirectX 8 audio effects.

Add more DirectX effects as needed to expand your audio processing power.

Supports and includes DXi soft synths.

Additional DXi synths available separately from leading developers.

Unlimited simultaneous DXi. synths (computer dependent).

Integrate ReWire-compatible synths.

Add VST instruments and effects with VST to DX converters, available separately.

Advanced audio loop construction and integration tools.

Professional meters with peak, RMS, peak and RMS, pre-fader, post-fader, and pre-fader post effects metering.

Automatic crossfade of overlapping audio clips with curve options.

Non-destructive slip editing (trimming) of audio and MIDI.

Real-time MIDI FX plug-ins for non-destructive MIDI editing.

Multi-track Piano Roll view for precise editing of MIDI data.

Notation of MIDI tracks with guitar tablature, percussion symbols, chord libraries, and fretboard display.

Event List view with display filtering.

View and edit tempos via graphical map or list.

Frame-accurate SMPTE synchronization with variable frame rates; auto-detection of incoming timecode.

Unlimited real-time locate markers.

Support for custom screen layouts and keyboard shortcuts.

Advanced project file management with networked media support.

Import multiple file formats: AIF, ASF, AU, AVI, BUN, MID, MP2, MP3, MPEG, MPG, SND, WAV, WRK.

Export to WAV to burn CDs; export ACID-format audio for use in other projects and applications; export video and audio to AVI.

Encode audio to MP3, RealAudio G2, and Windows Media ASF. (Includes trial version of Fraunhofer MP3 encoder).

Dual-monitor support.

Multi-processor support.

Extensive 615 page manual and context sensitive online help.

Improve Your Creative Workflow
SONAR's Track view is the heart of your recording and editing environment, designed to enhance your own creative process. Record, edit, sequence, and mix your projects all from within one global view.

Tracks, auxiliary buses, and main outputs are all displayed in the Track view.

Monitor input and playback meters.

Patch effects and synths.

Arrange with drag and drop, and loop based ease.

Individually zoom tracks and edit audio with sample level accuracy.

Control all parameters and automation of your mix.

Work in only the areas you want using multiple view tabs.

Audio Loop Construction and Editing
SONAR integrates an audio loop construction toolkit for quickly incorporating loops into your projects. Create and edit loop-based projects, and record additional audio and MIDI tracks for rich, layered sound.

Make tempo and pitch changes to audio in real-time.

Automatic beat matching.

Flexible time stretching/pitch shifting.

Click and drag to lay down loops when and where you want them.

Quickly find, organize, and audition loops (hundreds included) in real-time using the Loop Explorer - even during playback.

Combine an infinite number of different loops on the same track.

Use ACID-compatible loops, or create loops from any recorded audio, WAV, MP3, or AIFF file.

Export audio as ACID-format WAV files for use in other projects or applications.

Check out the included Cyclone DXi groove sampler for more powerful looping features.

Cyclone Dxi
Cyclone DXi presents a new, more flexible way of working with samples, and brings a live dynamic to loop-based music. It's a powerful 16-part, ACID-compatible, groove sampler, composition tool, and loop editor wrapped up in a single DXi synth.

Load up to 16 loops or Wav samples and fire away. Spontaneously create loop-based music productions using any MIDI device, MIDI track, PC keyboard or mouse. Tweak individual slices of your loops, even combine parts of multiple loops to create and export your own custom grooves.

Perform and record loop-based compositions in real-time using any MIDI device, MIDI tracks, a computer keyboard, or mouse.

Assign SONAR Groove Clips and ACID-format WAV files to Cyclone's 16 pads.

Loaded samples match the tempo and pitch of your project.

Rearrange, combine, slice, tweak, and customize samples to create new grooves.

Control gain, pitch, and pan of individual loop slices.

Full control over looping points: a great way to create polyrhythmic textures and work with loops in odd time signatures.

Support for multiple outputs & key mapping.

Export your loop creations to a new Groove clip that can be used in SONAR & other apps.

Integrated DXi Soft Synths
DXi is the open standard for soft synth plug-ins, and it is based on Microsoft DirectX technology. DXi soft synths provide you with the lowest-latency, most responsive and reliable software synths available for Windows.

The new Synth Rack makes loading and working with the synths for your project a snap. SONAR now supports multi-output synths, and automation from the synth interface, plus DXi synths are now more efficient and offer lower latency than ever before.

A powerful 16-part, ACID-compatible, groove sampler, loop trigger, composition tool, and editor wrapped up in a single DXi synth.

Additional DXi Synths Included
Audio Simulation's DreamStation 2.0 DXi, accurately reproduces analog synth sounds by modeling analog circuits and oscillators.

EDIROL's Virtual Sound Canvas 1.5 DXi, modeled after one of the world's most popular sound modules.

Live Update's LiveSynth Pro Dxi trial version*, offers full Emu/Creative Technology SoundFont 2.0 compatibility.

* This special edition of LiveSynth Pro (included in SONAR and SONAR XL) gives you a 30-day period where you can enjoy all the features of LiveSynth Pro. After this period, you will still be able to use LiveSynth Pro, but the size of the SoundFonts you can use will be limited to 1 MB.

Additional DXi Synth in SONAR 2.2 XL
SONAR 2.2 XL includes the DR-008 DXi Dum Synth/Sampler from FXpansion audio.

More Synths Available Separately
Additional DXi synths are available separately from the world's leading soft synth manufacturers.

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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

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. (39 ratings)
Submitted June 6, 2003 by a customer from
"SONAR was the greatest thing to happen to my studio"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
(see rating details)
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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