Cakewalk SONAR Home Studio XL (Windows)

Cakewalk SONAR Home Studio XL (Windows)

Cakewalk Sonar Home Studio XL now includes Cakewalk's acclaimed Step Sequencer, Dimension LE, Studio Devil VGA+ Guitar Amp Simulator and much more.

Overall User Ratings (based on 129 ratings)
Overall:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Sound:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Ease of Use:
2 out of 5 stars
Quality:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Value:
5 out of 5 stars
Manufacturer Support:
4 out of 5 stars
The Wow Factor:
4 out of 5 stars
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Submitted March 7, 2006 by a customer from yahoo.com
"great product for someone with a low budget just starting out"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Sound
this is a wonderful program i now have thousands of dollars worth of machinery at my finger tips and all for a very low price not to mention i can build on it even more, this program is like a dream come true, a bit complicated, but once you take the time to figure it out it can be a very useful tool in creating any type of music
Ease of Use
its a bit tricky but for the quality its worth it
Quality
my only problem is sometimes it uses too much cpu memory and freezes the pc
Value
definitely worth the price
Musical Background:
hobby/ active musician
Musical Style:
hip hop/ metal
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Submitted September 26, 2005 by a customer from cimtel.net
Cakewalk Home Studio XL Customer Review
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features
A great amount of features for the money.
Quality
I have never had any problems with the program, and is very well put together.
Value
You get alot bang for your buck.
Manufacturer Support
The best support.
Musical Background:
Music minister
Musical Style:
christian contemporary
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Submitted April 1, 2009 by a customer from earthlink.net
"Something seems to have gone terribly wrong at Cakewalk!"
Overall: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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I am so disappointed.
Sound
Based on my experience with previous versions
Features
Based on my experience with previous versions
Ease of Use
Had to rate the ease of use as terrible, not due to the program's interface, but two important criteria: 1) An absolute lack of a PDF online. Further, while the full Sonar version is available online, there is no way to download the Home version for tryout. And if you did, you won't have a PDF manual to work from anyway. 2) They have so far failed to send me the serial number in order to install this upgrade. 6 emails and 6 attempted calls have not gotten through.
Quality
As with ease of use, the lack of a PDF manual to download and preview, plus terrible customer service, pull down the quality of the product itself. These are not unrelated.
Manufacturer Support
I've been a user of Cakewalk products for over ten years. The support on my most recent purchase has been horrendous. All I asked for was the proper serial number for the product that I purchased directly from their site. They take nearly a week to answer emails, and their phone system is often offline during posted working hours. Incredible.
The Wow Factor
Get Reaper or Cubase. Really.
Musical Background:
Hobbyist, minor film music
Musical Style:
Cinema, ambient
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Submitted August 2, 2006 by a customer from bellsouth.net
"needs improvement"
Overall: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Manufacturer Support
you can forget ANY tech support. the company won't reply to email or phone calls for help!
Musical Background:
15 years a musician
Musical Style:
pop
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Submitted October 21, 2007
"This is great for recording.Easy to use."
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Sound
sounds very loud and clear with my m-audio delta 10/10lt soundcard.I use a bunch of 50.00 low budget mics and it sounds fine.
Features
comes with a bundle of effects...reverbs,e.q.s,compressers,ect.Has a cool guitar amp simulator too.I love it.
Ease of Use
I went from an old 4track cassett recorder to this and didnt know jack about pc recording.I thought this would be a nightmare to use but I was wrong.The program is basic and gets you recording tracks right away.I record ten tracks at once on my pc with 1gig of ram,2.0ghz and it playsback great.
Value
Its worth ever penny.
Manufacturer Support
never called them
Musical Style:
Metal,rock,thrash
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