Cakewalk Sonar

Sonar 8 ProducerSONAR 8 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 delivers the go to production tools you want with the best collection of virtual instruments, mixing, and mastering effects found in any DAW.


With unlimited tracks, amazing creative tools, incredible virtual instruments, the freedom to work with any audio interface or control surface, and the most complete delivery capability for collaboration with users of other DAWS, award-winning SONAR is your best choice in a digital audio workstation.


sonar 8 studio

SONAR 8 Producer includes everything in SONAR 8 Studio plus additional instruments, effects, and tools. Unlike previous upgrades, SONAR 8 doesn’t overwhelm with a host of amazing new features, or a slick new user interface. Instead, the folks at Cakewalk have wisely chosen Version 8 to be a release that focuses more on productivity and stability than whiz-bangery. SONAR 8 offers a lot of usability enhancements that don’t sound all that interesting on paper but add up to produce a smoother workflow. If you’ve spent a lot of time using DAWs, you come to realize that the whizbangery is all well and good, but it’s the day-to-day simplifications and optimizations (or lack thereof) that make using a DAW pleasurable or painful. And finally, Sonar 8 is definitely the most stable version of software Cakewalk has released since it was MIDI-only.

 

Sonar 8

SONAR 8 is the only DAW that offers one-of-a-kind music creation tools that actually help in the songwriting process. Whether you are searching for new ideas or looking to add musical parts to existing songs, SONAR 8 can help you break through those creative blocks.

 

  • Start producing quickly with over 400 track and project templates that instantly load your favorite sounds
    • Includes templates for audio tracks, virtual instruments, and entire projects
    • Save your own template to recall at any time
  • Make beats and synth lines with a dedicated Step Sequencer
    • Sequence up to 16 steps per beat with 64 beats per pattern
    • Supports odd time signatures (non 4/4 meters)
    • Features a powerful "Fit Pattern to Quarters" control that fits patterns into lengths of any number of quarter notes for creation of polyrhythmic parts (5 against 4 rhythms, hemiolas, septuplets, etc.)
    • Control velocity offset and scale values in an entire row all at once
    • MIDI controller automation drawing
    • More: step ties; monophonic/polyphonic toggle switch; global portamento toggle switch with time control; swing and articulation controls
  • Includes a critically-acclaimed suite of 14 virtual instruments in SONAR 8 Producer and 11 virtual instruments in SONAR 8 Studio
    • Use input quantize to record in perfect time
    • Instrument Tracks optimized for mono or stereo virtual synths simplifies the process of working with virtual instruments
    • Multi-track method of using virtual instruments employed by previous versions of SONAR still supported
    • Split and combine instrument tracks to/from discrete audio/MIDI tracks
  • Add cinematic themes with the Hollywood Edge sound FX library for Dimension Pro
  • Dimension Pro 1.2 now includes the Digital Sound Factory Vol. 2 Classic Keys pack
  • Build audio and MIDI tracks fast using Groove Clips and the redesigned Loop Explorer
    • Perfect for building backing tracks for your songs
    • Browse and preview audio and MIDI groove clips and patterns
    • Quickly drag and drop loops and patterns into the track view
    • MIDI groove clips and patterns can be previewed with the virtual instrument of your choice
  • Support for VST, DXi and ReWire instruments and application

There are two versions of SONAR available: SONAR Studio and SONAR Producer. The difference is in the features included.

Feature

SONAR 8 Studio

SONAR 8 Producer
Maximum Audio & MIDI Tracks
Unlimited
Unlimited
Maximum Sends & Busses
Unlimited
Unlimited
Maximum Simultaneous Effects & Virtual Instruments
Unlimited
Unlimited
Number of included Audio Effects
31
42
Number of Included Virtual Instruments
11
14
Maximum Audio Bit Depth / Sample Rate
24-Bit/384 kHz
24-Bit/384 kHz
Audio Engine
64-bit
64-bit
Track Templates for quickly loading sounds
X
X
Step Sequencer
X
X
Updated Loop Explorer for audio & MIDI loops
X
X
New Instrument Tracks
X
X
AudioSnap multitrack audio quantize
X
X
Track Layers and Comping & Editing Tools
X
X
Track Folders
X
X
Smart MIDI tools
X
X
Active Controller Technology for hands on control from MIDI devices
X
X
Inserts External Hardware with full delay compensation
X
X
Flexible File/Import Export Options
X
X
Cakewalk Publisher for uploading music directly to the Internet
X
X
Integrated CD Burning and Ripping
X
X
Completely Customizable User Interface
X
X
Lexicon Pantheon Reverb
SE Version
Full Version
LP-64 EQ Linear Phase Mastering EQ
X
LP-64 Multiband Linear Phase Mastering Compressor
X
TS-64 Transient Shaper
X
TL-64 Tube Leveler
X
VC-64 Vintage Channel
X
Roland V-Vocal 1.5
X
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE
X
Sonitus Surround Compressor
X
Dimension Pro w. DSF Classic Keys Expansion Pack & Hollywood Edge FX
X
TruePianos Amber VSTi
X
Beatscape Looping Instrument
X
Z3TA+ Waveshaping Synthesizer
X
Surround Mixing
X
POW-r dithering
X
Estimated Street Price:
$299
$499

Included Instruments


SONAR 8 Producer includes the best collection of included virtual instruments found in any DAW. Whether you're looking for acoustic or electric instrument sounds, emulations of classic gear, modern synthesized tones, drums, or a groovebox, you need to look no further than SONAR 8. You may be surprised to find that some of these included plug-ins would cost hundreds of dollars if purchased separately.


SONAR 8 Producer Exclusive = SONAR 8 Producer Exclusive, feature not included in SONAR 8 Studio

Beatscape
Beatscape SONAR 8 Producer Exclusive
  • 16-pad looping/performance instrument
  • Great for layering and triggering audio clips and creating beats and grooves
  • 4 GB of custom-designed loop construction kits
Dimension Pro
Dimension Pro SONAR 8 Producer Exclusive
  • Wavetable based synthesizer
  • Electric pianos, organs, basses, orchestral, strings, woodwinds, brass, ethnic, pads/layers, and other real-world instruments
  • Over 1500 patch presets, 8 GB of content

TruePianos Amber
TruePianos Amber SONAR 8 Producer Exclusive
  • Award-winning piano model designed to transparently integrate with your hands and playing style for even more realism
  • 7 model variations
  • Reverb and velocity controls
Rapture LE

Rapture LE

  • LE version based on the award-winning Rapture wavetable synthesizer
  • Searing synthesized sounds, leads, basses, pads, sequences, and more
  • Nearly 200 patch presets, expandable
Session Drummer 2

Session Drummer 2

  • Drum and Percussion Sequencer
  • Programming multi-layered, realistic drum parts either a la carte or using included patterns
  • 4 kits with over 55 drum presets in varying styles: Rock, Swing, Shuffle, Reggae, more
Z3TA+
Z3TA SONAR 8 Producer Exclusive
  • Waveshaping synthesizer
  • Analog synth modeling, leads, basses, synths, pads, and more—even use it as an FX
  • 6 banks, with 750+ patches
Cyclone

Cyclone

  • 16-pad groove sampler
  • Perfect for drums and other loop-based music
  • Load, edit, and trigger your own Groove Clips and ACID®-format loops
Roland TTS-1

Roland TTS-1

  • 16 channel multi-timbral GM2 instrument
  • Keys, horns, strings, guitars, drums, more
  • 256 patch presets, 9 drum kits

 

Pentagon

Pentagon I

  • Vintage analog sounds
  • Sound design, all the controls you need to replicate virtually any analog synth
  • 6 banks, with 550+ patches
PSYN II

PSYN II

  • Subtractive synthesizer
  • Bass, leads, pads, more
  • 8 banks with 550+ patches

 


RXP


RXP

  • REX loops/sample player
  • Programming and sampling drums and other pattern/groove based content
  • Over 250 MB of REX loops included
SFZ


SFZ

  • SFZ SoundFont sampler
  • High Quality band limiting sample-playback engine for SF2 files
  • 256 voices of polyphony, unlimited layers per voice

Roland GrooveSynth

Roland GrooveSynth

Roland GrooveSynth

  • Groove synthesizer
  • Genuine Roland synths and beat boxes including the legendary 808 and 909 sounds
  • 30 different instrument categories

DropZone

DropZone

  • Drag and Drop Sampler, REX editor
  • Bass, piano, pads, drums, vocals, REX-format loops, and more
  • Nearly 300 MB of programs, REX files, and multisamples

If you are thinking about getting a DAW app, Sonar 8 is a terrific choice. And if you already own a competing product, and are thinking about making a switch, you owe it to yourself to give Producer 8 a serious look. Stability, usability, performance, and features: it’s all there. Sonar Producer 8 is the best Sonar yet.


Before you make the final decision you should also
compare Sonar with other recording studio software.
 

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Sonar 8 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.

Sonar 8 Producer includes some features not available in Sonar 8 Studio (Beatscape, Dimension Pro, TruePianos Amber, Z3TA+ Waveshaping Synthesizer, and many more).




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