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Cakewalk SONAR 5 Producer

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SONAR has given audio production a serious boost with Version 5. The full 64-bit processing power (supported on Windows XP x64 Edition) of its pristi...Click To Read More About This Product

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Full 64-bit power for outrageously powerful audio production.

SONAR has given audio production a serious boost with Version 5. The full 64-bit processing power (supported on Windows XP x64 Edition) of its pristine new audio engine sets new standards for digital mixing and boasts ground-breaking advances in utilization of RAM and native processing power. The double-precision, floating-point engine also delivers significant dynamic range improvements and also operates seamlessly with full operability on 32-bit computers.

With SONAR 5 you will have all the instruments, effects, and creative tools needed to make your music. Its fast, streamlined user interface makes it the perfect solution for composing, recording, editing, mixing, and remixing music productions; and for providing voice over, score, sound design and post audio for film, TV, video, commercials, and games.

You can record and edit unlimited tracks of audio and MIDI using up to 31 audio and 8 MIDI effects on input and sounds from responsive virtual instruments. You'll get synths powered by Roland sounds, virtual vintage-style analog synths, powerful groove samplers, and more. SONAR lets you loop/record live audio and MIDI to track layers, then assemble the perfect take using enhanced composition tools.

You can also quickly create backing tracks and remixes with MIDI groove clips and ACID-format loops with per slice control of pitch, gain, and pan. Track Templates let you recall every element and all the settings of a sound with one click. When you're ready for something new you can expand your sounds and effects with native support for VST, DirectX, and ReWire. You can use any Windows-compatible WDM or ASIO audio interface and get hands-on control with MIDI devices and control surfaces.

Flexible mixing capabilities deliver 30+ surround formats, effects, on-the-fly busing, vector envelopes, customizable pan laws, configurable meter ballistics, and more. You can configure SONAR the way you like with custom layouts, color schemes, even use keystrokes from other audio applications. With SONAR 5 you have the ability to deliver audio in virtually any format, bit-depth, or sampling rate for the ultimate freedom for collaborations.

SONAR 5 is a cutting-edge engineering and mixing environment ready and waiting to transform your musical dreams into professional finished productions.

Below are some of the key new features in Sonar 5:

Pentagon I vintage analog synth, Roland GrooveSynth, SFZ SoundFont sampler

Updated MIDI FX plug-ins

BitBridge enables 32-bit VST effects and instruments in SONAR's 64-bit environment

Track Templates and Track Icons

VST plug-ins scanned, loaded, and configured natively in SONAR

Enhanced Track Layers for even more comping and editing power

Integrated inline audio and MIDI editing, arranging, and mixing all in one view

MIDI sequencing enhancements including advanced step recording

Plug-ins and Edit views may be docked and tabbed right in the Track View for easy access when arranging, editing or mixing your project

Envelope automation drawing enhanced with tempo-sync patterns, freehand, and more

Object-oriented clip-based effects and editing including per-clip effects bin, clip-based effect automation, and more

Enhanced Group Editing and Group Manager

Remove DC offset during recording

Bus and synth waveform preview to give the visual feedback you need to fix it in the mix through markers that display overs and peaks

Video output to 1394 FireWire devices for high quality viewing with lower CPU and disk usage

Producer Edition Exclusives:

Roland V-Vocal vocal processor

PSYN II subtractive synth

Pentagon I analog synth

RXP REX Player groove box

Pure Space Convolution Reverb

Lexicon Pantheon stereo and surround reverbs

Sonitus Surround Compressor

Multiformat surround mixing


Per-channel EQ

Assignable FX controls

POW-r dithering

MPEX 3 time scaling

Video thumbnail track

  • Powerful audio production
  • Surround and A/V capabilities
  • Double-precision, floating-point audio engine
  • 64-bit processing power (on Windows XP x64 Edition)
  • Operates seamlessly on 32-bit computers
  • Unlimited tracks of audio and MIDI recording
  • PSYN II subtractive synth, Pentagon I vintage analog synth, Roland GrooveSynth, SFZ SoundFont sampler, RXP REX Player groove box, TTS-1, Cyclone, and DreamStation virtual instruments
  • 31 audio and 8 MIDI effects including Perfect Space Convolution Reverb, Lexicon Pantheon Reverb, and Sonitus:fx Suite
  • Roland V-Vocal Variphrase vocal editing technology
  • Updated MIDI FX plug-ins
  • Integrated inline audio and MIDI editing, arranging, and mixing all in one view
  • Video thumbnail track
  • Envelope automation drawing
  • Object-oriented clip-based effects and editing
  • BitBridge for 32-bit VST effects and instruments in 64-bit engine
  • Remove DC offset during recording
  • Dynamic Console View with per-channel EQ and assignable FX controls
  • Freeze for tracks, effects, and synths—unloads plug-ins
  • SurroundBridge—use your favorite stereo effect plug-ins in surround
  • Advanced step recording
  • Edit and print traditional staff notation
  • Professional project management tools
  • Video output to 1394 FireWire devices
  • Sync to and send SMPTE/MTC
  • OMFI and Broadcast Wave import/export
  • Import formats:
    • AIF, ASF, AU, AVI (with stereo or 5.1 audio), Broadcast Wave, MIDI, MP2, MP3, MPEG, MPG, OMFI, QuickTime 6, SND, WAV (including 32-bit float files), Windows Media Audio 9 (WMA), WMA9 Pro 5.1, WMA9 lossless, Windows Media Video, proprietary Cakewalk formats (.bun, .cwb, .cwp, .wrk)
    Export formats:
    • WAV (including 32-bit float files), ACID-format WAV, Broadcast Wave, AVI (with stereo or 5.1 audio), OMFI, MIDI, MP3 (30-day trial encoder), QuickTime 6, Windows Media Audio 9 (WMA), WMA9 Pro 5.1, WMA9 lossless, Windows Media Video (with stereo or 5.1 audio), and proprietary Cakewalk formats (.cwb, .cwp); other audio formats supported via external command line encoders
    • Operating system: Windows XP required; Windows XP/x64 recommended
    • Processor speed: Intel Pentium 4 1.3GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+ required; Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz+ or AMD Athlon 64 2800+ recommended
    • RAM: 128MB required; 512MB recommended
    • Hard disk space: 100MB required; multiple GBs recommended
    • Hard disk type: any required; 7200 RPM EIDI/Ultra DMA or SCSI Hard Drive recommended
    • Graphics: 1024 X 768 16-bit color required; 1280 X 960 24-bit color or higher recommended
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible required; WDM or ASIO compatible recommended
    • DVD-ROM required to install SONAR 5 Producer Edition
    • QuickTime support requires QuickTime 6 or higher

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    Awsome Product, Great Support

    By Rocky Lowther

    from Ohio

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    I've got Protools and Cubase but Sonar 5 Pro has them beat, Hands Down. The Convolution Reverb is great and the V-Vocal is awesome. You'll find Sonar much more user friendly than Cubase.You also get more bang for the buck here with the extra plugins. I would really think about this before you buy Cubase. You just can't go wrong.


    SONAR 5 - the best ever

    By Mtrace

    from New Hampshire

    I have been a Sonar user since v. 2 and I think 5 is by far the best value for the features included! I have friends who bought a competing product (that starts with an N :) and paid twice as much, and they're amazed at what sonar does. 64 bit audio engine works on my 32 bit machine and sounds pristine. Anyways, it has always been a very stable and professional program IMO. Definitely worth every cent.


    This Blew My Mind!

    By Shannon Newman

    from Cleveland Tn.

    I have sometimes used SONAR in the past for specific things. I used Cubase to sequence with because the VST was easier. I used ProTools for audio recording and mixing down tracks. I have been using this non stop since I got it. It?s better that version 4 and VST is seamless. I have been amazed what all this will now do. I haven?t used ProTools since I got it except once and then I quickly went back to SONAR. This is easy to use and stable. This is now the total package that everyone has been striving for. I had been waiting for ProTools 8 to arrive but now I don?t even think I care. I am in love. I could give you many more reasons for buying this if I had the time. I have been a Cakewalk customer for several years. I started with Home Studio and upgraded my way to SONAR producer over a couple of years. Cakewalk treats their customers well upgrades are always affordable and if you don?t have the money you don?t need to start at the top. Tech support is great too. Value wise you will not top this. It does everything! (Even OMF with out costly add-ons!) If you are new to this, I would rather put my money here, plus it works with all your interfaces and it can even do it simultaneously unlike other software I won?t name but it produced by Digidesign. This is not a paid endorsement? lol. I don?t think I have ever written a review on here before. I am over satisfied customer that is really blown away!


    Pro Tools Step Aside

    By GuyPicks

    from Akron, Ohio

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    I have both Pro-Tools and Sonar 5 Pro.What makes Sonar a step ahead is that it's 64Bit and comes with loads more plugins. It's the first Company to put out 64Bit (not that you can hear the difference) but for the money you can't beat this. I had some tiny issues with Sonar 5.0 but when 5.01 came out, WoW, this thing ROCKS. I had to give this a 10 because Cakewalk really has their act together. Their support is excellent so I guess that's why their products are excellent too.

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