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Cakewalk SONAR 8 Producer Upgrade from SONAR 7 Studio or SONAR 6

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Get caught up with the enhancements and new features of the 8th version of this popular DAW.

As a user of SONAR 7 Studio or SONAR 6, you know a lot about what the SONAR name brings to the DAW table. Now, with this special software upgrade offer you can get hip with the full-fledged SONAR 8 Producer package and save yourself some money at the same time.

SONAR 8 Producer gives you what you need for recording, composing, editing, mixing, and mastering. From exclusive features to ignite creativity and perfect your tracks, to groundbreaking technologies that always keep you in control—it's all backed by 64-bit audio quality. And SONAR 8 Producer delivers the go-to production tools you want with a great collection of virtual instruments, and mixing and mastering effects for your DAW.

With unlimited tracks, amazing creative tools, incredible virtual instruments, the freedom to work with any audio interface or control surface, and the a complete delivery capability for collaboration with users of other DAWS, SONAR Producer is an excellent choice for your main digital audio workstation.

Create & Record

•SONAR 8 Producer enables artists to start producing quickly with track templates that instantly load their favorite sounds
•Make beats and synth lines with a dedicated Step Sequencer
•Get inspired with a suite of critically acclaimed virtual instruments, now easier to use with new Instrument Tracks
•Plug-in direct to access fresh and versatile tones using Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE and 41 other effects
•Build audio and MIDI tracks fast using Groove Clips and the redesigned Loop Explorer

•Capture all of your ideas with unlimited tracks of audio and MIDI
•Record at virtually any bit depth/sample rate up to 24-bit/384kHz
•Record an entire performance at once with support for multichannel audio interfaces
•New responsive Transport for on-the-fly recording
•Experience high track counts with low latency performance
•Get more out of your PC with industry-pioneering multi-core/multi-processor support


•Perfect your vocal tracks with Roland V-Vocal VariPhrase processor
•Manipulate the timing and feel of audio, just like MIDI, with AudioSnap
•Assemble the perfect take from Track Layers using powerful comping and editing tools
•Quickly edit MIDI with state-of-the-art Smart MIDI Tools

•Streamline your workflow and project organization with Track Folders
•Edit multiple tracks at once with group editing
•Freeze audio and instrument tracks for optimal performance

•Retain every nuance of your mix with the 64-bit audio engine
•Get hands on control of your mix, instruments, and effects with Active Controller Technology
•Mix with a versatile Console view that looks and acts just like hardware
•Get sophisticated mixes with flexible routing options, unlimited submixes and sends, internal sidechaining, and over 30 surround configurations
•Find and correct mix problems as they occur with Bus Waveform Preview

•Integrate DX & VST effects and external hardware with Automatic Delay Compensation

•End-to-end 64-bit audio path: tracks, busses, effect inserts, file export provides pristine environment for mastering
•Put a professional sheen on your final composition with the LP-64 Linear Phase EQ
•Get dynamic mixes using the LP-64 Linear Phase Multiband Compressor
•Add maximum punch with the Boost 11 Peak Limiter
•Ensure superior quality when creating 16-bit audio for CD or MP3 from 24-bit master with POW-r Dithering

Collaborate & Deliver
•Collaborate with studios who use other DAWs including Pro Tools, Logic Studio, and others

Save time with flexible export options and faster than realtime rendering
•Import/export AIF, Broadcast WAV, FLAC, SD2 (Sound Designer II), QuickTime, and many other audio & video file formats
•Upload music directly from SONAR to the web using Cakewalk Publisher to create online streaming flash players
•Rip & burn CDs right from within SONAR

SONAR 8 Producer's new features, optimizations, and enhancements include:
Loop Explorer 2.0 gives you a view that provides browse and preview of audio and MIDI groove clips and patterns; quickly drag-and-drop loops and patterns into the track view; and MIDI groove clips and patterns can be previewed with the virtual instrument of your choice.

Dedicated Instrument Track is a single track optimized for mono or stereo virtual synths which simplifies the process of working with virtual instruments. In the pursuit of offering you options of how you want to work, the multitrack method of using virtual instruments employed by previous versions of SONAR is still supported. In addition, you can split and combine instrument tracks to/from discrete audio/MIDI tracks.

SONAR 8 performance optimizations focus on functionality, including improved performance at high track counts and low latencies, faster launch time, and the ability to change audio devices without restarting. Cakewalk has also streamlined communication with VST plug-ins and improved ASIO performance with output latency compensation.

User Interface optimizations include smoother display when resizing windows and panes, optimized metering, more responsive zoom and scroll.

Clip Selection Groups further SONAR's multitrack recording and take management capability. Now SONAR 8 Producer automatically groups clips together across tracks after each recording pass. This is perfect for comping any multitrack ensemble performance, especially drum takes.

The Aim Assist Cursor gives you a visual guide to assist in lining up tracks for precision editing.

Split and Mute Tools can now edit multiple clips simultaneously.

The software's free Edit Tool lets you perform edits by clips or by time without the need of a modifier key.

Live Effects and Soft Synth Recording make it so you can play and record effect and soft synth output into audio tracks in realtime using SONAR's live bounce feature.

The Anytime Recording feature means that while the SONAR 8 Producer transport is running or looping, you can now arm/unarm audio and MIDI tracks, punch in, punch out, and toggle between play and record.

Exclusive Solo Mode with Solo Override is a new solo mode that forces soloing to one track/bus at a time and prevents tracks and buses from being muted when other tracks/buses are soloed.

The Bus Inputs QuickGroup Command automatically groups all source tracks feeding a selected bus.

Mono hardware outputs makes it easy to assign tracks and buses to individual hardware outputs in addition to stereo pairs.

Transport Updates include True Rewind, Fast Forward and Pause buttons; Audition button; improved Jog/Shuttle Heuristics; and optimizations for control surfaces and scrub performance.

With the Control Surface Enhancements you can now Show/Hide Tracks, Surface can follow either the Track View or Console View, obey visible/hidden tracks, control surfaces MIDI port assignments retained/stored in SONAR, real-world VST parameter values are now displayed.

Track View and Console View Sync now automatically syncs visible/hidden tracks between the Track View and Console View channels.

Enhanced Sample Rate Conversion now employs the same fast convolution engine as the LP-64 series 64-bit mastering plug-ins.

SONAR 8 production software now includes Vista Audio/WASAPI support, which is compatible with any Vista audio device, including WaveRT PCI and motherboard audio, USB, and FireWire devices. It also has QuickTime 7 Import/Export support for the latest QuickTime 7 codecs, including H.264 and AAC audio.

The Insert Send Assistant provides a fast and easy way to create effect buses and insert sends to new or existing buses.

Updated ACT Presets now have mappings for popular plug-ins and controllers.

Over 400 new production-ready Track Templates and Project Templates.

Updated Drum Maps and Plug-in Presets enhancing the most popular SONAR plug-ins. New collection of drum pattern presets for the integrated Step Sequencer.

SONAR 8 Producer Edition exclusives
  • SONAR 8 Producer Edition includes over $1000 in additional tools, plug-ins, and FX:
  • LP-64 EQ linear phase mastering
  • LP-64 Multiband linear phase mastering compressor/limiter
  • TS-64 Transient Shaper
  • TL-64 Tube Leveler
  • VC-64 Vintage Channel with sidechaining capabilities
  • Roland V-Vocal 1.5 with Pitch to MIDI conversion
  • Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE
  • Perfect Space Convolution Reverb
  • Lexicon Pantheon Reverb
  • Sonitus Surround Compressor
  • Dimension Pro 1.3 virtual synthesizer with Classic Keys Expansion Pack
  • TruePianos Amber sound module
  • Beatscape looping instrument
  • Hollywood Edge Sound FX sample library
  • Z3TA+ waveshaping synthesizer
  • Surround mixing in over 30 formats
  • SurroundBridge technology to use stereo FX in surround
  • POW-r dithering
  • Beatscape 16 part loop performance instrument with unique remixing capabilities
  • Dimension Pro combines real & synthesized sounds for endless sonic possibilities
  • Rapture LE modern electronic sounds for today's music
  • Z3TA+ 1.5, an award-winning Wavetable synthesizer with incredible sound shaping features
  • TruePianos Amber Piano Module, which offers superb playability and acoustic-style responsiveness
  • DropZone is an easy-to-use drag-n-drop sampler with REX support
  • Roland GrooveSynth and TTS-1 with genuine Roland Sounds
  • Session Drummer 2 for creating drum parts easily with a live feel and popular drum patterns to get started
  • 14 total instruments included
  • Sonitus:fx Suite which includes Reverb, EQ, Delay, Compressor, WahWah, and more
  • TS-64 Transient Shaper can dramatically sculpt the impact of percussive sounds
  • TL-64 Tube Leveler adds edge to your tracks through advanced analog vacuum-tube circuit modeling
  • VC-64 Vintage Channel is a channel strip, dynamics processor, EQ, and De-Esser that works magic on virtually any track
  • Channel Tools an essential stereo enhancement, utilizing sample delay, MS Decoding, and independent left/right panning
  • LP-64 mastering plug-ins—includes a linear phase EQ and Multiband Compressor
  • 3 different Reverbs, all the spatial coloring you'll need from convolution-based live spaces to simulated legendary Lexicon hardware (full version)
  • Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE which provides 3 amps and cabinets, as well as 11 effects for inspiring guitar tones
  • 42 audio FX and 7 MIDI FX included
  • Content is important and that is why we only include the best inside SONAR—content you can use to get immediate results
  • 4 GB of custom REX loops from Heatseekers and XMiX for use with Beatscape
  • Over 7 GB of content for Dimension Pro including Strings, Bass, Brass, Ethnic Instruments, Evolving Ambient Textures, and more
  • Garritan Pocket Orchestra for Dimension Pro provides a complete set of orchestral instrumentation
  • Digital Sound Factory Classic Keys Expansion Pack for Dimension Pro—about 1GB of classic electric piano sounds, created by the sound designer for the original E-Mu Proteus 2000 and Vintage Keys modules
  • Over 300 convolution reverb impulse responses
  • Preset patterns for the Step Sequencer offering useful beats to get your productions started
  • New and updated ACT mappings for popular control surfaces and MIDI controllers
  • Hollywood Edge Sound Effects sample library
  • New Project and Track Templates to get you set-up instantly
  • Thousands of inspiring presets for the included instruments and effects
  • 14-day SurCode unlimited trial Dolby encoders for Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II
System Requirements
    • Operating system: Windows XP/Vista (32-bit) (SONAR does not officially support Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP x64)
    • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 1.3GHz, AMD Athlon XP 1500+ or higher
    • RAM: 512MB
    • Graphics: 1024 x 768, 16-bit color
    • Hard disk space: 200MB for core program
    • Hard disc type: Any
    • MIDI interface: Windows-compatible (Required to connect external MIDI devices)
    • Audio interface: Windows-compatible (for audio playback)
    • Media drive: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD +/- RW drive (for installation because SONAR is presented on DVD media, so DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW)
    • Webserver access: None
    • Operating system: Windows XP/Vista (32 bit)/ Mac OS X with Boot Camp (SONAR does not officially support Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP x64)
    • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz, AMD Athlon XP 2800+ or higher
    • RAM: 1GB or higher
    • Graphics: 1280 x 960, 24-bit color or higher
    • Hard disk space: 30GB for program and content
    • Hard disc type: EIDE / Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA
    • MIDI interface: Windows-compatible (Required to connect external MIDI devices)
    • Audio interface: Windows-compatible (for audio playback)
    • Media drive: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD +/- RW drive (for installation because SONAR is presented on DVD media, so DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW)
    • Webserver access: Available web server space with FTP access privileges (Cakewalk Publisher requires you to have available web server space with FTP access privileges. An internet connection is required for music uploading. A broadband connection is recommended.)
    • Registration is required for continued use of product, and may be done by Internet or telephone. Instructions and Cakewalk's privacy policy will be detailed to you during launch of the product.

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    I absolutely love sonar 8. My bands been recording with 6 studio for the past 5 months and it was fine to start with, but the sound quality would dissenagrate when converted to another media format. With sonar 8, it sounds exaclty the same in my zune player as it does in sonar. All the extra plug ins also help with creating something original sounding. This is an awesome use of your money. I'm using a lexicon omega 4x4 usb interface and vista with no problems.

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