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Cakewalk SONAR Professional

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Experience creativity in a way only the new SONAR can offer: industry-leading technology, effortless workflow, and an inviting interface that amplifi...Click To Read More About This Product

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Advanced recording, mixing and mastering software for modern music production.

Experience creativity in a way only the new SONAR can offer: industry-leading technology, effortless workflow, and an inviting interface that amplifies inspiration. Backed and powered by over 25 years in the relentless pursuit of innovation, SONAR is refueling the existence of modern music creation.

SONAR Professional includes everything in SONAR Artist, and then adds a full set of advanced features that will allow you to develop major-label-sounding productions from creation to delivery. No other Digital Audio Workstation at this price matches up to the quality of SONAR Professional’s feature-rich platform.

Create and edit flawless vocals like never before with Speed Comping and Melodyne 4 Essential integrated right into the program. Create real drum tracks using Addictive Drums 2 Solo Edition. Fire up world-class bass and guitar tones that won’t disappear in your mix using TH3 Cakewalk amp simulator. Get inspired and experiment with 19 instruments. Take advantage of SONAR’s revolutionary ProChannel Console Strip to mix your creations, and then apply the new LP EQ and LP MB mastering plug-ins to finalize your tracks for release. The award-winning, Touch-enabled Skylight User Interface workflow experience has proven itself to be smarter and faster than anything else available.

Melodyne 4 Essential with ARA Tempo Detection
The world’s most advanced pitch correction software combined with an engine that analyzes and detects tempo for a multitude of practical uses. Melodyne works seamlessly inside SONAR Platinum and allows you to edit right in the timeline without any hesitation or restriction. Drag a clip up to the timeline and the ARA engine analyzes and creates a tempo map that follows that clip; your project can now follow and sync to the tempo of live recordings!

Addictive Drums 2 (Producer Bundle)
SONAR Platinum includes the Addictive Drums 2 Producer bundle, which lets you pick any three ADpaks, MIDI paks, and Kitpiece Paks of your choice. You’ll have tons of new sounds and rhythms for inspiration and full-blown productions. Addictive Drums 2 in SONAR is literally like having world-class drummers recording in top-notch studios right inside your program.

LP EQ and LP MB Linear Phase Mastering Plug-ins
These transparent linear-phase processors are a must for any modern music creator. Tweak your masters with all 20 bands of the LP EQ, or 6 bands of clean, frequency-based compression on the LP MB. Individually control, solo and modify each band as a center, side, or stereo plug-in and save your favorite settings with a brand new Preset Manager. Built for musicians and producers, these plug-ins are guaranteed to give you all the tools you need to finalize your mixes for today’s industry standards.

REmatrix Convolution Reverb (ProChannel Module)
REmatrix Solo is a zero-latency convolution reverb with over 100 Impulse Response presets. Light on DSP, but heavy on crystal clear lush plates, halls, rooms, early reflections and specialty spaces that will make a big difference in your productions. Having this top-of-the-line convolution reverb in your FX arsenal means no more cheap-demo-sounding reverbs. You can even import your own Impulse Responses.

TH3 Cakewalk Amp Simulator
Achieve world-class guitar tones directly inside SONAR. Guitarists (and now bassists too!) can experience the most accurate model reproductions available in the business with an expandable collection of brand new amps, cabs, and effects. An all-new user-friendly interface and refined precision DSP engine tie it all together. In addition to TH3 Cakewalk, SONAR also includes 16 new virtual drag-and-drop amps for even more options.

Mix Recall
Never second-guess yourself on a mix again. Mix Recall lets you save and switch to various mix scenes for easy, one-click comparisons without leaving the project. Swap out effects, fader positions, or every parameter so that you can restore an original mix, create remixes, or just entertain a client’s suggestion. Mix tracks specifically for radio, podcast, video, or mp3, and then bounce every version in a single export.

ProChannel Channel Strip with Fly-out EQ and Analyzer
Found on every track in SONAR Platinum is an ingenious analog-inspired pop-out channel strip that greatly enhances the creative workflow. Based around the critically acclaimed 4-mode QuadCurve EQ and graphic analyzer, the expandable ProChannel in SONAR Platinum comes with 19 high-quality modules for shaping sounds fast. Engineered for DSP efficiency, the ProChannel delivers everything from analog warmth to shimmering reverbs and beyond.

Z3TA+ Classic synth, Ultra Analog Session 2, Rapture, Dimension Pro and More
Simply stated, Z3TA+, Rapture and Dimension Pro have become staples in modern music production among the top producers in the world. Adding A|A|S’s Ultra Analog Session 2 and other Cakewalk synths to the Platinum party gives this program an incredible array of sonic possibilities for any musician, producer or sound designer. From lush warm pads, to deep atmospheric tones, to searing and sparkling leads, Platinum includes a huge library of authentic cutting edge sounds that can be the base for unlimited sonic possibilities.

Help Module and Add Track Menu
SONAR is a lot more user-friendly. Whether you're a pro, a new user, or coming from another platform, the new Help Module has everything you need to know right inside the program. Designed to help you learn the program faster and discover new workflows, it provides item descriptions, helpful hints and tips, modifier keys and keyboard shortcuts, and also links to online help, videos and more. The simple and smart Add Track Menu will have you recording faster and more efficiently than ever before.

Onscreen Virtual Controller with QWERTY Keyboard Input
No MIDI controller? No problem. The Onscreen Virtual Controller lets you compose with all of your favorite virtual instruments with absolutely no MIDI hardware connected to your computer. It also supports mouse input and QWERTY keyboards so you can type MIDI compositions right into SONAR, jump octaves, and even adjust velocity without a touch screen. What’s more, a special piano for touch-enabled devices snaps automatically to the screen resolution size.

Export to LANDR Mastering
The LANDR professional mastering solution is integrated directly into SONAR, allowing you to master your tracks instantly. LANDR uses highly developed and tested A.I. technology to profile and deliver you the most accurate master for your style and genre. You can quickly preview your mixes and get real-time feedback to make instant improvements.

Stunning New FX Chains
SONAR has FX Chains comprised of multiple effects integrated into a smart container where each programmable and automatable knob and button can control multiple parameters. From single-knob utilities, to boutique digital stompboxes, to sound-generating environments and additional effects, these new 50+ FX chains in addition to SONAR’s stock FX Chains will kick-start your creativity and streamline the production process.

AudioSnap is SONAR’s tempo manipulation tool. A new detection algorithm re-boots AudioSnap into a next-generation toolkit. Stretch a song from one tempo to another, sync your recordings to audio loops, tighten your drums and convert them to MIDI…and the new level of performance comes wrapped in a new look and new layout.

  • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, effects, sends and busses
  • Create professional compositions with 19 instruments, and 50 FX included
  • Fully tested, supported and compatible with Windows 10/8/7
  • Addictive Drums 2 state of the art drum instrument (Solo Bundle)
  • LP EQ and LP MB Linear Phase Mastering Plug-ins
  • Melodyne 4 Essential included and integrated into the program
  • REmatrix Convolution Reverb with tons of presets and IR’s
  • Overloud TH3 Cakewalk amp sim: world-class guitar tones in SONAR
  • Onscreen and QWERTY MIDI controller: Create music anywhere!
  • Rapture Session Instrument: 4GB library and 450 hand-picked sounds
  • Mix Recall: switch mixes in a flash without leaving the project
  • Add Track Menu: Get recording faster with a simple and smart menu
  • Help Module: A “hovering” system to learn/command the program fast!
  • Studio Mixing Suite with 19 analog-inspired FX from Nomad Factory
  • Per-track ProChannel strip with QuadCurve EQ and other modules
  • Z3TA+ Classic synth—used and abused by countless noteworthy artists
  • Get your song radio & internet-ready with Boost 11 Peak Limiter (Mastering)
  • Piano Roll View (PRV) Enhancements for faster MIDI editing
  • Record and mix with the powerful end-to-end 64-bit double precision engine
  • Share your music on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Expandable Sends/FX Stacking = easier visual control over your mix
  • Patch Points and Aux Tracks for the most creative and flexible mixing
  • A new Control Bar that dynamically repositions and resizes
  • Achieve higher-quality mixes with Plug-in Upsampling
  • The fastest workflow in any DAW with the Skylight User Interface
  • Create the best performances from multiple takes with Speed Comping
  • Support for VST3, hi-res DSD, ARA and Multi-touch
  • Program beats using the familiar Step Sequencer
  • Drag, drop and play loops in real-time with the nonlinear Matrix View
  • Optimize your MIDI editing and paint notes with the Pattern Tool
  • The Smart Tool & Smart Grid make all editing work hassle-free and easy

Order today and experience SONAR's award-winning interface.

  • Minimum System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7 or 8 (32- or 64-bit)
  • Processor: 2.6GHz Intel or AMD multi-core processor
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Hard Drive: 5GB for minimal install, 20GB recommended
  • Monitor Resolution: 1280x800 (1920 x 1080 recommended)
  • Audio Interface: ASIO compatible hardware is recommended
  • Internet: Connection required for downloads, activation, and publishing features

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CakewalkSONAR Professional

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Staying with Sonar...it's worth it.

By Gary C

from Maryland

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  • Powerful, versatile


    Best Uses

      Comments about Cakewalk SONAR Professional:

      I have been using the Sonar X series since 2011 and for me it's my "go to" for producing outstanding music projects right in my home studio. Been playing for 50 years and recording for the last 35. For the price of what a couple hours of studio time would cost me back in the day, I've got the whole studio on my desktop. As musicians, we know that with any new gear or program, there is a learning curve and some folks will knock a product when they haven't even tried to learn it. Yes, It took me a few sessions to get my audio card and monitoring sorted out (it really was just me getting familiar with the buttons and layout...Sonar and my hardware were fine) but once done, just save that base configuration and start any project you want from there. Sonar has all kinds of video tutorials and in program help. And don't let anyone tell you there isn't documentation. Right on their site (you do have to log-in) there is a quick start guide, a nice basic users guide and an incredible 2,000 page reference guide that covers every aspect of using this powerful DAW. It's loaded with instruments, loops, FX and accommodates VST's as easy as anything I've used. Also, having used earlier versions of Cakewalk, the Skylight interface that was introduced in X1 just can't be beat.Take a little time, read the user guide and watch the tutorials...you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


      Download would not function, no help to be found

      By david

      from undisclosed

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about SONAR Professional:

      First I purchased a download that did not work. I never received a reply from the manufacturer as to how I could remedy the problem and Muiscians Friend Customer Service passed the buck to Cakewalk.
      I've been using their products since the mid 90's and like most software companies hey pass the onus on to the customer. If we need it we will buy it. Subsequenly, I had to buy the boxed version. There is no way they can deny problems with that. This has ended up being an expensive purchase.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


      You're going to school


      • Massive capability...MASSIVE


      • gonna roll yer eyes a lot
      • nothing as intuitive as should be
      • scant documentation
      • screen will get crowded

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        Comments about Cakewalk SONAR Professional:

        Years ago I used Cakewalk's 'Guitar Tracks' software. It was what it was, and that was good enough. Since then, I have fiddled with competitor DAW products. I record primarily on a dedicated recorder which has some mastering capability, but lacks the real power to polish a demo to standards. Sonar can do that... if you can figure out how. If you have never fiddled with DAW software, you are in for a brain-slamming roll of anguish as you delve into this package. Features out the wazoo, most of which are pretty good, and a good host of vst and synth weapons. Overall, this software is perfectly capable of producing professional sound.
        The problem is just this; it's gonna take MONTHS of hitting it for an hour or two a day to get really comfortable. I have had this for a couple of weeks now, and have watched 20-30 hours of instructional video. It was entirely necessary in order to access the features of this software. You are likely to encounter playback issues until you tweak it to your system as there are several settings that must be 'just so' or you'll hear nothing. In a nutshell, this package is daunting, slightly overwhelming if you have a little experience with DAW software...and probably not for you if you have little to no patience. That being said...
        If you can't play a one-finger tune on a piano or have no idea how to tune a guitar....no worries. It is possible to draw everything you'll need to produce a full orchestra with midi. If you are something of a musician, you can fix mistakes, alter effects, and tweak almost any tone from a guitar track. Drum synths, instrument voices, and various plug-ins are here in spades. This software will do as you ask, but you have to learn how to ask... and that will take time.
        The bitter truth: If you are the kind who wears a baseball cap backwards, got a third tribal tattoo, and bought a 400 smacker muffler for your Mitsubishi to make it sound like it has no muffler... you'd be wasting your time here.

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        (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


        Do NOT buy this product!

        By Frustrated

        from Calif.

        Comments about Cakewalk SONAR Professional:

        I would NOT recommend Cakewalk to anyone...It should be titled, Take a

        walk. I have spent more time downloading updates for the varoius

        "instrument bundles" than actually recording music. If anyone can figure

        ot how to use this product they have not posted any helpful videos so

        far. Sonar Professional fails miserably at providing documentation on how

        to do any functions. They instead direct you to You Tube videos that are

        produced by people who know how to do a function, but they do it so quick

        and with bad quality video, one cannot possibly know how a function is

        I have searched the web for Sonar Professional manuals but have not found

        the version I purchased in 2015.

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        Great Software!

        By Greg

        from NY


        • Tons of features
        • Versatile
        • Very Powerful


        • Steep learning curve

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          Comments about Cakewalk SONAR Professional:

          While many people use this for scoring film, this is incredibly powerful software that you can do just about anything with. The producer edition includes everything you will need from amazing keyboard sounds to amp sims (yes, you can load impules). It really is everything you need to produce any kind of music.

          It does have quite a learning curve. You may want to get a lesser version if you just want to make music in a simple way. Then you can upgrade once you have a hang of it. As others have said, it might include too much stuff. I will start researching what to buy and realize I already have the product bundled with Sonar but had no idea.

          Overall, this is a great product for people that want to put in the time. There is a reason there are degrees in audio production, it's not easy. There is also a reason that garage band exists too.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


          The mixing board layout is horrible

          By bbuteo

          from san Jose ca

          Comments about Cakewalk SONAR Professional:

          It's stable. It's cheap. The pro version is cheap.
          The mixing board layout is very very bad. It's the opposite of easy workflow!
          Everyone has moved on to bigger and better DAW software.
          Sonar is the upgraded "renamed" version of Cakewalk from back in the 90's! I never really liked Calkwalk, and when other programs came out that were better, like Cubase, I stopped using Sonar.

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



          By Musician

          from Danvile pa

          Comments about Cakewalk SONAR Professional:

          A lot to go through just for a simple recording. You should be able to plug in and play. Website doesn't seem to work . Cant log in, hard to register online. Earlier versions of this were better. Try something else.

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          I would buy this product again

          By Christian rocker

          from Mi

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Cakewalk SONAR Professional:

          I'm learning as I go but the learning curve is fairly easy.

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