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Cakewalk SONAR Home Studio 7 Recording Software

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Cakewalk SONAR Home Studio 7 is a software package that gives you one of the easiest ways to turn your PC into a full-fledged music production studio...Click To Read More About This Product

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Transform your home computer into a music studio.

Cakewalk SONAR Home Studio 7 is a software package that gives you one of the easiest ways to turn your PC into a full-fledged music production studio. From start to finish, SONAR Home Studio 7 will help you capture your creativity and share it with the world. With SONAR Home Studio 7 you can record live instruments, vocals, or any audio source. You can easily edit audio, MIDI, and music notation too. The updated Loop Explorer gives you the tools to build backing tracks faster than ever. Add real instrument sounds using the included virtual instruments suite, and bring your mix together with studio-quality audio effects and professional mixing tools. When you are finished, share your music on the web or burn it to CD for fans, friends, and family. SONAR Home Studio 7 is the complete solution for creating and sharing professional quality music”now easier than ever.

Get Started Quickly
Get up and running quickly using the library of included project templates and assistant tools.

Work Smarter
When you are ready to create music, the simplified user interface guides you through the process, making it easy to achieve professional results.

Live the Dream
Realize the full potential of your music by adding backing tracks and instrumentation using the Loop Explorer and included virtual instruments.

Hands on Mixing
With SONAR 7 it is even easier to mix your tracks. The Console view allows for effortless mixing, and provides all the visual feedback you need to get the perfect mix.

MIDI Made Simple
Editing and arranging MIDI is just as easy as audio. Just click on your instrument track and go to work with enhanced tools and a visually simplified interface.

  • Software comes on DVD
  • Create & Record
    • Get creative with 64 audio tracks and unlimited MIDI tracks
    • Track and project templates do the set up for you so you're making music fast
    • Play and record MIDI parts in perfect time using Input Quantize
    • Record your whole band at once using multi-input audio interfaces at up to 24-bit/192kHz quality
    • Browse over 1GB of loop and instrument content and preview audio and MIDI loops in time and key with your song to create backing tracks
    • Create instrument parts using the DropZone sampler and genuine Roland sounds: drums, bass, guitar, keys, orchestral, and more
    • Expand your studio with VST, DX, and ReWire synths, effects, and applications including Ableton Live and Reason
    Arrange & Edit
    • Arrange and edit your project with an easy to understand user interface
    • Recording, editing, and mixing tools are just a click away and always available
    • Print music notation, lyrics, and lead sheets
    • Keep projects organized with Track Folders and Track Icons
    • Assemble the perfect take with non-destructive crossfades and other editing tools
    • Zero in on edits and navigate quickly with Fast Zoom
    • Freeze instruments and effects to get the best performance out of your PC
    • Score soundtracks to video in time with the action using the Video Track
    Mix & Share
    • Mix like a pro using the new Console view with built-in Sonitus:fx EQ on every channel
    • New Send Assistant simplifies audio routing and effects busses
    • Effortless mixing with powerful automation tools
    • Sweeten your tracks with reverb, delay, dynamics, modulation, tape and amp simulation, and more
    • Control your mix, effects, and instruments from external MIDI devices using Active Controller Technology (ACT)
    • Burn your mixes directly to CD, or export your project to popular audio and video formats, including QuickTime
    • Upload songs and create custom streaming music players for your website with Cakewalk Publisher
    System Requirements
    • (Minimum)
    • Operating System: Windows XP/Vista (32 bit)/ Mac OS X with Boot Camp
    • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 1.3GHz, AMD Athlon XP 1500+ or higher
    • RAM: 512 MB
    • Graphics: 1024 x 768, 16-bit color
    • Hard disk space: 100MB program/application
    • Hard disc type: Any
    • MIDI interface: Windows-compatible for connecting to external MIDI devices
    • Audio interface: Windows-compatible required for audio playback
    • Media drive: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD +/- RW Drive
    • Webserver Access: None
    • (Recommended)
    • Operating System: Windows XP/Vista (32 bit)/ Mac OS X with Boot Camp
    • Processor Speed: AMD Athlon XP 2800+ or higher
    • RAM: 1GB or higher
    • Graphics: 1280 x 960, 24-bit color or higher
    • Hard disk space: 6GB
    • Hard disc type: EIDE / Ultra DMA (7200RPM) or SATA
    • MIDI Interface: Windows-compatible for connecting to external MIDI devices
    • Audio Interface: Windows-compatible required for audio playback
    • Media drive: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD +/- RW Drive
    • Webserver Access: Available web server space with FTP access privileges. An internet connection is required for music uploading (broadband connection is recommended)
    • SONAR does not support Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, or NT. QuickTime support requires QuickTime 6 or higher. DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R or DVD+/-RW drive required for installation.

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    Not as advertised

    By Jestermusic

    from California

    BUYER BEWARE: This product does not support MIDI as advertised. It also does not support the majority of VST as advertised. Lastly, the latency is absolutely terrible with a MIDI device. If you only want to record audio, which is all this thing does, get Audacity for free. If you want a total package audio system get Cubase.


    Sonar Home Studio 7 - Love it

    By Roscoe-orJbg

    from Indiana

    I own and have used Pro Tools for years, so I was looking for something that was close to the features it offered but not a system hog like Pro Tools.Ease of Use - For someone just getting started, there will be a learning curve - but that comes with any software. The learning curve is not as sharp as Logic, though. I loaded it, connected my external sound card, plugged in the mics and instruments and got right to work within 2 hours.Quality of Sound - It does a great job of capturing the raw sound. I am still experimenting with internal effects and mixing the sounds, but I get more impressed with each usage.Editing - this is the happy, unhappy part. Editing should be simple. Fundamentally, it should be like MS Word. cut, copy, paste. However, there are some qwirky things that happen when editing. If I shade and delete a section, it pastes it on the end of the track for whatever reason. Essentially, I have to delete twice. Just a hassle. Pro Tools is much easier here. you just shade and delete. The plus is that it does a great job of lining up correctly. Easy to move and line up tracks up to the m/s.Effects - Still going through these, but they are really nice. Far from quality of Waves, but still good.Mixdown to mp3 - I hate the fact that it does not include an mp3 encoder. Audacity comes with Lame mp3 encoder and it doesnt really work well with Sonar. However, its only $19.99 to get the encoder which still brings me out on top, so I cant complain.Price - I bought it just at the right time. Sonar Home Studio 8 was just coming out and they had a 50% off special. $50 for this is great!!I highly recommend for someone just getting started in computer recording or the frugal artist looking to record their sound without compromising quality.


    Excellent program

    By texasfrank

    from Austin, TX

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    I'm using version 6 for two years and it works fine on both XP and Vista. It is an extremely stable program that is totally loaded with features and a completely customizable interface. Don't be fooled by the "Home Studio" title as this program offers a lot. It comes with some good plugins including a basic arp that lets you play live (or from midi) and arpeggiate any softsynth sound. I think it is by far the best value for the money. I also have Sony Acid and I much prefer Cakewalk. It can also be used with any ACID loops if you're into that. The customer support is very good. I had an install issue and they walked me through it on the phone and have never had a problem for two years. The only reasons I didn't give this excellent program a perfect five were that the program icons are small and don't have text labels unless you mouse over them; the menus assume a pretty high level of knowledge; and it doesn't come with a free mp3 encoder. You can save wave files or burn cds or use another program like Itunes to make mp3 files from the wav or you can download the free LAME MP3 encoder and configure it with instructions found on the cakewalk forum. Oh, the cakewalk forums are great too and people will answer your questions and give advice which is a real plus for a beginner. Highly recommended!


    Best software for it price!

    By Paul,Les Paul

    from Canada

    Title says it all,If your just starting recording or you have a low budget and are playing in your basement,this is the software you need. Im 14 and have been playing music all my life and this software has helped me start my career. I have had comments such as "which studio did you go to" and people cant believe how cheap it is. Editing is fairly easy and sharing online is too. I recommend that you have a good USB mic and a good space/studio with acoustical treatment in it.Thats all you need folks!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    do not buy this

    By pgg

    from indy, indiana

    This is the worst software that I have ever bought. It accompliches none of what it touts.Believe me, this software is terrible.


    Great for Home Recording

    By plowhand247

    from South Carolina

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    I am downloaded my Sonar 7 and it's great. I had a little trouble with the set up, but I used the manual and worked it out. Didn't need to call tech support. I have been using Sony Acid Studio, but this Sonar 7 blows it away. The final recording quality difference is huge. If you're thinking of recording your material at home, this is the program you need.

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