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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 pristine new audio engine sets new standards for digital ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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:
  • 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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One of the best PC-based recording solutions

By korz

from Chicagoland, Illinois

When Logic Audio dropped PC support several years ago, I had to find a new multitrack recording software. I compared them all, from Steinberg's Cubase to MOTU's Digital Performer to Sonic Foundry's (now Sony's) Vegas. I even considered moving to ProTools, which would have required me to scrap my Echo Layla24/96 audio interface and get thousands of dollars of ProTools hardware. It quickly became obvious that for being able to do multitrack recording, loop-based song creation, and MIDI sequencing, Cakewalk had the best solutions. I then had to decide which of the many Cakewalk packages to get: Guitar Tracks, Home Studio, or Sonar. I chose Sonar because, for the money, you simply get a lot more flexibility and the Producer Edition includes tons of professional quality plug-ins and soft synths. I started with Sonar 3 and since then have upgraded to Sonar 4 and now Sonar 5. Sonar 5 Producer Edition includes the best reverb outside of Waves packages, which run into the thousands, and some may even argue it's superior to Waves' reverbs. The feature list of Sonar 5 PE includes just about any functionality you can imagine. I won't repeat it here, but rather will point out my favorite features: * unlimited audio tracks (I've done 108 at one time on a 2.54MHz P4) * the ease of creating busses and quickly routing the audio inside and outside the computer * built-in per-channel EQ which runs in the audio engine very efficiently, so you don't need to use plug-ins for equalization * views can be customized to put exactly the track information you want to see on the screen and hide what's not currently important * consistent interface whether you are drawing envelopes on audio tracks, loop tracks, or MIDI tracks... sometimes you can even forget that they are three distinct sound sources * I believe that Sonar 5 PE has the largest collection of various surround formats (30+) * track freeze, which allows you to free up CPU power if you have a really, really big project or need to run Sonar 5 on a lower-powered PC * you can automate just about anything and easily edit your automations Short of a $10,000 ProTools setup, you won't find a better multitrack audio software package anywhere.

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