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
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
Assignable FX controls
MPEX 3 time scaling
Video thumbnail track
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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.