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This special upgrade offer is for owners of Guitar Tracks, Guitar Tracks Pro, Home Studio, SONAR Home Studio, Kinetic (1&2), Pro Audio, or Project5. While each of these titles is a great example of fun-and-easy Cakewalk music-making software, they are but a small fish in a big pond compared to what you'll can do with SONAR 8 Producer software.

SONAR 8 Producer gives you what you need for complete music production allowing you to record, compose, edit, mix, and master. 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 of audio software for your main digital audio workstation.

Create & Record

¢SONAR 8 Producer enables users 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 mix 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

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 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 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 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 features means that while the SONAR 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 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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