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Cakewalk's SONAR X2 is the latest edition of their popular DAW. With a revolutionary new Skylight user interface, SONAR X2 lets you move seamlessly through all of its features and parameters. Instantl... Click To Read More About This Product

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Cakewalk's SONAR X2 is the latest edition of their popular DAW. With a revolutionary new Skylight user interface, SONAR X2 lets you move seamlessly through all of its features and parameters. Instantly switch from recording to mixing and back again, all with a single Smart Tool, keep your workflow consistent and your music on track. This is the Essential version, which is the essence of SONAR's power. With cutting edge creation tools and an inspiring collection of instruments and effects, SONAR X2 Essential is the perfect way to begin crafting great sounding music productions.

Skylight User Interface
Why struggle with the cluttered interfaces, poor navigation, and antiquated window management that plague most DAWs? SONAR' award winning Skylight interface gives you a clear and configurable creative space that adapts to your workflow and is tailor made for today' high-resolution, widescreen displays. It makes window management a thing of the past and takes ergonomics to a totally new level.

With SONAR X2, Skylight has been cleverly enhanced to make every aspect of music production even faster and more fluid. Dock windows where they feel best, instantly switch between configurable Screensets, and navigate with unparalleled speed and precision with Timeline Zoom, Auto Zoom, and the enhanced Aim Assist. Skylight even switches tools and snap settings automatically based on context and zoom level so you can quit fiddling with the software and get on with the business of making music.

The professional touch
Experience SONAR like never before with all new touch functionality. Improve your workflow with intuitive gestures like 'swipe' and 'pinch to zoom' that allow you to navigate through projects using the Skylight User Interface. Transform any touch-screen computer into a virtual pad controller to trigger loops and one-shots. Or open up a whole new way to mix and interact with plug-ins, the Console View, and ProChannel.


Play it loud
Overloud brings their critically acclaimed amp modeling technology to SONAR with Overloud TH2 SONAR. From chunk to funk, TH2 has it covered with big, lifelike tone and expressive playability. Whether it's a crushing riff, shimmering rhythm part, or blistering lead, with over 10 amps to choose from and authentic, manufacturer approved models of classic gear, TH2 dishes the tone you crave.

Enter the Matrix
Why edit and arrange your loops when you can play them instead? The Matrix View lets you organize audio and MIDI loops, phrases, and one shots into cells and columns for real-time triggering from one (or more) MIDI controllers. Use it for easy arranging of song sections or for complex sets of multiple grooves, one-shots, drops, and breakdowns - all playable in real-time. And the entire performance can be captured onto discrete tracks in SONAR's Track View where it can be freely edited and mixed until it's exactly what you want. The new per-cell trigger resolution and enhanced routing with support for external MIDI hardware make it a formidable creative force.

Browse around
With the searchable Browser you can access a neatly organized collection of loops, one-shots, effects and instruments which can be incorporated into projects with a simple drag and drop. Access complex FX Chains, create custom content locations, and even replace synths in one fell swoop. In fact, you can drag and drop just about anything both to and from the Browser. And thanks to Skylight, it's there when you need it, gone when you don't, and its size and location are totally up to you. Find it. Drag it. Drop it


Improved Smart Tool
SONAR' innovative Smart Tool is smarter than ever. Constantly switching tools can be a real drag on your creativity. Enter the Smart Tool, which changes function automatically based on context and works in every one of SONAR's edit views. Place the cursor on what you want to edit and SONAR does the rest. With SONAR X2, the Smart Tool has been improved so that most common functions don't even require modifier keys. Functions like freehand and line drawing, as well as painting note lengths, is also now possible.

New Smart Grid
Changing snap settings is one of those repetitive tasks that, while necessary, suck some of the joy out of creating music. Smart Grid intelligently sets the snap resolution and the visual grid line display dynamically, based on zoom level, to a useful setting for the task at hand. And it can do it independently for the Track View and the Piano Roll View. Let SONAR think about snap so you don't have to.

Piano Roll
SONAR X2's PRV has been enhanced with a new look and new functionality. The virtual keyboard now displays real-time MIDI input and Aim Assist functionality has been enhanced to clearly show both vertical and horizontal placement of notes. Coupled with the new Smart Tool functionality, both the PRV and the inline PRV feel rock-solid and make creating and editing MIDI parts quicker and easier.

Loop Construction
No matter what style of music you create, loops are a great way to get a project started, and they can really spice up an original track. Updated to fully integrate into the Skylight interface, the Loop Construction View lets you tweak each audio slice with pitch, pan, and volume envelopes, keeping loops sounding fresh, locked to the groove, and just the way you want.

Step Sequencer
From minimal to maniacal, build beats in classic fashion with SONAR's groove-churning Step Sequencer. Move fast with Auto Populate and tweak patterns down to their very core with per-lane and per-step flam, offset, swing and probability control. Launch it from any softsynth window and immediately start creating rhythm patterns that do mean a thing.


The mixing console is the nerve center of the studio and at the heart of every great sounding track. But the mixing consoles in DAWs are not all created equal. Available exclusively in SONAR X2 Producer, the ProChannel equips SONAR's already impressive console with big, epic, pro-studio sound.

Build your dream channel - with creamy EQ, smooth optical compression, complex FX chains, tube saturation and detailed console emulation. Build your dream console out of an unlimited number of ProChannel strips and save complete ProChannel setups for instant recall. And you don't have to worry about all that heavy duty signal processing bogging you down because the ProChannel and its custom modules introduce no significant latency and operate with extreme CPU efficiency. It's the kind of thing you always dreamed your DAW would someday do.


  • 64 Audio and MIDI tracks
  • Enhanced award winning Skylight interface
  • Seamless usability and workflow
  • Matrix performance view
  • Integrated per track arpeggiator
  • 11 Virtual instruments
  • 38 Audio and MIDI FX
  • TH2 SONAR Amp Sim
  • FX Chains
  • Automation and Take Lanes
  • Sound Cloud, MusicXML, and export options
  • Pristine 64-bit/384KHz audio engine
  • 32 and 64-bit versions
  • Windows 7 and 8 support
  • Minimum system requirements
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32 and 64-bit). XP and Vista are no longer officially supported. Future updates will not be compatible or install on XP and Vista as they are no longer officially supported.
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.67 GHz / AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 Ghz or higher
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 1280x800 minimum screen resolution
  • 4.5GB for minimal install, 20GB recommended
  • Broadband internet connection for download
  • Cakewalk Publisher requires available web server space with FTP access
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