Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer Edition  

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There is no limit to your creativity - so why expect less from your DAW? Whether you’re an aspiring artist or an established producer, SONAR X3 comes packed with world-class audio tools designed to gi... Read More

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There is no limit to your creativity - so why expect less from your DAW? Whether you’re an aspiring artist or an established producer, SONAR X3 comes packed with world-class audio tools designed to give you the creative edge.

Create music in any style with cutting-edge instruments, effects, and creative tools. Thanks to the award-winning Skylight user interface, SONAR X3 lets you move seamlessly in your production workspace, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again. Produce and master flawless tracks with the 64-Bit Double Precision audio engine and upload polished mixes directly to YouTube and SoundCloud. Plus, SONAR X3 lets you do it all without limiting the number of tracks and plugins; all while supporting the latest technologies like VST3, multi-touch, and Gobbler cloud save.

Edit and correct vocals like a pro with Melodyne Essential. Create the most realistic and authentic drums sounds with the full version of XLN Audio Addictive Drums. Get that epic, pro-sound that has defined the last 25 years of recording with the ProChannel and built-in Console Emulator - now with a new flyout EQ/Analyzer for the ultimate precision and a TapeSim for that warm, vintage tape sound. And it doesn’t stop there with a new mixing suite powered by the Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX and BlueVerb, Tone2 BiFilter 2, AAS Lounge Lizard SONAR, AAS Strum Acoustic SONAR, Dimension Pro, Rapture, and much more.

Addictive Drums 2 brings the world's finest drum kits and percussion instruments to your computer. Their advanced software and fanatical obsession with recording drums will give you breathtaking results.

How to Redeem:
A full retail license of Addictive Drums 2 is part of Cakewalk's SONAR X3 Producer. Simply use the Addictive Drums Product Key included with your download or boxed purchase. The XLN Online Installer will automatically deliver Addictive Drums 2 download option to you.

  • Create and record with unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
  • Mix with unlimited effects, sends and busses
  • Move seamlessly across all your production tasks with Skylight Interface
  • NEW! Skylight Interface enhancements and color customizations
  • NEW! Comp multiple takes together instantly for the ultimate performance
  • NEW! Full support for VST3 synths and effects
  • Record and mix with the end-to-end 64-bit double precision engine
  • NEW! Save your projects to the cloud with Gobbler® integration
  • NEW! Improved video support including YouTube export
  • Program beats with your mouse using the Step Sequencer
  • Play and trigger loops in real-time with the Matrix View
  • Customize searing guitar tones with Overloud TH2 Producer amp sim
  • NEW! Get authentic drums sounds with the full version of XLN Audio Addictive Drums
  • NEW! Play vintage piano sounds with AAS Lounge Lizard SONAR
  • NEW! Have a session guitar player with you at all times with AAS Strum Acoustic SONAR
  • Create modern, electronic dance sounds with Z3TA+ Classic
  • Play and record with 23 instruments including Rapture and Dimension Pro
  • NEW! Craft the perfect vocal performances with Melodyne Essential
  • Edit audio and MIDI, hassle free, with Smart Tool and Smart Grid
  • Get full control of the timing and feel of your tracks with AudioSnap
  • Custom touch support on touch-enabled devices running Windows 8
  • Get that epic, pro studio sound with the ergonomic ProChannel console strip
  • Dial in the sound of legendary analog mixing consoles with the Console Emulator
  • NEW! Bring back the vintage, warm sound of tape with the ProChannel TapeSim
  • NEW! Sculpt your mixes with precision using the new flyout QuadCurve EQ/Analyzer
  • Add lush reverb with the versatile BREVERB SONAR VST and ProChannel module
  • Includes 7 ProChannel modules - expandable with additional modules (sold separately)
  • NEW! Fine tune your mixes with the 19 included Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX
  • NEW! Access Vintage-style world-class recording studio reverb with Nomad Factory BlueVerb
  • NEW! Get incredible filter and distortion effects with Tone2 BiFilter 2
  • Finalize and master your songs with high-quality Linear Phase plugins
  • NEW! 58 total FX including the new Boutique Suite
  • Share your music on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, and now YouTube
  • Requires Windows 7 or Window 8
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Runs Native in 32/64-bit Windows
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.67 GHz / AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 Ghz or higher
  • 2 GB 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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Customer support soon to be discontinued! Small window!


from Portland, OR

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    • Bad customer service
    • Bloated Buggy
    • Not Backwards Compatible
    • Not Forwards Compatible
    • Tiny Support Window
    • Upgrades Are Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Bankrupting Musicians

    Comments about Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer Edition:

    The most important quality to look for in a DAW is user support. With software this complicated, any number of things can go wrong or cause problems. Before I explain why Cakewalk is an evil money-grubbing user-exploiting company, here is a short list of some of the technical issues I've had in sonar:

    1) Absolutely essential keyboard shortcuts not covered in the documentation and with no mouse equivalent in the user interface.
    2) Cakewalk projects migrate from one version to the next without any apparent issues, and they even save and reopen with saved changes correct. However, if you back up your projects and have to restore at any point, the fact that you started projects in one version and continued them in the other causes your projects to be unrecoverable. Almost all of the work is lost (in my case it was about 200 hours of work). Cakewalk, despite knowing about these flaws, released the new version anyway and has no fix.
    3) Automatic re-sampling of your audio which has to be undone
    4) Automatic reassignment of your outputs
    5) Playback issues
    6) Many, many more.

    Sonar has the worst customer service that I have ever encountered. While other audio companies support their software for upwards of ten years after its release with driver updates for new versions of windows, phone tech support, and fast online support, Sonar's performance is abysmal. They actually cease to support "old" versions of their software by phone as soon as a new version is released (which happens every year). Supposedly e-mail support continues, but this is a lie. E-mail responses can take months. Let me say that again. It took them months to respond to one of my e-mail tech support enquiries, not days, not weeks, but months. And the response that I got from e-mail tech support was not even correct.

    If you do not upgrade, your old versions with outdated software will cease to work with newer OS versions... and upgrades are not cheap. Let's examine a few scenarios.

    Here is one scenario:

    You buy Sonar X3 today. This costs you $400. Suppose you do not upgrade to X4 when it comes out. Your X3 will eventually cease to work with newer OS versions. This means you probably have about two years to use your $400 piece of software, but you completely lose customer support after the first year. This means you are spending $200 per year on software with no technical support. Not a good investment.

    You might say to yourself, "Yes, but then I'll upgrade to X5. It's more economical than buying every version, and it avoids upgrade problems." Wrong. Suppose you upgrade to X5, skipping the X4 upgrade. Your upgrade will cost you $200. Cakewalk charges you twice as much money to punish you for skipping a version. Financially speaking, you might as well have just upgraded to X4 for $100 and then upgraded to X5 for another $100.

    Here is another scenario:

    You buy Sonar X3 today. This costs you $400. Sonar X3 support is discontinued when they release X4. You pay $100 to upgrade to X4. Your new total is $500. You encounter an error when migrating your files from X3 to X4. Because X3 is no longer supported, you must use e-mail support. It takes 3 months for you to get a response. The response is that there is no fix and that you should create new projects in X4 because it is the latest, supported version.
    You now have 9 months remaining until X5 is released and you get to pay another $100 and go through the same process.

    Sonar is not in the business of helping musicians create music. Their business plan relies upon something called "sunk cost fallacy." The idea is that a musician, having already thrown a substantial sum of money at their poorly supported software, will be unwilling to walk away when they realize the software is poorly supported because they have already invested so much; they will chase the bad investment, throwing more and more money at it year after year, trying to cling to what limited and poor customer support there is. Five years in Sonar with customer support and you have spent $1000 with nothing to show for it but a pile of CDs with ancient unsupported software.

    This is a scheme, and it is exploitation. Skeptical? Cakewalk actually removes old versions of Sonar from their technicians' computers in order to make it impossible for them to help with anything but the latest version. Bad user support isn't accidental: it is an intrinsic part of their strategy to force money out of the pockets of musicians.

    Run away. Buy other software.

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    Using Sonar


    from Clinton Township Michigan

    Comments about Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer Edition:

    I have been using Sonar for years now and still love it. I just upgraded my software from Sonar 8 studio to Sonar X3 Producer and I love that every thing is located in one window. This make the work flow much smoother. Loving everything about it! Keep up the good work! Mike C. Producer Amber Rose Entertainment LLC.

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    They made it easy


    from Salem, Ohio

    Comments about Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer Edition:

    I love this software, I have been using Sonar since its release with X1. they haven't made many extremely noticable changes along this path but almost with out noticing they made it even easier to use. It was already easy..... I have used Pro Tools and Cubase and i will tell you that the only differance between any of them is how its used. you can acheive the same results from any of them. Sonar just made the way you work more comfortable. It's workflow reminds you of an old Analog board, so even old school engineers can figure out how to use it. it is extremely powerful as well boasting more input and output controls than anyone else in this price range. I am working from a PC and I will tell you that i have had very few crashes like other software users complain of. the guys at Cakewalk really out did themselves with this. Now that Melodyne comes with it it's even better because there is no need to buy it. that saves time and money having it built in. plus all the other goodies in it are great such as Rapture, Dimension Pro and Zeta+. Well worth the money for some one who uses it regularly.

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