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 Cakewalk Cakewalk SONAR (All Version) At a Glance  
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arrowReleased: 2001  arrowVersion:
arrowRated: 8.0/10arrow User reviews: (1)
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arrowSoftware: Win 95/98, Win NT, Win XP, OSX,
arrow Plugin formats: TDM. VST. DirectX. Premiere. Audio Units. RTAS
David H. Lee writes:
This program is new to the market, don't mistake it for Pro Audio, it far exceeds Pro Audio, I've waited for a sequencer like this for neary a decade now, having gone from this to that. If you're into MIDI or have a lot of MIDI devices, you can not pass this program. It will make it a breeze for you compared to Steinberg & E-magic's frustrating antics on this. Sequencing wise, it's as perfect as todays techonology will allow, with the new version v1.3.1 it has the scissor in the toolbar & stuff which makes it easy to arrange parts & has a very professional snap to grid function you can change from 8th notes etc to make fit perfectly in time. The MIDI editing on this program is just awesome, the most completed features, there is nothing this can't do comes to MIDI, these guys sure did pull out all the big guns on this software. Program has things like 960 PPQ options & stuff that will make your grooves super tight, with a lot of non-destructive plug-ins, quantize functions U can quantize & create rhythms yourself & save them to use again. It also has a very clever file handling management system, I could go on forever about this. If you're reading this you're probably looking to get a sequencer MIDI/Audio, the choice nowadays is SONAR, Cubase, Logic & Pro Tools. SONAR is the best MIDI program available to date & Pro Tools is the best audio (only due to the software coming with hardware). So it's good to use SONAR for MIDI & Pro tools for audio, though with a beefed up system you can have SONAR do all the audio tracks, it has precision mixdown capabilites & all, the program is too powerful for one cpu, used professionally. If cakewalk made a special version that came with hardware to take the load off the CPU, you can say goodbye to pro tools. If you're onto plug-ins you can get a VST wrapper that will allow you to use VSTi's etc. So you will have more plug-ins than you know what to do with, the soft. synths that's included with the program are the best out there, plus the audio/midi plug-ins are top notch. This program is worth every cent, the manual is written really well being a US company & with the book SONAR Power! & countless support sites, this program won't annoy you & is very easy to learn & set up your own working interface. Those using Cubase or Logic should d/l the demo & spend time with this, I bet you will switch to this as I have. There's way to many special things about this program I have been yearning for years. There's nothing you can't do on this, & everything you can don, you can do it easily & professionally. A must have for peeps doing dance or urban music, if you're over conservative person who finished from a fancy music school, than get Logic, this program is way out there & modern, so check it out!

Good Points
Ultimate support for MIDI suites, after all they did invent sys. ex. ACID style audio, makes it so easy to create/use drum loops + more, the best MIDI editing available, this is the most powerful MIDI editor you will ever find. Well written manual, awesome tech. support. Best soft. synths & plug-ins I've used or heard, this will do everything you need MID/Audio wise. Won't annoy you like other sequencers, easy learning curve, easy to set up etc. I LOVE IT !! (O: thanks CAKEWALK!
Bad Points
Doesn't support surround sound mixing (yet I hope).

 Cakewalk Cakewalk SONAR (All Version) Specifications:

Digital IOs:

Busses/Subgroups: unlimited (depending on hardware)
Max tracks: unlimited (depending on hardware)
Maximum Resolution:96k/24Bit (depends on soundcard support)
graphic & parametric etc. (unlimited with plug-ins)
has it all (unlimited with plug-ins)
Filetypes supported:
wav, acid, wma, mp3, ra to name a few
Hardware supported:
you can make your own with studioware feature
unlimited, supports windows formats like DX is why

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