MESSE06: Cakewalk Announces Free 5.2 Update for SONAR

US New features and enhancements      29/03/06

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Cakewalk have announced the free 5.2 update for SONAR 5.The update is for both 32-bit and native x64 versions of SONAR 5 Producer Edition and SONAR 5 Studio Edition and will be available early April 2006 as a free download for registered SONAR 5 users.
Here's what Cakewalk told us...
"The result of active dialog with our users and close monitoring of industry standards, the free SONAR 5.2 update continues Cakewalk’s commitment toward providing the best in product support. Through its support for the VST 2.4 specification, the SONAR 5.2 update reinforces Cakewalk’s leadership role in bringing the benefits of 64-bit double precision processing and audio quality to the art of music production."
SONAR 5.2 update highlights
  • VST 2.4 support, allowing for 64-bit double-precision audio quality through VST effects and instruments, along with compatibility with Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. (Note: SONAR 5’s BitBridge technology allows pre- VST 2.4 plug-ins to run in SONAR’s x64 environment)
  • Support for MIDI output data from VSTi plug-ins
  • Support for Waves’ VST plug-ins (Note: Waves’ DirectX plug-ins have always been supported)
  • Support for up to 4,096 MIDI channels to any ReWire device (up from 16)
  • Extensions to SONAR’s Control Surface capabilities allowing Control Surfaces to receive multi-channel metering information and to get/set punch states
  • In addition, the update addresses issues reported by customers after SONAR’s initial release specifically regarding the UAD-1 card, VST automation, SONAR’s Piano Roll and Inline Piano Roll, and Perfect Space
    Pricing and Availability
    Registered SONAR 5 customers can download the free SONAR 5.2 update from the Cakewalk website in early April 2006.
    Europe's suggested retail price for SONAR 5 Producer Edition and SONAR 5 Studio Edition are €569 and €329 respectively (including VAT); U.K. pricing is £369 and £229 respectively (including VAT).
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