US Producer Edition and Studio Edition released      20/09/07


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Cakewalk has announced the release of SONAR 7 Producer Edition and SONAR 7 Studio Edition. A spokesperson told us, “With SONAR 7 you get a remarkable experience that excels at every step of your production—from its inspiring, open and customizable environment, to intuitive music creation and editing tools, to polished mixing, editing and delivery—with the recognized best audio quality in the industry.�
What follows is taken directly from Cakewalk’s press release:
In its last two versions, SONAR set new levels for technology advances in digital audio workstations with the first true 64-bit double precision audio mix engine; Active Controller Technology (ACT) which changed the way musicians work with instruments and effects; AudioSnap, the very best non-destructive audio timing/manipulation toolset; and pioneering support for multicore and x64 processing, and Windows Vista.
Now SONAR 7 Producer Edition rounds out and extends its comprehensive offering of powerful creative tools with an open and customizable environment, high-quality instruments and effects, and flexible mixing and delivery options. These new developments include user customization for MIDI with Smart MIDI Tools, the introduction of the most powerful Step Sequencer found in any DAW, true Linear Phase Mastering Plug-ins, internal sidechaining, delay compensation for external hardware through an External Insert plug-in, pitch to MIDI functionality with Roland V-Vocal 1.5, integrated CD burning, and numerous workflow and delivery enhancements throughout the application.
New Features for SONAR 7 Producer Edition:
  • Integrated Step Sequencer view provides the most innovative step sequencer feature set available in any DAW today
  • Smart MIDI Tools—intuitively use one tool for multiple editing tasks; completely customizable
  • Real-time Drag-Quantize allows selected notes and events to be quickly aligned with snap settings
  • Multilane controller editing in Piano Roll view; controller data can be moved/copied across lanes; multiple controls can be viewed/edited per lane to economize screen real estate
  • MIDI display features including MIDI Magnifier, MIDI Meters, and Velocity Colorizer
  • Enhanced MIDI editing with functions for splitting, gluing, and muting notes
  • More ACT (Active Controller Technology) presets for popular hardware
  • New instruments: Z3TA+ 1.5 waveshaping synthesizer, Dimension LE (featuring Garritan Pocket Orchestra), Rapture LE, and DropZone sample player/synth; Over 1000 instruments sounds
  • Roland V-Vocal 1.5, now with Pitch to MIDI conversion
  • LP-64 Multiband linear phase mastering compressor/limiter with AutoQ functionality
  • LP-64 EQ linear phase mastering EQ with 20-point control curve
  • Internal sidechaining for Sonitus:fx Compressor, Sonitus:fx Gate, VC-64 Vintage Channel, and 3rd party VST plug-ins with sidechain (multi-input) capability
  • External Insert Plug-in lets you insert and mix with external hardware effects and instruments with automatic delay compensation
  • Boost 11 Peak Limiter
  • Dim Solo keeps tracks in context by reducing volume of unsoloed tracks by 6, 12, or 18 dB instead of muting
  • Drag & drop EQ settings across channels in the console view
  • Shortcuts for assigning a series of audio inputs, and routing selected tracks/busses to the same input/output/main
  • Original SMPTE time stamps now stored with clips with easy revert to original time stamp
  • Right-click at cursor to Import audio/MIDI data
  • Wave-64 support provides capabilities to record large scale (2 GB+) projects
  • High bandwidth multi-track recording optimizations
  • New file format import/export options including Sony Wave-64, AIF, CAF, FLAC, Sound Designer II
  • Integrated Audio CD ripping and burning
  • Cakewalk Publisher 2.0 for uploading and presenting music online
SONAR 7 Studio Edition
Don't sacrifice features for affordability—SONAR 7 Studio Edition offers the best creative tools, and the most power of any digital audio workstation in its price range. Built upon the same core feature set as SONAR 7 Producer Edition, SONAR 7 Studio Edition gives users the edge in their productions —from recording audio and MIDI, composing with virtual instruments, remixing with loops, mixing with professional effects, to delivery of a polished final track—with the recognized best audio quality of the industry.
SONAR 7 Studio Edition features all the unmatched music creation tools found in SONAR 7 Producer Edition with the following exceptions: LP-64 Linear Phase Equalizer, LP-64 Multiband Compressor, VC-64 Vintage Channel, Roland V-Vocal VariPhrase technology, Z3TA+, PSYN II subtractive synth, Pentagon I analog synth, RXP groove instrument, Perfect Space Convolution Reverb, surround mixing, Sonitus Surround Compressor, POW-r Dithering, MPEX-3 Time Stretching. In addition, AudioSnap in SONAR 7 Studio Edition is limited to one track at a time processing.
Pricing and Availability:
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SONAR 7 Producer Edition has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $619 ($499 street) U.S.
SONAR 7 Studio Edition (MSRP) is $369 U.S. ($299 street)
Registered SONAR 6 Producer Edition customers can upgrade to SONAR 7 Producer Edition directly through Cakewalk for $179; SONAR 6 Studio Edition to SONAR 7 Studio Edition for $99. Other upgrade paths are available.
Europe's suggested street price for SONAR 7 Producer Edition and SONAR 7 Studio Edition are €499 and €299 RRP inc VAT respectively.
U.K. pricing is £349 and £219 RRP inc VAT respectively.
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