Cakewalk Sonar 8.5 Producer Music Production Software

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    Cakewalk Sonar 8.5 Producer gives you what you need for recording, composing, editing, mixing, and mastering. Get innovations that matter, from exclusive features to ignite creativity and perfect your tracks, to groundbreaking technologies that always keep you in control, all backed by the industry’s leading 64-bit audio quality. And Sonar 8.5 Producer delivers the go-to production tools you want with the best collection of virtual instruments, mixing, and mastering effects found in any DAW.

    With version 8.5, Sonar continues to innovate on all fronts. New beat creating and arrangement tools, a new drum instrument loaded with stellar kits, enhanced audio quantizing, new multi-stage effect plug-ins, and more combine together to make Sonar the most complete, most professional, and best sounding DAW on any platform.

    Cakewalk Sonar 8.5 Producer New Features

    • PX-64 Percussion Strip 7-stage multi-effects processor
    • VX-64 Vocal Strip 7-stage multi-effects processor
    • Session Drummer 3 with bonus content
    • Matrix View non-linear arrangement tool
    • AudioSnap 2.0 - Fix audio timing issues instantly
    • Step Sequencer 2.0 - with exclusive probability feature
    • Per Track Arpeggiator - adds new sonic possibilities to your productions
    • Windows 7 support and more
    Cakewalk Sonar 8.5 Studio New Features
    • Matrix View non-linear arrangement tool
    • Per Track Arpeggiator - adds new sonic possibilities to your productions
    • AudioSnap 2.0 - Fix audio timing issues instantly
    • Roland V-Vocal 1.5 - Perfect Vocals: On pitch and in time
    • Windows 7 support and more
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    Create and Record
    Start producing quickly with track templates that instantly load your favorite sounds. Make beats and synth lines with a dedicated Step Sequencer and get inspired with a suite of critically acclaimed virtual instruments which is now easier to use with new instrument tracks. Plug-in direct to access fresh and versatile tones using Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE and 41 other effects. Build audio and MIDI tracks fast using Groove Clips and the redesigned Loop Explorer

    Capture all of your ideas with unlimited tracks of audio and MIDI and record at virtually any bit depth/sample rate up to 24-bit/384 kHz. Record an entire performance at once with support for multichannel audio interfaces. Experience high track counts with low latency performance and new responsive transport for on the fly recording. Get more out of your PC with industry pioneering multi-core/multi-processor support.

    Perfect your vocal tracks with the Roland V-Vocal Vari Phrase processor and manipulate the timing and feel of audio, just like MIDI with AudioSnap. Assemble the perfect take from Track Layers using powerful comping and editing tools. Quickly edit MIDI with state of the art Smart MIDI Tools. Streamline your workflow and project organization with Track Folders. Edit multiple tracks at once with group editing. Freeze audio and instrument tracks for optimal performance.

    Retain every nuance of your mix with the industry’s leading 64-bit audio engine Get hands on control of your mix, instruments, and effects with Active Controller Technology. Mix with a versatile Console view that looks and acts just like hardware and get sophisticated mixes with flexible routing options, unlimited submixes and internal sidechaining, and over 30 surround configurations. Find and correct mix problems as they occur with Bus Waveform Preview. Integrate DX & VST effects and external hardware with Automatic Delay Compensation.

    Put a professional look on your final mix with the LP64 Linear Phase EQ End-to-end 64-bit audio path. Tracks, busses, effect inserts, file export provides pristine environment for mastering. Get dynamic mixes using the LP64 Linear Phase Multiband Compressor. Add a maximum punch with the Boost 11 Peak Limiter and ensure superior quality when creating 16-bit audio for CD or MP3 from 24-bit master with POW-r Dithering.

    Collaborate & Deliver
    Collaborate with studios who use other DAWs including Pro Tools, Logic Studio, and others. Save time with flexible export options and faster than realtime rendering. Rip & burn CDs right from within SONAR. Import/export AIF, Broadcast WAV, FLAC, SD2 (Sound Designer II), QuickTime, and many other audio & video file formats. Upload music directly from SONAR to the web using Cakewalk Publisher to create online streaming flash players

    SONAR 8 Producer Edition Exclusives
    SONAR 8 Producer Edition includes over $1000 in additional tools, plug-ins, and FX:
    • LP64 EQ linear phase mastering
    • LP64 Multiband linear phase mastering compressor/limiter
    • TS64 Transient Shaper
    • TL64 Tube Leveler
    • VC64 Vintage Channel with sidechaining capabilities
    • Roland V Vocal 1.5 with Pitch to MIDI conversion
    • Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE
    • Perfect Space Convolution Reverb
    • Lexicon Pantheon Reverb
    • Sonitus Surround Compressor
    • Dimension Pro 1.3 virtual synthesizer with Classic Keys Expansion Pack
    • TruePianos Amber sound module
    • Beatscape looping instrument
    • Hollywood Edge Sound FX sample library
    • Z3TA+ waveshaping synthesizer
    • Surround mixing in over 30 formats
    • SurroundBridge technology to use stereo FX in surround
    • POW-r dithering
    SONAR 8 includes a suite of some of the best virtual instruments available, guaranteeing you the sounds you need to get the most out of your productions.
    • Beatscape 16 part loop performance instrument with unique remixing capabilities
    • Dimension Pro: Combines real & synthesized sounds for endless sonic possibilities
    • Rapture LE: Modern electronic sounds for today’s music
    • Z3TA+ 1.5: Award-winning Wavetable synthesizer with incredible sound shaping features
    • TruePianos Amber Piano Module: Offering superb playability and acoustic-style responsiveness
    • DropZone: Easy-to-use drag and drop sampler with REX support
    • Roland GrooveSynth and TTS-1 and with genuine Roland Sounds
    • Session Drummer 2 : Create drum parts easily with a live feel, includes popular drum patterns to get started
    • 14 total instruments included
    Effects can be used live during the recording process or later on in the mixing stage. SONAR 8 includes all the essential FX you need to make your music come to life:
    • Sonitus FX Suite: Reverb, EQ, Delay, Compressor, WahWah, and more
    • TS64 Transient Shaper: Dramatically sculpt impact of percussive sounds
    • TL64 Tube Leveler: Add edge to your tracks through advanced analog vacuum-tube circuit modeling
    • VC64 Vintage Channel channel strip, dynamics processor, EQ, and De-Esser that works magic on virtually any track
    • Channel Tools: Essential stereo enhancement, utilizing sample delay, MS Decoding, and independent left/right panning
    • LP64 mastering plug-ins includes a linear phase EQ and Multiband Compressor
    • 3 different Reverbs: All the spatial coloring you’ll need from convolution-based live spaces to simulated legendary Lexicon hardware
    • Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE: Provides 3 amps and cabinets, 11 effects for inspiring guitar tones
    • 42 audio FX and 7 MIDI FX included
    Content is important and that is why we only include the best inside SONAR—content you can use to get immediate results
    • 4 GB of custom REX loops from Heatseekers and XMiX for use with Beatscape
    • Over 7 GB of content for Dimension Pro including Strings, Bass, Brass, Ethnic Instruments, Evolving Ambient Textures and more
    • Garritan Pocket Orchestra for Dimension Pro provides a complete set of orchestral instrumentation
    • Digital Sound Factory Classic Keys Expansion Pack for Dimension Pro with 1GB of classic electric piano sounds, created by the sound designer for the original E-Mu Proteus 2000 and Vintage Keys modules
    • Over 300 convolution reverb impulse responses
    • Preset patterns for the Step Sequencer offering useful beats to get your productions started
    • New and updated ACT mappings for popular control surfaces and MIDI controllers
    • Hollywood Edge Sound Effects sample library
    • New Project and Track Templates to get you set-up instantly
    • Thousands of inspiring presets for the included instruments and effects
    • 14-day SurCode unlimited trial Dolby encoders for Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II and much more

    Product Specifications
    Cakewalk Sonar 8 Production Specifcations

    System RequirementMinimumRecommended
    Operating System
    Windows XP
    Windows XP/Vista (32 bit),Mac OS X with Boot Camp
    Processor Speed
    Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+ Or higher
    Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz [EM64T] AMD Athlon 64 2800+ Or higher
    512 MB
    1 GB or higher
    Graphics (resolution, color depth)
    1024x768, 16-bit color
    1280x960, 24-bit color or higher
    Hard Disk Space
    100 MB for full program installation
    6 GB
    Hard Disk Type
    EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA
    MIDI Interface
    Audio Interface
    WDM- or ASIO-compatible
    Media Drive
    DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive
    Webserver Access
    Available web server space with FTP access privileges

    * SONAR does not officially support Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP x64
    ** Required to connect external MIDI devices
    ***Required for audio playback
    **** See for a complete list of recommended audio devices
    ***** SONAR is presented on DVD media. DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive required for installation
    Registration is required for continued use of product, and may be done by Internet or telephone. Instructions and Cakewalk’s privacy policy will be detailed to you during launch of the product.

    Cakewalk is a registered trademark and SONAR, Dimension, Rapture, Z3TA+ and the Cakewalk logo are trademarks of Twelve Tone Systems, Inc.
    Grammy is a trademark of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc.
    QuickTime is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., used under license.
    ASIO and VST are trademarks of Steinberg Media Technologies AG.
    ReWire is a trademark of Propellerhead Software, AB.
    ACID is a registered Trademark of SONY Pictures Digital, Inc.
    Lexicon Pantheon is a trademark of Lexicon Pro, a Harman International Company.
    Pro Tools is a trademark of Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc.
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    Other trademarks mentioned are held by their respective owners.

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    Phone:  617-423-9021 Warranty:  30 Days for Product Registration
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