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Sonar Studio vs. Producer
Old 6th January 2009
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Sonar Studio vs. Producer

I'm considering trying out Sonar (going to install the 30 day trial).

I'm currently a Pro Tools user, but would like to give another DAW a shot, particularly one with Delay compensation, unlimited track count, etc. Most of the stuff that Pro Tools won't give you.

What are the major differences between Sonar Studio and Producer?, or in other words, what can I do with Producer that I can't do with Studio?

I'm wondering if there's anything in Producer that I'd really feel I'm missing out on if I went with the Studio version.
Old 6th January 2009
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Mostly synths and other bundled goodies. I know there's a page on the Cakewalk page that lists all the features side by side. Ah, here it is:

SONAR 8 | Studio

Old 6th January 2009
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thanks Ethan,

I was looking for a comparison, but could not find it. I found the Cubase one on the Steinberg site though easily. Thanks again.
Old 6th January 2009
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I've been using Sonar 7 Producer Edition and recently upgraded to Sonar 8 Producer Edition. It is really a great DAW once you adapt to the way things are done in Sonar vs other DAWs. They have made significant improvements to their audio engine, and it runs very stable on my Q6600, 2.4 GHZ box built by Sonica Audio Labs. It is my undertanding that the downloadable free-trial version is avery much scaled down version of the full program. Sonar 8 PE includes three install dvds, so it is a significant file and cannot be downloaded.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Old 6th January 2009
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Originally Posted by skiltrip View Post
I was looking for a comparison, but could not find it.
Yeah, it's pretty well buried. There's another comparison that shows all of their DAW versions side but side, but I couldn't find that either. heh

Old 6th January 2009
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From the Cakewalk site:


SONAR 8 Producer includes everything in SONAR 8 Studio plus exclusive tools, effects, and instruments:

* LP-64 Linear Phase Equalizer™ for mastering

* LP-64 Linear Phase Multiband™ Compressor for mastering

* TL-64 Tube Leveler™

* VC-64 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™ 1.2 virtual synthesizer with Classic Keys Expansion Pack

* TruePianos Amber VSTi

* Beatscape™ looping instrument

* Hollywood Edge Sound FX library for Dimension Pro

* Z3TA+™ 1.5 waveshaping synthesizer

* Surround mixing in over 30 formats

* SurroundBridge™ technology to use stereo FX in surround

* POW-r dithering
As you can see its specifically plugins and VSTi... if you have your own, you won't miss many of these, though alot of people do like the synths. I only have Sonar 6 so I don't know about the newer stuff like Amber and the 64 plugins (besides VC), but Sonar is a great DAW that stays at or ahead of the pack and their support is great. There is no functionality differences between Studio and Producer.
Old 6th January 2009
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I'd go with Producer just for the Dimension Pro, V-Vocal and POW-r dither if it were me. The TruePianos Amber module is nice, too.
Old 7th January 2009
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Don't know if it's still like that but when i first bought sonar ( 3 ) the SE didn't have per channel eq wich was one of the major difference between the two version. I bought the PE just because of that.

Old 9th April 2011
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How about Mixcraft???
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