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OVERVIEW Fast-forward your music production with flexible music creation tools and sonic precision. SONAR 6 Producer Edition is the definitive choice for music creation and audio production, designed to take you from inspiration to masterpiece faster than ever before. At every step of your production—from composing with virtual instruments, to recording, mixing, and beyond—SONAR gives you the professional tools and inspiring canvas that adapt to your unique style of music creation. Change the way you work with instruments forever through SONAR 6's innovative new Active Controller Technology (ACT). Tighten up your entire band with the revolutionary AudioSnap multitrack audio quantize feature. And sound better than ever with the VC-64 Vintage Channel and SONAR's industry-leading 64-bit double precision mix engine. FEATURES New to SONAR 6 Producer Edition SONAR 6 provides you with unique tools that let you take control of your projects, perfect your tracks, and record and mix at the highest possible quality. In addition, SONAR 6 introduces a range of powerful features that address the growing needs of our users. Active Controller Technology (ACT): dynamically re-maps effect, mix and instrument parameters to hardware controllers AudioSnap Multitrack Audio Quantize AudioSnap suite of tools includes: Non-destructive audio quantize Lock multiple tracks into the same groove Apply seamless tempo changes to audio Convert audio beats to MIDI Slip-stretch clips to a new time or length High-quality time stretching algorithms including iZotope Radius, Percussion Mode, more VC-64 Vintage Channel—warm sound, dual EQ and compressor stages, analog component modeling, presets by professionals Session Drummer 2 instrument with professional multi-sampled drum kits, hundreds of live-recorded, vital patterns New Synth Rack makes managing, controlling, and automating your instruments simple Console view redesigned for ergonomic mixing Modular Transport provides easy playback control and vital visual feedback Analyst spectrum analyzer Clip editing enhancements including lock to time, clip data lock with options for specific atributes (position, duration, both) Work seamlessly with VST plug-ins—VST support is now integrated into SONAR 6 and no longer requires an external VST to DX adapter Automation enhancements: read/write controls for tracks and plug-ins, enable automation during playback and record, visual automation cues, more Fast Zoom enables fast, precise edits without losing your place Mouse wheel support for parameter control and zoom Crash Recovery safeguards your projects against faulty plug-ins and other sources of crashes Automatic file versioning: back up projects with time/date stamps for easy access to old versions Customizable user interface: put favorite features right at your fingertips User-customizable plug-in menus for easy organization and grouping Friendly driver naming (user-customizable audio hardware port names) Custom color schemes with saturation, hue, and brightness controls and color categories for easy customization SONAR 6 Producer Edition contains the following exclusive features AudioSnap Multitrack Audio Quantize VC-64 Vintage Channel—warm sound, dual EQ and compressor stages, analog component modeling, presets by professionals Session Drummer 2 instrument with professional multi-sampled drum kits, hundreds of usable drum patterns Roland V-Vocal VariPhrase Processor Surround mixing in over 30 formats SurroundBridge technology for using stereo VST effects in SONAR's surround environment Sonitus Surround Compressor POW-r dithering PSYN II Subtractive Synthesizer Pentagon I Analog Modeling Synth RXP groove instrument with REX file support Perfect Space Convolution Reverb Lexicon Pantheon Reverb SPECIFICATIONS SONAR 6 Producer Edition Minimum System Requirements: Operating System*: Windows XP Processor Speed Intel Pentium: 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+ Or higher RAM: 256 MB Graphics (resolution, color depth): 1024x768, 16-bit color Hard Disk Space: 100 MB for full program installation Hard Disk Type: Any MIDI Interface***: Windows-compatible Audio Interface****: Windows-compatible Media Drive******: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive Recommended System Requirements: Operating System*: Windows XP/x64** Processor Speed: Intel® Pentium® 4 2.8 GHz [EM64T] AMD Athlon™ 64 2800+ Or higher RAM: 1 GB or higher Graphics: (resolution, color depth) 1280x960, 24-bit color or higher Hard Disk Space: Multiple gigabytes Hard Disk Type: EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA MIDI Interface***: Windows-compatible Audio Interface****: WDM- or ASIO-compatible***** Media Drive******: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive * SONAR does not support Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or 2000 ** Required to run 64-bit edition of SONAR 6 *** 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. SONAR is also available on CD-ROM for an additional fee. Please contact Cakewalk for ordering information. Quicktime support requires QuickTime 6 or higher.


Sonar Users: Let's identify ourselves so we can nework.

Been a SONAR user since 2.0. Currently using SONAR 6.2.1 Producer. I agree that the SONAR forum has become, well let's say, kind of boring. Much more interesting stuff here. My only complaint has been the CPU munching problem with UAD-1, and I think I now have that in hand with the UAD 4.7 update...

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Want to compare your DAW sorftware to others?

This only shows sample rate conversion. It doesn't compare DAWs on anything other than that. DAWs are much more than SRC. And if you aren't using implicit SRC, then it really has no influence on your DAW and serves no basis of DAW comparison.

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Does anyone still use Sonar?

You might want to do some diagnostics on your hard drive(s). Of course, different combinations of hardware and software can act very differently, but I've never had recurring file corruption issues with CW/Sonar. Though, of course, I certainly HAVE had such problems when a drive was headed toward the cliff. Because of the intensive nature of...

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