Cakewalk Sonar

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Sonar
Developer(s)Cakewalk
Stable release
Sonar Platinum / 19 October 2017; 22 months ago (2017-10-19)
Written inC++
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeDigital audio workstation
LicenseProprietary
Websitewww.cakewalk.com/SONAR/

Sonar was a digital audio workstation created by Cakewalk.

Notable features[edit]

Sonar's features included:

  • Record and manipulate an amount of multitrack digital audio limited by hardware only
  • Record and manipulate MIDI data
  • Apply any DirectX special effects, such as reverberation and delay
  • Automate the process of mixing audio
  • Use virtual instruments, such as software: synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines
  • Connect to other multimedia applications via Rewire
  • Some versions included a 64-bit mastering suite

Video and audio formats[edit]

Sonar provided limited facilities for video, surround sound (5.1, 7.1), and supported .avi, .mpeg, .wmv and .mov files. Sonar had the ability to show video as thumbnails contained in a separate track.[1] With appropriate hardware, it was also possible to output the video to an external monitor screen via Firewire. Common SMPTE formats, frame sizes and frame rates were supported. It was possible to transfer audio loop files from other compatible software into Sonar and complete a final mixdown.

Various audio export options (including 64-bit masters) were AIFF, AU, CAF, FLAC, RAW, SD2, W64 (Sony Wave-64), and WAV (Microsoft).

Included plugins[2][edit]

SONAR X1[edit]

audio[edit]
  • Alias Factor
  • Analyst
  • Boost 11
  • Bit Meter
  • Classic Phaser
  • Channel Tools
  • Compressor/Gate
  • FX2 AmpSim
  • FX2 TapeSim
  • Guitar Rig 4 LE
  • HF Exciter
  • LP-64 Multiband
  • LP-64 EQ
  • Modfilter
  • Multivoice Chorus/Flanger
  • Para-Q
  • Perfect Space Convolution Reverb
  • Pitch
  • PX-64 Percussion Strip
  • Reverb
  • Sonitus fx: Compressor
  • Sonitus fx: Surround Compressor
  • Sonitus fx: Delay
  • Sonitus fx: EQ
  • Sonitus fx: Gate
  • Sonitus fx: Modulator
  • Sonitus fx: Multiband
  • Sonitus fx: Phase
  • Sonitus fx: Reverb
  • Sonitus fx: Surround
  • Sonitus fx: Wahwah
  • Tempo Delay
  • TS-64 Transient Shaper
  • TL-64 TubeLeveler
  • V-Vocal (Part of main program installation)
  • Vintage Channel
  • VX-64 Vocal Strip
  • DSP-FX: Chorus (32-bit only)
  • DSP-FX: Delay (32-bit only)
  • DSP-FX: EQ (32-bit only)
  • DSP-FX: Flange (32-bit only)
  • DSP-FX: Studioverb (32-bit only)
  • CW-Reverb (Mono)
  • CW-Delay (Mono)
  • CW-EQ (Mono)
  • FX1 Dynamics Processor
  • Parametric EQ
  • SpectraFX
  • Stereo Delay (32-bit only)
  • Stereo Reverb
midi[edit]
  • MFX Arpeggiator
  • MFX Change Velocity
  • MFX Chord Analyzer
  • MFX Echo/Delay
  • MFX Event Filter
  • MFX Quantize
  • MFX Transpose
soft synths[edit]
  • Beatscape 1.0.2 (Separate installation)
  • Cakewalk Sound Center
  • Cakewalk TTS-1
  • Cyclone
  • Dimension Pro 1.5 (Separate installation)
  • Dreamstation DXi2 (32-bit only)
  • Dropzone VSTi
  • Pentagon 1
  • PSYN II
  • Rapture LE VSTi
  • Roland Groovesynth
  • RXP REX Player
  • Session Drummer 3
  • Square I
  • Studio Instrument Suite
  • SFZ Soundfont Player
  • TruePianos
  • z3ta+ VSTi

SONAR X2[edit]

The plugins in SONAR X1 were also available in SONAR X2, with the following changes

audio[edit]

Added

  • Breverb SONAR
  • R-Mix SONAR Edition
  • TH2 Producer

Removed

  • Guitar Rig 4 LE
soft synths[edit]

Added

  • Rapture 1.22 VSTi

Removed

  • Beatscape 1.0.2 (Separate installation)
  • Rapture LE VSTi

SONAR X3[edit]

The plugins in SONAR X2 were also available in SONAR X3, with the following changes

audio[edit]

Added

  • Blue Tubes FX Collection
  • Melodyne Essential
  • Tone2 BiFilter2

Removed

  • Analyst
  • Bit Meter
  • FX2 AmpSim
  • FX2 TapeSim
  • Pitch
  • Reverb
  • V-Vocal
  • Vintage Channel
  • DSP-FX: Chorus (32-bit only)
  • DSP-FX: Delay (32-bit only)
  • DSP-FX: EQ (32-bit only)
  • DSP-FX: Flange (32-bit only)
  • DSP-FX: Studioverb (32-bit only)
  • CW-Reverb (Mono)
  • CW-Delay (Mono)
  • CW-EQ (Mono)
  • FX1 Dynamics Processor
  • Parametric EQ
  • R-Mix SONAR Edition
  • SpectraFX
  • Stereo Delay (32-bit only)
  • Stereo Reverb
soft synths[edit]

Added

  • Addictive Drums 2 (Separate installation)
  • Strum Acoustic Session
  • Lounge Lizard Session

Plugins available in X3 but no longer available in Sonar Platinum

  • Dreamstation DXi2 (32-bit only)
  • Pentagon 1

Starting with version 6, Sonar could take advantage of 64-bit internal processing, a 64-bit audio engine, and a 64-bit mixer on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. Before introduction of Sonar X2 in October 2012, the entry-level Essential versions of Sonar (Sonar Home Studio and Sonar Essential) were 32-bit only. With the release of Sonar X2, the full program family became native 64-bit.

Starting with Sonar Platinum (January 2016), releases moved to a monthly cycle, with new features and demo products introduced with each update.

Discontinuation and Relaunch[edit]

On November 17, 2017, Gibson announced[3] that it was ceasing active development and production of Cakewalk branded products, including all versions of SONAR. After 30 years, Cakewalk, Inc. ceased operation, with only the company's web forum and license authorization servers still being kept functional.

On February 23, 2018, Singapore-based BandLab Technologies announced its purchase of some of Cakewalk, Inc.’s assets and all of its intellectual property.[4] BandLab's stated goal was continued development of the former company's flagship product, SONAR (now renamed Cakewalk by BandLab[5]) as part of its portfolio of freeware digital audio workstation software.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sonar Video Support". Sound on Sound. 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2007.
  2. ^ "From X1 to Platinum : Plugins & Soft Synths : A Comprehensive List". Cakewalk Forums. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.cakewalk.com/Gibson-Announcement
  4. ^ https://blog.bandlab.com/cakewalk-press-release/ BandLab Technologies Announces Acquisition of Cakewalk Inc. Assets retrieved 23 February 2018
  5. ^ https://www.bandlab.com/products/cakewalk

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