New Features in Cakewalk’s SONAR

SONAR Family


SONAR is more than just a digital audio workstation – it’s the most advanced music production experience available today.


What is SONAR?

SONAR is more than just a digital audio workstation – it’s the most advanced music production experience available today.  Cakewalk have completely changed the way their software is developed by introducing a Membership program that offers continuous updates to the program including new features, improvements, fixes, content, and video tutorials that guide you along in the process.  With the new Cakewalk Command Center, they have simplified the installation and update process so you can focus on what’s truly important – making music.

SONAR now boasts a powerful new line up designed to meet the needs of any musician, regardless of skill level or budget.  Every version includes 12 months of membership meaning you will always get the latest version no matter when you make your purchase.


New Features

VocalSync tightens vocals by aligning one part to another—and it’s essential for matching dialogue to picture, synchronizing background vocals, and tightening doubled vocal parts. Use VocalSync to perfect your parts’ timing without splitting and moving clips. VocalSync is part of SONAR’s Region FX workflow—so you can process and edit multiple dub parts to a single guide track, all within the fluid workflow of SONAR’s award-winning Skylight interface.

REmatrix Solo
REmatrix Solo is a zero-latency, streamlined, single-layer ProChannel version of the acclaimed REmatrix convolution reverb from Overloud/MoReVox.  It features 100 Impulse Response (IR) presets, including plates, halls, rooms, early reflections, and specialty spaces – you can even import your own IRs.

New Control Bar
Stack, scroll, minimize, and maximize any and all Control Bar modules for one-click access to your favorite tools. When collapsed, hover the mouse over a module to display its parameters for an even more efficient Skylight environment.

Mix Recall
Mix Recall lets you save and switch to various mix scenes for easy, one-click comparisons.  wap out effects, fader positions, or parameters so you can restore an original mix or create remixes.  Mix tracks specifically for radio, podcast, video, or mp3, and then bounce every version in a single export.

SONAR Mix Recall

Stunning New FX Chains
From single-knob utilities, to boutique digital stompboxes, to sound-generating environments and additional effects, these new FX chains will kick-start your creativity and streamline the production process.

New detection algorithms re-boot AudioSnap into a next-generation toolkit.  Stretch a song from one tempo to another, sync your recordings to audio loops, tighten your drums and convert them to MIDI. The new level of performance comes wrapped in a new look and new layout.

Addictive Drums 2
SONAR Professional includes the Addictive Drums 2 Solo bundle, which lets you pick any ADpak, any MIDIpak, and any Kitpiece Pak of your choice.

SONAR Addictive Drums 2

SONAR Platinum includes the Addictive Drums 2 Producer bundle, which lets you choose any three ADpaks, any three MIDIpaks, and any three Kitpiece Paks. This is perfect for producers and music creators who work in a few different genres, because you can pick the content that covers your exact needs.

16 Virtual Custom Amps
From country to metal, bass to funk, classic rock to futuristic, SONAR’s 16 new drag-and-drop amps aren’t about emulating existing amps—but creating idealized amps that can exist only in the virtual world. Get ready to change how you look at amp simulations.

Pattern Tool
The only variable separating you from your creativity is time, and the Pattern Tool—which sits in the Smart Tool palette for instant access—is all about saving time. Forget cut and paste: Simply select and paint MIDI loops and patterns across the Piano Roll View and Track View.

FX Stacking
The award winning Skylight evolves with Stacked FX. Get more control and see the big picture – all your FX right at your fingertips.

Expandable Sends
Now you can see every aspect of your signal path and create a more productive environment when working on complex mixes.

PRV Enhancements
The new PRV features more realistic piano keys, optimized vertical zoom resolution, and many other improvements.

MIDI Enhancements
SONAR now allows for MIDI time-stretching, velocity layering, and additional functionality to make editing MIDI even easier.

Direct Stream Digital (DSD)
SONAR is the first DAW to natively support DSD, a high definition 1-bit audio format commonly used to archive masters in high resolution

Recycle/Pin Plugin Windows
Tired of plug-in window chaos? SONAR makes it easy to cycle through or pin plugins during a mixing session.

Command Center
Cakewalk Command Center is the easiest way to manage downloads, installs and updates to your software.

VST Enhancements
SONAR now includes support for multiple VST3 MIDI input busses for plugins like the Vienna Symphonic Library, and more.

SONAR Platinum Track View


Membership Models

Sonar Artist

  • Award-winning Skylight User interface
  • Record with unlimited audio/MIDI tracks
  • Industry leading 64-bit audio mix engine
  • Pro mixing console with built-in EQ
  • Overloud TH2 SONAR Amp Simulator
  • Includes 11 synths and 27 audio effects

Sonar Professional

  • Analog-style ProChannel Strip with 3 FX
  • Melodyne Essential with ARA integration
  • Addictive Drums 2 Solo Bundle
  • 50 Professional mixing and mastering FX
  • 18 instruments including Z3TA+ Classic

Sonar Platinum

  • Analog-style ProChannel Strip with 9 FX
  • Cutting-edge VocalSync vocal alignment
  • Addictive Drums 2 Producer Bundle
  • 57 professional mixing and mastering FX
  • 21 virtual instruments including Rapture

All packages include upgrade pricing for SONAR customers and 12 months SONAR Membership.


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