Cakewalk Releases SONAR 3 Producer Edition

Oct 14, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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At AES 2003, Cakewalk released its SONAR 3 Producer Edition, which boasts more than 100 new features and refinements, including streamlined UI with all-new Track and Console views; Universal Bus Architecture; gapless effects patching; VST/VSTi support; enhanced MIDI routing and synth layering; MIDI Groove Clips; multiport MTC/MIDI sync transmission; confidence recording of audio, MIDI and automation; VSampler 3.0 DXi; Ultrafunk Sonitus:fx Suite; and Lexicon Pantheon Reverb.

Other new features include a dynamic console view with per-channel, 6-band parametric EQ and assignable FX controls; Track Inspector, an optional vertical patch point and meter in Track view; ASIO and WDM compatibility; full delay compensation throughout signal path; full control over color schemes with multiple presets; patch effects, trim audio and roll-out loops without disrupting the audio stream; ACID loop, MIDI Groove Clip, Project5 pattern support; DX (28 included), DXi (four included), MFX (13 included), ReWire, VST and VSTi support; integrate MIDI-compatible control surface; and import/export OMFI and Broadcast .WAV  clients and soft synths are directly routed through the extensive SONAR 3 bus architecture for enhanced processing and seamless integration with your mix.

SONAR 3 also includes content from leading sample and loops developers, including MIDI Groove Clips (a SONAR 3 exclusive) from KEYFAX™ in folk, jazz, rock, blues guitar and drums styles; and over 500 live-percussion, drums, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, modern and vintage synth files from PowerFX™ and SmartLoops™.

SONAR 3 Producer Edition has a MSRP of $719 U.S.; SONAR Studio Edition is $479 U.S. (MSRP). Registered SONAR 2.x XL customers can upgrade to SONAR 3 Producer Edition directly through Cakewalk for $179, or SONAR 2.x to SONAR 3 Studio Edition for $99.

In other company news, Cakewalk announced the SONAR 3 Producer Edition Tour, which features a real-world view of all the new features found in this Windows production environment and will be hosted by the company's product specialists. In addition, Project5, Cakewalk's new open soft synth studio, will also be showcased.

The tour will be staged at music retailers around the nation throughout October and November 2003. It kicks off the week of October 13 at Gand Music, Northfield, Ill.; Guitar Center, Central Chicago and Hollywood; and at the Sam Ash New York City store locations. Special pricing will be available for SONAR Producer Edition purchases the day of the event.

For more information, visit Cakewalk on the Web at

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