Cakewalk Announces SONAR Version 8

Sep 22, 2008 1:35 PM


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Offering workflow enhancements and new feature/performance optimizations, Cakewalk unveils its flagship SONAR 8 Producer Edition ($619; $499 street) and SONAR 8 Studio ($369; $299 street) sequencing/DAW software for the PC.

Both digital audio workstations will begin shipping on October 2, 2008.

The new version offers an upgraded Loop Explorer 2 view; dedicated instrument tracks optimized for mono/stereo virtual synths; Send Assign Assistant (wizard); numerous audio engine optimizations; transport, control surface, routing and editing refinements; workflow enhancements; and QuickTime 7 import/export.

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Cakewalk Dimension Pro Version 1.2

Among SONAR 8 Producer’s new instruments are the Beatscape loop performance instrument, Dimension Pro 1.2 (now with Digital Sound Factory Volume 2 Classic Keys and Hollywood Edge Effects Library) and TruePianos’ Amber Module. Its onboard effects are expanded with TL-64 tube leveler, TS-64 transient shaper, Channel Tools stereo enhancement plug-in and Native Instruments’ Guitar Rig 3 LE. Also standard are updated ACT preset mappings for popular MIDI device/controllers, production-ready track/project templates, more drum maps and plug-in presets, and integrated step-sequencer drum patterns.

Registered SONAR 7 Producer customers can pre-order their upgrade to SONAR 8 Producer directly through Cakewalk for $179, or SONAR 7 Studio to SONAR 8 Studio for $99. Other upgrade paths are available.

To watch Mix's exclusive product demo video, go to

For more information, visit or visit Cakewalk at the 125th AES Convention in San Francisco, October 2-5, 2008, in booth #1020.

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