Drum replacement made fast and easy with SONAR’s AudioSnap 2.0

You’ve got the song, the killer drum performance and everything is ready to mix but there’s one problem. Your kick drum sounds awful and there’s no option to re record the drum tracks. Don’t panic! Using SONAR’s AudioSnap 2.0 and the drum plugin of your choice, you can turn that dud into major thud!



SONAR X1: Easier to “get on with” – A user video

Here is a great SONAR user video posted by that we just had to share.  See how Lizzie Banoffee produces her own music using SONAR X1 Producer and little else. Great track Lizzie!

Try it yourself and download the SONAR X1 Producer Free Trial.


Keyboard Shortcuts and the SONAR X1 LogicKeyboard


Keyboard Shortcuts are at the heart of any DAW’s workflow, and SONAR X1 is no exception. And the QWERTY keyboard is still the central way in which we use those shortcuts and interface with our DAWs in general.

Traditional keyboards aren’t labelled for anything other than a particular language. However, the custom made, slimline, SONAR X1 LogicKeyboard has SONAR’s default Keyboard Shortcuts printed right onto its 125 multi-colored keys.

When we designed SONAR X1 we took many of the old, not-so-logically organized Shortcuts, threw them onto the table, and reorganized them into Shortcuts that we thought would be not only easier to remember, but also into groups of like Shortcuts that go together, which we call Key Clusters.



Congrats to SONAR User Bobbi “Funkee Boy” Tammaro who Hit the Billboard Charts from his Home Studio

Congratulations to Bobbi Tammaro (aka “Funkee Boy”) who is seeing some great Billboard charting success with his new self-produced/mixed full-length album titled “Philosoulphy” which was created entirely in SONAR.  The album is also currently the #1 most selling Smooth Jazz CD in the world on CDBABY.COM.  Bobbi has an interesting SONAR story and is also a great example of the sign of the times in the modern day music industry.

For a long time, Bobbi was that guy behind the scenes; the guy that created, as well as put together great music for other major artists such as Tadros, Tenderoni and Leila.  Exclusively using SONAR, he also found his way to mainstream song-placement success on shows such as (more…)


How to Record Music on a Windows Computer – A Free Video Guide

Recording and making music on your computer can seem overwhelming when you are just getting started. You have the musical ideas in your head but you need to get them down and into a finished song format. This post will walk you through device setup, recording audio, playing virtual instruments, working with loops, and more.  But first let’s go through some questions and make sure you have all the ingredients to begin recording.

Record music on a Windows computer

What do I need to create high quality recordings on my Windows computer?

The simple answer is that you will need three basic things to begin building a Windows based computer recording system.

  1. A relatively new and well performing computer.
  2. An audio interface or a high performance computer sound card.
  3. The version of Cakewalk music recording software that fits your needs.


Is my Windows computer good enough for recording music and audio?

Cakewalk recommends the following minimum system specs for (more…)


Sidechaining With SONAR’s ProChannel

Ever wondered how to use sidechaining in SONAR X1? Look no further as this step by step, how to video shows you how to achieve professional results with sidechaining using the ProChannel in SONAR X1 Producer.


Watch and listen to several different techniques of sidechaining using the PC4K Expander/Gate, PC4K S-Type Bus Compressor and the PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor modules in the ProChannel.

Examples include sidechaining a midi track to control a gate on an audio track, broadcaster style vocal “ducking”, or sidechaining the voice track to control the volume of the background music track, and more!

Learn more about the world of SONAR X1 and watch more tips and tricks videos in full HD on CakeTV



Intel Video Superstars Competition 2012

Intel Superstars 2012

You use powerful tools to help power your creativity. Show off your technology-fueled vision with Intel’s Video Superstars Challenge. It’s about going beyond “point and shoot”. Filmmakers, here is your chance to win big!

Thanks to Intel and the Video Superstars competition’s sponsors, your dreams can become a reality. Enter the competition now for a chance to win a dream Director’s editing studio worth over $5,000. Music videos, game trailers and short films welcome!

Learn more about the competition


New SONAR X1 Master Class Video In the Works, Old Videos Refreshed

A couple of years ago we started SONAR University with a bang by releasing a fourty-plus minute long Master Class on drum production. Since then we’ve released two more Master Classes and dozens of Get Started and Go Deeper videos. And right now we’ve got one more Master Class video in the works.

Our first three master classes were released when YouTube had limits on video length. It started at ten minutes and eventually became fifteen minutes, but we were forced to break up our Master Classes into multi-part videos since they all were longer than fifteen minutes.

Thanks to YouTube now allowing videos of any length to live on their site, and in anticipation of the release of our next Master Class, we’ve decided to refresh our original three Master Classes as single, individual videos. Now you can watch them from start to finish with no interruption. Enjoy, and stay tuned for the release of the next Master Class.



Got SONAR X1? Get up and running with our free Get Started series of videos on CakeTV!

So you’ve purchased and installed SONAR X1 and now you’re ready to get in and start making music? Let us make it easy for you with free step by step videos that cover every step of the setup process for all versions of SONAR X1. Available any time you need it, the Get Started series on CakeTV is your on demand resource for the information you need presented in full HD. Watch as we show you everything from setting up your audio interface to recording a track, applying effects and everything in between!

Watch the full Get Started series here

Visit the Get Started with CakeTV page to watch individual videos on setting up your SONAR system.


Cakewalk Spring Sale: 15 downloads for $19.99 or less!

15 items for $19.99 or lessStock up for spring at the Cakewalk Store!
Spring is here and we are having a huge sale at the Cakewalk Store through May 22nd. Download 15 of our hottest products for $19.99/£14.99/€19.99 or less. Here are a few of the highlights.

Rapture upgrade from Rapture LE
Rapture LE is inlcuded in many versions of SONAR like SONAR X1 Studio and SONAR X1 Producer.  If you love the modern synthesis sounds and pristine high-resolution sampling of Rapture LE, expand you library and sound manipulation capabilities by upgrading to the full version of Rapture for just $19.99.

SONAR X1 Producer Expanded
Take SONAR X1 Producer even further with exciting new production tools and delivery options. Upgrade from SONAR X1 Producer to SONAR X1 Producer Expanded for only $19.99 (you must own SONAR X1 Producer to get this upgrade).

The PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module
Take SONAR X1 Producer Expanded even further with this ProChannel module for just $19.99. The PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate module is not just any Expander plugin. It’s based on the legendary vintage-style channel expansion used on large format studio consoles and heard on countless albums over the past 30 years.

The PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor
Another great ProChannel module exclusively from Cakewalk for just $19.99. A must-have addition to your effects arsenal, the new PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor adds vintage-era, console-style, channel compression to every ProChannel strip in SONAR X1 Producer Expanded.

SONAR X1 Advanced Workshop Videos
Two video downloads with never before seen tutorials from DAW master Craig Anderton for $19.99 each. Download the first Advanced Workshop video or step up to The Next Level.

Music Creator 6 Download or Boxed version
Are you new to Cakewalk?  Do you need to upgrade your home recording studio to Windows 7?  Music Creator 6 is regularly a great value at $49.99 for a complete recording solution, but what you can get today for just $19.99 is an astonishing value that can’t be missed. Music Creator 6 includes song construction kits with 1000+ music loops, Cakewalk instuments, IK Amplitube guitar effects, instructional videos, and more.

Cakewalk Instrument Expansion Packs
Download fresh content for Cakewalk synths like Rapture, Dimension Pro, Session Drummer 3, and Z3TA+ 2 for as little as $4.95!

Check out all 15 products for $19.99 or less.