SONAR X1 Essential overview

SONAR X1 Essential

SONAR X1 Essential has a completely redesigned user interface that makes creating music faster and easier than ever. Create with cutting edge musical tools like the Step Sequencer and The Matrix. Customize your workspace with the Skylight interface. Get hands on control with Active Controller Technology (ACT). With a powerful collection of effects and instruments to get you started and more available tracks than DAWs costing twice the price, SONAR Essential is the perfect way to get your feet wet and to begin crafting your own masterpiece. Learn more about making music in SONAR X1 Essential.

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EMI Music Publishing US Headquarters Chooses SONAR X1, V-Studio 100 and PC Audio Labs for In-house Recording Room

New York City, NY – January 25th, 2011

Unlike the recorded music sector of the music industry, the publishing world is still thriving for those who have been able to adapt to the changes.  Known as the largest music publisher in the world, EMI Music Publishing is indeed one of those companies and still a well oiled conglomerate dead set on the success of its affiliated writers. Nestled in one of the hippest neighborhoods in New York City (The Meat Packing District), EMI Music Publishing boasts a catalogue and current roster of some of the most successful artists, songwriters and producers in the game.  A walk down the maze of halls in this 20,000sf facility may lead you to nodding heads and a quick hello to a range of diverse multi-platinum music icons such as Billy Joel, The Fray, Pink, and James Blunt to name just a few. (more…)

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NAMM 2011 “Featured Artists” Special Guests Schedule

The NAMM Show 2011, January 13 – 16, Anaheim Convention Center

In addition to the following presentations, Cakewalk will have many other demonstrations at The NAMM Show.  Please visit us inside the Roland Arena [Booth# 7400].

Staff Music Creator/Producer for Paul Oakenfold

TC (A.K.A. Spitfire)
2:00pm Saturday, January 15,
SONAR Session – “Self-Contained Music Production” feat. TC aka Spitfire:
As Paul Oakenfold’s in-house writer, mixer, producer and re-mixer, TC will discuss his work being heard in clubs around the world.

TC, AKA – “Spitfire” has burst on to the LA producer’s scene with as much spark as his name.  Hand-picked by Paul Oakenfold to be his main engineer, Spitfire brings way more to the table with his writing, producing chops and musicianship.  Once being grinded through the major label system as an artist, Spitfire has found his calling armed with SONAR X1 and a V-Studio 100 where he is producing, writing and engineering musical masterpieces for such artists as Usher, B.O.B. and Leona Lewis.

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I Can See for Miles: The Journey of Universal/Decca Artist Raul Midon

Raul Midon

 SONAR user Raul Midon likes to take chances to find that next new thing that will inspire him, make him complete, to drive him in a new direction; as an artist, it’s simply what he does.  Taking chances has paid off as you can see here with his amazing performance on The David Letterman Show.  Today, on a beautiful day in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, he took a chance on the suggested oyster appetizer and it paid off.  “Man, that’s Rock and Roll!” he said after the seasonings kicked in.  After all, uncooked seafood is always a crap shoot even in the best and cleanest eateries, but to Raul Midon, taking chances is a way of life that has paid off on many levels.

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Panels and Performances; Cakewalk at CMJ 2010

New York City, NY ~

It seems like just yesterday when Cakewalk/Roland endorser Andrew W.K. delivered his keynote speech to a packed auditorium at New York University during CMJ 2009. As the year went by fast, so did this year’s blistering 5 day event which took place last week in the same location at NYU. This year at CMJ 2010, Cakewalk’s own Steve Thomas and Jimmy Landry were selected to speak on different panels addressing the state of the industry for digitally recorded music, while many other Cakewalk users were sprinkled throughout the convention (Shayna Zaid and the Catch, Tony Black – Producer/Mixer/Songwriter (Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Method Man, Lil Kim, Michael Jackson), Producer/Songwriter Marc Swersky (Joe Cocker, Hillary Duff), and Vinny Valentino, to name a few. (more…)

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Introducing SONAR X1

SONAR: Reimagined

SONAR has evolved and so can the way you make music. Imagine the power and maturity of an industry standard DAW combined with the cutting edge creative tools essential for today’s music – all wrapped up in one of the most modern and (dare we say) beautiful user interfaces available.

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Robin’s Riffs: How to create layered synth sounds

Cakewalk’s Robin Kelly has put together a series of tech tips for SONAR users in a section we are calling Robin’s Riffs. Each week, we will include a new tip.

This week, Robin Kelly shows you how to achieve a layered synth sound in SONAR. In this example, Robin shows you how to create a simple layer using two instances of Dimension LE. You can use any instrument to recreate this layered sound. This technique will work with SONAR 8 and SONAR Home Studio 7.

How to create layered synth sounds

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Cakewalk Artist Notes

Gedeon Luke Instills Some Soul And Good Vibes Into The Lower East Side -NYC

Gedeon

Gedeon Luke, a former American Idol semifinalist and Dimension Pro/Rapture user is creating quite a stir in the NYC Lower East Side music scene.  His record which is being released at the end of October is “chock full of keys that utilized Rapture and Dimension Pro” stated producer/songwriter Marc Swersky of Gravitas Entertainment.  Gedeon Luke will be at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on October 14th at 9pm and you can see and hear more at www.myspace.com/gedeonluke.

Where’s Norman?

murder FM

SONAR manipulator (and madman) Norman Mathew is in LA this week at Airlane Studios working/writing with producer Nick Page (Fuel/The Darkness) on a new project called Valor and Vengeance.  His band Murder FM also just released ANOTHER record title “Patchwork Promises” and they will be back on the road soon with Otep and The Birthday Massacre.  Click here for more info on Murder FM.

Chuck Carr is lost in some Twisted Metal

chuck carr

Producer/composer/musician Chuck Carr is hard at work on the Soundtrack for the new AAA title, “Twisted Metal X” where he is using SONAR for the entire score. “I am constantly figuring out ways to use SONAR differently to come up with unique sounds.  Just yesterday I was using AudioSnap on vocals to create ‘static’ effect.”  Chuck Carr has depended on SONAR as a composer/songwriter to deliver the music for many notable works such as GameDay, GameBreaker, NHL Hockey, NBA, ATV Off-Road Fury, SuperCross Circuit, CoolBoarders 2001, and many others.

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SONAR 8.5 nominated for TEC Award

The 26th annual TEC Award nominations are in and we are pleased to announce that SONAR 8.5 has been nominated for a TEC award in the category of Workstation Technology. Professional audio’s most prestigious awards will be hosted for the first time by NAMM, the international music products industry’s biggest trade show. The awards will be handed out on January 14th, 2011.

Experience SONAR 8.5 for yourself at a new low price and find out why it has been recognized by the world’s most prominent forum for honoring outstanding Technical Excellence and Creativity in professional audio production and product design.

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First winners announced for “Intel Superstars Competition”

The voting results are in and the fans have selected the top 5 artists in the categories of Rock, Pop, and Country. The first round of the “Superstars” songwriting competition invited artists to submit original music in the Rock, Pop, and Country genres. The submitted tracks were judged by fans of Intel’s Facebook page with five winners from each genre winning prize packages including Intel® Core™ -processor based computers, Cakewalk SONAR Producer Software, V-Studio 100 & V-Studio 20 recording solutions. Additionally, the first round winners could be in the running for the $10,000 cash Grand Prize that will be awarded at the conclusion of the contest in January 2011.

Here are the winners:

ROCK:
The Strange Kind- “The Last Time”
Brave Chandeliers- “Sinking Ship”
John Allred- “Let Somebody In”
Jules Larson- “Falling for the First Time”
Joker to the Thief- “Butterflies”

POP:
Jason Eaton- “Furious Love”
The Girlfriend Season- “Butterflies”
Lauren Barrett- “Last Time”
Matt Brouwer- “Writing To Remember”
Sara Lindsay- “Best of Me”

Country:
Chicken Grease- The Road I’m On
Michael Sonders- Your Pretty Face
Aria Summer- Sweet Summertime
Lauren Strange- Jump
MDB- Man Behind These Eyes

Get more information about the winners

Learn more about the contest

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