For the past month, we’ve been ‘tweeting’ about the new features found in the next version of SONAR. Well, the wait is finally over! Cakewalk today announces a feature packed upgrade for SONAR Producer and SONAR Studio.
SONAR 8.5 continues to innovate with new capabilities including enhanced beat creation and arrangement tools, a new drum instrument loaded with stellar kits and patterns, an enhanced audio timing toolset, new multi-stage effect plug-ins for drums, percussion sounds and vocal tracks, engine optimizations and stability improvements, and many additional workflow and technological advances -notably Windows 7 compatibility.
Plus… for the first time ever… We’re offering it as a download!
New Features & Workflow Enhancements:
· Matrix View—simple and flexible cell-based, non-linear audio and MIDI arranging with live triggering capability.
· Step Sequencer 2.0—the most powerful step sequencing capability in any DAW.
· Integrated Arpeggiator—trigger arpeggiations on MIDI or instrument tracks with in-depth control over all arp parameters. Includes hundreds of presets.
· Session Drummer 3—latest version of Cakewalk’s virtual instrument for easy and fast creation of drum tracks with a new UI, stellar sounding kits and patterns from top sound designers and drummers, more.
· AudioSnap 2.0—updated audio quantizing and time shifting technology with new look and refinements to all the core controls, significantly improving workflow, plus improved offline rendering.
· Media Browser—a new hub for content access in SONAR; supports multiple formats to preview and import your loops, grooves, and MIDI patterns; features presets to grab content from your favorite locations.
· PX-64 Percussion Strip—seven-stage processor designed specifically for use with drums and percussion.
· VX-64 Vocal Strip—seven-stage processor optimized for shaping and sculpting vocal tracks.
· Windows 7 Support—tested, ready, and recommended for use.
· Engine optimizations and stability improvements for recording audio, and while looping.
· “Hotswap” audio and MIDI devices, including control surfaces, without restarting SONAR.
· VST plug-in compatibility improvements.
· Native REX Loop support featured in Track View, Media Browser, and Matrix View.
· BitBridge XR—run 32-bit plug-ins in 64-bit environments, with memory access now extended up to 128 GB RAM.
Here’s the first SONAR 8.5 feature video on Session Drummer 3 to get your creative juices flowing: