Sonar 8 has to be installed first because 8. You can't remove 8. Cakewalk's support website contains bogus info. Saying that if you remove 8. Whoever wrote that never tried it because once 8.
Nov 15, - Cakewalk SONAR 8 Producer Review. Version 8 includes all of those features, plus new plug-ins and virtual instruments — such as TruePianos and a Transient Shaper — along with workflow enhancements, optimization of the SONAR audio engine, and more efficient use of drivers focused on performance and stability. Oct 21, - A DAW update that doesn't really change Sonar's style but adds plenty of substance. SONAR 8 Producer Edition from Cakewalk is fully-featured software for music production, designed to cover every step of the production cycle, from composing.
Bang on deadline, we have Cakewalk's annual update to their flagship digital audio workstation package. This regularity doesn't half make it difficult for reviewers: We'll get to the big stuff shortly, but it's worth noting that Sonar's developers have largely looked beyond the extravagant, flashy statement and have eschewed the chasing of the tails of other software. Cakewalk are in there, too: Sonar 8 is not light on visible new features and toys that you can grab with your mouse, but some impressive developments involve new code and new ways of doing established tasks that often work better than before but nearly always use less of your computer's resources.
The SOS web site has all that information, and more, courtesy of reviews of every update see 'The Sonar Story' box , and Craig Anderton's regular workshop articles. So I'll just summarise the summary: In between, exploit automated mixing, high track count, and that fantastic effect collection, with full integration for video and external hardware your audio interface allowing. In general, the operational differences are minor, but there is less additional content: Cakewalk's entry into the world of mergers and acquisitions needn't cause you to lose any sleep: To this hefty collection is added some new instruments in version 8.
Sonar 7 teased us with a light edition of Dimension Pro, but 8 gives us the full Monty. This collection is just too huge to even begin to summarise — but trust me, it's good, and you're getting it for free.
DropZone, from v7, is still part of your armoury, but you may never need it from scratch again. The Amber module from 4Front Technologies' TruePianos instrument It's not often you'll hear 'light' and 'piano' in the same breath, but this cut-down Amber version of the TruePianos module is still a sonic treat.
It looks cute, too: Both everyday processing and mastering have taken several steps forward with Sonar 8. New for v8 are the TS64 transient shaper and TL64 tube leveller. The concept of Sonar as mastering environment is becoming more complete.
Key to its function is that the attack portion of the treated audio is treated independently of the decay portion. Phase problems caused by mic placement can be dealt with, and either left or right channel can be delayed in terms of samples or milliseconds.
Behind The Headlines Now we come to the rest of the program. Sonar 8 still has pretty much the same, straightforward user interface I've always liked, though even here there are tweaks worth noting. The audio and MIDI side can be split up, if required, so you don't have to use the new system if you don't want to.
From within this view, you can browse and audition audio and MIID groove clips and patterns, then drag them directly into the track view. I've wanted something like this for ages: The position of the line is also shown precisely in the time ruler. Less visible are some of the performance optimisations — there's not space to track everything that's been done in this department, but Sonar 8 offers better performance at high track counts and low latencies, faster launch time, and the ability to change audio devices without restarting.
More subliminal still, the display is smoother when resizing windows and panes, metering has been optimised, and zooming and scrolling have been improved.
This shot also shows you the button to press to enable the Aim Assist Line: Navigation, selecting and editing all have new aspects when approached from the PC's keyboard, and especially, in v8, navigating, selecting and editing with the numeric keypad.
For example, Sonar has two modes of synchronising channel strips between it and the control surface: Summing Up So there we have it. If you're new to all this and just beginning to shop around, you could do worse than start the new year at the top.
Sonar is mature, stable and powerful, and the software and its developers don't show signs of running out of steam yet. Each version, since 4 or 5, has felt complete in itself, with any missing features countered by good value and stability.
Such minor irritations as the glitching metronome used to be part of the vibe, and you'd easily work around them. But Cakewalk's team are obviously listening, and their support is very highly regarded and responsive to the software's user base. The effects processing just gets better, and if Cakewalk ever add audio restoration tools, I'd personally hardly need anything else. This is bread and butter from an artisanal bakery. They're right — it is. But the user interface is also rather elegant, and easy on the eye.
Operating system: Intel Pentium 4 2. Hard drive: Boning up on Sonar's development is easy with Sound On Sound's on-line review archive, and don't forget Craig Anderton's regular Sonar technique workshops.