Cakewalk SONAR X1 Essential Music Production Software

Cakewalk SONAR X1 Essential Music Production Software

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Description Skylight User Interface

Let’s face it - constantly shuffling and resizing lots of floating windows is so last decade. Precisely suited for today’s music production, SONAR X1's unparalleled user interface design speeds up workflow and provides a clean and modern creation environment. Skylight introduces a next generation workspace and ushers in a new level of simplicity by providing an intelligent interface that moves beyond contemporary, single-window design and layout clutter.

Browser

All your content unified. The completely redesigned Browser organizes all of your content into one, easily managed place. Drag and drop just about anything you can think of from the Browser directly to your workspace.

Drag and Drop

Powerfully Simple. SONAR has always had robust drag and drop capabilities. Now the Skylight interface takes it to a whole new level by allowing you to easily drag and drop practically anything in SONAR from one place to another. Drag loops and samples from the Browser to the Matrix View; drag plugins and FX Chains to tracks and clips; even drag entire projects and Track Templates right on to your workspace.

Inspector

Find what you’ve been looking for. Get all your clip, track, and channel data - centralized and at your fingertips. The new Inspector shows a wealth of data in a small footprint and allows for ergonomic track mixing. With Skylight, it’s also fully collapsible, expandable, dockable and floatable.

Screensets

Just the way you remembered it. Per-project Screensets remember every window position, size and state and are accessed directly from the Control Bar or via your qwerty keyboard. Default Screensets are ready-to-go for just about any production scenario imaginable or create your own Screensets for tracking, mixing, jamming or experimenting. Recall everything - exactly the way you left it.

Smart Tools

Work smarter, not harder. SONAR’s tools have been completely revamped for X1. Most functions are now performed with a single implement that switches automatically based on context. This dramatically speeds up editing and arranging by eliminating the need to constantly switch tools.

Control Bar

Total control freak. Access crucial functions quickly and clearly with the new modular Control Bar. Modules logically group related functions and can be arranged to suit your desire. It’s fully expandable, dockable and floatable.

MultiDock

A place for everything. The MultiDock is an integral part of the Skylight interface that allows you to dock and easily access any of SONAR’s views all in one place. The Console View, Step Sequencer, Piano Roll - even instruments and effects can all be contained within one consolidated area. For ultimate flexibility, the MultiDock itself can be quickly collapsed or expanded and can even be placed on an entirely separate monitor.

Essential Instruments

SONAR X1’s Essential Instruments give you a strong foundation for creating great sounding tracks in a wide variety of styles. The collection includes 10 distinct instruments designed to offer a wide range of sounds and textures to get you started.

Studio Instruments. Bass. Drums. E-Piano. Strings. Cakewalk Studio Instruments is an easy-to-use software instrument collection which is now included in SONAR X1. The collection includes a high quality Drum Kit, Bass Guitar, Electric Piano, and String Section that all feature inspiring user interfaces and provide an excellent starting point for most styles of music.

Dimension LE. Real instrument sounds at your fingertips. Dimension LE is powered by Cakewalk’s Expression Engine providing several types of synthesis capabilities including multi-sample rendering, wavetable synthesis, waveguide synthesis, and, REX playback and manipulation; also includes an extensive DSP library of effects, with over 400 sound programs, ranging from real bass, organ and electric piano samples to cutting-edge synth sounds and rhythmic grooves.

Cakewalk Sound Center. Design high-quality sounds easily. Cakewalk Sound Center is perfect for beginners looking to create virtual instruments parts. Access 150 different instrument sounds in a simple-to-use interface. It includes acoustic & electric guitars, basses, drums, pianos, synths, strings, ethnic sounds, and more.

Essential Effects

SONAR X1’s Essential Effects are made up of 31 different processors offering a full range of production possibilities. This suite of effects includes workhorse effects that you can use while recording, mixing, and even mastering.

AmpliTube X-GEAR. Amazing guitar sounds. Just plug in your guitar or bass and get instant access to superbly modeled amps, effects, mic models, cabinets, and even a tuner. Create and save your own custom tones as presets. Add even more sounds through downloadable expansion packs.

Half Rack Effects. Versatile effects for mixing. The Half-Rack effects are versatile and intuitive. From the musical Tempo Delay to the destructive power of the Alias Factor, these effects give character and life to your tracks. Included are EQ, Chorus, Delay, Flanger, Phaser, Compressor, Gate, Reverb, and more.

Boost 11. Deliver that radio-ready sound. Get more volume and punch from your final mix with this easy to use limiter/maximizer. Boost 11 gives you professional results with a simple to use interface.

Smart Tools

Work smarter, not harder. SONAR's tools have been completely revamped for X1. Most functions are now performed with a single implement that switches automatically based on context. This dramatically speeds up editing and arranging by eliminating the need to constantly switch tools. Make editing less of a chore and more of an art.

Edit Filter. The highly ergonomic floating tool HUD can be accessed easily and logically by pressing T, or simply clicking the middle mouse button anywhere on SONAR X1's interface. Using the Smart Tool in conjunction with the Edit Filter you can cut, paste, split, crop, fade, time-stretch, edit automation curves, and work with AudioSnap transients - all with a single tool. The Edit Filter allows you to see and work on only the data you want, and none of the data you don't. It retains its setting on a per-track basis so, for example, you can move seamlessly between working with AudioSnap on one track, volume automation on another track and in-line MIDI data on yet another track.

Tool Sets. Perhaps best of all, the new tool set works across all of SONAR's views. Whether you're working on arranging in the Track View or editing MIDI data in the Piano Roll View, the same tool will work smoothly and consistently with no interruption to your creative flow.

The Right Tool for the Job. But sometimes you need a very specific tool for a particuliar job and the redesigned SONAR X1 tool set shines here as well. In addition to the Smart Tool, SONAR X1 includes specific tools for Select, Move, Edit, Drag and Erase - each with its own special properties making detailed or repeated edits as painless as possible. Switching tools is a breeze and getting back to the previous tool is just a simple key press away.

SKU CAK-SONARX1ESSENTIAL
MPN SONAR-XI-E
Features
SONAR X1 Essential Overview- PRESS PLAY
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.

DAW 2.0 has arrived

SONAR has been one of the most popular DAW’s on the market for nearly a decade now. And we've learned a lot along the way. But things have changed over the past ten years, so we felt it was time to take our more than 20 years experience in creating music software, combine it with cutting edge music creation tools, and wrap it in a totally modern design. Watch the video on the left to learn more.

Creating Music in SONAR X1

SONAR X1 is the digital audio workstation that offers one-of-a-kind music creation tools to help you right from the start of the production process. Whether you're searching for new ideas or looking to add musical parts to existing songs, SONAR X1 can help you break through those creative blocks.

Recording MIDI and Digital Audio

SONAR X1 provides the most comprehensive recording features of any DAW on the market today. It's designed to meet the needs of even the most demanding professional—whether recording a solo performance, a band, or even an orchestra.

Editing Audio and MIDI in SONAR X1

SONAR X1 offers precision editing tools you won't find in any other DAW. Whether you're editing audio or MIDI, it's easy to make pinpoint edits and fix issues you didn't think were possible.

Using MIDI Controllers and ACT

SONAR X1 gives you dynamic control of your instruments and work flow. Use any MIDI controller to play virtual instruments. Plus breakthroughs in SONAR like Active Controller Technology make it easy to map the knobs and sliders on your keyboard or control surface automatically.

Mixing Music in SONAR X1

SONAR X1 Essential offers the perfect mixing environment for any professional engineer. Mix with sonic clarity using a suite of versatile effects, powerful mixing tools, and endless routing possibilities.

Mastering Music in SONAR X1

SONAR X1 allows you to deliver the final polish to your tracks with high-end effects that were designed specifically for the task of mastering.

Publishing Music with SONAR X1

SONAR X1 offers various options for collaborating with other studios as well as delivering to virtually any format including CD, video, surround, and even the web.

Media Details
SONAR X1 Studio Overview- PRESS PLAY
System Requirements
SONAR X1 Essential System Requirements:
OS
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32-bit)/Vista Service Pack 2 (32- or 64-bit)/Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)
Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.67 GHz/AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 Ghz
RAM
2 GB RAM
Monitor
1280x800 minimum screen resolution
Hard Drive Space
4.5GB for minimal installation, 15GB for complete installation
Hardware
SONAR on DVD: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R or DVD+/-RW Drive
Internet Access
SONAR download: Broadband or better internet connection for download
Publishing
Cakewalk Publisher requires available web server space with FTP access
Package Contents
  • (1) Cakewalk Sonar X1
  • (1) User's Manual
Warranty Details
Reviews
  1. Pretty good Review by Ben
    Rating

    Nice software for the most part. It's a HUGE step up from Sonar Home Studio 7XL, and it's cheaper to boot. It comes with all the add-ons that HS7XL came with except for StudioDevil VGA, but it replaces it with Amplitube X-Gear which is way better.

    Limited audio and instrument tracks, but the limits are high enough that you'll probably never bump into them. Still you get alot of what makes X1, well, X1. Skylight interface with the dock, drag-and-drop, FX chains, and so on.

    Of course the high-end features of Studio and Producer are missing - no 64-bit apps or plugins, no Pro Channel, not the full Sonitus:fx suite, no Dimension Pro or Beatscape, no rgc synth suite (Rapture LE, Z3TA+). Plus AudioSnap is gone, too, and that's a big minus. For $100 more you get alot more with Studio. That's the version I'd jump into. (Posted on 9/4/11)

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Description Skylight User Interface

Let’s face it - constantly shuffling and resizing lots of floating windows is so last decade. Precisely suited for today’s music production, SONAR X1's unparalleled user interface design speeds up workflow and provides a clean and modern creation environment. Skylight introduces a next generation workspace and ushers in a new level of simplicity by providing an intelligent interface that moves beyond contemporary, single-window design and layout clutter.

Browser

All your content unified. The completely redesigned Browser organizes all of your content into one, easily managed place. Drag and drop just about anything you can think of from the Browser directly to your workspace.

Drag and Drop

Powerfully Simple. SONAR has always had robust drag and drop capabilities. Now the Skylight interface takes it to a whole new level by allowing you to easily drag and drop practically anything in SONAR from one place to another. Drag loops and samples from the Browser to the Matrix View; drag plugins and FX Chains to tracks and clips; even drag entire projects and Track Templates right on to your workspace.

Inspector

Find what you’ve been looking for. Get all your clip, track, and channel data - centralized and at your fingertips. The new Inspector shows a wealth of data in a small footprint and allows for ergonomic track mixing. With Skylight, it’s also fully collapsible, expandable, dockable and floatable.

Screensets

Just the way you remembered it. Per-project Screensets remember every window position, size and state and are accessed directly from the Control Bar or via your qwerty keyboard. Default Screensets are ready-to-go for just about any production scenario imaginable or create your own Screensets for tracking, mixing, jamming or experimenting. Recall everything - exactly the way you left it.

Smart Tools

Work smarter, not harder. SONAR’s tools have been completely revamped for X1. Most functions are now performed with a single implement that switches automatically based on context. This dramatically speeds up editing and arranging by eliminating the need to constantly switch tools.

Control Bar

Total control freak. Access crucial functions quickly and clearly with the new modular Control Bar. Modules logically group related functions and can be arranged to suit your desire. It’s fully expandable, dockable and floatable.

MultiDock

A place for everything. The MultiDock is an integral part of the Skylight interface that allows you to dock and easily access any of SONAR’s views all in one place. The Console View, Step Sequencer, Piano Roll - even instruments and effects can all be contained within one consolidated area. For ultimate flexibility, the MultiDock itself can be quickly collapsed or expanded and can even be placed on an entirely separate monitor.

Essential Instruments

SONAR X1’s Essential Instruments give you a strong foundation for creating great sounding tracks in a wide variety of styles. The collection includes 10 distinct instruments designed to offer a wide range of sounds and textures to get you started.

Studio Instruments. Bass. Drums. E-Piano. Strings. Cakewalk Studio Instruments is an easy-to-use software instrument collection which is now included in SONAR X1. The collection includes a high quality Drum Kit, Bass Guitar, Electric Piano, and String Section that all feature inspiring user interfaces and provide an excellent starting point for most styles of music.

Dimension LE. Real instrument sounds at your fingertips. Dimension LE is powered by Cakewalk’s Expression Engine providing several types of synthesis capabilities including multi-sample rendering, wavetable synthesis, waveguide synthesis, and, REX playback and manipulation; also includes an extensive DSP library of effects, with over 400 sound programs, ranging from real bass, organ and electric piano samples to cutting-edge synth sounds and rhythmic grooves.

Cakewalk Sound Center. Design high-quality sounds easily. Cakewalk Sound Center is perfect for beginners looking to create virtual instruments parts. Access 150 different instrument sounds in a simple-to-use interface. It includes acoustic & electric guitars, basses, drums, pianos, synths, strings, ethnic sounds, and more.

Essential Effects

SONAR X1’s Essential Effects are made up of 31 different processors offering a full range of production possibilities. This suite of effects includes workhorse effects that you can use while recording, mixing, and even mastering.

AmpliTube X-GEAR. Amazing guitar sounds. Just plug in your guitar or bass and get instant access to superbly modeled amps, effects, mic models, cabinets, and even a tuner. Create and save your own custom tones as presets. Add even more sounds through downloadable expansion packs.

Half Rack Effects. Versatile effects for mixing. The Half-Rack effects are versatile and intuitive. From the musical Tempo Delay to the destructive power of the Alias Factor, these effects give character and life to your tracks. Included are EQ, Chorus, Delay, Flanger, Phaser, Compressor, Gate, Reverb, and more.

Boost 11. Deliver that radio-ready sound. Get more volume and punch from your final mix with this easy to use limiter/maximizer. Boost 11 gives you professional results with a simple to use interface.

Smart Tools

Work smarter, not harder. SONAR's tools have been completely revamped for X1. Most functions are now performed with a single implement that switches automatically based on context. This dramatically speeds up editing and arranging by eliminating the need to constantly switch tools. Make editing less of a chore and more of an art.

Edit Filter. The highly ergonomic floating tool HUD can be accessed easily and logically by pressing T, or simply clicking the middle mouse button anywhere on SONAR X1's interface. Using the Smart Tool in conjunction with the Edit Filter you can cut, paste, split, crop, fade, time-stretch, edit automation curves, and work with AudioSnap transients - all with a single tool. The Edit Filter allows you to see and work on only the data you want, and none of the data you don't. It retains its setting on a per-track basis so, for example, you can move seamlessly between working with AudioSnap on one track, volume automation on another track and in-line MIDI data on yet another track.

Tool Sets. Perhaps best of all, the new tool set works across all of SONAR's views. Whether you're working on arranging in the Track View or editing MIDI data in the Piano Roll View, the same tool will work smoothly and consistently with no interruption to your creative flow.

The Right Tool for the Job. But sometimes you need a very specific tool for a particuliar job and the redesigned SONAR X1 tool set shines here as well. In addition to the Smart Tool, SONAR X1 includes specific tools for Select, Move, Edit, Drag and Erase - each with its own special properties making detailed or repeated edits as painless as possible. Switching tools is a breeze and getting back to the previous tool is just a simple key press away.

SKU CAK-SONARX1ESSENTIAL
MPN SONAR-XI-E

Features

Features
SONAR X1 Essential Overview- PRESS PLAY
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.

DAW 2.0 has arrived

SONAR has been one of the most popular DAW’s on the market for nearly a decade now. And we've learned a lot along the way. But things have changed over the past ten years, so we felt it was time to take our more than 20 years experience in creating music software, combine it with cutting edge music creation tools, and wrap it in a totally modern design. Watch the video on the left to learn more.

Creating Music in SONAR X1

SONAR X1 is the digital audio workstation that offers one-of-a-kind music creation tools to help you right from the start of the production process. Whether you're searching for new ideas or looking to add musical parts to existing songs, SONAR X1 can help you break through those creative blocks.

Recording MIDI and Digital Audio

SONAR X1 provides the most comprehensive recording features of any DAW on the market today. It's designed to meet the needs of even the most demanding professional—whether recording a solo performance, a band, or even an orchestra.

Editing Audio and MIDI in SONAR X1

SONAR X1 offers precision editing tools you won't find in any other DAW. Whether you're editing audio or MIDI, it's easy to make pinpoint edits and fix issues you didn't think were possible.

Using MIDI Controllers and ACT

SONAR X1 gives you dynamic control of your instruments and work flow. Use any MIDI controller to play virtual instruments. Plus breakthroughs in SONAR like Active Controller Technology make it easy to map the knobs and sliders on your keyboard or control surface automatically.

Mixing Music in SONAR X1

SONAR X1 Essential offers the perfect mixing environment for any professional engineer. Mix with sonic clarity using a suite of versatile effects, powerful mixing tools, and endless routing possibilities.

Mastering Music in SONAR X1

SONAR X1 allows you to deliver the final polish to your tracks with high-end effects that were designed specifically for the task of mastering.

Publishing Music with SONAR X1

SONAR X1 offers various options for collaborating with other studios as well as delivering to virtually any format including CD, video, surround, and even the web.

Media

Media Details
SONAR X1 Studio Overview- PRESS PLAY

Sys Req.

System Requirements
SONAR X1 Essential System Requirements:
OS
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32-bit)/Vista Service Pack 2 (32- or 64-bit)/Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)
Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.67 GHz/AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 Ghz
RAM
2 GB RAM
Monitor
1280x800 minimum screen resolution
Hard Drive Space
4.5GB for minimal installation, 15GB for complete installation
Hardware
SONAR on DVD: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R or DVD+/-RW Drive
Internet Access
SONAR download: Broadband or better internet connection for download
Publishing
Cakewalk Publisher requires available web server space with FTP access

Contents

Package Contents
  • (1) Cakewalk Sonar X1
  • (1) User's Manual

Warranty

Warranty Details

Reviews

Reviews
  1. Pretty good Review by Ben
    Rating

    Nice software for the most part. It's a HUGE step up from Sonar Home Studio 7XL, and it's cheaper to boot. It comes with all the add-ons that HS7XL came with except for StudioDevil VGA, but it replaces it with Amplitube X-Gear which is way better.

    Limited audio and instrument tracks, but the limits are high enough that you'll probably never bump into them. Still you get alot of what makes X1, well, X1. Skylight interface with the dock, drag-and-drop, FX chains, and so on.

    Of course the high-end features of Studio and Producer are missing - no 64-bit apps or plugins, no Pro Channel, not the full Sonitus:fx suite, no Dimension Pro or Beatscape, no rgc synth suite (Rapture LE, Z3TA+). Plus AudioSnap is gone, too, and that's a big minus. For $100 more you get alot more with Studio. That's the version I'd jump into. (Posted on 9/4/11)

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