Cakewalk SONAR X1 Producer

Cakewalk SONAR X1 Producer 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.

Instruments in SONAR X1 Producer

SONAR X1 Producer’s exclusive set of instruments gives you an expanded sonic palette suited for professional productions including critically-acclaimed Dimension Pro, Session Drummer 3, and TruePianos Amber. SONAR X1 Producer also includes the realtime looping/performing instrument Beatscape with its 4 GB of custom crafted loops and Rapture LE with it’s pristine and uniquely animated sonic characteristics particularly well suited to modern, electronically tinged music productions.

Dimension Pro. Amazing sounds. Endless possibilities. The centerpiece of this collection is the highly acclaimed Dimension Pro. Brimming with over 1500 production-ready presets, Dimension Pro combines real instruments with advanced synthesis, giving you endless sound possibilities. From synths to sitars, Rhodes to rainsticks, Dimension Pro has sounds to fit any style.

Session Drummer 3. Your own personal drummer. Your very own virtual drummer is always ready and available in the easy to use and inspiring Session Drummer 3. Packed with professionally crafted kits and patterns Session Drummer 3 is fully capable of taking your song from demo to radio-ready track in less time than you might imagine. From big acoustic rock kits to vintage drum machines, Session Drummer 3 is ready when you are.

TruePianos Amber. Real piano sound. Low footprint. A great sounding, expressive piano is a must-have for any well-equipped studio. The included TruePianos uses physical modeling to create a piano that is light on resources and heavy on expression, playability and believable sound.

Effects in SONAR X1 Producer

SONAR X1 Producer’s additional included effects are world-class processors designed to quickly and efficiently supply professional results.

Channel Strip Effects. PX-64. VX-64. VC-64. Complete channel strip effects offer all in one solutions to various production scenarios. The PX-64 Percussion Strip lets you sculpt inspiring drum sounds with punch and character. The VX-64 Vocal Strip lets you craft the perfect vocal sound with ease. And the VC-64 Vintage Channel, while versatile, lets you get a warm, vintage sound on almost any source material.

Guitar Rig 4 LE. Authentic guitar sounds. When it comes to guitars SONAR X1 Producer now includes Guitar Rig 4 LE from Native Instruments. This professional effect and amp modeling software provides authentic sound and responsive playability.

Linear Phase Mastering Plug-ins. Deliver that final polish. SONAR X1 Producer has a full suite of linear phase mastering effects. The LP-64 EQ and LP-64 Multiband Compressor are intended for final balance and polish - without compromising the overall character of your music.

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-SONARX1PRODUCER
MPN 10-CXSP1.00-10C
Features
SONAR X1 Producer 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 Producer 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 Producer
  • (1) User's Manual
Warranty Details
Reviews
  1. Great DAW value! Review by Benjamin
    Rating

    This is a pretty excellent and full-featured DAW that comes with tons of content.

    The new interface for me was a little bit of a shock - I was used to Sonar 8.5 with its tons of buttons everywhere and icons all over the place, and in a way I was spoiled because I didn't have to learn keyboard shortcuts. Sonar X1 rewards people who learn keyboard shortcuts with a very powerful and very fast workflow. When you get it, you get a shortcut cheat-sheet and you should tape it to your monitor or something, as once you learn it you will fly through the program with ease. The bad news is that compared to 8.5, everything is BIGGIE-SIZED. If you have a 1920x1080 display, you're fine. If you have multiple monitors, you're fine because you can dock stuff on the second screen and Sonar doesn't mind. The multi-dock i sreally awesome for that sort of thing, and it has a quick-hide shortcut. But if you have a single display less than 1080p, get used to scrolling.

    The included audio edit tools will do everything you ever needed. AudioSnap is a great tool, though I don't use it the way they 'want" you to - i.e. quantizing audio - I prefer to move certain things by hand and largely leave the performance alone. The good news is that you can do both - and you can do both together. Move stuff around by hand in some places and quantize in others. And the rendering tools are great - once you're done with your edits just "bounce" it to a clip and it'll do all the offlin rendering and save your CPU.

    Included are a ton of instruments. Some of them you may never use (Cakewalk TTS1 general MIDI synth, only good for downloading MIDI nonsense from the internet and playing it back) and some of it is great. Z3TA+, Dimension Pro, and Session Drummer 3 are standouts. You can do everything you need with those 3, and Groove Synth and Rapture LE allow you to get different takes on stuff as well. Beatscape is fun for a large loop library, and bring in your own .rex files.

    It's pretty light on your CPU and RAM, all things considered, and the x64 version means you can load entire huge multi-gigabyte sessions into RAM and never run out of room, even if you have 32GB or 64GB of RAM. Great compatibility with ASIO interfaces as well as plug-and-play MIDI stuff. Map any old control surface using ACT, which I have never seen in another software - no specialized controllers required if you don't mind the manual effort involved. (Posted on 4/12/12)

  2. Seems better with X1b patch Review by Senor Awesome
    Rating

    I've been a very long-time Cakewalk user going back to Home Studio 9 that I bought in 1999. I learned the ins-and-outs of it, and used it for a very long time. I stuck by them with the Sonar series as well, eventually upgrading to Home Studio XL a few years ago, and then Sonar 8.5 Producer, then finally X1.

    With X1 everything is different. The interface has been streamlined and is not at all intimidating, as I found the older Sonar UIs at first. Seemingly everything is mapped to a keyboard shortcut, which is great. There aren't as many customizable UI features, but the stock UI is pretty attractive and functional. Cakewalk is long known for their MIDI implementation, which plays so very well with external keyboards and synth modules, and that's still true today.

    At first it was very "crashy" and unstable, but that seems to be mostly ironed out in X1b. I actually went back to 8.5 for a bit, and eventually when the X1b patch came out I went back and I've not had one crash or hiccup since then.

    There are some really great additional features that Producer gives you over Studio - the Pro Channel strip is great. Compressor, EQ, and other effects all right on the strip, and plenty of flexibility. I would go so far as to suggest that some of the other plugins like the Sonitus:fx included in the install are obsolete. Pro Channel sounds great. Also, Matrix View is still there from 8.5 Producer, which lets you use the program in live settings triggering loops and beats. And Session Drummer 3 is also included, which has alot of samples from high-end kits, and has a pretty decent mixer and multiple outputs included so you can use other plugins on the audio.

    Dimension Pro is still included but it's starting to sound old. Compare it to Kontakt and you can see why people pay for Native Instruments. Dimension has been around since like 2005 or 2006, and it's still using the same samples, and the layering of those samples isn't very good. It's good enough if you don't have any other ROMpler, but I would not jump from Sonar X1 Studio to Sonar X1 Producer and expect Dimension Pro alone to be worth it. You jump to Producer for the other items I talked about. (Posted on 3/5/11)

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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.

Instruments in SONAR X1 Producer

SONAR X1 Producer’s exclusive set of instruments gives you an expanded sonic palette suited for professional productions including critically-acclaimed Dimension Pro, Session Drummer 3, and TruePianos Amber. SONAR X1 Producer also includes the realtime looping/performing instrument Beatscape with its 4 GB of custom crafted loops and Rapture LE with it’s pristine and uniquely animated sonic characteristics particularly well suited to modern, electronically tinged music productions.

Dimension Pro. Amazing sounds. Endless possibilities. The centerpiece of this collection is the highly acclaimed Dimension Pro. Brimming with over 1500 production-ready presets, Dimension Pro combines real instruments with advanced synthesis, giving you endless sound possibilities. From synths to sitars, Rhodes to rainsticks, Dimension Pro has sounds to fit any style.

Session Drummer 3. Your own personal drummer. Your very own virtual drummer is always ready and available in the easy to use and inspiring Session Drummer 3. Packed with professionally crafted kits and patterns Session Drummer 3 is fully capable of taking your song from demo to radio-ready track in less time than you might imagine. From big acoustic rock kits to vintage drum machines, Session Drummer 3 is ready when you are.

TruePianos Amber. Real piano sound. Low footprint. A great sounding, expressive piano is a must-have for any well-equipped studio. The included TruePianos uses physical modeling to create a piano that is light on resources and heavy on expression, playability and believable sound.

Effects in SONAR X1 Producer

SONAR X1 Producer’s additional included effects are world-class processors designed to quickly and efficiently supply professional results.

Channel Strip Effects. PX-64. VX-64. VC-64. Complete channel strip effects offer all in one solutions to various production scenarios. The PX-64 Percussion Strip lets you sculpt inspiring drum sounds with punch and character. The VX-64 Vocal Strip lets you craft the perfect vocal sound with ease. And the VC-64 Vintage Channel, while versatile, lets you get a warm, vintage sound on almost any source material.

Guitar Rig 4 LE. Authentic guitar sounds. When it comes to guitars SONAR X1 Producer now includes Guitar Rig 4 LE from Native Instruments. This professional effect and amp modeling software provides authentic sound and responsive playability.

Linear Phase Mastering Plug-ins. Deliver that final polish. SONAR X1 Producer has a full suite of linear phase mastering effects. The LP-64 EQ and LP-64 Multiband Compressor are intended for final balance and polish - without compromising the overall character of your music.

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-SONARX1PRODUCER
MPN 10-CXSP1.00-10C

Features

Features
SONAR X1 Producer 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 Producer 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 Producer
  • (1) User's Manual

Warranty

Warranty Details

Reviews

Reviews
  1. Great DAW value! Review by Benjamin
    Rating

    This is a pretty excellent and full-featured DAW that comes with tons of content.

    The new interface for me was a little bit of a shock - I was used to Sonar 8.5 with its tons of buttons everywhere and icons all over the place, and in a way I was spoiled because I didn't have to learn keyboard shortcuts. Sonar X1 rewards people who learn keyboard shortcuts with a very powerful and very fast workflow. When you get it, you get a shortcut cheat-sheet and you should tape it to your monitor or something, as once you learn it you will fly through the program with ease. The bad news is that compared to 8.5, everything is BIGGIE-SIZED. If you have a 1920x1080 display, you're fine. If you have multiple monitors, you're fine because you can dock stuff on the second screen and Sonar doesn't mind. The multi-dock i sreally awesome for that sort of thing, and it has a quick-hide shortcut. But if you have a single display less than 1080p, get used to scrolling.

    The included audio edit tools will do everything you ever needed. AudioSnap is a great tool, though I don't use it the way they 'want" you to - i.e. quantizing audio - I prefer to move certain things by hand and largely leave the performance alone. The good news is that you can do both - and you can do both together. Move stuff around by hand in some places and quantize in others. And the rendering tools are great - once you're done with your edits just "bounce" it to a clip and it'll do all the offlin rendering and save your CPU.

    Included are a ton of instruments. Some of them you may never use (Cakewalk TTS1 general MIDI synth, only good for downloading MIDI nonsense from the internet and playing it back) and some of it is great. Z3TA+, Dimension Pro, and Session Drummer 3 are standouts. You can do everything you need with those 3, and Groove Synth and Rapture LE allow you to get different takes on stuff as well. Beatscape is fun for a large loop library, and bring in your own .rex files.

    It's pretty light on your CPU and RAM, all things considered, and the x64 version means you can load entire huge multi-gigabyte sessions into RAM and never run out of room, even if you have 32GB or 64GB of RAM. Great compatibility with ASIO interfaces as well as plug-and-play MIDI stuff. Map any old control surface using ACT, which I have never seen in another software - no specialized controllers required if you don't mind the manual effort involved. (Posted on 4/12/12)

  2. Seems better with X1b patch Review by Senor Awesome
    Rating

    I've been a very long-time Cakewalk user going back to Home Studio 9 that I bought in 1999. I learned the ins-and-outs of it, and used it for a very long time. I stuck by them with the Sonar series as well, eventually upgrading to Home Studio XL a few years ago, and then Sonar 8.5 Producer, then finally X1.

    With X1 everything is different. The interface has been streamlined and is not at all intimidating, as I found the older Sonar UIs at first. Seemingly everything is mapped to a keyboard shortcut, which is great. There aren't as many customizable UI features, but the stock UI is pretty attractive and functional. Cakewalk is long known for their MIDI implementation, which plays so very well with external keyboards and synth modules, and that's still true today.

    At first it was very "crashy" and unstable, but that seems to be mostly ironed out in X1b. I actually went back to 8.5 for a bit, and eventually when the X1b patch came out I went back and I've not had one crash or hiccup since then.

    There are some really great additional features that Producer gives you over Studio - the Pro Channel strip is great. Compressor, EQ, and other effects all right on the strip, and plenty of flexibility. I would go so far as to suggest that some of the other plugins like the Sonitus:fx included in the install are obsolete. Pro Channel sounds great. Also, Matrix View is still there from 8.5 Producer, which lets you use the program in live settings triggering loops and beats. And Session Drummer 3 is also included, which has alot of samples from high-end kits, and has a pretty decent mixer and multiple outputs included so you can use other plugins on the audio.

    Dimension Pro is still included but it's starting to sound old. Compare it to Kontakt and you can see why people pay for Native Instruments. Dimension has been around since like 2005 or 2006, and it's still using the same samples, and the layering of those samples isn't very good. It's good enough if you don't have any other ROMpler, but I would not jump from Sonar X1 Studio to Sonar X1 Producer and expect Dimension Pro alone to be worth it. You jump to Producer for the other items I talked about. (Posted on 3/5/11)

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