Merger with music industry giant paying off for Cakewalk Sonar and customers with new, more powerful DAW
Update – Sonar X1b now ready for prime time
Roland will be releasing a new and easier to use version of Sonar’s X1 digital audio workstation software on December 8, 2010.
The recent merger of Cakewalk with music equipment giant Roland has given Cakewalk Sonar a shot in the arm and the new release is eagerly anticipated by Sonar users.
DAW software from simple programs like Garage Band to Apple Avid’s ProTools 9 are allowing musicians to record their own music without paying huge fees to studios. Along with the internet, DAW software is fueling a revolution in music. ( Update – Avid owns ProTools – the program sticks in my mind as Apple since it is meant to run on Apple OS)
Sonar X1 promises a new and improved user interface for Sonar 8.5. This will be a big boost for current users. Sonar is as powerful as any of the top DAW’s but it’s interface has become cluttered over the past decade with annual feature updates.
In many ways Sonar has pulled ahead of the pack with native support for 64-bit processing and an early jump on the Windows 7 platform.
The Cakewalk announcement says “SONAR X1 Producer has everything needed to deliver the polished, “radio-ready” recordings – all in one box. Included are all of SONAR’s cutting edge music creation tools plus an unparalleled collection of world-class instruments and effects. From the innovative Skylight interface to the legendary, “big-studio” sound of the ProChannel console strip, SONAR X1 Producer is the ideal choice for anyone serious about music production.” Roland Continue reading