Nov 2

Well here is some news that caught my eye last night on the Roland’s Sonar site – the new upgrade from Sonar 8.5. No it is not Sonar 9 but Sonar X1.

Apparently, this upgrade is available from 8th December and this is what the guys at Cakewalk are saying about it – “SONAR has evolved and so can the way you make music. Imagine the power and maturity of an industry standard DAW combined with the cutting edge creative tools essential for today’s music – all wrapped up in one of the most modern and (dare we say) beautiful user interfaces available”.

Sonar X1 comes in three flavours -” Essential”, “Studio” and the one I am interested in is “Producer”. The Producer has all that is in the Studio version with the addition of Pro Channel, Session Drummer 3, Dimension Pro, True Pianos, Producer Effects, Channel Effects, Mastering Effects and  Guitar Rig 4 LE.

Skylight -Welcome to your workspace

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 work-flow 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.

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.

ProChannel -Mix on a pro console any big studio would envy

The mixing console is the nerve center of the studio and at the heart of every great sounding track. Just like in the “real world”, the mixing consoles in DAWs are not all created equal. Available exclusively in SONAR X1 Producer, the ProChannel expands SONAR’s already impressive console with big, epic pro-studio sound built right in to every channel.

I want it now

From what I can see Sonar X1 looks like a very polished Sonar 8.5 and is without doubt added to my Christmas List. I can’t wait to try this out.

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