Jun 12


What did you think of the new deal from Roland Cakewalk for Sonar? Yes, lifetime monthly updates for a one-off payment (Sonar4Life). This really surprised me as I thought the idea was for them to keep receiving payments every year from us so that they could use this for development costs.

I suppose I won’t have to think about finding another £100 for next year’s updates or indeed any further years and I suppose this does keep me loyal to Cakewalk and not consider going over to Pro Tools for example.

The Monthly updates have been great and provides you with something to look forward to each month, something to learn and greater stability with your product with improvements and bug fixes. It is therefore really worth the money.

I think priorities for me are less CPU drain when using plugins. The better this is the more plugins you can use without it falling over.

Carry on the good work Cakewalk – I wonder what next month will bring?

Sep 28


Well the Big Surprise for me today was the news of a Cakewalk Sonar X3 DAW. Whilst I was pondering over its exciting new additions and wondering about its release date, I got a bigger surprise to find out it had been released today, yes that is right today. Like a large Cat ready to pounce on a tiny mouse, I placed my order for Sonar X3 Producer.

Sonar X3 comes in three sizes but this time at the lower end of the scale it looks like the basic Sonar X3 has a terific amount of content and facilities for the money and they Cakewalk have really pushed the boat out here to have a DAW that is really going to beat the competition at this lower level.

At the upper level – The Producer, I am excited by the prospect that I may soon have a DAW to be proud of. So what do I get for my purchase, I sincerely hope its not going to be full of bugs and issues but instead effortlessly upgrades from my X2 providind me with some great new facilities, but more importantly – I hope it is stable. SONAR X3 is said to include over a hundred finely tuned tweaks, little enhancements and general improvements throughout. A lot of these changes have come about by customer feedback.

The New additions I get in my Producer version are:-

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Nov 13




I came across this stunning wallpaper for Sonar X2 and thought this was an excellent piece of work and it got me thinking that Roland / Cakewalk keep moving things forward so quickly that I have hardly had time to get to grips with Sonar X1. If you are like me and are just getting started with Sonar X2 then you may appreciate having a bunch of selected Sonar X2 clips from You Tube to help you on your way all in one place for quick reference – I know I do. As well as the clips below you must also go here for a complete Sonar X2 experience – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCPMyFyv8V06vHVb-ZizkckzBuHspDPKh

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Aug 1

I must say, I don’t believe it. I have hardly got to grips with Sonar X1 and they are talking New Sonar X2 already. So what is new?

Well they are saying that there is a new Modular ProChannel, a new Console Emulator, a new BREVERB SONAR, new Automation lanes and modes, new R-Mix SONAR, new ProChannel FX chains, a new TH2 Producer Amp Simulator, new Take Lanes, new Smart Grid, new Integrated SoundCloud and a new MusicXML export. On top of this they have made some improvements to their LP-64 EQ, LP-64 Multiband Compressor, Matrix Performance View, low latency audio engine, smart tool and the famous Piano Roll View. If you add that lot to what is there already, you have a serious looking and performing DAW.

I wish Roland would work equally as fast upgrading their Fantom G or replacing the DR880 Drum Machine.

Jan 24

Namm 2012 and Roland Cakewalk have announced the realease of SONAR X1d update to be available in February 2012. All registered SONAR X1 customers can download the free SONAR X1d update at Cakewalk.com.

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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.

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