Sonar 8 announced by Cakewalk

Today the pre-order started of Cakewalk Sonar 8. SONAR 8 is the only DAW that offers one-of-a-kind music creation tools that actually help in the songwriting process. Whether you are searching for new ideas or looking to add musical parts to existing songs, SONAR 8 can help you break through those creative blocks.

– What’s New in Version 8?
If you’re upgrading from an earlier version of SONAR, version 8 is the upgrade that was designed specifically for you. With SONAR 8, more so than any previous SONAR upgrade, we’ve asked our customers to tell us what features and enhancements they want. We’ve listened. Check out the extensive list below.

New features, optimizations, and workflow enhancements include:
– Loop Explorer 2.0—view provides browse and preview of audio and MIDI groove clips and patterns; quickly drag and drop loops and patterns into the track view; MIDI groove clips and patterns can be previewed with the virtual instrument of your choice.

– Dedicated Instrument Track—single track optimized for mono or stereo virtual synths which simplifies the process of working with virtual instruments. In the pursuit of offering users options in how they want to work, the multi-track method of using virtual instruments employed by previous versions of SONAR is still supported. In addition users can split and combine instrument tracks to/from discrete audio/MIDI tracks.

– SONAR Performance Optimizations—with focus on functionality including improved performance at high track counts and low latencies, faster launch time, and the ability to change audio devices without restarting; streamlined communication with VST plug-ins and Improved ASIO performance with output latency compensation.

– User Interface optimizations—smoother display when resizing windows and panes, optimized metering, more responsive zoom and scroll.

For a complete list of the other enhancements and instruments please go HERE.

SONAR 8 upgrades will begin shipping October 02, 2008. Europe’s suggested street price for SONAR 8 Producer and SONAR 8 Studio are €499 and €299 RRP inc VAT

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