Cakewalk Announces Free SONAR 8.5.2 Update

Cakewalk, the world’s leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording, today announces a free update for SONAR 8.5 Producer and SONAR 8.5 Studio. Registered SONAR 8.5 Producer, SONAR 8.5 Studio, and V-Studio 700 customers can download the 8.5.2 update for free here.

The SONAR 8.5.2 update provides over one hundred usability enhancements, plug-in/component optimizations, and new features. These enhancements also address various performance issues across the entire application reported by customers after SONAR 8.5’s initial release.

New SONAR 8.5.2 Features include:

Arpeggiator: The Arpeggiator now features automatable controls and a Per-arpeggiator swing control slider.

Matrix View: SONAR 8.5’s flexible cell-based, non-linear audio/MIDI arranging and triggering view adds new functionality including:

  • Record mutes and solos
  • Per-cell “one-shot” mode
  • New option to automatically Groove Clip audio and MIDI clips when dragged into the Matrix View
  • Cell content can now be dragged into the Track View
  • Support for Step Sequencer patterns containing probabilities
  • Accessibility and QWERTY keyboard support
  • Support for clips of up to 30 minutes in length
  • Import files directly from cells

Media Browser: SONAR’s hub for content access adds a new mode to now preview all audio/MIDI content in sync with project tempo. The Media Browser also now supports Step Sequencer Patterns containing probabilities.

Perfect Space: 70+ new impulse responses added, provided by Acousticas.

Step Sequencer 2.0: Improved parameter controls for Dimension LE, Dimension Pro, DropZone, Pentagon I, Rapture, Rapture LE, PSYN, and Z3TA+. Also includes 35 new Step Sequencer patterns.

Optimized multiprocessor load balancing: Even more efficient handling of multithread processing for improved CPU utilization and better overall performance.

All of the new and exciting features found in the SONAR 8.5.2 update are a direct result of active dialog with our users. Cakewalk’s delivery of timely product updates is an extension of Cakewalk’s commitment in providing the very best in product support for our customers.

A comprehensive list of what is included in the SONAR 8.5.2 update can be found at:




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