Cakewalk Sonar 8.5 El Paso TX

Sonar 8.5 adds two channel strip effects: VX-64 Vocal Strip and PX-64 Percussion strip; both true 64-bit plug-ins. While you could use Sonar’s existing effects to create similar track presets, it’s more convenient to have what you need in one place.

Ixr Networks
(915) 587-4444
5400 Davis Cup Court
El Paso, TX
Services
Computer Software, Computer Network Hardware, Computer Networks

Data Provided by:
Border Industrial Technology
(915) 544-6541
2111 E Yandell DR
EI Paso, TX
 
Access Computer Technology
(915) 629-7403
1212 N Yarbrough Dr
EI Paso, TX
 
Ecad Inc
(915) 590-9062
1200 Golden Key Cir
EI Paso, TX
 
Choice Consulting
(915) 541-1140
1717 Brown St
EI Paso, TX
 
Business Services El Paso
(915) 540-7777
6044 Gateway Blvd E
EI Paso, TX
 
Auto Computer Services
(915) 590-3844
9921 Montana Ave
EI Paso, TX
 
Elcom Wire Center
(915) 298-1000
20 Butterfield Trail Blvd
EI Paso, TX
 
Diversified Technical Services Inc
(915) 544-7997
433 Executive Center Blvd
EI Paso, TX
 
Drapes Consulting Group
(915) 544-7346
809 E Yandell DR
EI Paso, TX
 
Data Provided by:

Cakewalk Sonar 8.5

0210 Cakewalk Sonar 8.5 Collage Good Enough To Be Sonar 9

Cakewalk threw a curve at the last AES convention: Instead of introducing Sonar 9, they went for an 8.5 upgrade at just over half the usual upgrade price. So was it just bug fixes? Guess again. Sonar 8.5 has several important new features, including a more improvisational recording method.

Click the image at left for a large version.

PROS

Matrix view is a fun way to record. Native REX file import. PX-64 and VX-64 are versatile plug-ins. Per-track arpeggiation. Audio effects from Project5. Session Drummer 3 loads more drums and has more content. AudioSnap 2 and Step Sequencer 2 are significant improvements. Lower price than expected.

CONS

Still no notation improvements. No way to delete specific groups of cells in Matrix view — it’s either one at a time or all of them.

INFO

Upgrade from Sonar Producer 8: $99,
free for V-Studio 700 owners; other upgrade paths detailed at cakewalk.com

NEED TO KNOW

Is this upgrade worth the money? Given the low cost and the many additions, the only reason not to upgrade is if you don’t need any of the new features.

Why isn’t it called Sonar 9? Beats me. Perhaps because it’s more about additions than alterations to the core program.

I just upgraded to Windows 7. Is Sonar 8.5 compatible? Absolutely. It supports anything from XP on, 32- or 64-bit — even running under Boot Camp on Intel Macs.

Can I use my 32-bit plug-ins in a 64-bit environment? Yes. The only possible snag might be drivers for hardware interfaces.

Did Cakewalk fix the crossfade glitches? I’ve edited tons of splices and crossfades at 96kHz, and whatever sometimes caused envelopes to go haywire has been fixed.

MEET THE MATRIX

Matrix view is arguably the most significant upgrade, as it brings Ableton Live-like cell-based looping to Sonar. A matrix of rows and columns has a cell at each intersection, into which you can load Groove Clips (Acidized files) or REX loops (you can also load WAV and AIF audio files; as of 8.5.2, there’s an option for automatic Groove Clipping so they’ll stretch to tempo). Each cell’s loop start can quantize to a particular rhythmic value, and there are also mute and solo buttons. Perhaps the best aspect is that as you improvise with the loops, you can record the results as audio groove clips in track view; unlike Live, you can even record solo button clicks as well as mutes. What’s more, all of the cells, rows, and columns are subject to MIDI control — I use a Novation Launchpad for triggering them, and it rocks.

STRIP SHOW

Sonar 8.5 adds two channel strip effects: VX-64 Vocal Strip and PX-64 Percussion strip; both true 64-bit plug-ins. While you could use Sonar’s existing effects to create similar track presets, it’s more convenient to have what you need in one place. Besides, I dig the 1965 sci-fi flick look.

PX-64 has input and output saturation (crunch), a transient shaper, compressor, expander, four-band EQ, and delay with filtered feedback. The di...

Click here to read the rest of the article from Keyboard Magazine

 
Subscribe Live Bookmarks Advertise Contact Us Privacy Policy Terms & Conditions
 



 
Keybord Magazine is a trademark of New Bay Media, LLC. All material published on www.keyboardmag.com is copyrighted @2009 by New Bay Media, LLC. All rights reserved