Cakewalk Sonar 3
Cakewalk Sonar 3

Sonar 3, General Sequencer from Cakewalk in the Sonar 3 series.

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 11 reviews )
 9 reviews82 %
 1 user review9 %
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Value For Money : Excellent
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Cakewalk Sonar 3
Great Midi and audio capabilities - rewire, VST wrapper (built-in), and the ability to run many aux busses are great for flexibility and usefulness. The only thing that might be a hindrance is that VST instruemtns and effects must be converted to DXI using the included wrapper - but all workes perfect once it is converted. The 4.0 version has surround sound, but is truly useless for music (good for film), but 3.1 was truly the zenith of audio-only PC DAWs

Price paid

$300 crossgrade fom Cubase VST

Sonar 3.0 is very easy to use - although unless you are very aquainted with Cakewalk products, you have to read the manual. Once you understand the logic, you will not need to do anything but look throught the menus.


The sound quality is excellent - light years ahead of Cubase VST and previous DAW iterations (old Cakewalk). The quality truly depends on your interface, but the program does not add any noise to a recoring that wasn't there ot begin with (transparent).

Never had any problems - everything works as it should.


The only reason I give it a "9" is due to the fact that with all DAWs, sometimes it hinders your creativity with too many menus and too much going on in the screen views.

Originally posted on
Posted by: Monkey Mouse ( 7-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Cakewalk Sonar 3
Extemely satisfied, absolutely gorgious interface, new audio engine is rock solid, superb over all design, very high quality effects plugins included, not to mention vsampler3.0 which is indeed sweet.

Price paid


with new audio engine editing can be done on the fly(very nice feature)


Sound is as good as the audio card or capture.and it is compatible with quiet a few devices.

Cake Walk at least in my opinion has the absolute best tech support in the buissness, very prompt and extremely helpful, great people to work with.


I've been using cakewalk since pro audio 7, Professional quality software all the way.

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Posted by: Unknown (January 1-, 2003)

audiotrip's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Disappointed"

Cakewalk Sonar 3
The installation goes smoothly, the devices are well recognized.
Setup is fairly easy and the interface is customizable.
All my plugins are recognized after a quick scan.
Using Adobe Audition before, I did not need the manual, I found the ergonomics are pretty close.


On a Pentium 4, no stability problems, the software runs well and displays a latency of 5ms.
Only complaint that discouraged me to use: poor recognition of the south which in my case never went any sound on a track midi drums with EZdrummer in VST. I had to select several times the entrance to the track to finally get something. I may be missing something but it took my head and suddenly I dropped.
That said when any work, this software is really nice and efficient.


So I used it a few months before coming under Reaper.
The interface is clear and intuitive, the CPU consumption is reasonable and there are many possibilities.
8 audio multitrack recording and a midi track without any problems once it's working, what is not systematic in my case.
I will not make that choice which forced me to much research and testing of any kind without the correct result.
I use Reaper and now I will not go into Sonar.

Wills01's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cakewalk Sonar 3
No problem indeed ...
I am Sonar since the beginning (or almost), ie the time where it was not called yet Sonar and facilities have always been easy. The Updates and upagrades are also no problem. It is very easy sound cards and configure Manire optimizes the installation without bother with.
Fortunately, however ... because rglages disponbiles to optimize incomprhensibles are ... the "Audio" menu not bad effect allows changes but it is nowhere discussed in the doc ..
Otherwise, therefore hand, the doc is very well done (in franais or English). There was a lot of illustrations that can quickly understand.


Prs we can just do everything with Sonar (I have the Producer Version: Version 7). I read from time to time trials of other sequencers and I do not see what he lacks. I will make just a small complaint when pulled too much on the machine (too many tracks and effects in real time), it does not Prevents us. Needless to crash ... a peit alert message would be nice.

The plug-ins are not too followed by against (probably from a source other than the staff of Cakewalk) rsultat, an upgrade on the other loses, or they become "has been".


I use Sonar (and his father) for over 10 years. I composed a musical comedy with.
Note also that the upgrades are always excellent quality rappport price. So he did for me a few flaws:
- The "score view" is minimalist (it would be nice chats with Sonar Finale ... see make their compatible files!)
- The main window quickly and smoothly rduites windows that can ultimately be many cram down the carn making unreadable the bottom bar.
- Would require plug-ins are evolving at the same pace as the software rather than soritr whenever new (mentioned above)
- Should be strengthened plugin noon to create automatic legato for example, or "hman effects" on batteries partitions ..
I recommend it especially because it does not crash!

mikelkun's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cakewalk Sonar 3
Good product


Good product


Good product but beware:
I would warn you (for those who buy their software) when you do your upgrade, especially not to jump by EDIROL (which is the distributor in France cakewalk). Shipping costs are simply monstrous to send a program: 15 Euros. Next delivery is made by a company which is called GLS, the company delivers you to office hours, so when you are away. And the surprise is that for you relivrent they must call a number that cost you 1.34 Euro the call, then 0.34 euros per minute, with little music and home after 2 minutes you are told to remember another day. For now it's three weeks I expect the software, I always failed to make contact with GLS and the total cost for me to deliver is 25 euros (but I still have not)! The kind of distributor that does not give reasons to be honest in software! Really unfortunate.
Update after some months of use:
Edirol reimburse me for shipping a good point.
Against experimentation by technical support Edirol is catastrophic should restart continually and in addition I have rarely seen less competent. A catamaran. Brief mention the support in French

Otherwise there is the support of a cakewalk little better quality, but in English, or you can not send and can respond directly to their emails, we always have this type of interface or you must always enter same information to communicate with the media! In short it is the lourding possible! So basically it helps you, and heaven help you!

koko43's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cakewalk Sonar 3
Installation: No incompatibilities with a PC running XP, a piece of cake provided you have a computer worthy of the name.
Configuration without problem, by the way Sonar handles it all has its first opening, making the search for compatible audio drivers, the number of available single stereo track, drivers etc ... twelve o'clock


With Asus P4P800 Deluxe MB and CPU P4 2.8 with 1 gig of ram and Win XP that forms a perfect marriage.

Very good compatibility including a VST Plug-In Manager.
Sometimes but rarely, an audible scratchy but not permanent in the handling of some plug-in, especially if the number of track played at the same time is high but it is not a fault of the Sonar audio engine but rather the lack of resource processor / ram or the quality of the plug-in or its part in energy-intensive resource that causes! Noted that the record itself remains pure.

Several preset project practice, among other things if you use a MIDI controller station (Mackie - Tascam - Yamaha etc ...)
The only time I suffered a crash is a result of test plug-in low-end. I am always suspicious of Freewares, rare are the right ones. But generally a DROP OUT you that power is the max before having a crash.
Practice RIFF wav encoder, Broadcast, Streaming WM, RAudio and MP3 format included 16 or 24 bit depending on the destination of the creation (CD mastering, FILM, TV, WEB).
One weak point in my opinion, is at the arrangements for video, rather unsuitable for several reasons-eg, the MPEG is decoded but you can not do any work so hard image sync etc. .. For music c a A +.


I use this product for 6 months, everything is pretty straightforward, clear and rapid learning but still requires some knowledge computer music.

The pros: its 4-band parametric EQ is very effective.
: The bundle of plug-in that is very good quality especially the Sonitus FX
: Compatibility with other common products and high-end

The -: visual contact with a little crowded
: Definition of application buttons as an adaptation to their meanings
: Ergonomics, a little heavy in large mix 20 tracks and more

J, have done the tests-2 and Cubase SX 7.2 Samplitude for a week (too short to judge), but I came back to Sonar, I felt like an old friend returned.
Not cheap, but it is very serious as a sequencer and comparable to other kinds of bcp more.

I have no regrets from this purchase that meets all my needs ample computer music and even more, I do not even dream changed version, I find it pointless because too little change between the two version that would deserve a further investment to Sonar 4

funkybluesrocker's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cakewalk Sonar 3
An installation without problems, very easy to configure. One has only to follow directions ...
no major concern of the program (qq LIGHT homis little problems of compatibility with my PowerCore element but must come from the dx-vst fit but still works).
beautiful hand with its very clear tutorials.
a quick start if it is adjacent to Mao.


Pc athlon xp 2800 +, asus motherboard, 1GB of DDRAM, 2 Maxtor, RME card.
ca turns serious, though I loaded the track and plugs not worry. large projects running without problems.
I still had no crashes. is stable reading can edit the audio moteru follows. a does not stop. powerful.


I have my license since April 2004 and I am fully satisfied. I turned to this product pat me on APRS have BMD testing available at the cakewalk. it is relatively cheaper than cubase or logic of late PC. it is also seeing more powerful, its audio engine is powerful, it is in consquent edition, the management of the South is exemplary, the video is very well gr.
the windows are clear and backup configuration windows are better managed than others, because common to all projects and not a registered design (Cubase, Nuendo).

a small downside to all these boxes for users like me who has a card in dsp vst as it seems that small defects appear. Let me explain: VU nitre or blocked if inxistant INSRE of the PowerCore plug in the tracks or buses. (I'll call the tech to see if it tc rcurant and if a can rgler).
I come when I update the new.

trs a good product that j'upgraderais without problem for years ...

Shake's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cakewalk Sonar 3
Installation without any concern, apart from this bad habit of programs such as Sonar moult to create different directories ... it bothers me, but it's personal

No conflict, child configuration

Manual means, however, lack of detail for certain operations


(Config: Shuttle nForce2 Athlon 2400 +, Kingston RAM, and disk mitsubishi Terratec Phase 28)

>> No crash so far
>> on the other hand, level "performance" is laughable compared to Logic Audio, I explain: when the app is reading, he can not do anything else. If you change qqchose during playback, MIDI notes are cut, there's the scrtccch bzzzzt and, in short it's not a logic or protools. For a project equivalent in terms of effects and tracks, I'm at 10% CPU in Logic and 50% in Sonar ... blah blah

To locate a single plug as Ozone (mastering) on ​​a single stereo track, it's already too much for him

But it is stable, really stable, that's cool!


Used for 2 months

Logic Audio I had to abandon following the acquisition of Emagic by these ù% ** Apple who stopped the licensing of PC. I regret this app of course, but Sonar does the trick and would have to threaten me with death that I use Steinberg software.

Sonar is much simpler, it is a good compromise in the end ... I'll probably still on in many years!

logicaum's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cakewalk Sonar 3
In fact it took several minutes before the installation finishes, the importer of APRS it is important to the hard disk before dfragmenter li'installation.


My computer consists of a motherboard and a MSI K7T prossesseur Atthlon XP 2000 Plus and 348 M of RAM and a Maxtor hard drive of 90 GA 7200 rpm. The software s'avre stable, efficient and above all does not crash. My sound card is a USB port connects an external 2.00: it is the Edirol UA 1000 in which the installation has stood out and recognized by Sonar no problem. Must unplug the sound card to crash Sonar, or stabilitee of the product.


I use Sonar 3 Production Edition for about two months, in fact I had before Sonar 2 XL, Sonar and Pro 1 Aidio 9. Fidler I make, because I had also used Cubase Logic st trs which certainly are good products but a little gas factory! Finally I was able to patch 3.1.1 apprcier for registered users that fixes a lot of bugs and especially the return of the play list that was sorely default for people who make the scne like me. Mention trs well as for V. Sampling, effects and plugsins. trs good value quality price, and friendly, not regret.

duba__'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cakewalk Sonar 3
It's nice to have cut his teeth on earlier versions ...


PIV, 1.6 ghz, 512ram, asusp4b266, dd80go, adda2000, win2k.
... it rolls a bit more greedy than its predecessor.
management dxi nickel


Integrated eq on each track, best graphics ...
but good!
no no no, I have no regrets.