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Cakewalk Sonar 8 Producer Edition

General Sequencer from Cakewalk belonging to the Sonar 8 series.

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studiohere studiohere
Publié le 01/08/09 à 01:21
- The installation is done it without problems?

Yes, the installation went smoothly, although a bit long (normal given the amount of samples provided).
I am a purist and the fact that unlike Cubase, Sonar can be installed as many times as you want, and no need to connect a Dungl (1 USB port busy) every time I find it very friendly from Cakewalk. They do not consider their customers as potential pirates. I can freely install Sonar Home Studio on my PC but on my laptop when I travel, no binding activation. Cakewalk thank you.

- Have you experienced any incompatibilities?

With my PC no computer music (3 sound cards). on the other hand on my laptop (Inspiron 6400), the integrated sound chipset (Realtek) is inconsistent (indicated by the message at the start of Sonar). But it still works using the synths (but higher latency).

- The general configuration is easy?

Sonar 8 self-configuring audio interfaces. But I had trouble with two sound cards connected simultaneously using the ASIO drivers: they select on each interface "Line 6 UX1 ASIO" when I select "M-Audio Delta Audiophile 192."

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

Very clear, yes, fairly thick and French. The beginner will not be confused.


- What is the configuration of your computer? (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Disk / sound card ..)

Quad Core / 4 GB OCZ RAM / HDD Sata Seagate 500GB 32MB cache /
Sound cards: integrated chipset (to flee) / M-Audio Delta Audiophile 192 / Line 6 UX 1 (used as preamp)
XP Pro 32 bit

- The software works he correctly on this configuration?

Yes but some unexplained crashes. It is important to make backups regularly. Otherwise, the software is stable and open 20 projects do not slow your system (memory management, well-designed).
A few audio dropouts, especially if the processor is requested by another application. There are also audio dropouts with my MIDI Keyboard Controller M-Audio Oxygen 61.

- What performance? (If quantifiable)

Sound Card M-Audio Delta 192 and ASIO drivers, the performance is there. With my other 2 sound cards, the latency is unbearable.


- How long have you use it?

About 3 weeks.
But 10 years ago I had to use Cakewalk.

- What is so special that you like most and least?

I like: the interface, many opportunities, well-designed ergonomics, the VST that are quality, price (I went through a Sonar HS 7-99 € and 279 € maj, which I Sonar 8 Producer is to only € 378), exchange mail with staff from Cakewalk on my purchase. I also like the ability to install / use Sonar Dungl without a USB connected, that is the demo version (you know what you buy as opposed to competition).

I do not like is the fact that for 10 years, Cakewalk's interface has not changed dramatically, including the partition editor: very light (especially for a guitarist - the support of the bend, pull-off or tapping example would be perfect). I do not like unexplained crashes, and the mismanagement of the drag / drop between tracks (this show 4 out of 5 times !!!). The audio editing is minimal, I would have liked a real wav editor like Cool Edit Pro / Adobe Audition.

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?

Sonar Home Studio 7, really well for a home studio enthusiast or for limited use.
An old version of Cubase and I hated the interface.

- How would you rate the quality / price?

Very good. Less expensive than Cubase and especially less restrictive. The tools provided with version Sonar 8 Producer well worth the cost compared to the Studio version.
I love the promos and the "upgrade" not that expensive.

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Yes in a heartbeat. But I await a better partition editor (especially for scratch) and audio to version 9.
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