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General Sequencer from Cakewalk belonging to the Sonar X1 series.

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  • Raymond BARRERaymond BARRE

    intuitive and efficient

    Cakewalk Sonar X1 ProducerPublished on 12/23/11 at 13:18
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    no problem, you just note that the Producer version is a bit "heavy"
    Otherwise, I use it in compatibility with Echo Gina 3G card and I admit to not respect the rglages prconiss cakewalk by echo and audio for better stabilitbr /> The grip is quite clear, we must say that this app is really intuitive

    ADQUATION / PERFORMANCE

    reviewed upwards (in ram) for the occasion, I turned up with sonar 3 l and what I was correct.
    with better software must follow has, it's pretty normal

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    a year of use bientt!
    Sonar 3 used for 5, 6 years old ??? I know more
    Better than Cubase or ProTools for my taste the best known and rpandus
    It is mostly incredibly pleasant and efficient…
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    no problem, you just note that the Producer version is a bit "heavy"
    Otherwise, I use it in compatibility with Echo Gina 3G card and I admit to not respect the rglages prconiss cakewalk by echo and audio for better stabilitbr /> The grip is quite clear, we must say that this app is really intuitive

    ADQUATION / PERFORMANCE

    reviewed upwards (in ram) for the occasion, I turned up with sonar 3 l and what I was correct.
    with better software must follow has, it's pretty normal

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    a year of use bientt!
    Sonar 3 used for 5, 6 years old ??? I know more
    Better than Cubase or ProTools for my taste the best known and rpandus
    It is mostly incredibly pleasant and efficient than version 3 that I know well.
    I'm not talking just before the other narratives, even though I know a little cubase I do not like.
    It is all terribly simple and ergonomic case not to mention his performance - there is no picture!
    the most is that it is not overpriced and pretty dowry vst to departure (v producer)
    Repeat this choice? without hsiter one second
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  • Anonymous

    BEST VALUE FOR MONEY

    Cakewalk Sonar X1 ProducerPublished on 09/13/12 at 00:26
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    No worries. Is installed, apply the patches and rolls.

    ADQUATION / PERFORMANCE

    Quad 16GB RAM win7 64
    Less resources as Sonar 8.5.
    Software without major concern. The latest patch X1D has stabilized soft.

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    The Squenceur + The complete this price. New + pleasant interface, amliores working speeds, plugins audio audio engine quality excellent, synths used midday step sequencer well designed.
    Had some minor bugs, but with the patch X1D worries disappeared.
  • slow_pulse_boyslow_pulse_boy

    Better and better

    Cakewalk Sonar X1 ProducerPublished on 10/24/13 at 05:55
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    Bought online, so it must be a beautiful and good connection to download 15GB.

    So hard to download, easy to install, difficult to configure because the tool is very rich. But I'm not complaining, if I had to choose the studio version.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    cf. my profile for the PC config.
    This works fine, except sometimes a few crashes which I do not know if I should attribute to the soft or the audio card.
    Most importantly, BitBridge (plug allowing in theory use 32-bit VST) software crashes when exporting. Hence, a requirement to bounce audio tracks VST concerned then delete the VST before export, and then, if you want to rework must import the VST, the reassign, recal…
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    Bought online, so it must be a beautiful and good connection to download 15GB.

    So hard to download, easy to install, difficult to configure because the tool is very rich. But I'm not complaining, if I had to choose the studio version.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    cf. my profile for the PC config.
    This works fine, except sometimes a few crashes which I do not know if I should attribute to the soft or the audio card.
    Most importantly, BitBridge (plug allowing in theory use 32-bit VST) software crashes when exporting. Hence, a requirement to bounce audio tracks VST concerned then delete the VST before export, and then, if you want to rework must import the VST, the reassign, recall the settings ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use Sonar since 2004, this version since 2011.
    Previously I used only MIDI sequencer (bigboss, Cubase 2.5). Since then I have not mishandled Digital Performer (Mac only while Sonar is PC only).

    Value / pretty unbeatable prices. I chose this because at the time it was 200 euros cheaper than its competitors.
    Note the upgrade policy Cakewalk: possessor of version 3 (X1 corresponding to the 10), I paid 200 euros instead of 450.
    I would do this choice for the same reasons (price), and because we have better things to do in life that compare full of this kind of software to choose his favorite.
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  • JeffTadashiJeffTadashi

    Home-budget professional DAW for PC

    Cakewalk Sonar X1 ProducerPublished on 06/07/12 at 15:25
    Cakewalk's Sonar X1 is their latest version of their popular DAW for the PC platform. I am reviewing the Producer version, which includes extra features, such as more built-in plugins, effects, and instruments. These include ProChannel, Session Drummer 3, Dimension Pro, Mastering Effects, Channel Strip Effects, TruePianos, and Producer Effects. The DAW, overall, features many of the things you would expect from a DAW. Unfortunately, it is not designed to work on Mac systems, which is a major letdown. There is a way to run SONAR on a Mac machine using a modified boot, but it is not supported and it is likely buggy, with many loose ends.



    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I've been using S…
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    Cakewalk's Sonar X1 is their latest version of their popular DAW for the PC platform. I am reviewing the Producer version, which includes extra features, such as more built-in plugins, effects, and instruments. These include ProChannel, Session Drummer 3, Dimension Pro, Mastering Effects, Channel Strip Effects, TruePianos, and Producer Effects. The DAW, overall, features many of the things you would expect from a DAW. Unfortunately, it is not designed to work on Mac systems, which is a major letdown. There is a way to run SONAR on a Mac machine using a modified boot, but it is not supported and it is likely buggy, with many loose ends.



    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I've been using SONAR for several years, and each incremental version gets better, without sacrificing any compatibility or drastic changes to the graphic interface, so upgrading is never a hassle. Cakewalk regularly puts out updates to their software as well, as it is definitely still dominant and current (at least in the PC world). It can use both DirectX plugins as well as VST, and the VST plugin loader is very quick and automatic. DirectX plugins was a format that Cakewalk pushed for many years, but they have decided to go away from it, as the newer versions of their instruments, Rapture and Dimension Pro, no longer fully support the platform. Nonetheless, the software is still compatible with DirectX. It cannot load RTAS, as that is reserved for Avid's Pro Tools.

    SONAR X1 fully supports multi-core and 64-bit Windows operating systems, as it is one of the few DAW's that run in 64-bits and can use 64-bit plugins. This is essential if you are working with larger samples, particularly with heavyweight samplers that uses hundreds of megabytes of samples per instrument.



    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall, I would recommend Cakewalk's Sonar X1 (Producer Edition) to any home or professional studio that works exclusively in the PC operating systems. This may be a rarity in many higher end studios, which like to work in Mac's, but it is a great DAW nonetheless.
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  • Philippe HélardPhilippe Hélard

    Not enough customizable.

    Cakewalk Sonar X1 ProducerPublished on 02/28/12 at 01:53
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    No worries, it's like with previous versions.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    No problem, as good as version 8.5

    OVERALL OPINION

    The toolbars are more customizable, and there is more bar "views": it is unacceptable for the use I make.
    I came back to Sonar 8.5 that can manage the icons as you want.
  • Raymond BARRERaymond BARRE

    efficient, ergonomic and intuitive

    Cakewalk Sonar X1 ProducerPublished on 01/25/12 at 15:08
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    Install OK
    Compatibility: more or less
    In fact, the cakewalk site says to adjust a setting like that if I use a 3G card echo gina (which is confirmed by echo audio) but I do just the opposite if the latency is set automatically
    So I can not play on the buffer size (and the limit by increasing the latency) if my project is too heavy for my Bécanne.
    Otherwise, just stick to me
    Some crash it must be said but nothing chronic ...

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    My config is a bit aging
    say that X1 is more resource-hungry than I was using Sonar 3 for 6, 7 years?? I know more ...
    So, I speak too much on the subject.
    Just that it runs well when one is equipped with enough

    OV…
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    Install OK
    Compatibility: more or less
    In fact, the cakewalk site says to adjust a setting like that if I use a 3G card echo gina (which is confirmed by echo audio) but I do just the opposite if the latency is set automatically
    So I can not play on the buffer size (and the limit by increasing the latency) if my project is too heavy for my Bécanne.
    Otherwise, just stick to me
    Some crash it must be said but nothing chronic ...

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    My config is a bit aging
    say that X1 is more resource-hungry than I was using Sonar 3 for 6, 7 years?? I know more ...
    So, I speak too much on the subject.
    Just that it runs well when one is equipped with enough

    OVERALL OPINION

    Block with one year, am always thrilled

    I'm tempted by Cubase which I never liked the look and use. 've Tested it in Protools lite version
    In the end stayed with Sonar and do not regret it

    I love the menus simple, intuitive and configured to be available in two clicks max
    It is visually flawless
    Performance in export wave or MP3
    The Multi Dock is friendly and the Pro channel performance
    In addition Producer version, there is a bundle so that takes the road

    Cheaper than its competitors (just over € 400 at its output) is in my opinion the best
    Not well established in Europe as less known, it is nonetheless good

    If it again?
    even at 100 € more I rush is saying ...
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  • madchapmadchap

    Sonar X1: it looks like finally has something!

    Cakewalk Sonar X1 ProducerPublished on 11/14/11 at 20:48
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    I use sonar from the beginning but really serves me regularly since the last version X1 (X1c now) ... so on this last, I have so far found only minor problems of compatibility with some plug-ins .. but nothing too serious or that prevents me to use the plug-ins in question.
    I do not use intrusion provided so installation was fast enough ... it installs like any other app, the menu is clear enough in my opinion .. no particular problem. If this is the first DAW that is installed in his life is not to be different!

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I7 laptop / 8GB RAM / win7x64 / edirol (cakewalk / roland) by USB
    No problems at all, very stable, with a latency of 6 ms correct, bridge x32…
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    I use sonar from the beginning but really serves me regularly since the last version X1 (X1c now) ... so on this last, I have so far found only minor problems of compatibility with some plug-ins .. but nothing too serious or that prevents me to use the plug-ins in question.
    I do not use intrusion provided so installation was fast enough ... it installs like any other app, the menu is clear enough in my opinion .. no particular problem. If this is the first DAW that is installed in his life is not to be different!

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I7 laptop / 8GB RAM / win7x64 / edirol (cakewalk / roland) by USB
    No problems at all, very stable, with a latency of 6 ms correct, bridge x32/x64 also works well and has never been a problem (even if I try to minimize the use of plug- ins 32bit)
    From this side, jai not complain!
    Using Omnisphere, trillian in multipatch, I got to 56 MIDI tracks at the same time without the audio engine does not suffer (or 7 instances omniphere / Trilian who read each 8 MIDI tracks at the same time, it depends of course also capabilities of the PC). Beyond it starts to jerk a little, but still usable for a few extra tracks. The only one who has made a point of view was better Reaper.
    Speaking of Reaper, I would like sonar scans the plug-ins a little faster, as the latter (Reaper scans just the new plug-ins add ... is it really necessary to re-scan EVERYTHING all the time Sonar just does detect some new plug-ins? I do not think!) .. but it's still accessory in my opinion, I do not install new plug-ins every day! and also if he could save the information in the file rather than the DAW in the register of windows ca would not hurt.
    The PRO Channel available to Sonar and available for each track is really well created (a compressor (2 types), EQ 1 (3 type) and saturation "analog" (type 2)). Very light on resources and very good quality, it simplifies life and you get used to very quickly!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it since it came out (and I'm going to x64)
    I used Cubase before but Sonar's audio engine is much better in my opinion for the 64-bit (because developing on this platform, not as a 32bit Cubase is the origin).
    It took me re-learn some shortcuts and ways of working (not always very logical in my opinion but good overall it was very quick and easy to move from one to another).
    The GUI of the previous version was ugly on the one hand and also very disorganized and confused. This new version is a big plus of this view. Many of the GUI windows are configurable and modular aspect is a very good (you can save configs 9 provisions that can be recalled with the keys 1-9). I still prefer the management / editing MIDI in Cubase (can be used to it too)
    If you are new to the world of DAW, I think this version is quite easy to take in hand (and the package with all the virtual instruments is nice if you have nothing else, it allows already make a lot of stuff, some being very good). For advanced users, there are only a few adjustments to make! (There are some oddities here and there, but everything works out quickly throwing a look at the panel config / options)
    So there is clearly a before and after X1 in sonar ... and it makes all the difference! It's been almost 20 years I am of computer music and over the years and followed jai tries (and still am) a number of DAW (Cubase, Sonar, Samplitude, Acid, Fruity Loops, Live, Reaper, Studio 1, Protools) and in the end I would say that X1 is a DAW with whom he was friendly enough and fast to work. He knows to be forgotten when everything is set correctly -> So the first thing to do, a little tour in the preferences!
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  • Jpr33Jpr33

    I am a incoditionnel Sonar!

    Cakewalk Sonar X1 ProducerPublished on 11/16/11 at 00:16
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    Trouble free installation. One particular point to know about windows 7 should start Sonar in administrator mode if not certain VST not working

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    CORE 2 DUO E8400 PC 4GB RAM 500 MB of disk.
    Sound Card TASCAM US 1641.
    Surface Contol Behringer BCF 2000

    Good performance and good stability,

    OVERALL OPINION

    Since its release a year ago.

    The new interface allows X1 to work faster, thanks to shortcuts and layout of windows on the screen fully configurable.

    I have always worked with Cakewalk Sonar at the beginning and then.
    Very good price / quality ratio. Version Producer provides a set of VST and VSTi than enough to work.

    I definitely …
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    Trouble free installation. One particular point to know about windows 7 should start Sonar in administrator mode if not certain VST not working

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    CORE 2 DUO E8400 PC 4GB RAM 500 MB of disk.
    Sound Card TASCAM US 1641.
    Surface Contol Behringer BCF 2000

    Good performance and good stability,

    OVERALL OPINION

    Since its release a year ago.

    The new interface allows X1 to work faster, thanks to shortcuts and layout of windows on the screen fully configurable.

    I have always worked with Cakewalk Sonar at the beginning and then.
    Very good price / quality ratio. Version Producer provides a set of VST and VSTi than enough to work.

    I definitely do it again this choice.
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  • Duo rivageDuo rivage

    Excellent

    Cakewalk Sonar X1 ProducerPublished on 11/16/11 at 00:55
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    The installation is done it without problems?
    no worries

    Have you encountered any incompatibilities?
    not that I remember

    The general configuration is easy?
    I find it very ergonomic

    The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
    yes but could be clearer on some points, although we have not really need

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    What is the configuration of your computer?
    Laptop, intel Quadcore 2.4Ghz, 4G DDR2 667 RAM, Windows 7 32-bit full
    HDD: 1x500G 2x160G 7200T + (2'5) internal
    1x1T 1x650G + + eSATA External 2x500G 7200T (3'5)
    Sound card M-Audio FW410

    The software works there correctly on this configuration?
    Yes

    This hardware + software is stable?
    yes
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    The installation is done it without problems?
    no worries

    Have you encountered any incompatibilities?
    not that I remember

    The general configuration is easy?
    I find it very ergonomic

    The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
    yes but could be clearer on some points, although we have not really need

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    What is the configuration of your computer?
    Laptop, intel Quadcore 2.4Ghz, 4G DDR2 667 RAM, Windows 7 32-bit full
    HDD: 1x500G 2x160G 7200T + (2'5) internal
    1x1T 1x650G + + eSATA External 2x500G 7200T (3'5)
    Sound card M-Audio FW410

    The software works there correctly on this configuration?
    Yes

    This hardware + software is stable?
    yes

    OVERALL OPINION

    How long have you use it?
    for 1 year

    What is so special that you love the most, least?
    I do not see

    Have you tried many other models before buying it?
    Cubase, followed by Cakewalk Sonar before, and Sonar 4 until X1c
    It is much more ergonomic than Cubase and more intuitive to me
    I have not tried other programs

    How would you rate the quality / price?
    Very good

    With experience, you do again this choice?
    Without hesitation
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