Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer

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Sonar X3 Producer, General Sequencer from Cakewalk in the Sonar X3 series.

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Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Cakewalk
  • Model: Sonar X3 Producer
  • Series: Sonar X3
  • Category: General Sequencers
  • Added in our database on: 09/25/2013
Professional Recording, Mixing, and Mastering

SONAR X3 Producer leaves other DAWs in the dust with industry leading features. Edit and correct vocals like a pro with Melodyne Essential. Create the most realistic and authentic drums sounds with the full version of XLN Audio Addictive Drums. Get that epic, pro-sound that has defined the last 25 years of recording with the ProChannel - now with the QuadCurve EQ Zoom and analyzer for the ultimate precision. Get that vintage analog sound with the new ProChannel Tape Emulator and the Console Emulator. And it doesn’t stop there with a new mixing suite powered by the Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX and BlueVerb, Tone2 BiFilter 2, AAS Lounge Lizard Session, AAS Strum Acoustic Session, Dimension Pro, Rapture, and much more.

Key features
  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
  • Mix with unlimited effects, sends and busses
  • Move seamlessly across all your production tasks with Skylight Interface
  • NEW! Skylight Interface enhancements and color customizations
  • NEW! Assemble the perfect performance with breakthrough comping workflow
  • NEW! Full support for VST3 synths and effects
  • Record and mix with the end-to-end 64-bit double precision engine
  • NEW! Gobbler cloud saving and sharing
  • Program beats using the Step Sequencer
  • Play loops in real-time with the Matrix View
  • Customize searing guitar tones with Overloud TH2 Producer amp sim
  • NEW! Get authentic drums sounds with the full version of XLN Audio Addictive Drums
  • NEW! Play vintage piano sounds with AAS Lounge Lizard Session
  • NEW! Have a session guitar player with you at all times with AAS Strum Acoustic Session
  • Create modern, electronic dance sounds with Z3TA+ Classic
  • Play and record with 23 instruments including Rapture and Dimension Pro
  • NEW! Craft the perfect vocal performances with Melodyne Essential
  • Edit audio and MIDI, hassle free, with Smart Tool and Smart Grid
  • Get full control of the timing and feel of your tracks with AudioSnap
  • Custom touch support on touch-enabled devices running Windows 8
  • Get that epic, pro studio sound with the ergonomic ProChannel console strip
  • ProChannel Console Emulator and new Tape Emulator for authentic vintage analog sound
  • NEW! Sculpt your mixes with precision using the new QuadCurve EQ Zoom with Analyzer
  • Add lush reverb with the versatile BREVERB SONAR VST and ProChannel module
  • Includes 8 ProChannel modules - expandable with additional modules (sold separately)
  • NEW! Fine tune your mixes with the 19 included Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX
  • NEW! Access Vintage-style world-class reverb with Nomad Factory BlueVerb
  • NEW! Get incredible filter and distortion effects with Tone2 BiFilter 2
  • Finalize and master your songs with high-quality Linear Phase plugins
  • NEW! 57 total FX including the new Boutique Suite plus everything in SONAR X3 Studio
  • Share your music on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, and now YouTube
  • Requires Windows 7 or Window 8
  • And much more



Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 4 reviews )
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wienryk's review"Absolutely fantastic"

Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer
Installation was nice and smooth, no problem at all.


I am using this DAW from very first version - Cakewalk for DOS. Working on Windows 8, i7, 16Gb - no problem at all.


I was trying to compare to others and version Sonar X3 is absolutely TOP.

aswilliams's review"A Great DAW"

Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer
I upgraded to Sonar X3 Producer from Sonar 8.5.

There was a little difficulty downloading it, but only because the file size is so large. My download was happening over 15mbps internet and it took me two tries before I had it successfully downloaded. It seems there is a sort of online signature that happens with your download and if it times out on one of the parts, the other parts will not recognize it.

You have the option of purchasing physical copies of the disk, so if you are worried about the download that may be a better option for you.

I use it with Windows 8 running on a Dell Inspiron 660 with Intel Core i3 processor. After getting it installed, setup was easy. It instantly recognized that I had plugins and projects in Sonar 8.5 before it, and carried them all over to the new Sonar X3 formats for me.


The software works flawlessly. I had a few problems with Sonar 8.5 which is why I was so hesitant to upgrade to the other versions that were released throughout the years. X3 looked like they had finally fixed every bug so I went for it, and I don't regret it one bit.

The way it is arranged is unique. Everything can be kept in its own window, or as Cakewalk calls them "Views." You open a view and get a separate window for whichever item you are using. You can then click and drag the window to any space in the workstation and dock it to certain points of contact. This allows for lots of customization to match your own particular needs and interests. For example, if you don't ever use VST synth plugins, you can close that window and create a template where it will never pop up again. Do you do constant fine tuning to your EQ as you work? Make a start-up template that keeps your favorite EQ plugins close at hand in their own section.

I have a special template for the final mix-down where I have a window open on a second computer monitor above my mixing console. This window holds the "Console" view which is the virtual mixer. This allows me to get away from all of the distractions and use my ears to mix, double checking on a screen that I am adjusting the correct parameters.

Everything is labelled in a simple, easy to understand manner. Navigating the different windows couldn't be easier, and I haven't been confused about anything in it. There is plenty of color-coding and text help in every window so that you don't get lost in the hundreds of features provided.

X3 Producer comes with a library of plugins that will cover just about every need you can think of. There are software instruments such as Dimension Pro, Rapture, and Addictive Drums 2, Audio effects such as EQ, Compressor, Limiter, and a variety of effects from Nomad Factory, and even CD Burning capabilities.

There are several ways to edit midi data. You can use a sheet music notation window, piano roll, or a step sequencer. This is nice because sometimes one way will inspire me over the other on a particular day, and then on another I need to get precise and edit sheet music for an orchestra.

Another nice addition is the support for VST3. Plugins have been released in the past few years that take advantage of this new format and it's great that I can use them in Sonar.

A lite version of Melodyne called "Melodyne Essentials" is included and I have found this to be very useful for editing vocal passages and cleaning up missed notes. I was a little disappointed that they used it to replace Roland's V-Vocal processor. Melodyne is better at certain things such as pitch and rhythm correction, but V-Vocal was nice to use for more creative vocal processing. Luckily, if you had an older version of Sonar that included V-Vocal X3 will carry over the plugin to the new version.

There is a view called "Matrix View" that has been around since the days of Sonar 8, but has been improved upon in this new version. Matrix View allows you to click and drag audio and midi files straight from their tracks in the project (or from elsewhere on your hard-drive) and loop them. This is the answer to software like Ableton Live and FL Studio that focus on in-depth loop creation. It works for me as an inspirational composition tool. I can make a drum groove and keep it looping while I add and subtract other parts of the song to see how I want it to line up. This view is also incredibly useful for live DJ and Electronic Dance work. You can play around with alternative parts of your set on the spot as you feel the energy level of the venue.


What I like most about it:

Ease of use. I have never used a DAW that made more since to me and complimented my workflow so well. I record real instruments and work with midi data on a regular basis, and X3 Producer allows me to do anything I can imagine with both.

What I like least about it:

I think there must be a better way to manage a download that large than the way Cakewalk does. It took a very long time and had a bit of trouble. In the end it worked but I think they could make it more simple.

I have tried Ableton Live, FL Studio, Cubase, Logic Pro, Garageband, Reaper, Studio One, and Protools. Nothing has worked as well for me as Sonar X3 has. Unless Cakewalk discontinues their software support and close their business, I will remain a Sonar user for life.

If you like, Cakewalk offers a free demo version of Sonar X3 on their website so that you can try it out for yourself. Give it a go and make sure to play with customizing the windows to see if you find something you like.

Studiocreuse's review

Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer
Easy installation, but it doesn't work with a modern computer (win 7 64bits, 16 Gb DDR3, 4 Raptor HDDs @ 10,000 rpm, one i7-920 @ 3.2Ghz). There's nothing to do about it: Audio dropouts if the buffer is below 1024, which means minimum 21ms of latency ─ UNACCEPTABLE
And without even using a single plug-in...


win 7 64bits, 16 Gb DDR3, 4 Raptor HDDs @ 10,000 rpm, one i7-920 @ 3.2G
3 delta 1010 soundcards

edit: I corrected the Sonar parameters, buffersizehdd ... and as a consequence it now works only in asio, no wdm for me, it's a pity since it has less latency with wdm than with asio
But it works


All in all, it's not bad, we'll see how it responds in terms of reliability and, especially, stability
I'll keep on testing it

madchap's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a little heavy but very good!"

Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer
RAS. I installed the DAW on the other hand. No effect or instrument pack.


i7 / 8Gb. It runs well. The interface has not changed since X1 so that side of the RAS.
There were no changes bcp against the ProChannel rating (Adding reverb plugins, compressor etc etc, and especially they added good, namely the Softube.
It becomes very easy to mix in Sonar, almost everything is already in the ProChannel. The only "problem" is that we do not really have a choice of the plugin in question ... it's Softube or Overloud (breverb2 and TH2 for example). But as they are very good plugins that's not really a problem.


I use Sonar since there but I'm really income from X1. X3 does not change a thing in itself if one already has his favorite plugins. on the other hand for someone who has nothing that is a very good investment because even if some plugins are more light than the original release (it will not either self-compete!) He still there even what to do and especially what are plugins m # $% e are provided, but BON plugins with whom we really just do something good.
So Sonar, which is exclusively under windows, is a good DAW which, if it shows a higher rate are others, however, offers good tools for work and a pleasant and fairly intuitive interface (compared to what he did before !!). It requires some learning time but the game is worth the candle.

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