Cakewalk are now shipping SONAR 5, the latest and greatest version of their music production suite. Cakewalk say that version 5 adds an arsenal of responsive instruments, more effects, and powerful editing tools including Roland V-Vocal VariPhrase technology. These features are complemented by a double precision floating point engine that delivers dramatic increases in dynamic range. SONARâ€™s pristine 64-bit audio engine, seamless and accessible even on 32-bit computers, sets new standards for digital mixing. In addition, SONAR 5 introduces ground-breaking advances in RAM and native processing power on systems running Windows XP x64 Edition. Even in SONARâ€™s 64-bit environment, their BitBridge technology enables 32-bit VST effects and instruments.
SONAR 5 comes with several new instruments and effects: the SYN II subtractive synth, Pentagon I vintage analog synth, Roland GrooveSynth, SFZ SoundFont sampler, RXP REX Player groove box, and the Perfect Space Convolution Reverb. Some of the new features are only available in the flagship SONAR Producer Edition 5 product. There’s also a SONAR Studio Edition 5 that includes most of the functionality but leaves out some of the extras, and there will no doubt be a SONAR Home Studio 5 before too long.
Other new features include integrated inline audio and MIDI editing, arranging, and mixing all in one view; improved envelope automation drawing; object-oriented clip-based effects and editing including per-clip effects bin; and clip-based effect automation.
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