Cakewalk Sonar X2 Producer Digital Workstation
From getting a great tone to releasing the final mix, today's musicians must master every element of the music production process. SONAR X2 is there every step of the way and takes each element to the next level of power and usability. And thanks to the revolutionary Skylight user interface, SONAR X2 lets you move seamlessly among the elements, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again. Dial up the perfect synth sound with Rapture or a searing guitar tone with TH2 Producer. Record it, tighten it, chop it, and drop it in the Matrix for realtime triggering. Shape it with the expandable ProChannel. Warm it with the new Console Emulator. And do it all with a single Smart Tool. It's genius.
A world of instruments
A lot of DAWs feel like empty studios. Lots of tracks and editing tools, but not much to actually make music with. SONAR on the other hand is a virtual studio packed with instruments. The flagship SONAR X2 Producer contains a total of 20 distinct virtual instruments. From the encyclopedic sound library of Dimension Pro to the raw power of Rapture and Z3TA+, there are literally thousands of patches ready to be explored. Session Drummer 3 is on skins with detailed acoustic kits and authentic, classic rhythm machines. Save favorite sounds and even complex stacks and layers with Track Templates and recall them instantly with simple drag and drop. Work less. Play more.
Enter the Matrix
Why edit and arrange your loops when you can play them instead? The Matrix View lets you organize audio and MIDI loops, phrases, and one shots into cells and columns for real-time triggering from one (or more) MIDI controllers. Use it for easy arranging of song sections or for complex sets of multiple grooves, one-shots, drops, and breakdowns - all playable in real-time. And the entire performance can be captured onto discrete tracks in SONAR's Track View where it can be freely edited and mixed until it's exactly what you want. The new per-cell trigger resolution and enhanced routing with support for external MIDI hardware make it a formidable creative force. What are you waiting for? Free your mind
Get more out of your instruments
The ARP. SONAR X2 has the most sophisticated arpeggiator ever built into a DAW. It goes way beyond up/down patterns and ventures into circular and inverted patterns and even custom phrases. And it's totally addictive. Turn it on and trip out. ACT out: Active Controller Technology makes mapping controls dead simple and remembers every control for every synth and every effect. And your mappings are ready to go in every new project. You control whatever is in focus and ACT does the rest.
The mixing console is the nerve center of the studio and at the heart of every great sounding track. But the mixing consoles in DAWs are not all created equal. Available exclusively in SONAR X2 Producer, the ProChannel equips SONAR's already impressive console with big, epic, pro-studio sound. But don't mistake the ProChannel for merely a great sounding channel strip. Because it's so much more.
The ProChannel will literally change the way you mix and produce from the moment you start using it. The speed provided by the ProChannel's ergonomics is truly something to behold, and once you get accustomed to it, anything else will frankly feel antiquated. All that clicking and double clicking and managing floating plugin windows - just to see the effects setup of a single track. Not with the ProChannel. One click shows you every detail of a track's effects processing setup, drag and drop alters signal flow, and VST plugins and FX Chains can be freely mingled with any number of custom ProChannel modules.
Build your dream channel with creamy EQ, smooth optical compression, complex FX chains, tube saturation and detailed console emulation. Build your dream console out of an unlimited number of ProChannel strips and save complete ProChannel setups for instant recall. And you don't have to worry about all that heavy duty signal processing bogging you down because the ProChannel and its custom modules introduce no significant latency and operate with extreme CPU efficiency. It's the kind of thing you always dreamed your DAW would someday do.
Analog console sound. Software flexibility.
SONAR X2 Producer's Console Emulator injects the sound of three legendary consoles right into SONAR's ProChannel, bringing "in the box" mixing to a whole new level. The big, punchy sound of analog consoles comes from the individual components and random variables induced by the circuitry in each channel and bus. And little things mean a lot. Crosstalk and component tolerance have a cumulative effect on a mix, making it sound big, warm and pleasing due to the effects of non-linear summing. And different consoles have different characteristics. Add the Console Emulator to any channel or bus and dial in the warm sound of these legendary analog hardware consoles - with all the modern convenience and flexibility of software.
Pure, unadulterated, world-class reverb inspired by classic hardware is now fully integrated into SONAR X2 Producer both as a VST plugin and as a custom ProChannel module. BREVERB SONAR delivers gorgeous results with fully automatable control of four of the most popular algorithms from the full version - with no limitations. Extensive presets and hardware-style controls make it a snap to get just the right ambience for any sound. Perfectly suited to any mixing or post-production task, SONAR BREVERB is flexible, easy to use and sounds utterly superb.
Each version of SONAR X2 includes its own suite of effects, tailored for the most common mixing needs. SONAR X2 Producer delivers 59 professional grade audio/MIDI FX.
Add the final touches to your mix:
LP-64 EQ is a linear-phase Equalizer that puts a professional sheen on your final mix. Get accurate processing and eliminate phase distortion that is common with parametric EQ. Available exclusively in SONAR X2 Producer.
LP-64 Multiband Compressor
The LP-64 Multiband is a linear phase mastering compressor/limiter. It provides clean, clear non-smeared control over isolated bands for volume maximization or attenuation/limiting with superior linear phase technology. Available exclusively in SONAR X2 Producer.
Boost 11 Peak Limiter plug-in
Bus waveform preview
Accurate 64-bit double precision audio fidelity
POW-R Dithering (Producer exclusive)