NAMM06: Cakewalk announces SONAR Power Studios

Complete USB and Firewire software/hardware music production systems      21/01/06
Cakewalk have announced SONAR Power Studio 250 and SONAR Power Studio 660 integrated music production systems, designed for musicians who need a complete production solution that couples hardware and software with the added benefit of portability, and without the compromise of LE versions of software.
SONAR Power Studio production systems contain the SONAR 5 Studio Edition and integrated Roland V-Vocal technology, paired with the Cakewalk SPS-66 24-bit/192 kHz FireWire audio/MIDI interface in SONAR Power Studio 660, and the Cakewalk SPS-25 24-bit/96 kHz USB audio/MIDI interface in SONAR Power Studio 250.
Cakewalk tell us that both solution offerings take just minutes to setup, and provide a seamless, integrated production system that frees users to create music whenever, and wherever inspiration strikes.
According to Cakewalk, what sets the SONAR Power Studio production system apart from other products is the uncompromised feeling the user will get of complete integration between Cakewalk hardware and software, starting from the ease of the installation process, and continuing with the speed of starting a recording project.
Here are the details that Cakewalk have released...
    SONAR Power Studio
  • SONAR Power Studio ships with an easy to understand 4-panel Getting Started Guide with clearly illustrated instructions, one User’s Guide covering both the hardware and software, and there is one installer for complete setup of all software and hardware drivers and components.
  • SONAR Power Studio includes a special configuration of SONAR Studio Edition where all audio and MIDI device settings come pre-configured for the included Cakewalk hardware, so all the user has to do is enable a track and click “record.â€�
  • And because this is one integrated solution from Cakewalk, customers have one phone number to call in the unlikely event that they need tech support, rather than get bounced back and forth between separate hardware and software companies. SONAR Power Studio 250
  • Record, edit, and mix unlimited tracks of audio and MIDI using unlimited instruments and effects
  • Cakewalk SPS-25 audio/MIDI interface offering 2-In/2-Out 24 bit/96 kHz performance
  • Take SONAR Power Studio 250 on the road with USB bus power
  • pristine audio with 2 XLR/TRS combo jacks, professional-grade mic preamps, +48V phantom power, +4 dBu balanced output, and built-in analog limiter
  • Get perfect vocal takes with Roland V-Vocal VariPhrase technology offering pitch correction, phrase adjustment, harmonization, and more
  • Get great guitar tones with the included Amplitube LE guitar amp simulator
  • Mix and record with 29 professional audio effects and 8 MIDI effects
  • Perform and record with 5 built-in software instruments including the Roland TTS-1 and Roland Groovesynth
  • Create backing tracks fast using MIDI groove clips and ACIDâ„¢-format loops
  • Achieve highest-quality mixes with SONAR’s cutting edge, end-to-end 64-bit double precision floating point audio engine
  • Export to industry-standard formats for mix delivery and collaboration with other studios: WAV, Broadcast Wave, AVI, OMFI, QuickTime 6, WMA 9, MP3, and more
    SONAR Power Studio 660
  • Record, edit, and mix unlimited tracks of audio and MIDI using unlimited instruments and effects
  • Cakewalk SPS-66 Audio MIDI interface offering 6-In/6-Out, 24-bit/96 kHz performance or 4-In/4-Out, 24-bit/192 kHz performance
  • Take SONAR Power Studio 660 on the road with FireWire bus power
  • Record pristine audio with 2 XLR/TRS combo jacks, professional-grade mic preamps, +48V phantom power, +4 dB balanced input and output, and built-in analog limiter
  • Get perfect vocal takes with Roland V-Vocal VariPhrase technology offering pitch correction, phrase adjustment, harmonization, and more
  • Get great guitar tones with the included Amplitube LE guitar amp simulator
  • Mix and record with 29 professional audio effects and 8 MIDI effects
  • Perform and record with 5 built-in software instruments including the Roland TTS-1 and Roland Groovesynth
  • Create backing tracks fast using MIDI groove clips and ACIDâ„¢-format loops
  • Achieve highest-quality mixes with SONAR’s cutting edge, end-to-end 64-bit double precision floating point audio engine
  • Export to industry-standard formats for mix delivery and collaboration with other studios: WAV, Broadcast Wave, AVI, OMFI, QuickTime 6, WMA 9, MP3, and more US Pricing and Availability
    The SONAR Power Studio 250 and SONAR Power Studio 660 will ship in the United States with SONAR Studio Edition and Cakewalk hardware. SONAR Power Studio 250 has an estimated street price of $449 U.S., SONAR Power Studio 660 is $599 U.S. Both will be available in April 2006. International Naming, Pricing, and Availability
    Outside North America, the SONAR Power Studio offerings will be marketed as SONAR Power Studio 25 (USB version) and SONAR Power Studio 66 (FireWire version); The software ships with English, French, German, and Spanish versions of SONAR Studio Edition, and the Edirol UA-25 (SONAR Power Studio 25) or FA-66 (SONAR Power Studio 66) audio/MIDI interfaces, all contained within one box respectively.
    The international versions of the SONAR Power Studio software components have been optimized for the included Edirol Hardware. There is one multi-lingual getting started guide and one User’s Guide that covers both the hardware and software, and customers only need to call one company for tech support.
    Available in February 2006 through Cakewalk’s Roland and Edirol distribution partners
    Europe's suggested retail price for SONAR Power Studio 25 and SONAR Power Studio 66 are €479 and €669 (including VAT) respectively
    U.K. pricing is £329 and £459 (including VAT) respectively
    More info:
  • www.cakewalk.com

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