Cakewalk have announced new versions of its SONAR Home Studio and SONAR Home Studio XL titles. Hereâ€™s what they have to say in their own words directly from the press release.
SONAR Home Studio 6 and SONAR Home Studio 6 XL feature the power of Cakewalkâ€™s flagship SONAR 6 paired with a feature set, price, and ease-of-use geared towards home studio owners and budget-conscious musicians.
- Designed for compatibility with MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ® Vistaâ„¢
- Core feature set based on SONAR 6.2
- Quick Start guide, Track Presets, Project Templates, and Video Tutorials make getting started easy
- Sleek new interface enhances ease of use and allows customization of views, colors, and toolbars
- New mixing console with per-track Sonitus:fx parametric EQ
- 10 new professional audio effects
- Active Controller Technology (ACT) lets users easily control and automate effects, instruments, and their mix from MIDI controllers by automatically remapping controls to whatever has the focus
- Rip from and burn to CD directly from SONAR Home Studio
- Automate tracks, effects, and instruments easily with enhanced automation tools
- MIDI Input Quantize corrects the timing of MIDI performances in real-time
- Freeze tracks, effects, and virtual instruments to conserve CPU power
- Native and fully integrated support for VST plug-ins, no wrapper required
- DropZone sampler with extended library of instrument sounds including a Drum Pack and Bass Pack
- Cakewalk Publisher lets users present and stream their music on the Internet
Innovative Cakewalk Publisher Helps users market their music
SONAR Home Studio 6 introduces Cakewalk Publisher, an innovative new tool that helps users publish and present their music online. Cakewalk Publisher allows SONAR Home Studio customers to create a customized, online, streaming music player with playlists of their music that can then be directly uploaded from SONAR Home Studio to band websites, MySpace pages, and other Internet sites.
SONAR Home Studio 6 XL
SONAR Home Studio XL adds exceptional value and more power with a selection of over one gigabyte of instrument sounds, Boost 11 peak limiter, Session Drummer 2 drum instrument, and more.
SONAR Home Studio XL Exclusives:
- Boost 11 Peak Limiterâ€” Get more volume and punch from your final mix with this easy to use peak limiter/maximizer. Boost 11 gives you professional results with a simple to use interface.
- Dimension LE â€” A special version of the acclaimed synth from Cakewalk. Features over 400 sound programs, ranging from real bass, organ and electric piano samples to cutting-edge synth sounds and rhythmic grooves.
- Garritan Pocket Orchestra â€” Expands Dimension LE with more instrument sounds from the leader in orchestral soundware. Add pristine string sections, brass, woodwinds, and orchestral percussion to your compositions.
- Session Drummer 2 â€” Create the perfect drum track for any project. Build a foundation for your song with Session Drummer 2â€™s customizable drum kits. Play drums or trigger built in live-feel patterns from your MIDI controller for ultimate control.
Pricing and Availability:
SONAR Home Studio 6 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $139 USD, â‚¬105.00/Â£71.00 inc. VAT
SONAR Home Studio 6 XL has an MSRP of $209 USD, â‚¬ 158.00/Â£100.00 inc. VAT.
Both will be shipping late February, 2007.
Registered SONAR Home Studio 4 customers can upgrade to SONAR Home Studio 6 directly through Cakewalk for $49 USD, â‚¬37.00/Â£25.00. Other upgrade paths are available.