What follows is taken directly from Cakewalkâ€™s press release:
In its last two versions, SONAR set new levels for technology advances in digital audio workstations with the first true 64-bit double precision audio mix engine; Active Controller Technology (ACT) which changed the way musicians work with instruments and effects; AudioSnap, the very best non-destructive audio timing/manipulation toolset; and pioneering support for multicore and x64 processing, and Windows Vista.
Now SONAR 7 Producer Edition rounds out and extends its comprehensive offering of powerful creative tools with an open and customizable environment, high-quality instruments and effects, and flexible mixing and delivery options. These new developments include user customization for MIDI with Smart MIDI Tools, the introduction of the most powerful Step Sequencer found in any DAW, true Linear Phase Mastering Plug-ins, internal sidechaining, delay compensation for external hardware through an External Insert plug-in, pitch to MIDI functionality with Roland V-Vocal 1.5, integrated CD burning, and numerous workflow and delivery enhancements throughout the application.
New Features for SONAR 7 Producer Edition:
Don't sacrifice features for affordabilityâ€”SONAR 7 Studio Edition offers the best creative tools, and the most power of any digital audio workstation in its price range. Built upon the same core feature set as SONAR 7 Producer Edition, SONAR 7 Studio Edition gives users the edge in their productions â€”from recording audio and MIDI, composing with virtual instruments, remixing with loops, mixing with professional effects, to delivery of a polished final trackâ€”with the recognized best audio quality of the industry.
SONAR 7 Studio Edition features all the unmatched music creation tools found in SONAR 7 Producer Edition with the following exceptions: LP-64 Linear Phase Equalizer, LP-64 Multiband Compressor, VC-64 Vintage Channel, Roland V-Vocal VariPhrase technology, Z3TA+, PSYN II subtractive synth, Pentagon I analog synth, RXP groove instrument, Perfect Space Convolution Reverb, surround mixing, Sonitus Surround Compressor, POW-r Dithering, MPEX-3 Time Stretching. In addition, AudioSnap in SONAR 7 Studio Edition is limited to one track at a time processing.
Pricing and Availability:
SONAR 7 Producer Edition has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $619 ($499 street) U.S.
SONAR 7 Studio Edition (MSRP) is $369 U.S. ($299 street)
Registered SONAR 6 Producer Edition customers can upgrade to SONAR 7 Producer Edition directly through Cakewalk for $179; SONAR 6 Studio Edition to SONAR 7 Studio Edition for $99. Other upgrade paths are available.
Europe's suggested street price for SONAR 7 Producer Edition and SONAR 7 Studio Edition are â‚¬499 and â‚¬299 RRP inc VAT respectively.
U.K. pricing is Â£349 and Â£219 RRP inc VAT respectively.