Softpedia Editor's Review for Sonar Producer Edition
A professional audio tool
Written by Elena Opris on January 28th, 2013
Sonar Producer Edition is a professional tool designed for audio creation, editing and mixing.
The user interface of the program is clean and easy to navigate through. The first thing you need to do is start a project and import your audio files (including instrument tracks, audio effects, lyrics and notation).
Thus, you can add loops to your project, start a recording session, manually enter MIDI notes, move, split and crop clips (don't worry, there's an Undo button), add effects (e.g. compressor/gate, equalizer, reverb, delay) and enable automation recording.
Sonar Producer Edition also allows you to import a video or only its audio stream, burn an audio CD, configure various playback settings in the 'Mix' module, silence tracks, input echo, enable 'Dim Solo' or 'Exclusive Solo' mode, change audio track parameters, and more.
Furthermore, you can record music from a MIDI instrument, enable 'Input Quantize', 'Arpeggiator' and punch recording, use 'Groove Clips', freeze tracks and synths, insert musical notes on a staff, use various tools (e.g. smart, freehand, line, pattern, scrub), configure 'Snap to Grid' settings, and so on.
Sonar Producer Edition uses a high amount of system memory, comes with a detailed help file (contains tutorials and a glossary), sometimes it takes a while to apply changes, but we haven't encountered major problems so it can be safely used by all users.
Sonar Producer Edition description
· Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.67 GHz/AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 Ghz
· 2 GB RAM
· 1280x800 minimum screen resolution
· 4.5GB for minimal installation, 15GB for complete installation
· SONAR on DVD: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R or DVD+/-RW Drive
· SONAR download: Broadband or better internet connection for download
· Cakewalk Publisher requires available web server space with FTP access
· It is fully functional for 30 days.
· It must be registered within the initial 15 day grace period.
· Included plug-ins are trial versions of VX-64 Vocal Strip, PX-64 Percussion Strip, and Rapture LE. These plug-ins are restricted simultaneously with SONAR X1 Producer Trial and do not need to be registered separately.
· All other advertised effects and instruments plug-ins are excluded from this trial.
· V-Vocal is not included in this trial.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Take Lanes
· Automation Lanes
· Track view enhancements
· Piano Roll enhancements
· Inspector enhancements
· Browser enhancements
· Control Bar enhancements
· Full Screen mode
· Other user interface and usability enhancements
· Matrix enhancements
· Arpeggiator enhancements
· Overloud TH2 Producer amp simulator (Producer only)
· Overloud TH2 SONAR amp simulator (Studio only)
· Rapture (Producer only)
· Recording enhancements
· Metronome enhancements
· Tools enhancements
· Snap to Grid enhancements
· Zooming enhancements
· Scrolling enhancements
· Selection enhancements
· Grouping enhancements
· Key binding enhancements
· Automation enhancements
· R-MIX SONAR (Producer only)
· ProChannel enhancements (Producer only)
· ProChannel Console Emulator module (Producer only)
· ProChannel FX Chain module (Producer only)
· ProChannel QuadCurve Equalizer module (Producer only)
· ProChannel Softube Saturation Knob module (Producer only)