Cakewalk announces a new SONAR product lineup—SONAR Platinum, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Artist. The three new versions of SONAR focus on specific recording needs. Cakewalk also unveils a new model for buying and owning software. Instead of SONAR “version numbers”, the software at the time of purchase is always the latest version, thanks to Cakewalk’s new Membership model, which is included for 12 months upon purchase.
Cakewalk promises that updates including new program features, original content, tutorials, new presets, and more will debut approximately once a month to its members. Additionally, members have the option to choose either a traditional upfront payment, or make convenient monthly payments. However, unlike subscription-based models, after 12 months anything acquired during the Membership is fully authorized and never expires—regardless of whether Membership is renewed or not.
New users receive 12 months of Membership free, while for current SONAR users, Membership renewal—which is priced similarly to a traditional lower priced product upgrade—gives new updates every month instead of yearly (and sometimes overwhelming) updates.
All three SONAR versions offer the same high-tech core features—Touch control, unlimited tracks/FX/Sends/Busses, VST3/VST2/DirectX compatibility, video track, support for high-resolution audio via DSD compatibility and sample rates to 384 kHz, enhanced MIDI editing, Mix Recall for switching quickly among different mix options, advanced publishing options, “one-stop solution” effects chains, amp simulations, advanced comping, and much more—while the award-winning Skylight User Interface contributes inspiring and efficient workflow.
SONAR Artist ($99) adds to the core feature set with 19 bundled effects and 11 virtual instruments that focus on music creation and songwriting.
SONAR Professional ($199) folds in the analog-style, expandable ProChannel Console Strip that allows creating/customizing virtual console architectures, as well as Melodyne Essential pitch correction with ARA integration, and Addictive Drums 2 Solo Edition—50 effects and 18 virtual instruments in total, including the vintage sound of Blue Tubes effects, convolution reverb, and linear phase EQ and dynamics.
SONAR Platinum ($499) features Console and Tape emulation, VocalSync for tightening vocals or matching dialog to picture, 21 virtual instruments, 57 effects for mixing and mastering (from vintage to cutting-edge), convolution reverb, a step sequencer, and improved audio quantization/stretching.
All three SONAR versions run on Windows 7/8, and are available globally through music and sound retailers as well as the Cakewalk Store. Each SONAR version can be purchased up front, or with a monthly payment option.
Registered Cakewalk customers can download SONAR upgrades directly from the Cakewalk Store or select music retailers.
For information, go to www.cakewalk.com/products/SONAR.