Cakewalk has released SONAR 6 Producer Edition ($619), which offers several new features. Active Controller Technology (ACT) automatically remaps a MIDI controller or control surface for immediate hardware access to virtual instruments, effects and SONAR’s mix parameters. A redesigned Synth Rack lets users manage, control and automate virtual instruments, offering access to user-definable parameters for all virtual instruments in a rack. SONAR 6 also offers a redesigned Console View and a customizable user interface.
An enhanced Plug-In Manager lets users create, edit and save custom menu layout files. In addition, VST support is now integrated into SONAR 6; an external VST-to-DX adapter is no longer required. All VST-specific operations are now performed within SONAR or the Plug-In Manager.
An AudioSnap feature provides nondestructive, multitrack control over audio timing, and offers algorithms for working with different audio sources, such as Percussion Mode, Groove Clip and iZotope Radius for time stretching.
Session Drummer 2 includes multisampled acoustic drum kits paired with professionally recorded drum patterns. Custom drum kits can be built by loading individual components on pads (including WAV, AIFF or OGG-format samples) and then adjusting each drum’s volume, panning, width and tuning.
The VC-64 Vintage Channel offers the sound of analog channel strips and dynamics processors found on large consoles by using SONAR’s internal 64-bit double-precision processing combined with Advanced Component Level Modeling (ACLM) provided by Kjaerhus Audio. It also offers a collection of presets, and its features include multistage processing with up to 10 selectable interconnection/routings; serial and parallel compression and EQ stages; two VCA/opto mode compressors; two 4-band double-precision, parametric EQs with five high-quality filter types; noise gate with soft knee; wideband de-esser; user-customizable signal flow, including internal sidechaining; zero latency for live use while recording; and full automation capability.
Registered SONAR 5 Producer customers can upgrade to SONAR 6 Producer Edition directly through Cakewalk for $179; other upgrade paths are available.