Sonar 2
Windows-based multitrack recording software,
for audio and MIDI production.

System requirements


Operating System Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP

(Sonar does not support Windows 95, 98 origina or NT)

Processor Speed 500 MHz


Hard disk space 100 MB for full program installation

Hard disk type Any

Graphics (resolution; color depth) 800 x 600; 256 colors

MIDI Interface Windows-compatible

Sound Card Windows- compatible



Operating System 2000/XP

Processor Speed 1.2 GHz

RAM 256 MB

Hard disk type EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SCSI

Hard Drive

Graphics (resolution; color depth) 1024 x 768; 24-bit color

Sound Card WDM compatible (requires Windows Me/2000/XP)

Target: composers, DJ/remix artists, engineers, and producers involved in CD recording and mastering; scoring and posting for film and television; and music for the Internet.

New features

CYCLONE DXi 16-part groove sampler

Dedicated support for the Mackie Control, Radikal SAC-2.2, CM Labs MotorMix and Tascam US-428, plus a Global Control panel with learn-mode to quickly integrate any MIDI-compatible control surface

Multi-port drum editing with grid & pattern based enhancements and custom drum mapping

Enhanced soft synth integration: Synth Rack, multi-output synths, DXi 2.0 support, more. ReWire 2.0 support: integrate Reason, ReBirth and other ReWire-compatible synths with Sonar

Integrate Rewire Synths

Patch Reason, ReBirth, Ableton Live, and other ReWire 1.0 and 2.0 compatible devices into SonarR's Synth Rack.

Advanced project management: easy-to-use file management tools, per-project audio folders, intelligent file naming

Support for OMFI and Broadcast Wave files provides cross-platform compatibility with OMFI host applications such as Pro Tools, Avid and Logic systems.

Yamaha OPT Panels Support

Export ACID-format WAV files for use in other projects and application

Track view

Track view is the heart of the recording and editing environment.

Tracks, auxiliary buses, and main outputs are all displayed in the Track view.

Monitor input and playback meters.

Patch effects and synths.

Arrange with drag and drop, and loop based ease.

Individually zoom tracks and edit audio with sample level accuracy.

Control all parameters and automation of the mix.

Work in only the areas you want using multiple view tabs.

Audio Loop Construction and Editing

Sonar 2 integrates an audio loop construction toolkit.

Tempo and pitch changes to audio in real-time.

Automatic beat matching.

Flexible time stretching/pitch shifting.

Click and drag to lay down loops when and where you want them.

Quickly find, organize, and audition loops (hundreds included) in real-time using the Loop Explorer &emdash; even during playback.

Combine an infinite number of different loops on the same track.

Use ACID compatible loops, or create loops from any recorded audio, WAV, MP3, or AIFF file.

Export audio as ACID-format WAV files for use in other projects or applications.

Cyclone DXi

Cyclone DXi presents a more flexible way of working with samples, and brings a live dynamic to loop-based music. It's a 16-part, ACID-compatible, groove sampler, composition tool, and loop editor wrapped up in a single DXi synth.

Load up to 16 loops or Wav samples.

Create loop-based music productions using any MIDI device, MIDI track, PC keyboard or mouse.

Perform and record loop-based compositions in real-time using any MIDI device, MIDI tracks, a computer keyboard, or mouse.

Assign Sonar Groove Clips and ACID-format WAV files to Cyclone's 16 pads.

Loaded samples match the tempo and pitch of your project.

Rearrange, combine, slice, tweak, and customize samples to create new grooves.

Control gain, pitch, and pan of individual loop slices.

Full control over looping points to create polyrhythmic textures and work with loops in time signatures.

Support for multiple outputs and key mapping.

Export loop creations to a new Groove clip that can be used in SONAR and other applications.

Integrated DXi Soft Synths

DXi is the open standard for soft synth plug-ins, and it is based on Microsoft DirectX technology. DXi soft synths provide you with the lowest-latency, most responsive and reliable software synths available for Windows.

Sonar now supports multi-output synths, and automation from the synth interface, plus DXi synths offer lower latency .

Automatable DirectX 8 Audio Effects

Sonar features the following fully-automatable 32-bit DSP-FX audio plug-ins from Power Technology: StudioVerb, Parametric EQ , Delay, horus , Flange

ReValver SE

Build virtual guitar amp systems combining effects and amp-types. Features automatable parameters, allowing for different guitar tones within one track.

Additional 32-bit, non-automatable effects include: Expander, Gate, Limiter, Tape Saturation, Pitch Shifting, and more. With optional WDM drivers, Sonar provides real-time, live input monitoring of effects.

Additional effects in SONAR 2.1 XL includes automatable DirectX effects from Sonic Timeworks.


MIDI Editing Tools

MIDI FX plug-in library

Non-destructively edit MIDI tracks with 14 included real-time MIDI FX.

Multitrack Piano Roll

The display where you can select, and edit multiple tracks of MIDI notes and Controllerdata simultaneously. Includes pattern brush to paint complex MIDI parts. The updated Piano Roll includes: Monophonic and polyphonic Pattern Brush tool, Increased grid line resolution to 64th notes, Note properties toolbar, Auto-erase function for Draw tool, Increased horizontal zoom level, Shading to indicate black keys.

Multitrack Event List : into details with a list of all selected events occurring in all selected tracks. Features a powerful display filter.

Tempo View : Graphically draw tempo changes that affect audio and MIDI in real-time. Or Display tempo changes in a convenient list format for fast edits.

Drum Grid Editor : to Create MIDI drum parts. Paint rhythmic patterns in a single mouse stroke. Use hundreds of included Smart Loops patterns, or create your own. With support for custom drum maps, preview and create kits with real-time remapping that span multiple MIDI devices, multiple outputs, and DXi synths.


View and edit your composition in standard notation, then print sheet music of complete arrangements or individual parts in sizable fonts. Print 24 staves per page, along with lyrics, chord grids, percussion notation, dynamic markings, and enharmonic spellings.

Guitar tablature and fretboard display

Edit and print guitar tablature with complete control over guitar type, finger span, and tuning. Thecustomizable fretboard display lets you write songs by pointing and clicking on the strings. Or plug in a MIDI guitar or other MIDI instrument and the fretboard displays the fingering while you record.

Synchronized lyrics

A dedicated Lyrics view with selectable font sizes displays scrolling text during record or playback. Lyrics are automatically synchronized to notes on a track.


Unlimited MIDI tracks.

Non-destructive slip-editing (trimming) of MIDI and audio data.

Edit and mix MIDI and audio with vector envelope automation.

Remote control of parameters via MIDI.

Run CAL commands for custom edits.

Deglitch MIDI tracks of extraneous data.

Interpolate MIDI data for razor precise edits.

Fit to Time.

Fit Improvisation.

Groove and Swing Quantize.



Real time MIDI effects

Real-time plug-ins to MIDI tracks.

Non-destructively edit MIDI tracks and change settings on the fly. Real-time MIDI plug-ins can be used on input, applied in as track inserts in the Track orConsole view, or used as off-line commands.

Plug-ins include:

Session Drummer MIDI FX plugin --Just drag and drop to create and arrange drum patterns in real-time, or use it off-line to arrange and save drum tracks as part of your project file. Select from a library of professionally-recorded MIDI drum performances in a range of styles like Jazz, Country, Hip-Hop, Latin, Dance, and more. Each style includes intros, fills, main beats and endings. The MIDI drum pattern library included with Session Drummer is provided by Vamtech, makers of Drumtrax.

NTONYX Style Enhancer Micro 2.0 Lite-- to give MIDI recordings a more "human" feel. The Style Enhancer provides performance models for over thirty types of instruments and styles, including guitar leads and strumming, slap and fretless bass lines, saxophone leads, horn sections, fiddles, flutes, and more.

SlicyDrummer Lite MIDI FX -- tool for instant creation of drum loops. Quickly construct drum loops by mixing and matching prerecorded patterns for each individual drum instrument. Includes many preset patterns for common drum and percussion parts.

MusicLab Rhythm'n'Chords 2.0 Lite --to create MIDI rhythm guitar parts (chord symbols, rhythm pattern , guitar part)

MusicLab VeloMaster Lite -- a real time MIDI dynamics processor with an interactive graph. Works with note velocity and lets you drastically modify the dynamics of your MIDI tracks

MusicLab Looper -- Create and edit MIDI loops for Sonar. Simply select the section a part of the track you want to loop, and drag it into the Looper window. MIDI loop libraries available.

MusicLab Fixed Length -- to set note lengths for MIDI tracks. Like a compressor/expander for duration.

Plus the following additional plug-ins:Arpeggiator , Quantize , Delay/Echo , MIDI Filt,Transpose , Velocity , Chord Analyzer


Global Control Surface Support

Real-time, hands-on control of mix, automation, effects, and more.

Sonar features dedicated support for the The Mackie Control, CM Labs MotorMix, Tascam US-428 and US-224, and more. Plus a Global Control plug-in with learn-mode to integrate other MIDI-compatible control surfaces.

SONAR 2.x includes preset support for: CM Labs MotorMix (enhanced with 2.1 update) , Contour ShuttlePRO (with download) , Kenton Control Freak , Keyfax Phat.Boy , JL Cooper FaderMaster , Mackie Control (with 2.1 update) , Mixed Logic M24 (with download) , Peavey PC-1600,Radikal Technologies SAC-2K/SAC-2.2 , Roland MCR-8 , Tascam US-224 , Tascam US-428 (enhanced with 2.1 update) . Additional controller support will be made available as free downloads from the Cakewalk web site for registered SONAR 2.x customers.


Sonar 2.0 adds the following audio file management tools: Optional per project audio directories, Enhanced asset sharing, Networked media support, Project-based file names, Expand and consolidate project files, Search for associated files, Fast backup.

Sonar 2.1's audio file management tools : find files, share files over a network, and back up, convert old Cakewalk files to the new format.

Supported File Types

Import multiple file formats: AIF, ASF, AU, AVI, BUN, MID, MP2, MP3, MPEG, MPG, SND, WAV,WRK.

Export to WAV to burn CDs; export ACID-format audio for use in other projects and applications; export video and audio to AVI.

Encode audio to MP3, RealAudio G2, and Windows Media ASF.

New in version 2.1 import/export OMFI and Broadcast WAV files; export Windows Media 9 audio.


Sonar 2.1 XL provides all the capabilities of Sonar plus two 64-bit, fully-automatable DirectX 8 mastering effects, and an advanced DXi soft synth drum sampler.

Sonic Timeworks EQ

A fully-automatable, 64-bit EQ, 30-band spectrum analyzer, and phase meter &emdash;perfect for mastering. Features clean and vintage EQ algorithms, high and low cut filters with resonant filter controls, low and high shelf filters, 6 bands of bell filters, sweepable filter points, and adjustable Q sizes.

Sonic Timeworks Compressor X

This 64-bit, fully-automatable audio effect features hard or soft-knee compression, no-clip brick wall limiting, ultra-fast attack/release times, as well as analog-style metering.

FXpansion Audio DR-008 DXi

Drum sampler/synthesizer: analog modeling; pattern-based sequencing; 32-bit sampling; support for WAV and AIFF files, and LM-4, DR-005, and other drum kits. Features multiple modules , including vintage 808 and 909 sounds.

NOTE: If you reside in Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden or the UK you need to order your Cakewalk software product from your local Cakewalk distributor.

Cakewalk -
51 Melcher Street - Boston, MA 02210 Usa- Phone (617) 423-9004

Selected wordwide contacts:

Italy - MIDI Music , Torino Email

Australia & New Zealand - Intelliware Australia, Ewardstown  SA Email
China & Taiwan- Taipei, Taiwan  Email
Hong Kong - Tom Lee Music, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon Email
India - ProMusic, Egmore, Chennai Email
Japan - Edirol Corp., Hamamatsu, Tel: 81-53-439-1144
Korea - MIDI LAND, Seoul
Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg - Interphase, Boom, Belgium Email
Eastern Europe -Amecon Multimedia, Newburyport, MA,Usa Email
Finland - Carbon Music, Tuusula Email
Germany , Austria - Klemm Music , Friedland, Germany Email
Greece -ELINA , Athens Email
Norway -Ibsen Studio, Molde Email
Spain - Microfusa, Barcelona Email
Portugal - Jardine Computers , S. Pedro da Cova Email
Switzerland - STG Distribution , Geneva Email
UK & Ireland - Et Cetera Distribution, Haslingden Email
Brazil - Quanta MIDI and Software, Campinas / SP Email
Canada - Thinkware Canada, Quebec Email
Ecuador - Audiomax, Guayaquil Email
Mexico - Hermes Intern. Pharr, TX, Usa Email

advanced technologic sound magazine
2003 february issue 111

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