SONAR 8 is the latest version of the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software from Cakewalk, Inc. It is a professional tool for authoring sound and music on personal computers. It is designed for musicians, composers, arrangers, audio and production engineers, multimedia and game developers, as well as recording engineers.
SONAR supports Wave, MP3, ACIDized waves, WMA, AIFF and other popular formats, providing all the tools you need to do professional-quality work rapidly and efficiently. Along with being an integrated MIDI and digital audio authoring software package, it is also an expandable platform that can become the central hub of your recording studio.
What do you need to run SONAR 8?
• Windows XP (32-bit), Vista (32- and 64-bit), MAC OS X with Boot Camp
• Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz or higher; AMD Athlon XP 2800+ or higher
• 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
• 1024 x 768 with 16-bit color (1280 x 960, 24-bit color or higher recommended)
• 200 MB for core program (30 GB for full program and content)
• MIDI Interface
• Audio Interface
• Media Drives include DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive (Dual Layer-capable drive required for installation of SONAR 8 Producer content)
SONAR is the flagship product of the Cakewalk line of integrated MIDI and digital audio sequencers for the Windows platform. It has a very complete feature set that allows you to compose and explore musical composition. You can edit music using musical notation and guitar tablature. You can graphically draw tempo and volume changes as well as add lyrics to display on screen or to include with printed scores.
You can also remix music by importing, modifying, editing and creating loops. SONAR gives you the ability to change tempo and keys for an entire project, and the Loop Explorer will let you preview a loop in a project's tempo and key before dragging it on to a track. You can also do game sound development for electronic games. By creating and reusing musical themes, you can associate your selections with game characters, locations, objects, and actions.
Of course there is sound production and engineering that will allow you to produce music CDs or master tapes. SONAR has multichannel recording capabilities so that you can capture studio or live performances track-by-track. SONAR is just as important for film and video scoring, publishing music on the internet, as well as web authoring of music.