• Dimension Pro SONAR now includes a full version of the acclaimed synthesizer that combines real instruments with advanced synthesis for endless sound possibilities. The underpinnings of Dimension Pro's creative possibilities is the powerful Cakewalk's Expression Engine providing several types of synthesis including multi-sample rendering, wavetable synthesis, waveguide synthesis, and REX playback and manipulation.
• TruePianos Amber VSTi module One of four modules that currently ship with the full version of TruePianos VSTi, the TruePianos Amber Module will provide SONAR users with world-class, playable piano sounds through its combination sampling, modeling, and synthesis sound design. TruePianos sounds and feels great, just like a real acoustic piano, with all the important characteristics: sympathetic resonance, inter-string harmonics, repedalling and more.
• TS 64 Transient Shaper is a powerful tool for sculpting the transient dynamics of any percussive based source material such as drums or guitars. The TS 64 Transient Shaper employs powerful envelope/transient-detection, linear-phase filtering, and gain-shaping to control the dynamics of individual transients of any sound with amplitude variation over time.
• TS 64 Tube Leveler is a line driver/leveling processor that employs advanced analog vacuum-tube circuit modeling algorithms that will add the unique qualities of tube color and warmth found in classic recordings to whatever source material it is applied.
• Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE is built on the latest award-winning guitar amp modeler from Native Instruments: 3 amps and cabinets, 11 effects, tuner, metronome, and over 50 presets.
Keep in mind that SONAR 8 is an incredibly complete and complex software package that is aimed at the professional and the sophisticated enthusiast who wants a product that is powerful, flexible, and very configurable. You will need to have the technical knowledge that goes in to mastering, mixing, looping, and sequencing audio to do this package justice.
While this latest version of SONAR comes with some flashy new features, it is more about enhancements that will enable you work smarter. What this means is that when it is all said and done, if you are using SONAR all the live long day you will be able to get your projects done faster and more efficiently, and this makes SONAR 8 worth the upgrade price alone.