New York City (October 11, 2005)–Cakewalk announced the release of SONAR 5 Producer Edition at AES NYC. SONAR 5 utilizes a true 64-bit end-to-end signal path on native x64 systems and 32-bit systems. SONAR 5 introduces advances in RAM and native processing power on Intel EM64T and AMD64 based systems running Windows XP x64 Edition.
Version 5 adds a collection of responsive instruments and processors, workspace enhancements, Perfect Space Convolution Reverb, RXP REX Player groove box, seamless VST integration, and powerful editing tools including Roland V-Vocal VariPhrase technology.
“Our goal in developing SONAR 5 Producer Edition was to strike a perfect balance for both engineers and musicians, continuing Cakewalk’s reputation of providing feature rich products that retain their elegance in ease of use,” commented Greg Hendershott, Cakewalk Founder and CEO. “To satisfy the musician inside, we added a spectrum of creative technologies, workflow enhancements, and responsive instruments. And to give tracks the edge in production, we added powerful vocal editing technologies, a pristine convolution reverb, and groundbreaking sonic improvements like SONAR’s 64-bit double precision engine. With all these features and more, I feel confident that this release will exceed expectations, as it has mine.”
New features, workflow innovations, and enhancements include:
-Both native x64 edition and 32-bit versions ship on one disc
-True 64-bit end-to-end signal path
-Pristine 64-bit mix engine (accessible within 32-bit version)
-BitBridge enables 32-bit VST effects and instruments to run smoothly in SONAR’s 64-bit environment
-Roland V-Vocal VariPhrase technology for exceptional audio stretching and pitch correction
-Perfect Space 64-bit Convolution Reverb
-PSYN II Subtractive synth; Pentagon I vintage analog synth; Roland Groove Synth; SFZ SoundFont sampler, and RXP REX player drum machine and groove box
-Integrated VST and VSTi support
-Integrated inline audio and MIDI editing, arranging, and mixing all in one view
-Bus and Synth Waveform Preview with per-track markers show the location and value of the maximum peak in each track and bus; overages indicated in red
-Envelope automation enhancements include tempo-sync patterns and freehand drawing
-Object-oriented clip-based effects and editing including per-clip effects bin, clip-based effect automation
-Updated MIDI FX plug-ins with enhanced functionality
-Track Templates for one-click recall of all track properties (mix, FX, busses, instruments, multi-track setups)
– Track Icons and Tabbed Edit views for quicker workflow
– Automatically remove DC offset during recording
– Advanced step recording
– Video output to 1394 Firewire devices for high quality viewing with lower CPU and disk usage
– 32-bit float file import, export, rendering
– Seamlessly mix 16, 24, 32 bit files per project
SONAR 5 ships with both a 32-bit version and the first native 64-bit digital audio workstation on the Windows platform. On Intel EM64T and AMD64 based systems running Windows XP x64 Edition, SONAR 5 introduces 20-30 percent processingperformance gains and ground-breaking advances in RAM allocation with access up to 128 GB of physical RAM.
SONAR 5 Producer Edition has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $799 U.S., SONAR 5 Studio Edition is $479 U.S., and both are now shipping. Registered SONAR 4 Producer customers can upgrade to SONAR 5 Producer Edition directly through Cakewalk for $179; SONAR 4 Studio to SONAR 5 Studio Edition for $99. For more information, visit Cakewalk on the web at www.cakewalk.com; or call 617-423-9004.