Boston (September 2, 2004)–Cakewalk has introduced SONAR 4 Producer Edition production environment, adding new recording, editing, comping and navigation tools to optimize workflow for today’s professional. In addition, version 4 combines new surround and AV capabilities along with precise engineering tools to the Windows platform DAW.
New features include POW-r dithering and MPEX time stretching, TTS-1 Dxi multi-timbral GM2 synthesizer with authentic Roland sounds, multi-format surround mixing with over 30 configurations supported (5.1, 7.1, LCRS, etc.), Lexicon Pantheon surround reverb and Sonitus compressor 8.1 SurroundBridge to easily use stereo plug-ins in a multichannel environment. There is also a video thumbnail track, track folders with the ability to edit, composite clip, display track layers, enhanced comping and editing features including clip muting, audition selection, isolate, nudge and multi-clip slip edits.
Also included are loop construction enhancements, including slice-based envelope control of gain, pitch and pan. A user can freeze tracks, effects and synths with the ability to edit, arrange and convert frozen data into groove clips. Support is included for six pan laws. Key binding enhancements include templates for Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Samplitude and Vegas users, and there is support for Quicktime, Windows Media Audio Pro and other final formats with full control over file export parameters.
SONAR 4 is also available in a Studio Edition, a special version of SONAR 4 designed for project studios and aspiring professionals. Studio Edition is built upon the same core engine and feature set of SONAR 4 Producer Edition, with a streamlined list of extras. SONAR 4 Producer Edition is priced at $959 U.S. (MSRP); SONAR 4 Studio Edition at $479 U.S. (MSRP).