Autumn is traditionally the time when Cakewalk updates its Sonar application, but in 2011, the company is doing things a little differently. Rather than releasing a new version of Sonar X1, it's offering customers an add-on pack known as Sonar X1 Expanded.
Existing users will be able to purchase this as a download this from late September for £35. Once installed, it will add several new features, including modular capability for the ProChannel (enabling you to customise your channel strips), a Saturation knob and FX Chains 2.0.
Other enhancements include SoundCloud integration, support for the Music XML format, and various improvements to the workflow and interface.
Cakewalk has also launched the PC4K S-Type Expander/Gate Module for Sonar X1 Expanded users. This will be available for purchase in a bundle with Expanded for £59, or on its own for £35.
Finally, you should be aware that October will see Cakewalk introduce the Sonar X1 Production Suite, which contains Sonar X1 Producer, Sonar X1 Expanded, the PC4K S-Type Expander/Gate Module and the Z3TA+ 2 synth. This will cost $499.
Read on for the official word on Sonar X1 Expanded and the PC4K S-Type Expander/Gate Module.
Sonar X1 Expanded highlights
Softube's Saturation Knob ProChannel module borrows from Softube's famous German FET distortion and compression circuitry modeling. And like their Passive-Active EQ design provides smooth, one-knob, frequency saturation for adding just the right amount of tube warmth to any track.
FX Chains 2.0
Introduced in SONAR X1, FX Chains provide a powerful and flexible way to organize and create combinations of multiple effects including DSP-based effects. FX Chains 2.0 expands the concept from simple effects container to fully customizable plug-in interface, complete with user-definable skins. Knobs and sliders are assignable to any effect parameters within the chain and are available for remote control. Drag and drop FX Chains from the Browser, between tracks, or to individual clips.
Adding to SONAR X1's exceptional audio delivery options, users can now upload finished songs in any bit /sample rate from SONAR directly to SoundCloud by simply connecting to their SoundCloud account from within SONAR. Integrated SoundCloud support provides a simple and efficient way to share music with family, friends, and fans automatically via Twitter, Facebook, and other popular social media sites.
SONAR X1 Expanded supports Music XML, the universal digital sheet music interchange and distribution format. This new notation export capability is easily accessed in the Staff View.Once a composition is finished, simply export in Music XML format for use in popular notation programs such as Finale, Notion, and Sibelius.
SONAR X1 Producer customers can purchase the SONAR X1 Expanded download for $49/€39/£35 (vat inclusive) from the Cakewalk store starting late September 2011. For more information visit Cakewalk.com.