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Cakewalk Ships Sonar 7 – Links to use While Their Website is in Flux

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Article update: Looks like Cakewalk now has their site in order. Of course the product info and links in this post still apply.

Cakewalk has released Sonar 7 although their web site seems to be in flux regarding this version and they didn’t even get a press release out before posting the kit (perhaps they are trying to get it out there quickly with the announcement of Logic 8). Therefore, I dug up some links for you Sonar users out there so you can figure out what’s new, as well as purchase. Note, they usual upgrade deals exist.

The front of their website still shows 6 as current, but if you click through to the product page Sonar 7.

According to the product page, here is what’s new.

  • A complete MIDI overhaul with Smart MIDI Tools and dozens of other new features
  • Introduction of the most powerful Step Sequencer found in any DAW
  • True linear phase mastering plug-ins
  • Internal sidechaining
  • Delay compensation for external hardware
  • Pitch to MIDI functionality with Roland V-Vocal 1.5
  • Numerous workflow, mixing, and delivery enhancements throughout the application.

Here is a link to a flash promo – http://www.cakewalk.com/products/sonar/Sonar_7_Features.swf.

The product page doesn’t have an order link, but you can order by clicking purchase, or using this link – http://store.cakewalk.com/b2cus/category.aspx?categoryID=9.

Detail specs are not yet on the product page, but I found a list in the cakewalk forums here – http://forum.cakewalk.com/tm.asp?m=1158394.

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(Modulate This) Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

LA Ballet Opens Inaugural Season with Combo of Live & Virtual Players

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I just got a newsletter from Cakewalk  with a link to an interesting story from Broadcast Room.com about the use of a virtual orchestra in Los Angeles Ballet’s latest production.

"The Los Angeles Ballet launched its inaugural season at the Beverly
Hills Wilshire Theatre with an original production of ‘The
Nutcracker
.’  In a landmark first, 22 live musicians were augmented by
33 virtual players to round out the 55 musicians called for by the
Tchaikovsky score."

Ends up they only had room in the orchestra pit for 22 players yet wanted to play the full score – so they augmented real players with virtual players using Garritan Personal Orchestra (Learn more | Buy
).The software instrument was hosted out of Sonar 6 Producers Edition  (Learn More | Buy
). Gary Garritan even helped with the production.

The story also indicates that the "Musician’s Union Approves Landmark Use of Garritan Personal Orchestra" :^).

Read the full story here…

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(Modulate This) Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

New book – Cakewalk Syntheizers: From Presets to Power User

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=newechoproduc-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=1598633147&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Those of you looking to learn about and/or dig deeper into Cakewalk virtual instruments will want to check out this new book Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User.

The book is written by
  Simon Cann, a musician and writer based in London.

According to the press release – "Cakewalk Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User will show you how to
operate and get the best results from Cakewalk™s complete range of
synths, from those that are bundled with Cakewalk’s main products
(including SONAR, Project5, and Kinetic), to the rgc:audio synthesizers
(such as Z3TA+), to Cakewalk’s newest synthesizers, including Dimension
Pro
and Rapture."

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(Modulate This) Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

Free Expansion Packs for Dimension Pro and Rapture Virtual Instruments

Cakewalk has released a second series of free expansion packs for their virtual instruments Dimension Pro and Rapture for registered users. Below you’ll find links to all free expansion packs, free updates, demos, and links to these items on Musician”s friend who is selling these instruments at a discount.

Cakewalk Dimension Pro Virtual Synthesizer

Links to Free Expansion Packs | Free 1.2 UpdateBuy Dimension Pro at Musican’s Friend and save $109

Cakewalk Rapture Virtual Synthesizer   

Links to Free Expansion Packs | Download Demo | Buy Rapture at Musician’s Friend and save $89.

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Cakewalk Project 5 2.5 Developers Blog

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Development of Project 5 Version 2.5 is under way.

Cakewalk has just launched a developers blog.

In this blog "For the first time, Cakewalk is going to give you a hands-on look at
the new Project5 as we countdown to the release."

Use the comments links at the bottom of this post to offer thoughts on what do you think Cakewalk should be focusing on in the next release.

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(Modulate This) Sound Design

SONAR 6 Fast Forward Tour – Windows Vista Features for Musicians

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Thinking about buying or upgrading to Sonar 6? Here is a chance to see it first hand. Cakewalk announced a multi-city tour to "spread the word that SONAR 6 will be ready for Windows Vista, coming in 2007." The announcement including a list of cities and dates is here.

This tour is sponsored by Microsoft and indicates what Microsoft believes to be the key features in Windows Vista that would appeal to digital music enthusiasts.

With a completely re-designed audio infrastructure that provides
better sound quality, greater processing resources, increased
performance and reliability, and an overall heightened user experience,
Windows Vista sets a new standard of excellence for the audio &
music creativity experience on the PC.

  • New prioritization of audio/video streaming for seamless, glitch-resilient playback experience.
  • Integrated support for SONAR’s 64-bit audio engine for unprecedented sound quality and fidelity.
  • New UAA driver class for simpler installation of audio interfaces into the Windows environment.
  • 64-bit editions with extended RAM access (128 GB) that enable
    larger and more realistic sample content, lower latencies, and a more
    responsive mix environment with SONAR 6

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Remix Motel November 2-4, Los Angeles, CA

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From http://www.remixhotel.com/.

The Remix Hotel provides hands-on access to the technology and equipment
used to create today’s electronic and urban music via artist presentations and
demonstrations, workshops, clinics and discussion. Remix puts the tools
of the trade into the hands of the end user and provides sponsors with access
to these users they may not find elsewhere.

Primary content is sponsored by industry leaders like Motorola, Digidesign,
M-Audio, Apple, SAE, Pioneer, Stanton, Korg,
Vestax, Cakewalk, Guitar Center, and several
others. DJ performance events at the Remix Hotels and Remix Hotel-sponsored
club events feature leading artists demonstrating different genres while using
current gear on the market.

The Remix Hotel is a production of Remix magazine.

November 2-4 | 2-8 p.m. daily
SAE Institute of Technology
6565 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA

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(Modulate This) workflow

Project5 – Fast way to select instrument patches from the Track Inspector

In addition to to selecting patches from within the instrument
interface, you can also select patches from the Track Inspector. Find
the "Property Page" for the instrument in question, then click "Select
Bank/Patch".

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You’ll then be presented with a menu containing patches. The advantage of this approach is that all the patches are laid out before you making it easier to see all the patches at once in a paticular category.

P5patchselect2_1

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Cakewalk Announces Sonar 6 and is taking pre-orders

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I just noticed today that Cakewalk has revamped it’s web site. As you can see form the image on the left, they’ve also announced Sonar 6.

According to their web site, Sonar 6 will be shipping worldwide by the end of September. They are taking pre-orders for upgrades here .

They list pricing (US) as

  • $369.00 SONAR 6 Studio  for New Cakewalk Customers
  • $249.00 SONAR 6 Studio Upgrade for Registered Cakewalk Customers
  • $199.00 SONAR 6 Studio Upgrade from Guitar Tracks/Pro, Home Studio, Kinetic, Music Creator, Pro Audio, and Project5
  • $99.00 SONAR 6 Studio Upgrade from SONAR 1-5, Power Studio

So what’s new? Click the "continue reading…" link below to see a summary.