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(Modulate This) Sound Design

Sonar 8: Pre-Orders Start Sept. 22, 2008 + $99 Deal on Dimension Pro or Rapture

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I just popped over to www.cakewalk.com and saw a few items of note.

First, Cakewalk will be taking pre-orders Sonar on September 22nd. I couldn’t find any information on their site about what is going to be in version 8 – just the banner you see above. Revised: Cakewalk has now officially announced. You can see a list of new features on their web site here.

I composed and produced a lot of commercial music between 2002-2006 using Sonar including my song "Flight" which appears as an extra feature on the DVD and on the soundtrack for the film "One Six Right". In 2006 I switched to Ableton Live as my primary DAW because the non-linear workflow of Live suits how I compose electronica music. I still keep Sonar on my system and do use it and recommend it for those who are looking for a more linear virtual recording studio. It’s top notch, especially it’s deep midi editing capabilities, fantastic slip editing and automatic cross-fade features.

Second, I saw a press release  on their site documenting a deal on Dimension Pro and Rapture. I’ve had Dimension Pro for years and as Rompers go I’ve been pretty happy with it. Here is an excerpt:

"Owners of Apple’s Logic Pro and Garageband, MOTU Digital Performer, Steinberg’s Cubase and Nuendo, Digidesign Pro Tools LE/HD, Ableton Live, Image Line’s Fruity Loops, and Magix Samplitude Pro can purcahse Dimension Pro or Rapture for only $99 at select retailers through October 31st."

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com

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(Modulate This) Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

New book – Cakewalk Syntheizers: From Presets to Power User

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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) 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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(Modulate This) Sounds & Preset Libraries

Join the Smart Loops Email Newsletter to Download Hundreds of Free Loops and Samples

   

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I saw this on http://www.project5.com. Smart Loops is offering free loops and samples if you join their email newsletter. If you subscribe, you get:

  • You will get access to hundreds of free loops in ACID, REX2 and Apple Loops formats.
  • You will get access to free Drum Sample Sets in SoundFont, SFZ, and DR-008 formats.
  • You will receive exclusive discount offers on Smart Loops products.

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(Modulate This) Industry News

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.