Music runs in my family’s blood. We’re all highly fascinated with every new piece of technology that comes out the market for music lovers like us. Let’s just say that we have the ear to detect a good product from one that’s full of empty promises – this way we can help people aiming to buy new products to satisfy their musical inclinations. I know how it feels to be offered something that promises to give you the best and then only later you find out that they are full of nothing but hot air. So, I am writing an unbiased review about this product I have right here – Cakewalk Sonar 7 Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and giving you the raw scoop.
The Digital Audio Workstation from Cakewalk
For a quick background, Sonar 7 Studio Edition (Sonar 7 Producer Edition is also available) from Cakewalk is basically a digital audio workstation, which is a kind of virtual music studio that has almost unlimited potential in the ability to record audio as well as MIDI sequencing. Moreover, it can further mix and master tracks through the use of various effects, virtual signal processors, and software synthesizers. It was launched in the music market and this version definitely has some highly advanced features and functionality not present in previous Cakewalk Sonar music software packages.
The usual digital audio workshop that I’ve come to love because it gives me the opportunity to simply sit down with ease while I try to navigate its features easily is still present on Sonar 7. It’s still there even with all the new advancements – keeping it flowing from earlier versions is worthy of high commendation. However, even while embracing the old-school presentation, it’s programmed with editing features that aren’t ordinarily seen in the usual music software packages you see in music stores. It embraces various advanced editing tools for audio clips, as well as giving you the ability to trim or fade clips, change cross fades, cutting or muting clips, regulate automation curves, and more. Just name what you want to do and I’m pretty sure you’ll find the right editing tools with Sonar 7. Although some of the editing features aren’t comparable to the famous, yet expensive, Smart Tool from Pro Tools, it’s still a whole lot better compared to most other software products out there, especially on the inexpensive end of the market. Take note of the word in use – inexpensive not cheap.
Editing and Mixing with Sonar 7
Similar to Pro Tools, Sonar 7 can also give you the possibility to control the recording process by the use of non-linear methods which will not destroy the original sonic value of the recording. It handles clips with a reference to the original files, instead of editing files on a straightforward basis that can cause irreplaceable damage. In addition, you can open MIDI clips with precision as Cakewalk’s original background is in MIDI sequencing.
Being in the music world ever since I was a young kid, I can recommend this product to my fellow music lovers. Overall, it is packed with features that are highly helpful. With its price, there’s nothing you can really ask for besides what it has for the price because it was able to exceed expectation. I myself was amazed. Moreover, it’s user-friendly so even a first-timer can operate with ease. Sonar 7 is definitely a musician’s best buddy!
Cakewalk Sonar 7 is currently available in Producer Edition and Studio Edition. It’s highly recommended you also pickup Sonar 7 Power!: The Comprehensive Guide. The 7th edition book covers both Studio and Producer Editions with detailed training written for both new users and veteran upgraders alike, walking you through all of the features of the software with step-by-step instructions and exercises.
UPDATE: Cakewalk Sonar 8 is now available with free upgrade to 8.5! It comes in 2 different types: Cakewalk Sonar 8 Producer Edition and Cakewalk Sonar 8 Studio Edition. Make sure to also buy the Cakewalk Sonar 8 Power book (available in paperback and you can download it to your Amazon Kindle) in order to use all of Sonar’s awesome features and create amazing music!