yevster wrote:I use both. Quick comparisons:
Sonar X3E Producer:
* Much better performance on Windows
My experience also.
yevster wrote:* Much richer set of included effects (including very respectible 1176 and SSL 4000 bus compressor emulations, and once you start using NomadFactory's widening plugin, good luck trying to stop).
They're ok to good, but there's better stuff out there. I also refuse to use any plugin that can't be used in another DAW (not a fan of closed formats).
yevster wrote: * An audio engine may not magically make your mixes sound better, but the built-in console emulation, when used as directed, really can!
Again, much better options out there, but great if you're just starting out, or don't necessarily need the best of everything to get work done.
yevster wrote:* Much better at softsynths with multiple outs
Disagree 100% here. Sonar is horrible at softsynth with multiple outs IMO. Studio One you open the synth, then just check boxes next to each output you want. In Sonar, the options are First Output, All Stereo (only), or All Mono (only), or All. Not very efficient when using things like BFD3.
yevster wrote:* Does not insist on automatically hiding plugin UIs when you select a different track.
In Studio One, you just have to click the "pin" icon to keep a UI open. But yeah, it took some adjusting.
yevster wrote:* Includes POW-R1, POW-R2, POW-R3 dithering. See Bob Katz' "Mastering Audio" for explanation.
I honestly never heard the difference.
yevster wrote:* Infinitely faster project loading.
Project loading times are about equal here, but the overall application startup time is much, much faster in Sonar.
yevster wrote:* Lightning-fast autosave that does not lock out your control of the product.
The problem here is that so many people have had corrupt projects as a result of something going wrong during an autosave (I'm one of them), that hardcore users on their own forums (i.e. the fanboys) will often say, "disable autosave."
yevster wrote:* Supports non-linear automation curves.
I'll post a similar comparison in my next post. Note: this is all our subjective opinions, how we use a DAW, and our experiences. I'm not trying to say my opinion is more valid than yours, just adding my voice to the choir.