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Cakewalk releases SONAR 6 Producer and Studio Editions

Cakewalk has announced the release of SONAR 6 Producer Edition and SONAR 6 Studio Edition. New features include: Active Controller Technology (ACT); AudioSnap non-destructive audio timing/manipulation; completely redesigned Track and Console views, offering advanced customization and navigation; VC-64 Vintage Channel offering the sound of "big desk analog channel strips", with the added benefit of 64-bit double precision processing; and more...

New features, workflow innovations, and enhancements include:

  • Active Controller Technology (ACT): dynamically maps effect, mix, and instrument parameters to any MIDI controller or hardware control surface.
  • Redesigned Synth Rack makes managing, controlling, and automating your instruments simple.
  • AudioSnap suite of audio timing tools featuring iZotope Radius, percussion mode and multiple time stretching algorithms.
  • Customizable user interface: put favorite features right at your fingertips.
  • Console view redesigned for ergonomic mixing.
  • Transport provides easy playback control and essential visual feedback.
  • Automation enhancements: read/write controls for tracks and plug-ins, enable automation during playback and record, visual automation cues, more.
  • Analyst spectrum analyzer.
  • Clip editing enhancements including lock to time.
  • Fast Zoom enables fast, precise edits without losing your place.
  • Mouse wheel support for parameter control and zoom.
  • Crash Recovery safeguards your projects against faulty plug-ins and other sources of crashes.
  • Automatic file versioning: back up projects with time/date stamps for easy access to old versions.
  • VST support is seamlessly integrated into SONAR 6 and no longer requires an external VST to DX adapter. All VST specific operations are now performed completely within SONAR or the Plug-In Manager .

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Also available is SONAR 6 Studio Edition, which is built upon the same core feature set and 64-bit double precision engine as SONAR 6 Producer Edition. However, Studio Edition contains AudioSnap Audio Quantize that is limited to one track at a time processing. SONAR 6 Studio Edition also does not have the following features found in SONAR 6 Producer Edition: VC-64 Vintage Channel, Session Drummer 2 virtual drum instrument, Roland V-Vocal VariPhrase technology, PSYN II subtractive synth, Pentagon I analog synth, RXP groove instrument, Perfect Space Convolution Reverb, surround mixing, Sonitus Surround Compressor, POW-r Dithering, MPEX-3 Time Stretching.

SONAR 6 Producer Edition has an MSRP of $619, SONAR 6 Studio Edition has an MSRP of $369, and both are now shipping. Registered SONAR 5 Producer customers can upgrade to SONAR 6 Producer Edition directly through Cakewalk for $179; SONAR 5 Studio to SONAR 6 Studio Edition for $99. Other upgrade paths are available, visit Cakewalk.com for details.

SONAR 6 Producer Edition and Studio Edition ship with English, French, and German printed documentation, and Italian and Spanish electronic quick start guides; along with English, French, German, and Spanish software. SONAR 6 is available through Roland and Edirol distribution partners. Europe's recommended retail price for SONAR 6 Producer Edition and SONAR 6 Studio Edition are €569 and €329 RRP inc VAT respectively; U.K. pricing is £369 and £229 RRP inc VAT respectively; and will be available 15, October 2006.

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