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Cakewalk updates SONAR to v8.5.3

Cakewalk has updated SONAR 8.5 Producer and SONAR 8.5 Studio to v8.5.3.

Feature Enhancements


  • Tempo Detection:
    • Improved tempo detection algorithm.
    • Added strength indicator to average tempo candidates.
    • Added option to set clip tempo to original project tempo.
  • Clip Tempo Maps:
    • Average tempo updates while editing the tempo map.
    • Anchored beat markers lock measure/beat markers to transients.
    • Automatic beat marker remapping while editing tempo map.
    • Average Tempo picker on Palette to change multiple clips at a time.
    • Improved behavior for split clips.
  • New resolution settings to set tempo changes on every beat, measure or clip.
  • Auto stretch mode added to Clip Follows Project command, emulates AudioSnap1 auto-stretch behavior.
  • New Extract Groove and Apply Groove buttons to match the groove of one clip to another.
  • Snap Settings can now be used to snap both audio and MIDI events to audio transients in selected tracks.

Issues Addressed


  • Improved stability.
  • Improved rendering:
    • Render Mode "Apples to" set to "Tracks" did not always apply to all clips on a track.
    • Bouncing using Radius Mix sometimes flat-lined clips.
  • Clip Follows Project:
    • Is now undo-able.
    • Toggling sometimes modified slip edits.
  • Clip Tempo Map ruler sometimes stayed on after disabling AudioSnap.
  • Addresses various graphical behaviors with transient markers, Clip Tempo Maps and AudioSnap Palette button states.
  • Show Pool Lines setting was not persisted in project files.


  • Arpeggiator sometimes stopped working after a bounce or freeze operation.
  • BitBridge servers defaulted to 1 after VST scan.
  • SONAR would sometimes crash when accessing a Windows 7 Homegroup from the Media Browser.
  • Improved stability when switching driver modes.
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