SONAR 8.5 Producer

Cakewalk Production Software

SONAR 8.5 Producer: Cakewalk Production Software

The Leading Choice in Digital Audio Workstations


SONAR 8.5 Producer gives you what you need for recording, composing, editing, mixing, and mastering. Get innovations that matter, from exclusive features to ignite creativity and perfect your tracks, to groundbreaking technologies that always keep you in control, all backed by the industry’s leading 64-bit audio quality. And SONAR 8.5 Producer delivers the go-to production tools you want with the best collection of virtual instruments, mixing, and mastering effects found in any DAW.

With version 8.5, SONAR continues to innovate on all fronts. New beat creating and arrangement tools, a new drum instrument loaded with stellar kits, enhanced audio quantizing, new multi-stage effect plug-ins, and more combine to make SONAR the most complete, professional, and best sounding DAW on any platform.

Creating Music in SONAR 8.5

SONAR 8.5 is the digital audio workstation that offers one-of-a-kind music creation tools to help you right from the start of the production process. Whether you’re searching for new ideas or looking to add musical parts to existing songs, SONAR 8.5 can help you break through those creative blocks.

Recording MIDI and Digital Audio

SONAR 8.5 provides the most comprehensive recording features of any DAW on the market today. It’s designed to meet the needs of even the most demanding professional—whether recording a solo performance, a band, or even an orchestra.

Editing Audio and MIDI in SONAR 8.5

SONAR 8.5 offers precision editing tools you won’t find in any other DAW. Whether you’re editing audio or MIDI, it’s easy to make pinpoint edits and fix issues you didn’t think were possible.

Using MIDI Controllers and ACT

SONAR 8.5 gives you dynamic control of your instruments and work flow. Use any MIDI controller to play virtual instruments. Plus breakthroughs in SONAR like Active Controller Technology make it easy to map the knobs and sliders on your keyboard or control surface automatically.

Mixing Music in SONAR 8.5

SONAR 8.5 offers the perfect mixing environment for any professional engineer. SONAR’s industry-first, end-to-end, 64-bit double precision floating point mix engine allows you to mix with sonic clarity using a suite of versatile effects, powerful mixing tools, and endless routing possibilities.

Mastering Music in SONAR 8.5

SONAR 8.5 allows you to deliver the final polish to your tracks with high-end effects that were designed specifically for the task of mastering.

Publishing Music with SONAR 8.5

SONAR 8.5 offers various options for collaborating with other studios as well as delivering to virtually any format including CD, video, surround, and even the web.

Virtual Instruments in SONAR 8.5

SONAR 8.5 includes the best collection of virtual instruments found in any DAW. You may be surprised to find that some of these plug-ins would cost hundreds of dollars if purchased separately.

Audio Effects in SONAR 8.5

SONAR 8.5 provides an extensive array of audio effects. We pride ourselves on giving our customers serious processors and sound-sculpting tools that you will really use, rather than padding the plug-in count with useless effects. In many cases you’ll find more than one choice for a desired effect, giving you several options when mixing or designing a sound.

Producing Music in SONAR

SONAR is the perfect tool for creating all music, regardless of genre. SONAR is the DAW of choice for millions of users around the world including Grammy-winning producers, composers, and engineers. SONAR is currently being used to create rock, hip-hop, electro, and music for film in both amateur and pro studios around the world.

What’s in SONAR 8.5 Producer?

SONAR 8.5 Producer is the flagship digital audio workstation and includes everything in SONAR 8.5 Studio plus exclusive instruments like Session Drummer 3, Dimension Pro, TruePianos Amber, and more; essential FX including 64-bit linear phase mastering effects, vocal and percussion strips, a vintage channel plug-in, and more; and exclusive tools like surround mixing in 30 formats, SurroundBridge technology to use stereo plug-ins in surround mixes, and POW-r dithering.


Minimum System Requirements
Operating System *
Windows XP SP3
Processor Speed
Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz [EMT64] or AMD Athlon XP 2800+ or higher
1 GB
Screen Resolution
1024 x 768, 16-bit color
Hard Disk Space
200 MB for core program
Hard Disc Type
MIDI Interface **
Audio Interface ***
Media Drive ****
DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD +/- RW drive
Webserver Access
Recommended System Requirements
Operating System *
Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2 (32 and 64-bit), or Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit)
Processor Speed
Intel Core 2 Quad Core Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz or AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4GHz or higher
4 GB
Screen Resolution
1280 x 960, 24-bit color or higher
Hard Disk Space
30 GB for program and content
Hard Disc Type
EIDE / Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA
MIDI Interface **
Audio Interface ***
Media Drive ****
DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD +/- RW drive
Webserver Access *****
Available web server space with FTP access privileges
*1 SONAR does not officially support Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP x64.
*2 Required to connect external MIDI devices
*3 Required for audio playback
*4 SONAR is presented on DVD media; so DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive required for installation.
*5 Cakewalk Publisher requires you to have available web server space with FTP access privileges; an internet connection is required for music uploading; a broadband connection is recommended.

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