SOURCE: Cakewalk


December 08, 2010 10:19 ET

Cakewalk Announces SONAR X1 Now Shipping -- DAW 2.0 Has Arrived

Modern Design + Intelligent Layout + Refined Workflow = Focus ON YOUR Music

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) - Cakewalk, the world's leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording, announces the most highly anticipated and exciting SONAR release of the decade is now available. SONAR X1 is now shipping and available the world over from Roland distribution partners and via the cloud at

SONAR X1 Producer has everything needed to deliver the polished, "radio-ready" recordings that are expected in today's music industry -- all in one box. Included are all of SONAR's cutting edge music creation tools plus an unparalleled collection of world-class instruments and effects. From the innovative Skylight interface to the legendary, "big-studio" sound of the ProChannel console strip, SONAR X1 Producer is the ideal choice for anyone serious about music production.

Precisely suited for today's music production, SONAR X1's unparalleled user interface design speeds up workflow and provides a clean and modern creation environment. At the heart of the new SONAR is Skylight, introducing a next generation workspace that ushers in a new level of simplicity, by providing an intelligent interface that moves beyond contemporary, single-window design and layout clutter.


  • Takes full advantage of today's high-resolution displays and multi-monitor setups.
  • Hide, dock, collapse, float, or expand any of SONAR X1's views instantly.
  • Dock any view top, bottom, left or right.
  • Dock any or all views into the powerful MultiDock.
  • Float any view and maximize to multiple monitors -- even the MultiDock itself.
  • See through stacked windows and work directly on underlying objects with X-Ray.
  • Access all tool functions instantly and ergonomically with the floating tool HUD.
  • Recall any window configuration instantly -- just the way you left it.

The four main components of the Skylight interface:

I. Control Bar -- Where you access crucial functions quickly and clearly with a new modular design.

  • Vital controls front and center.
  • Arrange the layout of modules to suit your desire -- just drag and drop.
  • Sensible layout lets you concentrate more on your music and less on finding things.

II. Browser -- Where all content is organized in one, easily managed place with full drag and drop functionality. Fully resizable, collapsible, dockable, and floatable with user-definable preset locations. Finding just the right musical element has never been faster or easier.

III. Inspector -- Where you can view all vital track and clip information in one logical and quickly accessible location. 

  • All clip, track, and channel data -- centralized and at your fingertips.
  • Fully collapsible, expandable, dockable, and floatable.
  • Simple control over track and clip properties including track notes, color, position, timing, automation, and advanced MIDI functions (Arpeggiator and Input Quantize).

IV. MultiDock -- Where you can dock and instantly access any number of SONAR's views in one combined area. The Console View, Step Sequencer, Piano Roll -- even instruments and effects can all be contained within one consolidated area. For ultimate flexibility, the MultiDock itself can be quickly collapsed or expanded and, can even be placed on an entirely separate monitor. Ideal for making the most of your workspace whether you are using a single, high-resolution display or a multiple monitor setup.

Select SONAR X1 highlights

Smart Tools -- SONAR's tools have been completely revamped in X1. Most functions are now performed with a single implement that switches automatically based on context. This dramatically speeds up editing and arranging by reducing the need to constantly switch tools. However, sometimes you need a very specific tool for a particular task and SONAR X1's intuitive Smart Tool coupled with the new track Edit Filter really delivers. A floating, pop-up tool HUD accessed via the middle mouse button makes finding and switching tools a breeze, and getting back to the previous tool is just a simple key press away.

Further reducing the need to manually switch tools, SONAR X1's tools work across all edit views. Whether you're working on arranging in the Track View or editing MIDI data in the Piano Roll View, the same tool will work smoothly and consistently with no interruption to your creative flow.

ProChannel -- The ProChannel is a SONAR X1 Producer exclusive that expands SONAR's already impressive console with big, pro-studio sound built right in to every channel. ProChannel provides one-button access to bigger and punchier mixes - without ever needing to leave your mix view or launch and manage separate plug-ins. Each channel has a highly musical EQ, a choice of two compressors, two types of tube saturation, and flexible drag & drop routing.

For more information on the SONAR X1 family including a comprehensive list of what is included in each version please visit

Pricing and Availability

SONAR X1 Producer has a street price of $399.00, SONAR X1 Studio $199.00, and SONAR X1 Essential $99.00 and are available at select music and sound retailers. Registered SONAR 8.5 Producer and SONAR 8.5 Studio customers can download the respective SONAR X1 upgrade for $99.00 and SONAR Home Studio customers can download the SONAR X1 Essential upgrade for $59.00 directly from

A boxed option upgrade is also available for an additional nominal fee for those U.S. and International customers with slower connection speeds or who prefer physical media. Other upgrade paths are available. Detailed information on all available upgrade paths can be found here:

International pricing

SONAR X1 Producer, Studio, and Essential software is available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian; English, German and French boxed versions come with a translated printed User's Guide. SONAR X1 is available through Roland distribution partners around the World.

For SONAR X1 localized pricing and a complete list of SONAR X1 Distributors worldwide visit:

About Cakewalk, Inc.
Cakewalk, Inc. is the world's leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording. Millions of musicians around the world choose Cakewalk products to produce audio for the professional music, film, broadcast, and video game industries. These customers include Grammy® and Emmy®-winning producers, composers, sound designers and engineers. We invite you to learn more about our company and products by visiting

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