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The definitive digital audio workstation for Windows PC has finally arrived on Steam. Create music in any style with cutting-edge instruments, effects, and creative tools. Thanks to the award-winning Skylight user interface, SONAR X3 lets you move seamlessly in your production workspace, instantly going from recording to editing to...
Release Date: Dec 18, 2013
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$99.99

Buy Sonar X3 Studio

Buy SONAR X3 Studio and get the PC4K Channel Compressor free! Limited Time Offer.
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$199.99

Buy Sonar X3 Producer

Buy SONAR X3 Producer, and get the PC4K Channel Compressor and CA-2A Leveling Amplifier Free! Limited Time offer.
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$499.99

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Save up to 75% off DLC - Over 20 Sound Packs and high-quality loop content!

August 22

Now through Sunday, August 24th (10AM PDT), you can save up to 75% off DLC for Music Creator 6 Touch and SONAR X3. Over 20 sound packs available as DLC with prices under $8!

In addition, the Cakewalk Loop Manager has free loops from Loop Loft and Loopmasters. We are also selling additional Cakewalk Loop Manager DLC at up to 75% off, with prices under $8.

And if you haven't picked up Z3TA+ 2 yet, you can get it for 66% off.

Save 50% off your upgrade to any version of SONAR X3! - Upgrade your Cakewalk Software to the award winning SONAR X3 or take the step up to SONAR X3 Studio or Producer and save 50% for a limited time! Take advantage of these huge savings and upgrade your studio with an unbelievable package of tools and the most advanced DAW for Windows. - Offers ends August 31st.

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Free Rapture Supervillain Expansion Pack!

June 24

Aurally inspired by some of the most infamous bad boys of the comic world – the Rapture Supervillain Pack brings some serious injustice to your array of sounds and effects for Rapturer and Rapture LE.

Simply visit our blog, download the pack, and follow the install directions.

http://blog.cakewalk.com/free-expansion-pack-supervillain/

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Reviews

“A worthy update to a complete DAW for PC users. Loads of content and all the tools you could possibly need to record, edit, program and mix music.”
9/10 – Music Tech

“Fulfills the promise made to SONAR users when the X-series was introduced, and offers enough to entice users of other DAWs to switch. - Feb. 2014 Issue”
KEYBUY – Keyboard Magazine

“As a general-purpose sequencer it is clearly the most comprehensive DAW on the market and it has nothing to envy any competing products.”
Award Best Product 2014 – Audiofanzine

DAWs on Steam

Sonar X3 is a Digital Audio Workstation. For more information on DAWs please read our DAW FAQ.

Expand your creative palatte with Cakewalk Loop Manager


Cakewalk Loop Manager is the easiest way for STEAM users to install and utilize additional loop content inside of SONAR X3, or any Windows Based Digital Audio Workstation that supports REX/WAV/MIDI files. We've provided free content from top providers like Loopmasters and The Loop Loft. Users can also purchase additional loop collections as DLC.

About the Software

The definitive digital audio workstation for Windows PC has finally arrived on Steam.

Create music in any style with cutting-edge instruments, effects, and creative tools. Thanks to the award-winning Skylight user interface, SONAR X3 lets you move seamlessly in your production workspace, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again. Produce flawless tracks with the 64-Bit Double Precision audio engine and upload polished mixes directly to YouTube and SoundCloud. Plus, SONAR X3 let's you do it all without limiting the number of tracks and plugins; all while supporting the latest technologies like VST3, multi-touch, and Gobbler cloud save.

Key Feature


  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
  • Mix with unlimited effects, sends and busses
  • 64-bit & Multicore Support
  • Move seamlessly across all your production tasks with Skylight Interface
  • NEW! Skylight Interface enhancements and color customizations
  • NEW! Assemble the perfect performance with breakthrough comping workflow
  • NEW! Full support for VST3 synths and effects
  • Record and mix with the end-to-end 64-bit double precision audio engine
  • NEW! Gobbler cloud saving and sharing
  • Program beats using the Step Sequencer
  • Play loops in real-time with Matrix View
  • Dial in searing guitar tones with Overloud TH2 SONAR amp sim
  • NEW! Track realistic drum grooves instantly using Session Drummer 3
  • Play and record with 12 instruments including the Studio Instruments suite
  • Edit audio and MIDI, hassle free, with Smart Tool and Smart Grid
  • Custom touch support on touch-enabled devices running Windows 8
  • Mix like a pro with a full mixing console that includes built-in EQ
  • NEW! Mix with the Sonitus:fx Suite
  • NEW! 27 total FX including the Essential Suite and Classic Creative Suite
  • Get your song sounding radio-ready with the Boost 11 Peak Limiter
  • Share your music on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Requires Windows 7 or Window 8
  • And much more

Special Editions:


SONAR X3 Studio

Includes everything in SONAR X3 plus advanced music creation, editing, mixing, mastering and delivery tools for the discerning recording artist.

Includes everything in SONAR X3 plus:

  • NEW! Craft the perfect vocal performances with Melodyne Essential
  • NEW! Get that epic, pro studio sound with the ergonomic ProChannel console strip
  • Create modern, electronic dance sounds with Z3TA+ Classic
  • NEW! Includes 2 ProChannel modules: QuadCurve EQ and Softube Saturation Knob
  • NEW! Fine tune your mixes with the 18 included Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX
  • Finalize and master your songs with high-quality Linear Phase plugins
  • NEW! Access vintage-style world-class recording studio reverb with Nomad Factory BlueVerb
  • NEW! 51 total FX including the new Studio Mixing Suite and Engineering Suite
  • Play and record with a total of 19 included instruments

Learn more about SONAR X3 Studio

SONAR X3 Producer

Delivers the most value-packed feature set in the industry, designed specifically for music professionals, composers, producers, and engineers.

Includes everything in SONAR X3 Studio plus:

  • NEW! Get authentic drums sounds with the full version of XLN Audio Addictive Drums
  • NEW! Play vintage piano sounds with AAS Lounge Lizard Session
  • NEW! Have a session guitar player with you at all times with AAS Strum Acoustic Session
  • Play and record with 23 instruments including Rapture and Dimension Pro
  • Get that epic, pro studio sound with the ergonomic ProChannel console strip
  • ProChannel Console Emulator and new Tape Emulator for authentic vintage analog sound
  • NEW! Sculpt your mixes with precision using the new QuadCurve EQ Zoom with Analyzer
  • Add lush reverb with the versatile BREVERB SONAR VST and ProChannel module
  • NEW! Get incredible filter and distortion effects with Tone2 BiFilter 2
  • NEW! 57 total FX including the new Boutique Suite plus everything in SONAR X3 Studio

Learn more about SONAR X3 Producer

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32 and 64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.67 GHz / AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 Ghz or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x800 minimum screen resolution
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: ASIO or WDM compatible sound device
    • Additional Notes: Gobbler requires internet connection. XP and Vista are not supported.
    Recommended:
    • Sound Card: ASIO compatible sound device
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
75 products in account
7 reviews
81.8 hrs on record
It takes a while to get used to using Sonar X3, but there are many nifty features that will speed up your workflow once you know how to use them.

Good tips from the devs, good deals monthly, helpful documentation and support.

Deciding on which version to buy?
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=205802602
Posted: March 10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
63 products in account
3 reviews
160.6 hrs on record
The new VST scanning system is Outstanding, You dont even need to relocate VST pathfolder it automatically finds them. Skylight interface is approachable. Reviewers says the non steam version installation process slightly long-winded. So, I'm glad I got it on Steam; Excellent workflow overall.
Posted: March 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,544 products in account
8 reviews
6.1 hrs on record
Absurdly powerful.
Easier and quicker to use, as well as some nice and shiny yet useful new tools.

SONAR X3 is for you!
Posted: August 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
100 products in account
2 reviews
61.1 hrs on record
I used nuendo and pro-tools (m-powered) in the past. Started playing with cakewalk with music creator touch 6 here on steam. I really liked their interface and it made a lot of sense to me. I upgraded to Sonar basic and then Studio and still loving it completely. The package for drums/strings is decent, beat loops are easy to create but i find the drum line creation to be a bit painful. The automatic recording of multiple takes that can then be spliced on demand is simply amazing for making better guitar tracks. I loved melodyne (demo version for single note is included in sonar studio) so much for fixing vocal lines or updating length/starting position of notes that i upgraded to the full version that works with polyphony.

This is the best music editing package i've worked with for the price. Biggest downside for me at the beginning was the lack of mp3 exporting without paying a plugin but the cakewalk engineers have provided a registry entry to use Lame encoder instead for free and it works perfectly well.
Posted: August 25
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
255 products in account
2 reviews
136.4 hrs on record
I just bought the SONAR X3 Producer for $199.00 and WOW what a deal. I recommend that everyone that can afford it get this product. I am so excited!!!
Posted: May 20
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118 of 143 people (83%) found this review helpful
204 products in account
2 reviews
32.3 hrs on record
I'm a musician who's been doing his own mixing and recording on a home studio for about 5 years now. I've gone through several DAW's and I've found that my favourites are Logic and Pro Tools. I had used SONAR about 10 years ago and found it interesting and pretty innovative then, but I had access to Logic since 2007, so I've been using that. However, I have found that working with this iteration of SONAR to be incredibly easy and very quick to transition from Logic.

It works seamlessly with my current hardware and software, it has excellent built-in tools and the inclusion of Melodyne in the Studio level has made for some excellent alternatives to redoing a take that may have great emotion but might have been recorded a tiny bit flat and losing that emotion. I've finally found an affordable alternative to Pro-Tools on my PC that allows me to mix, master and record pro-level recordings with the same ease I've found in using my other preferred DAW's.

There was a minor hiccup when I first purhased this software, as I did not get my Melodyne key, however the crew quickly fixed my problem and also sealed my love for this new product. If you're looking for a mid-range powerhouse DAW, hop on the studio version, it'll allow you to churn out some pro-level recordings (provided you have the skill-set to produce such an end-product) while staying in an incredibly affordable budget. The included plugins will certainly do you justice, but it integrates well with Guitar Rig and Toontrack EZ Mix 2 (which both provide some excellent preset mixing options).
Posted: December 20, 2013
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