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...
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Release Date: Dec 18, 2013
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"Sonar X3 is an impressive DAW. Highly comprehensive, featuring fantastic sounding instruments, effects, and industry standard editing tools. Tryitout!!"
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October 10

SONAR X3 Producer Localization - Update 10/10/14

Available today (10/10/14) we have added X3 Producer localization to the public beta.

More details can be found here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/241070/discussions/0/613937306627288202/

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October 3

SONAR X3 Studio Localization - Update 10/3/14

Available today (10/3/14) we have added X3 Studio localization to the public beta.

More details can be found here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/241070/discussions/0/613937306627288202/

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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

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

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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 This 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
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I recommend this software, but only those of you who have a monitor over the size of 30"/50cm because the User Interface is so difficultly small, if you have anything less, you'll spend 10x more time being frustrated than getting things done. The programers of this also decided to have strange key bindings and shortcuts, so all the scrolling and clicking is completely messed up. Other than the blatant ignorance towards user-friendliness, this program will probably get the job done.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
116.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Awesome, Stable, the PRO choice for music making. I load well over 100+ plugins from Kontact Ult' and it still functions with 99.99% stability in 64 bit mode. It takes time to learn and master, you really need to watch all the video tutorials. But once you have, there really is no limit to what you can do in Sonar.
It isn't the best looking DAW GUI, or the most user friendly. But it is as stable as a rock and if you want to make commercial music for games-films-tv-internet use, the word 'stable' is VERY important!
If you are going to buy, DO watch for sales (on Steam or cakewalk site) and watch for offers on Studio version and Zeta+2 as well

10/10 X3 is the benchmark for all DAWS.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Absurdly powerful.
Easier and quicker to use, as well as some nice and shiny yet useful new tools.

SONAR X3 is for you!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
322.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Good DAW software, and good support... RECOMENDED!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Probably the best way to start making your own music right now. get it on sale!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
If you're like me and used to working in a digital audio timeline like Sony's Acid or Magix Music Maker or a step sequencer or piano roll, Sonar and Music Touch Creator will take a little bit of getting used to. Sonar has all of those as well but getting around and learning the interface is a bit more involved. For recording it is very pro and set up for mult track recording, its definite strong point.

Multiple lanes per track and easy punching in and out are among the program's very strong points. Also, doing live takes is a dream with this program so doing vocals and other analog instruments is a dream, though I don't often do so myself. The interface makes that part very easy and once you've set your preferences for a count-in and metronome, doing multiple tracks is no sweat.

The sound engine itself is great though you'll definitely need a bit of horsepower and patience and if you can afford it, multiple sound cards as well as ASIO tends to prefer to have the sound hardware all to itself. ASIO is another alternate driver layer much like DirectX designed for direct access to the sound hardware by applications. Without multiple sound cards, you may have to play around disabling a few programs on your system to find ones that use or reserve the sound card driver and interfere with ASIO.

The Cakewalk Sound Center is an amazing soft synth and has perhaps some of the best Acoustic Guitar, Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos around and that comes from someone who used to play with the real electric pianos.

All in all an amazing value if you can get it on sale.

If not, still well worth the value when you add in the effects VSTs and the facilities and interface for doing your mix.

It's been a while since I've used any sort of digital audio workstation, as a matter of fact the last ones I used were a Korg M1 and Roland D-20 which are both hardware keyboards from the early 1990s during the renaissance of MIDI.

Since that time I've occasionally worked with software workstations like Realtime (Mac), Cakewalk (PC), Magix Music Maker and Sony Acid (made by the same team that brought you Sound Forge by the way).

Enjoy.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
"Cakewalk's Sonar in my opinion is the best, most intergrated, cohesive and powerful digital recording interface you can use, and if you disagree, put your bull crap mix up against my mix and we'll see who's is better." - The Jokerr
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3 of 20 people (15%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Cakewalk - Sound Center Pack Complete is a big disappointement, the quality of the sounds added is average, some could be useful but I regret my spend, all this money for average qualité of this DLC, I should have buy rather DLC from MAGIX Music maker , it's the annoying thing with Steam, we can't sell things we don't like !

Sonar is on it's sell way not the problem, but these expensive DLC are average except for some ambiant sounds, but still tooo high priced
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59.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I've been using Cakewalk products since 1999, when it was their Pro Audio line. I used it exclusively until just about two years ago when I decided to try Reaper 4 on a whim. Since then, I've also become a certified Pro Tools user, having junior engineer experience here in Kiev. I've recorded an entire E.P. with Pro Tools 10HD and dozens of songs with Reaper 4 at home... yet Cakewalk still is the DAW that I am the most fond of and I ws elated when I saw that I could buy it on Steam.

A DAW is a DAW and they all pretty much do the same thing. It really comes down to preference and what you want from your DAW. Cakewalk is versatile and stable. The interface is easier to get used to, and it can be setup however you wish and can really save extra clicks. Don't let people fool you into think that you can't make music without Pro Tools. Sonar X3 is a very capable and powerful DAW (with an excellent selection of plugins that come with it) that can get you the results you're looking for.

Put in the time, learn the software, and you'll quickly realize that you have an extremely powerful DAW at your hands. Just for those out there, I have an AMD FX-6350 at stock speeds and 8GB of RAM. It loads fast, doesn't crash, and is stable as a rock.
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119 of 144 people (83%) found this review helpful
37.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
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).
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
81.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
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
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Not the best or most-straightforward music software, but pretty good for the pricepoint and it still gets the job done
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
207.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
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.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
65.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
As much as I've heard that ProTools is the standard, from my experience Cakewalk's software is pretty standard when it comes to video game development and MIDI. I've been using Cakewalk's products since 1997 and I still use them to this day. My only frustration is the overhead with audio processing as of late and the UI changes. Overall, I'd say this software is excellent. One huge improvement that could made is fuller featured notation such as adding accents that affect MIDI output.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
136.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
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!!!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
bass.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
I will say, at first this software (being inexperienced at this "field") was intimidated by the sheer size of this program and all of the posabilities this software holds that seem a million clicks away. If you do buy this software, be sure to be persistant with your effort, and only go with the songs that replay in your head all day-- so when you hear your song being played on the radio, you can smile and remember that was completely origonal (hopefully).
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
472.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
THIS PROGRAM IS THE ♥♥♥♥ING BOMB IF YOU KNOW HOW TO USE IT. IF YOU HAVE AN EAR FOR MUSIC, BUY THIS ♥♥♥♥.
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
55.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
I got Sonar X3 Studio and it's a great DAW for editing audio tracks and recording with professional quality.
I also have an old 1010 LT with some analog preamp and the software record pretty well
The audio snap and melodyne plugins are essencial, I got some VST from waves and slate digital, and they run pretty good with the Sonar, that's the best software I used to record in pc, actually I found it better than pro tools to run in windows. I recomend you to buy it if you need a professional DAW, but if you don't need to snap audio and tune vocals, the standard Sonar X3 will do the job.
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