Based on the critically-acclaimed SONAR digital audio workstation, SONAR includes many of the high-powered features you need to make music and content creation.
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Release Date: Apr 29, 2016

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February 8

Let's Talk About SONAR!

My name is Lance Riley, and I'm one of the Product Managers over here at Cakewalk. We are reaching out to customers who currently own SONAR to talk to them about their experience and how they use SONAR.

We want to take these customer insights and make using SONAR a better experience and focus on building the most meaningful features for our customers.

If you're open to a 30 minute call with me, please send me a friend request and a message that you are interested. I will then reach out to you to schedule a time.

We appreciate any information you would like to share with us, and thanks again for your business!


Lance Riley
Product Manager
Cakewalk, Inc.

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February 8

01.2017 Help Update Pass & Additional Launch Options

Updated Help Documentation:
  • All Install languages updated to the latest local offline help
  • All Install languages will now deliver a copy of the SONAR Reference and User Guides.
    Note: If localized versions of the file(s) aren't available, we provide English copies for the time being.
  • When a 'SONAR - [Version] Help' DLC is selected, Steam will provide a SONAR User Guide and SONAR Reference Guide pdf launch options.
    Note: If you've upgraded between versions, you may want to deselect redundant help dlc's from the respective lower versions.
SONAR is a large application and localization can sometimes take longer than an update cycle. Moving forward we will sometimes be taking a "tick/tock" approach to updating the core SONAR features and then supporting documentation. This reduces download sizes, efficiently utilizes testing assets, and allows us to be a bit more agile in deployment dates.

Merged 2015 Season Content for Professional & Platinum Users:
  • ProChannel Presets - Approximately a dozen re-added
  • FX Chains - A few were missing from the Anderton Collection
  • NYC Showroom Impulses - How to Use
  • Anderton Synthetic Impulses - How to Use
We've pulled in some content from the 2015 Season so users don't need duplicate installs.

The Impulses responses now live under /Cakewalk Content/

Steam Edition Content Curation:
We've moved the Polybius Soundboard Project into the new '/Cakewalk Content/Demo Projects/' folder location introduced in Update 11.2016.

Users will now see this project as a possible choice in the Audio & MIDI Setup Wizard.

What's Coming?
We're currently remixing our "Portal 2 - Want you Gone" demo project originally included with Music Creator 6 Touch. This will have updated style dials, plugins, and synths currently available with our entry level product SONAR Home Studio. It has been removed for the time being from the tutorials DLC.

Once this is done, we'll be reintroducing it into the 'Demo Projects' folder mentioned above for all Steam SONAR users.

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“Very efficient, cutting-edge Windows DAW”
8/10 – MusicTechMag

“Although more in line as an advance on X3, this new flavor of SONAR achieves performance and capabilities that parallel any of its competitors.”

“SONAR remains a winner, very much in the top tier of Windows-compatible DAWs”
4.5/5 – MusicRadar

Dota 2 Music Pack Template

SONAR now includes a template to help users create their own Dota 2 music packs. Users can find it in their SONAR Tutorials folder. More information on creating packs can be found here!


SONAR is a Digital Audio Workstation. For more information on DAWs please read the STEAM DAW FAQ.

Cakewalk Comp Chart

Cakewalk has multiple DAW options available. We've created this guide to help you make the right choice.

About This Software

Choose the creative experience only SONAR offers: advanced technology, effortless workflow, and an inviting interface that amplifies inspiration. Fueled by over 25 years in the relentless pursuit of innovation, SONAR is re-inventing the modern recording studio.

SONAR Professional and Platinum on STEAM are tailored for aspiring musicians, content creators and game sound designers. The program includes features like unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, VST3 support, virtual instruments, effects, editing and mixing tools, step sequencer, Matrix View, and much more.

2017 Season Passes

2017 pass holders enjoy Cakewalk's rolling updates to 12/31/17. After that time you can keep and use SONAR forever.

Continued updates will be available via 2018 season passes.

Feature Highlights:

  • Dota 2 Music Pack Template
  • Melodyne Support with ARA integration
  • RPG Maker Clip Export compatibility

SONAR Features:

  • Unlimited Simultaneous I/O
  • Unlimited Audio Tracks
  • Unlimited MIDI Tracks
  • Unlimited Sends/Buses
  • 384kHz Maximum Sample Rate
  • 64-Bit Maximum Bit Depth
  • 64-Bit Internal Mix Engine Resolution
  • VST 2.4 32/64-Bit Support
  • VST3 32/64-Bit Support
  • ReWire 32/64-Bit Support
  • Groove Clip Support (follow tempo & Pitch)
  • Windows 7/8/10 support
  • Windows 8/10 Multi-touch support
  • Project Tutorials
  • Mixing and Mastering Templates

Supported Formats:

  • Wave and Broadcast Wave (time stamped)
  • WMA, WAV, W64, ASF
  • FLAC
  • OGG, RF64
  • MP3* (via SoundCloud)
  • WAV RIFF, ACID, Rex, Rex2, Rex64
  • AVI, QT, MPEG video import/export
  • Dithering options on export
  • SoundCloud integration
  • MusicXML Export
  • 32/64-Bit VST3 support
  • 32/64-bit VST2, VSTi and DXi support
  • Bit Bridge (allows 32-bit plug-ins in 64-bit mixing environment)
  • PNG Track Icon support

Cakewalk has multiple DAW options available. We've created a guide to help you make the right choice:

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10 (32- or 64-bit)
    • Processor: 2.6GHz Intel or AMD multi-core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x800 (1920 x 1080+ recommended)
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: WDM/KS, WASAPI, or MME compatible device
    • Additional Notes: Connection required for downloads, activation, and publishing features.
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: ASIO compatible

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