Great Features,great price..but...
...the ideas that were implemented in this DAW,are only great in theory.
Features that I like; shortcuts to the multiple preset window configurations are innovative & are very convenient.
The 32 bit bridging in the 64 bit version is fantastic...but unfortunately,it's one of the many causes for Sonar crashing at random.
Freeware compatibility is superb also-but again,this is spoiled by the constant crashing.
Video support has the potential to be a great feature as well,but some videos do not produce a thumbnail view in the track lane and what's worse...much worse,is that certain video codecs will crash Sonar.
As for the built in plug-ins...well..you would think that Cakewalk-exclusive VST's and effects would be the most stable...but some of the older synths do not work at all and certain effects like the Tube Leveler and the Transient Shaper will crash your project.
A friend that recommended Sonar for me,said that if I avoided using automation and take lanes,that I would be fine(however though,he does not work with video or 32 bit VST's..as I had found out later)...so the instability issues go much deeper than that.
I have a 6-core,2.80Ghz PC with 1TB HD and 8GB of RAM and despite all of the adjustments I made within my audio interface's settings & all of the power optimizing adjustments I've made within my PC,I cannot stop Sonar from crashing.
Even at X2 Studio's current price,I couldn't possibly recommend this DAW to anyone.